Farmhouse Master // Floors, Theater Seats, & Art (ORC, Week 3)


What a week!  We’ve been busy on the master bedroom for the One Room Challenge and it’s looking a bit better than last week. We’re about 75% through refinishing the hardwood floors, which look WAY better already, and in a stroke of magic, my eternally-backordered Skyline rug finally arrived (!!!).  Plus, I found the perfect chair for the corner by the windows (or it could be a total bust…we’ll see), and picked up vintage theater seats at a salvage shop in Seattle.  With all this Luck, I feel like I should buy a lottery ticket 😉


The floors might not look amazing yet (that’s wood filler all over them, which will be mostly removed during the final sanding), but give the hardwoods another couple of days and they will be stunning!  Our floors are fir and 104-years-old and over time they’ve been splattered with paint, covered in carpets, and generally shown no love. So I couldn’t be happier to revive these beauties!  They deserve it.  Stay tuned next week for the finished product.

Speaking of the next week, I’m going to be cleaning up my vintage theater seats (I shared a picture of them over on Instagram).  I haven’t quite decided if I’ll strip the paint from the arm rests or leave them green.  Either way, I’m pretty excited about them.  Sometimes when I talk about vintage theater seats, people look at me kinda funny, so I wanted to share my vision with you guys.

sources 1 | 2 | 3 | 4

Cool, right?!  The vintage theater seats I found were pulled out of a middle school in Tacoma, WA and date back to the 1940’s.  They were a good price, so I bought a few extra sets thinking I could use them elsewhere at the Farmhouse and/or for a client project we’re working on. Needless to say, you’ll be seeing a lot of them on the Grit and Polish for the foreseeable future.

One thing I haven’t been quite so decided on for this room is art.  I always struggle with choosing art at the end of a renovation.  Give me an entire kitchen remodel to do in 7 days and I’m good, but when it comes time to pick art and pillows, I hem and haw for months. Of course I don’t have months left on this project, so I’ll be making my final choices soon.  One piece of art we know we want is a print for the large wall across from the bed.  We’re imagining something that you can get lost in while you fall asleep.


I’ve been looking on Etsy, Minted, and the Costco image gallery, and there’s a lot of prints that I LOVE, but I haven’t pulled the trigger yet.  I guess I’m not sure if I’ve found the one yet, but here’s what I’ve been hemming and hawwing over:

 sources: 1. “New Beginning” by Kai Samuels-Davis | 2. “Mornings Away” by Emily Jeffords, Minted | 3. “First Frost” by Lou Wall, Costco | 4. “To Pieces” by Clare Elsaesser, Etsy | 5. “Mother Embrace” by Kate Ahn, Minted | 6. “Disguise” by Clare Elsaesser, Etsy | 6. “Scenic Droplet” by Isabella Burton, Anthropologie.


My favorite is number 4 and Garrett really likes number 1.  What do you guys think?  Any prints stand out to you?  Or better yet, any other recommendations for art?

In case you missed them, here are my ORC posts from Week 1 and Week 2.




p.s. The anti-helicopter parent. This is sooooo Garrett, minus the seemingly sexist tone and the roof thing.

p.p.s. did you guys catch this home tour on coco+kelley this week? I’ve been back to look at it three times already – it’s just so good!

p.p.p.s. I’m excited to read Chip and Joanna’s book.  Has anyone read it yet?  I’m dying to hear what you thought!

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  1. can’t wait to see where the floors end up and i love the style you are going for! i am a huge fan of theater seats! as for the art, #4 is my favorite as well but i can’t see my husband wanting it in our bedroom. 😉 1 has too much energy for me and i crave serenity in a bedroom, so i love #7!

  2. Wow, the room feels so much lighter and brighter already! What a difference.

  3. Portland Mama says:

    Oh my, I love #4 too! But the first and sixth pieces are amazing as well. Your space is so beautiful, any of these pieces would work. I might have to snag one of these myself.

  4. kim domingue says:

    If it were my bedroom, my choice would be ‘Mornings Away’ . I like something peaceful, soothing and nature related to greet me upon waking and to gaze at when falling asleep. As much as I like various shades of red, I don’t care for red in my bedroom…… although I could certainly find room for ‘New Beginnings’ elsewhere in my home as it’s quite lovely.

  5. I think in a pinch for time sake I would hang a mirror or textile that you could move around the house and give yourself some time to collect something you love and original. And vintage like the house. Scour second hand and antique stores and Ebay and Etsy for original/vintage paintings or prints. Out of the selection I would pick seven, it just looks farm house to me and like something you could get lost in while falling asleep. Good luck on the art, it is tough for me too.

    Wow you did win the lottery accomplishing all that and great find on the seats and the rug arrival. I would strip the green, after looking at the shot with the door, the thought of painting the seat arms black crossed my mind. So fun watching the process!

    • Thanks Alison! Good advice on the art. I was kind of thinking the same thing…it’s not really worth rushing into something we don’t love. And black is a great suggestion. I am leaning towards sanding the arms, seeing how they look and going from there. Stay tuned…

  6. THOSE WINDOWS!! I think I may have fried my keyboard from drooling! Seriously stunning! I can’t wait to see how this turns out!! You’ve made awesome progress so far!

  7. I’ll be honest: I’m partial to #3 myself. Or maybe something by Monet? Something where you can just sink in and loose yourself in thought.

  8. I was just thinking that I love #1 and #4, but after reading some of the other comments I’m thinking that #2 might be better for this spot. Thanks for sharing, I love when “finding” new Etsy and Minted artists via blogs.

  9. I have the #2 sitting in my cart right now in Minted. Just waiting to pull the trigger! I say go with that one! There is something about it that makes me happy and content.

  10. My pick would be #2! We have several Emily Jeffords art prints around the house and I find them almost meditative.

  11. Another art source I like is Society6. They have lots of options, from lots of artists, and even cooler, you can turn any of the art into tapestries, throw pillows, T-shirts, rugs, etc. Check them out! And good luck with the art search!

  12. Geraldine says:

    Of the examples above I would choose #2. I have to say I find #1 rather gruesome! For something entirely different, I suggest Janet Hill’s work. She produces whimsical, witty fine art, with a “days gone by” vibe. I don’t think her prints are large, but they could be enlarged? She also has a calendar with 12 images, some of which could be grouped to create a large piece. The calendar is $25 and the prints up to $60, so not a huge investment especially if an interim solution. Another suggestion is Surface View, a UK company that produces murals and art prints. They have a huge selection, with access to collections from many art galleries around the world. This would be a more expensive choice.

    • THANK YOU Geraldine!!! I just looked up Janet Hill and love her stuff. Her work would go perfectly in our house. Will check out Surface View too. You’re awesome…thanks for the suggestions!

  13. I’m in the same boat trying to decide on art! Why is it that something that’s not even that permanent is one of the hardest decisions?

  14. I have had my eye on an Emily Jeffords print forever! I just snagged a second sale of Clare Elsaesser and am so excited for it! I’m going to have to scroll up through posts now to see which one you chose!

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