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Wishing you a very safe and happy Halloween!

PUMPKIN FACE  at home in the northwest blog

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One Room Challenge Week 5 – Painting Progress

Hello everyone! Here we are at week 5 of the one room challenge.  Only one week to go…and then, in theory, this room should be complete.  One would think 6 weeks is ample time to complete a room {and please note, I actually started on this project BEFORE the ORC even started! So I had a head start – and I’m still not where I’d like to be.} You’re probably not interested in the excuses for my lack of progress. You’re thinking, ‘show me some pictures!’

So here we go.

This week, I thought I’d tackle the the dresser.  It was stained in a medium wood tone.  And it needed to be lightened to match the gray walls and white furniture.

Here’s the before…

DRESSER BEFORE PAINT....at home in the northwest

This weekend, I dug out my Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in Pure White.  A few coats of paint, some sanding and a coat of Annie Sloan clear wax, and the task was complete!

dresser painted with annie sloan chalk paint pure white....at home in the northwest

Did you notice the little lamp got a bit of pink spraypaint?!  The first picture above shows it in dark bronze. And the next picture shows it  in all it’s pink glory.

Back to the dresser….I really hadn’t planned on going with a distressed look {or as Emmie is calling it, an ‘old time look’}.  But as I was sanding down the chalk paint, it started to rough up the edges.  It was hard to avoid since the bottom layer was a wood finish.  So….I went with it. I can always add more paint later if I get tired of it.  But for now, it’ll just disguise any bumps or scratches that it receives from its 7 year old roommate!

Here is a closer look….

dresser painted with annie sloan chalk paint pure white...at home in the northwest

The old wooden drawer pulls were updated with a little glass pull.  Very feminine {and very cheap! $2.97 at Lowes!}.

I’m happy with it.  And I think Emmie has adjusted to the ‘old time look’.

You might be wondering how my bed building progress is going?!  Well, let’s just say it’s not.  I have to say, I’m not sure it’ll get completed in time.   But don’t give up on me yet! The bed WILL get done. It just may not be done by week 6.

Make sure you come back next week for the final reveal!

jen

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One Room Challenge Week 4 – Pillows

Things are progressing in Emmie’s room.

I picked up the pillows for her bed yesterday. And wow…what an addition!

Custom Pillows at home in the northwest blog

Last week, I mentioned the duvet that I {almost} finished  making for her bed out of two flat sheets.  By itself, the duvet was rather blah looking.  But when you add the pillows it really amps up the wow factor!

one room challenge girls room  at home in the northwest

The gray wall paint and polka dots from urban walls really help tie everything together.

The tufted chair was one I found at Marshalls.  It’s so feminine.  And I love the legs and castors too.

CASTERS ON CHAIR  AT HOME IN THE NORTHWEST

Back to the pillows…. The fabrics coordinate nicely with each other.  And by using the same pink flat welting on both pillows, it ties them together even more.

Custom Pillows 2  at home in the northwest blog

one room challenge at home in the northwest

This is one of those projects that keeps me peeking in Emmie’s room to gaze at the progress.  I love how it’s coming along!!

Are you wondering when you’ll see a headboard filling up the blank space on the wall below the mirror?!  Well, I did finish painting the bed this week….

building a farmhouse bed  at home in the northwest

And today I tried attaching the side rails. But the bed wasn’t cooperating so this is how I left things….

bent bracket

That’s SUPPOSED to be an ‘L’ bracket.  However it now kind of resembles a twisted ‘S’.  The bed fell over and things got twisted and banged up.  So I promptly called it quits and cleaned up my mess until Dan is around to help me maneuver the beast of a bed.

I sure hope that my post next week features a completed bed!

Do you need one last peek at those cute pillows before you leave?!  I do!

Custom Pillows at home in the northwest blog

I love them so.

Two more weeks to wrap things up!  I’ve got to keep my focus.

To read my previous One Room Challenge posts, click here… week 1week 2week 

jen

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embracing change

One Room Challenge Week 3 – Bedding Update

Welcome to week 3 of the one room challenge!

A few people have asked me questions about this project.  So I thought I’d address them first.

* the challenge is just that….a challenge to transform a room * there is no prize….the prize is a finished room at the end of the 6 weeks. * it’s just meant to be fun {and motivate you to take on a project in your home or a clients home}*

So on to week 3. Yikes! Week THREE!  That means there are only three more weeks.  I have got some work to do!

For those of you just tuning in, here is a look at the design board for Emmie’s room:

girls room mood board {athomeinthenorthwestblog}I couldn’t find a duvet that I liked {or that I felt was worth the money for a young girl that has been known to get marker on her bedding}. So when that happens, you make your own!  I purchased the blue and white striped sheet set from Target.

Using two flat sheets, I sewed them together to create a duvet.

sewing duvet  at home in the northwest

I took the lazy route….only sewing three sides and leaving the end open for now.  I need to sew buttons at the bottom to close it up. But for now, it tucks nicely under her mattress. Lazy. But functional!

Grossgrain ribbon was added to the corners of the down comforter…

sewing stays on down comforter  at home in the northwest

Then I sewed string into the top corner of my duvet…

HOW TO GET A DOWN COMFORTER TO STAY IN A DUVET  AT HOME IN THE NORTHWEST

Now the down comforter can be tied into my duvet, which will hopefully eliminate the irritating shuffle that comforters often do inside a duvet.

This week I also received my fabric order!   The bed will be brightened up with a fun floral standard sham and green throw pillow.

So fun.

Well, fun until you unroll the fabric to find this:

MARKER ON MY MATERIAL

What?! Marker on my fabric?  Fabric that came straight from the vendor!? Frustrating.

But fortunately, the vendor is fixing the issue. But it was frustrating nonetheless.

After my little delay, I did get the fabric dropped off with my seamstress!

DURALEE FABRICS  at home in the northwest

These pillows will add so much to her room!  I can’t wait to pick them up hopefully later this week.

So that’s it for my week 3 progress! Not a ton of fun pictures. Nothing is quite completed yet.  But I’m hoping to have something more exciting to share next week!

To read my previous weeks of the ORC, click here…. week 1 and week 2.

 

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Bookshelf Project – One Room Challenge Week #2

Welcome to week #2 of the One Room Challenge!

Last week I shared my design board for Emmie’s room.

girls room mood board {athomeinthenorthwestblog}

The pink walls are now gray.,

the-perfect-barely-there-gray

So today I’d like to share my bookshelf project with you!

Below is a picture of her current bookshelf.

girls room at home in the northwest

It’s too short.  Can you see books shoved under the bookshelf?  Lack of space means it’s time to upgrade to a bigger bookshelf.

I bought this simple bookshelf at Target with plans to give it a facelift .

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bookshelf

And after all my work,  here’s the bookshelf now!

BOOKSHELF 1  at home in the northwest

It was fun to watch the simple bookshelf transform. And as always, the project took longer than I’d planned.

First, I assembled the main structure.

bookshelf faceliftat home in the northwest blog

I left both the back and top off so that I could add my own decorative touch.

Lowes carries great wooden planks, which I cut to size and spray painted white.

painted planks for the bookshelf at home in the northwest

The bookshelf came with the cardboard type backing.  But by adding wooden planks, it made it a more solid structure as well as gave it tons of character.

planked back bookshelf 2  at home in the northwest

For the top of the bookshelf , I had a larger pieece of wood cut.  Then I cut crown molding (and re-cut it because I haven’t mastered cutting crown yet).

adding crown to a simple bookshelf at home in the northwest

Once I got my cuts right, I attached the crown molding with my nail gun.  {I’m not sure if the pro’s use masking tape to hold the crown in place, but it worked for me!}

Here is another closer look at the finished top:

bookshelf 3  at home in the northwest

I also added decorative trim to the base of the bookshelf:

Here is the before:

BOOKSHELF BASE BEFORE  at home in the northwest

And a glimpse at the after:

bookshelf 2  at home in the northwest

I so thrilled with how it turned out.  And am so thankful for more shelves to hold all of Emmie’s books and knick knacks!

Let’s take one last look at the after:

BOOKSHELF 1  at home in the northwest

Make sure you come back next week for more progress on my ORC!

jen


To read week 1 of the ORC, click here.

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miss mustard seed

Wooden Pumpkin Face

Today I stopped by the store and picked up some mums and a pumpkin….

FALL MUMS AT HOME IN THE NORTHWEST BLOG

And I pulled out a fun wooden pumpkin face that my mom and I made years ago.

PUMPKIN FACE AT HOME IN THE NORTHWEST

We cut the shapes with a saw. Then painted and distressed them. And hammed a long nail through each part.

Decorating the pumpkin is the easy part…just press the nail with your finger through the pumpkin!

WOODEN PUMPKIN FACE AT HOME IN THE NORTHWEST

Two seconds later, the pumpkin is decorated. And it won’t rot like a carved pumpkin!

wooden pumpkin face 2 at home in the northwest

Isn’t it cute?!

jen

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One Room Challenge – Week 1

I mentioned yesterday that I am participating in the One Room Challenge {ORC} hosted by Calling it Home.  This is a 6 week challenge to makeover a room.  There are no winners. Just bloggers sharing their progress.

So today I get to share with you which room I’m making over!

Any guesses?

If you follow me on instagram, you will know I’ve been SLOWLY working on Emmie’s room. {You could argue that I got a head start on my one room challenge….but I haven’t blogged about it yet. So I’m hoping that counts! My goal now is to FINISH the room during these next 6 weeks.}

Here are a few before pictures:

girls room 3 {athomeinthenorthwest}

girls room at home in the northwest

girls room 2 at home in the northwest

The pink walls will be painted {ahem….or already have been painted!} gray.

the-perfect-barely-there-gray

And here is an inspiration board for the direction that I am headed with her room:

girls room mood board {athomeinthenorthwestblog}

 

I’ve been building the bed for, well, um, years now!?  But it’s almost done. I swear.  So you will most certainly be hearing more about that bed!  And several of the accessories have been purchased as well.

So make sure to come back each week to follow my progress! And in 6 weeks, you can see the finished product! {Did I hear an “AMEN” coming from my husband?!}

jen

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One Room Challenge {ORC}

Linda, at Calling it Home, runs a semi-annual event that she calls a “One Room Challenge” {or ORC}. She invites 20 bloggers to join her in this fun event, where they transform a room in a 6 week period.

Here is a list of the participants:

ORCBanner Fall 13

It’s really a lot of fun to watch these talented decorators transform a room.

This time around, she included the above bloggers as well as all of us!!!  So starting TOMORROW, October 3rd, she will create a link party for those interested to post their ORC project up to.

So guess what!? That means that I will be participating!

Which room might I be transforming!?  Here is a clue to those that know me personally or following me on Instagram or Twitter…

…..it’s a room I’ve actually already started…..

{I hope that’s not breaking any rules!  I just haven’t blogged about my projects and am stuck mid project.}

I just need the motivation to complete the room. And the ORC event is just the challenge I need.

So come back tomorrow to find out more about the room I’ve selected!

jen

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