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One Room Challenge Fall 2018-The Big Reveal!

One Room Challenge Fall 2018-The Big Reveal!

We did it! Our very first One Room Challenge room is finally (almost) complete and we didn’t kill each other! I have to say this was SO much harder than I thought it would be, but so much fun and I’m beyond excited to have one finished room in our house. We decided to take on the main floor master bedroom that we are currently using as a guest bedroom (now nicer than our bedroom!). The only bathroom on the main level is in this room so we see it everyday and it’s the main bathroom our guests use when visiting.

Whether you’ve been following along since the beginning, or just visiting for the first time, here is a picture of what we started with (pre and post wallpaper).


Not the worst wallpaper ever (I’m actually loving the fact that wallpaper is making a comeback), but definitely didn’t give us the feeling we were going for and definitely not a space we wanted all of our guests to walk into when they visit. We really wanted to bring some moodiness to the room and create a comfortable space for our friends and family to stay. We also knew it had to blend old and new to fit in with our 1890’s house but not feel granny-ish.

And here it is now! SO different! Although we have a few finishing touches to add, I’m pretty happy with the way it turned out. We love the paint color (Benjamin Moore Newburg Green) and how the brass accents brighten things up. When I told my dad we wanted to color wash the walls he thought I was crazy and that it would look terrible. I went with my gut and painted everything including the windows and doors and I’m so happy I did. My dad finally came around to the idea and even admitted that he really likes it. In a way I think it gives the room a more historic look. We planned to take pictures when the sun was nice and bright, but of course we were last minute and missed the good sunlight. At least they kind of have the moody vibe?

The fan was our big splurge on the room. We purchased it from Rejuvination for about $600. I mentioned in an earlier post that this is the only room in the house without air conditioning. I would have loved to have put a fun light fixture in this room, but summers would be miserable without a fan. Even though it wasn’t my first choice, it’s one of my favorite fans I’ve seen and I still think it makes a statement. Here are a few of my other favorites:

This dresser is my favorite thing in the room because it’s from my Gram’s house. When she moved into an assisted living home we had to decide which pieces of furniture to keep. We wanted to keep everything but we just didn’t have a place to store all of it. At the time we were still living in our condo and had no idea what type of house we would end up in, but I knew I had to keep this one. It is the perfect size in this little room and fits perfectly in our Victorian house. It’s like it was meant to be and now I know that I kept it for a reason! I think of her every time I see it and it makes me so happy to have a little part of her here with us.

We got the AWESOME brass bed on Craigslist for just $75. It has a beautiful Patina on it and looks so good with the dark walls. We drove to Annapolis to pick it up and met this great couple and their sweet pup. They also live in a historic home and we had a great time talking about our old houses and sharing all of our projects. Lisa, if you are reading this, we LOVE it and so does Chester! Thank you!

How cool are these doors?! Lucky for us, they were already in this room. They were painted a bright turquoise which was fun but definitely wouldn’t have worked with the new paint color. We painted them the same color as the walls and they still make a statement. The layers and layers of old paint and old hardware add such a great touch.

I still need to find a few little details to finish things up, but didn’t want to rush buying anything that I would later regret. I’m looking for something to put over the bed. Maybe a floral antique oil painting? I guess I’ll know it when I see it. I planned to use this cool old piece of furniture the previous owners left next to the bed, but it was a little too big. I just put a little wall shelf from Target for now but will probably change that later. I had a really hard time finding pillows I liked so these may change too. Usually I find a million pillows that I love but don’t need! At least it gives me an excuse to go to Home Goods!

This project ended up being way more work than I thought, but I’m so glad we decided to do it! I learned a lot and it was a great way to get my blog up and running. The ORC and all of the other participants were so inspiring and totally motivated us to reach the finish line. Now that we are finally done, I can’t wait to check out all of the other amazing guest participant’s projects and start planning for the next one!

I’m already ready for the next big project but I think Patrick and my dad need a little break! Chester is pretty exhausted too!

Thank you all so much for following along!!

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One Room Challenge Fall 2018-Week 4

One Room Challenge Fall 2018-Week 4