One Room Challenge Week 4: Paint Can Fix Anything

It’s week 4 of the One Room Challenge! That means after this post, there is only one more progress post and then the big reveal! (Catch up with my posts here: Week 1, Week 2, Week 3)

I guess I’ll start out with a good progress photo, followed by a before shot!

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One of the main things I did this past week was decide to paint our current nightstands. I was having such a hard time finding nightstands that I liked that were the right height. I guess our mattress is abnormally tall?? I know that in the past, I would try and rush the process and that’s when I end up with pieces that I want to replace like 3 months later. I really didn’t want to waste my time or money making that mistake, so I tried to think of a interim solution that still looks good and wouldn’t ruin my design.

I remembered that we still had a ton of leftover paint from when I painted our downstairs interior doors “Cyberspace” by Sherwin Williams. The color is the perfect dark gray/ almost black in certain light! I painted both of our nightstands this color and I really like them! I can’t even tell you how many times paint has come to my rescue!! I’m still going to keep searching vintage stores for the perfect nightstands, but this way I can actually wait for the right ones!

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I replaced the knobs on our dresser with these simple black ones from Amazon. Such an easy update, but they look SO much better!

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 Those are swatches on our wall - before i decided to paint our room white, i thought about doing the whole room either  repose gray  or  agreeable gray .

Those are swatches on our wall - before i decided to paint our room white, i thought about doing the whole room either repose gray or agreeable gray.

I also found this amazing painting at local vintage shop! I love the colors in it, and I’m trying to brainstorm a way to use those colors in other areas of the room!

Other things I got done in the past week:
- Almost finished painting our walls Pure White by Sherwin Williams
- Rolled out our new rug, with help from my husband (I don’t have a photo of that yet, sorry!!)

What I have left to do:
- Finish painting walls
- Decide what to hang over bed (DIY abstract art??)
- Decide where to hang other art/ plants
- Style nightstands

I also feel like something is missing from my design but I can’t put my finger on it. I’ve been thinking about possibly painting the window trim to be the same color as the closet area (repose gray)?? Or painting the closet doors that cyberspace color? Change the light/plug switch covers to matte black? I don’t know - but hoping I figure it out soon!

Check back next week for my last progress post!! And as always, scroll through the amazing progress of the featured designers + the other guest participants!

Create Your Perfect Party Invite with Basic Invite

*This post was kindly sponsored by Basic Invite, but all opinions expressed are my own!

I probably spend WAY too much time picking out invitations, but it’s the first impression people get of your party!  Before the balloons, streamers, and cute tablescapes, people see your invitation.  I’ve always had a hard time finding affordable invitations that look unique and special.  For a while, I would just design my own!  But now with a 1 year old running around, I just don’t have the time for that.
Basic Invite is a website that has so many adorable invitation designs that they allow you to customize yourself!  From the colors to the wording, you have the ability to create the perfect invitation!  I also love how easy the site is to use!

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As you’re making changes to the design, they will populate into the example. Being able to instantly see the preview makes it so much easier to quickly make any adjustments until it looks exactly how you want it!

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I really love how user friendly they made the whole customization process. If you want to change the colors on the invitation, all you have to do is click on the appropriate circle and that will show you a pop up with 180 different color options! I can’t even tell you how many times I’ve found an invitation design that I love but the colors weren’t right! With this option, that will never be a problem!

After you select the options that you want, you can either click the “NEXT” button to proceed to ordering or you can click “ORDER A SAMPLE”. This is something I’ve never seen anywhere else! You have the option to order a sample of your invitation (you can even order it in multiple paper types) so you can see what it will look like in real life! This would definitely come in handy for weddings (or any big event)! If you’re ordering hundreds of invitations, it would be so nice to be able to see a sample in person before placing that huge order!

Here are a few examples of designs they offer that I really love:

A couple of other features that I love are:
1.) They offer peel & seal envelopes (no more disgusting envelope glue!!)
2.) Address capturing (You get a link to share with friends & family where they input their addresses- this info is then stored in your account for future use!) **PLUS they offer recipient address printing at NO additional cost on all Christmas card orders!

So if you’re planning a party or starting to think about your holiday cards (yes, it’s already that time of the year again!!) be sure to check out Basic Invite! And use code “15FF51” to get 15% off - OR “HOLI30” for 30% off all holiday cards!!

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Creating a Unique Design on a BUDGET

I’ve always loved finding a good deal but since starting my first One Room Challenge, I’ve learned so much about not only finding the most affordable decor; but how to find affordable decor while also creating a unique & collected looking design.

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I love Target as much as the next girl (probably even more) but I’ve found that whenever I find awesome Target clearance decor, there’s a very good chance that every other person on Instagram has also found it! And suddenly my space starts feeling less and less unique. (Totally not saying that I’ll ever quit Target clearance or Target in general— just making more of an effort to mix it in with other things!) Keep scrolling for some tips on how to decorate on a budget!

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Instead of going to a big box store for shelf decor or baskets, I’ve started beginning my search at Goodwill! It has definitely become my go to spot for random shelf accessories and nice baskets. Almost all of the pieces I’ve found were under $5!

If you need solid colored pillow covers, definitely go to IKEA! They have so many different color options for under $10— also their down pillow inserts are amazing! I also always go to IKEA for curtains. They’re usually about $20-$30 for a pair AND they’re long enough to hang high! I always end up cutting a couple inches off the bottoms and then using hem tape to give it a finished edge.

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I broke down the stores I’ve been going to the most and what I go to them for:

Goodwill:
-Shelf styling accents (pottery, bowls, vases)
-Baskets
-Furniture (VERY hit or miss but when you do find something, it’s usually less than $20)

IKEA:
-Curtains
-Solid colored pillow covers
-Pillow inserts
-Light fixtures
-Wall frames
-Wall hooks
-Wall shelves
-Plant pots

HomeGoods / TJ Maxx
-Throw pillows (definitely your best bet to find cool, patterned pillows)
-Throw blankets
-Kitchen decor (wood cutting boards, dish towels, little bowls, etc)
-Big artificial plants
-Mirrors
-Bedding

I love stores like HomeGoods because their inventory is constantly changing and you’re less likely to see your decor in everyone else’s home. Another thing I’ve been doing is going through the furniture and decor we have stored away in the basement and selling things on Facebook Marketplace. Clearing out clutter AND getting some extra spending cash?? WIN/WIN!

I haven’t been to any estate sales yet, but I know that they can be another great resource for budget decorating! You can find upcoming estate sales in your area by googling “estate sales + your zip code”. They usually have photos of everything that will be for sale, so you’re not going in blind.

Those are all my latest secrets for decorating on a budget! I’d love to hear of any other places you guys love, let me know in the comments!