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 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 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 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!


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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.


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 


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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.


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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Family Room Update

Our family room is in need of an update. Our couches are about 10 years old. And they show it.  Life with two kids equals spilled chocolate milk and dirty shoes have left their mark on the fabric.

We currently have the PB Basic couch and chair from Pottery Barn.  Since they’ve been great pieces of furniture, we decided to begin our search at Pottery Barn for our next couch as well.

We went with the PB Square sectional.  Initially, we considered this size…

pottery barn pb square sectional


But after further discussion, we  chose  something bigger.

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The kids aren’t getting any smaller. And I’ll be honest, when the kids are watching a movie, I want a place to stretch out too!!

I chose the stone colored fabric to keep the room light and fresh feeling.  Knowing that we will be rough on the couches, we went with everyday suede.  Have you had any luck with everyday suede?

Dan’s request for the room was rocking chair.  I immediately started searching for a swivel glider, because I prefer the look of an upholstered chair than a standard rocking chair.  Fortunately, swivel gliders are becoming easier to find these days.

 We selected the hathaway swivel glider from Crate and Barrell.

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Did you know that Crate and Barrel offers custom upholstery?  If you visit one of their stores, they have a fabric section that  isn’t shown online.   And Crate and Barrel  is having a custom upholstery sale right now, so we were able to get the chair for 25% off!

Here is the couch and chair fabrics next to each other.


And while I’m not 100% certain of pillow fabrics that will be used in the room, here are a few samples of combinations I was playing with the other day.


I’m really drawn to oranges and browns (even when it’s not fall).  Though I actually think this combination above could look nice year round.

Now we just get to wait about 10 weeks for the furniture to arrive!


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!


The Desk – Part 3

The desk project is progressing.  I confess it is a larger project than I had originally imagined.  But I’m fairly certain I will like the end result.

The stripper that I used did a great job of prepping the desk for painting.

And now that the desk is ready, I got to crack open my new can of Annie Sloan Chalk Paint.

Isn’t it pretty?! I love the white shiny can.

The kids were anxious to get their hands on this project too.  So we all donned some of Dan’s old scrubs and got to work.

This was the first time I used Annie Sloan Chalk Paint.  And while I heard the paint dried really flat and chalky looking, I was still surprised when it happened.

And I’m nearly done! Just need to finish up waxing the desk and wait for my drawer pulls to arrive {I ordered them yesterday}.  Then the desk can go to it’s new home in Jack’s bedroom.

To read The Desk – Part 1 and Part 2, click here and here.


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The Desk – Part 2

I’m discovering that blogging during the summer is more of a challenge than I had originally imagined!  Maybe it’s because the kids are out of school.  Or maybe because we are out at the park and pool when the sun is shining.  Whatever the case, I’ve been slacking on my blogging and I do apologize.

Today I wanted to update you on my desk project.  Remember what it looked like when I brought the desk home?

I sprayed on the stripper and was amazed at how quickly it began to work!

On several parts of the desk, the paint practically fell off.  And on other parts of the desk….

…what a mess! I sprayed stripper and scraped.  Then sprayed more stripper and scraped some more.  Boy oh boy, what a hassle.

Once I felt like I was finally making some progress on the desk, I purchased my first can of Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in Graphite.

I’m just about done stripping the desk. So soon I can try out my new paint!  Stay tuned for the next update!

To read The Desk – Part 1, click here.


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