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One Room Challenge Guest Bedroom Refresh

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Wow, I’ve made it to week 3  of the Guest Bedroom Refresh for the One Room Challenge hosted by
Calling It Home! If you’re new here or not sure what the One Room Challenge is, it is a challenge that brings together lots of bloggers to try to overhaul one room in 6 weeks! Crazy, right?


One Room Challenge

In case you’ve missed the first two weeks and want to see more:

Thursday, April 2nd (week 1) - Introduce your space, and tell us your plan.

Find week 1 here.

Thursday, April 9th (week 2) - Show us your progress. What have you accomplished?

Find week 2 here.

Thursday, April 16th (week 3) - Have you encountered any setbacks? Any happy accidents?

Alright, so onto week 3! Whew, this past week has been a whirlwind. I finally got all the painting (walls, trim, doors, etc.) done and I’m so happy with the outcome. It seems to be the case in our house that if a paint color isn’t tried and true, then it takes multiple tries to get it right. Much to my surprise, that wasn’t the case this time around. I did two sample pots and poof, I LOVED it. That’s extremely unusual over here. I would say picking paint colors that will actually look good on a  full wall is not my forte. =)

Here’s my test picture:


Testing Green for our Guest Bedroom Refresh

In that picture, I had started painting the doors on the right bright white, but hadn’t touched the door on the left. That’s only one coat difference (I ended up doing 2-3 coats) and it’s still a drastic difference!

Alright, so my inspiration was a bit all over the place. Originally, I wanted a moody room. My husband wasn’t a huge fan of that and, since we do projects together, I always feel like we should both like what we are working on. So, we compromised and came out with a room that has a moody and light feel. It’s modern and unique and I’m not going to get bored because we don’t have anything like it in the house. Ready to see?


Half painted moody and bright guest bedroom

I am totally that last minute blogger, so I took these photos yesterday when it was RAINING (rain = minimal natural light). But, I’m thrilled with how much of a mood setter the green is. Yet, the room still feels fresh and bright.


Half painted moody and bright guest bedroom

Do you like that little campaign nightstand? I found that for $20 at a flea market last month. I seriously jumped for joy. Well, I did until the owner told me he had the matching credenza but sold it the day before. =( Just my luck. The nightstand is staying but it’s not a pair. I’m not sure what I’m going to do on the other side of the bed. I have a few options, but I may end up not doing another nightstand as well. The room is pretty small and we are upgrading to a queen (for guest comfort), so I may ditch the second nightstand.

Up next, is window dressings. I scored some velvet nailhead curtains from West Elm on a deep clearance a few weeks back.


Window Curtains from West Elm

I’m excited to hang them. I think I’m going to layer some roman shades underneath them. I have that look in most of our rooms and I really love it. I have some extra ones that fit (magic, right?), but if I didn’t I would have definitely gone the
DIY route like I had before in our
master bedroom.

I revised my mood board and have now come to this:


Guest Bedroom Mood Board

I’ll be back next week with hopefully lots more progress!

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How to Overcome Design Challenges

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I’ve been thinking a lot about our rooms and what I would love to do with them. Some things are short-term and others are “would love to change that if we ever have the money”.  I think sometimes, I get hung up on the things that I can’t change so I decide to ignore them. So, today I thought I would talk about “How to Overcome Design Challenges”.  All of us have them, so hopefully you will find some useful information in this.

1. Electrical Cords

How to hide electrical cords with a modern console

No one likes looking at electrical cords and sometimes they are harder to hide than other times. Sometimes, it’s as simple as buying the right kind of electrical cord. Other times, it may be that you need to move your media cabinet  or route the cords through the wall. I showed you how to hide electrical cords the easy way in this post.

2. Older Carpet

Calm and Fresh Master bedroom

When you look at this picture, do you see the carpet? Probably not, unless someone points it out. It feels like that when you walk in the room as well. I would love to get hardwood flooring (wouldn’t most people?) but, in the meantime, I was able to layer a rug and furnishings in the room to draw your eye up. If you stare at the carpet, then you know it’s old, but because your eye is looking at everything else you don’t even realize it’s there. That doesn’t mean that hardwoods wouldn’t totally make this room look amazing, because they would. It means that I’ve found a way to work with what I have and “hide” the ugliness.

3. HVAC (Radiators, Ductwork, etc.)

A ton of people have ugly bump-outs with ductwork or baseboard heaters. There are a few different things you can do with issues like that. You can hide them, like Heather from The Heathered Nest did. She designed and built a bench seat/bookcase on top of hers. Totally adorable and you wouldn’t have even known that there was an issue.

Hiding HVAC

If you have a heater or cast iron radiator, then you can make it less obtrusive using decorative covers.

4. Irregular Wall Spaces

What do you do with irregular wall spaces? Well, I think you should play them up. Angela from Blue I Style built floating wall shelves in her space.

blue i style - FloatingPhotoShelves4

The shelves look like they were built in when the house was built. I think it instantly adds character and helps with the issue of the wall being further back than the wall right next to it.

So, no matter what your issue is, there are always ways to decorate around it. You just have to be creative!

I partnered with Castrads for this post, but all opinions and ideas are my own.

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ORC – Guest Bedroom Week 2

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I’ve made some progress, yay! Today, I’m sharing the ORC Guest Bedroom Week 2 progress.

One Room Challenge

It feels like I don’t have much to show, but I’ve been working a ton on it! So, trust me, I’m proud of the little that I have to show. =)

Guest Bedroom Refresh for One Room Challenge Week 2

Guest Bedroom Refresh for One Room Challenge Week 2

So, the white paint has not been covering well. I’m up to three coats rolling and four edging and I still have one more edging coat to go. I’m not sure what the issue is, but I can tell you that I’m not happy about it. LOL. Going from a cream white to a stark bright white has made quite the difference in the room. The walls are feeling so fresh!

Guest Bedroom Refresh for One Room Challenge Week 2

I’m also painting all the trim and doors in the room. I’m on different coats on most of them… what can I say?! No, actually, it’s easier to get things done in 45 min segments with my little guy so that means only part of the edging gets done. The windows have two coats on and I’m calling them done. Don’t they look good?

Guest Bedroom Refresh for One Room Challenge Week 2

I’ve got to clean the paint off the windows, but it takes just a few minutes with a razor blade. No more taping windows for me!

Guest Bedroom Refresh for One Room Challenge Week 2

Unfortunately, by giving the top part of the room a bright treatment, the ceiling is looking dingier than ever! Bummer. I’m not sure what I’ll do with it. We had our house tested for asbestos before we moved in and it tested positive, so scraping the popcorn is a no-no. As is painting it. I need to do more research and maybe I’ll find something. We’ll see.

Ok, I’ll be back next week with more progress. I know you’re curious to see what’s going on with the bottom half of the room…. I am too!

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Thrift Score Thursday

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I’m excited to be a guest host again for Thrift Score Thursday!

TST Guest Host Ashley

I love seeing what thrifty finds Brynne from The Gathered Home, Trisha from Black and White Obsession, Corinna from For My Love Of and Cassie from Primitive and Proper share each week.

Each week they are checking Instagram and Twitter for your finds and then they hand-select a few to share. This week, I get to play along.

Emily from @newfoundnorthwest scored this adorable brass turtle! Totally love it.

Thrift Score Thursday Finds

I would gladly take this beautiful rug that @theweatheredreddoor scored for $20! Can you say #dealofthecentury?

Thrifty Finds

I can’t believe that Hailey from @herenortherestudios found this hanging chair for $40! I’m crazy in love with it and her styling!

Thrift Score Thursday Finds

I haven’t found anything amazing on my thrift expeditions lately. I’ve had lots of almost awesome finds, but nothing spectacular. This week, I did find a pretty glass and wood decorative vase. It’s not jaw-dropping special like the three finds above but I do think it’s pretty adorable on my table.

Thrifted Glass and Wood Decorative Piece

Make sure you check out all the lovely hosts’ finds.

Thrift Score Thursday Brynne color

Thrift Score Thursday Trisha color

Thrift Score Thursday Corinna

Thrift Score Thursday Cassie

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One Room Challenge :: Guest Bedroom

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Hi All! So, with a little encouragement from Jennifer at Brave New Home, I’ve decided to participate in the One Room Challenge.

For those of you who don’t know what it is, for the next six weeks on Thursdays you will see a post about our Guest Bedroom. The goal of the challenge is to get the room done by the end, with the reveal on the 6th week. Crazy, right? The challenge is put on by Calling it Home. I can’t wait to follow along and see the other rooms that are going to be transformed.

The room that I’m working on is our guest bedroom. A lot needs to happen in there! Here are the before pictures:

Guest Bedroom Before Pictures

Guest Bedroom Before Picture

Guest Bedroom Before Pictures

Well, that’s embarrassing. Lol. Look at that computer screen! I don’t think it’s ever been dusted. Oops.

I made up a mood board with two different looks that I love and want to work off of for the room.

Eclectic Guest Bedroom Mood Board

I’m leaning toward the left side but will decide for sure in the next few days.

So, what’s on the “To-Do” list??

- Paint Walls

-Paint all Trim and Doors

-Upgrade Bed to Queen (Mattress/Bed Frame)

- Add texture and interest

- Update side table

-Bring in plants

I hope you love following along on this challenge.

One Room Challenge

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