one room challenge: week four

Welcome to week FOUR! I cannot believe how time is flying! If you need a review, see weeks two and three here (I started late and skipped week one).

When this challenge started, I posted one picture of the bed and said that was all there was to the room. This is only semi-true. Here are some photos to complete the space (it’s a complete disaster and the furniture is squished in from my paint job, but you’ll get the gist).

You’ll be glad you saw the mess when everything is finished and pretty in a few weeks. I’m going for the WOW factor! This week, the headboard got a new coat of coral paint and it moved inside.

Headboard before sanding and priming - NC State red!

Headboard before sanding and priming - NC State red!

Spray painting is a messy gig.

Spray painting is a messy gig.

I knew that the headboard was mighty tall at 70”. I knew that my ceilings are short, but tall enough, at 8’. What I did NOT consider was the slope of the ceiling in the stairwell and the width of the stairs. Oh. No.

It's nothing that can't be fixed!

It's nothing that can't be fixed!

The ceiling got it pretty good, too. Next One Room Challenge will feature the stairwell! Kidding.

We ended up cutting 15” off the bottom and rigging pieces of wood to stabilize the legs. Then we attached the bed frame to the headboard for additional support (and because I didn’t want the thing knocking against the newly painted wall!).

All IS well that ends well, and if I hadn’t just told you all about the drama, you’d probably never know.

Oh wait, did someone pull out a camera? Little Violet loves attention.

Oh wait, did someone pull out a camera? Little Violet loves attention.

This is not the final pillow situation...

This is not the final pillow situation...

Other projects that rounded out the week include the final touches on the medical/laboratory chest and starting on the dresser.

It has dings and nicks and it is perfect!

It has dings and nicks and it is perfect!

The dresser’s update comes from Valspar. They did not send me free products, and although I once worked for them, my love affair began long ago and still continues. My one regret is that they did not have Chalky Finish paint way back when, because I would have brought home a can in every color.

I chose Opera Gown for my color, thinking it would be charcoal gray. It ended up with a hint of navy, but I’m not completely complaining. It still looks great! The first part of the process was a DREAM – the directions say no priming or sanding. Say whaaaat? I thought that could not possibly be the case, especially since the dresser had a satin finish. I also know a paint job is only as good as the prep, so how could a paint job turn out great with zero prep? I don’t know, but this can is pure MAGIC! Here is my progress…

Dresser before...

Dresser before...

Dresser in progress...

Dresser in progress...

They were out of the clear satin finish at Lowes, so I need to track some down and finish the process. And do something with the knobs.

The curtain panels are also complete! They are waiting to be hung, but they are finished. I’ll blow your mind next week with photos of the installation.

Finally – as if this week wasn’t busy enough – Monday was Market. I love Market! I LOVE MARKET! I had yummy food (can’t say no to the free food!), visited with great vendors, found new treasures that will soon be available on this website, and ran into my best friend from kindergarten.  She is the Emily Cr to my Emily Co (read the story here). How funny that we bonded over the same name and same pair of purple tennis shoes in 1986, only to both grow up to be interior designers?!

Check back next week to see what happens in Week 5… but until then, click over to Calling It Home to see what everyone else is up to! And follow along on instagram for mid-week teasers!