One Room Challenge Week 1 | Girls Vintage Bedroom

September 29, 2021

Welcome back to another exciting One Room Challenge! This exciting design event was created by Linda Weinstein back in 2011 with the goal of cheering on and supporting online friends to complete a finished room in their homes. Ten years later, twenty featured designers and hundreds of guest participants join the challenge twice a year to share the process of transforming a space in their home.

This will be my fifth time participating as a guest for the One Room Challenge! While the process can be a little stressful, I love how much the challenge stretches me creatively and pushes me to complete an entire room from start to finish. Here is a peek at the previous challenges:

One Room Challenge Fall 2019 | Dining Room

Before

BHG One Room Challenge dining room makeover | Building Bluebird #bhgorc #transformation

After

BHG One Room Challenge dining room makeover | Building Bluebird #bhgorc #transformation
Photo Credit: Mary Wyar Photography

One Room Challenge Spring 2020 | Boys Bedroom

Before

BHG One Room Challenge boys bedroom makeover | Building Bluebird #bhgorc #transformation

After

BHG One Room Challenge boys bedroom makeover | Building Bluebird #bhgorc #transformation
Photo Credit: Man Overboard

One Room Challenge Fall 2020 | Master Bedroom

Before

BHG One Room Challenge master bedroom makeover | Building Bluebird #bhgorc #moodybedroom

After

BHG One Room Challenge master bedroom makeover | Building Bluebird #bhgorc #moodybedroom
Photo Credit: Opal Studios

One Room Challenge Spring 2021 | Living Room

Before

BHG One Room Challenge MCM living room | Building Bluebird #bhgorc #mcm
BHG One Room Challenge MCM living room | Building Bluebird #bhgorc #mcm

One Room Challenge Fall 2021 | Girls Vintage Bedroom

This time around I will be making over my daughter’s bedroom and I am so excited to get started!

Before

This bedroom was already pretty cute when we moved in, but I have been looking forward to designing a beautiful space for my little Evelyn. After two and a half years, I am finally starting on her bedroom!

Girls bedroom makeover | Building Bluebird #vintage #pinkpaint
Girls bedroom makeover | Building Bluebird #vintage #pinkpaint
Girls bedroom makeover | Building Bluebird #vintage #pinkpaint

Girls Vintage Bedroom Design Plans

Bedroom Layout

This bedroom is 15’x11 with large windows on one wall and closets on the opposite wall, so finding the best layout was a bit challenging. We contemplated swapping the queen bed for a smaller daybed but decided against it based on feedback from friends who grew up with daybeds. They felt that a daybed is great in theory, but they ended up wanting a queen size when they were older and the trundle was rarely used for sleepovers. The bedroom also needs a dresser and desk/vanity included in the space as well as storage for books.

The layout below is the option I decided to go with for her bedroom. I tried placing the bed on the west wall, but the pathways were too narrow when I added the desk and dresser to the room. I ran into the same issue when the bed is placed on the east wall. By placing the bed in front of the double window, it creates a focal point around the bed and allows two open walls for the desk and dresser.

Girls bedroom makeover layout | Building Bluebird #vintage #pinkpaint

Design Inspiration

My design inspiration for this girl’s vintage bedroom came from a beautiful book called, From a Small Seed: the story of Eliza Hamilton. The colors throughout the book are beautiful, earth tones and the early American style fits perfectly with the vintage aesthetic.

Girls vintage bedroom design inspiration - From a Small Seed | Building Bluebird #elizahamilton #bhgorc

For the wall color, Evie requested pink! I can’t believe it, but I have never painted a room pink before! I pulled together a round-up of my favorite dusty pink paint colors and narrowed it down to two. Which mood board do you like better?

Design Option 1

Option 1 is a muddier pink that feels a little more mature. The color is called Likeable Sand by Sherwin Williams. I love the color Setting Plaster by Farrow and Ball and this Sherwin Williams color is very similar. This option feels more like the cool vintage vibe that I am going for. The only other difference in designs is the fabric that I will use on the bentwood chair and the color of the vanity/desk.

Girls vintage bedroom mood board | Building Bluebird #bhgorc

Design Option 2

This pink is a little bit lighter and feels a bit younger. It is also a Sherwin Williams color called Romance. With this pink color option, I changed the chair fabric and would paint the vanity/desk green.

Girls vintage bedroom mood board | Building Bluebird #bhgorc

Bedroom Furniture

For the last two years, I have essentially played musical furniture in her bedroom, swapping items in and out. This was a great exercise to test out different furniture in the space to see what works best.

Almost all of the items that I plan to use for this makeover will be second-hand or already owned. I really enjoy the process of bringing new life to a dated or discarded piece of furniture. To create a more cohesive design, I will be painting a lot of furniture! This again fits well with the early American aesthetic and is good for the budget.


To Do

  • Paint bedroom
  • Ikea shelving DIY
  • Paint nighstand & bookshelf
  • Install closet organization unit
  • Paint desk/vanity
  • Reupholster bentwood seat
  • Hang artwork
  • Hang blinds/window treatments
  • Purchase finishing touches
  • Photograph room

My goal for this challenge is to inspire others to get thrifty with the items they incorporate into their design. There are so many ways to find second-hand furniture it is not only great for your budget, but it is better for the environment. By decorating with vintage items, the furniture is often more durable than the fast home fashion options and it allows you to create, unique and one-of-a-kind spaces.

One Room Challenge

That’s all for now! Check in next week when I get started on the renovation! Don’t forget to check out all of the other participants and their projects over on the One Room Challenge blog

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2 Comments

  • Reply Janet Skidmore September 30, 2021 at 9:03 am

    Looking forward to seeing the results!

    • Reply lindseymahoney September 30, 2021 at 11:33 am

      Thanks! 🙂

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