One Room Challenge | Bedroom - Week Four

October 22, 2014

After the slow progress I’d made after the first three weeks (see the posts here: 1, 2, 3) of this one room challenge, I’m happy to say that I think I’ve made quite a bit of progress this week.

You may remember that when I started this challenge I decided to do a little wall repair, and that it snowballed into a major problem. After a weekend of alternately mixing drywall plaster and being covered in drywall dust I’ve officially declared the repair portion of this project over. Hallelujah! It’s by no means perfect, but I’m exceptionally pleased with my handiwork. I honestly think nobody will be able to tell the wall was patched unless they look really closely.
Patched bedroom wall
After I installed the drywall came many, many layers of drywall compound
Primed Bedroom wall
This is (again) a bad nighttime picture, but I promise the wall looks really good in person
After the wall was finished I did two coats of primer, and I’ve started the actual painting part of this project. Sadly I thought I might be able to get away with just one coat on the ceiling, but given I was painting at night with what turned out to be inadequate lighting I will need to do a second coat (there’s nothing more disappointing than lying in bed looking at your freshly painted ceiling and realizing you did a crap job). Once that’s done though I think the most difficult part will be over until it’s time to paint the radiator – I hate painting rads.

This week I also made some decisions about art. In my original post I mentioned maybe buying some new art, but I decided to make use of some of the things I already own. I found this 85 year old magazine at The Elegant Garage Sale (a Toronto furniture consignment store) a couple of years ago for $2. Given it’s age I decided to splurge and have it professionally framed. I hope I get it back in time for the room reveal.
Hearth and Home Magazine March 1929
A copy of Hearth & Home magazine from Mach 1929
I’ve also started to work on my bedside tables. I’ve had them for a while, but they were stacked in the corner of my room while I decided what to do with them.
Beside table before
They were in rather bad shape, but given their cost (FREE!!) that was to be expected. I’ve been trying to figure out if they might be vintage Ikea, but I haven’t been able find out for sure – anyone recognize them? Anyways, I’m both excited and scared about what I’m planning for them – here’s hoping my idea works.

I think I might be starting to believe I may be able to get my room finished in time. Maybe. Perhaps. Cross your fingers for me.

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  1. Applause, applause! Yay you for fixing your wall - great job! Love the idea of framing the magazine cover. That does look like vintage Ikea - can't wait to see what you do with it. You will get this done!

  2. You're so going to get this room done and WELL DONE on the patching- you did an amazing job!

  3. You really can't tell you did a patch up job. Awesome work girl! I'm already loving the idea of the framed magazine. It's going to add the perfect finishing touch.

  4. Can't wait to see the room. I think those are vintage Ikea too. My sister had a set exactly that shape and colour when we were kids. :)

  5. Yeah--that nightstand looks to be about the same vintage as a few Ikea pine units I have in the basement--right down to the knob. It is astonishing how long they have held up. I'd say ours are a good 25 years old, now. We also have a pine table from that era, too. I have a picture of them in this post on my blog:

  6. The timing for framing thins is always tricky...I have a few things at the framer's that fingers crossed will be ready in tiem for my reveal photos!! That is a beautiful vintage cover. Love it. And great job on the wall.

  7. Your wall looks amazing!! I can't believe you patched that up yourself. Also, the magazine is going to be perfect a artwork! I'm excited to see this room come together!

  8. Love your magazine cover for art. Can't wait to see the mat/frame that you chose for it.


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