We’re starting our first makeover at the new house! For the last few weeks, I’ve been hinting at which space we’d tackle for the One Room Challenge. Let me introduce you do our new master bedroom plans, and give a quick overview of what I’ll be sharing the next little while.
Alrighty, so before I dive into all the details of the One Room Challenge and the plans I have, let me introduce myself/our new house. If you’re just visiting the Madness and Method Blog for the first time, welcome! My name is Nicole and I live in Northern Ontario Canada. Yes, I’ve still seen some snow in random piles… but thankfully it’s all gone from our yard(s).
As of right now, we own 3 houses. Our main house just went up for sale, and you’ll find a lot of my blog content featuring that home. A couple of years ago we purchased a second home that we call the rental renovation. We rent out the upstairs and live in the basement apartment part-time/AirBnb it too. And, we recently purchased our newest/third home, which will become our main home as soon as we finish moving in.
You may be wondering, did you plan to buy a new house in time for the next round of the One Room Challenge? Yes… yes I did…
One Room Challenge Background
For those who aren’t familiar, the One Room Challenge is a twice-yearly design event. 20 featured designers and lots of home bloggers makeover one room and share the progress online. It’s usually a six-week event (and normally begins in April), but this year it was delayed because of COVID. Oh, and it’s a whopping 8-weeks!
Think I got a head start this round? Nope! We just spent our first weekend at the new house, and we’re still very much in the process of moving. Even so, I think the room will come together great, and at this point I’m not sweating at all.
(I had ordered like 90% of my stuff at the end of March right when the shut-downs started happening here).
Anyways, here’s my past history with the ORC:
- Spring 2016: Basement Half-Bathroom Addition
- Spring 2017: Bro’s Budget Bathroom
- Fall 2017: Garage Makeover
- Fall 2018: Basement Kitchen Renovation (which we didn’t complete until much later, you can check it out here)
- Spring 2019: Master Bedroom 1 AND Master Bedroom 2
- Fall 2019: Not-so-Neutral Nursery
And you can browse this tag on my blog for all the One Room Challenge blog posts if you’re looking for something particular.
Okay, enough rambling – let’s get to the photos!
New Master Bedroom Before Pictures
Yes, I did some small updates to our other two master bedrooms just one year ago…
But, I’ve been planning our newest bedroom since December. Even before we started looking at houses!
The photo above shows what it looks like when we took possession in March. There are more photos and a video tour here if you want to check it out.
We wasted no time ripping things out! The Husband was actually excited to get working on the house ASAP and wondered why I didn’t have everything ready to go. (This was like the first weekend of social distancing, and he was not taking it well!).
There was no flooring in the living area of our house, and I knew I wanted to take out the laminate from the bedrooms too. Eventually the whole main floor will all be the same flooring (we left the kitchen and bathroom as-is for now). It was super quick to take out the laminate and get the room ready.
This room is around 10×12 and is smaller than our current master bedroom. Even so, it should be the perfect size for what we need.
One of the main things I wanted in a new bedroom/house was organized storage. I think I designed the closet to maximize the space, and I’ll be sharing a breakdown of that in the next few weeks.
Ready to see where we’re headed?
New Master Bedroom Plans
Okay, so purple is my favourite colour… and I couldn’t not do a purple bedroom. I also wanted to add trim to create a wall treatment, and decided on a simple square pattern. The headboard wall will be all purple, and the rest of the walls will have the top 1/3 covered in wallpaper.
It’s definitely a bold choice, but it’s what I like :) I saw and fell in love with that wallpaper way back when I was looking for this dresser makeover. The Husband? Apparently he said he didn’t like the wallpaper… after it was already ordered and arrived. (And this was after I showed him this moodboard and mockup like months before).
I’m re-using the curtains from our newest nursery, the nighstands I built last year, and will be re-potting my snake plant. Other than the lamp (and our clothes), everything else will be new. Oh, and the same mattress and sheets… but you can’t really tell, ha.
Here’s where we are now:
The new floors are installed, baseboards are mostly cut but not installed, and the dressers are in place.
Over the next few weeks, we’ll be installing the mouldings, painting the walls, adding wallpaper, organizing the closet, building closet doors, and doing other updates to the space. I’ll also chat about how and why I made some of the design decisions, so stay tuned for that.
(In addition to moving the rest of our stuff over, and trying to sell our main house – no big deal!).
I hope you’ll follow along AND if you’re also tackling a room this round, let me know! If not, you can still check out the featured designers and linking bloggers here.
Wish us luck :)
(Oh, and I’ll have a dedicated One Room Challenge story section on Instagram if you wanted to follow there too).