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$100 Room Challenge Week 3 – DIY Barn Wood Headboard

About 1.5 months ago, we finally purchased the king sized bed that we had been wanting. Woohoo! Do you know how awesome it is to have so much space for sleeping? If you don’t, I will tell you that it is absolutely amazing!!! Anyway, since we already have the bed and we are working on our bedroom for the $100 Room Challenge, we decided to make a DIY Barn Wood Headboard for week 3.

See the before pics and our plan for the master bedroom.

Barn Wood Headboard

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This piece of barn wood is actually a door from an old building that was at my grandparents’ house. After my grandparents passed away, my parents moved in and were nice enough to give it to us when they redid the building. It has just been sitting around waiting for the right time/use to come along.

Aged Barn Wood

See how distressed it is, with the chippy paint and cracked wood? But that just gives it that much more character!

Distressed Painted Barn Wood

This project was a two person job. While my hubby, Chris, cleaned up the barn wood, I free handed a template for the top of the headboard. Then, I just taped it on and traced it with a sharpie. After that, Chris cut it out using a jigsaw and sanded while I made lunch. He also added a few coats of Polycrylic to seal everything in, just in case the existing paint had lead in it.

Headboard Template

Finally, we lugged it inside and put it in place. Doesn’t it look good?

DIY Barn Wood Headboard

We noticed that after adding the Polycrylic, the wood actually darkened. I’m not sure if I will eventually add some white wash to the headboard to lighten it just a bit, but for now, we are sticking with it as is.

Handmade Wood Headboard

With just this one project, our master bedroom looks so much better! Not only are we sleeping better because of our new mattress and foundation, but this headboard really adds some farmhouse feels to the space. And that is just the look we are going for!

Master Bedroom

Oh, and I almost forgot! I finally put on the dust ruffle we purchased when we got the bed. #slacker

Rustic Headboard Dust Ruffle

Don’t you think our DIY barn wood headboard turned out great?

This headboard adds the perfect amount of romance to the room with the soft curve but also keeps things from getting too girly with the rustic, chippy paint.

Romantic Bedroom Furniture

Did you miss a week of the $100 Room Challenge?  Catch up now!

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See how the other participants are progressing by clicking the links below!


Slipper Chair Upholstery Makeover

Sometimes with DIY, I pretend like I know what I’m doing. For example, check out this chair in the corner of our living room. I mentioned on Instagram that it needed a little help. However, I’m not a seamstress, upholsterer, or a person who really knows anything about sewing/upholstery. But I definitely faked it to look like I do with this slipper chair upholstery makeover.

Slipper Chair Upholstery Makeover

Here you can see how bad the chair was damaged.

Yeah. All of that was done by our sweet kitty, Rowan.

Beige Slipper Chair

I’m not sure if it was the weave of the fabric that attracted him (it wasn’t very tight) or the sleek style of the chair *wink*.

Cat Clawed Chair Furniture Corner

The chair was also rocking some pretty creepy looking stains. Once or twice, our son had spilled a drink on the chair and even though I soaked up the liquid and cleaned the fabric, it remained stained.

Trying to clean it possibly stained it more!

Stained Chair Seat

This chair is pretty comfy and we wanted to keep it, so obviously, it needed some help. I started by un-velcroing the fabric on the bottom of the chair and removed the back and legs to dismantle the chair into pieces. Our pup, Harper, helped out too.

Golden Retriever Helps Projects

I hope not to offend those who do upholstery (am I using that word correctly?), but honestly, this project with pretty much just tucking, folding, pulling, and stapling the fabric (canvas drop cloth) around the base and back pieces.

Staples Upholstery

And I must say that it looks a lot better!

Drop Cloth Covered Chair

Because I’m not the best with a sewing machine, I opted to just fold all of the edges under to make a straight line down the corners.

Upholster Chair Corners

The back piece was another story. Even though I still folded everything, I had to sew the pieces together with a few quick knots of thread every few inches. I’m not really sure what this is called or if it is even a real technique that people use, but it worked for me.

Upholstered Drop Cloth Chair

This chair is by no means perfect, but I think it turned out pretty good for a girl with no upholstery skills whatsoever. The best part thus far is that the cat has left the chair alone!

Drop Cloth Chair Swiss Cross Pillow

What do you think of this chair’s new look? Did I totally ruin the good name of upholsterers everywhere by botching this up more? Or did it turn out reasonably enough to pass the test?

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Looking for more? Check out these posts!

Adventures in Reupholstery

Chair Reupholstery 16

Painting Upholstery

Painting Upholstery 6

New Laminate Wood Flooring

New Wood Laminate Flooring

One Room Challenge Week Six – Tween Bedroom Reveal

You guys!  It is the end of week six of the One Room Challenge and to say that I am ecstatic would definitely be an understatement. These past six weeks have been a crazy whirlwind of work, but we are so excited with the way everything turned out. Check out our Tween Bedroom Reveal!

One Room Challenge Tween Bedroom Reveal

But first, let’s go back to the beginning and review where we started. Ugh. This room really needed some help.

Day Bed White Bedroom Before After Door Hanger Old Carpet

The old carpet and dark trim were just not working for us, not to mention the mismatched random furniture and lack of accessories just made to room look blah.

Stained Closet Doors Desk Dress form Bedroom Before

OK.  Now, scrub your brain of those old, mismatched images and let’s move on to the pretty pics!

After some brainstorming with my daughter about how she wanted her room to look, plus some research to achieve that look on a budget, we came up with a beautiful and affordable mood board and design plan.

elizabeth-joan-designs-orc-tween-bedroom-mood-board-projects

Here’s what was on the to-do list…

  • Remove old carpet and replace flooring
  • Paint walls, trim, & doors
  • Replace old electrical plates, outlets, and switches
  • Add new lighting
  • Install window coverings
  • Create a workspace that can also double as clothes storage
  • Bring in color and textures with accessories
  • Organize craft & art supplies, books, toys, and clothing

Come on in.  Stay awhile.

This room is now our favorite in the house and we hope you enjoy the visual tour as much as we (especially our daughter) are loving the real thing. Let’s start at the entry door and work our way around the room.

Since this reveal is so pic heavy, I will be sharing more details and all of the sources next week in a separate post. Enjoy!

Tween Bedroom Makeover Desk and Door

Tween Bedroom White Door Hanger

Tween Bedroom Printable Gold Pink Art

Tween Bedroom Closet Organization

Tween Bedroom Neutral Dressform

Tween Bedroom Heirloom Vintage Necklaces

Tween Bedroom Twin Bed and Nightstand

Tween Bedroom Bed

Tween Bedroom Nightstand and Storage

Tween Bedroom Beige Gray White Pink

Tween Bedroom Nightstand Acessories

Tween Bedroom Cream Shag Carpet

Tween Bedroom Chandelier Crystals

Tween Bedroom Silver Chandelier White Medallion

Tween Bedroom Desk/Dresser

Tween Bedroom Pink White Acessories

Tween Bedroom Desk Laptop Notebook

Tween Bedroom Desk Accessories

Tween Bedroom Dresker

There was so much to do and we didn’t know if six weeks would be enough time to finish! Thank goodness we’ve lived to tell the tale of our first One Room Challenge. Now I think it is time to hibernate for the winter and recover from this whole process.  Well, maybe just for the weekend. *Wink*

If you have missed any of the progress in this room, feel free to go back and check out how we went from meh to marvelous!

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One Room Challenge Week Five – Ikea Rast Dresser Desk

Can you believe that it is week 5 of the One Room Challenge? That means that there is only one week left and oh my goodness, we have so much to finish up! Last week, I teased that we had an exciting build that I would be sharing this week and I’m happy to say that we’ve finished it! Check out our Ikea Rast Dresser Desk!

Ikea Rast Dresser Desk

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In the DIY blog world, completing a Rast hack is sort of a right of passage and there have been some really amazing variations done. So, when we started working on our tween daughter’s bedroom, we decided to use two unfinished ones that we had temporarily been using as nightstands.

Unfinished Ikea Rast 3-drawer chest

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Even though she already has a small dresser, our daughter needed some more storage.  She also needed a desk for homework and such. Since she doesn’t have a large room (10’x12′), finding a way to fit so many different types of furniture pieces in was a bit challenging. So, after some brainstorming, we decided to donate our nightstands to the cause and make what we lovingly refer to as a “Dresker”.  That’s right.  A dresser and a desk in one.

Since our little dressers were already put together, it was just a matter of spiffing them up. We started by adding lattice pieces to the front of the drawers, a 1×4 piece of wood to the bottom front, and more lattice as trim around the bottom.

Rast Chest Lattice Trim

Then they both got a few coats of white primer/paint.

White Small Dresser

And some new, shiny cup pulls.

Brushed Nickel Cup Bin Pulls

We brought them in from the garage after painting so that we could set them up in the room and attach the top pieces.

Two Dressers One Desk

For the top, we used a 72″ x 15″ piece of poplar screwed in from inside the drawer and trimmed underneath with quarter round.

Poplar Desk Top Trim

Finally, the top was painted to match and the dresker was finished!

Ikea Rast Dresser Hack

Isn’t it glorious? We are so happy with how it turned out and think that this piece will work great for the various needs of a growing tween.

One Room Challenge Tween Bedroom

With only one week left, I feel like we are going to be super busy over the next several days trying to finish up all that we have to do. Here’s what is still on the to-do list.

  • Remove old carpet and replace flooring
  • Paint walls, trim, & doors
  • Replace old electrical plates, outlets, and switches
  • Add new lighting
  • Install window coverings
  • Create a workspace that can also double as clothes storage
  • Bring in color and textures with accessories
  • Organize craft & art supplies, books, toys, and clothing

See what we’ve done in previous weeks!

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