This post is a collaboration with FrogTape® as a part of the 2018 Paintover Challenge.
In-between kitchen and mudroom planning, we’ve been working on a fun and fast paced project behind the scenes, as well! We were asked by our friends at FrogTape® to take part in their 2018 Paintover Challenge, in which 6 bloggers have a budget of $1,000 + a few rolls of much needed FrogTape® to makeover a room. To make things more interesting, each blogger (and we’re in awesome company, make sure to check out the other participants at the bottom of this post!) was assigned a different theme created by the challenge host, Taniya Nayak. We’re always a bit nervous to take on the unknown (who isn’t?), so we were especially excited to take on Oasis, a theme that thrives on deep greens and shiny metallics while evoking an overall feel of sophistication and exuberance, set to a neutral backdrop. Sold.
But the very (very) best part of the Paintover Challenge is that at the end of the blogger makeovers, you’ll be able to vote for your favorite project. Once the votes are in, FrogTape® will generously donate $10,000(!) to an organization of the winner’s choice, meaning that no matter who receives the most votes, it’s truly a win for everyone! The organization we’ve chosen is One Tail at a Time, a local all-breed pet rescue that works tirelessly towards a no-kill Chicago through adoption, community outreach, assistance and education. You might remember when we designed their first brick and mortar Adoption Center, and their goal is to open a second location for more pets looking their forever homes! We’d love nothing more than to do our part towards making that happen.
Let’s talk about the room we’ll be making over! We knew right away that the guest room in Tree House would be a great fit, not only because it’s a blank canvas, but because its small size gives us the opportunity to do something unexpected. With most of the other rooms throughout the house being light and bright, we’re looking to go bold. And because our family has been a constant in helping us renovate this home, it was time that they can end the day in a proper guest room when they’re staying with us! As a reminder, when we first closed on Tree House, the room looked like this:
A few weeks after Lucy was born, we returned to our routine of more frequent trips back to our Tree House. We measured rooms, saved photos of each space onto our phones and made a list of items we’d need – eventually. During that time, we had our contractor close up the closet in the guest room, since it was stealing space from the bathroom (this video walkthrough can help give you an idea of how that wall is shared between the rooms). To make up for eliminating that (awkward) closet space, we added this sleek clothing rack, and while we were at it, we decided on this handsome queen bed:
Soon afterwards, we installed beadboard using this method to the lower half of the wall, mimicking the beadboard that was already on the ceiling. It felt like the right thing to do in this small room; a nice surprise. We completed these changes a couple of months ago, and that brings us to our starting point:
You can see in the photos above that the beadboard almost gets lost against the white wall above it, so our first plan of attack was to paint the top half of the room a deep, not-quite-black green; this is where our FrogTape® will come in extremely handy for straight, crisp paint lines! After testing countless swatches on the wall, we decided that we’d move forward with Sherwin Williams Jasper. At the same time, we had our hearts set on bringing out the green tones by pairing Jasper with warm brass accents (like our favorite Target frames that would help keep us within budget, too), and we’ve been looking for a reason to frame a handful of these Audubon prints for years! So, here’s the design plan:
1. Sherwin Williams Jasper | 2. off-white jute rug | 3. queen bed | 4. linen duvet + shams | 5. vintage wash sheets | 6. eyelash bedding | 7. brass + black sconces | 8. small bedside tables | 9. brass frames + Audubon prints | 10. clothing rack | 11. velvet pillows | 12. plant life
The rest of the palette will stay toned down in the white and cream family, and we’ll break everything up with a touch of plant life – because every room needs some real, live (or faux) greenery, right? Overall, we want the aesthetic to show restraint while still being playful and polished. We’ll be sharing our progress over the next two weeks, after which, voting will open. We can’t wait to share the finished room with you!