Welcome back to week Four of our One Room Challenge.
Here we are, another week into our master bedroom makeover, another week closer to our reveal day and yet, our Farmhouse Master Bedroom is dauntingly far from finished. We’ve been working so hard, trying our best to knock each project off of our list, but, unfortunately, things are moving along much too slowly and honestly friends, panic is definitely starting to sink in.
With just two weeks left until reveal day, are we really going to be able to pull this off?
Don’t get me wrong, we’ve certainly made some progress:
The walls were painted and stencilled (last week)…
But the rest has been moving along slower than ever. It would seem it’s called a challenge for a reason. Ugh.
My heart was broken and dreams dashed when I realized that my plans of a planked ceiling weren’t going to be as simple (or inexpensive) as I’d originally thought. You see, I had grand plans of chopping up inexpensive sheets of plywood into simple DIY planks, which I then intended to nail to our ceiling creating a lovely planked ceiling full of charm and character. I’ve seen countless tutorials for DIY planked walls and it sounded like such a cheap and easy solution to our ugly popcorn ceiling! Then, we went to the hardware store and discovered that the $12 sheets of plywood American bloggers use in their wall tutorials are more than $40 here! YIKES! So, back to the drawing board we go. We’re currently looking into a few other options, but I’m not so sure we’re going to be able to make this one happen and I couldn’t be more disappointed.
Thankfully, making over my dresser was a less disappointing experience (even if I did take the scenic route!).
After spending hours and hours (and hours) stripping and sanding just one little side table, I was so excited to finally try a few stain options. I’d been dreaming of a gray, weathered looking wood, but unfortunately, that darn red just worked it’s way through each and every stain I tried and I couldn’t make any of them look as I had hoped. I finally threw in the towel and (wood purists, advert your eyes!), decided to paint them up instead. I mentioned last week that I had found the most perfect colour and thankfully, I got this one right!
Of course, it couldn’t just be that easy (though I’m not sure easy is the word I should choose to describe it).
Now that the dressers had a new coat of paint, I decided the hardware needed a little freshening up too, so I got to got to work polishing up these beautiful pulls as well – a tediously slow process. They looked so shiny and pretty all polished up in a pile on my coffee table, but once I actually started screwing them back onto my dresser, I realized I was no longer digging the shiny as much.
Honestly, all I could think was “you’ve got to be kidding me!” I could have saved myself hours worth of work just leaving these beautiful pulls well enough alone! I couldn’t help but dwell on the fact that I had just undone 50 years worth of aging and that it would be another 50 years before they’d ever look that perfect again. After trying (unsuccessfully) to talk myself into liking them this way for days, I did what any good DIY blogger would do, I made it my mission to make things right again. After a bit of research I decided to throw caution to the wind and followed a random tutorial I found online to darken them up once again (more on that another day). I mean really, what did I have to loose?
They came out perfectly aged, as if I hadn’t just erased the last 50 years of use. Thank goodness!
Speaking of the scenic route, I don’t think we’ll ever forget the most epic of our challenges in this master bedroom makeover, these lovely closet doors. Their vintage charm couldn’t be more perfect for our space and anything else would pale in comparison, but so far their installation has eaten up almost two whole days (and they’re not quite done yet – notice the gap) – I still think it’s worth it, but hubs would probably disagree (sorry sweetie!).
A few more pretty things have been rolling in as well, like this perfect bed…
which just erases
all most of the disappointments and struggles we’ve encountered along the way.
So, here’s what’s left on our list just two short weeks out:
paint walls, doors, ceiling & trim
-plank the ceiling
-change baseboards & trim
-change light fixture
-refinish dresser & bedside tables
-make & hang curtains
-refinish & mount antique closet doors
-build faux fireplace
Here’s to a productive two weeks to come and the gorgeous farmhouse master bedroom that’s sure to come out of it all!
Find tutorials for all of our Farmhouse Master Bedroom Projects below:
Wishing you SUCH a lovely day!