It's week 4 of the One Room Challenge, and this week we've finally had some huge transformations! I'm not going to lie, during week 3 when our bedroom was still looking largely the same, I had a moment of panic that we might not be able to pull everything off in such a short time. Thankfully this week my fears have been eased and I can see the finish line in sight!
The biggest transformation we underwent this week was with paper and with paint. Since our house is 100 years old, we have plaster walls throughout which naturally have some movement and imperfections to them. No matter how much sanding and patching we did, a surface like that would never be suitable for something like a high gloss or lacquer unless we took it down to the studs and rebuilt it. Our walls needed something a little more matte, and with some texture. I decided to go with a grasscloth for this space, because I love the natural look and the inherent "flaws" which make it beautiful.
You guys know I'm a color lover, but in this space, I wanted to keep the walls of our bedroom relatively neutral. We have a lot of space (29' width) and I wanted it to be clean, bright, and peaceful. I landed on Schumacher's Haruki Sisal in Ivory. It's a very clean Ivory (not too much yellow), and it is bright and airy in the space. Perfect!
Just because I went neutral on the walls, doesn't mean the whole room is neutral though! I decided to use my 5th wall (the ceiling) for a fun pop of color. I tested out multiple options in the space (I can't stress how important it is to test paint colors before committing!), and I landed on Benjamin Moore Swiss Blue.
Blue is actually a traditional color for porch ceilings, and with all of the natural light we get in the Master bedroom, it was a great choice to make it feel like we're bringing a little bit of the outdoors inside. The ceiling is finished, and I'm in LOVE with how it looks!
Now that the walls are done, we're safe to start moving back in! We're also safe to start arranging furniture, including a new custom piece that I'm head over heels in love with!
A few months ago, I found a vintage bamboo etagere at Black Rock Galleries, and I bought it on the spot without having a concrete plan for it. It's trickier to come by mid-century regency pieces in this part of the country, so when I see one I try to scoop it up! I knew it would come in handy at some point either for a client or myself. As soon as we decided we were going to redo our bedroom for the ORC, I decided I couldn't bare to sell the shelf, and I needed it in my own home. I pulled it out of storage and I got working on a plan.
As luck would have it I happen to have a super talented neighbor, Maureen, from the site Fairmount Terrace. She paints and refinishes furniture, both selling her own pieces, and working on custom orders for clients. I enlisted her help to liven up my etagere with some new glossy color. While the bones of the piece were great, it definitely needed a facelift! We hauled the etagere to her studio and like magic, in less than a week it was back in my house and looking better than ever. I'm obsessed with the new color, and can't wait to start styling the shelves with artwork and knick knacks.
That's all for this week. Next week I'll work to pull together the finishing touches, and then we're on to the reveal!!!
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