Thursday, April 30, 2015

ONE ROOM CHALLENGE {WEEK 5}


SLIGHT panic attack as I just typed WEEK 5!  I'll admit, I tend to be a procrastinator and work best under pressure, but this one will be cutting it close for sure!

If you're visiting for the first time, welcome!  I'm making over my Master Bedroom (that we painted almost 3 years ago and then progress completely stalled).  This big ol' crazy party was created by Linda from Calling It Home to encourage those who need it (me!) to get busy and get a room finished.  Feel free to look back and catch up...


Week 1- Before photos and the plan
Week 2- Lighting & Furniture
Week 3- Work in progress
Week 4- Furniture

This week I feel like I might actually see a tiny bit of light at the end of the tunnel, but there is still so much to do.  And, we're expecting stormy weather early next week (no bueno for photographing), so I'm feeling the need to finish even sooner so I can photograph with some light!  

A few days ago I was finally able to begin putting some things in place.  My husband installed the amazing swing-arms that I wrote about in Week 3, got the tv mounted, and I started moving things in.  I'm thinking about a few things that will make up a gallery wall around the tv, and am trying to decide between color or black and white photos.  LOVE the look of a b&w photo wall (I have one in our Office), but am not sure if that's right for this room.  I'll be experimenting over the next few days.  Some pillow experimenting is happening here too.



This project kept me busy for several days this past week... but it was totally worth it!  You just get a sneak peek today, but these are the doors that lead into the bathroom, and they were just flat and black before.  There will definitely be more details coming about these in the coming weeks!  Sorry, they're really bright white, but my lighting was bad.


Updating the armoire was my other big project this week.  More details later, but remember it had a lighter stain that tended to read orange, as oak does.  This was my first time to try a gel stain, and I can say I'm pretty happy with the results!  The hardware has really had me stumped on this one.  Nothing seemed right.  I don't want it to go rustic, but anything too glam didn't seem to work either.  I *think* I finally came up with something yesterday, but still need to finalize.


Although I measured and cut a few weeks ago, I didn't get around to sewing my drapes until this week.  But, I'm happy to say,I finished the drapes late last night!  They still need to be hung, but I'm so glad to have that task in particular finished.  Sewing drapery panels (115" long and double width) with blackout lining (so hard to work with) is no fun at all!



Here's my tip for today...  when I'm working with large pieces of fabric on the floor, I use my cutting board under the edges as a make-shift ironing board (just don't leave your iron in one spot for too long on the cardboard).  Working with that much fabric and trying to keep all straight and together, it's nearly impossible to get it onto an ironing board.  So, I scoot along the floor and do as much as possible all in one spot.

Although that big sewing chore is done, I still have plenty of pillows to sew.  I've been playing with different possibilities and trying to decide which one I want where.  And then thinking about details... which ones need trim?  Should I monogram? What size?  How many?  So many decisions...  ;)  BTW, that's just the fabric that will be on the headboard thrown up in the back.  That's tomorrow's project!   
  

I've seriously been keeping an eye out for reasonably priced lamps for this room for months, and have come up empty handed.  I can't get to Homegoods very often, but when I did I never found the right thing.  This week I noticed these at Hobby Lobby, and I'm going to try them out.  Not exactly what I had in mind, but they just might work.  I think.  





To Do:
getting better, but still lots to mark off in a few short days!

DIY Upholstered Headboard- in progress
Bedding- Duvet, Bedskirt, Pillows
Make drapes and install
Switch out white blinds for bamboo shades- here but not installed
Update and paint nightstands
Ceiling Light (Chandelier Makeover post here)
Find and install lamps and other lighting
Choose Rug
Refinish armoire and install new hardware
Add molding, prime and paint fireplace
Mount TV to wall
Sitting area gallery wall
Reupholster ottoman stools
Choose chair fabric and have reupholstered
Choose artwork/mirror for headboard wall
Add molding and repaint doors to bathroom
Accessories

Thanks so much for checking in today, be sure to visit the other Linking One Room Challenge participants here!



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Friday, April 24, 2015

BEST OF THE NEST LINK PARTY {APRIL}


Welcome to another Best of the Nest link party, we're all so glad you're here!
  

Thursday, April 23, 2015

ONE ROOM CHALLENGE {WEEK 4}


You guys, we're on a serious countdown and I'm rapidly approaching panic mode!  I'm constantly debating whether or not I'm going to be able to finish.  Why oh why did I make such an ambitious to-do list, full of so many DIYs?  

If you're just jumping in, I'm working on my Master Bedroom that we actually painted over two years ago, and I've been "planning" the rest of the makeover ever since.  I'm so grateful to Linda from Calling It Home for spear-heading this challenge, and encouraging us to get something done, within an obviously much-needed time frame.  Feel free to look back and catch up on Week 1, Week 2, and Week 3.  

This was furniture week!  It's been a rainy forecast, but I knew Monday would be nice, so I scrambled to set up the paint shop in the back yard. 



Wednesday, April 22, 2015

$20 BRASS CHANDELIER MAKEOVER


Hi there, friends!  I have been working extra hard to knock out my never-ending ORC to-do list.  I've hardly been on the computer or social media, so I'm feeling a little out of the loop!  Looking forward to catching up with everyone around the web soon.  I did want to check in today, though, with the details from a project I showed you a few weeks ago. 

In my week 2 update for the One Room Challenge, I shared the chandelier in our room that we replaced the ceiling fan with.  I've always loved Jenny's giant chandelier and looked for one for a long time, but never came across a similar one.  However, I finally came across this one and thought it might work. 



Friday, April 17, 2015

BLOGGER STYLIN' HOME TOURS: SPRING EDITION


Today I'm so excited to wrap up one of the best weeks in blogland... the Blogger Stylin' Home Tours!

I wanted to thank Lindsay of The White Buffalo Styling Company for allowing me to once again be a part of this edition.  I've participated in each BSHT since the beginning, and I always think they're so much fun!  If you're stopping by from Primitive and Proper, thanks for coming!  I just adore Cassie's personality-filled home.

If you're new for the tour today, welcome to our home!  We have lived in this house almost 8 years, and are slowly but surely working to update it and make it our own.  We'll begin our tour at the front porch.  I buy these giant Kimberly Queen ferns from Lowe's every year, and with the huge statement that they make, I consider them money well spent!



Thursday, April 16, 2015

ONE ROOM CHALLENGE {WEEK 3}


As I was checking in on some of my favorite bloggers yesterday for their One Room Challenge updates (see the group of Wednesday gals at Calling It Home), several of them mentioned that we're at the half way mark.  Way to give a girl heart palpitations!  I feel like I've barely dipped my toe in the water, I definitely need to get a move on with this makeover! 



If you're new here, Welcome!  You can catch up on my makeover progress here:

I do have a few more things to cross off the list this week...  

I finished the stools that I shared last week, and is anyone surprised that I added the nailheads AND the ribbon?  I plan for them to sit at the end of the bed, but they're in the living room right now and it's the perfect spot for them.  I hope I can tear them away when the bedroom is finished!  I'll have a tutorial soon for their makeover.  Bonus, you get a little sneak peek of what's going on for my Blogger Stylin' Home Tour that I'll be sharing tomorrow. I'd love for you to come back and check out the Spring touches I've added around my home! (Sorry for the yellow-y tint, it was getting dark.)



Monday, April 13, 2015

BETTER THAN CRAIGSLIST FIND


So you guys know I'm supposed to be working on my bedroom for the One Room Challenge, but things come up, and I get distracted and project hop.

Last week after picking up the kids from school, we turned on a street we don't normally drive down in the neighborhood to drop a friend off at home.  And it was big trash day. And I spied a pretty chest amid a pile of boxes on a curb.

We took our friend home, and I circled back around the block to get a better look.  After hopping out to take a look, I wrangled my daughter into helping me hoist it into the back of the truck (it was HEAVY for these two girls!).  Thus, the better than Craigslist... it was FREE!



Thursday, April 9, 2015

ONE ROOM CHALLENGE {WEEK 2}


Welcome, friends!  Well, that was probably the fastest week ever!  I'm a first-timer, but I have a feeling participating the One Room Challenge makes time fly by even faster than usual.  A big thanks to Linda at Calling it Home for organizing this big party, and motivating us to get moving on a space in our home!



Well, I feel like I'm off to a slow start, but we have accomplished a few things.  Knowing that I'd be tackling my bedroom one day and having a vague idea of the direction I was headed, I've been hoarding Craigslist finds for a while.  Although I didn't have a sure plan for them until recently, I had some basics on hand when the room plan started coming together.

Let's start at the top... Over a year ago I floated the idea to my husband of getting rid of the ceiling fan.



Tuesday, April 7, 2015

IF YOU MISSED IT {JANUARY-MARCH}


It's been a while since I've done a review, but there's some new friends here so I wanted to make sure you didn't miss out!  I honestly thought I would only have a few posts to re-cap today, but the last 3 months were much more productive than I remembered.



Friday, April 3, 2015

BEST OF THE NEST MARCH FEATURES


You guys, we had the HARDEST time choosing features this month!  There were so many good projects linked up this time.  Be sure to check out our Best of the Nest Pinterest board for even more projects featured there.

Brynne from The Gathered Home took an awkward catch-all closet and transformed it into a stunning Vintage Boho Closet Reading Nook.  Will the power of paint never cease to amaze?  I love her clever addition of a vintage tablecloth tied back as a curtain, so eye-catching and sentimental at the same time!




Thursday, April 2, 2015

ONE ROOM CHALLENGE {WEEK 1}


Hi everyone!  If you're new here to follow along with the challenge, welcome!  I'm so glad you're here.  

It is with a great deal of excitement and an equal amount of fear that I kick off my project for the One Room Challenge today.  This is my first time to participate, and I'm afraid I don't know what I'm in for!  If you're new to the ORC, it's a challenge to design and complete a space in just 6 weeks.  There are many home and design bloggers participating, and it's so much fun to see what everyone gets accomplished during such a short amount of time.  For years, I've enjoyed following along with others who are participating... Wednesdays and Thursdays are easy to waste away on the computer checking up on everyone's progress.  And the week of the finale?  It's like Christmas morning for design bloggers!  Many thanks to Linda of Calling It Home for dreaming up the ORC, and keeping it all so well organized.




For the next 42 days, I'll be doing my best to transform my Master Bedroom.  I'm considering these my true before photos, since it's the last time the room was finished.