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One Room Challenge {Week Two}: Painting and Thrifting

Big girl bedroom inspiration

Well, it’s week two of the One Room Challenge… better known as the Work-Your-Butt-Off-To-Complete-An-Impossibly-Beautiful-Space Challenge.  You can read.more about the challenge at Calling It Home. If you missed it, I started off the challenge last week by sharing my Eclectic Big Girl Room inspiration. This week I’m sharing our progress, which primarily includes painting, painting, painting, and a little bit of thrifting :) 

One Room Challenge Collagecloset paint

We started by choosing a white paint colour to paint the walls in the bedroom, and the closet. I wanted something bright and fresh. We chose to use
Frost by Behr Paint
, and it was the perfect choice!

This room seemed to have MANY different uses along the way, so the walls were littered with giant nail holes and imperfections. Lots of putty and primer went into these walls before we could even begin the painting process.

But since, we couldn’t paint the walls, we painted the closet (see photo above), and quickly went out to make our first (second if you count the paint) bedroom purchase: a closet organizer. You can see the boxes scattered on the floor in the chaotic room below…

bedroom patched

Here’s a quick glance a the room after painting, painting and more painting of the baseboards and walls (except the feature wall).

white wall

And here’s our little helper! She should be ready to paint her own room by the next makeover!

ellie painting

And…. duh, duh, da, duh! The closet organizer, which is going to make my life 100% easier as I move my little girl’s things into the room.


Since we can’t paint every day, we also took a couple of opportunities to check out the local thrift stores and buy some much needed furniture.

Our first find was this dresser and bedside table set that we bought from the local Second Chance Furniture store in Grande Prairie. The pieces have the same hardware on them that my bedroom furniture had as a little girl! That may be part of the reason I needed to buy them… also the fact that they are made from wood and provide a great base for a fabulous furniture flip (stay tuned!).

Dresser Before bedside table before

Finally, I found this GREAT mirror! I love, love, love the detail, and I can’t wait to re-paint it and set it up for my little girl.

mirror before

Well, that wraps up week one!
How do you think we did?

Here’s how we’re doing with our lengthy six week “to-do” list:

  • Paint walls (including closet walls)
  • Paint baseboards, main door, and closet doors
  • Paint stencil feature wall
  • Purchase and install closet organizer
  • Cut, install, and paint crown molding
  • Find thrifted dresser and re-paint/re-design it
  • Find thrifted mirror to re-paint
  • Purchase and assemble bunk bed
  • Find/make pastel accessories
  • Sew curtains
  • Sew duvet cover, pillow cases, and throw pillow covers
  • Find light fixture
  • Create art work for DIY gallery wall
  • Help Ellie (my daughter) create art work for her space
  • Find a chair for her/me to read in
  • Find rugs for space
  • Make DIY bedroom hooks
  • Possible DIY night stand
  • Possible DIY bookshelf

For more inspiration, take a peak at my Kids Rooms Pinterest board.

Make sure to check out the other amazing room transformations at Calling It Home now!

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Friday 23rd of October 2015

Looks like you got a lot of things checked off this week. That mirror is perfect!! Thank you for sharing your updates with us at Merry Monday!

Jenna @ A Savory Feast

Wednesday 21st of October 2015

You are already making so much progress! That picture of your little girl helping is so cute. I bet she is going to be so proud of her new room!


Friday 23rd of October 2015

Thanks Jenna! My daughter already loves the new room. Can't wait to see her face when it's all done!


Friday 16th of October 2015

That is adorable!! I love seeing decorations for little ones that can grow with them!! Thank you for sharing with us at the #HomeMattersParty


Friday 23rd of October 2015

That is exactly my hope Jamie! I'd love to see both my daughters share this room for the next five years if possible!


Friday 16th of October 2015

Her room is going to be so beautiful! I love that mirror! :)


Friday 16th of October 2015

Thanks Courtney!! I'm so excited to see everything come together :)


Thursday 15th of October 2015

Getting the paint on the walls can make such a difference. It looks like you found some great pieces. How fun that the dresser had the same handles as yours! We love finding our furniture second hand and DIYing them too!


Thursday 15th of October 2015

Me too Emily! There is so much great old furniture out there just waiting for a makeover :) And seeing those old handles again was so fun! I immediately wanted to buy it and fix it up. Handles are gone now though... Lol.