You guys, I can’t believe we’re finally at the master bedroom reveal day of the One Room Challenge hosted by Linda of Calling It Home!
Truth be told, when both of my grandparents passed away unexpectedly a few weeks before the One Room Challenge even started I was pretty sure I wasn’t going to be able to participate. During that same time, I got really sick with an upper respiratory infection, we had company planning to stay with us in early April, there was the Easter holiday weekend and multiple birthdays to celebrate in-between. By the time my dad was rushed to the hospital during week five for heart trouble, I was certain I had made a huge mistake. Every week if you had seen our calendar and been behind the scenes, it seemed there was no possible way we’d be able to pull it off much less finish.
I can’t explain it but in the quiet of my mind, I knew I needed something to keep my thoughts occupied, my spirits up and a creative outlet to keep busy after an unimaginable tragedy. I’ll just say, it wasn’t easy. There were so many times, I thought we were in way over our heads because the timeline was that tight. It wasn’t all Chip, “I’m passing the baton…do your best…I believe you’re going to make this place magical JoJo” either. There were tears and short tempers, sore backs and long soaks. There was an “I can’t eat take out one. more. day. or I’m gonna lose it” episode and a “Why are we out of cookies already, how many are you actually eating a day!” episode. It was kind of nuts.
There comes in point during all the crazy, you just have to laugh it out and let it go though. Because if you don’t, it’s going to stop being fun and no one wants to DIY when it’s not fun. You also have to remember why you’re doing what you’re doing, right? Because you want to create a retreat space… a place to laugh, relax, and unwind with the people you love most.
We started out Week One, flying high like, “look at my design board” and “check out my plan” and “we’ve SO got this” high fiving all over the place…
We painted the walls in Valspar’s Cathedral Stone on the top and Ultra White on the bottom then we installed board and batten.
We ripped out the old carpet and stenciled the floors with the Lisboa Tile Stencil from Royal Design Studio Stencils.
By the time we added $30 window trim it finally felt like things we starting to take shape.
We worked late at night, early in the mornings and every weekend available. We made huge, dirty, dusty messes all over the house and on the front lawn too. It was bananas.
Midstream there was a, “Hey, I really think my style is mid-century modern,” only to come back a few days later, “No for real, I think my style is for sure, traditional.” Before finally confidently requesting, “Hey, can you make it look like a library and a carriage house had a baby? Because that classic sort of style is definitely my jam.” All that change and indecisiveness had me feeling like drinking way too early in the afternoon ha ha!
But we pressed on, painting the dresser and mirror with General Finishes Milk Paint in Lamp Black
and changed out the hardware including our own version of an oil-rubbed bronze back plates.
They’re a Southern staple and a non-negotiable, what can I say?
We painted the nightstand (twice, I know!) before we settled on English Tea Party by Valspar which we love.
The artwork we originally chose didn’t arrive with enough to time have it framed so the, “lady of the house” is on loan from another room for right now. The books and trophy style cup are all thrifted and the duck is an heirloom pipe holder.
The armoire is also painted in English Tea Party and was previously used as a TV cabinet.
But after hearing, “Can you help me find my phone, security badge, keys, wallet, bank card – I’m running late!” almost every morning, we transitioned it to a working wardrobe that I hope will keep the “morning scramble” down to a minimum.
My mom was so sweet to help source a good many of the thrifted and estate sale finds in this space. She found this console table we decided to use as a desk for $30 which we warmed up with dark furniture wax. You can read all about that process here.
About a week later we were out shopping for accessories together and we found this chair for $22 at an estate sale. We found so many great things on that trip.
Part of our original goal was to create a seating area in the bedroom for morning coffee, late night work sessions or just relaxing.
My bestie S made this ottoman out of scrap pieces we already had in the garage which is going to be great for spreading out books and drinks or to simply prop up.
My parents decided to change out the jute rug they were using in the living room at Loblolly Manor so they gave us the rug. The color was a perfect fit for the gray chairs from Joss and Main.
We found the “library hutch” at an estate sale for $12 last year. It’s probably part of a china hutch/buffet combo which I thought we would use in the office makeover but we needed something that would be streamlined and hold the TV. S built the “feet” so it looks like an intentional piece of furniture now. I’ll share it in more detail with you next week.
All the books and thrifted silver have been picked up here and there at estate sales and thrift stores.
It’s hard to imagine the master bedroom went from this…
We couldn’t be happier with the way everything came together though. The entire experience has a big lesson in staying the course, talking it through and trusting that each of us would bring our best gifts. Without a doubt, this master bedroom makeover would not have been possible without S and my mom. They are beyond gracious, creative and all around rock star amazing. We could not have pulled this off transformation without their help, love or support.
I also don’t think we would have had such a strong finish without you guys. All your sweet comments, private emails, direct messages and prayers along the way gave me the stamina to finish on the days I was utterly exhausted and missed my grandparents so much I found myself crying over the most random things. I appreciate you guys more than I could ever convey.
Finally, I want to thank House Beautiful and Linda of Calling It Home who has been a fabulous cheerleader over the past 6 weeks. Thank you to General Finishes and Royal Design Studio Stencils for always being fantastic sponsors.
As you can imagine we are overdue for an extra long weekend so we’ll be spending the next few days at the relaxing at the bookstore, eating ice cream, watching movies, listening to Amos Lee Radio, celebrating the end of this challenge with breakfast in bed painting what’s left of my nails, drinking venti chai tea lattes with almond milk taking picnic lunches to the beach, and snuggling this sweet little lady anytime she wants.