Vintage Farmhouse Master Bedroom Makeover: Week 1

It’s April, that time of year for spring cleaning, yard work outdoors, and redesigning rooms!  Yep, that’s right.  I’m participating in Calling it Home’s One Room Challenge again this year, and I can’t wait to share my progress with you on our master bedroom.

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After participating in the One Room Challenge twice last year, I realized something about myself.  I have a major problem with finishing what I start, especially when it comes to room designs.  I’ll start with a vague vision, and then see it through about halfway, and then leave it be for months, or years, justifying it to myself by saying, “Well, at least it’s better than it started.  This will do.”

The only rooms I haven’t done this with are my One Room Challenge bathrooms.  Clearly, I really just need deadlines, and without them, I don’t finish anything that I start.

To give myself a kick in the butt, I’m actually going to do two rooms this year – my master bedroom and our eat-in kitchen.  Call me crazy, and you’ll be correct, but I know the only way I will ever finish these rooms is to give myself a reason to get them done.

Here is what our bedroom looks like today.

master bedroom before 5

Clearly, it’s boring, which is problem number one, and the second problem is that there is a treadmill taking up a forth of the entire room.

master bedroom before 3

Oh yeah, and another problem.  My nightstand is a basket on the floor.

master bedroom before 1

My husband’s lampshade still has the plastic on it from the store.  There is a water mark on the ceiling from a roof leaf we had two years ago.

master bedroom before 2

One of those pictures fell down, so I took the other off rather than putting the one that fell back up.  I didn’t get far with them though.  They’ve been sitting on the floor for over 2 years. This is embarrassing.

It’s time to change this boring mess of a room!  My vision for the space is a vintage farmhouse bedroom, all completed on a major budget.

Farmhouse Master Bedroom on a budget

I’ve already picked up a few vintage goodies for the space, and have plans to build a new storage platform bed.  Our house is small (case in point – the treadmill is in our bedroom, because that’s the only place there is room) and we need to make smart use of our space.  This bed will provide us with room to store off-season clothes, which will free up closet and basement space!

I always design on a budget, and this room will be no different.  You’ll see a ton of easy DIY projects that I hope will reinvigorate this blah bedroom!

Here’s a rundown of my to-do list:

  • move that treadmill OUT!
  • paint ceiling and walls
  • install plank wall
  • build platform bed
  • make stenciled headboard
  • DIY curtains
  • build corner shelves
  • custom artwork
  • make nightstands
  • finishes touches and accents

I’m so excited to give this space a new life.  I hope you’ll follow along for the next 6 weeks!  Or, if you’re not one for bedroom designs, maybe you’ll like my eat-in kitchen plans.

Now, head on over to Calling it Home and check out all the other participants that will be decorating their spaces, too!

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20 thoughts on “Vintage Farmhouse Master Bedroom Makeover: Week 1

  1. Loving the color palate! We all have those projects that have sat there for way too long and it’s so inspiring to watch them get transformed! Best of luck and can’t wait to see the finished product! 🙂

    1. Thanks for following along, Katy. I still have yet to put the plank wall up, but I can’t wait because I think it’s really going to change the look of the room!

  2. Jenny, love the old suite case, I actually went shopping today at this antique store and saw some really cool old luggage that I was tempted to buy. Your bedroom is going to look so cool. I am so exited for all of us!


  3. I am loving your plans in here. I chuckled a bit when you said those pictures had been sitting there for 2 years. I JUST made a gallery wall in our Master Bedroom with picture that had been on our floor for months. Can’t wait to see how you transform this room… and I LOVE budget friendly!

    1. Thanks for following along, Tara! I picked up a similar trunk at an estate sale two weeks ago for $20 – it’s hard to show my excitement through my words – it would need 1,000 exclamation points!

  4. I wish you lived closer Jenny, we could look for some awesome finds for this gorgeous bedroom you’re going to create. I’ve never seen a bed built with baskets like that – so cool! I can’t wait to see how this space comes together. Hugs, CoCo

  5. Hey Jenny – We can totally relate about having committed deadlines to complete projects. It just seems to work so much better, right? We can’t wait to follow along in the coming weeks. We know your space will be beautiful! Good Luck!

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