This week I am combining week two and three updates because I started a week late. I have so many updates and it feels like it is really starting to come together but it also feels never ending because I everything in the room is a project! So just as a refresher, last week I announced that we are doing our bedroom for this one room challenge. We want it to feel like a relaxing and beautiful space to relax at the end of each night. Before it felt like a bunch of stuff just crowding us and none of our pieces were purposefully or beautiful…they were just what we had. Well I am still sticking to a lot of the same pieces that were in there but now I am making them the beautiful intentional pieces that I wanted in there in the first place. I’m just not buying new ones! Haha I am all for making a beautiful space for the least amount of spending! At first it was out of necessity but now it is like a challenge that I have for myself. I want all of the beautiful things I see on instagram but I also can’t justify spending thousands of dollars to redo every space in my house. So beautiful and timeless design on a serious budget is my goal for all projects! Which is why there are so many flips in this weeks update!
Projects That I Did This Week…
Furniture Flipping Projects
So this week was busy and it consisted of three furniture flips! One of which has been my favorite ever! Literally came out better than anything I was looking at new. Click here to see the details of the dresser flip/rebuild and both nightstand flip/rebuild!
I took the dresser apart and rebuilt the whole thing from top to bottom. I just spray painted the same hardware black and then used rub n buff to give it an aged brass look! This is my favorite trick to make anything look more expensive and timeless. The original knobs were like a clunky rounded wood. So it went from wood to aged brass and looks so beautiful!
The nightstand was this old dresser from ikea that had already been painted twice. First my sister did it blue and then I stole it from my mom’s closet and painted it white with new gold hardware a year or two ago. So I took it apart and added some “fluff” to better fit my design in the room now. It got some new trim, paint, new hardware (that I rub n buffed the same color) and legs. This one was my favorite! I also redid another small nightstand that I use on my side. It is tall and skinny and used to be my grandmothers so I wanted to keep it pretty much the smoke so I just gave this one a quick coat of paint and rub n buff’d the knob to match.
In between all of the furniture flips I was working on the feature wall! It actually worked out perfect because everytime I was waiting for the paint to dry I would just switch projects haha
Vertical Shiplap DIY – Budget Friendly
I did horizontal shiplap in the last One Room Challenge I did for the built-ins in the living room ( you can check that one out here if you haven’t already) and I loved it so I wanted to do it for our room but a little different. This time I did vertical shiplap and I had the intention to paint it a gray/green but once I put the primer on it I kinda loved the idea of white. So I painted the whole room white and I love it so I am keeping it white…. for now at least!
So this was probably the most expensive project in the room (so far) . It probably cost 45$ to do the whole back wall in faux shiplap! Literally my favorite diy hack! Real shiplap is thicker and actually interlocks creating the lines but it is way more expensive. So instead I rip down 4 by 8 sheets of underlayment (14$ a board) into 4.5 in strips and then nail them up using two quarters as a spacer to create the line. It honestly looks just like it! You would never know! Home Depot sometimes will rip this down for you on their vertical saw but they were giving me a hard time so I just did it on my table saw! I have this one from Ryobi one and it works great for my projects and is pretty affordable!
So I also painted the whole room white in Swiss Coffee by Behr. I love the creaminess of this white but it also doesn’t pull any yellow in my room! That sums up week 2 and 3 projects and progress! I actually was so excited with how much I was able to get done and can’t wait to move to the other part of the room!
Next Up Next Week…
Next week I am moving on to moving in the mirror above the dresser. I found a beautiful rounded dresser mirror that I refinished in a thin black frame! It was the perfect find for my mood board and was also free so double win! Then I will be moving to figuring out:
1. the closet situation…it is basically a disaster. Needs a whole storage situation update
2. my vanity… I already have a mini mirror and vanity station set up but it always gets messy and I feel like it takes up too much space in the room
3. Our tall dresser…. I love it but I feel like the tall dresser is very encroaching in the space BUT it does also house a lot of our clothes right now….
Stay tuned for next weeks updates! Follow me on instagram to follow along in real time @brooketanner and make sure to follow all of the other participants and designers in the One Room Challenge with Better Homes & Gardens at this link!
They have some amazing projects happening right now!