10.31.2013

One Room Challenge ... Week 5


Welcome to Week 5!!!  

I am in the process of redecorating our guest bedroom and bath and linking up with 71 other bloggers courtesy of Calling It Home!!  If you missed the previous weeks ... you can catch up here.  

Week 5 for me is my DIY reveals!!


First, let me say that DIY means a lot of things to different people.  Some design bloggers I read DIY it all ... shop for the wood, cut the wood, make the bench, paint the bench, sew the cushions ... every single step of it.  And I read each step and think ... DANG ... there are talented.  

Me, notsomuch.  DIY for me means I changed it up ... I made it mine!!  And yes, its still a Do It Yourself if I did most of it!  (kisses!)

First up ... My Shower Curtain ~


I mentioned last week that I used a white Hotel shower curtain and added the Greek Key trim.  And yes, that is exactly what I did.  I purchased the shower curtain at my local Bed, Bath and Beyond with the 20% off coupon and laid it flat on the floor.  I really wish I had thought to iron it before the embellishments ... but I did not.  Sigh ... 

I knew I wanted the trim to sit inside the edge of the shower curtain so I used the trim to mark the space with straight pins and then started attaching the trim to the curtain just inside the straight pins.  And this is the best part ... with my hot glue gun

Yes!!  I attached the trim with hot glue.  I do it for all the trim in the house.  And I don't even use an expensive glue gun ... just high temp glue and a regular old simple glue gun.  

And it works better than sewing it!!  Pinky swear!

For me this works so much better ... I can work as slow as I need to ... trim it up when necessary and get it nice and straight!  


And reveal ... Here he is ... all fancied up with his new (glued on) trim!!

I couldn't be happier!!

Next, the curtain panels ~ 


The original plan for the panels was to use the dust ruffle from the Ralph Lauren bedding set and add some navy grosgrain as trim.  I loved this idea and am still a smidge sad it did not work out as planned!  

When I measured the panels and the amount of fabric I had from the discarded dust ruffle I came up way short.  Like 2 panels short.  I contemplated only hanging two panels and I just couldn't make myself do it.  It seemed unfinished to me and so that adorable panel plan had to go!

As I mentioned earlier ... the panels are from Ikea.  I purchased the Merete panels at the amazing cost of $27.99 a pair.  They are thick, hang beautifully and come ready to hem with a raw edge.  In my opinion, they are the best you can buy for a hack project!!


And I hacked them!!  I had just the perfect amount of Greek key trim left to add to my panels.  And by perfect I mean ... 5 yards to the line!  


So ... I laid out my new hemmed panels on the floor ... and I added my trim, once again with my trusty glue gun! 


And I love them!!  I am thankful I stuck to using all 4 panels.  I really feel like the bed needed to be framed out and the crisp navy against the bleached white panel is pure heaven!!


Yep.  Panels for a song!!

Last DIY ... my amazing gold bamboo chair ~


I love this chair!!  When I purchased it from the sweet Details Atlanta just for the project, Dara and I talked about it needing some paint love.  At first I thought I would use red but I settled on gold.  Of course, I chose gold ... every single thing that isn't nailed down in this house is getting a coat of gold paint.  And I am so happy I did!!


I took the chair to my upholsterer and asked him to remove the seat and back before I painted it.  He kept the patterns so he would know what size to make them both when I returned the chair in its newly painted gold glory!!

And then I pulled out my stash of gold spray paint and transformed it from great chair to AMAZING!!!  If my neighbors heard me outside that day they would have thought I was completely crazy.  I was gushing like crazy over this transformation.  I must have called all the besties and sent pics at least three times!  And I painted while I was on crutches ... but that is a whole 'nother story entirely!


After painting the chair it went back to the upholsterer ... and now she looks like this ~


I die.  I love this chair ... love, love, love it!


Wish it was in my bedroom so I could see it every day, love it!


I think its perfect for the space, I love the gold and bamboo details and the leopard is perfect to me!!


Precious ... couldn't be happier with my little chair!!  Welcome home little friend!

Thanks Dara!! xo

Next week is the big reveal ... 

Here is my updated work list ~

To do:
1.  Paint bedroom
2.  New headboard (long story here)
3.  Euro shams
4.  Dust ruffle
5.  Bolster pillow
6.  Move long dresser into room
7.  Paint bookcases
8.  New mirror
9.  Lamps for long dresser
10.  Wall art
11.  Chair
12.  Pillow for chair
13.  Panels
14.  Paint hall
15.  Hang red chandelier
16.  Paint bathroom
17.  Paint cabinet
18.  New bathroom fixtures
19.  New hardware
20.  Shower curtain 
21.  Bathroom art 

I will be busy pulling it all together, but I am thrilled to show you my finished rooms!!

Hope you love!

See you next week for the REVEAL!!

xo,
MPM
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