The Master Bedroom Is Getting An Update! - One Room Challenge Week 1 - The Before and The Plans

I'm back for my third round of the One Room Challenge! I considered taking a break from the 6-week design challenge after I painted that mural last time, but I just love putting pressure on myself, so here I am again!

If you found me through ORC, welcome! I'm Ashley and for the past three years, I've been restoring a craftsman bungalow in San Diego, CA. Learn a touch more about me here, preview the before-and-after room transformations here, and see my previous ORC rooms here and here.

We're supposed to keep which room we're working on under wraps, but I accidentally gave out clues when I asked for your input on the layout changes for the back of our house. If you guessed I would do the kitchen, then bless you for thinking I can tackle that in 6 weeks. If you guessed dining room, sorry! If you were hoping for a master ensuite, so was I, believe me! BUT, the master bedroom it is!

The Before

The room right now isn't bad! I coated the walls in Behr's Silver City, replaced half of the hardwoods due to termite damage, moved in all of the same furniture we had in our old house, then added a few new things. If you're into the before sources, here they are:

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The Plan

First things first, I'm going to remove the door into the kitchen. While it's convenient to grab a snack before crawling into bed, having the door there prevents us from using the wall for furniture or art. Plus, when we remodel the back of the house later this year, this door is going to be in a different spot, so let's get it outta there now!

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While I'm removing a door, I'll be adding one, too. I'm SO excited to have backyard access from the master. Since the bedroom isn't that big, by adding a door, it will open up the room to our (future) outdoor living space. When we remodel the backyard, I imagine a nice sitting area with a fire pit and lots-o-plants.

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Also, how great will the view be from the den and the rest of the hallway when there's a view to the outdoors there? Swoon!

When these doors get removed/added, it will change the configuration of the furniture, too. Here's what I have in mind.

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Along with the new orientation, the room will get all new bedding, furniture, light fixtures, window treatments, a rug, paint, and art. While I promise I'm not painting another mural, I will still be adding interest to the walls.

I'm a total sucker for board and batten, so that's what the master is getting! While wall treatments are currently trending - shiplap, anyone? - I'm adding a detail that has been in this house for the last 103 years. Tucked behind the room dividers in the living/dining room is some pretty, subtle board & batten that I'll be mimicking. Yay for old-house features and dimensions for inspiring new rooms!

For the room transformation, I'm going for a subtle, moody vibe with neutrals and simple finishes. I'm still sourcing products because I'm plagued with indecision, so keep coming back for more updates! In the meantime, I give you a shoppable mood board.

the Future Products

I can't wait to share more with you as I finalize the finishes and pull the whole look together!

Come back next Wednesday for a progress post. I'm going to start putting holes in the wall this weekend to run new electrical, and I'll probably need your help picking paint, so keep an eye out in Instagram Stories! I'm also going to do videos throughout the process, so subscribe to my YouTube channel so you don't miss out. If you aren't already subscribed to the blog, you can do that here.

Check out progress from my fellow featured designers below, and don't miss out on the guest participants!


Apartment 34 | Beginning in the Middle | Coco & Jack | The English Room | The Gold Hive
Gray Malin | Jenna Sue Design | Jojotastic | Kelly Rogers Int. | Linda Holt | Marcus Design
Michelle Gage | Natasha Habermann | The Painted House | Rambling Renovators
Sacramento Street | Shannon Claire | Sketch 42 | Stephanie Kraus | Bisou Style
Media Partner House Beautiful | TM by ORC

To jump into the future and see how this room turned out, click here!