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.
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.
For 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…