Posted on October 3, 2013
One Room Challenge… Accepted!
This is the first post in the One Room Challenge series. Here’s the latest update.
Linda from Calling it Home hosts this fun one room challenge that I’ve always wanted to participate in. Six weeks, one room from start to finish, one blog post per week.
This time around, she’s also hosting a linking party so anyone can play in the challenge. Strict deadlines and peer accountability? Exactly what I need as a serious procrastinator with extreme decorating ADD.
I mentioned the challenge to Nick and said, “Too bad we don’t have a room that we haven’t started decorating yet. This challenge is from start to finish.”
He said, “What about our bedroom?”
Bingo. We DID start decorating that room (223,102 years ago) but barely and it has been abandoned ever since.
Let’s take a walk down memory lane.
In July 2009, the bedroom looked like this. We had just moved in five months prior and was still exhausted from our March wedding to do ANYTHING around the house.
And this is my favorite photo:
The TV on two chairs. That is so LOL.
Flash forward to April 2010, almost a year later. We painted the bedroom, got a new bed, put up the chandelier that my mom gave us, and… That’s it, I guess.
I still love the darker gray trim around the edges of our walls. That is definitely staying.
OK, start up your time machines once again. Let’s go to March 2012 this time.
This is pretty much what our bedroom looks like these days, crib included but for Sienna this time. There are now purple curtains on that window, which you can kinda see in the next photo.
And we’ve done basically nothing to that room ever since, other than changing the arrangement of the furniture. The bed is on a different wall now, opposite the window. But that’s it.
Nick and I sat down and had a serious discussion about our bedroom. He sketched our room on a paper and scribbled down all of our plans on it. That piece of paper is going to be looked over and adjusted at least 320 times over the 6 weeks, but I made a clearer version for you.
This is our bedroom right now. Just mentally add random clothes littered all over the room (mostly on my side) and you should have a good idea of how it looks like today.
And here’s our plan for the room, as of right now.
Welp. That’ll be a lot of work.
There’s a lot of boring stuff there, like paint touch ups and mounting the TV, but these are things that we NEED to do anyway. But for now, let’s just chat about the fun stuff!
We have a black upholstered leather bed that we really do like, but it’s utterly destroyed by our cats and their evil claws. Boo, cats. We’re currently stalking Craig’s List for a cool wood bed that we can paint a fun color, like this:
As for the color scheme for the room, we’ve always planned for purple to be one of the main colors since it was our wedding color (and the color of our master bathroom). So that’s still the goal, but we would like to also add turquoise and chartreuse in the mix. Like this:
Source: So Haute
We already have dark purple curtains, so we’ll be adding the other colors through various ways – with fabric, the bed painted in one of the colors, and maybe a rug.
Ah, the rug. I’m also stalking Craig’s List for rugs but I don’t have high hopes for that route. I’m doing the rounds on various websites, from Rug USA to Joss and Main, to find a great deal on a beautiful rug. So far, this is my favorite:
We’ll see. The sale just ended… Ugh. Boo. Rugs USA has a 55% off sale right now, so I’ll be checking that out as well.
I can’t wait to give this bench a makeover.
I grabbed it from a thrift store for only $7.99 and it has been on my mind ever since. It will be a very fun and gratifying project. I’ll probably paint it white and add a cushion in a happy fabric, but I could change gears and paint it something crazy. Not 100% sure yet.
So. 6 weeks, a VERY TIGHT budget, with a toddler and a baby. Can we do it? Finished or not, at least we will have made some serious progress on our neglected bedroom. I CAN’T WAIT.