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Spring ORC Bedroom Makeover Plans

Are you guys ready for another diy and decorating adventure? I sure hope so because today we’re sharing our Spring One Room Challenge Bedroom Makeover plans! This will be the 5thtime we’ve participated in the One Room Challenge and every season we learn so much more than we could have ever imagined.

If you’re not familiar with this event, The One Room Challenge is currently in its fifteenth season and to date, more than 3,000 rooms have been transformed by featured designers, guest participants, and design influencers. The entire process is documented over a six-week period as each participant shares inspiration, diy ideas, favorite tips and tricks, shopping resources, as well as a behind the scenes look at how everything is coming together along the way. It’s fun to follow because you never know what is going to happen during the 6 weeks!

As always, a big shout out to Linda of Calling it Home who created The One Room Challenge and to Better Homes and Gardens for being the official media partner of the ORC.

Are you guys surprised I’m throwing my hat in the ORC ring?

Me too!

In fact, I’ll just be completely honest with you, I had NO plans to tackle another makeover this soon given we’ve just finished the dining room and the lanai at Bliss Barracks.  Of course, I’m not saying I didn’t think about it at all or have a plan together “just in case” it worked out and we were able to rally and make it happen (wink-wink).  You know, I did!

But after discussing all the possible rooms that could use an ORC makeover with my bestie, S, and checking our spring travel schedule we decided it might be best to hold off until October because things were going to get really hectic really fast. Besides, room makeovers are incredibly messy, and I felt like we finally got the house back in order since finishing the dining room.

So, I told myself I was going to let it go.

And I did…kinda.

It’s just that after we moved the bookcases from the office into the living room because we were going to eventually (think summer) start transitioning the office into a bedroom and the bedroom into an office, I started thinking, “What exactly are we waiting for?” I mean, we could be using both spaces to their full potential right now if we just compromised on a few things – like finding an alternative wall treatment to shiplap or by totally taking the pressure off this makeover and not using the words “dream space” when referring to the bedroom retreat space.

They both seem doable, right?

I was still on the fence until yesterday morning at 130 am when I had all kinds of design inspiration floating around my head and I seriously thought, “Can we really pull this off?” I spent the next few minutes praying for a sign because that’s what you do when you really want to do something but have NO idea how you’re going to do it or even if you should do it at all.

Well, wouldn’t you know it, the podcast I was listening to while working out not even 5 hours later was on the importance of taking action. There were a lot of great points during the session, but in the end, it all came down to one simple thing…

if you do nothing, you get nothing.

So, here we are getting ready to make the office into a bedroom and the bedroom into an office nearly two months earlier than we had planned. We’re going to start by turning the office into a bedroom which means the first order of business will be to paint the walls in a fresh coat of Valspar’s Bistro White given the other walls in the house share that same color and we want to keep a consistent color palette. I hope this accent walls covers pretty easily!

Once that is finished, we’ll address the furniture situation.  I plan to use as much furniture as we already have on hand because this piece is part of a set my Mom has had since childhood. I’m not sure if we’re going to use both dressers in the bedroom or not, honestly, it all depends on how the closet functions. I might have to go with a larger piece like an armoire.  My Mom’s childhood set doesn’t have a desk, so we’ll be using one of the desks meant for the office as a nightstand in the bedroom.  That way, it can serve a dual purpose.

I’ve had this headboard for years and I plan to strip it down to the natural woodgrain which I’m hoping will be really pretty.  I’m also planning to add a wood applique to the middle of the headboard-mantel to dress it up just a bit.

After all the furniture needs have been addressed, we’ll start working on the decorative parts like building a simple wooden bed crown. I’m definitely hoping my Dad will be able to help with that project. I haven’t decided what print to use with the bed crown curtains or the bedroom curtains yet but I’m thinking they will probably match each other or at the very least complement each other in some way. We already have the Waverly pattern in the breakfast nook, and we love it so I’m hoping to go with something similar.

As far as linens go, we’ll be using a new comforter with vintage monogrammed sheets.

Finally, I need to decide on decorative accents like a lamp, rug, wall art and accessories.  I don’t want a lot because the room is pretty small and sometimes in small rooms, too much can look like too much.  I’m hoping we can strike a good balance though.  If you’ve been following along on any of our other makeovers you already know those last bits of decorative details get me every time! I’m up for the challenge though and I hope you are too ?

Thanks so much for following along on this One Room Challenge adventure.  I have a feeling this is going to be an exciting season! If you want to see more from the ORC spaces we’ve created in seasons past, I’ve listed them below:

Also, be sure to check out this seasons featured designers as well as the other guest participants, here. I’ll see you guys back here tomorrow with scenes from our week, a few menu ideas and all our favorite things from around the web. Until next time, I’ll see you on Instagram, Facebook and Pinterest.

Many blessings,


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  1. I can’t believe you’re taking down your office to make it a bedroom. I love your office. I’m sure you have a good plan in mind though. Who’s green rooms are those? They don’t even look like your style but I’m excited to see what you have in store for us.

    1. You’re so funny Bonnie – those green rooms are mine – no joke! We took the green bedroom and made it into a green office and then updated that same space as an office for the One Room Challenge in 2016. I promise I have a good plan now that we’re turning the office back into a bedroom. Also my new office will look almost identical to the old office because I’m with you, I loved it too. Thanks for cheering me on, CoCo

  2. Coco, I can’t wait to see it all come together! Isn’t it daunting and exciting all at the same time??!! We are going to be redoing our master bedroom for the One Room Challenge (I have yet to write my post — talk about last minute) but feel really inadequate in the participation arena. We are not doing anything glamorous or special, just giving it a refresh. I had almost talked myself out of participating but your quote hit home with me as well. I will be pulling my post together today and am looking forward to trying to get this completed on time! 🙂 Good luck and I’m looking forward to “working” with you on the ORC! 🙂 Hugs!!

    1. Oh my gosh, Benita, this is so exciting! I know your master bedroom refresh makeover is going to be fabulous. You are one talented lady! Honestly, I felt the same way about my space for the ORC too because it didn’t feel “fancy” enough. But that was just self-doubt creeping in for me and I suspect it might have been for you too. The thing we have to remember is that these spaces we are going to create will be a reflection of how we actually live. They’re going to nurture us when we’re sick, celebrate with us when we’ve had a win and comfort us on tough days. I know it might be hard sometimes especially as we get deep into this challenge but don’t let those self-doubt thoughts take hold – they are not true. You are a confident, creative, talented lady and the ORC is lucky to have you 🙂 Cheering you on, sweet friend, you can do this – CoCo

  3. I’m not surprised you’re taking on anither project at all Coco. You always say you’re not going to yet find a way to rally the troops anyway. I cant wait to follow along and see how this room comes together. I loved your office so it will be hard to beat.

    1. ha ha I feel like I just got busted, Sarah! I kept looking around at the two spaces (the office and the bedroom) thinking something has got to give and what I gave up was installing the shiplap so we could get started on everything. I think once we’re finished it will be the right choice but gosh, it’s going to be a lot of work over the next 4 weeks. Thanks so much for cheering us on, CoCo

  4. Shelia P. says:

    Hi CoCo! I’m fairly new to your blog so I had to look back at all your previous ORC’s. I can’t believe you’re taking on yet another one! Where DO you get your energy?! I’m totally in awe. I applaud you for tackling it yet again, lol! I love your vision board and I can’t wait to see how it all turns out! I’ll be following along for sure! Have a great day tomorrow! ?

    1. Believe me, Shelia, it feels totally bananas to me too! I just keep thinking though once we get the bedroom finished we’ll be able to spend more time making the office fully functional again. While I don’t mind working from the kitchen table at all, I’m realizing it is nice to have a bit more space to spread out. I loved my office so I’ll be keeping it pretty much the same once we move it into what is now the bedroom. Also since we already have a good portion of the furniture for the bedroom space I’m thinking it should be a fairly smooth transition. Well, that is what I’m telling myself anyway ha ha. Thanks so much for your sweet words and for cheering us on! Hugs, CoCo

    1. Thank you so much, Stacy I really appreciate it! I’m all kinds of excited about your office and laundry room. Hugs, CoCo

  5. Vee Muller says:

    CoCo, good luck with the ORC! My advice, start looking for wall art NOW! (I know how you are! )?
    Regards, Vee

  6. CoCo – we are cheering you on! Your design is so beautiful and well thought out! We wish that we could have joined this round of ORC – but we’re just not in the right head-space at the moment. Can’t wait to tune in next week! Much Love!
    Vicki and Jenn

  7. I can already picture this in my head CoCo – it’s going to go beautifully with the rest of your home, and as usual your attention to the smallest details shows. I can’t wait to see how it all comes together.

    1. Thank you, Lindsey! It’s definitely been a wild week trying to tackle what seems like a never ending to-do list but that’s always part of the fun. Thanks for being such a great cheerleader! Hugs, CoCo

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