One Room Challenge Week 8 || Master Bedroom Makeover || REVEAL DAY FOLKS!

It’s the end of Week 8 and our Spring 2020 One Room Challenge participation is coming to an end. I’m so happy Linda Weinstein created this event! It gave us the encouragement and motivation we needed to buckle down and complete our master bedroom makeover!

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Master bedroom makeover mood board.

If you’re now joining us and you’re unfamiliar with this event, here’s what it’s all about. Each Spring and Fall, 20 Featured Designers are selected by Linda Weinstein and the ORC team for a 6-week challenge where they each take us along on their room transformation! Feeling inspired? Guest Participants, like yours truly, with a blog or Instagram account can register and join in on the action. This year, however, due to the COVID-19 pandemic the challenge included an additional 2 weeks of work time which was so helpful for newbies like me and Hubby!

Before

A before image of our master bedroom showing our bed and nightstands.

Let’s take a stroll down memory lane! I still can’t believe that just 8 weeks ago, this was OUR bedroom! Looking back at this photo, I have a true sense of appreciation for how far we’ve come and all we were able to accomplish as a TEAM! For more details on individual DIY projects we completed as part of our master bedroom makeover, check out the following One Room Challenge Weekly Updates :

Week 1 || Week 2 || Week 3 || Week 4 || Week 6 || Week 7

After

I’m experiencing many EMOTIONS right now my friends! I’m beyond EXCITED to share our master bedroom makeover with you all and I’m so incredibly PROUD of the time and work Hubby and I have put into this project! I hope you LOVE it as much as we do!

Master bedroom makeover reveal photo showing black shiplap, a photo ledge with framed prints, new bedding and nightstand decor.

I’m OBSESSED with how well our DIY shiplap wall turned out! I think the dark, moody vibe is absolutely perfect, and just what this space needed! Sherwin Williams Iron Ore has never let me down and it delivered once again!

Faux Window Trim

So believe it or not, our initial plan for this wall with the large window was just to add some shelving. We figured with all the other updates we were doing, this wall could be kept simple and minimal, however, our plans quickly evolved!

In addition to shelving, we repainted the wall in Sherwin Williams Pure White. Just to keep it interesting, we also created this faux window trim using Sherwin Williams Iron Ore. I’ve always loved the added dimension window trims create, but I knew that wasn’t a project we’d be embarking on … not now anyway! The painted trim was the next, best thing and I scoured Pinterest looking for inspiration but found none. So remember my friends, you saw this PAINTED (FAUX) WINDOW TRIM here FIRST!

Cozy Corner

My plan for this corner was to add warmth, layers, and coziness. I wanted to create a little area suitable for reading, working or just hanging out with a cocktail.

I think we achieved our goal for this space. They’re so many beautiful details I adore here and I look forward to many comfy moments! I actually shopped my home for these pillows because the ones I ordered from Crate&Barrel didn’t arrive in time. I’m living for them in this space so maybe I’ll just leave them be!

Color Block Mural

I know in the home decor world, displaying one’s TV is a hot topic! Personally, I have no qualms showcasing my 75″ TV, however, she needed to be dressed up first!

When we decided to paint a color block accent wall, our original plan did not include the space behind our TV. However, after painting the first half of this 19 ft wall, we soon saw how incomplete this space looked. Extending the color block wall behind our TV was a smart decision. Now our TV isn’t the only interesting thing in this view! And yes, that is a mini-fridge! I like to keep my ice cream close!

Color block accent wall as part of our master bedroom makeover

Night Stand Decor

I intentionally kept our nightstand decor minimal and yes, we have no lamps! Our bed has a built-in light that provides the perfect ambiance, so although we could have purchased lamps for aesthetic purposes, we chose practicality … this time! These little, ceramic trays are perfect for your TV remote, phone, and jewelry. We keep a couple of coasters in ours for those WINE down evenings!

Gallery Hallway

Hallway of framed art prints as part of our master bedroom makeover

I’m so glad Hubby suggested we create a hall of frames. As much as I enjoy looking at these white walls, the black and gold metallic frames break up the white and provide some ease on the eyes. I’m also digging the black and white, architectural prints we selected! It appears we’ve created our very own little art gallery!

Cube Shelving

I love collecting decor pieces of various textures and styles! Vases, books, and greenery are some of my go-to styling items that have never let me down. These cubes have so much styling potential and I look forward to playing around with them in the future!

West Elm Inspired Shelving

DIY horizontal shelf as part of our master bedroom makeover.

DIY vertical shelf as part of our master bedroom makeover.

One of my favorite DIY projects from our master bedroom makeover is the West Elm inspired framed shelving Hubby created! The frames are painted while the actual shelves are stained, creating an illusion of metal and wood. I’m seriously OBSESSED with these and I love their overall clean, modern look! I must have more of them in our home!

DIY Modern Blanket Ladder

Brown and white blanket ladder as part of our master bedroom makeover

Hubby felt this particular view of our master bedroom needed some contrast against the dark shiplap wall. He came up with the brilliant idea to create a blanket ladder, but of course, a traditional blanket ladder wouldn’t do. He angled the top and bottom rungs of the ladder which added so much more dimension and character! The half-dipped finish was the icing on the cake! A beautiful union of stain and paint!

Bedding

Green and gray bedding as part of our master bedroom makeover.

We can’t ignore one of the most important upgrades in our master bedroom – the BEDDING! I’ve been having some of the best sleep of my life on our new bedding set! I searched high and low for the perfect, affordable olive sheets, and would you believe they were on Amazon this whole time?! That’s not even the best part. I paid $34 for the king sheet set and no, a zero isn’t missing! Our Belgian Flax Linen duvet cover, in frost gray, pairs perfectly with the olive sheets. A little pop of brown leather was all that was needed to complete the look!

Closing photo of our master bedroom

I cannot believe it’s a wrap my friends! It has been an honor being apart of the One Room Challenge community. I’m so GRATEFUL for the love, support, and encouragement we’ve received along the way! THANK YOU for following our journey and I hope our master bedroom makeover was worth the wait! Be sure to check out the reveals of the Featured Designers and other Guest Participants of this event! Until next time!

Aminah Chung

One Room Challenge Week 7 || Master Bedroom Makeover || Shelves A Plenty

It’s the end of Week 7 of the Spring 2020 One Room Challenge. So glad you joined us! If you’re unfamiliar with this event then you’re in for a treat. Each Spring and Fall, 20 Featured Designers are selected by Linda Weinstein and the ORC team for a 6-week challenge where they each take us along on their journey to an incredible room transformation! Feeling inspired? Guest Participants, like yours truly, with a blog or Instagram account can register and join in on the action. This year, however, due to the COVID-19 pandemic the challenge includes an additional 2 weeks of work time which is so helpful for newbies like me and Hubby!

I love the affordability of IKEA furniture but man, they’re no fun to put together! I’m thankful Hubby indulges me with all my crazy ideas because this one was a pain! We decided to install 11 of these cubbies which took much longer than anticipated.

We created our pattern and started with the bottom section because it was a lot easier sliding these cubbies in place from bottom to top. You’ll definitely want to draw lines to indicate where you’d like to place these. This install process was really trial and error with a sprinkle of just pure luck!

Larger cubbies – 13.75″ W x 13.75″ H x 13.75″D || Smaller cubbies – 13.75″W x 13.75″H x 9-7/8″D

You may notice that we used 2 different depths for these cubbies just to add more dimension and interest to the overall, finished look. You can literally arrange these pieces in any pattern that tickles your fancy. They’re so fun and really allow your creativity to shine! Our room wouldn’t be complete without a pop of yellow somewhere so I had to include the mustard ones of course!

Hands down the best part of having these cubbies are all the various ways I can style them! I rounded up some of my favorite decor items and got to work!

I think the color palette of these cubbies complements the rest of our space so well. I tried to keep the styling simple, but interesting. This may darn well be my new favorite cozy corner of our home!

Not to be outdone by our new cubbies, our new bedding is equally as impressive! It’s Belgian Flax Linen in Frost Gray. The faux eucalyptus stem gives you a hint to the sheet set we plan to pair it with!

I can’t believe this is it my friends! Come back next week when all will be REVEALED! Be sure to subscribe to our blog and follow us on Instagram to stay up to date on all future projects! Definitely also check out the Featured Designers and other Guest Participants of this event! Alright, so who’s ready to see some transformed spaces?!

Aminah Chung

One Room Challenge Week 4 || Master Bedroom Makeover || Hall of Frames!

Welcome to Week 4 of the Spring 2020 One Room Challenge. So glad you joined us! If you’re unfamiliar with this event then you’re in for a treat. Each Spring and Fall, 20 Featured Designers are selected by Linda Weinstein and the ORC team for a 6-week challenge where they each take us along on their journey to an incredible room transformation! Feeling inspired? Guest Participants, like yours truly, with a blog or Instagram account can register and join in on the action. This year, however, due to the COVID-19 pandemic the challenge includes an additional 2 weeks of work time which is so helpful for newbies like me and Hubby!

The idea for this DIY shelving project came while sourcing home decor from West Elm. I saw these beautiful metal and wood shelving collection and it was instant LOVE at first sight! Do you know what I didn’t love? The price! These framed shelves cost $50 – $100 depending on the size.

Tall Vertical Framed Shelving || FRAME – 30″ x 12.5″ || SHELF – 12″ x 6.5″
Short Horizontal Framed Shelving || FRAME – 19.25″ x 14″ || SHELF – 18″ x 6.5″

Hubby managed to recreate 2 of these shelves, entirely out of WOOD, for a total of $30! Let’s hear it for handy Hubbies! We installed one on each side of the large window in our master bedroom. To simulate the metallic look of the West Elm version, we painted the framed section in, you guessed it, SW Iron Ore! I think it’s safe to assume that any dark color in my home is likely this paint. What can I say? It’s super versatile and so pretty!!

Pine wood stained in NATURAL AMERICAN – 95% NATURAL STAIN and 5% EARLY AMERICAN STAIN

Now let’s talk stain! I was not a fan of staining because the colors never turned out as I’d envisioned. After trying many brands and colors, I came to the realization that achieving what I want would require some MAD SCIENTIST action! So allow me to introduce you to our OWN CREATION and the ONLY BROWN stain I’ll ever use – NATURAL AMERICAN!! This gorgeous color was birthed from Minwax Natural stain and Varathane Early American stain. Through some trial and error, this color was created using 95% Natural and 5% Early American stain. If you’re like me and have been struggling to find the perfect brown stain, then I highly recommend trying this concoction! You’ll thank me!

So this little hallway update wasn’t a part of our initial mood board! Once the hallway got painted, Hubby came up with a brilliant idea to create a photo gallery aka Hall of Frames! The original frames we wanted, were wooden ones from Target but when they all arrived completely shattered, I was very disappointed. I guess the silver lining to that was we were able to see how easily those frames could be destroyed. I returned the broken, wooden frames and purchased METAL ones in black, silver, and gold. I also received all my prints from Shutterfly and I absolutely love them! The architectural theme is so our style and I couldn’t be happier with the entire look of this space. Of course, the impractical hallway styling was only for a photo opportunity, but gosh if only our bedroom hallway was wide enough to accommodate this staged set up! Oh, and do ignore the SW Swiss Coffee door. We plan on repainting all our interior doors but that’s a project for another time, outside of the one room challenge!

What You Missed Last Week

What I haven’t shown you is our repainted wall we tackled last week. I decided to switch from SW Pure White to SW Agreeable Gray which is a super light and warm gray! I will share a photo soon with our wall cubby install! I snagged a few home decor pieces from Target as well and received a CB2 delivery so this girl is in home decor heaven!

This Week’s Agenda

COLOR BLOCK is happening!! We’re grabbing samples to determine the colors we’d like to use. Selecting paint colors hasn’t been in my favor as of late, but I’m hoping inspiration strikes and we’ll have some success! Wish me luck!

It’s such a good feeling to check tasks off our list! Be sure to subscribe to our blog and follow us on Instagram to stay up to date on our personal journey in this event. You’ll also definitely want to follow along and see what the Featured Designers and other Guest Participants are working on! Anyone a fan of color block painting?!

Aminah Chung

Framed Wall and Mini Garden Oasis – Entryway

This is my first blog post since the onset of COVID-19. With the current health crisis of our country and the rest of the world, blogging just seemed so insignificant. I work in the lab at a trauma hospital and I’ve definitely been concerned about my own safety and that of my family. I worry about being exposed to the virus and potentially infecting my loved ones. The guilt that I could possibly cause them harm has been overwhelming at times. I’m taking as many precautions as I can. We’re required to wear masks at work, I wash my hands so much that they’ve become dry and cracked, I change out of my scrubs in our garage and of course, we’re practicing social distancing.

If you or anyone you know have tested positive for the coronavirus, I’m truly sorry and it’s my hope you all make full recoveries. We’re continually seeing the devastating effects of this virus so please stay home as much as possible. Practice social distancing and if you have to go out, wear a mask. Also, wash your hands for at least 20 seconds or use some hand sanitizer. Take care of yourselves and each other. I hope this post provides a much-needed distraction and you find inspiration or motivation to do something you love.

We purchased this mirror over 3 years ago after moving into our new home. Having such a large, eclectic piece in our entryway meant there was no room for additional home decor in the space which I was perfectly fine with. My content with the simplicity of our entryway was challenged when inspiration struck Hubby via Pinterest. The man pins way more than I do which is quite impressive.

He showed me a stunning walkway of rich wood tones, black canvas prints and perfect greenery to complete the space. Did I love the design? Absolutely! Did I think the style would fit well with the rest of our home? Without a doubt! Did I think our entryway was the perfect spot to recreate this project? Uh … not really! I was super concerned that our space wasn’t large enough to do this project justice.

Top Left = SW Agreeable Gray | Top Right = Behr Silky White | Bottom Left = SW Eider White | Bottom Right = SW Westhighland White

Can I ask why white is one of the HARDEST paint colors to settle on? I couldn’t believe how many options were available to choose from and more options = more indecisiveness, am I right?

I knew I wanted either a white or gray accent wall but I quickly realized that was easier said than done. We grabbed a few samples and marinated on them for a few days, taking into consideration the amount of natural light this space receives throughout the day.

I can’t say enough great things about frog tape! It creates the cleanest, straightest lines every time. We haven’t done a paint job without it.

SW Westhighland White for the win! It’s such a pretty, warm white and it looks great against our SW Swiss Coffee doors, trims and baseboards.

Left = Varathane Early American | Middle = Minwax Fruitwood | Right = Minwax Weathered Oak

Our original plan was to stain the lumber some sort of brown for the frame around the accent wall, but after several attempts with a few options, I soon realized I wasn’t loving the look of any of them. I think it was the unpredictability of how the lumber took up the stain that really bothered me. I’m too much of a control freak!

While some sections showed visible stain, others remained unchanged. At that point, I made the decision to have Hubby paint the lumber instead of staining them. A dark, moody wood frame sounded just perfect with none other than my fav SW Iron Ore. At the very last second, however, Hubby found a YouTube video on how to use paint to create a stained look. Uh … mind blown!

We created a 50/50 mix of water and SW Iron Ore paint. Using a cloth, we proceeded to apply the mixture to the lumber as you’d have done if it was a stain. The first coat was too light in color for my taste.

Since we were using diluted paint, it took 3 coats for us to achieve the dark, rich color I was going for. The beauty of this process is you can keep applying coat after coat of your favorite paint color and notice a visible change each time!

I have to admit, I’m such a big fan now of ‘staining’ using paint! I have so much more control over the finished product which makes my type A personality extremely happy. The beautiful wood grain details are also still visible so I’m going to say this is a win all around. Creating a faux mini garden at the base of the frame was definitely a fun idea and all we needed were some white rocks and faux succulents. But why stop there? Hubby loves greenery so we decided to further accessorize the space with white and gold wall planters filled with, you guessed it, more faux greenery. I promise we’ve tried countless times to add real plants to our home, but it’s not fair to the helpless plant babes that we keep killing them. So, realistic faux it is.

Welcome to our newly updated entryway! I’m in love with this project for so many reasons. Our girls, Neah (6) and Kaiyah (1) are the heart of our family and our home. We work as hard as we do to provide the best life possible for them. Their photos at our entryway are a statement and a symbol of how cherished they are! Their photos were originally colored, but I edited them to black and white versions which I found to be more dramatic and eye-catching. These are framed, canvas prints measuring 24” x 36.”I purchased them from Shutterly at 50% off which was a heck of the deal. Well there you have it, one more successfully completed project! Do you have any completed project that holds a special place in your heart?

Aminah Chung

Spring Kitchen Refresh

cup and vase

As I sit to work on this post, it’s a beautifully warm 72°C here in Arizona. My apologies to my friends in the colder regions. I sure hope it warms up for you all very soon! With the weather being so kind to us right now, it seemed the perfect time to give our kitchen a little hardware and decor update! I’m sharing some practical and pretty things to adorn your kitchen countertops.

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This is probably the best view Hubby has ever captured of our kitchen and I’m attributing this to our recent decor addition, particularly our lovely new black cabinet pulls!

When we purchased our home almost 4 years ago, we chose brushed nickel hardware because it was such a popular option back then. I’m now aware that these pulls did nothing to enhance the beauty of our kitchen. The black pulls, however, are the perfect update. Both color and sleek, modern design provide great details and contrast to this space!

So I typically don’t like a lot of kitchen decor or accessories on our countertops. I much rather a clean and simple look. I know, shocker right?! But if some of the items are at least functional then I’m okay compromising.

Ceramic Canisters
Tea Kettle
Live Edge Wood Platter

Hubby is a big tea drinker and so this corner is dedicated to him and his tea supplies. We retired our 3 year old kettle and upgraded to this enamel and steel beauty in a shimmery gray color. I love the added detail of the wooden handle and lid. When not in use, we display our tea kettle on a live edge wooden platter which adds more texture and contrast to the white countertops and cabinets. The modern, ceramic canisters are great for storing tea bags, sugar and/or baking essentials. We kept them unlabeled to maintain their simplicity. The canisters are sold in a set of 2 and we purchased the large (32.80 fl oz) and medium (23.34 fl oz) sizes. As a bonus, if you purchase any set from Amazon and complete a review after receiving your product, the vendor will send you a set of 2 small canisters (6.08 fl oz) for FREE!

Black Ceramic Vase
White Ceramic Vase
Faux Plant
Bamboo Planter

Our kitchen definitely needed a pop of greenery and I really like the vibrancy of this faux plant. It’s definitely giving me all the spring feels. To layer this corner I added both a tall and short vase and completed the look with a 2 tone marble serving board. Be sure to check out our Current Favorite Entryway Finds blog post to see how else I’ve utilized and styled these vases. You’ll notice this corner showcases a combination of varying heights, widths and textures, all of which create a cohesive display.

I simply adore this little corner of our Kitchen! The color and texture combo always puts a smile on my face. I’m so easy to please, right?!

Wood Paddle Board
Marble and Wood Serving Platter
Ceramic Canisters

With so many new canisters, I divided them between both sides of our countertop space. These are great for storing my hot chocolate and cappuccino k-cups! The added wooden board and 2 tone marble and wood serving platter create some much needed dimension.

Round Wood Serving Board
Ceramic White Vase
Faux Plant
Bamboo Planter
Monogram Mugs
Faux Eucalyptus Stem
Live Edge Wood Platter

I’m a sucker for a cute mug and these monogrammed ones are so fun! Not sure what it says about me that I purchased mugs with my own initials (and ignored the rest of my clan), but the colors were too pretty to resist.

Saved the best for last! This tray situation is everything! I use it on our kitchen island and dining table and it works perfectly in both spaces. I styled it using a mixture of practical pieces (sugar jar and coasters) and pretty pieces (vase and sphere). I kept the decor neutral in my attempt to really incorporate more natural tones. I think the faux olive branches offered the right amount of greenery to bring the whole styling together.

Have you all started decorating for spring? Do you usually include your kitchen in your spring refresh? I’d love to know what decor pieces you’re excited to add to your home!

Aminah Chung

Mini Accent Wall – Our FIRST DIY!

Gather ’round boys and girls, today I’m sharing the story of how our first DIY came to be, and it literally only took us a few hours! So picture this, a wonderfully peaceful Saturday afternoon of lazing on the couch with Hubby. I was casually scrolling through Pinterest when this gorgeous photo caught my eye! I was in sheer awe of its simple beauty. The accent wall’s color, shelves and decor all worked together in perfect unity.

I was so inspired by the design and naturally, my wheels started turning. There were so many thoughts running through my mind like, where could we recreate a similar wall and would a dark, moody color fit with the existing aesthetics of our home and how would we mount these floating shelves? My Hubby is quite handy with repairs around our home. He is always willing to learn so I had the utmost confidence that this was a project he could handle, even though we’d never attempted any DIYs before that day. However, knowing he could do this and him actually agreeing to do this project were two completely different things. Being with this man for almost 17 years, he has taught me that there is no harm in asking for the things you want. The worse that could happen is you hear no. Problem is, this gal doesn’t like to be told no, but my desire to tackle this project was much stronger than the uncertainty of this not working in my favor.

I showed Hubby the scroll stopping photo and very nonchalantly commented on how great this little wall feature would look in our home. He studied the photo for a moment and to my disbelief said, “let’s do it.” He didn’t just mean let’s do it sometime in the near future, oh no, he meant let’s do it now! It took me a second for the shock to wear off and then I was in full planning mode. We chose the wall right off of our garage entryway because it was the perfect size and offered some eye candy from our kitchen.

We obviously needed a few supplies, so off to Home Depot and Lowes we went. Home Depot sold the hobby boards we needed for the shelves, while Lowes sold Sherwin Williams paint. Instead of going with a true gray, if there is even such a thing, I wanted something a bit darker and moodier to contrast against our white kitchen. I’d found a few color options on Pinterest but went with my gut on our color choice. So, ladies and gentlemen, I present to you Sherwin Williams Iron Ore!! Choosing this color was pure luck, but it’s a decision I have come to love in so many ways and soon, in so many projects!

Building the shelves were much easier than expected. The hobby boards we purchased were already the ideal length (2′) and depth (4″) for the shelves. Hubby then simply cut 2″ pieces for the front of each shelf that was secured using wood glue. This technique allowed us to not use nails and therefore, avoid the not so fun task of patching holes to hide the nail heads. Since I already loved the natural wood color of the shelves, I chose to emphasize the color by applying a natural wood stain. Mounting the shelves were also pretty easy. We used 2 strut brackets, and of course, I selected the gold option because I wanted the hardware to be apart of the decor.

So, about 3 hours after having this random idea, we had ourselves a beautifully moody accent wall with contrasting natural wood shelves. Not bad for a couple of rookies and just like that, our first DIY project was completed, very successfully I might add. I love having another little corner to decorate and redecorate! Currently, I’m using this accent wall as a photo gallery, but I’m excited to mix things up in the future!

I think once we broke the ice and tackled our first DIY, the idea just didn’t seem so intimating anymore. Since then, we’ve completed vertical shiplap installation in a nook space and created a modern color block wall. One of the goals of this blog is to create and share simple DIYs in our home. We truly hope you find inspiration in this little wall feature and in our other completed projects. Tell me, have you ever done a DIY project? What was your first?

Aminah Chung