One Room Challenge – Week 8 – 1st Floor Trifecta remodel The “reveal”

22 Nov One Room Challenge – Week 8 – 1st Floor Trifecta remodel The “reveal”

What a whirlwind 8 weeks it’s been at the California Modern project!  As I look back on the 8 weeks, I am reminded of just how far I’ve come!  I’ll add some side-by-side before and afters below for a little comparison ….and also to remind myself that even though I didn’t “finish” completely, I have accomplished so much in these last 8 weeks.  I will also be updating this post with the real REVEAL photos in the next couple of weeks as we finish up this project!

I pushed my sub-contractors hard during this One Room Challenge, and they all stepped up to do what they could!  Huge thanks to my subs, and my helpers along the way – we couldn’t have done it without you guys!


This week was a super crazy week with me getting called into Albuquerque, New Mexico very last minute to do some on-camera work with HGTV which was so much fun, but horrible timing for the ORC.  I’m super glad I did it, and I can’t wait to be able to share more about it soon!…but for now, It’s One Room Challenge info 🙂  While I was gone, the countertops were installed and some more painting occurred in a push to get us across the finish line.  These countertops are UNBELIEVABLE and I’m so happy with the rich mix of the emerald green soapstone and the solid black Richlite material.  It’s the perfect mix of organic-modern and keeps the space fresh without feeling cold or stark.

Although these are not as finished as I’d like them to be, I’m still very proud of where this space is at, and here’s where we stand on 11/21/21, the final night for the reveal of the Fall 2021 One Room Challenge:

I built a custom box which we will be attaching some black fluted material to and will be adding a custom brass trim to the bottom.  To the left of the hood there will be a brass and glass shelf extending across the window for display and probably (you guessed it) a few plants!

The island and 36″ eat-in bar are really the heart of this kitchen.  By moving the fridge and tucking it into the old laundry area, I was able to open up the floor space and create room for this sprawling island.  It’s topped with emerald green soapstone and is supported by a custom-built metal frame that extends the entire length of the island.  These overhangs are SUPER heavy, so you need to make sure to support this properly!  The island leg will be wrapped in the same black fluted material that we will be using on the hood.  I’m dying to see all the finished pieces come together!








One of my highlights in this kitchen is my brass under-mount workstation sink!  With 3 kids the dishes are endless and this workstation will make prep and clean up more efficient and of course more enjoyable!



I had been crossing my fingers that there would be enough material in the soapstone slab to create the powder room counter and guess what?….there was!  I was able to use almost 95% of the slab and was able to build this beautiful countertop with the built-in towel holder below it.  I’ll be topping it with this lovely sink and using the Brizo Kintsu in black onyx for the faucetry.  The ceiling is painted in my go-to black from Sherwin Williams and I’m just awaiting the wallpaper installation, light fixture, and mirror!



And lets not forget the amazing guest bathroom!  Unfortunately, our tile and cabinetry is delayed due to supply chain issues, but I will update you with photos once it’s done.  For now, here’s a little preview!






































Be sure to keep up with the controlled chaos on the DBM IG page @design_by_misha

and of course, check out the other amazing designers participating in the Fall 2021 ORC with us!


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