One Room Challenge Week 5: Painting is Done & the Home Stretch!

It’s here my friends! This is the final week before the Big Reveal of the One Room Challenge next week – eek! It’s hard for me to believe that four whole weeks have already gone by! And though I still have quite a bit to pull together before the big day, I’m finally seeing the light at the end of the tunnel.

First of all, I’m happy to report that the painting is done! And not without a bit of drama, haha!

Last week I shared some of the samples of my two colors, Revere Pewter and Edgecomb Gray. I had some that were mixed 50% and 25% lighter of each of them. But after painting them on the walls, and looking at them for a few days, I realized something was seriously amiss! 

painting trial colors master bedroom neutral paint choices

See how the paint on the top left is supposed to be the Edgecomb Gray 25% lighter, but it’s actually darker than the full-strength Edgecomb Gray two below it? Not to mention way more tan!! What the heck??! How I didn’t notice earlier, I don’t know. I’m chalking it up to stress and a bit of busyness overload. So after yet another trip to the paint store, and a new can of the 25% lighter, I ended up choosing the full-strength Edgecomb Gray.


painting choice Edgecomb Gray from Benjamin Moore wall paneling master bedroom

And I’m so happy with it! For me, the Edgecomb Gray is just the absolute perfect greige. It has a bit of tan in it, but not too much. And in my north-facing bedroom, it edges toward gray a little more than tan but with both colors in there in the best possible way. I’m absolutely thrilled since I’ve had quite a few painting fails in my time! It is the perfect chalky greige that I was hoping for.


And…. the chandelier is in!! And it works! Because we chose to move it over the bed, and this chandelier is a little shorter than many, it’s perfect in here size-wise. I got to have a rustic French country chandelier in the bedroom, something I wasn’t sure I’d be able to make happen, and I’m thrilled!


French country rustic chandelier choice master bedroom makeover


The other thing that happened over the last week was the long-awaited (dreaded?) chalk painting of the nightstands! I’ve been back and forth about color, as well as style. I wanted them distressed, but if you sand down the paint on the edges of a formerly dark brown nightstand, dark brown comes through. Something I definitely did not want. And I didn’t want to strip them first and then paint. So… I tried a new technique I’ve never used before called frottage. This is a French term meaning “to rub.” It’s a process of rubbing some of the top layer of paint off while it’s still wet, leaving a little bit of the under color showing through.

Sadly, it did not turn out as I’d hoped so I am re-painting the nightstands as we speak! Not my favorite job (I’m sure you can tell since I left all of my painting jobs until the end, haha!) Just hoping they turn out halfway decent!

Another fun item that came in this past week? The intaglio artwork! I custom ordered it from a woman on Etsy and they are gorgeous!! I will be sharing all the information next week because you guys are going to want her info!


intaglios french country style artwork for master bedroom One Room ChallengeI’m in love!! They are just what I wanted!


So now I have a week to pull together the last loose ends. Let’s take a look at what has to get done over the next week….



1. Have new marble tops cut for nightstands (they are in the works and will be done Friday)
2. Pick up finished headboard and install
3. Pick up drapery and pillows (not until Monday – a little scary but hoping that comes through!)
4. Paint chair frame (yes, this is new! I just like adding things to the list, lol!)
5. Hang artwork on side wall
6. Decide what to do about the bedside lamps!! (Eek! Possibly more painting!)
7. Clean, vacuum and dust after all the patching and painting
9. Accessorize (and to be honest, I haven’t bought a single thing for this!)


Wish me luck!



Some of the items that I’ve selected so far!

*please note some affiliate links are included for your convenience*


I hope you’ll pop back next Thursday, May 9th to see the full reveal! I’ve so appreciated all of your comments and messages, both here and on Instagram. It’s been so fun to have you all following along and I’ve loved getting your feedback. If you’ve missed any of the previous weeks, you can get caught up below:


Week 1 | Week 2 | Week 3 | Week 4



Make sure and stop by the One Room Challenge website and check out all the other bloggers participating!


See you next week!


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  1. Try Annie Sloan’s Wax Technique on your nightstands

    1. yes I am painting them in Chalk paint by Annie Sloan and then waxing them – thanks!


  2. I’m tired for you! It’s a lot of decisions making and remaking but it all comes together somehow when you know what you like and the look you are after. So looking forward to the reveal, your wonderful eye for design is sure please again.

    1. Oh you’re so kind Darlene! And yes, it is a bit exhausting. In the best way, but still!! and now I’m actually re-painting as we speak!! You’ll have to wait to see but yes, there were more decisions and more changes, haha!

      Thanks so much for following along!


  3. You have me waiting anxiously for the night tables to be finished. I’ve wanted to paint mine and add marble to the top to raise them to the height of my new king bed for a while. Fear of ruining them keeps me paralyzed. Antique white or grey? See! This can go on for years. 😢
    I love the french chandelier over your bed. I’ve wanted one but my ceilings are too low so I will enjoy yours.

    1. Yes, my ceilings are so low too! That’s why I moved it over the bed to “cheat” a little – and this chandy is pretty short – otherwise it would have never worked! The nightstands have been a bit of a battle I must admit! I’ve changed colors about three times now!! I’ve been wanting to do it for years now so I feel your fear! I figure if it’s really bad, I can always strip all the paint and start again, haha!

      Thanks so much for your support – I so appreciate you following along!!


  4. Love the color and chandelier is beautiful.


  5. Everything looks great so far! I have a north-facing guest bedroom so I will definitely have to try Edgecomb Gray. Your chandelier looks lovely and – I absolutely adore the custom intaglios!! So happy you found custom artwork. Can’t wait to see the reveal. You are very inspiring – I’ve been putting off my master for some time now, but following along has given me lots of ideas to finally dig in. 🙂

    1. Aww I’m so happy to hear that Jean!! Nothing makes my heart happier than to hear that I’ve inspired someones – even in a small way! And yes – you should try Edgecomb Gray! It’s very close to Revere Pewter, just less “gray” and a little more “greige”!

      See you next week! 😉


  6. Cecilia from Georgia says:

    OHHHH the intaglio is wonderful!! I am so anxious to see the reveal and what you did to the night stands. Did you take a picture of them before you repainted? Everything is looking great. GOOD LUCK on the homestretch!!

    1. Aww thanks so much Cecilia! I’m so glad you love the intaglios – I’m so excited about them 🙂

      And yes, the nightstand is in the first post in the “before” pics. Not loving them right now so I hope they turn out okay!

      Thanks so much for stopping by!