10.03.2013

ORC Challenge - Project Chinoisy Safari Chic Master

It’s D-Day for us amateurs.  Today kicks off the 6-week ORC link up.  Hello and welcome to those of you who are new to Chez V.  Feel free to poke around and make yourselves at home.  You will find that I am a momma, a frustrated baker, an accidental DIYer, a lover of all things vintage particularly chinoiserie, an avid cook, a reluctant gardener, an obnoxiously loud laugher, and a boogie down queen.  Other than that, I divide my time obsessing over all things design related, entertaining at home, reading anything with print, watching one too many Bravo shows, and occasionally (read most evenings) enjoying a cocktail on my patio.  Welcome. Without further ado, I give you the scary larry BEFOREs of my much neglected master bedroom.

BEFORE
- a little too granny french country -

BEFORE
- shot from doorway showing other side of room with terrible, horrible, no good, very bad fan that
the mr. refuses to part with - silly him, it's donzo! -

BEFORE
- a minor attempt at zhushing the turd until makeover starts - pillow swap from other
rooms in the house and a 'borrowed' piece of art I commissioned from
MFAMB for my 5 yr old -

So I mentioned yesterday that I already tried to tackle the room I have chosen - my master bedroom.  I declared a self-imposed ORC in June.  I made a plan and even made some critical design decisions like paint, lighting, artwork, and rugs.  I committed myself to 6-weeks with a teeny budget.  All systems go.  Paint arrives and I announce, with gusto, to the mr. that I will be painting said bedroom the dark, dreamy, shiny color of my dreams.  To which he replied, ‘that will look like shit.’  Say what?!   As is the case with all of my best laid plans, the mr. is always the voice of reason and squasher of dreams.  He informed me that our plaster-ish pebbly walls with x-layers of paint would show every nook and cranny of a dark, shiny paint.  He said that we would need to sand the walls prior to painting.  Who sands walls before painting except when patching holes?!  I told him he was crazy talking. Whatevs, I said.  And promptly began painting some sample squares to prove him wrong.  See?!  Shit.  I just need to add a few more coats and NOBODY will notice.  Double shit.  What's with all these dimples? So fine, we need to sand.  I start with a block and heavy grit sand paper only to realize after 5 minutes that my arm has officially fallen off and landed in Australia.  I have covered approximately one square foot.  By this point the smug mr. is laughing and introducing me to various power tools of the sanding variety.  All of which sounds like blah, blah, blah, messy, messy, messy, blah to me.  After 3 hours with power tools, we had still only sanded one corner and inhaled our weight in dust.  At which point the mr. suggests that we should probably test for lead paint.  And boom, wheels are off the design train in week 2.






So here I am again taking another whack at this master bedroom that has gone virtually untouched since I moved into this house 8 yrs ago.  EIGHT yrs ago.  Sads.  The plan is still sort of the same Out of Africa colonial vibe.  These items are wishlist items, most of which I can’t afford at the moment due to some extenuating circumstances that are too private and boring to discuss.  No matter.  I will be attempting a few DIYs and scouting is one of my favorite pastimes, so I will find affordable options even if I have to beg, borrow, or steal from family.  No shame in my game.



This is the plan I put together in June and I am sticking pretty close to the vibe of the original plan.  I do hope you will join me each Thursday over the next 6 weeks as this makeover progresses.  A huge thank you to Linda for extending the challengeHere’s hoping I at least get the damn room painted.

kisses,  mrs. V

20 comments:

Cathy Wall said...

Go girl! Love this plan and am laughing with you at your fun with the walls. I look forward to following along and know the result will be lovely!
Cathy @ Room Rx

Kerry Steele- Design du Monde said...

Your plan looks so gorgeous that you have me rethinking mine. I love it all.

Julia | Pawleys Island Posh said...

Shut the daggone door. You are awesome! I want to come sleep here! It looks so layered and cozy!

Elisa of Fancy Free Me said...

OMG your bedroom is going to be amazing! I love your boards. And I noticed you are from Cincinnati, I am too!! I'm linking up with Linda and I'm excited to follow your progress. Cheers!

Kim said...

Oh Darling, this is going to be fabulous ... see, sometimes you have to start with the shit, and then you come up with the REAL plan!! xo

Linda {Calling it Home} said...

Holy Chinoiserie! You are going for it big time. Good luck, and thanks for joining.

Heather@Tatter and Fray said...

Your plans are STUNNING! Anything involving hot house flowers fabric makes me swoon. :) I, too have made the mistake of glossy paint on rough walls - I'm working on fixing that during my ORC!

Lisa Mende said...

I love your plan! Looks fab! I wish you were coming to market too we can work on that!

Michelle Woeller said...

Love your inspiration board! Can't wait to see what you do!

Lisa - A Room with A View said...

Love your design board! I love the texture in the rug and the pops of color in accessories and that you have gone dark with the walls. Brilliant!

Vel Criste said...

I can imagine how fantastic this room will be!!!! So excited for you!

charmaine said...

OMG, this room is going to be amazing! Love all your choices. Can't wait!

Heather Moore Grahling | Vivid Hue Home said...

still laughing at your determination to prove the mister wrong and paint the darn room anyway! that sounds like me--I've don't that before too! haha. Thanks for your fab comments on my blog earlier! can't wait to see how your room turns out! I'm a new follower of your blog, girl!

cindy hattersley design said...

Love the lighting you have planned ...can't wait to see the finished product!!

BW said...

I have a pillow cover in the celeriac Kimble print you show on the bed - I would part with it for a reasonable price!

therelishedroost said...

I think you will have a fantastic Bedroom when you are done!! Great inspiration images.. cant wait to see the reveal!
Best,
Karolyn

Bethany [at] Powell Brower Home said...

oh.hell.yes!

Andrea said...

Your bedroom is going to be AMAZING!!! I just love all of your inspiration! And what is it with men and ceiling fans??? Unfortunately I'm on the losing end of that great debate, ha!

XOXO,
The Glam Pad

Evan Kopulos said...

What is the name of the paint color?

Mere mo said...

I would love to know the name of paint colour...you have inspired me!!