One Room Challenge (week five) – Wood projects Week

Hello and welcome to A Life Unfolding.  If you are following along with me we have made it to week five of the One Room Challenge. WAHOO!!  The ORC is a design challenge hosted by Linda @callingithome where bloggers are challenged to transform a space in 6 weeks and blog about it along the way.  Thank you Linda for hosting and House Beautiful for being the media sponsor. I have chosen my Laundry/Mudroom at our lake house to update and add some functionality to.

If you’ve missed anything catch up with my weekly progress here:


Easy hanging shelf DIY

Easy hanging shelf DIY

Week five went smoothly.  We had two wood projects to complete. Keep in mind that we are working on our lake house which means we only have weekends for projects.  I don’t want anyone thinking we are slacking off!  Plus we have to take out time each weekend to watch college football.  Priorities people.   The first project this week was a hanging shelf.  This qualifies as the easiest DIY EVER.  2 x 6 reclaimed wood bard and leather straps.  Done and LOVE!

Wood Countertop

Wood Countertop

In my original design plan I had wanted to have a concrete countertop, but after we painted the cabinets I fell in love with the look of wood against the navy.  So we (and by we I mean my husband), made a wood countertop to fit over the washer and dryer. The Laundry/Mudroom space is compact and I am often losing things behind or between the washer and dryer.  This will provide a smooth surface making it more functional as well as beautiful.

Minwax Stain

I have to come clean here and admit I have committed the worst crime a blogger can do and did not photograph my husbands steps here.  So a quick recap: He used wood glue on 2 x 4’s clamping them together 2 at a time until dry.  He reinforced them with screws for stability and sanded smooth.  Easy.  I heard not one curse word.  🙂 I stained them using Minwax stain in a medium brown color. Then used 3 coats of poly to protect it.  That’s it.  Easy and quick.  


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That’s it for this week. Be sure to check out the featured designers here as well as my fellow guest participants here.  Truly some of the most creative people I’ve ever seen and worth a few minutes to check them out. 


Thanks for stopping by, see you next time!

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  1. Susie says:

    Oh Libbie! I’m so excited to see your space. That wood!!! Oh that wood!! What a score. It will add a richness and level of elegance that couldn’t be achieved with anything else! You go, girl! Can’t wait to see you next week! XOXO ~~~ Susie from The Chelsea Project

  2. Tina says:

    Ooooo Libbie!! Loving these wood projects! I can’t wait to see it in your laundry room all together!!

  3. Susanne says:

    Libbie!!! I love the shelf with leather straps, it looks great against the rope wall. I can’t wait to see the reveal!!

  4. Libbie it is looking good so far, and I really love that rustic wood it is fantastic! Then adding those leather strap made those shelves even better, great job!

  5. Whitney says:

    Ooooh, can’t wait to see the shelf up! I’ve been wanting to do something similar for my own laundry room. I’m inspired!

  6. mary says:

    Love the detail on the shelf!

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