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.


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?!}


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Building a Bed

I happen to be kid-free for about 24 hours.  So I thought it was high time that I got working on my unfinished bed project.  {Have I mentioned that I have an unfinished headboard and footboard in my garage?   It’s been there so long that my kids thought it was scrap wood and drew on it.}

Here is a look at what I started with today….


I went to the lumber yard and picked up more wood to complete my project.  Then this afternoon, I got to work!


I am using plans from Ana White, so I won’t be doing a tutorial.  {Click here for details on building your own.}

After several hours of working, and yet another trip to Lowe’s, I completely finished the headboard AND the footboard!


I still have to do the bed rails to support the box spring and mattress. And of course, I have to fill all of the holes, sand and then paint the bed.  So I’m far from done.  But I feel good about the progress that I made today!


Monogrammed Wall Hanging Tutorial

I’m in the process of re-doing Emmie’s bedroom {and I recently blogged about the perfect {barely there} gray paint for her room}.  I was sad to take down some of her fun wall decor, like this DIY monogram wall hanging that I made!  I blogged about this quite a long time ago.  But I thought this was a great opportunity to share the tutorial with you yet again!

It looks like her monogram is painted directly on the wall….but it’s really a framed piece of art.

Here is a quick tutorial on this optical illusion.  You can create a framed monogram that looks like it’s part of your wall in just a few easy steps.

1. Select a frame. 

My frame was a champagne color, which wasn’t  the color I wanted for her room.  I spray painted the frame a chocolate color and used steel wool to lightly distress the frame, letting the gold undertones come through.

 2. Cut plywood to fit in frame.

Measure the opening of your frame from the back.  Cut a piece of plywood (or have Lowe’s cut it for you) that fits inside the frame, without the glass. Make sure that both the plywood AND the back of the frame fit in the opening.  This may require a thinner piece of plywood than expected.

3.  Spray the plywood with wall texture.

After reading the label on the can, spray your plywood with the suggested amount of texture. If you mess up, remember there is always the back side of the plywood! But honestly, I don’t think you can mess this step up.

4. Paint plywood.

After the wall texture dries, paint your plywood the same color as your wall.

5. Print out letters for monogram.

You can use vinyl letters for this step, or you can print them using your computer.  I don’t have Photoshop so I did mine the old school way….cut and paste!  Using a photo copier, I enlarged the letters to fit onto the wood.   Then I cut and taped them together, making sure it was spaced an appropriate amount.

6.  Trace letters onto plywood.

Place a piece of carbon paper behind your letters and begin tracing.  The carbon paper will leave an outline of the letters on the plywood.

7.  Paint letters.

Using an acrylic craft paint in a dark chocolate color, I painted the monogram.  This may take about 20 or 30 minutes, depending on how much of a perfectionist you are.  You may want to grab a diet coke and turn on some music or the tv while you work.

8. Put plywood back into frame.

Put the plywood in your frame and secure the back of the frame in place.  Then hang it up on your wall, sit back and enjoy!!


I love how it turned out and was so sad to take it down!  Maybe I’ll paint hers gray and hang it up in her newly decorated bedroom.

What do you think!?


The Perfect {Barely There} Gray

I’ve been searching for the perfect gray.

My first purchase was of Benjamin Moore’s Gray Owl. I’ve seen it several places online and I was excited to give it a try.



Cozy.Cottage.Cute used Gray Owl and lightened  it by 50%.

I tried that color sample too.


via cozy.cottage.cute

That colored looked PERFECT on my computer.  I don’t know if it’s my eyes, or the lighting in my house, but my Gray Owl did NOT look like that in my house! I first sampled Home Depot’s mix of the color. After finding the color a bit too green for me {yes, green!}, I went to Benjamin Moore.  Their color sample was the same! It did not look like the color above.

I sampled many, many colors.  The picture below is simply a small representation….


Through the process, I realized that I was looking for a ‘barely there’ gray. Not a deep, solid, rich gray that you may paint the outside of a house. But a nice subtle, almost-white-with-a-bit-of-gray type of gray.

Finally – yes finally – I found it!  It took some perseverance, but I did it.

the perfect barely there gray

Benjamin Moore’s Shoreline looked great in my house.  Just a touch of gray. Not too green. Not too blue. Just right.

So I painted Emmie’s room painted last week.  While I don’t have any pictures to share of her room yet, here is a nursery I came across on Houzz that used BM Shoreline…

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I love it!

It took me awhile, but I persevered and found my perfect gray!

There is still plenty to be done in Emmie’s room.  So stay tuned for progress pictures in the future!


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