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Thursday, April 24, 2014

One Room Challenge: oak furniture facelift

Boy has this One Room Challenge gone by fast, it is already week #4!
Having a deadline (thank you Linda) makes a huge difference in getting a project finished.

If you are visiting for the first time, my Creative Sister in Law Therese and I are making over a master bedroom with a Moody Blue vibe and things are really coming together.
Go here is you want to start at the beginning and see our design concept.

Today we are talking furniture makeovers.
Because our budget did not include replacing these functional, solid, albeit OAK pieces,
my CSIL got out her can of
Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in Old White
in order to inject a little new life into them.
Her large dresser now looks like this...

Quite the improvement from this...

Gotta love ASCP, virtually no prep and a couple of coats later, buh bye oak.

Therese opted for the dark wax finish.

She was not thrilled with the result, so out came the mineral spirits and away went the "muddy" look.

Tip of the Day: 
Annie Sloan Chalk Paint Dark Wax is best used on furniture that has lots of nooks and crannies or detailing as it works well to highlight those. 

We wanted to add a bit of interest with the pulls and when Therese stumbled upon these gems, we knew they were perfect. A Midcentury feel with a bit of wood and touch of brass, 
and yes, they were only $1.50 each!

Next up, a pair of nightstands.

 ASCP and wax on the drawer and door fronts and some new hardware and viola!

With lots under our belt, we still have plenty to do over the next couple of weeks
and sometimes the "devil is in the details" as they say, and that is where we are at.

To Do:
Reading chiar
Artwork and accessories

This is the fun stuff though so it feels good to be in the home stretch!

Now grab your cup o' joe or glass o' wine and head on over to
see what the official ORC peeps are up to
and what the rest of the ORC Linking Paricipants like me are up to

And don't forget to come back next week because we are going to be all about some very awesome details including some "signature" Therese Marie Designs goodies!


Does your room need a “prescription” for a change of decor, function or design?  I would love to work with you to help your room "feel better."  
Contact me for more information about my design services.

Thursday, April 17, 2014

One Room Challenge: paint and moulding

Wow! It's week #3 of the One Room Challenge already!
If you are just joining us, our Moody Blue Master Bedroom makeover is well underway. 
The sewing has been completed,  
lighting has been selected and ordered, 
a reading chair has been purchased 
and the accessories are being gathered.

This week the big accomplishment was getting the room painted. 
While Cape Cod style homes are charming with all of their nooks, crannies, slanted ceilings and dormers, it can be challenging deciding how and where to apply color to the walls.

Therese and I are big fans of Sarah Richardson 
and long ago Therese shared this room that so impressively addressed the issues above. 

Brilliant! Just add a moulding......

Sign us up.
Moulding was purchased, primed and painted, then it was decision time.... 

Once that was decided then we let the expert take over. 
My BIL measures 3 times and cuts once, he's good!

But first, up went the paint, Benjamin Moore's Hudson Bay #1680.
Perfect paint placement for the moulding which was then installed, to perfection.

Who doesn't love a little side by side, before and after comparison?

I like it!!!!
Please come back next week and see what else comes together in this Moody Master, we have been busy sourcing, doing and making.

And if you have nothing but time on your hands, be sure to have a look at the progress of the other
ORC Linking Participants

as well as the original ORC participants


Does your room need a “prescription” for a change of decor, function or design?  I would love to work with you to help your room "feel better."  
Contact me for more information about my design services.

Thursday, April 10, 2014

One Room Challenge: textiles & a faux roman shade DIY

Wow!  That's all I am going to say.... I am so impressed by all of the ORC linking participants, all 85 of them!  People, I ain't got time for that! No really, honestly, I am still checking out all of the links...
 Linda at Calling it Home has really made this into quite the party hasn't she?

So if you are visiting Room Rx for the first time, welcome and thanks for stopping by.....
If you want to start at the beginning, please do.

Otherwise the scoop is my CSIL and I are working together to create a

Moody Blue Master Bedroom

using this design plan:

in this space:

Now let's get on to this week's happenings shall we?
Since the family rug was the inspiration for this Moody Master, the first thing that Therese and I tackled in executing our vision was to select fabrics for the room's soft furnishings. Back in January we made a trip to Haberman's Fabrics in Royal Oak, MI while visiting Detroit, and began our search for the perfect textiles......

We spotted what we thought could be an ideal remnant for our starting point, the camel colored geometric on the left below

and began to play around with other fabrics.

We narrowed things down to a couple of schemes

and ultimately chose the first one we put together, we really liked the pop of red.

Fabrics got ordered and Therese got moving on the sewing, because of course she is good at that and very quick to get things done!

Then we got hung up..... we had ordered one fabric for the Faux Roman shades and they got made and installed, but then we started to second guess our choice....
You'll have to wait until the reveal to see which one we ended up using!

Don't feel bad though, because Therese is not only a great sister in law and a wonderful seamstress, she wanted to share her "How To" for you so you can make your own Faux Roman Shades! 

This How to video  tells you everything you need to know. 
Combine that with Therese's tips below and you are golden.

 Things are moving along in the room now that the fabrics have been chosen.

Next up:
Update the nightstands and dressers
Reading chair
Artwork & Accessories

And seriously, even though there are 85 participants, do take a little bit of time and check out some of the fabulous projects being done by the ORC Linking Participants!


Does your room need a “prescription” for a change of decor, function or design?  I would love to work with you to help your room "feel better."  
Contact me for more information about my design services.

Thursday, April 3, 2014

One Room Challenge: Moody Blue Master Bedroom Week #1

The One Room Challenge has begun again, are you following the group of 20 and their escapades each Wednesday? This is a favorite for me so I am going to clear my Wednesday schedule for the next 6 weeks in order to follow every detail.

I have a fabulous project to share and will be joining the Thursday party as a Linking Participant.

Now let me introduce the
Moody Blue Master Bedroom

After living for 2 years in their "new" home and making big changes to just about every room as well as the exterior, my CSIL Therese and her husband thought it was time to make their master bedroom into a space with a little more style than the "white box" they had been living with.

On the second floor of a Cape Cod style home, the room is good sized but has lots of quirky features such as a sloped ceiling, a dormered window and tight spacing on the closet door and window trim.


The furniture, purchased years ago, is solid and because the makeover budget is small, it is staying. The matchy-matchy look is going bye-bye.

As you can see, the space had not come far from how it looked in the listing photos..... (the wide angle of the photos helps to see the whole space)

But no more, we have big plans to make this room a bold statement of Therese and her husband's tastes. Starting with this rug, which is a family piece and has made appearances in various rooms over the years,

we will be layering in beautiful textiles, some trendy brass, a cozy reading corner and some big color. People, this master bedroom is gonna get a ORC worthy makeover!

 I hope you will follow along as I share our progress each week, this is gonna be good!

And FYI you now need to clear your Thursday calendars as well because in addition to the original ORC, the ORC link up has more room makeovers than you can shake a stick at and you won't want to miss a detail!


Does your room need a “prescription” for a change of decor, function or design?  I would love to work with you to help your room "feel better."  
Contact me for more information about my design services.
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