Primary Bedroom Renovation | One Room Challenge Week 3 Update

Oh popcorn drywall finish, we all hate you... It's not personal, you're just not what we want anymore. Here's how we removed popcorn drywall finish from our WALLS!

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Welcome to Week 3 of our Fall 2022 One Room Challenge®, our log home primary bedroom. We are on track to finish this huge project in just eight weeks. And we're renovating literally from the top to the bottom. 

I'll post our progress each week to keep y'all up to date on what's happening. You can also see all of the other projects that are happening for the challenge by clicking that link above.

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(links will be added weekly)

During this third week, we are still working on the upper walls of our bedroom. Last week we got all of the wooden shakes pulled off. This week, we removed the popcorn drywall finish from the upper portion of one wall.

Removing popcorn drywall finish is a notoriously messy and tedious job. This is my third time scraping it off in a space in our home. This time I decided to follow a tutorial by Jen of Noting Grace. You can see her instructions here and her really well put together and informative Youtube video here.

Basically, I taped a scraper to a shop vac flat attachment. Then I wet a section of the popcorn down with a spray bottle. Then I carefully scraped the popcorn off with the scraper with the vacuum running.

After the bulk of the popcorn was off, I used a wet grout sponge to smooth all of the remnants on the drywall.

We've also been hanging drywall over the plywood where the wood shakes used to be.

We have lots more drywall to hang this week. And then all of it to mud and tape, sand, and paint. There are also a few places on the scraped drywall that will need to be patched and then that whole upper wall painted.

We got the new window from the glass shop for that spot above also. So we will be installing it soon too. Thankfully it hasn't rained recently so the cardboard window has held up!

I have made some progress on my overall design plan. I'm waiting on some wallpaper samples and hopefully that will help me make my final decisions.

The new chandelier from Kichler lighting has arrived and I can't wait to get it installed! 

Our Project Work List

I know it doesn't look like much is crossed off, but this is the bulk of the heavy work lately. I'm sure this list will grow longer and more specific, but for now here are the main jobs that need to be done:

Remove shakes from upper walls
Remove popcorn finish from upper wall
Install drywall
Remove & replace window
Install wide plank pine floors
Install door trim
Install wall trim
Install chandelier
Install a reclaimed beam mantel
Install fireplace trim
Install doors for bathroom and closet
Decorate (this is open-ended lol)

As always, thanks for stopping by and following along with our renovation projects!