Every year we participate in three Home Shows. This year the Premier Home Improvement Show, put on by the Spokane Home Builders Association, held a White Room Challenge. When they asked us to participate, we were all in! How fun to showcase our design abilities and finishes!!
There were three of us on board: Gregg Johnson with LGD Designs, Melissa Helvey with Gina’s Design Center, and Nancy Jones (me!) with Artworks Spokane. The project was to design a kitchen in a 10×12 space – floor to “ceiling”. There weren’t any stipulations. The timeframe: 4 days from framing to completion. BRING ON THE CHALLENGE!
Our theme was French Country.
We started by designing custom cabinets. Since we weren’t ordering these from a cabinet manufacturer but rather finishing them ourselves we had to work on them before the “white room challenge” timeframe. These were built and delivered to our studio. Once that overhead door was closed we hit the ground running! There was quite a bit of finishing to accomplish in a little over a week. Peggy, Carol, Annette, Mary, Robin, Kim, and myself worked on these cabinets!
We gained access to the space on Wednesday before the show. Kim went in to stain the beams of our faux ceiling and finish the walls with an acrylic plaster called SandStone. This plaster has ground up pecan shells that reveal a beautiful texture and movement when troweled back. This gave us the old world feel we wanted. John and Dave put the floor in at this time as well.
Thursday morning the cabinets were delivered and installed (ok, this took more than the morning). 🙂 Once those were done we could begin decorating! Along with the cabinets we finished a bench with Chalk Paint® and Annie Sloan fabrics. Throw in some pillows and table linens… and voila! Our french country kitchen is complete!
We had so much fun competing in this challenge! When show-goers voted for their favorite kitchen design they were also entered into a drawing for $4,000.00 worth of kitchen appliances donated by Fred’s Appliance. You can imagine our delight when the winners were a couple just getting ready to move into their first home!
And finally, this is Gregg Johnson, of LGD Design. He built this kitchen design. (He won the contest… by something like 25 votes.)
And Melissa of Gina’s Design Center brought this clean, sleek design to the contest.
I think that about sums it up. We received a really cool time-lapse movie for participating. We have uploaded it to our YouTube channel, facebook page, and soon on our website. I think you’ll enjoy it.
Until next time, we’ll keep transforming ordinary surfaces into works of art!