One Room Challenge Spring 2016: Kid’s bedroom reveal!

Happy reveal day! It might be one of my fave days of the year.

If you’re unfamiliar with this bi-annual holiday, it was created and is hosted by Linda of Calling it Home. It gives bloggers an opportunity to destroy a room/home/bank account/relationships/sanity/nails/neglect all other responsibilities/etc over the course of 5 weeks and link the progress in the hopes of a new and beautiful finished room at the end.

And it is awesome.

Except that my body might be sore forever.

This is my second time participating. I did my living room this past fall. Reveal here.

The room that I chose to work on is one of the modestly sized bedrooms in our 110 year old south Minneapolis home, to create a new big girl bedroom as a surprise for my 5 year old daughter.

The beginning:

IMG_1149What a drag.

I didn’t end up getting much done for the second week. Sometimes when I start a project, I get so overwhelmed by the sheer amount of tasks that I go into the fetal position on the couch with wine. I know you feel me.

The original plaster was obvs in rough shape and needed a lot of work as far as patching holes and cracks, missing chunks of wall/ceiling and sanding smooth. IMG_1217This is about the point where I get a faraway look in my eyes and I start mumbling on repeat…. ‘I just have to get the primer up, everything is better after primer, so close’ while I’m putting tin foil up on the windows and donning a garbage bag as a dress.


Someone should put that on one of those inspirational posters with a kitten and a roller.


I ended up doing a drop ceiling with black paint, installed the stellar flush sputnik and my daughter helped choose the pale pink.

I thought that I was keeping most of the last minute details out of the previous post, to make the reveal more special, but no. I am deluded. I was just procrastinating. Let’s call it what it is. K, Madeline?


It was at this point that I had to make finial decisions.

The list:

Paint walls and trim
Scrub everything clean
Fix roman shades (FML) and install (the blisters!)
Assemble day bed, brackets, wood slats cut down (the bed is an antique and amazing. But one of the screws to attach the side piece had some stripped threading and wouldn’t go into the receiving part. I’m a motherfucking do’er though, so I used a hacksaw and removed that part and it worked!)
Acquire mattress and bedding (mattress is a twin and apparently I need a longer one. Le sigh. Why didn’t I take measurements?! Or, assemble previously… or have general foresight)
Hang chair
Create storage
Make pretty

Something as simple as picking a color for the little makeshift storage unit nearly broke me. It left me in the paint aisle practically feral and like: I can’t decisions no more.

I might not even be able to decide what words to use for this post.

Am I forming words?

Hopefully you all understand guttural sounds.


Decisions got made.

Pictures quality proved to be a bummer because it has rained every day for the past week. But, the room looks good. Real good.

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Can we talk about the beautiful floral sculptures?

IMG_1356They are from a shop on etsy called DillyPad. Each piece is a masterpiece. I adore them.

And these dark floral roman shades?!IMG_1419I die.

Details on the antique daybed from craigslist:IMG_1359 DSC_1290Sarah from Lucent lightshop sent me the black sconce, and they gave it to me! For, like, keeps. Knock me over with a feather. I was about ready to pay a king’s ransom for it. The ORC desperation is real. It was super sweet of them.

Their craftsman ship is hella on point. I paired it with a faceted light bulb that I picked up from CB2. DSC_1288

This rug.berber wares "moroccan pouf" "rugsusa braided rug"The pictures online don’t do it justice. The braiding is really thick, maybe an inch wide? Really comfortable.

Pretty things like pillows! It’s the best when you get to clear a room out of tools and paint cans and put pretty shit in there. I love pretty.



The wall between the door and the closet door is kind of wasted because the door opens towards it. I painted a large circular chalkboard here to provide a space for creativity, that takes up no room. IMG_1371IMG_1370


I was so excited to tell Rylan about her new room. I was able to keep her out of there successfully the past weekend whilst I installed, to keep it a surprise. I acted out all the bad teenage movies though, awkwardly cracking the door and blocking it with my body when she would seek out my attention.

When I finished and my husband and I told her that it was for her, she was so happy and went straight to her dad to thank him and hug him.

I was like: what. the. actual. fuck.

Is this real life?!

I mean, he’s cool and all, but he did not make this room for her. He did supply moral support for me tho.

He told her that he should be thanking me (after accepting a pretty stellar hug), and only then did she direct her attention to me – the person who has been slaving, bleeding and sweating for 5 weeks for this room.

Ummm. Did she not see me with her own eyes doing all the work?!

I guess that about sums up what it’s like to be the mom.

I digress.

She was so verbally appreciative after that. I got to hear a lot of “You did all that work, for me?! I LOVE it.”

Then this happened: DSC_1287 So, so totally worth it.

Make sure to check out all the other completed rooms. Mind blowing!ORC



  • Paint colors (Behr Pale Bud, Sherwin Williams Tricorn Black, Benjamin Moore Hunter Green)
  • Daybed – Antique
  • Sputnik ceiling light – Lucent Lightshop
  • Moroccan Pouf and wedding blanket pillows – Berber Wares
  • Other bed pillows – Target
  • Chair pillows and blanket – Home Goods
  • Hanging Chair – Serena and Lily
  • Rug – RugsUSA
  • Roman shades – Fabric by Ellie Cashman design and sewn by Creative Drapery
  • Mirror – Antique
  • Cubby storage – ‘antique’ Ikea and waddell furniture legs
  • Planter – Target
  • Copper table light – West Elm
  • Brass side table – West Elm (no longer available in brass)
  • Pink throw and quilted blanket – West Elm
  • Copper basket – Target (maybe no longer available?)
  • Alarm clock – Teach me time clock (I don’t know if anyone else uses this, but, it is a life saver when your kid wants to wake up at 5am! We just started using it about 6 months ago and now she stays in her room until 6:45 daily)


62 Replies to “One Room Challenge Spring 2016: Kid’s bedroom reveal!”

  1. It looks so beautiful and elegant….. I so love it….. Kids will be so happy living there….. Awesome job


  2. First, the room is so amazingly beautiful that I can’t stand it. Seriously, Madeline. It’s soooo pretty. Do you kind of want to steal it for yourself? I would. Nope, this is mommy’s reading room. Bugger off. Get me some wine.

    Second, your daughter and my daughter sound so much alike. I laughed so hard, because my girl does the same thing. On Mother’s Day, she told me that she wished it was “parent’s day” so that she could spend time making cards and gifts for the parent she chose, then looked straight at her dad. Little jerk. It’s cool, though, because my son would totally choose me over his dad. 😉

    1. Emy, it’s like you read my mind for this room.
      At least you have your son to adore you! I have to bide my time until the stars align just right. And drink wine in the mean time.
      Your treehouse is amazinggggggg by the way!

  3. OK. this is what I am talking about!!!! This room is DARN awesome. It looks so, so good! The black ceilings are awesome, the light fixture too… that green console is also very, very cute, also, it brings some color to the room… the rattan chair, well, OF COURSE! You totally nailed this one, Madeline. Seriously good.

  4. Madeline, I’m so jealous of your daughter’s room… I totes need that chair in my life. And that roman shade fabric. And that antique daybed…. can I move in instead? I promise to appreciate the space! LOL, glad we all survived the ORC! I will have to go back and read the posts from your first round participating. Thanks for the support along the way 🙂

    1. I didn’t realize just how incomplete my life was without that chair. I totally co-sign you getting one.
      Looking forward to seeing your windows after their fabric update!

  5. I would honestly read your posts if there were no pictures. I lol’d at everything. “Am I forming words?” And then you go in and add in a crazy beautiful room AND awesome pictures? You’re my hero.

    1. OMG MOLLY! I think YOU are hilarious, and sweet to boot. Thank you so much for your support!

    1. Thank you so much Justynn! I am so glad that ceiling turned out ok. I harbor a lot of internal resentment at it for all those holes and cracks it had the nerve to need fixing.

    1. Ashley, thank you so much for saying that. Really kind, and so helpful! It has been proven (many times over), that I would not complete a project nearly as quickly without such thoughtful comments.

  6. Madeline – I love it! What a difference. And obviously, the chair is the best part. 🙂 Truly, those walls were so labor intense I’m impressed you not only got the room done, but got it to look so great!

    1. Brit, I give you ALL the credit for the hanging chair. Thank you for being so gracious about me biting your style.
      Thank you! The walls are such a labor of love, it is so worth it to have the plaster walls though.

  7. This is insane! So dark and moody but romantic – and I can’t believe the before! You are a rockstar 🙂 So glad to have found you – can’t wait to see more!

    1. Lizzie. I seriously couldn’t believe that actually happened lol. Thank you so much for your kind comment!

  8. One of my favorite little girls room for sure! I love what you did with the ceiling, it feels like being in a cocoon! That daybed find is fantastic and yes, I’d die to for that roman shade! Bravo! Congrats and CHEERS to us for another room done!

    1. Vel, hallelujah ???????? yet, I still can’t wait until the next one. Thank you for your comment, super kind.

  9. I would have LOVED this room as a kid, your daughter is a lucky girl. It looks amazing!

    1. Blair, thank you! It turns out that I want this room currently. After work, I went straight up there and climbed into her bed.

  10. I can’t believe how beautiful your paint job is! Seriously awesom. Oh and the decorating, too. I kid. That bed is to die for–and I think my 15 year old daughter would be in heaven in this room–though there would be make up all over the floor in five minutes. Wonderful work. You have a great eye. Congrats on finishing!

    1. Thank you Alana! Congratulations to you also! I only hope my daughter repays me like you did for your mother.

  11. I love the Sputnik light, it’s so fun! A black celiling is so bold and I never would have considered it but it looks amazing!!! Very nice work.

  12. This room is incredible! Moody yet feminine, and so well done. Love all the details…the bed, the doorknob, great idea to do the circular chalkboard. The light fixture and medallion are perfect. That pop of blush pink and the gold, love! Great job!

  13. I just love all the details in this room. Beautiful job! The picture of your daughter reading in that amazing chair is just precious!!!!

  14. You did such an amazing job Madeline! I agree with another reader who said it is the perfect mix of moody and feminine. I can’t decide what my favorite is- the light fixtures, the daybed or the moody floral window treatments. She is one lucky lady. If it makes you feel better, my 4 year old is not impressed at all by her new digs!!

    1. Thanks Jennifer! You did such an amazing job. Kids. Hopefully in 20 years or so they’ll look back and appreciate it.

  15. Beautiful! Love your kid’s room and all the details: the daybed, the roman shades fabric, the BLACK CEILING, the ceiling fixture… and so on.
    Love it all! Well done!!!

  16. You completely outdid yourself and I seriously love your daughter’s room. I also thoroughly enjoyed reading your post and will be back for more. The roman shades are gorgeous and that daybed–I never find stuff like that on CraigsList. Cheers to the beautiful new room!

    1. Thank you Sharon! So kind of you to say. Cheers to surviving another one room challenge, and looking forward to the next one!

  17. This room is amazing! That bed + those floral shades? Incredible! And the black dropped ceiling is stunning! I love every part of it, and I’ll be honest – I generally totally skip the kids room makeovers in the ORC linkup 😀 You did such a wonderful job and I love your humorous writing style as well!

  18. Love, love, LOVE it looks incredible and I can’t just pick one element that I love because I love it all!!! Great work and I’ll give you a hug for all your hard work too.

    Lauren | Lovely Decor

  19. This room looks so amazing. The whole thing is just awesome. Love the ceiling, the shades, the bed, the swing chair, all of it. It is fantastic.

  20. This is stunning!! I love the black and white ceiling/walls. The bed and floral art are gorgeous. I want to move in!

  21. I love what you did with this space and the atmosphere that is portrayed through the pictures. I thought y’all did a hell of a job last ORC, I think the same this round. Love it.

  22. Holy cow, this is such a beautiful transformation! Your daughter has one amazing mom, that’s for sure! You totally cracked me up with your story about when you and your husband showed it to her. I even had to read that section out loud to my husband, haha.

    1. Thank you Katie. All these sweet comments definitely help my wounded psyche from my daughter.

  23. Love how it turned out! Especially that bed and the moody floral shades! Also loved your green storage that you added legs too, smart move. And I love how this room could definitely work for a teenager too!

    1. Thanks Suzanne! It’s hard to beat practically free. It is definitely my hope that she will want to keep this room as is for a good long while.

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