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I am so excited to announce that I will be participating in my first One Room Challenge! I feel like I don't have enough stress in my life, so I decided to accept this challenge and renovate a seasonal room in our rental house!

If you're unfamiliar with the One Room Challenge, it's a highly anticipated event every two years where participants attempt to renovate a room. It usually takes 6 weeks, but considering the events taking place in the world, it has been extended to 8 weeks this year. Sound easy? Not really!

Even though I'm not one of the featured designers, I will participate as a member guest participant and I will challenge myself to completely renovate a room in 8 weeks. I'll be posting updates on my blog every Thursday, so be sure to sign up for my newsletter (below) so you don't miss a thing.

If you're new here (hi!), I'm April and I love making things myself. I live in Connecticut with my husband and 2 young daughters. I love making furniture for my kids, like this playground or sandbox picnic table. Since we rented this house, I haven't covered any room completely from start to finish, but that's about to change!


My family loves hanging out in the seasonal room during the summer months. When it's warm outside, the screened porch is the perfect place to eat, drink and entertain.

We had a very harsh winter this year and a lot of snowstorms. The wind tore the black fiberglass curtain and damaged the beadboard on the walls. To be fair, beadboard is not the perfect material for an outdoor space. The fiberglass screen was already damaged last summer when squirrels chewed through the fiberglass to get to my tomatoes. (I built a raised garden bed last summer and had a rather unpleasant encounter with squirrels)

The seasonal room clearly needs some TLC and I'm about to transform it in 8 weeks.

Seasonal room plans

I plan to replace the beadboard with siding panels for outdoor use. Thus, it will be more resistant to weather conditions and will not be damaged easily. I also plan to replace the fiberglass screen. My research showed that fiberglass screen is the best option. I also want to replace the door and wash the floors with pressurized water.

As you can see, we have a sandbag in the corner. It will have to stay where it is, but I'm thinking of adding a shelf with weights and turning it into an exercise nook.

When it comes to furniture, I'm looking to see if I can buy outdoor furniture from Facebook Market. If this doesn't work I'll make a partition myself.

Another thing I'm excited to make is a coffee table with a mosaic table top. I've seen this trend and would really like to tackle this issue.

I'm not exactly sure what the final room will look like, but I've created a mood board so you can see where I'm going.

I will post short introductions instagram like the The weeks are ticking, so make sure you follow along. You can also sign up for email updates below so you never miss any of the action!



Do you want faster follow-up on renovations? Here are 20 other insanely talented designers One Room Challenge to follow! I can't wait to see where we all end up.

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