Monday, November 23, 2015

Master Update and Art Spotting

So in addition to working on my One Room Challenge Project for the past 6 weeks, I've also been working on our master bedroom. Our master bath renovation is finally done (pictures to be posted soon) and we moved into the room a couple of weeks ago.

You may recall that when we bought the house, the room looked like this.

All of the dated wallpaper and furnishings have been replaced by a bright eclectic space. 

You can see a peek of our new bathroom through the door. The chair and dresser shouldn't be so close together. I need a longer cable cord for the cable box. I'm also on the hunt for a small ottoman for the chair. 

I used the curtains from our last house, as well as a wingback chair and tall dresser by the window. Everything else is new to the room. The bed is from Westelm, the side tables and long dresser are vintage from a great store called Peg Leg Vintage, and the rug is from Crate and Barrel.

I found these mid-century looking lamps at Target!

My favorite feature is the decorative molding and high ceilings. We painted all of the decorative moulding the same color as the walls (Benjamin Moore Grey Lake). It looks so much more modern now.

I still haven't hung much up on the walls. This painting by Charlotte Evan's needs a frame. I love her work - so colorful. 

And as you can see there is a large space above the bed that needs large piece of art. 

I'd take just about anything by Emily Jeffords, and I was excited to see that One Kings Lane is selling reasonably priced giclees of several of her paintings like this one:

I've bought a couple of things from One Kings Lane, but had never thought to use it as a source for art. It turns out that they sell quite a bit of art - vintage originals and prints by current artists. Here are a few of my favorites, not necessarily for my master bedroom - although a couple would work well.

Green With Envy by Doris Sherwin 
If you like my taste in art, check out my Pinterest Art Gallery Board I pin a lot of my favorite art and sources for art. 

Saturday, November 14, 2015

One Room Challenge - Room Reveal!

Wow! 6 weeks sure can fly by! I thought tackling a powder room for the One Room Challenge would be easy breezy. I got it done, but two days past deadline. The reason? I didn't order two key items in time. Next time I won't wait too long to purchase things I know I want in the room.

I'm so glad I tackled this room. Even though its a tiny space, nearly every guest to our home sees it.  As a reminder, here's what I started with:

This is one of the only rooms in the house we did not have painted before we moved in. Because its such a small space, I wanted to do something really fun with it - like paint it black! Here's the original  plan. 

I stuck with most of my original plans, but made a few adjustments to make the project a little bit more budget friendly. 

I'm so happy with the new space! Its dark, fun, and kinda sexy. 

I love the cabinet color. The pulls are a little bigger than what I expected, but I do like them. The counter top looks great in pictures, but I'm not happy with it IRL. It looks painted. So much for self leveling paint. I can live with it, but we'll probably replace it with a quartz counter top.  
The Rock, Paper, Scissors print was worth waiting for. 
Most of the gallery wall art is stuff I had or stuff I made. I found the arrow at a funky store last week. I painted it with gold leaf paint. 

The mirror and sconces are another of my favorite elements. They look great together. 
Sources/Cost break down: 

Paint (Total = $125) 
Benjamin Moore Advance Quart (Black Satin - Gloss) - $20
Benjamin Moore Gallon Aura (Midnight - Flat) - $70 
Annie Sloane Quart (Emperor's Silk)  - $35

Lighting ($122) 
Sconces - $108 (including shipping) for 2
Gold Dipped Bulbs - Bulbrite Half Gold, Medium Base
 - $14 for 2

Hardware (Total = $83) 
Cabinet Pulls - $36 (including shipping) for 2
TP Holder - $32
Hook for Hand Towel - $15 (including shipping)

Accessories ($49) 
Mirror - Goodwill $20
Rug - $25
Trash Can  - Thrifted $4

Art ($112)
Rock Paper Scissors Print - $70 (includes shipping) 
Japanese Wood Block Prints - Already owned
Love and Arrows - Made (frame $12) 
Gold Arrow ($15 for arrow $5 for gold leaf kit) 
Misc Art (Made or already owned) 

Window ($23)
Fabric (1 yard = $18) 
Fabric Liner - $0 Used a Scrap 
Tension Rod - $5


Thursday, November 5, 2015

One Room Challenge - Week 5

Eek, I only have one week to finish my room for the One Room Challenge! I've made a lot of progress this week and feel pretty confident that I can get it done. The only thing that could hold me up is UPS. I ordered a few of the final touches for the room this weekend like this, these, these and a surprise for the floor.

In addition to shopping, I also finished painting the trim and the vanity cabinet.

Please ignore all of the crap on top of the vanity and painters tape
I used Annie Sloane chalk paint in a color called Emperor's Silk for the cabinet. Its a lovely deep and vibrant red. I selected chalk paint because:

  1. It doesn't require lots of prep and priming. I did remove the doors and hardware before painting, but I didn't have to heavily sand or prime them. 
  2. Its pretty durable. I've used chalk paint on several projects and I've found that it holds up really nicely. 
  3. The wax gives it a unique sheen and finish. I want the vanity to look custom, not just painted. The chalk paint helps achieve this. 

The only downside to the paint, is that its sold by a limited number of retailers. Fortunately, I live close to one - a little shop called On the Purple Couch. In addition to selling paint they offer classes and workshops. They are also always happy to give free advice. If you live in the DC area, you should check it out.

My pretty red paint needed some new hardware to make it really stand out. The old hardware is nice, but I want something that is sleek and shiny. (I did just put these in my Etsy shop if you are interested)

I really wanted these pulls:

Unfortunately, they were $40 pp. A bit more than I wanted to spend.

I found a few other good options online:

I wasn't familiar with Atlas Homewares but found quite a few options on their site. Ultimately, I ended up selecting the ring pulls from Look In the Attic. I liked the their finish the best and replacing the old rings with new ones means no holes to move, patch etc.

Ok, so lets revisit my to do list: 

  • Paint vanity cabinet with chalk paint
  • Order and install new cabinet pulls
  • Finish painting trim
  • Paint door
  • Install new TP holder
  • Refinish vanity countertop with a tub and tile refinishing product
  • Once refinished, caulk edge where countertop meets wall
  • Sew and hang roman shade
  • Find or make, and hang art
  • Find a brass hook on Etsy for hand towel

Yikes, I still have a lot to do! Wish me luck. 


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