One Room Challenge {Week 2}: Our Typical Home Renovation Arguments

We're in the middle of renovating our home and during week two of our entry renovations, we run into the same arguments we always have! Hear how we survive these renovation stresses on while writing a home renovation blog!

Alright, it’s week two of our six week renovation challenge: the one room challenge. If you missed it, last week we revealed all of our Entry Design Plans and you guys gave us the BEST feedback! This week was not as productive as we would have liked… no where close actually. And when I think about having only five weeks left… I cringe a little, lol. Although this is our home renovation blog… so you’d think we’d be used to it! Along with this week being a bit unproductive, we also ran into a few design dilemmas… leading to our typical home renovation arguments… but I’ll tell you more about that in a minute!

We're in the middle of renovating our home and during week two of our entry renovations, we run into the same arguments we always have! Hear how we survive these renovation stresses on while writing a home renovation blog!

Catch up on previous weeks: 

Week 1 // Week 2 // Week 3 

First there are a couple of things we had done in this space already that I hadn’t shown you last week. We had painted all of the walls and ceilings white – the same white from our Home Colour Palette. So we are starting with a crisp palette! And I’m planning at least one coloured wall before this room renovation is done.

We're in the middle of renovating our home and during week two of our entry renovations, we run into the same arguments we always have! Hear how we survive these renovation stresses on while writing a home renovation blog!

Second, is that we had already added a new light fixture. This cage light only put me back $50, and I loved the look of it! I’m not planning to replace it so hopefully it blends right in.

The bulk of our progress this week was getting the demo done.

We're in the middle of renovating our home and during week two of our entry renovations, we run into the same arguments we always have! Hear how we survive these renovation stresses on while writing a home renovation blog! We're in the middle of renovating our home and during week two of our entry renovations, we run into the same arguments we always have! Hear how we survive these renovation stresses on while writing a home renovation blog!We're in the middle of renovating our home and during week two of our entry renovations, we run into the same arguments we always have! Hear how we survive these renovation stresses on while writing a home renovation blog!

We cleared all of the trim, removed the old flooring, and removed the carpet from the bench.

And then we got to my design plans, and realized that my husband and I had a few different ideas about what was happening inside this closet [read: I had the right idea and he didn’t understand….lol ].

We're in the middle of renovating our home and during week two of our entry renovations, we run into the same arguments we always have! Hear how we survive these renovation stresses on while writing a home renovation blog!

This inside of the closet is supposed to provide something we’ve never had in this room before: organization. And there are two ways we were planning to add to it: shelves and something to hang coats.

I say “something to hang coats” because my husband believed that this meant a large rod across the back of the closet and I thought it meant a few beautiful hooks. This is where we run into those home renovation stresses. Enter argument #1….

We're in the middle of renovating our home and during week two of our entry renovations, we run into the same arguments we always have! Hear how we survive these renovation stresses on while writing a home renovation blog!

I say argument, but actually it’s a very rational discussion, and it’s a discussion we have over and over again. He takes the side of “function” and I take the side of “pretty”. Yes, maybe a large rod is more functional for our family of almost 5 with approximately 20+ jackets, but hooks look prettier! LOL. Like this or this. I don’t want an ugly rod to obstruct the view of my beautiful new shelves and baskets!

We settled this the way we usually do… talking until someone concedes, lol. Either I decide that I cannot give an inch on my design plans, or my husband decides that it doesn’t have to be as functional as he wants, if it’s going to look better the other way.

This time around, he won. We really do have a lot of coats, and absolutely nowhere to store them (until we build that dream garage with the mudroom…). So I’m going to purge a few coats, and hope that the closet still looks beautiful with a rod.

We're in the middle of renovating our home and during week two of our entry renovations, we run into the same arguments we always have! Hear how we survive these renovation stresses on while writing a home renovation blog!

Our second “conversation” came because my husband kept using the words “built-in” when we were talking about the shelves in the closet. It went a little something like this:

Me: “You keep saying ‘built-in’, but it’s gonna look like floating shelves, right?”
Husband: “Ya, like built-in floating shelves”
Me: “But just the shelves will be stained right? Behind and at the sides will be white. Like floating shelves?”
Him: “Ya… I think we’re saying the same thing”
*spoiler alert – we were not!* 

At seven months pregnant, I’m out for a lot of the work this time around, which means a ton of it is falling on the hubby’s shoulders and his design plans. He was planning to build a large built-in with shelves and slide it into place in the closet. Basically the entire piece would be stained (although we could paint some white if we wanted – but it wouldn’t look right). That means wood all up both sides of the closet – wood back, sides and shelves. What I was wanting looked more like what we have mocked up in the photo below.

Me: “No! That’s too much wood!”
Him: “I thought you wanted wood”
Me: “Like floating shelves. Didn’t you look at my design board?”
Him: “I thought you just left some out… floating shelves is way more work. I had a plan here.”
Me: “Nope. Can’t do it – its way to much wood. Time for a new plan.”
Him: <crickets and an angry face>

You can’t be a home renovation blog without sharing your arguments, right? lol.

We're in the middle of renovating our home and during week two of our entry renovations, we run into the same arguments we always have! Hear how we survive these renovation stresses on while writing a home renovation blog!

But really… imagine this shelf, times four, with a dark or teak stain. Nice right? I won this one! Once he comes up with a new build plan, he’s usually ok with my vision.

Renovations with your spouse are SO much about compromise. There will always be home renovation stresses! Every. Single. Room we do ends up with a form vs. aesthetics “conversation”. You win some, you lose some. And at most, you stay mad at each other for a few hours… lol. Just never go to bed mad!

Since I’m an obsessive list maker, here’s our home renovation to-do list:

  1. Demo the space
  2. Tile the floor
  3. Tile the bench
  4. Build new shelving for storage
  5. Build new drawers for storage
  6. Design feature wall
  7. Build wood feature wall
  8. Paint
  9. Remove old door
  10. Install new door
  11. Buy a smart lock set
  12. Buy some decor (i.e. baskets, rug, etc).
  13. Order planters and faux or real plants
  14. Install new modern moulding

So we got 1 out of 14 things done…. lol. That’s not a bad sign is it?

WISH US A MORE PRODUCTIVE WEEK!

Find more great One Room Challenge design plans on the One Room Challenge site, or at Calling it Home!

30 thoughts on “One Room Challenge {Week 2}: Our Typical Home Renovation Arguments

  1. Excellent! I love the light fixture. It is funny because we didn’t get much done last week either but we did hang the light pendants.

  2. Oh my goodness Lindi, I can totally relate to this!! I think my problem is that I expect my hubby to understand me when I describe something and usually it doesn’t make any sense to him, lol! Good compromise on the rod and a fist pump for your floating shelves!!

  3. Weird that your Husband preferred the rod (but I’m guessing it’s because it was already there and meant less work!). We have a normal closet with a rod AND some hooks in our entryway (which are supposed to be reserved for guests) – but guess who uses the hooks way more because they are easier than taking out a hanger and using the rod!? It will be great either way, and you can always change it later if you need to!

    1. Haha, no it’s actually way more work to put the rod in! The reason he wants it is because he doesn’t know what we will do with our other 20 coats when we only have four hooks, lol. And he’s right, we have absolutely no space for our coats in this giant house that has no storage! I’m still trying to convince him that hooks are better… lol.

  4. Ahhh!!! I’ve totally been there! (But good on you for winning on the shelves…) My hubby is a minimalist and I’m the opposite so we have quite the decorating discussions! LOL!

  5. My hubby is an architect. I’m an engineer. Basically, we are super stereotypical and he always wants everything to look perfect and I am good as long as it looks good and works. Aaaaand he always wins. On design stuff, we are luckily usually on the same page :)

    Maybe for your rod you could use a super pretty one (currently I am really loving the matte black look, but stained wood will always have a place in my heart) so that you don’t totally lose the prettiness of hooks?

    1. Hahah! I love everything about this response! lol. We actually powder coated a rod so it’s a beautiful matte black now – exactly what you’re suggesting! I think it’s about as pretty as I can get with a rod… lol.

  6. This made me laugh and cringe all at the same time! We have the EXACT same kinds of arguments. My husband and I work really well together but we, of course, have different ideas and work in completely different ways. I want to tackle the hardest things first to get them out of the way and he is the complete opposite – which is how we were left building an oversized dining table, when we’d never built any piece of furniture before, in the last four days of a previous ORC. But, I digress. :) I think the rod and floating shelves will look fabulous! Take care of yourself, Lindi and have a relaxing weekend!

    1. Hahaha, so many bloggers can relate to this post! I love it! Also, who doesn’t want to tackle the hardest parts first? Tell him he’s crazy! LOL.

  7. Lindi, You described the You/Me dilemma of home renovations and makeovers perfectly. Sometimes you just wish you could hire someone (not the hubby) to make your plan come to life. Take care with the pregnancy and I bet that closet will look great in the end.

  8. We all have those “arguments”. I asked my husband last night how he planned on doing the trim around the door and we had the exact opposite idea of how it should like. *facepalm* Can’t wait to see your entry all come together and I’m sure that light is still going to look awesome in the space!!

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