Farmhouse Master Bedroom // One Room Challenge Reveal

THE FARMHOUSE

Today is the day! Week 6 of the One Room Challenge has arrived, and I’m so excited to show you guys our finished master bedroom.

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Six weeks ago, this room was dark and ugly and it’s 104-year-old charm had been hidden away behind bad carpets and even worse drapes.  In case you forgot, here’s what the space looked like on day one.

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Bad, right?!  Somehow Garrett and I lived in that for 3 months.  The carpets were stinky and stained and screaming to be pulled, but we held off for the One Room Challenge, mostly because the boys’ bedrooms were the priority.  But once the boys were settled and October hit, Garrett and I got right to work on this room.  We painted, pulled up carpets, refinished the floors, rewired some unexpected knob and tube, replaced the lighting, added base shoe, hung drapes, made nightstands, and decorated.  The end result is bright, welcoming, and sooo us.

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My goal for this space was a breezy, historic, and country bedroom.  I kept the decor simple – white paint, original wood trim, cozy layered textiles, and lots of vintage pieces.  Most everything in this room is new – or at least new to us – besides the headboard.  I bought a lot of pieces from salvage shops, antique stores, and the Junk Tiquing event in Ellensburg (thanks Amber for telling me about it!), which kept the renovation in line with my goals of historic and country, not to mention affordable.  I did splurge on a new rug and lights from Rejuvenation, which fit in perfectly with the vintage pieces.  (Links to resources are at the bottom of this post.)

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The vintage theater seats, were one of the first things I picked for our master bedroom.  I only had to search for a couple of days before finding our chairs at a salvage shop in Seattle.  We also brought in a hanging chair for the corner by the windows.  And let me just say, that chair has proven to be nothing short of perfection!  We have quite a few trees on our property, some with colorful leaves still waiting to drop, and I intend to soak up every last bit of Fall from this spot.  We had originally bought the hanging chair for Brooks’ nursery, but since he’s become a fearless climber at 13 months, the chair needed a new home.  And truth be told, I’m so happy with it in here that I’m pretty sure Brooks will never get it back.

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If you’ve followed the Grit and Polish for long, you already know that this room was more of a cosmetic update than a full fledged renovation for us.  Nonetheless, we ran into a few hiccups during this project.  The hardwoods were in rougher shape than we had hoped; we found knob and tube wiring which required an extensive rewiring of the upstairs; and the existing molding stain was a custom color we couldn’t quite match.  All in all, none of the surprises were too major, but they definitely slowed us down.

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Garrett built our nightstands using leftover marble countertop from the Ravenna kitchen renovation.  We used an antique table base for my side of the bed and a DIY shelf for Garrett’s side.  Our small nightstands provide plenty of space for our essentials without leaving so much space that they end up cluttered.  Garrett’s shelf also affords room for a basket of kids supplies for early morning snuggles (way, way too early of morning snuggles…thank you Day Light Savings).

Last week, I talked about the wild goose chase I went on looking for an antique fireplace.  I’d be lying if I didn’t say that I miss the ambiance that a fireplace would have added to the room, but even so, I love the vintage pie safe I found for our large white wall.  If we ever do find that antique fireplace, I’ll happily move this piece to another spot.

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This is my first time participating in the One Room Challenge, and I’m very aware of what a privilege it is (yes, even though I’m just a guest participant and I volunteered for it).  Six months ago I wouldn’t have had the bandwidth or time to really take this on, and I’m sooo thankful I do now.  Sometimes dreams do come true…after working really f*ing hard for them 😉

Now for my favorite part of any renovation, the before and afters:

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It’s so much better, right?!  Garrett and I are so happy to finally have a space we enjoy being in!

My favorite part of this competition has been that it makes you finish a room 100%.  Garrett and I are notorious for not finishing the final 5% of a renovation until we’re about to move out, so the One Room Challenge was the perfect cure for that. Thanks ORC!

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And thank you for following along!  I’d love to hear what you think of the space.

You can get caught up on my previous posts here: Week 1, Week 2, Week 3, Week 4, Week 5.  And if you’re looking for more One Room Challenge makeovers, they’re all linked here.  I’ll share some of my favorite ORC rooms next week here on the blog too.

Resources: bed, Restoration Hardware (ours is from the outlet) | velvet pillows, Pottery Barn | accent pillow, Anthropologie (similar) | sconces in Aged Brass, Rejuvenation | cord cover, Amazon | Skyline rug, Rejuvenation | hanging chair, Serena and Lily | plaid throws, Pendleton (ours are from the outlet) | stripped pillow covers, Ikea (not online) | Faux sheepskin, Ikea | round mirror, Anthropologie | overhead light, Rejuvenation (6″ Jefferson in old brass with 14″ Classic Opal Schoolhouse Shade) | curtain rods (on sale!), Restoration Hardware | drapes, Pottery Barn | bird postcards (in frames), Amazon | Claire Elsaesser print, Etsy | white pitcher, Le Creuset | Birdy side table, Urban Outfitters | votive, Glassy Baby

Wall and ceiling paint: Benjamin Moore, Simply White

xoxo

-Cathy

p.s. wallpaper in the kitchen is nothing new, but this big, bold, floral print in the kitchen…wow!

p.p.s. the styling of this bed has me feeling all sorts of cozy!  I’d love to buy a linen duvet cover, but I don’t dare until our boys are older.

p.p.p.s. I’ve been hearing good things about Amazon’s new “Good Girls Revolt” show.  Have you seen it?  I’m excited to try it!

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Farmhouse Nursery // Shelves & Picking Art

THE FARMHOUSE

Before I start this post, let me just say, please ignore the hardwood floors. After ripping up the carpets in the nursery, we discovered that the wood floors are in DIRE need of a sand and refinish (apparently the previous owners didn’t believe in tarps…?!), but we’re waiting until we have all the bedroom floors exposed before tackling that project.

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Okay, so we had this big, blank wall in the nursery and I struggled for weeks deciding what to do with it.  I would have loved to have a desk or a cozy reading nook there, but because of the wall’s position (it’s essentially along the walkway between the door and the baby nook), anything sticking out would have been in the way.  So, a low-clearance design option was a must. But that’s as far as I got.

Here’s what the wall looked like while I debated options.

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My first thought was to hang a gallery wall and I even had a lot of art ready to go, but I wasn’t really excited about that option. What this room really needed was more books accessible for the little guys, so shallow shelves popped into mind.

Narrow ledge shelves are nothing new or groundbreaking (not only are they all over the internet, but I used them in our first dining room some 8 odd years ago), but they are the perfect solution for here.

Building the shelves was pretty simple. I told Garrett what I wanted (essentially a ‘u’ shaped shelf no wider than the thickness of the open door), and 2 hours later he had crafted them out of a leftover pine 1×4.  I didn’t take any pictures during the process, but here are some more resources should you want to build something similar: 1, 2, 3.  Garrett filled the seams in our shelves with wood putty and then sanded them down.  The next morning, we hung the shelves and caulked any remaining seams.

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Next we primed the shelves.  And eventually we will paint the shelves the same color as the walls (Simply White), but I’m waiting until we get the paint out for our master bedroom. In the meantime, I’ve propped up lots of books and art for all of us to enjoy.

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Picking art was the hardest part of this project. I don’t think of myself as having an art eye, and I don’t have a clue about cool artists. I also don’t have a big budget for original paintings, for that matter.  So I went with my gut and picked out images that I found fun and whimsical and thought my family would enjoy.

Sources: 1 (Frank S. Guild) | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8 (Paul Cezanne) | frames

All the prints are from Etsy and Costco’s image gallery. I’m still waiting for some of the art to arrive (did you notice the empty frames on the shelves?), but in the meantime, we’re working on our master bedroom for the One Room Challenge and recovering from eating faaarrrr too much cake during Brooks’ birthday over the weekend 😉 I’ll share this space again after we paint and get all of our art up on the shelf. Oh and did you notice my Rejuvenation Skyline rug came in (!!!!)?

Please dish!  Share your go-to sources for inexpensive, fun art in the comments.  I’m still searching for some great pieces for our master bedroom!

If you’re interested in learning more on anything in the nursery, here’s everything I’ve written to date: paint, carpets, wallpaper, design plan, hanging chair.

xoxo

-Cathy

p.s. Tara and Percy are in the New York Times! If you don’t know who I’m talking about, check them out because they are amazing and everything they touch is gold!

p.p.s. Emily Henderson (yes, THE Emily Henderson), posted a picture of our #6daykitchenreno on her Instagram account! I jokingly told my sister it was the biggest moment of my life, but really, I’m feeling sooooo flattered!

p.p.p.s. We have ripe, plump Concord grapes coming out of our ears right now. And despite never being a grape girl in the past, I can’t get enough of their candy sweetness. I already used some 40 + pounds of grapes in grape jelly (that recipe is awesome!) and grape syrup (some of the jelly didn’t set), but what else can I use them in??!!

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