Hello Lovely Fixer Upper {Master Bedroom Reveal}

February 14, 2017

Modern farmhouse white and grey master bedroom in Hello Lovely Studio Fixer Upper
Master Bedroom at Hello Lovely Studio's Fixer Upper

It feels so good to share a fixer upper update
with you since they have been few and far
between lately...that'll happen when you are
racing to complete TWO DIY makeovers while
working full-time jobs!

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For this room, we had help from two sponsors
who provided product in exchange for
my honest opinions in these fixer upper stories:
Pacific Entries (alder doors and hardware) and
Stikwood (reclaimed wood statement wall)
During mom's chemo.
Things have been nutty in fixer upper land.
I flew home from Arizona
on the red eye this morning, having been there
for weeks supporting my parents, both of whom
are ill, and I am relieved to report
both are making strides!
Things grew dark, and truly
we're still longing for more light and more grace
as surgeries, biopsies, scans, procedures,
and test results keep rolling in, but
like the restoration of this fixer upper,
* hope springs eternal *
even now,
* beauty's mysteries shimmer within brokenness*
And if you've been low, then you know what I know.

R e n o v a t i o n
is a
p r o c e s s
and before something new gets born,
for a time, sorrow may cast a shadow
and DRAMA may stretch you.

I couldn't even make it home to the fixer upper
this morning without high drama in the sky.
The plane containing me and my sister
tossed us so violently for so long,
air sickness bags, tears and fears
were in service from 3:30 a.m. til 4-something...
and we were just so grateful to have a hand to hold.

 I think this hand holding when the strong winds blow
is maybe quite possibly everything, friends.
My husband and I are standing here hand in hand
in the home stretch, and look at me pouring
on the drama in a stream of consciousness
post about a silly bedroom formerly cursed with
mediocrity and peculiar inhabitants!
(Forgive me for the drama! Forgive.
It's been a rough Valentine's Day.)

So happy to finally reveal progress shots of the
master bedroom, and I even filmed

This room may never truly
be 'done' but is done enough for now...still to do

-figure out how to
make the big TV above dresser
look less austere in the otherwise
pretty space,
-re-upholster the
benches at the foot of the bed
and at the window (at the moment
I have simply draped them
with a vintage Matelasse coverlet
I sliced in half (lazy slipcovers
the French might deem
acceptable in their effortlessness
and practicality),
-shop for vintage accessories,
-and replace the ceiling fan with
a beautiful chandelier.

Knotty alder wood plank door in modern farmhouse white and grey master bedroom in Hello Lovely Studio Fixer Upper
Master Bedroom in Hello Lovely Studio's Fixer Upper

Let's take a walk down memory lane
to recall where we began in June of 2015
when we bought the 1 1/2 story cottage as a foreclosure
after real estate deals for 4 other fixers fell through.
We had sold our 'done' big house and sought
something half the size and price.

The master bedroom came with a few promising features
including its decent size, vaulted ceiling, and
a beautiful tree soaring next to the window.

What didn't work?
*pet-soiled padding under cheap taupe
carpet the seller installed right over top
*large marred areas on the textured walls
from poor repairs creating lots of ugly
*Ill-fitting, papery-thin hollow core doors
*the worst door hardware we have seen
*crazy electrical configurations including
a wall with the light switches for the bathroom!
*2 small his and her closets, and the "hers"
was more of a panic room with absolutely
nothing in it beyond a laundry chute and
a lock on the door
*Art Deco sconces
*Walls painted the color of how the
carpet pad smelled (with me?)
*destroyed and undersized baseboard trim

Before picture of master bedroom in Hello Lovely Studio's fixer upper
Where we Began

Here is how we tackled this master bedroom
from the ground up:

We tore up carpeting and 2 layers of padding

We spent hours removing nails from several pads

We removed all baseboard trim

We upgraded all the electrical outlets

We installed new sconces

We painted the walls

We hired a master craftsman to install
wide plank white oak hardwood flooring

We installed new baseboards and painted them

We installed a closet organizer in the 'hers' closet

We added electrical to the 'hers' closet

We installed 4 new knotty alder doors and jambs

We installed new white door trim

We applied a water based flat finish on doors

We installed new oil rubbed bronze door hardware

We installed a reclaimed wood statement wall

We glazed our existing antique white furniture
with Benjamin Moore's  'Revere Pewter'

Before of master bedroom in Hello Lovely Studio's fixer upper
Preparing the floor for hardwood

before of master bedroom in Hello Lovely Studio's fixer upper
White oak flooring going in.

before of catwalk at Hello Lovely Studio's fixer upper
This is the catwalk outside the master, and we lived with it like this for a good stretch.

After detailed photo of master bedroom in Hello Lovely Studio's fixer upper
This room was our easiest challenge here at the fixer upper.

before of master bedroom in Hello Lovely Studio's fixer upper
BEFORE with the doors that made me sad.

Another BEFORE shot to help you visualize the floorplan and closet placement (read: not ideal).

rustic alder wood doors in master bedroom with modern farmhouse style at Hello Lovely Studio's fixer upper
Knotty alder doors add so much warmth with the cool greys.
Read about how we installed these
knotty alder doors right here.

reflection of bed in mirror and knotty alder closet door in master bedroom of Hello Lovely Studio's fixer upper
This mirror? It was warped like this when I bought it and takes 10 pounds off...
all bedroom mirrors should be designed this way.

a dresser with stenciled mirror and rustic alder closet door in the master bedroom at Hello Lovely Studio's fixer upper
The former "panic room" with nothing but a laundry chute is now my lil' dressing room
with a vintage dresser I painted, an old mirror I stenciled, and a beautiful new alder door.

vintage dresser with stenciled mirror in a dressing room in master bedroom of Hello Lovely Studio's fixer upper
Do you need this French Poem Stencil I used for this project which took 10 minutes?

dressing room closet with knotty alder door by Pacific Entries in Hello Lovely Studio fixer upper
I love the egg door knob hardware so much.
Once again, 

Master bedroom BEFORE

And after.

bench at window and modern farmhouse style and neutrals in master bedroom of Hello Lovely Studio's fixer upper
You can get a better feel for scale in this video
we made if you have time:

Wall BEFORE the Stikwood planks went up!

Let's pretend you never saw this photo!

during installation of stikwood statement wall in master bedroom of Hello Lovely Studio fixer upper
Stikwood planks (Hamptons) about to transform this beast into a beauty.
Read about how we executed this wood plank
wall in just three hours.

bed in front of Stikwood wood plank wall in master bedroom of Hello Lovely Studio fixer upper
Wood plank statement wall with its beachy beauty AFTER

master bedroom with stikwood wood plank wall and knotty alder door to bathroom in Hello Lovely Studio fixer upper
A glimpse of the master bathroom.

master bedroom with modern farmhouse style in Hello Lovely Studio fixer upper
The reclaimed wood adds so much character and warmth.
Detail of white oak hardwood floor in farmhouse style master bedroom in Hello Lovely Studio fixer upper
Detail of natural white oak flooring.

bedroom with Stikwood accent wall and Nordic style in Hello Lovely Studio fixer upper


Belgian linen armchair and nightstand in master bedroom in Hello Lovely Studio fixer upper
Slipcovered chair and Paris Gate Lamp, Restoration Hardware

Nordic farmhouse style in master bedroom of Hello Lovely Studio fixer upper

Nordic farmhouse style in master bedroom of Hello Lovely Studio fixer upper
I love the woods outside this window!
knotty alder doors for his and hers closets in master bedroom of Hello Lovely Studio fixer upper
His and Her closets

Detail of Stikwood wall and knotty alder door
I owe a heap of gratitude to my sister Jo,
who assisted me with this photo shoot.
I could not have managed without her skills!

Nordic farmhouse style in master bedroom of Hello Lovely Studio fixer upper
Warmth with all the white.

In a forthcoming post, I'll create a comprehensive
list of resources for the whole house, and in terms
of the master bedroom, here's the scoop.

Master Bedroom Resources

Knotty Alder Doors

Oil Rubbed Bronze Door Hardware
(Hemsley, Egg Knob Set)

Reclaimed Wood Plank Wall

5" Wide White Oak Hardwood Flooring
(no stain - flat water based finish)
Finished on site by Oak Street Flooring

Antique Sconces
Antique Swedish Chandelier in Closet
Oddly Enough

Belgian Linen Slipcovered Armchair
Parisian Gate Bronze Lamps
Tan Cushions on Bed
Distressed Canvas Pillows on Bench
Restoration Hardware

Campaign Table
Teak 3-Legged Stool
Piu Belle Coverlet, Shams
Donna Karan Lined Curtain Panels

Decorative Oil Rubbed Bronze Curtain Hardware
Baseboards and Door Trim

Bed, Nightstands, Dresser:
Vintage Chris Madden, which I glazed
with a homemade concoction of water
and Benjamin Moore's Revere Pewter (satin)

Lace Dust Ruffle
Garnet Hill

Vera Wang Sheets, Cases

Leaning Floor Mirror
Home Depot

French Wire Laundry Basket
Matelasse Bench Covers
Upholstered Benches
Wood Candlesticks
Vintage Dresser in Closet

French Poem Stencil on Dresser Mirror

Wall Color: Benjamin Moore "White"

If you are still reading...wow...sweet and lovely,
Chance the Rapper on a wafflecone, I am so
thankful you are on this journey with us
toward completion--chronicling these adventures
has energized us and kept us accountable.

Thank you. Really. Thanks for tuning in.

Care to see our master bath reveal?
Find all the fixer upper adventures right here.

More reveals are in the hopper, kittycats,
but I'd love to hear from you if you read this post!

Peace to you right where you are.

Hello Lovely Studio Michel pointe shoes ballet slippers denim

Thanks so much Pacific Entries and Stikwood
for partnering with me on this before and after
and creating such gorgeous product.

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  1. So gorgeous- what a journey you are on. That room must make you sigh with calmness every time you walk into it. You are so talented- as a designer and a writer. My thoughts and prayers are with you,your family and your dear parents at this difficult time.

    1. thanks so much, ali, for your kindness and your prayers. i covet them, and am so grateful. xox

  2. The bedroom is so lovely and simple. I've Pinned the Stickwood wall.....such a brilliant product! Thanks for sharing!

    1. thank you so much, toni. it's so fun to be joined on the journey! xox

  3. Michele your room is understated elegance and simplicty. I could move right in and feel perfectly at home there. YOu did a beautiful job. I will pray for your Mom and Dad, so sad to here they are both having health issues, I know it is so very hard on everyone. xoxo

    1. thanks so much for your continued kindness, kathysue. xox

  4. Michele! It's so beautiful! I love the comment about the former sconces from mars... and the doors are insane. All of it... but that dust ruffle just adds that little piece that is irresistible. I've been so shut down on reading blogs, and reading this makes me miss you so much. I'm so glad I did. Glad you lived through that plane ride! Lord have mercy...


    1. i'm always happy to hear from you, friend. hahaha, there were sconces on the bathroom mirror from Jupiter too. (and i would read your blog twice a day if you decided to return) xox

  5. Those doors! Love what you've done Michele and see?....you survived!

    1. yep, you would know! and we're stronger now! xox


    3. thanks! and love the energy! xox

  6. An excellent article very well designed besides bringing great inspirations to our personal projects.

  7. Love this room! Does the stikwood product lay flat? I have the sample pieces and notice that they are curving....so wonder about your experience. Thanks

    1. Hi Linda! They do lay flat. Of course the wall needs to be flat too! There was only one plank in the whole kaboodle I recall having to remove (in process) which wasn't curvy but just seemed to have a little more thickness and projection than the others, and as soon as we noted it, we peeled it off and placed another.

  8. I am in love with the bedroom makeover!! It is heroic, as all the work, but how romantic it turned out. My favorite thing might be those alder wood doors. I love alder wood. Going to look at your door link now.

    1. thanks, friend! it feels very romantic. the doors bring a taste of honey! did you see the room in my lil video? it's here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=up8-iYWsr5A and i'll add it to this post because you get a much better sense of scale when you see it on vid. xox

  9. This bedroom is so dreamy! From the door to the furniture. And yes, the lamp in your wall is so lovely. Anyone will surely be in love with this bedroom make over. Very elegant and absolutely amazing.

    1. thanks for the kindness, friend! :)


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