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One Room Challenge Week Four: Paint, Paneling, and PAX

Today I’m sharing our progress on our Master Bedroom and Ensuite makeover/renovation project as part of the Spring One Room Challenge. Paint, paneling, and a PAX wardrobe installation.

Well, there are no pretty Pinterest worthy pictures in today’s blog post. It’s all about the messy bits and the nitty gritty of this bedroom makeover.


Paneling the feature wall.

And installing our new Ikea PAX Wardrobe units (to make up for the closet that we removed to create space for the ensuite).

If you’ve been following along through this Spring’s One Room Challenge then you know that I have shared the “before” pictures of our bedroom and bathroom, as well as the inspiration boards and construction progress for both the ensuite and the master bedroom. Lots of construction…

Let’s take a look back at where we left off with things last week when I shared our Master Bedroom Inspiration Board.

A white bed with a tufted white headboard.
Our bedroom while the drywall was being repaired, after removing the valance from above the window. We also had the ceilings smoothed out by the dry-wallers while they were here.
Walls in a bedroom being primed for paint.
Here is the view to the other side of the bedroom where you enter the ensuite. The fresh drywall covers where the closet door used to be (and that closet has now been absorbed into our master ensuite).

So… all the walls and trim work have now been treated to coat of primer (on the fresh drywall), as well as two coats of “White Design”, WHO1, by General Paint. It’s the same colour that we painted throughout most of the main floor, as I shared about in this post.

White design paint swatch.
“White Design” WHO1 by General Paint


We are working with a talented friend to help with a lot of this bedroom makeover, and he helped us to install a new style of paneling for us: this gorgeous box style feature wall! I’ll have a separate DIY post for you soon to give the down-low on how to tackle this project yourself. For now, you’ll have to be content with this quick sneak peak at what the wall behind our bed looks like…

A feature panel wall in the bedroom.
The new paneling feature wall for behind our bed!

Do you love it as much as I do?!?

And remember that open hole of a closet that I showed you last week?

The closet before framed into the bedroom.
The closet that we widened (by cutting into the adjoining linen closet at the end of the hall). This is where our double Ikea PAX closet systems were installed.

Well, I ordered myself up a double set of PAX wardrobes when Ikea last had their PAX sale…nothing a mini-van can’t handle.

The back of an SUV with the hatch open and Ikea boxes in the back.

Well, in it went! I also plan to share a separate post detailing how we installed it and offering some tips for doing this yourself.

The Ikea PAX System being installed in the closet.

I’m so pleased with how the Pax system filled in this space perfectly. I can never get over how much amazing storage the PAX provides. And it’s such a light, bright, streamlined look with the simple door style that we chose.

The white simple closet doors in the bedroom.


Now for some handles and pulls! And many more finishing touches. After installing the PAX unit we ran into a little snag with our nightstands. (I.E. they no longer fit because the PAX wardrobe doors banged into one of them). But… I’ve figured out a solution and I can’t wait to share the Ikea HACK I’ve come up with to deal with the issue. Stay tuned!

And remember, you can head over to the Spring One Room Challenge blog to check out all the other amazing renovations and makeover projects happening in just six short weeks – from both the feature designers and the guest participants (like me!).

One Room Challenge poster.


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    1. Hi Mary!
      I have not shared the DIY of that yet – I’m sorry! It was a very packed fall season. I have it on my list to share coming up, along with details on several of the kitchen DIYs.

    2. I’m doing the same and need some guidance on the trim and other issues you eluded to that I’ll run into. Where can I find the DIY on this closet? Thanks in advance.

  1. Looks like your master bedroom is coming along well. I can’t wait to see the finished room!
    I saw the shots of the crowd in downtown Nashville on our local news. You couldn’t have paid me enough to be there in that craziness. You are brave!!!

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