October 3, 2018

One Room Challenge | Week 1: The Master Befores & Plans

September, October, and November are arguably busier than April, May, and June for us. September I do the $100 Room Challenge (check out the full bathroom reveal if you haven't yet) and  head straight in to the October/November One Room Challenge, plus all the major holidays and family get togethers. I thought I had resigned to not doing the ORC this fall, but here I am at 10 o'clock on Wednesday night getting on the band wagon again. It really gives me the motivation and focus to complete an entire space instead of doing a little here and a little there.

If you're not familiar with the One Room Challenge, bloggers (and Instagramers this year!) have 6 weeks and an unlimited budget to transform an entire space. It spans two months, which means I'm usually working with a $400 budget ($200 a month).  For the Spring challenge I did our guest room that also functions as my closet and last fall our home office had a massive face lift. This round I'm finally going to give some attention to our master bedroom.

I have done absolutely nothing to our bedroom. Before we moved in we painted the walls, tore up the green carpets, and refinished the underlying oak. We did buy a bed a few weeks ago and will include it in this challenge, but for the past two years we have slept on this handmedown poster bed. Sure it's a beautiful bed, and Lauren Liess totally pulls it off, but it's just not the style of the rest of the house and takes up a lot of space in our small bedroom.

We probably don't have it in the budget to get a new fan/light, but I spray painted all the Hunter fans black after a few months of living here so they aren't so terrible as they are.

I would love to find a big rug to bring in that 'so cozy you don't need to wear socks' feeling. Then layer some smaller patterned rugs next to each of our sides.

Eventually I'd like to have new end tables, but these vintage handmedowns work for now. And are pretty cute!

New curtains are in the plan. Maybe a dark solid color, but most likely not a pattern.

I got this midcentury modern dresser from Target a little more than a year ago. It's held up surprisingly well and will most likely make it to the final space.

Almost exactly a year ago I gave Auston's closet a refresh. During this challenge I'll give it another update.

My childhood dresser is the big piece that needs to be replaced. It was great to have for functionality but is definitely not easy on the eyes.

Now you've seen every possible angle of our master and have gotten a few of my initial thoughts. Next week I will have a more concrete idea of what direction to take it and have a mood board.

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  1. I love that bed! And just checked out your bathroom update, it's beautiful!

  2. super tight budget but look at what you have done in your bathroom for $100! Looking forward to seeing your DIYs and progress over the next 6 weeks.

    1. Haha yeah, we're really squeezing it in this time! Thanks <3


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