I am not here today with pretty pictures, but rather my reality. I didn’t have anything new to share with you guys last week because our entire family cycled through some kind of stomach virus. While I’m thankful I got a very mild version, I did have to stop and take care of 4 people. Of course everyone would get sick when I decide to tear my bedroom apart and paint it. Not fun, not fun at all. So I still don’t have anything new to share with you just yet, but something I read the other day from Bjork’s newsletters (which are packed full of great info if you aren’t signed up already). I don’t remember the whole article because I read it a while ago, but it really made me think about how I go about blogging. I tend to only show the finished product here on the blog. I will usually flash one before picture or so, but that’s not my whole journey.
I am a work at home mom to three beautiful, messy, whiny, needy, adorable kids who need pretty much constant attention. So sometimes when I say this project is so easy you can finish it in 30 minutes. Why yes, that is technically true, assuming of course you have ZERO interruptions. I have approximiately 500 per project (I might be exaggerating a little, but that’s how it feels, haha). So this DIY Wooden Ladder that I built… you CAN build it in less than 30 minutes, but it technically took me about 24 hours, lol.
So my goal here today is to take you through my whole process. I probably won’t do this for every single project, because stopping to talk about how long it takes me to do it and then blog about it… well you can imagine that can only add time onto these projects. But it is easier for me to sometimes sit at a computer and share with you rather than run outside in the freezing temps and have my children fend for themselves inside (I can only picture the worst in that situation).
So let’s talk about this room of mine. In the last 8.5 years of marriage I have never EVER decorated our master bedroom. As you know we have moved a lot in those 8 years, gained 3 children, and well… I don’t think I’ve ever even hung a picture in our room. For some reason it’s always just the laundry dumping ground around here.
I have an exciting post coming up with Better Homes and Gardens Live Better (their product line at Walmart) where I am doing a bedroom makeover. My very first thought was to do one of my kids rooms since I’m kind of in the middle of decorating their rooms anyways… but I realized it’s been quite a while since I have done anything for myself. Plus I think my kids are in my room asking me questions more often than they are in theirs, lol.
This room won’t be fully revealed until April, but I will have some tutorials for you along the way until it’s finished.
The biggest thing I’m tackling, you know… besides the full day of painting every square inch of this room, is my plan to build a fake wall. I’m normally very visual and can’t picture things in my head, but I’ve pictured this one. Every time I try and explain it to someone they kinda cock their head to the side and look at me like “ok, she’s been blogging to long, she’s lost all connection to the real world”. Luckily my husband is supportive, despite thinking I’m off my rocker, and just goes along with it all.
So let’s get to the title of this post. Yes I painted everything white. I painted the walls white, the trim white, the doors will be white… I’m crazy right? Maybe… this could turn out horrible, but I already did the painting, so it is happening! I’ll admit, the walls turned out a little brighter than I had originally pictured. I wanted it bright, but probably could have gone a shade darker… I’m embracing my 3 gallons of white paint and moving forward though! There is a reason for all this white, I promise!
I don’t want to give away too many details about my fake wall because I am SERIOUSLY so excited to get started on it, and I do love a good surprise. I will give you a few hints though. It’s not going to be sheetrock, it won’t be white (there’s that big sigh of relief), and it will be temporary should we sell the house and nobody likes my crazy ideas. The whole point is to cover up this off center window of mine. I debated and debated if I wanted to actually cover up a whole window, but I have two in my room, so it’s not like I won’t have any… and it is just the only way to make this space look somewhat normal.
So be sure and follow along with me on Instagram where I will be sharing some tips and tricks along the way, as well as some more behind the scenes pictures!
Have a beautiful day!!
Kate from Handmadesensations.blogspot.com says
Hi Ashley, I can’t wait to see what the final look of your bedroom will be. It is really good idea to sometimes do something for yourself; I have decided to finally focus on my craft passion after reading blogs so much inspiring as yours. Thanks alot and have fun with this white project!
Thanks Kate! I’m really excited to see how it turns out too! Hopefully it’s something like I imagine, lol. To be honest it feels super weird to be decorating my own room. I’m so used to doing the family spaces or my kids rooms, but I’m having fun with all the ideas floating around! Congrats on your blog! I have to say, blogging is the one thing that I feel like belongs to just me. It’s nice to have that when you spend all day taking care of others : ) Thanks for stopping by!! Have a great weekend!
Taryn @ Design, Dining + Diapers says
Oh I love the white! It looks so crisp and clean :)
Thanks Taryn! I was a little nervous at first… it kinda felt like a hospital, but it’s totally growing on me and I feel like I have this blank canvas to work with now! : ) I’m always so visual and I have to see things in order to decide if I like it… I take so much stuff back to stores, haha!
This is exciting! A fake wall, to cover up a window…but how do you cover up a window without ripping it out?! Hopefully the suspense doesn’t last forever!!
The bright white walls are actually quite nice. While they may be a bit too much if you have a lot of light in the evenings, some darker (and light blocking) curtains would probably do well to curtail a lot of that.
Yes! I am super excited about my fake wall. I won’t actually do anything with the window. This fake wall will sit about 2 inches away from the wall. I didn’t want to cover it up entirely, because if we ever sell the house you could easy work around it if you have a smaller bed, but we have a king size, so it just doesn’t work no matter where we put it. And our house totally lacks natural light, which was one of the reasons I wanted to go white… we are covered by a blanket of trees, so the white really brightens the space up! Thanks so much for stopping by!
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