Here we are on week # 3 of the ONE ROOM CHALLENGE, sponsored by BETTER HOMES & GARDENS magazine. There are a lot of guest participants with amazing projects on their hands who are transforming some great spaces. In the meantime, as I browse through the graphics on the #oneroomchallenge web page, I wonder… do I still want to learn to use power tools?
So many of the guest participants and Instagram accounts that I follow are creative ladies who use power tools and turn out amazing projects by themselves or with help from their significant others. It would take the use of power tools to transform my home the way I really want to. So, I often ask myself… when will I carve out the time to learn to use them? I mean I can use a drill, but that is about it.
So here is a cheer to ladies who use power tools!
This past week my ONE ROOM CHALLENGE project was dedicated to the nightstands. I painted the legs and body, installed the contact paper on top and on the sides, gave the drawer fronts a reface and installed the new and stunning, simple (but oh so perfect!) hardware from @Schaub_and_co. They never disappoint with their design, quality, the finishes of their hardware or their generosity to sponsor my projects.
If you would like to see where I started and where we are headed on this project please, check out Week 1 progress, Week #2, Week #3, Week #4, Week #5 on the blog and see how far we have come.
By the end of yesterday, the paint on the bed had plenty of time to cure, and we went ahead and installed bedframe. Although there is still wall work to be done in the bedroom (i.e. painting, etc.), we needed to regain our patio area which had been used to store the bedframe and all the painting supplies and tools we have been using.
I am really pleased with how the bed turned out. Although the style of the bedframe is still not my cup of tea, I was right to change the color to a light neutral as it is less of a sore thumb now. The bedroom looks a lot calmer and serene, and so far, all the selections and choices are working. The light fixtures mounted on the wall above our nightstands got a new softer light bulb, and it made a huge difference. The bedroom is now softly lit and heading towards the calm and pleasant space we are shooting for.
The last time I had done anything exciting to our bedroom was about ten years ago. As for new bedding and linens, I had not purchased anything of significance except a pair of new sheets here and there. The bed, I have disliked (to be polite) and wanted to change for the past eight years.
On that note… let me remind you that we have only invested in new bedding, sheets, coverlet, pillowcases, two new decorative pillows, new panels for the window, hardware for the panels and a new blind.
The rest of the items, including the paint and paint supplies, we either had in storage or had used for other areas of our tiny home. The hardware for the nightstands was sponsored by @Schaub_and_Co and the cans of spray paint, primer, and the contact paper we used on the night tables were inexpensive.
The point of all this is to show how much change can be accomplished with some key improvements and with a small investment. Granted, we are not done yet, because I am planning on painting an arch on the wall that you first see when you enter the bedroom to house a ledge with artwork and my necklaces hanging below- I want to relocate them from the TV wall. This special wall may cost me a few bucks. (Not paint though, I have that from a previous project at my old office and I am just lightening the color.
As we head into November and start embracing the Holiday Season, the cooler temps, blocking out the Political “noise”, all while still dealing with the issues of the pandemic, we want to prepare our homes for the Fall Season. This year, probably more than ever given we may not be able to travel or have people over/ spend time with family as we would like, we are going to be yearning the feeling of comfort, the need to spruce up, refresh, renovate and make our homes our true sanctuaries. We have been spending more time at home in 2020 and it we will probably will still, in 2021.
Perhaps it is a tradition that applies to me because of my upbringing and cultural differences, but I typically tend to do a lot of “nesting” during this time of the year. It is almost like I cannot get Christmas decorations out until the house is cleaned, painted where needed and refreshed.
So, this year I am going to be doing my nesting with a pretty cool entryway from the ONE ROOM CHALLENGE Spring 2020 and with a transformed tiny bedroom from the ONE ROOM CHALLENGE Fall of 2020. I am slowly but surely inching my way to the living room/dining area and back patio challenge.
Stay tuned for more progress on this Tiny Bedroom Makeover.
PS This week I will be working on the final pieces but that doesn’t mean we are done.
- I drew the arch on the wall and love it, but yet to get that right color of paint…. of curse I am mixing it myself.
- I really want to add some artwork below the bedside lamps, but have to find appropriate ones.
- Work on the dresser (Better known as the White Elephant)
- Tackle the wall where the TV is, patch, paint and hide cords.
Soon, I will be styling it with items that are meaningful to us.