One Room Challenge: Library (Week 5)

All I have to say about this week is: hurray for visible progress! After spending all of last week on the necessary, but hidden, work, it feels so good now to have moved onto working on something that we will actually see in the finished room.

Wondering how the other participants are faring? Do pop on over to the One Room Challenge page to see what they're up to. 

Pocket Doors

When we left off last week, we had completed the structure for the wall that would enclose the pocket doors. The next step then was to bring all the electrical from the surface of the pre-existing wall out onto the new wall surface.

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As discussed last week, we are using sheets of MDF for this. As you can see, we haven't been too particular about joining the sheets together because we have planned that the wood panelling we add next will cover those joins. 

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In fact, if you follow those joins across the wall with your eye, you will start to see the pattern of where the wall panels will be.

The House that Will | One Room Challenge - Traditional Multifunctional Library Study Family Room

We are now ready to start attaching the panels and skirting boards to the wall, and are already in preparation for that next step. I am so excited to see that coming together!

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Because we are converting a regular hinged door into a sliding pocket door, we still have quite a bit of making good to do around the door frame where the hinges used to be. We could have replaced the door frame, but we didn't feel it was necessary.

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Fireplace

I had ordered the tiles for the fireplace a couple of weeks ago, but I was still a little concerned about getting them in time because they are handmade and imported from the UK and the lead time can vary depending on stock levels and the production schedule. Thankfully, Brian at Cutting Edge Tiles in Galway pulled out all the stops and they arrived last night.

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That was the first time I saw all the main elements of the room together in one place: the wall colour, the wooden fireplace, and the ceramic tile. And it didn't come a moment too soon because I was getting to that stage of the project where I start to doubt all the decisions I'd made. But seeing everything come together now in the final weeks has given me a renewed sense of excitement about the project.

I had even forgotten that one of the reasons I chose these tiles is because the pattern on them repeats the shape from the fireplace. It's as if they were made to go together ... only that they were made about 90 years apart!

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Now, at last, I'm starting to see the room creeping slowly towards my vision for it. 

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But I am incredibly glad that we have been given an extra week for the One Room Challenge this year. There is so much work in doing this pocket door and panelled wall. Hopefully by the time you come back next week, we'll have finished the panelling and made a start on either the tiling or the painting. I'm feeling that deadline drawing ever closer and I need to crack on!

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