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?

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

One Room Challenge | Bedroom – Week Five

I can’t believe we’re in week number 5 of the one week challenge already – how is that possible? It seems like only a few days ago that I was sharing my inspiration board in week one of this six week challenge, and now here we are a scant 7 days from the finish and I am feeling more than overwhelmed with all the work that remains.

I’m writing this at 2:30 on Thursday morning as I literally wait for paint to dry so I can do another coat. This is a pretty good indication of how my week has gone. I left off last week feeling hopeful that I’d get this room finished on time – I had major plans for last weekend – I was going to paint and then work on my headboard, my bedside tables, and then maybe sew a pillow of two. Seven days later and I’m still painting. The other stuff on my list? Ha – they didn’t happen.

On Friday night I painted my walls and was pretty pleased, but the next morning I started to have doubts – was it too yellow? My apartment is tricky – it doesn’t get a whole lot of natural light, and what it does get is late in the afternoon. I thought that perhaps it was trick of the light, so I decided to revisit it later that day. Several hours later and the changing light hadn’t changed my opinion.

Saturday night found me frantically looking through my paint deck trying to find another off-white that wasn’t too yellow, or too blue, or too pink. I honestly didn’t realise how hard it was to pick an off-white – they’re all so similar yet so different. On Sunday morning I made the hour long trek via transit to Lowes for some tester pots of paint. After the trip back home to test them out I made a decision and had to take myself back to Lowes to buy a gallon. If you’ve been keeping track that’s 4 hours on the bus for a gallon of paint. Fun times.

My options: P5211-14 - Shape Shifter, P5213-14 - Posture & Poise, P5215-14 - French Manicure, and P5219-14 - Every Girls Dream (All paints Para)

My options: (all paints Para) P5211-14 – Shape Shifter, P5213-14 – Posture & Poise, P5215-14 – French Manicure, and P5219-14 – Every Girls Dream

Anyways, a coat of the new colour went up late Sunday night and I was much happier with it. I was apparently overly enthusiastic though when I tried to do a second coat the next evening because I broke the roller. Who knew that was even possible? Anyways, after purchasing a new roller the next day on my lunch break I was able to finally get the second coat up, and tonight I’m taking care of the trim. Broken paint roller

Why the late night painting session? I’ve got the wallpaperer coming today (Thursday) and all the painting has to be finished before he can get started. I’m really hoping that after the paper is installed I’ll feel a little less stressed out about getting this room completed.

Painting trim
That said, with only one week left I think it’s time for a to-do list:

  • Install wallpaper
  • re-upholster headboard
  • Bedside tables
  • Sew pretty pillows
  • Move my furniture back into my bedroom
  • Figure out what to do for bedside lamps (What I was going to go is failing miserably so I need a second option)
  • Pick up my vintage magazine from the framers, and decide where to hang it.
  • Iron and rehang my curtains
  • Find accessories and prettiness to dress the bedside tables
  • Pull everything together
  • Take photos

Yikes! There’s still so much to do. I honestly don’t know if I can do it – keep our fingers crossed for me.

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 Four

After the slow progress I’d made after the first three weeks (see the posts here: 1, 2, 3) of this one room challenge, I’m happy to say that I think I’ve made quite a bit of progress this week.

You may remember that when I started this challenge I decided to do a little wall repair, and that it snowballed into a major problem. After a weekend of alternately mixing drywall plaster and being covered in drywall dust I’ve officially declared the repair portion of this project over. Hallelujah! It’s by no means perfect, but I’m exceptionally pleased with my handiwork. I honestly think nobody will be able to tell the wall was patched unless they look really closely.

After I installed the drywall came many, many layers of drywall compound.

After I installed the drywall came many, many layers of drywall compound.

This is (again) a bad nighttime picture, but I promise the wall looks really good in person

This is (again) a bad nighttime picture, but I promise the wall looks really good in person

After the wall was finished I did two coats of primer, and I’ve started the actual painting part of this project. Sadly I thought I might be able to get away with just one coat on the ceiling, but given I was painting at night with what turned out to be inadequate lighting I will need to do a second coat (there’s nothing more disappointing than lying in bed looking at your freshly painted ceiling and realizing you did a crap job). Once that’s done though I think the most difficult part will be over until it’s time to paint the radiator – I hate painting rads.

This week I also made some decisions about art. In my original post I mentioned maybe buying some new art, but I decided to make use of some of the things I already own. I found this 85 year old magazine at The Elegant Garage Sale (a Toronto furniture consignment store) a couple of years ago for $2. Given it’s age I decided to splurge and have it professionally framed. I hope I get it back in time for the room reveal.

A copy of Hearth & Home magazine from Mach 1929

A copy of Hearth & Home magazine from Mach 1929

I’ve also started to work on my bedside tables. I’ve had them for a while, but they were stacked in the corner of my room while I decided what to do with them.

Bedside table before
They were in rather bad shape, but given their cost (FREE!!) that was to be expected. I’ve been trying to figure out if they might be vintage Ikea, but I haven’t been able find out for sure – anyone recognize them? Anyways, I’m both excited and scared about what I’m planning for them – here’s hoping my idea works.

I think I might be starting to believe I may be able to get my room finished in time. Maybe. Perhaps. Cross your fingers for me.

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 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.