The Beginning of a Master Bedroom Transformation | One Room Challenge Week 1

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Holy guacamole with hot sauce and tacos… how is this happening? Today marks the beginning of a master bedroom transformation that has been years in the making! I have been talking about this project for about 8 billion times longer than it’s going to take me to actually DO the project LOL. With that said, this is going to be my first every foray into … *dun dun duuuuunnnnnn*


Otherwise known as the ORC. (Not those super creepy guys from LOTR. I swear.)

What’s the ORC? It’s an online design blog challenge wherein bloggers pick one room in their house to makeover and they do it in six weeks, documenting the entire process. Some of my blogging colleagues and friends have tackled super intense ORCs in the past. (I still can’t believe my gal Kristi from Making it in the Mountains did an entire farmhouse-style master bath in six weeks. You’ve gotta see it.) For my first attempt, however, I am going to go a bit easy on myself and tackle our master bedroom.

Today I thought it would be fun to look at this room as it’s evolved to now. The ultimate in BEFORE posts, if you will.

Also, make sure you’re following along on Instagram and Facebook. I’m going to try to push my personal limits and do some InstaStories, special posts and maybe an FB live for the big reveal ;P

The room was pretty sad sally when we moved in. This photo was taken the morning after we moved in – or at least that same week. 

Things to take note of (and then forget you ever saw):

  • The mantle. What. The Eff. It wasn’t even centred on that wall. AND it was full of paint drips and weird goo-ja things. Anyway …
  • The gappy trim at the ceiling. Ummmm… so that wasn’t even trim. It was 1×3 LUMBER that had been routed to fit into a corner. I don’t even know.
  • The boob-type light with one-bulb. Full stop.
  • The plastic heart-shaped, faux embroidery light switch covers? <– I’m really asking. Because WHY DO THOSE EXIST?
  • Our crappy furniture. Mea culpa. As I said, we were broke and had cobbled together the necessities in our old condo. It never really worked for our house.

At some point, we ripped that mantle off the wall and the “trim”.

Oh and within the first couple months, we also decided we needed to expand the closet. The door to the original closet was 22″ wide and swung into the room. (I think that’s why the mantle was off-centre. Whoever built it, did so thinking the closet door would always open into the room… I think? I dunno.)

This was the closet on move-in day. 

Here’s the transformation it went through. We actually ‘stole’ 3-feet from the upstairs hallway in order to increase the size of the closet. We also expanded that 22″ opening to 48″.

Walk-in Closet Before

Walk-in Closet

Then it became my office. For a full 18 months, I had this glorious room just for all my blogging! 

Budget Office Makeover

Then it became a bedroom again that was cramped and just full of mismatched stuff and it was not pretty and it was basically just BLLAAAAAAHHHHHH.

So that’s where we are now LOL.

I already shared my design board about a month ago. As you can probably tell, I’ve been thinking about this space for a very, very long time.

Since then, I’ve changed a couple many, many elements and made some adjustments to the colour palette and we will still have to see how the next six weeks plays out!

The basic steps will be:

  • Acquire new furniture (yeah!)
  • Up the style with paint and possibly a wall treatment
  • Bring in some texture elements and wall storage
  • Add some pattern with textiles
  • Figure out how to make the closet area more integrated into the room
  • Make bed and nap

I can’t wait to get this process going and to share it all with you! The six week countdown to a more grown-up and fun master bedroom is ON LIKE DONKEY KONG.

I really hope you can follow along (and cheer me on!) Make sure you follow us on Instagram and Facebook!

Week Two will be all about the closet? The furnishings? I’m not even sure yet!!  🙂

UPDATE! We’re finished! Check out the whole series here:

Week One BEFORE | Week Two The Closet | Week Three The Furniture | Week Four The Accent Wall | Week Five Bedding & Accessories | Week Six REVEAL

Chat soon,



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44 thoughts on “The Beginning of a Master Bedroom Transformation | One Room Challenge Week 1

    1. So many new ideas… isn’t it funny that once you think you have it all figured out, new ideas come and flood your brain?! I guess that’s the creative process at work 🙂

  1. This is exciting! I know exactly how it feels to work on a space, and still feel like it needs more attention. We’re making over our powder room, and finally making big changes to it instead of just styling changes which I’ve tried over the last five years. Can’t wait to see your space come to life!

    1. I agree 100% – having this room complete will feel like a major milestone for us. Even though we aren’t going to make structural changes, the mood and feel of the room will hopefully make all the difference 🙂

  2. I am so excited to see your ORC, your enthusiasm almost swayed me to jump in, still too Chicken shit… maybe for the fall? 😉 YAY, I’ve been loving the sneak peaks and can’t wait to see it all pulled together!

    1. You should definitely jump in for the fall challenge, Laurie 🙂 If this goes well, I might be in it again too!

  3. Looks like you’ve got your work cut out for you! At least that mantel is out of the way and the closet is a better sitch. I look forward to following along!

    1. This room was totally strange… you should see the basement bathroom. Oh. My. Word. LOL
      Thanks for stopping by Kristen – can’t wait to see what you get up to with this ORC as well!

    1. Thanks Emy! I distinctly remember the dry wall contractor asking “why do you want such a big closet?” and I was like “ummmm….what?!” lol Thanks for stopping by!

    1. Thanks Thalita!… the changes just keep coming! But I believe this room will end up just as I need and want 🙂 And then….. nap time 😛 haha

    1. New furniture – it’s been such a foreign concept to me for so long! I’m tickled that I finally got to pick out pieces that I love and that are brand new!

  4. So glad you jumped on board, Erin! It will be totally worth it! Excited to follow along!

  5. So excited to follow along! I know how it feels to keep working on a space and it still not feeling 100% right. Can’t wait to see your bedroom transformation!

    1. Even just getting through Weeks one and now Week two of this process – it feels SO MUCH better!! Nothing like an ORC to get your butt in gear on fixing a space for good 🙂

    1. Thank you Carol! I have butterflies of excitement about finally having a real bedroom for me! I’m looking forward to your guest room transformation too!

  6. I’m so jealous of that office space. But, I totally understand the need for a decent master bedroom! I took a look at your design board, and love so many elements. Can’t wait to see how it comes together!

    1. Thanks Leslie! I’ve already hit a couple design challenges … whomp… Isn’t that always the way though? haha

    1. Le sigh. The office 🙁 It was nice to have, but it had to go once Baby came… It was a fair trade, I guess 😉

    1. I had forgotten how horrible the room was when we moved in! It definitely has had quite a few lives already!

    1. I’m all about multi-function… rooms, furniture, the whole thing! I find it’s a fun challenge to see how many things can be done with one space. However – I do think Master Bedroom is the final function for this one 😉

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