One Room Challenge Master Bedroom – Week Three


It’s week three of my six week master bedroom update and it has been one of both success and failures. If you were not here last week let me remind you what’s up. Twice a year Linda of Calling It Home hosts the  One Room Challenge, during this event twenty design bloggers take on the challenge to transform one space in just six weeks. Every Wednesday, the designers document their progress while sharing their sources and professional advice. In addition to following along, everyone with a blog, (that’s me!) is welcome to join the fun as a guest participant by linking their own room transformations to Calling It Home.


 If you missed the progress so far you can have a look back at  WEEK 1 and WEEK 2.

So here’s what I have been up to in week three…

This week our new king size mattress arrived and I finally got to put my new/vintage faux bamboo headboard from Spring Valley Antiques to use. (It sleeps amazing by the way.) The mattress delivery service was super nice and attached the headboard to the bed frame but I knew all along at this height it was going to be way too low.


So instead of leaving the headboard attached to the bed frame I decided to attach it to the wall. Using a bit of blocking and large screws going directly into the studs I was able to raise the head-board an additional 10″


Have a look at the height now, even with euro shams the headboard is still visible. Which takes me to this weeks next event, bedding. The photo below shows the new Pottery Barn Lyla Garden shams along with white basics and the quilt and euro shams from our old bed. my original thought was to use the Lyla duvet as well but it was overwhelming in combination with the Persian rug.


The old bedding matched the Layla shams but looked a little dingy so I thought, what if I died them darker? With the help of photo shop I made a little mock up and I liked what I saw.

DSC00268-2For a ten dollar investment in dye I figured it was worth the gamble since if it didn’t work I was going to buy new bedding anyway.

I started with the drab quilt and shams.


and gave them a long hot bath in a half and half mix of Fuchsia and Tangerine Rit dye (per the package instructions.)


my hands got a bath too.


This was the end result.


I love the color that came out but I really didn’t have a lot of control over the final result. I left the bedding in the dye a full sixty minutes because I was trying to get the dye to even out. I could see fabric wasn’t dying evenly (possibly due to my own error) so I kept waiting and agitating it hoping over time it would even out. The quilt was very heavy once wet so I probably should have used a larger dye bath so I would not have had to flip and agitate it as often. The euro shams dyed well but in the end the quilt looks a little tie dyed.

Here it is on the bed along with my DIY bench I made from an old coffee table a few weeks back with this room in mind. The cat seems to approve but I don’t really take much stock in his opinion, his eyes are usually closed.


Have a look up close, you can see how well the colors work together but if I am not able to salvage the dye job I am considering using a patterned fabric in the same hue on the shams instead and possible opt for a forest green quilt to replace the coral.

What will I decide? Oh, the suspense!

One thing that did turn out successfully this week is my new dust ruffle.


I scored the fabric a while back for just $5 (not per yard guys, for the whole bolt.) At the time I didn’t have a plan for it but I liked the fabric and it was a good deal. Lucky for me it works perfectly in this scenario. With a little sewing action on my part and I got a thick, lush, king size dust ruffle for only $5.


Okay guys, got to get back to work now, only three weeks left to square this room away…

If you want to see what everyone else is working on be sure to stop by and check out all the linking participants and guest bloggers.


  1. i am loving where it’s heading! i love the headboard SOOOOO much! and glad at least the shams came out well! good luck!

    • Thanks Cassie, I do too it make me so happy, the rest is still coming together and the shams are still a maybe. I may have gotten Koolaid hands for nothing. Off to look at fabric today and make a final decision, pressure is on!

  2. designpostinteriors says:

    That headboard is so pretty! Love all the color combinations on the bed too!

  3. So glad you managed to save the headboard! It’s so cool. Loving the bedding colors and patterns as well.

  4. Dying fabric is never as easy as it’s supposed to be. I think your coverlet looks great but you may not love it as much in person. I hope you do end up keeping it so you’ll have the story to go with it. 🙂

    We’d love for you to link up this post with us at Thoughts of Home on Thursday. Our readers would enjoy seeing your progress.

  5. I kind of love how the coverlet turned out! If you keep it, be careful when you wash it. Rit is known for bleeding. I love dying because the results are always unexpected. Love the room so far!

    • Thanks for the advice. I washed it twice before I even put it on the bed but I shouldn’t have to worry too much since it’s large and it will be washed alone in the future.

  6. It’s looking amazing! Love the idea of dying the duvet – brillz!

  7. The room is coming together so nicely, Maggie! So creative with the dye job. I like the addition of the forest green. 🙂

  8. I am so crazy over that headboard and the dreamy colors in the room. Looks amazing already!

  9. Your room is really coming along. I’m “dyeing” to see it finished. What an absolute delight this post is!!! Thank you so very much for joining the gathering at Thoughts of Home on Thursday.

  10. Girrrrl! I too have to dye some fabric for the ORC and you just gave me the push to do so….I have been dreading it. I also love the technique you used to hang the headboard up on the wall. I need to do that!

  11. So glad you are at Thoughts of Home on Thursday.
    I have never dyed fabric- clothes, yes- but never fabric.
    You have given me a great idea.

    • It works well, I’ve had good luck so far even dying slipcovers. I think the sheer weight of the wet quilt got me on this one.

  12. I would have never thought to try to dye it. I hope it comes together because I think the color is spot on! love the new bench as well.

    • Thanks Ashley, I’ve dyed a few items like slipcovers in the past but the quilt was by far the heaviest. I think the shams may stay and a new quilt might be the remedy.

    • Thanks Ashley, I am pleased with the shams but I am thinking maybe the tied died quilt will need to be replaced, on the hunt for options.

  13. I love this project and the colors! I will be featuring you this week at Thoughts Of Home On Thursday!

  14. I still can’t get over that headboard. So beautiful.

  15. That headboard!! What a great piece. Good luck with the rest of your space, it’s looking fab 🙂

  16. I need to dye some curtains, but I don’t have a top loader either. You have given me courage, but I think I’ll wait until the weather warms up and do it outside (on the deck) in a large plastic bucket, since the curtains are sheer and won’t need as much room. BTW I think the color is terrific – how did you ever think to combine tangerine and fuchsia?

    • I’ve dyed a few things before (usually in the bathtub) and I have mixed colors to get the right shade. I wanted a coral so a little pink a little orange and I got it!

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