My room is finished! My room is finished! I’m shouting it from the rooftops! My room is finished!
Six weeks ago, my bedroom was so sad. It was a great space, but everything about the decor was just… bland. Seriously. There was literally nothing on my walls. Here’s proof of its blandness:
With 2.5-year-old twins running around, my bedroom is really the only place in the house that is all mine. I decided that it was time I did something nice for myself. I’m considering this room to be my Mother’s Day present to me!
The One Room Challenge
I recently heard about the One Room Challenge hosted by Calling it Home. The Challenge gives you six weeks to transform a space. Six weeks. There’s nothing like a challenge and a hard deadline to keep you on track!
Several years ago, I took a trip to Boston over the 4th of July. We also went out to Cape Cod, and I fell in love. What’s not to love? Seafood. Sam Adams Beer. Beautiful beaches. Amazing homes and style. Ocean views. Whales. The Kennedys. Sigh…
So that was the start of the inspiration for my bedroom’s mood board.
I’ve shared 5 weeks of progress with you all. If you’re just tuning in and want to catch up, here you go:
In week 1, I introduced you to my plan for a Cape Cod themed bedroom.
In week 2, I “zoned out and lightened up.” I created a designated reading corner (zone) and lightened up my furniture. No more black and dark stain… Hello white and bright!
In week 3, I got organized. Now that all of my clutter is out of the way, I’m ready to decorate and feel more inspired.
In week 4, it was all about my very empty walls and windows. That all changed with some major DIY decor projects.
In week 5, I focused on textiles and details.
So here we are in week 6 with the big reveal. I’m not going to lie… Up until about a few hours ago, I was still working on last minute details and projects. What can I say? I work best under pressure. Oh, and there is that small detail of it being the end of the semester in my final year of law school. Did I mention that I took my last ever law school final this morning? Party!!!
Get ready for the big reveal and a TON of pictures!
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Cape Cod Inspired Master Bedroom
This room is definitely mommy’s space (note the child proof cover on the door knob).
My budget was pretty teeny, so I borrowed items from other rooms, made a TON of DIY decor, and made a few trips to HomeGoods and Target.
When you rent and have an obsession with plank walls, you have to get extra creative. The faux wood panel behind my bed is actually a roll of paper made for teachers to use on their cork boards. Read all about the wall here for the paper source and DIY tutorial.
I made use of wicker baskets (Home Goods) – places where I can toss my shoes and purse. They’re definitely not safe in the entry with my twins!
A Reading Corner
I do plenty of reading – both for school and pleasure. I really wanted a reading chair in my bedroom, so I stole the chair in the twins’ room that really wasn’t being used. The ottoman was stolen from the living room (purchased at Target a couple of years ago).
The pillow is from Target as well. Shocking, I know. I need a Target-intervention.
Then I scored a bookshelf at my favorite thrift store for $7. No, that’s not a typo. I really bought it for $7. A little bit of chalk paint brought the shelf up to speed.
Aren’t those little wooden houses adorable? They’re available here.
This wall was by far the most work of anything in my room. By using thrift store frames, my own photography, and some DIY skills, I was able to put together this wall for under $50.
The photos are my own from a pre-twins trip to Alaska. The buoy patent print is from Zazzle. I love their selection of posters and prints.
The canvas has a quote from one of my favorite songs. It’s a DIY project using hot glue and acrylic paint. Tutorial coming soon!
The whale tail is also a DIY-er.
This sea urchin specimen art was a DIY project using these adorable shells – tutorial is here.
A New Dresser
I got rid of my black sideboard and opted for white instead. I’m going through a major white obsessive phase. This works really well with two toddlers in the house. This Ikea Hemnes dresser is such a classic piece at a great price.
The Cape Cod shingles inspired art was another DIY project. I cut plywood, stained and framed it.
Sailboat and coral decor are both from HomeGoods.
The “coastal” decoration was on clearance at the fabric store… for one dollar!
Peek Inside my Closets
Decorating and DIY-ing were a huge part of this Challenge, but so was organizing. By bringing in the new dresser, I was able to contain much of my crafting clutter that had spread across my room and into the hall closet. That hall closet is my next “big” project, so it was important to clear it out now.
My “cloffice” – office in a closet – was finished earlier this year, but I did some major organizing in my clothes closet with storage cubes. It clearly isn’t natural for me to enjoy organizing this much!
So there you have it. There were so many DIY projects in this room. There is no way I could do them all justice in one post. Look forward to plenty of DIY tutorials over the summer as I get caught up with writing and editing.
Want more room inspiration? Hop on over to Calling it Home to see the finished rooms from all of the other linking participants.