Modern, Rustic Family-Friendly Media Room – Week 4

Gah! Can you believe we’re at week 4 already!?! Like whaaaaa…. Having participated in a couple One Room Challenges before I know how important Week 4 really is. For me, it’s the week of a massive push. If you want to read more of the following weeks, click Week 1, Week 2 and Week 3.


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This week was all about painting, paneling, rug sourcing, and installing the ceiling light fixture!

First, we had to clear out all that big, oversized furniture out of the room so we could make room for painting. Remember this is what the room sort of looked like before…

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Just waaaaay too big and not functional and really, really ugly.

We chose to paint using leftover paint we had from the last One Room Challenge. This is by local and family-owned Hirschfield’s and the color is Shell Tint. What I love most about working with Hirschfield’s is not only their years and years of experience and expertise but they truly welcome you as part of their family and invite you in. Now that’s a company I can get behind. This room is such a small room and I only needed 3 walls painted so it was nice to have leftover paint already on hand and of course that helped keep the budget down. I did have a painter paint this room and I would like for you to know that it took a solid 3 coats of Shell Tint to go over the old dark color without it bleeding through.

Next, we also installed the ceiling light fixture. Remember in Week 1 I talked a little bit about the three types of lighting (general, ambient and task)?

Want to see it?

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Isn’t it gorgeous? And the bright white background truly allows this fixture to stand out like a piece of art.

This fixture is the Satellite 6 Chandelier by none other than Schoolhouse Electric. Schoolhouse is based out of Portland, Oregon and their light fixtures like many other items they curate are handmade in their own factory. This was custom made to my specified stem height of 18″. (we have 8 1/2′ ceilings in here and I enjoy when ceiling fixtures hang a little lower such as over a table). Click here to take a tour of their factory! Understanding their ethos has really made me appreciate the work and craftsmanship and artistry that goes into each piece and the love they all share for their work. I’ll share more about Schoolhouse Electric a little later on as well so stay tuned.

Next, I went rug hunting! Rug sourcing can be challenging and daunting in some cases but this time I partnered with the right person who truly was a saint! (Ha! If you know me and alllll my questions you can understand how patient she was with me). Take your time when sourcing rugs, especially antique and vintage rugs. Get to know your dealer and ask them questions and for ideas, they truly are the experts when pulling rugs together to create the look you’re envisioning!

Ok. Meet Ellary.

HENSLIN founder Ellary Asche started her shop with a rooted vision to create one of a kind homes with one of a kind pieces.

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This past weekend I finally had the honor of meeting sweet Ellary in person and take a little tour of her one of a kind pieces at a fun pop up event where I was so inspired!
HENSLIN is a curated collection of handmade and one of a kind antique or vintage rugs. The one I sourced from her dates pre-1905 and is a beautiful Persian rug which I’ll share more of below.
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Based in Minneapolis, Ellary prides the work of each new collection through the thoughtful practice of slow curation. With this process, HENSLIN has grown beyond just rugs.
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HENSLIN also creates one of a kind pet beds from antique and vintage rugs that were beyond repair, the Pet Collection was established and recently launched online. Click here to shop!
Henslin Pet
You all know how much I love supporting local and small and independent businesses. Finding brands/people that I can truly stand behind and share with all of you is an honor and a privilege that I don’t take lightly. Curating our homes is personal and finding the right resources and brands to bring into our homes that cherish the same values we hold dear is so, SO important to me. Have I made mistakes along the way? Yes, of course, but I’ve learned so much and have grown so much at the same time from those experiences, and now I try to source more thoughtfully and intentionally.
Ellary like me, has quickly learned the power of collaboration and no longer associates a business’s success with numbers but instead with the relationships created along the way.
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If you’ve followed my journey along Instagram I have certainly grown since I first started out on that platform and while I’ve learned so much traveling down the path of social media I have changed. I no longer look at those numbers and base value off them. I do appreciate each and every person who has followed my journey and stuck it out with me and everyone who leaves such inspiring comments, I’ll be forever thankful for them! All of that just to say that I try very, very hard to source the right brands and products to share with all of you. Products that I really do use in my own home. For those following me on Instagram (@creekwoodhill) you may have also noticed that I shop more independently than from big box stores (not saying I don’t run to Target or Ikea, I most certainly have and do!).  But for my more investment purchases I turn to heirloom quality pieces and find those from retailers like Schoolhouse Electric and many others I’ve shared with you in the past and will share with you in a couple of weeks.

Wow, that got way off topic quickly didn’t it?   Squirrel!

Ok, want a sneak peek of the rug I selected?

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Again, I just love how the colors pop against the all-white backdrop! Sooooo good!

With all of that going on this week (I told you this was a big week for me) I also installed the paneling! (with the help of my dad of course). We didn’t quite finish but we don’t have too much more to go.

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Here we’re channeling our American Gothic vibe.

The material I used is from Stikwood and I chose Golden Oak with a European oil finish. I love that Stikwood uses wood from recycled material and of course, they’re Responsible Forestry Certified. Stikwood was so easy to work with and their simple peel and Stik install were just what I needed especially working on such a tight deadline and with my DIY skills (which on a meter of 1-10 is a 3. I’m a solid 3 though so it’s fine, I’m fine).

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Golden Oak

Stikwood even has a handy calculator to help you determine how much material you’ll need or feel free to give them a call or chat!

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Next, I gathered the necessary tools we needed for this job. I’ll make a list below.

I’ve also partnered with Black + Decker because what girl doesn’t love power tools, right? Black + Decker was so generous to provide all the necessary tools we would need to install the paneling and of course safety gear, because Safety First!

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First I prepped by wiping down the walls so that they’re free of any dust or grime that might would cause the Peel and Stik not to stick.

Next, I sort of pre-sorted the different pieces of wood so we had an idea of what we were working with and what pieces we’d need and where.

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Then together we…measured and measured (and measured) and cut. Measure twice, cut once, right?

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Getting this angle right was the most complicated part. I didn’t want a piece of trim to hide the cuts against the wall so our measurements (or my dad’s, let’s just be real) had to be 100% precise.

I was gifted a Black + Decker circular saw with a laser for precision cutting but we ended up needing a table saw (which is what my dad had) so, me being a newbie with DIY’s didn’t know that…however, I can’t thank Black + Decker enough for their generosity and you can find the circular saw here if you’re shopping for one.

After making our cuts which I’ll share a little later because it was tough cutting and trying to take pictures. Ha!

We held the panel up for extra measure to make sure it was an exact fit before sticking to the wall.

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Triple making sure it’s level while tightly butted up against the wall.

I then removed the peel and Stik paper backing.

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Just like that and up went the first board on the wall!

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After securing the panel to the wall, using the Stikwood recommended J Roller I rolled across the panel to ensure it was secure and remove any possible air bubbles.

Next, we moved on down the wall.

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As stated earlier, we didn’t finish this in the few hours we had together but we did make it up this side of the wall. I’ll share more progress next week with the final reveal of the wall. Ok, so what do you need to get started on a Stikwood panel project?

Tools Needed:

Level                                                                                                                                                              Safety glasses and gloves                                                                                                                     J Roller                                                                                                                                                          Miter Box (unless using a table saw which probably adjusts to the angle’s you’ll need)  Measuring Tape                                                                                                                                          Table Saw (in my opinion was the best solution over a circular saw)                                      Sander (this came in handy, but not necessary) we used a sander to shave off just a schmidge in some parts because as you know, houses settle)                                                      Trim Saw (again, this isn’t necessary) but it helped when we needed to rip down a couple panels once we got down to the baseboards.                                                                      Jig Saw (another tool not necessary) but helpful when making cuts around outlets and door frames.

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In this picture, I’m noticing a couple boards look like they’re popping out but in real life, I assure you they’re not. It may have been my angle.


Thank you so much for stopping by and taking the time to read this week’s post (I know it was a pretty lengthy one) we certainly had a lot to put into it!

See ya next week where I’ll move onto more of the Stikwood wall, what Black + Decker tools I used or found helpful to tackle this project, the fireplace installation and furnishings, and accessories alllllll before Reveal Week!



As always don’t forget to check out the other Guests of the One Room Challenge!



















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