Thursday, April 23, 2015


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. 

Prep ended up taking most of the day, and thankfully the Lord blessed with another beautiful day on Tuesday so I could finish up before the rain came.  I trimmed out the fireplace and got it all painted...

Here's a look at the base that my Dad built for it to sit on so it will be a bit taller and more substantial in the room.  It's tiny without it!  Pretty straightforward, but of course it's perfect and he filled every nail hole.  ;)  

We think the entire piece turned out so well.  With each project that gets checked off the list, I just keep thinking "What took me so long to get that done???"

The nightstands (see the before here) got painted also.  I posted an in-process pic on Instagram to document the first time I've ever painted a piece of furniture white.  Can you believe it?

I still need to attach the hardware, and will be using these beauties from D. Lawless Hardware.  I've loved these since the first time I saw them and was waiting for the perfect project to use them on. That scalloped detail makes me swoon!  

I can't wait to tell you more about this makeover in the next few weeks, there's one aspect of it that I'm particularly proud of... stay tuned!

The doors that lead to the bathroom were removed and I got them all sanded down (I painted them black a while back, but with this design decided to take them back to white.)  I'm working on a special trim detail for them, so they're still in progress.  Here's a sneak peek:

The last project in the works for now is the headboard.  We've gathered the supplies and I decided on the shape and size, but that's as far as we are.   Can't believe I'm posting this, but I tried it out for size and I'll share with you just so you have an idea.  Those pillows are Euro size, so the headboard will be tall- around 6 feet.   (Please don't think my home is always perfect like you usually see in photos like my Spring Home Tour.  This is real life, especially when I'm in project mode... we live here... and usually just outside the camera frame things are definitely different than they appear in the photo!)

I'm really undecided on what kind of art to do on that wall.  I have a pair of the mirrors that you see in the pic.  Do I...
-leave those and keep it empty above the bed? 
-use artwork over the nightstands and do some type of mirror (probably sunburst or maybe my peacock) over the bed?  
-use artwork over the nightstands and keep it empty above the bed?  

Decisions, decisions.  As I looked through my Bedroom Pinterest board (are you following me on Pinterest?) most of the images I've pinned keep things very simple, with either something over the bed OR something over the nightstands.  I'm going to have to play around with that arrangement a little bit.  What are your thoughts?

OK, about that list...

To Do: 

DIY Upholstered Headboard- in progress
Bedding- Duvet, Bedskirt, Pillows
Make drapes- in progress
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
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- in progress

Check out the other Linking One Room Challenge participants here!

See you back here tomorrow for Best of the Nest.  If you're a blogger, we'd love to have you join the party and come link up your best project from April!

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  1. You are killing it! please know this is the week I always feel like I took on too much and I will never finish. You are right on target with everything and I promise you it will be even more amazing because she DIYed so much of it.

    Please notice ... I had to stop reading your update to order those pulls for my laundry room. They are to die for ... and way better than the silly ones I put together. They will be forever known as the Jennifer pulls!

    It's amazing, beyond really. I can't wait to blog about it on Monday!!

  2. Love the fireplace, it looks fabulous and the night stands are amazing too. Great find on the hardware. Can't wait to see it all come together.

  3. Wow! You got a lot done!! I know things seem crazy now but I'm betting you get it all done, and in the end you will be sooo glad you did it!! I know I was! :)

  4. Wow, what a creative way to prevent the paint from getting into the drawers with those packing bumbles. "pinned"

  5. I just didn't want to take the time to tape them off! ;) Actually the air force from the sprayer blew them around some. I think if I had packed them a little tighter it would have worked better. Crumpled up newspaper would have probably done the trick too!

  6. Natasha @ The Simply Luxe LifeApril 23, 2015 at 10:16 AM

    The fireplace turned out beautifully! Great work - can't wait to see it all come together!

  7. Wow! You have accomplished so much already! The fireplace, cabinet hardware, and headboard sneak peeks look amazing. I love seeing how you set up your paint area. As for over the bed, I heard a designer a looong time ago say s/he (can't even remember!) never put anything over the bed because in an earthquake it would fall on your head. Although I live in Michigan, I've since been reluctant to hang anything in this space. Whatever you choose, though, I am positive will be lovely; you have fantastic taste!

  8. You are such a superstar! You have accomplished so much already. It's going to look fantastic!

  9. Girl, you're making GREAT progress! I love your outdoor paint shop - I was doing the same thing this past weekend, but the weather hasn't cooperated since! I'm relegated to my "work shop" area in the unfinished part of our basement. You're tackling a lot! I can't wait to see it all come together. :-)

  10. Lisa @ Shine Your LightApril 23, 2015 at 2:44 PM

    Jennifer, I love the shape of the headboard, and your fireplace is going to be such a fabulous edition to this room. What a great dad you have to help you out with the base! You have done so much already, it will all get done and look fabulous!

  11. Love your paint shop! :) Way to get it all done. I'm surprised about the white nightstands but your vision is always wonderful and the hardware is to die for! My daughter just bought a new piece of furniture and gave me the antique piece that I've wanted for a long time. It's white! :) It's in my bedroom and so far I'm loving it. You'll get it all done and it will be stunning!

  12. Jennifer you make me laugh and for that I am grateful! I hear ya, I have all these DIY projects but the time is not on my side. I always love your style and this is just shaping up to be fab! That headboard shape is awesome! I wish I had a handy dad or husband to help with all my ORC challenges. :) I like how you paint too, noting this for the future. Let's do this! Sarah (Sarah Sofia Productions)

  13. Cindy DIYbeautifyApril 23, 2015 at 3:26 PM

    You really took on an ambitious project Jennifer! I know it will all come together, even if not all the projects get completed. You will wow us will vibrant color as you always do! Keep plowing through!

  14. Good advice! We've actually been having 4.0+ earthquakes here in Oklahoma over the past few years. Crazy!

  15. Pam @ Simple DetailsApril 23, 2015 at 5:32 PM

    Yay for progress, girl!! The headboard is going to be fantastic, I love the height! Your white nightstands will be beautiful with all your fun fabrics, too! Good luck this week!

  16. You've done so much already. I love the look of your fireplace. Your headboard is the same shape as the one we are making too. Love your style Jennifer!

  17. I would let those gorgeous swing arm lamps be the focal point on the sides of the bed and hang artwork or a mirror over the bed. Unless you frame the wall behind the bed with molding like in several of your pins, that could look great too!

    Robin @

  18. Love the fireplace! Can't wait for more!

  19. You're making great progress, and I know the end result is going to be fabulous! I think that one statement piece over the bed would be best. I'm sure the eye will be drawn to the bed when you walk in the room. If it was me, I'd do a big wall quote like "Love is a many splendored thing".

  20. Holy smokes, you've been busy! Aren't handy dads the best? I'm loving your headboard. Will ya hurry up and finish that please? ha!

  21. Love the stand you guys did for your fire place! Beautiful work! Your headboard art dilemma is confusing, if you really can't decide something yet in time for the reveal, I would put 1 mirror on top, in the center. That way, once you do find something you really like, you have only one hole to fill! 2 similar art works above the night stand works, or B & W photos of you and your hubs. I would go though for tall big mirrors too on both ends. Good luck, whatever you do, I'm sure it'll be perfect dear!

  22. You are just amazing! I love the shape of your headboard! And a fireplace makes a bedroom so cozy. 2 weeks to go!

  23. Julia @cuckoo4designApril 27, 2015 at 6:17 AM

    That base for the fireplace sure makes a big difference. And love that you went white with the nightstands

  24. Jennifer, everything is looking so beautiful! I am in painting mode as well and it is killing me!! That hardware you chose is fabulous! Go girl!!

  25. Stacye Ball HixsonApril 27, 2015 at 3:35 PM

    You are making great progress and I can't wait to see the finished product. I know it will be a masterpiece like the rest of your house.


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