Master Makeover – ORC Reveal!

Hi everybody! It’s Week 6 of the One Room Challenge hosted by Linda at Calling it Home, and that means it’s REVEAL day. This was a project with plenty of challenges along the way, and you can catch up with every bit of it here: Week 1 | Week 2 | Week 3 | Week 4 | Week 5. Things had only just started to come together last week, and then I got the stomach flu over the weekend and had to do a lot of work in small bursts between longer periods laying on the couch. We made it, though, and I’m thrilled to show you the results. Have a look!

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And since the bedroom is also prominently a room enjoyed at night, here’s a shot of the ambiance when the sun goes down.

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After spending a full five weeks doing the labor on this room, it felt pretty surprising to us how well and quickly the design came together and everything worked out at the end. Once the trim was all installed and we started bringing in the furniture, we were kind of walking around saying “wow” to everything. We’re really crazy about how it looks and feels. It’s so inviting, serene, and cozy, and we’re definitely looking forward to “moving in” (because I basically haven’t let anyone use the room yet). It’s been nice just admiring it too, though. 🙂

If you followed this room from the beginning, you know that the design plan started out with an accident–I bought the red rug thinking it was rust colored, and I kind of freaked out when it arrived because I hate decorating with red. So I formed a plan to balance the vibrant color with elements that felt more me. My exact vision was based on this photo and was pair the red with plenty of black, a contrasting color (like this gorgeous mint), and lots of natural elements. Though my original plan for this Hygge & West wallpaper fell by the wayside (that’s the sample framed on my nightstand), and we did not succeed in restoring the finish of the wood floors, I still stuck pretty much exactly with the essence of my design inspiration, and the result did not disappoint. And if you’re wondering how I feel about the red rug now–well, it’s #ruglove. I honestly barely notice that the rug is red anymore, but I think the bright color and middle eastern pattern bring the perfect unexpected element give the room a little bit of edge.

I can’t close this out without giving a tremendous shout out to my husband, Justin. He did an incredible amount of work on this room that I didn’t even cover in these posts. Tedious, hard, unglamorous work like scribing every baseboard to the lowest point on its wall so that we had even height trim and no gaps between the uneven floors. He’s the hero of this renovation, and I’m so thankful for his support whenever I say I want to do something really hard in a crazy amount of time.

Thank you all, too, for your support, interest, and feedback throughout this challenge. Your amazing optimism kept me going through the tough times. And last but not least, thank you Linda for hosting this wonderful event that brings us all together.

Now head on over to Calling it Home and check out the many other hardworking participants’ reveals. I can’t wait to go through them all over the next few weeks!

Sources: Bed | Duvet | Throw | Lumbar Pillow (similar) | String Lights | Task Lamps | Floor Lamp | Globe Wall Lamp | Curtains | Throw Pillow | Throw Pillow

Dresser set, nightstands, rattan chair, wicker stool, both decorative mirrors, poster, and trunk are all vintage. The black bench was DIYed.

Photos by Britt and Justin Kingery.

Our Little Sofa Featured in Better Homes & Gardens Online

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Okay, so if you know anything about the sofa in question, it’s that it’s not remotely little–it’s over 8 feet long. But anyway, you know what I mean. I’m super excited that our big/little sofa is part of a Better Homes and Gardens article about decorating with indigo! It’s a treat to have my work featured alongside some very talented ladies with fabulous spaces, and the article itself includes really great tips for using this bold but elegant color. Check out Crushing On: Indigo by Brittany Hayes of Addison’s Wonderland.

While you’re at it, check out some of the other bloggers featured:

And don’t forget to come back for our One Room Challenge reveal on Thursday–I’m so thrilled with how it turned out!

Master Makeover – ORC Week 5

Hi all! It’s Week 5 of the One Room Challenge hosted by Linda at Calling it Home. For those of you not familiar with the ORC, it’s important to know that it’s a 6-WEEK room makeover event across the blogosphere, meaning that this is the final update before next week’s big reveals. Just typing that makes me want to ribbon dance with joy and at the same time retreat into a closet somewhere with a large chocolate cake. We’ve run into a lot of roadblocks with this one, but after last week’s floor debacle (you may also want to catch up on Week 1 | Week 2 | or Week 3), I think we’re finally over the hump. It’s kind of like the moment on a long road trip when your destination finally starts appearing on mileage signs. The end may not be near, exactly, but at least you have some confirmation that it’s actually out there.

This week I’m happy to say that we have floors! We also have painted walls, an assembled and painted bed (after the floors ended up black, I decided to make the bed white instead), and about half our trim and baseboards installed.

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Pardon the construction zone. There is obviously still lots of work being done, and this picture was taken last night with lighting that was less than glamorous, to say the least, but at least you can see that progress is happening! Our furniture is ready to go back into the room once the baseboards are complete, and most of our accessories, bedding, art, etc has been purchased. It’s kind of tough to have the stuff and not be able to move it in because of the mess we’re still making, but it will be really exciting to see the room come together quickly at the end (hopefully over the weekend).

The manual labor part of this job has lasted so long, I feel like I maybe haven’t done the best job giving you guys a sense of the pretty stuff that’s going into this room, but I promise, it’s going to be good.

Here’s a look at some of the accessories going into the room:

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I’m also going to make a bench similar to this one I made for our downstairs bedroom:

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And I have plans for this trunk I shared on Instagram a while back:

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I hope you’ll come back and check out the reveal next week. It really is going to be a dramatic difference from this room six weeks ago.

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Now head on over to Calling it Home and check in with the other linking participants! See you next week!

 

Master Makeover – ORC Week 4

Welcome back to Week 4 of the One Room Challenge, hosted by Linda at Calling it Home. If you need to catch up on our makeover, check out Week 1 | Week 2 | Week 3.

As for Week 4–well, in short, everything seemed to go wrong last week. By everything, I mean our hardwood floors. We were planning to refinish and re-stain the floors, which I repeatedly said were in good shape. I don’t know if I jinxed myself or was just being overly optimistic, but we found out the very hard and dirty way this week that the floors were not, in fact, in good enough shape.

Here’s how it happened. Friday night, we rented a sander to start refinishing the floors. We sanded all Friday night and most of the day on Saturday. From the beginning, there were signs that the floors weren’t going to turn out quite as planned. For one, the discolored areas where the old walls used to be were not sanding out. Also, the floors had been quite dirty, and when they started to clear, it was evident that the wood was much more blotchy, and in some areas, stained than we had realized. After about 3 hours, I was concerned. After about 6-8 hours, I was doubtful. We should have known then that it just wasn’t going to happen. But we wanted to restore these floors so badly that we forged on. It took over 12 hours to sand, condition, and stain the floors. We wrapped that up Saturday night. On Sunday morning, when I opened the bedroom door and saw the floors “finished” (minus poly) for the first time, I was crushed. Here’s a look at one corner.

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I have to admit I had myself a couple pretty good cries on Sunday.

Then I had to remind myself, there’s no crying in the One Room Challenge. You have to keep going. I knew by this point that the only alternative was to paint. At first I thought white would be the way to go, but after putting down primer and getting a sense of how it would look, it felt like one of those dressing room moments when you look in the mirror and say, “It’s pretty, but it’s just not me.” So the floors will be black. High gloss black, because 1) I know from our green floors that polyurethane makes painted floors much easier to clean, 2) since we are going so dark with the color, we need a reflective quality to give back some of that light, and 3) drama.

Here are a few of the rooms that inspired the black paint choice.


Hus & Hem via Desire to Inspire (GO look at this tour–it’s gorgeous!)


via Old Brand New


via Milk Magazine


via Paige Morse Creative

The black is super chic, right? It can look stark (the pics of the room right now are still a little scary–hopefully I can share some sneek peeks next week), but with a lot of texture and natural elements, it feels cozy and inviting. With our large, colorful rug, plenty of other textiles, warm wood furniture, and a few plants, I think it will suit the room well. Had I known from the start the floors would be black, I might have gone with a straight-up white on the walls, but as it is, we are using a very light, warm gray (SW Icy Avalanche), and it looks good, too.

Possibly the worst news is that the failed stain job set us back about 5 days. Not only did we waste a bunch of time with the marathon sanding, but because we put down oil-based stain, we had to wait 2-3 days, then put down a oil-based primer before we could apply the floor paint. We will polyurethane the floors tonight, then we’ll have to wait a week before furniture can be moved in. It’s going to be down to the wire for us for sure.

Anyway, if you’re still reading this tale of woe, thanks for sticking it out. The design plan is going to stay the same generally, but in a way I feel the vibe of the room is going to be different than I had originally imagined. The wallpaper that everyone generously weighed in on last week (thank you for that!) is pretty much ruled out. I definitely think it would be over the top with the bright rug and dramatic floors.

Hoping to have happy news for next week’s (final–eeeeek!) progress post.

Now head on over to Calling it Home and check out the other participants’ progress. We’re getting close to the end, and I can’t wait to see how all these fab projects are getting on!

Master Makeover – ORC Week 3

In the ” worse before it gets better” trajectory of a renovation, we have so far been stuck in the “worse” phase of our master bedroom. If you missed weeks one and two, you can see the project introduction and before pictures here and the first week progress and mood board here. To briefly recap, we are doing a floor-to-ceiling reno of our master bedroom that has so far included scraping the ceilings, tearing out the carpet, and laying and patching some of the original flooring (more on that in a bit). Justin has said to me a few times  that “this is as bad as it will get,” and he may finally be right. After discovering plywood in both closets and several sunken or split boards in the floor, the patching is done, and the makeshift carpenter’s shop that popped up will soon exit the bedroom. We plan to sand and refinish the floors this weekend, and after that, things should start to get cleaner and more orderly. Fast! That’s the hope anyway.

Here are a couple of mess/progress shots from this week.

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Very glamorous over here this week, you guys.

I also promised to breakdown the mood board for you in this post–which I will–but it took only since last week for the plan to change, or at least for a few question marks to crop up.

Here’s what I started out with:

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  1. Pattern People for Hygge & West Forest Floor wallpaper – Early in the project I was really committed to putting wallpaper on the wall behind the bed, basically to emphasize the focal point and give some added visual interest since we aren’t using curtains. As the room is getting painted, though, I’m less and less sure about the wallpaper. I still absolutely love the design, but the plain wall looks so serene (remember it from last week?). My taste usually tends to land on the side of MORE but I’m wondering if that’s the right call here. It’s a dense pattern with lots of movement and really packs a punch, but I’m not sure whether I want this room to punch in that particular way. I figure I can always order it later if the room starts to feel lacking, but I know Justin would politely but firmly pretend to not hear me if I ask to take it down in 6 months. What’s your feeling? Wallpaper or no?
  2. Photograph of Positano – Lots of wall space for art in this room, and photos of the Italian coast have really been speaking to me as a (half) Italian girl. We also thrifted a large vintage poster over the weekend, so if I can sneak “build custom frame” onto Justin’s to-do list, it could also be an option.
  3. Glass lamp with cork shade – We’ve had these lamps and shades from Target (the smaller version of the ones linked) for a few years, and the cork works well with the “natural elements” aspect of my design plan.
  4. Broyhill Brasilia nightstands – These are our existing nightstands, and they’re so fabulous I would never really think of replacing them. We also have a mid-century dresser set that will be going in the room (you can see it in our old bedroom here).
  5. CB2 Alchemy Bed – Pulling a little bait-and-switch on you with this one. This gorgeous bed is actually not the one we’re using. Instead, we got the trusty Ikea Tarva bed, which I’ll be painting black (matte or gloss TBD, but opinions welcome). BUT, I needed a black bed for the mood board. The Tarva’s original natural wood just did not give the right effect, while this lovely bed is truly the stuff of dreams.
  6. Red Afghan Rug – My lovely red “accident” rug (see week one for more details) has grown on me a lot since it first arrived, and I can’t wait to see how it looks in the room. I bought it on eBay from this seller–just beware the coloring in the photos.
  7. H&M Cotton Pillow – I love these H&M pillow covers. They’re REALLY reasonably priced and nice, too! Ikea sells 20×20 pillow forms for like $6, so I’m going to grab a couple of those and call it a day for only about $30 for both.
  8. H&M Velvet Pillow
  9. CB2 Mint Lumbar Pillow – I’m not at all pleased to tell you that after 10 days of waiting impatiently for this pillow to arrive, I noticed in my order that it is backordered, and CB2 reports it will not be in stock by the end of the ORC. So, I’m going to buy only the pillow form and make the cover myself.

Wallpaper thoughts, PLEASE! I feel you need to be really, really, really sold on wallpapering before you hang anything, so maybe the fact that I’m second guessing it is my answer right there.

Also don’t forget to check out the rest of the linking participants over at Calling it Home!

Master Makeover – ORC Week 2

It’s week 2 of the One Room Challenge, hosted by Linda at Calling it Home, and if you missed last week’s introduction to our master bedroom, go back and check it out here, because you’ll see none of that blue and carpeted bedroom in today’s post. You will, however, see the official mood board, so stick it out through the reno picks for some pretty at the bottom!

We spent the week ceiling scraping, carpet ripping, and just generally destroying our home in the best way. You may recall from last week that we were eager/anxious to see what lay beneath the carpet, and I’m happy to report that the prognosis for the original wood flooring is mostly good. There is a small bit of complicating news, which I’ll get to in a minute, but first let me walk you through the progress.

Step 1 involved scraping the ceiling while the carpet was still in place. I wondered whether scraping would be as easy as it looks in videos, but I found that it truly isn’t that difficult. The key to scraping is to get the popcorn exactly the right amount of wet. Too wet and you can gouge the drywall, not wet enough and you won’t get the surface smooth. This was our first time with this process, so it took some trial and error to figure out what wet enough was, but we got the hang of it,the work went pretty quickly, and the look of the smooth ceilings was good motivation.

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It was nearly heavenly, in fact.

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Step 2 was tearing up the carpet and padding to reveal the hardwoods! Here’s a shot of the cleared room.

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The floors are dirty for sure with plenty of paint and drywall dust, and it’s also easy to see where the walls were pushed back at some point. The lines where there is no stain on the floor show the original dimensions, and the doorway was very close to where I took this picture–the original room was tiny! On the whole, though, the floors are in really, really good shape for refinishing. The only small problem is that someone “forgot” to extend the wood flooring into the closets. Instead, they screwed down plywood and other random types of boards. We consulted a flooring guy who said we can use new red oak flooring to pretty well match our old Douglass fir boards, but the guy himself declined to take on the potentially tedious patch job. Never fear, though, my intrepid husband immediately said he’d try his hand at it and has already started laying boards. So far it’s going well, so check back next week to see where the saga takes us next.

I showed my original inspiration photo last week, and here’s how I’m interpreting it for our room.

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I’m trying to keep these posts snappy, since I know there’s a lot of One Room Challenge goodness to enjoy and only so many hours in everyone’s week, so next week I’ll go more in-depth on the design plan and sources for the items pictured (if you can’t wait until next week, though, just leave me a comment!).

Now get on over to Calling It Home and check out the other participants’ progress!

Master Makeover – ORC Week 1

I’m pretty excited today, because I’ve been waiting for this day for 5 months. This is true. Pretty much as soon as we wrapped up our kitchen makeover for the One Room Challenge in May, I’ve been planning to participate in the fall edition and take on our master bedroom. And now the day has finally come to put my obsessive thoughts to work and kick this renovation off!

For those of you who aren’t familiar with it, the One Room Challenge is hosted twice a year by Linda at Calling it Home. Iit’s a 5 week event in which 20 select design bloggers and as many linking participants who are crazy enough to take it on transform one room and share weekly progress. It was a ton of fun when we did the kitchen last spring, and best of all it helped us knock out a project that probably still wouldn’t be done otherwise.

Let me show you the space and  tell you a little bit about and our plans for it.

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We haven’t touched the master bedroom since we moved into our house about 8 months ago (we’re using the downstairs guest room for our bedroom), and it’s time to make this a proper bedroom. It’s an irregularly shaped space for sure (the walls were most likely moved at some point), but it’s spacious and the trey ceilings help keep it feeling open.

In terms of changes, everything is going. The carpet is coming out, and we’ll either refinish the original hardwoods or paint them, depending on exactly what kind of shape they’re in. The popcorn ceiling is getting scraped, baseboards will be swapped for taller trim, and the walls will get paint (and possibly some wallpaper!).

The design plan started with a rug that wasn’t exactly what I thought it would be. I mentioned a few weeks ago on Instagram that this rug looked to be rust-colored in all the eBay pictures, but when it arrived, it turned out to be a super saturated red.

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Red is definitely my least favorite color to decorate with, but I like the pattern on the rug, and my husband loves it–color and all–so I’m going to accept the challenge of decorating a room that is really me with a color that is really not. I found some inspiration that I think will help me pull it off.


(found on Pinterest, unable to track down original source–if you know it, please comment!)

The vibrant read really sings for me in this photo, so here’s what I’m going for: pairing the red with plenty of black, a contrasting color (like this gorgeous mint), and lots of natural elements.

Next week I’ll have a design board to show you more of my plan, and we’ll get a peek at what’s under the carpet! Keep your fingers crossed it’s good!

Now head on over to Calling it Home and see what other amazing projects linking participants are launching today!