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One Room Challenge - Week Six - Avocado Can be a Curse Word

Well, onnnnn Sunday I finished a coat of paint on the buffet and focused my attention on the painting the wall. My goal was to have the wall stencilled by today Wednesday June 17th so I could write all about that process. So, for starters, we went to the local hardware shop- we have great rapport with a girl in the paint department just from going in time and time again for different projects.



The last 6 weeks since the ORC started have been insanely busy for me. Aside from the ongoing projects I’ve been working on, I also had a huge increase in project inquiries, both online and in-home design. So, between in-person and virtual consultations, my regular workload, AND, the One Room Challenge, well, there hasn’t been much of a between all those ha! Long days, early mornings, late nights. But, I love what I do so it’s been fun and gratifying along the way.



Well… here’s where things got interesting this last week…. Since it would be inappropriate to curse, I’ll be using the word Avocado and you are welcome to replace it as you see fit.



The floor lamp finally arrived, I was concerned because I got an email saying it had been delivered 2 weeks ago but apparently the tracking number was only valid until it hit the US/CAD border. I kept my hopes high anyways and had a back up plan in mind just in case. Anyway, it arrived and was the last item I ordered which means that nothing was going to miss the deadline even with the currently unpredictable logistics industry – YAY!



I also found some amazingly cute little décor pieces to splash into the dining room during the install – just in case. (BTW, everything I found was under $4, if you follow me on insta, watch my highlighted story called ‘Steals’ – if you reply to any photo, I’ll tell you where you can pick up the items in it). So, my excitement is growing all that’s left now is:

  • Paint a couple coats on the buffet and attach the new hardware

  • Paint the wall then stencil it

  • Clean the chandelier

  • Install everything for the big reveal

  • Photo Shoot

Well, onnnnn Sunday I finished a coat of paint on the buffet and focused my attention on the painting the wall. My goal was to have the wall stencilled by today Wednesday June 17th so I could write all about that process. So, for starters, we went to the local hardware shop- we have great rapport with a girl in the paint department just from going in time and time again for different projects.


So, as usual, I tell her exactly what I’m planning:

1.) Metallic Silver paint for the background

2.) Then, stencilling over it in a darker shade of flat grey


Perfect she says, they only carry the one brand of latex metallic indoor paint. She leads us down and as the three of us start looking on the shelf for Silver, it’s not in stock. Avocado



I consider for a moment using Pewter (a much darker tone) but decide I really want to stick to my original plan. The problem is, Mack has to be at a clients house in an hour to tile a small wall for her so we really don’t have the time to go to another shop. I say thinking out loud.



She turns to the other side of the isle and pulls a different can of Metallic Silver which is an oil based paint. We run through the regular questions:


  • What’s the difference for prep?

  • Do I need to prime?

  • Clean-up?

  • Will it damage the floors?

  • Dry Time?


Honestly, I was a little concerned because I haven’t personally painted with oil based before but I figure, what the heck, time to learn something new.



Silver metallic paint used to stencil a wall

We get back home, off he goes and I get changed and set up. Wash the wall down once again. Get all my tools ready, drop pad laid, step ladder in position. Ready to go. OH, I should mention that Mack sanded and taped off the wall while I painted the buffet – teamwork at it’s finest.

So, I cut my corners with a brush. Now that I see the paint on the wall I have butterflies. My excitement is bubbling up, I can hardly wait to finish.



Some time later, Mack is back and he LOVES the colour. Don’t you just love that!?! It reinforces your decisions. Anyways, I’m about halfway through the wall, when I start to notice the metallic part of the paint separating around a little crack on the wall. No problem at all, I’ll just touch it up once it’s dry. Continuing on my marry little way!



Then…. I notice this odd little area on the far left where I started painting has totally absorbed the paint and is shining through the paint in an incredibly obvious fashion. Avocado.



Painting over a patch on a wall with metallic paint


So, I stop and think for a sec, aww that must have been a patch from the previous tenants or landlord. No problem-o, the second coat will get that sorted out. Onward and upwards.



Now, I’m in the dead center of the wall, rolling up and down, up and down. Holy avocado, WHERE DID , THIS CRACK COME FROM? Guys, this thing is HUGE almost from ceiling to floor…OH MY GOSH, WHOEVER FILLED THIS LEFT A HUGE HUMP SANDED SMOOTH IN THE CENTER OF THE WALL!