Progress picked up over the last week in the master bedroom makeover for the One Room Challenge. Mostly because for at least some of the time my workforce tripled.
Saturday morning, my parents showed up, wallpaper tools in hand. They were there to help me cover our severely beat up closet doors.
Here’s a summary of the projects so far in the master bedroom:
- Not quite masters of our universe
- Master bedroom makeover plans
- Scraping the stipple ceiling
- Painting the walls
- Master bedroom move-in
- One Room Challenge Week 1
- One Room Challenge Week 2
- One Room Challenge Week 3
The One Room Challenge has been hugely helpful in getting this makeover moving after my motivation waned. The room is coming together. Which brings us to this week’s task: the closet doors.
The doors appear to have had a number of things taped to them in the past. When the tape was pulled off, so was the finish on the doors.
My decorating philosophy at the farm is every room needs touch of something rustic. This bedroom is not at all rustic, but a touch of country would be appropriate.
Beadboard wallpaper would work.
I have never installed wallpaper. I’ve removed a lot of it, but never gone the opposite direction. I figured I’d need an extra pair of hands, so I decided to make sure the hands were experienced and called in my parents.
As she was brushing the paste onto the closet doors, my Mom recalled hanging grasscloth wallpaper in their first house in the late 1970s–on trend 35 years ago and on trend today.
She also recalled cherry wood beadboard lining the stairwell at the farm where she spent summers when she was growing up. Doesn’t that sound beautiful? This wallpaper is not quite the same, but it’s a good shortcut in my opinion.
The wallpaper went up really quickly, especially with three of us working on it. (As you can see, Baxter was his usual helpful self). In less than two hours, the doors were all covered.
Even though they were white-ish before, the wallpaper makes such a huge difference. The room looks so much fresher. And the vertical stripes make the doors look wider too in my opinion.
It’s been awhile since my parents and I have worked together. It was really nice to have their help. Thanks, Mom and Dad!
I’ve been working on my own for the rest of this week, but I’ve still been productive. The headboard is almost finished–good thing because I need to get it out of the guest room so my brother-in-law can sleep there this weekend–and the electrician is here today to work on the lighting. We’re getting there!
Buy a new bed– Done Remove popcorn ceiling– Done Patch ceiling and walls– Done Paint ceiling, trim, doors and walls– Done Make/find window treatments– Done Build hookboards for behind the door– Done Paint dresser and replace hardware– Done April 6
- DIY a headboard – By April
12 1924 Refresh dinged up closet doors – By April 19Done April 18
- Relocate light switch – Cross your fingers that the electrician doesn’t run into any problems today
- Replace light fixture – I’ll get the electrician to do this while he’s here
- Come up with a jewelry storage solution – By April 26
- Sew a bedskirt – By May 3
- Decorate and personalize –
Ordered prints April 6. I’m still waiting for them to arrive. Come on postal service!
Only two weeks to go. Visit Calling it Home and cheer on the other participants as they head into the homestretch on the One Room Challenge.
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It looks beautiful Julia 🙂
Thank you! It’s coming along!
I love it!!!! So I had been planning to do the exact same thing to the closet doors in the office because I have SO much beadboard wallpaper left from using it in the kitchen, and now this makes me want to even more! Sadly I also have to paint the frames on my doors because they’re a weird greenish gold. Yuck. I love how it turned out, Julia! And yay! I can post comments again!!!
Ugh. I know exactly the metal you’re talking about. I’m pretty sure I grew up with those closet doors!
Your parents are too cute! The wallpaper looks great on the closet doors. It’s such a great fix!
Yah, I like them pretty well 🙂
The wallpaper looks great. What do you think of it? I had thought of it as an option for our powder room, but ended up using the beadboard panels instead. Would love to hear your thoughts.
I was pretty impressed with the WP. It’s pretty heavy in weight. It almost feels a bit vinyl-y (but not in a bad way). It’s a bit cushy too, so I found it dented a bit, but then puffed back up. I used the Martha Stewart brand from HD.
I had never seen beadboard wallpaper before. What a great fix for your doors! it really makes them look great! The picture of Baxter is so funny!!
Matt wasn’t home when we were doing the wallpaper, so when he saw this post he sent me a little note: “I was able to see Baxter’s contribution to the project. Good for him. We’re so lucky that he doesn’t mind helping us out on any project or task we do in the house.”
I can’t say our two are much more help. Actually they are probably less help because we have to constantly move them out of our way. At least Baxter is up out of the mess! 🙂
Sounds like your sidekicks have more energy than mine!
i have been seriously debating using this beadboard wallpaper as a backsplash of sorts in our kitchen…..this looks great and i agree…the doors look wider! can’t wait to see more
I’m glad it’s not just me who sees the optical illusion!
For a kitchen backsplash my only worry would be that the WP doesn’t hold up to water or spills or wiping–I have nothing to base that worry on, and the paper seems pretty durable on the closet doors. If you’re a tidier cook than me, you might be okay. I would definitely suggest painting it so that you have a little more protection.
This looks great! I’m planning to wallpaper for the first time as part of my ORC too. I’m excited to see the rest of your room! Good luck with your next few projects! 🙂
Good luck to you too! The wallpaper was easier than I thought. I do have to confess though that I was glad I wasn’t matching up a complicated pattern!
This looks fantastic! I need a fix for my closet doors and was thinking of wallpaper, but I wasn’t sure if it would be too attention grabbing. This is just perfect!
I definitely recommend it. It was easy and there are options out there that are more subtle.
What a great way to spruce up your closet doors! They look awesome!
Thanks. It was really simple in the end, even though I was anxious at first!
That’s so nice of them to come and help! I also love the picture of Baxter completely passed out, working hard as always! 🙂
He’s a very hard-working puppy. He worked with the electrician for awhile yesterday. It was a new electrician for us, and fortunately he likes dogs. I was downstairs doing my own work, and all I heard was, “Good dog. What a good dog!”
That looks great! I wouldn’t have thought of it. So much easier than many other solutions, and it really came out nicely.
It was definitely simple!
Your folks are sooo sweet! And I love the thought that you’ll remember them everytime you admire those now, cool, closet doors!
They absolutely are. My dad hates working on the floor, so the first photo of him kneeling over the roll of wallpaper shows you how much he likes me!
Looks great and such fun to work together with your mom and dad!
We make a good team!