I am done! Well, lots of little things to still do, but the #oneroomchallenge with Better Homes & Gardens is complete. And I stretched it down to the wire! It is Week 6 of the six-weekÂ One Room ChallengeÂ and you have to check out everyone’s reveals! WooHoo!
I started off with help on the painting and assembling, but they soon lost interest and I flew solo for projects that may have been easier with some extra hands…like to keep a door from falling on me or holding something straight so I didn’t have to redo it three times. But I did it! It may not be professionally perfect and have some quirks…but I did it!
The Embarrassingly Bad Before…
Just in case you forgot, here is our jam-packed, neglected master bedroom before the work started in Week 1. You can go back and check out my initial plans and see how they changed, lol.
I ended up having some surprise health issues pop up that slowed me down. I still have projects I’d like to do, but I couldn’t squeeze any more into the six weeks. But that just gives me more fun for later!
My Dark and Moody, Sleep-Inducing Master Bedroom…
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The “nightstands” were one of the projects that I had to hold off on so I have more time to hunt. In the meantime, I took a couple of my old DIYed counter stools from the kitchen, cut, and stained a “shelf”, and we have our temporary tables.
If you look in the before picture, you will see that the window behind the bed is actually half the size of the curtain panels by Ikea hanging behind he headboard. We keep this room dark and rarely use that window, so I decided I’d rather play up the wall.
The dimmable wall lamps free up table space as well as directing light just where it’s needed and not disturbing my snoozing husband.
A warm, soft first step in the morning made this shag rug from nuLOOM grab my attention and we love it!
The floral duvet and pillow shams have also been very cozy. I was nervous about ordering this online as I had already picked paint colors and unsure whether the colors online were true. Thankfully it worked great!
The rest of the pillow covers are from Ikea along with the Ikea down pillows. The two small wall prints, from Hobby Lobby, may or may not be temporary. I was planning on creating something for those spots but had to put it on the back burner because of time.
You can find my DIY old store door headboard in Week 4.
I created a built-in wardrobe wall in Week 3 using two Ikea Pax wardrobes and a Hemnes dresser. I also added Ikea’s Room Darkening shade to make the room even darker.
I added in a silver frame from our Mexican honeymoon a couple of decades ago with a picture of my husband and me on our honeymoon. We were so young…
I gathered up some plants and a diffuser I already had along with a few vintage items I scored from The Salvation Army.
I really love vintage mirrors even if they don’t share a perfect reflection. Swoon.
I’m still catching myself laying in bed and staring up at this awesome light fixture. It came in black but I spray painted it a satin bronze so it didn’t contrast as much with the ceiling. It is dimmable as well, but I haven’t added my dimmer switch yet. I can’t wait!
We found this ultra-comfortable vintage chair at Habitat for Humanity for $20! You can see the small changes that I did to it in my ORC Highlights on Instagram along with toning down our electric fireplace and redoing a really outdated lamp.
I started a gallery wall with some wall art from Hobby Lobby. Again, I was running out of time to create the mountain painting I had in mind. One of our favorite escapes is the mountains, so looking out from our bed to see these images is very calming.
The thing I am proudest of is the hinged sliding barn doors in Week 5. I couldn’t find anything already made so I went about creating this with everyone shaking their head at me. Challenge accepted and achieved.
The hinged door covers what will be our future cloffice, and the smaller door is to our tiny master bathroom that we renovated this past summer (blog post to come). It saves so much space in the small bathroom.
And now my exhausted self is going to curl up and enjoy this retreat that I put so much blood, sweat, and tears (literally all three) into. Until my next project…