One Room Challenge | Bedroom – Week Six – The Reveal

It’s finally here! Six weeks ago I decided to participate in the One Room Challenge which was started by Linda at Calling it Home. I hoped that participating would prod me into finally decorating my bedroom, and I’m happy to say that despite some hurdles which I thought might prevent me from finishing I’m ready to share what I’ve created. (If you missed any of the weekly posts for the challenge you can read them here: week 1, week 2, week3, week 4, and week 5)

When I started this challenge my room was pretty boring, but I hoped to be able to change that with some wallpaper, art, fabric and new bedside tables.

Here’s my bedroom before:

And here it is now:

New Bedroom

The walls were repaired and painted and then last week I had the Thibaut Etosha wallpaper installed on the wall behind the headboard. In all honesty I was a bit scared before the paper went up given the pattern is so bold, but now that it’s installed I absolutely love it.

I shared the before of the bedside tables a couple of weeks ago, and I’m very pleased with what I was able to do with them. They were painted in a high gloss using Para Paints Hybrid technology paint, and I love the look of them – almost like they were lacquered.

right bedside table

Left bed side table

If you remember my inspiration board from week one I was inspired for the room by the Neo Toile fabric in navy from Tonic Living. I used it for a pillow on the bed along with a couple of fabrics from Designer Fabrics here in Toronto. They were my first ever attempt at sewing pillows with piping and a zipper (I used this tutorial) – there were some minor goofs, but overall I’m pleased with the result of my late night sewing adventures.

Pillows on the bed

Pillows and Headboard

The wall that was bulging and cracked has been repaired and I don’t think anyone would know that a few short weeks ago there was a massive hole between where my dresser and where the Zoe Pawlak print I won now hangs. For a novice drywaller and plasterer I think I did a great job. That said I really don’t want to ever have to do it again.

repaired wall and art by Zoe Pawlak

In addition to the Zoe Pawlak piece I’ve hung the antique Hearth and Home magazine which I had professionally framed, and a print by Mara Minuzzo on either side of the room.

Framed vintage Hearth and Home magazine

Framed art  by Mara Minuzzo

I recovered my headboard in navy velvet, which unfortunately isn’t coming across well in the pictures given the lack of natural light (stupid daylight savings). I also applied brass nailhead detail around the edge to balance the brass of the pulls on the bedside tables.

New BedroomNew bedroom 2

Headboard and pillows

There you have it – challenge completed, and I’m thrilled with the result. What do you think?

Want some more One Room Challenge final reveals? Make sure you check out the 20 bloggers doing the one room challenge, and the other One Room Challenge Linking Participants.

As a member of the Para Blog Crew I was provided paint for this project.

One Room Challenge | Bedroom – Week Three

How are we on week three already? This wee fact scares me more than a little bit – especially since I didn’t really accomplish anything in my room this week. I have a good excuse though – you see, it was my grandma’s 94th birthday on the weekend so my mom and I went to Ireland on Friday to help her celebrate. Since I only returned yesterday evening I didn’t really have a chance to do much work on the One Room Challenge, but if I don’t finish my bedroom in time I’m okay with that – celebrating my grandma’s birthday is way more important to me than decorating a room.

94th Birthday candles

That said, one of the first things I did when I returned last evening was put yet another coat of plaster on my wall. That’s right – the hole still isn’t fixed. It is looking a lot better, but my attempts to repair it are being hindered a bit by the lack of heat in my building. Mud that should only take 8 hours or so to dry is taking over 24 which is massively slowing my repair progress, and I can’t really do anything else in the room until I have the wall fully repaired. Here’s hoping I have a bit of luck over the weekend.

I mentioned briefly in last weeks post that I had done a bit of fabric sourcing and I’ve been trying to figure out what to do. There are a few options that I’m considering – I know the walls will be the Etosha paper and the headboard will be navy velvet. I’ll be sticking with white for the sheets and duvet cover so I want to add some colour with pillows – I’ll likely have a lumbar pillow in the Neo Toile that inspired my bedroom design, but other than that I’m unsure.

Bedroom fabric options

{Sorry for the cellphone pics – taking photos with no daylight is a skill I haven’t yet mastered}

The fabric was soured from Designer Fabrics on Queen street which means there will likely be a few more contenders found when I return this selection. Oh well – I’m still not entirely positive my sewing skills will extend to sewing decorative pillows so perhaps indecision is a good thing? Then again I need something to occupy my time while I’m waiting for plaster to dry and sewing pillows might be just the thing! Any thoughts on what I should choose? Have any other suggestions?

Want some more One Room Challenge inspiration and craziness? Make sure you check out the 20 bloggers doing the one room challenge, and the other One Room Challenge Linking Participants.

One Room Challenge | Bedroom – Week Two

If you read my One Room Challenge post last week you may recall that I finished it hoping that my little wall problem would get better, and it did. And then it got a whole lot worse. After I posted I managed to get a bit of mud on my walls and it started to look a whole lot better. I was seeing the light at the end of the tunnel and was hoping to be painting by the end of last weekend.

That didn’t happen. Once I fixed the moving plaster and the random bulges it became very apparent that I had another problem. Right in the middle of the wall was a large bulge that protruded almost two inches into the room. I always knew it was there, but it really didn’t start to bother me until I’d sort of fixed the other section. I realise that yes, I could continue to pretend it wasn’t there and start adding paint and wallpaper, and fun and pretty things to the room, but I knew that it would then drive me absolutely bonkers to look at it every day and I’d eventually have to fix it. There’s no point in ruining a room after it’s finished to fix something I should have done earlier is there?

Anyways, I thought it would just be a matter of continuing the method of plaster buttons I used to fix my previous problem. No such luck. I’d heard drilling holes in plaster and injecting construction adhesive between the lathe and plaster and then applying pressure could work – it didn’t. I was beyond frustrated and I had a wall full of random drill holes and dried adhesive. Eventually I got smart and realised that on the other side of the bulge was my bathroom medicine cabinet. Once that was out I could really visualize the problem.

Walls made of fiberboard with no structural support

Walls made of fiberboard with no structural support, and a patch of drywall that a previous owner had made

Problem #1 – the wall (at east in that section) is not made of lathe and plaster like I thought, but plaster over what I can only describe as fiberboard.

Problem #2 – there is no structure to anchor the wall to in order to remove the bulge.

After a phone call to my Dad I decided the only option was to remove the bulge completely which necessitated another trip to Home Depot, the purchase of more supplies including drywall, and then hauling it all home on the bus since I don’t have a car (Note to self: Win the lottery and buy a car).

Two pieces of drywall is pretty heavy, especially when you're also carrying  drywall saw, screws, work gloves, duct tape, a plastic sheet and various other DIY supplies

Two pieces of drywall is pretty heavy, especially when you’re also carrying drywall saw, screws, work gloves, duct tape, a plastic sheet and various other DIY supplies

Eventually, with a lot of effort, a huge amount of mess, and a lot of noise (sorry neighbours) I accomplished this:

Feature wall perhaps?

Hello there bathroom. If I got Ryan Reynolds to move in I think this could be called a feature wall – don’t you think?

And eventually this:

Drywall installed. Now to try my hand at mudding

Drywall installed. You can see my earlier patch on the left.

It wasn’t all dust and noise this week. I did a little sourcing for fabric for pillows and lamps (and ran into Vanessa of Décor Happy at HomeSense). No decisions made there yet, but I did pick up some fabric for my headboard at Designer Fabrics – did you know they have a whole section of off-cut velvet for $7/yd? I wasn’t going to miss that deal. And on Tuesday I found myself back in class for the first time in a couple of months.

Velvet off-cuts at Designer Fabrics

Hopefully next week I’ll be able to report that my bedroom is looking much better. I still have a long way to go, but I’m a little more confident now than I was this past weekend that I can get the room completed by the end of the challenge. Fingers crossed.

Check out some of the other bloggers progress this week on Calling it Home.

One Room Challenge | Bedroom – Week One

If you’ve read this blog for a while you may have noticed I have a bit of project ADD. I have piles of great (in my opinion) ideas on how to decorate my space, but I rarely follow through on them, or worse, I get started and then never finish. This isn’t really a good thing since I don’t have a single space in my home I’m really happy with, and well, I write this blog which is supposed to be all about my attempts at decorating – it’s a little silly that I haven’t really decorated anything isn’t it?

For the past few years I’ve followed the One Room challenge that was started by Linda at Calling it Home – twice a year a group of pretty amazing design bloggers completely redo a room in 6 weeks. It’s that time of year again and this time I’ve decided I’m going to participate in the link-up challenge in an effort to get a room done. I’m rather hoping a 6 week deadline will kick me in the butt and help me get ONE ROOM finished (or close to it).

I’ll be trying to finish my bedroom, which in all honesty is probably the room that I’ve completed the most projects for – my dresser, my headboard and the pinch-pleated drapes. They’ll all be staying, but may be modified a bit.

Here’s pretty much what I’m starting with:

My Bedroom (sorry for the awful picture)

My Bedroom (sorry for the awful picture)

And here’s the tentative plan:

You may recall I won the Thibaut Etosha wallpaper from Meredith Heron a number of months ago – I chose the grey. I’ll only be doing an accent wall behind the bed (which incidentally I don’t think Meredith would approve of, but it’s a really bold pattern, and I don’t yet have the designer guts that she does to do a whole room).

The rest of the room will be inspired by the Neo Toile fabric from Tonic Living. If I get my act together I’m hoping I can sew some cushions for the bed (note to self: find some good tutorials). I also need some bedside tables, because the mismatched ones are an eye-sore, and some new bedside lamps since my current white and green ones won’t go with my new colour scheme. Unfortunately I won’t be getting the 1st Dibs tables pictured above since they cost many mortgage payments.

I also want to add some personality to the room with some art. I’ll be using the Zoe Pawlak art I won from Christine Dovey, but I’ll need some other pieces. I might order something from some of the art I love on Etsy, but I’m not yet sure what I want. The room also needs a rug, but given my budget (miniscule) that likely won’t happen. We’ll see – maybe I’ll find the deal of the century.

In the interest of full disclosure I should tell you I’ve already started this project, and I’ve already run into a huge problem. I noticed a small crack on the wall behind my dresser and when I moved it to do a quick patch I discovered the plaster had pulled away from the lath and was bulging and moving rather alarmingly. It’s never a good thing when your wall moves. I’ve started the repair which I’m crossing my fingers will work and won’t look too nasty once I’m done. At the moment it looks like this which I’m very much hoping is a case of ‘it has to get worse before it gets better’.

What do you think? Can I get the room done in 6 weeks? Does anyone in Toronto have the name of a great wallpaperer? Any great artists or art sources to share? Let me know!