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One Room Challenge, Week 4: Slow & Steady…Increases Stress?

Hi there! If you’re new here, my husband and I purchased our first home (a generic, 1960’s bi-level) almost two years ago in Northern NJ. Little by little, we’re adding personality to our basic, builder-grade home, and for this spring’s One Room Challenge™, I’m tackling our master bedroom. For the next six weeks, I encourage you to sit back and follow along with a glass of (bo)vino while I dedicate nearly 98% of my free time to making over this space. The other 2% of my free time?  That’s for showering and maybe the occasional snack. 

Week 1 | Week 2 | Week 3

It’s been a stressful few weeks, but I’m actually really happy with the bedroom progress thus far.

Here’s the master bedroom makeover to-do list…things that I tackled this week are underlined:

  • Paint the walls in Farrow and Ball De Nimes – DONE
  • Install Metrie molding:
    • crown – DONE
    • base – DONE
    • wall – DONE
  • Caulk and fill molding – DONE
  • Prime the ceiling – DONE
  • Paint the ceiling (De Nimes) – DONE
  • Rip out all existing (old af) doors and door frames – DONE
  • Source new furniture, lighting, rugs, pillows, bedding, curtains, roman shades and accessories –  HALFWAY THERE
  • Paint a second coat of De Nimes on the wall (once molding and trim is complete) – DONE
  • Paint all trim and molding with Semi-Gloss De Nimes – 90% THERE
  • Paint and install new Reeb doors throughout the room (4 total)- DONE!!!!
    • Bedroom entry
    • My closet (I opted for two smaller double doors instead of one big door. I love the look of closet double doors)
    • Angelo’s closet (also double doors)
    • Master bathroom 
  • Cut and install door casing – 1/4 DONE
  • Paint door casing – 1/4 DONE
  • Install Emtek hardware on all doors – 1/4 DONE
  • Install door casing around new doors – 1/4 DONE
  • Install Hudson Valley Lighting wall sconces and picture light (instead of wiring electrical, I plan to add remote controlled puck lights to the sconces. Ain’t nobody got time for rewiring).
  • Replace existing ceiling fan with a chandelier (this week I purchased a Dyson air purifier/fan to replace the functionality of a ceiling fan since eBay is having a 20% off Dyson products) 
  • Install House of Hackney Artmis wallpaper in …. bedroom? bathroom? it will most likely be a last minute decision since I can’t make up my mind! MADE UP MY MIND BUT KEEPING IT A SECRET  🙂

I knew Reeb would be coming (this past Monday) and so I really had to light a fire under my ass this weekend to get the room ready for them to film/photograph the door installs.

I was able to paint the ceiling (twice), finish installing the rest of the molding, caulked/filled the molding and painted the walls two more coats.

By the time Monday morning rolled around, Reeb showed up and replaced all of the doors with their primed, solid wood stile and rail doors.

I’m nothing short of obsessed with the look and feel of solid hardwood doors . (which are super easy to paint) and the door details really stand out in the space. They were gifted to me for this bedroom makeover, but I never promote anything I wouldn’t purchase myself, and I would buy these a million times over.

This week I developed a new found love for door hardware after installing Emtek’s unlacquered brass rosette and Astoria knob on the bathroom  door:


I wanted to save this part of the  room until the reveal, but I truly am so happy with how the space is turning out and this shot of the newly installed and painted Reeb doors, Emtek knobs and Metrie casing is giving me allllll the feels.

After showing these photos to a few close friends/family, they all used the same word: moody.

I also want to share the items I’ve sourced thus far. I am without a doubt on the FedEx and garbage man’s sh*t list…

Anyway…back to  the sourced items:

Marled Gray Area Rug

I wanted a simple area rug that still made an impact and this marled cotton Dash & Albert rug is the perfect combination of dark gray  and beige. 

Antelope Cowhide

I can’t not layer a cowhide on top of an area rug and fell head over heels for this antelope cowhide. I was shocked at the quality and weight of this rug and it’s fulfilling my fantasies of pairing a brown pattern against dark blue walls. 

This is a terrible photo,  but it shows the beauty  of the blue walls and pattern rug:

Emtek Astoria knobs 

These are the most beautiful door knobs I have ever seen. They’re timeless and the perfect example of “small but mighty.”

Full Length Arched Mirror

This mirror is cohesive with the frameless venetian mirror in the bathroom and it’s the perfect size to go on the wall behind our bedroom door. 


Trying to choose a headboard  may have added a wrinkle or two to my forehead.

For some reason, whenever I’m trying to make a decision on what to buy, no matter what it is,  I almost always end up going with the first option I liked.

But of course I drive myself up a wall going through 1.3 million other options just to be sure the first one was the right one.

Anyway, this was the very  first headboard I pinned a few weeks back and I ended up buying it. It’s a pretty stone color and the perfect size for the space

Jane 5-Light Shaded Chandelier

I wanted to go for a more modern look with the chandelier to balance out the traditional/classic style elements throughout the room.

Who knew Ellen DeGeneres had a lighting line? I think I may be one of the first to purchase this since it had no reviews online. I never buy anything without at least reading a few reviews and this was definitely above the price point I was looking to pay for a chandelier, but I love Ellen and this was exactly what I was looking for.

It came in the mail yesterday and it’s even prettier in person. I can’t wait until it’s installed!!

Thank you to Linda from Calling it Home for organizing the One Room Challenge, and a huge HUGE thank you to the companies that are sponsoring items for the bedroom makeover:


See you next week! In the meantime, follow the chaos along on Instagram!





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