Is it really already week 6 of the One Room Challenge, guest participant Spring 2020?

I still have so much to do!!

Thanks for stopping by, please take your time and have a look around. 

You could start by checking out our $100 Master Bathroom Makeover here, and then head over to our recipe page to grab a few new ideas.

In case you don’t know what the One Room Challenge is, I’ll give you a quick rundown.

The ORC will provide participants with a supportive, enthusiastic forum to share the process of transforming a room. The ORC is not a competition, but rather a celebration of creativity, inspiration, and original ideas. Welcome!

The One Room Challenge™, currently in its seventeenth season, is a widely anticipated biannual event every April and October. It has been postponed to May this year because of Covid-19.

Each round, twenty design influencers are selected to take the challenge, as Featured Designers, and transform a space. Every Wednesday, the designers document their process while sharing their sources and professional advice over six weekly posts.

In addition to following along, everyone with a blog or Instagram account, is welcome to join the fun as a Guest Participant by linking their own room transformations up during the eight weeks. Each Thursday, the internet and social media are flooded with interior design inspiration, ideas, and encouragement.

To date, more than 3,800 rooms have been transformed through the One Room Challenge™. The event, and many of the spaces, have been recognized and featured.

For the next eight weeks, these gifted designers will take you behind the scenes as they transform their rooms into beautiful spaces. I hope you will stop by their sites each week as they share the reality of what it takes to create an amazing space, it will be exciting to see the hurdles they overcome along with the victories they achieve!


A Glass of Bovino | Beginning in the Middle | Beth Diana Smith | Clark + Aldine | Coco & Jack

Deeply Southern HomeDesign Maze | Dwell by Cheryl | Erika Ward | Home Made by Carmona

House of Hipsters | Hunted Interior | Kandrac & Kole | Kate Pearce | Katrina Blair | Liz Kamarul

Veneer DesignsRambling Renovators | Renovation Husbands | Studio Plumb | Media BH&G

Follow Along 

Get ready to check your Instagram feed as we embark on this exciting design journey together. We hope our photos motivate and inspire you over the next eight weeks. Every Thursday I will be posting info about our progress here on the blog as well as linking up  with all of the other guest participants, so be sure to check back often.

You can also  Follow #oneroomchallenge and #BHGORC so you don’t miss a thing! And of course be sure to check back on June 25-July 5th to be amazed by the final room reveals.

Progress to date

  • re-stained deck footboards
  • put up low privacy wall
  • installed cable railing around deck and stairs

Wow, it doesn’t really look like we have accomplished that much when I type it out in in this tiny little font, but it really was a lot of work, I promise.

This week we decided to redo our string light hanging system. It definitely needed an upgrade. The old poles holding the lights were warping badly as you can see in the picture below.

watching fireworks on deck with big green egg

I was searching for some inspiration and I came across this image.

modern black deck iron pergola

I fell in love with this picture, and It gave me an IDEA!!! What if I could put up 1×1’s around the outside of my deck and paint them black to look like iron !?!?

I couldn’t wait to try.

The first thing we did was screw in the new vertical posts to all the main beams on the deck. We had to add couple pieces of scrap wood to get the poles to line up correctly out as you can see in the image below., but most the others went directly into the posts.

We used T-brackets and L-Brackets to screw them together.

NOTE: I spray painted the posts halfway down first with a black glossy paint. Then I used painters tape to make a clean line and stained the rest of the post so it would blend in with our wood tone deck better.

We measured the distance between the vertical 1×1 posts and cut the horizontal 1×1 posts to size. Then we secured them together with T-brackets and screws. When everything was installed, I finished by spray painting the T-brackets black. In hindsight, I should have sprayed them before we put them up, because this was quite a challenge.

String light installation T-brackets
T- Brackets
Pretty string light on deck at dusk

We love the new string light system

It turned out so nice and I was able to string them over ours heads in the seating area.

privacy wall on modern deck and string lights

Ruby (our Australian Cattle Dog, AKA Red-heeler ) likes our new updates too! She loves her new unobstructed view off the back deck.

modern deck with cable railing an umbrella and dining table at sunrise

an Australian cattle barks at cow in a field

Her favorite thing to do in the whole world is eat, a very close second is barking at the cows in our back yard. We caught her in the act the other day!