One Room Challenge – Week 6 – Master Bedroom Reveal!

One Room Challenge – Week 6 – Master Bedroom Reveal!

TODAY IS THE BIG DAY!!!  The Reveal of my One Room Challenge space, my Master Bedroom. (insert colossal sigh of relief, hand me a glass of vino, and keep the house quiet and dark while I nap, haha)

Can I tell you how wonderful it is for my husband and I to have a fully finished retreat of a room?  It is really exciting, and it takes us one more step closer to a fully functioning, renovated home.

See the previous five weeks of my One Room Challenge here:

One Room Challenge Week 1 – Why We Chose the Master Bedroom

One Room Challenge Week 2 – The Plan

One Room Challenge Week 3 – Ceiling Crash & Wallpaper Calamities

One Room Challenge Week 4 – Wallpaper Removal & Closet Transformation

One Room Challenge Week 5 – Paint + Wallpaper

To remind you of where we started, let’s do some gratuitous before and afters, shall we?

This is what the bedroom looked like when we moved in.

bedroom before

Then we de-sponge painted it, smoothed the heavily textured walls, and painted it white.

master bedroom before

And now that same view looks like this!

master bedroom makeover

Once we had replaced the fallen ceiling,

ceiling out

taken out the old wallpaper that got ruined when the ceiling fell, and painted the trim, we made it to this point.

black trim paint

And now the wall pictured above is wholly made over!

master bedroom makeover

We stored our bedroom furniture and my husband’s clothes in the Master Bathroom and the stairwell.

bathroom view from bedroom

Eventually, with many many hours of work, that wall was completely transformed from its state above to the photo below!

master bedroom makeover

One of the main architectural changes we made to the space was the closet. My husband’s closet has been a mess since we moved in – it was awkward, the floor gave you splinters, and it simply did not function.

Widening the doorway, adding a pair of salvage yard doors, and glamming them up with some sexy brass hardware, has made a huge difference in our everyday lives!

master bedroom closet makeover

The brass handles are actually CURTAIN RODS!!  I got them from Signature Things (they also have some GREAT hardware!), and not only am I extremely happy with the quality of the rods, but their customer service was EXCELLENT! Truly. I had several questions, and the owner, Manoj, answered all of them in detail.

Something neat and different…I was able to order the handles in a brass finish that is aged by hand! You know how when you buy Unlacquered Brass, it is pretty shiny, and you have to wait for it to tarnish a tad to get the patina you are going for?  Well, Signature Things perceived a hole in the market, so they created their own process. You can tell them heavy aging, light aging, etc. Since I had never ordered anything patinaed like this, I was unsure of how it would look, and I was super pleased when I received the brass rods and brackets!

master bedroom makeover

It’s amazing all of the storage we have in here now that we have a closet system, and a space that is easy to get to and move around in!

master bedroom closet makeover

The vintage porter chair I picked up at an estate sale long ago inherited a manly vibe from the pinstripe suiting fabric I ordered from The Shade Store. If you order window treatments from them, they will also allow you to place a fabric-only order. I needed a couple of yards to reupholster the seat and arm pads.

porter chair before

The lines of the chair are curvy, bordering on sweet, so the masculine pattern really works. My kids call this chair “the Rain Chair”.  : )  The modern side table is great for resting a book or a cup of coffee.

master bedroom makeoverPorter Chair (similar)  /  Modern Side Table  /  Plug-In Sconce

The plug-in lamp we placed above the porter chair is super affordable and provides a soothing reading light, and I love the tassel pillow coupled with the winky face pillow. I like to keep things from getting too serious in a room by inserting something that is unexpected and tongue-in-cheek.

Tassel Pillow  /  Winky Pillow

The arch next to the Porter Chair is one of my favorite elements of the room since it is original to the house. (1919) I highlighted it by painting it dark like the trim. (It was my good friend Gwen’s idea to put the shoes in the nook, and I love it!)

arched nook

arched nook shoes

The desk is vintage, and I spent some serious time shining up the brass knobs and brass-capped feet. The green leather top meshes so well with the room’s new color scheme.

Desk (similar)  /  Desk Chair (similar)

master bedroom desk

We both use the desk, but my husband works here quite a bit.

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The vintage tole lamps were a Round Top find that I topped with black shades from Target.

books on deskGold Tole Lamps (similar)

The desk chair (I have major heart eyes for its interesting shape!) is a Kai Kristiansen find from Etsy I reupholstered using leather scraps from a previous project, along with a tweed fabric to give it a Mad Men feel.

master bedroom reveal

Our first Valentine’s Day in the house we live in, my husband gave me a card which led me to an old stump in our backyard. He had carved our initials into it, and of course, I loved it! I enlarged the image and framed it in acrylic I ordered from my friend, Kipp, at Nationwide Plastics. (Kipp’s info is in this post) It brings an air of sentiment into the room.

master bedroom art

We had a difficult time finding the right bed! When I found the chippendale brass headboard, I was hopeful it would work! I like that it does not block much of the window, and it brings some shine to the space.

brass bedChippendale Bed (similar)

The bedding is a mix of textures from linen to velvet to cotton to mohair, and the color scheme gathers some of the soothing hues I like in the gorgeous ceiling wallpaper.

master bedroom makeover

The black bedskirt really brings the whole look together. It was difficult to find an 11″ bedskirt, which is what I needed for the vintage bedframe. After some searching, I found these pins that hold a bedskirt in place, and I am in love! These babies are so practical and work great!

beddingBedskirt  /  Silk Quilt (seriously soft and feels so luxurious!)  /  Black & White Tassel Throw (under $40!)

You would never know I had to pin this bedskirt up three inches!

black bedding

We have really deep window wills in this room so they serve as our nightstands for the most part. But I found this malachite stool to put next to my side of the bed, and I promptly ordered it. I have a big thing for malachite! (it comes in a few other colors too)

malachite stool

It has such a pretty, glossy finish!

malachite stool

The malachite stool ties in really well with the detail on the antique chairs next to my dresser.

malachite chairs

We got the GORGEOUS Kindel dresser from one of my new favorite vintage furniture sellers, The Collected Eclectic Home. (they have some seriously amazing finds!!) Diana, the owner, was awesome to work with, and the marble top I added really gave it that extra wow factor!

master bedroom makeover

Look at that lovely detail!

kindel dresser detail

kindel dresser

Ever since I was a little girl, I have loved foliage. Green is one of my favorite colors, and the shapes of leaves are so pretty to me. I have had this collection of antique botanicals for years, and I so enjoy getting to see them on display in our bedroom.

antique botanical collection

One of the important items of a bedroom/dressing space we were missing was a full-length mirror. I searched and searched for one that was affordable, had an arch to coordinate with the arched nook, and was simple and not too showy to blend with the aesthetic. The mirror also needed to be less than 24″ wide to fit between the moldings, and over 6 feet tall to compliment the 9′ ceiling height and be practical for this tall girl. ; )  (this is the mirror I purchased) The vintage tole stool is great for makeup touchups.

master bedroom closetFull Length Mirror

The grey-blue silk shades are from The Shade Store, and they are the nicest romans I have ever owned! I got them with the chain pulley, and they open and close beautifully! I think their simplicity hides the fact that one window is three inches wider than the other! #oldhousequirks

Completing a room in this sort of timeline is really a full-time project that you have to fit around family, home, and job. It is not easy, and I am so happy it is done! Please let me know in the comments if you have questions about anything in the room, or any thoughts about the space in general. I read and respond to every comment!

master bedroom makeover

There are so many wonderful One Room Challenge projects being revealed today and tomorrow so head over to Calling It Home to see what all of the other participants pulled off! Thank you so much Linda, for putting this together, and thank you to House Beautiful, the Media Sponsor for the ORC.

vintage candle sconce

It takes many late nights to finish a project like this, but I am not an island, and I did not do it all myself. I would love to thank the following individuals and businesses that made my bedroom retreat possible:

John Ross at Holland Sherry, Ellie Cashman Wallpaper, Manoj at Signature Things, Rick Goodwin Contracting, Becky Wallis Wallcoverings, The Shade Store, Simple Things Furniture, Gabriel Costilla Upholstery, Farrow & Ball, The Collected Eclectic Home, Onis Stone, Texas Designer Flooring in Fort Worth, Home Goods, Pottery Barn, West Elm, Nationwide Plastics, Fort Worth Camera, Juan Wall, my 5-year-old daughter K who is a blooming wallpaper stripper and painter ; ) , Kristin Jackson at The Hunted Interior and Gwen Hefner at The Makerista (this room would not be as good without your text/phone call input!), and most of all, thank you to my husband, Kent, for all of his support and ideas. I’m a better designer and better everything because of you, sweetheart!

And a special thanks to you, readers. I so appreciate you following along with me!

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Until the next story.

xo, G

  • Jennifer Rogers
    Posted at 21:52h, 09 November Reply

    So beautiful, Grace! Love it! You are so very talented!

    • Grace
      Posted at 10:10h, 10 November Reply

      Thank you so much, sweet Jennifer! xo

  • Laura
    Posted at 21:54h, 09 November Reply

    Beautiful job Grace! So elegant and welcoming – just like you!

    • Grace
      Posted at 10:10h, 10 November Reply

      Laura, you are so kind! That is such a compliment coming from you – I think you have the gift of hospitality! xoxo

  • Sarah
    Posted at 21:56h, 09 November Reply

    You masterfully mix old and new like nobody’s business! And I wish I lived in Texas so you could take me thrifting and estate saling. Your finds are crazy good!

    • Grace
      Posted at 10:11h, 10 November Reply

      Hi Sarah, thanks! I will say, my thrifting and estate sale trips really paid off in this project – I did not have to buy much! 😉

  • Valerie Hill
    Posted at 21:58h, 09 November Reply

    Wow! Brilliant transformation! I love the traditional feel and the richness of the painted woodwork combined with the surprises of modern touches. I hope you and yours enjoy the new creation.

    • Grace
      Posted at 10:12h, 10 November Reply

      Thank you, Valerie! I do love a good mix, and I put a lot of thought into how to make it balanced. I appreciate you taking the time to comment! xo

  • Catherine
    Posted at 22:00h, 09 November Reply

    This room is absolutely gorgeous! I love the doors and those “handles” are amazing. I actually went to the store where you purchased the doors since I was so blown away by them. Yes it took a village to put it together but you had the vision and it turned out stunning.

    • Grace
      Posted at 10:13h, 10 November Reply

      Catherine! Did you love it? I will say, it pays to go every week or two to find the best stuff! My house has tons of items from that place! xoxo

  • Karen Simon Peterson
    Posted at 22:54h, 09 November Reply

    What a beautiful room! The closet doors are spectacular and I love that wallpaper and the botanical prints. All in all a lovely room.

    • Grace
      Posted at 10:13h, 10 November Reply

      Karen, thank you! The closet is pretty to look at and its practicality has been amazing! xo

  • Mimi
    Posted at 00:33h, 10 November Reply

    The photo of the tree deserves a wall of its own. I simply love the “love” in that detail.

    • Grace
      Posted at 10:14h, 10 November Reply

      Mimi, I so agree! It makes me smile. That was one of my husband’s most romantic moments for sure! 😉 Thank you for commenting! xo

  • Mary Meyer I Like it Lovely
    Posted at 06:05h, 10 November Reply

    What an incredible space. Every detail is gorgeous and the colors are so beautifully rich. Bravo. Enjoy it in good health.

    • Grace
      Posted at 10:14h, 10 November Reply

      Thank you, Mary! I hope we do too! 🙂 Thank you for taking the time to comment. xo

  • Emily
    Posted at 06:10h, 10 November Reply

    I’ve said it before, and I’ll at it again… your designs are so unique. You have this way of making it all current, but you have such a signature style. I never see anything else out there like what you do. It’s so refreshing and exciting to see your deigns. I adore this room, and all the details. You nailed it hard!!

    • Grace
      Posted at 10:16h, 10 November Reply

      Thank you as always, Emily! That is such a compliment, I appreciate your kind words so much! xo

  • Andrea
    Posted at 07:13h, 10 November Reply

    You did an amazing job…what a beautiful and eclectic room! About those gorgeous botanicals…did you have them custom-matted and framed? I love the aged look of the gold frame, and in the picture, the mats look to be almost a lavender tone. Any information you could share about this would be great. Thank you, and congratulations for a job well done!

    • Grace
      Posted at 10:18h, 10 November Reply

      Hi Andrea, I bought those frames from a seller about five years ago that has since gone out of business. I so wish I had more information on them! 🙁 The frames are actually a light wood color, and the mattes do have a gray-blue-lavender tone. If I find some like that again, I can email you! xo

  • Tiaa
    Posted at 07:27h, 10 November Reply

    The room is amazing! The amazing is life!!!

    • Grace
      Posted at 10:18h, 10 November Reply

      Thank you, Tiaa! xo

  • jillian
    Posted at 07:40h, 10 November Reply

    Another beautiful space! I’ve been waiting for this reveal and once again, you have outdone yourself. Love you and love your talent. So grateful to call you a friend!

    • Grace
      Posted at 10:18h, 10 November Reply

      Awww Jillian, you are so sweet to take the time to write this. Your bedroom inspired me to get moving! 😉 I’m grateful, too. xo

  • Frances
    Posted at 08:05h, 10 November Reply

    What an amazing room! It’s your use of unique accessories that really make this space look like a great place to be in. Do you offer design service? I need help finishing off a room and could use your eye for styling.

    • Grace
      Posted at 10:19h, 10 November Reply

      Hi Frances, thank you! I do offer services, but I’m only doing full rooms/homes at this point. Feel free to reach out with any questions! xo

  • Besa GM
    Posted at 08:21h, 10 November Reply

    Amazing transformation! Beautiful eclectic room! Enjoy it!

    • Grace
      Posted at 10:19h, 10 November Reply

      Thank you so much, Besa! xo

  • Jenny
    Posted at 08:35h, 10 November Reply

    Grace, fantastic job!!! Add the fact that your hubby was your main client, phenomenal!! I too agree that you mix old & new masterfully!! You are such an inspiration to this design student. 🙂

    • Grace
      Posted at 10:21h, 10 November Reply

      Jenny, yes, he was the main client! I will say, I would have gone in a completely different direction without his input. But I have to say, I love it! It still feels bright and fresh and open, yet it also feels cocoon-like. The wallpaper kind of has a glow to it at night too, which is neat. Thank you for commenting! xo

  • Wanda Lindsey
    Posted at 09:01h, 10 November Reply

    Absolutely love it! It is so fantastic how you brought it all together. Love your style!

    • Grace
      Posted at 10:21h, 10 November Reply

      Thank you, Wanda! It finally did come together, without a minute to spare I might add. 😉 xo

  • Charlotte
    Posted at 10:38h, 10 November Reply

    I LOVE THIS! My favorite design is clever and risky design and this is a billion gold stars! I can only imagine the delight of putting wallpaper onto the ceiling… but well worth it!!! xx

    • Grace
      Posted at 03:35h, 11 November Reply

      Thank you, Charlotte! Ha yes, putting wallpaper on the ceiling is always fun! 😉 This one was a bit easier since the ceiling was new and level! I really appreciate the kind words. xo, G

  • Ariel
    Posted at 10:40h, 10 November Reply

    This space is perfection! It’s giving me all the dark and moody that I want right now! Living for this!
    I’ll be including it in my favourite room round-up! XOX

    • Grace
      Posted at 03:36h, 11 November Reply

      Ariel, thank you so much! That is so flattering for you to include it! xo, G

  • Sheri
    Posted at 11:02h, 10 November Reply

    You’re style speaks to my soul Grace! What an amazing room you have made for the two of you. Congratulations!!

    • Grace
      Posted at 03:36h, 11 November Reply

      Thank you, Sheri! We are enjoying its coziness so much! xo

  • Leigh
    Posted at 11:29h, 10 November Reply

    Stop-in-you-tracks gorgeous!! It’s so unique and fun while also being sophisticated and sexy. All things perfect for a master bedroom. I adore the old house charm too! Thank you so much for sharing so many helpful details! You’re the best!


    • Grace
      Posted at 03:39h, 11 November Reply

      Leigh, thank you! I like to hear details about everything really, so sometimes I worry I share too much about the details on my site, ha! xo

  • Jen
    Posted at 12:03h, 10 November Reply

    I really love how your design mind works and watching your spaces come together. They are always filled with brilliant thought out choices and so much heart. You are endlessly inspiring my friend! Congrats and I can’t wait to see what you do next (after you take many deserved naps in that stunning new bedroom of course!).

    • Grace
      Posted at 03:40h, 11 November Reply

      Sweet Jen, thank you! You are so kind to take the time to write all of that. A nap sounds amazing! 😉 xoxoxoxoxoxoxoxo

  • Jen Noting Grace
    Posted at 12:18h, 10 November Reply

    Those doors!! That ceiling!! I’m seriously swooning over here!! What a gorgeous transformation! Congrats, my friend!

    • Grace
      Posted at 03:42h, 11 November Reply

      Thank you, Jen! It’s hard to pinpoint my favorite thing about the room, but those two are at the top of the list! 🙂 xo

  • Cassie Bustamante
    Posted at 12:45h, 10 November Reply

    love the drama in this space! way to make a statement!

    • Grace
      Posted at 03:43h, 11 November Reply

      Thank you so much, Cassie! I so appreciate you taking the time to comment! xo

  • Jennifer
    Posted at 15:52h, 10 November Reply

    You are SO talented! It takes a special person to really make a unique room with a mix of high, low, old and new – especially in a historic home with lots of it’s own quirks. I adored your boy’s room in the last ORC and this one didn’t fail to disappoint! I was most excited for your reveal out of all the participants 🙂 The botanical gallery wall and the reclaimed lacquered doors are my favorites. But then the wallpapered ceiling and grasscloth and bed and malachite table are high on my list too…i could go on and on! 😉

    • Grace
      Posted at 03:48h, 11 November Reply

      Jennifer, I’m blown away by all of your kind words! I was actually worried this room would not be able to compare to the boys room since that was such a dramatic and colorful transformation so I’m happy to hear you liked this room so much! There were times I was concerned this room would not mesh, and then it clicked together. We really are thriled with it! Thanks again for taking the time to comment. xo

  • heather
    Posted at 20:31h, 10 November Reply

    It is fantastic. The ceiling, the “rain chair”…everything is lovely and unique.

    • Grace
      Posted at 03:43h, 11 November Reply

      Heather, thank you! Ha! Yeah, I love that my kids call it that. I’ll never be able to get rid of it – my babies have loved that chair since the day I brought it home! xo

  • Liz
    Posted at 07:26h, 11 November Reply

    Truly incredible work! You may have already shared this, but what was the budget for your bedroom makeover? Since you mixed a lot of high and low I’m just so curious. Thx ~liz

  • Shelley
    Posted at 07:57h, 11 November Reply

    Everything is so beautiful that I’m not even sure what to mention in this comment…since I can’t mention it all! 🙂 I love the bold look of the dark trim and the wallpapered ceilings. Love those lamps, that dresser and the mix of old and new. Truly stunning result!

  • Jana
    Posted at 08:13h, 11 November Reply

    Well done! I am obsessed with the closet doors and the clever use of rods/handles. It’s a perfect mix of all things good. Love it! Now it’s time to really enjoy it, congrats!

  • Brynne | The Gathered Home
    Posted at 08:32h, 11 November Reply

    Oh my goodness!!! What a divine, dramatic space! I love the wallpaper on the ceiling and the dark doors and trim! I’m absolutely dying over every detail!

  • Holly
    Posted at 12:11h, 11 November Reply

    I am obsessed with this transformation! It is beyond sexy! Love your style.

  • Nadia | Preciously Me
    Posted at 16:42h, 11 November Reply

    I used the same Ellie Cashman wallpaper in my bedroom and I LOVE it! Great choice 😉

  • Colleen Johnson
    Posted at 19:26h, 11 November Reply

    Grace, I am new to your blog and you are so talented – I love this makeover, so gorgeous and unique. I am curious about the marble top you had made for that amazing dresser. Was that costly to do? Did you buy a remnant? I would love to do something similar for a chest I have. Thanks so much and congrats on a job well done!

  • Charlotte
    Posted at 11:07h, 12 November Reply

    Wow! Beautiful details. Can I ask where you got the moss green pillows on your bed?

  • Shelly Mathes
    Posted at 15:00h, 12 November Reply

    Grace, you and your husband are genius! When I first saw this room, I thought, oh yuck, sorry, just being honest. What a “HUGE” transformation! I love the whole thing! BRAVO!

    BTW, your children are cuties!

  • Jeanne
    Posted at 21:55h, 13 November Reply

    I love the transformation – the closet doors are perfect and the room just sings…great job!

  • Mila - Jest Cafe
    Posted at 11:35h, 14 November Reply

    This space is so great. Using wallpaper for the roof is a perfect idea. Congrats.

  • Anonymous
    Posted at 12:35h, 14 November Reply

    Gorgeous! The wallpapered ceiling is a ‘wow’ but I also love your attention to detail – like the malachite stool and chair. And that desk chair is amazing! As is all of your reupholstery. Great job! 🙂

  • Norma | The House that Will
    Posted at 12:36h, 14 November Reply

    Gorgeous! The wallpapered ceiling is a ‘wow’ but I also love your attention to detail – like the malachite stool and chair. And that desk chair is amazing! As is all of your reupholstery. Great job! 🙂

  • Caroline James
    Posted at 13:00h, 16 November Reply

    Just exquisite Grace! You are so very very talented.

  • Rachel
    Posted at 09:50h, 17 November Reply

    Holy cow – this is GORGEOUS! Bravo!!! I’m obsessed with that headboard. I’ve never seen another one like it.

  • Shonee
    Posted at 00:00h, 28 November Reply

    What a transformation! That before was crazy. I love that ceiling too, fabulous work!

  • Kristen
    Posted at 10:15h, 08 February Reply

    Love the room!..Can you tell me the color you used for the trim?..I love the look of dark framed windows and trim, is the outside frame of your windows still white?…I really never thought of just paining the white windows from the inside for some reason?..thanks for any help!

  • Livia
    Posted at 01:29h, 20 February Reply

    What a lovely transformation! Random, but I also really like your alarm clock. Where is it from?

  • Jesse May Danson
    Posted at 15:33h, 28 March Reply

    Your room is simply stunning! I love the symmetry and all the unexpected elements! Your bold design aesthetic motivates me to become a little more daring in my own home decorating. 🙂

  • Eldub
    Posted at 22:35h, 23 July Reply

    This is really pretty!

  • jonnie
    Posted at 22:17h, 10 August Reply

    I love your room. Would love any more information on the fantastic headboard, I am looking for something similar.

    Thank you!!

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