Hello Lovely Fixer Upper {Master Bedroom Reveal}

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!

Modern farmhouse white and grey master bedroom in Hello Lovely Studio Fixer Upper
Master Bedroom at Hello Lovely Studio’s Fixer Upper
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For this room, we had help from two sponsorswho 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.d

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

Pacific Entries

Oil Rubbed Bronze Door Hardware

(Hemsley, Egg Knob Set)

Pacific Entries

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

Royal Designs

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!

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

Peace to you right where you are.


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  1. February 15, 2017 / 1:58 pm

    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.

    • February 15, 2017 / 5:55 pm

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

  2. February 15, 2017 / 2:51 pm

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

    • February 15, 2017 / 5:56 pm

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

  3. February 15, 2017 / 11:01 pm

    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

    • February 16, 2017 / 3:08 am

      thanks so much for your continued kindness, kathysue. xox

  4. February 16, 2017 / 3:46 am

    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…


    • February 16, 2017 / 5:09 pm

      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. February 16, 2017 / 4:43 pm

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

    • February 17, 2017 / 10:24 pm

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

    • February 18, 2017 / 1:37 am


    • February 21, 2017 / 4:58 pm

      thanks! and love the energy! xox

  6. February 21, 2017 / 5:20 pm

    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

    • February 21, 2017 / 5:48 pm

      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.

  7. March 13, 2017 / 1:12 pm

    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.

    • March 13, 2017 / 11:53 pm

      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

  8. July 9, 2017 / 12:07 am

    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.

    • July 9, 2017 / 4:31 am

      thanks for the kindness, friend! 🙂

  9. Cheryl Godlewski
    July 30, 2018 / 9:29 pm

    Beautiful!! I would love details on how you glazed your bedroom furniture!
    Water/ paint ratio and what was your technique? Any other information would be appreciated.
    Your bedroom is so inviting and peaceful.

    Thank you!

    • michele
      July 30, 2018 / 9:40 pm

      Thanks so much. While I didn’t measure, it was likely 2 parts paint (Benjamin Moore Revere Pewter) to one part water. I used a small paintbrush for trim and lightly applied so I could layer it and not apply too much paint since one can always add more. I worked quickly and did not aim for perfection since I wanted it to appear aged.The antique white (very yellowish) glows through the grey. I finished it with a cream wax from Home Depot which is often the second step for chalk paint projects. Hope this helps. 🙂

      • Cheryl Godlewski
        August 16, 2018 / 7:52 am

        That’s a big help – Thank you!
        I do have a couple more questions 😏
        – What was the paint finish? Satin?
        – Did you brush the paint on and leave it? Or did you wipe off or dry brush off like a glaze?
        -Any special type of brush needed?
        I Do appreciate your help!
        Thank you for sharing your gorgeous home with us. You are such an inspiration!

        • michele
          August 16, 2018 / 8:10 am

          You bet! Yes – satin finish. I brushed it on with very little paint, a little more than a “dry brush” technique. I highly recommend testing this on the back side of a headboard or on a piece of wood. I used a 2″ Wooster shortcut brush. I need to do another project and snap photo of the process like the good bloggers do. This is how I usually roll: at 2 pm : “I think I’ll paint all the furniture in our room.” 2:15 pm : Search for paint and brush. 2:30 pm Start painting! All of those other steps of documenting never occur! Hope this helps!

          • Cheryl Godlewski
            August 16, 2018 / 10:16 pm

            Again – my thanks for this info! It will be a huge project since I first have to sand, prime and paint my set that is now 1980’s pine with lots of knots!
            I hope to start on this project this weekend!!
            Who knows – I may end up with a new bedroom set if I mess this up! 😉

          • michele
            August 17, 2018 / 9:11 am

            I hear you about the knots – I did not do such great prep before painting our oak beadboard in the main bath – oy! Happy painting this weekend, friend, and great attitude to cover all the bases! 🙂

  10. Jenni
    March 16, 2019 / 12:20 pm

    I love the natural look of the wood. Are they unstained? How did you finish them? We’ve bought alder doors and I’d like to keep a raw wood look, maybe with wax…? Also, your black egg knobs inspired me to buy the same style for our doors! Thanks so much!

    • michele
      March 17, 2019 / 12:55 am

      Yes – we didn’t stain the doors. They’re finished with a matte sealer only. We would have liked a less amber look, but now that we have lived with them, I love the warmth and they don’t seem out of place. I’m so glad you like the knobs – we still love the hand feel and the vintage look. Thanks so much for your kind words.

  11. March 19, 2020 / 1:56 pm

    This beautiful post showed up while looking for ideas on painting my bedroom furniture. Did you strip first? Your room is beautiful! I’m inspired to strip my alderwood kitchen cabinets of their dark walnut stain!

    • Michele
      March 19, 2020 / 10:26 pm

      Hi Jackie! So happy to have you here. No stripping or much thinking at all – it was sort of an impulsive project. I thinned BM Revere Pewter with water and brushed on a light coat so the antique white (a very yellow color) glowed through a little. I still love it. I think I still would have loved it too if I had just painted it solidly since I hated the yellowy color. Let me know if you decide to strip your cabinets – big fan here of rustic alder!

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