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Dark Blue Bedroom Walls & Furniture Picks | ORC Week 2

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Last Updated on July 15, 2021 by lindseymahoney

Week 2 of the One Room Challenge was dominated by painting the bedroom walls dark blue.

Dramatic paint for our master bedroom and purchasing furniture for the One Room Challenge | Building Bluebird #orc #bhgorc #sherwinwilliams #outerspace #sw6251 #paint

Six weeks can really fly by so when I didn’t have a paintbrush in my hand, I was ordering furniture. Like all renovations, we already ran into a few surprises that have required creative solutions.

For those of you who are stopping by for the first time, welcome! Last year my family moved into a fixer-upper in Toledo, Ohio, and have been documenting our renovations on the blog. In fact, I renovated our dining room for my first ORC! I updated my little boys’ bedroom for my second ORC last Spring. Thanks for following along as we work to transform our master bedroom in 6 weeks!

Painting the Master Bedroom

Master bedroom makeover with a dark blue wall and trim color - Outerspace by Sherwin Williams | Building Bluebird #orcbhg #orc #oneroomchallenge #sw6251 #swcolorlove #paint

When I first showed Chris, my husband, the mood board for our master bedroom design, he instantly groaned that we have too many white walls in our house. His reaction made me rethink the whole color palette!

He was right, I have played it safe in the wall color department with my last few projects and it’s time to shake things up. I went in the opposite direction of white and chose a deep, moody blue paint color to give our bedroom the ultimate cozy vibe. This wasn’t the exact direction Chris had in mind, BUT, it definitely isn’t white! LOL.

I tried a few different dark blues and ended up going with Outerspace by Sherwin Williams (SW 6251) in the satin sheen. Outerspace is the perfect, inky blue that I was looking for in our bedroom.

As I mentioned in Week 1, our bedroom is large but there are lots of doors. To create a more cohesive look, I painted the trim and doors the same color but with a semi-gloss sheen.

Dark blue paint for our master bedroom and purchasing furniture for the One Room Challenge | Building Bluebird #orc #bhgorc #sherwinwilliams #outerspace #sw6251

The closet doors are louvered and so hand-painting them took a VERY long time. A paint sprayer is a great option for these types of doors, but I didn’t want to detach them.

We had a really tough time putting them back up after our carpet was installed and I did not want to deal with that process again! This meant many hours painting three coats of deep blue onto the doors and trim.

Dark blue bedroom walls for this 8 week design challenge

Once I got to the walls, it was a breeze! I still have a few spots to touch up with paint, but the bulk of the painting is complete – WAHOO! Unfortunately, I forgot to take a lot of progress shots, so I am sharing what I have!

Purchasing Furniture


Dark blue paint on the bedroom walls and our Hemnes IKEA dresser | Building Bluebird

I am struggling with my furniture pieces! I decided that I wanted to buy a nice dresser for our bedroom since we have always had IKEA dressers. We have honestly never had any issues with our IKEA dressers, but for some reason, I thought we needed a more “grown-up” one.

I found a really pretty one on Overstock but it was definitely creeping towards the top of my price range. I decided to buy it anyway and when we assembled it, I swear it was made for a little child! It was twice the price of our IKEA dresser and could hold half as much clothing.

I am not exaggerating when I say it could probably hold 2 pairs of my husband’s jeans in one drawer. We ended up putting the new (and more expensive) dresser in my daughter’s room and decided to keep our current one. I do have a fun little paint DIY for our IKEA dresser though and you can’t beat the storage!

Bed Frame

The next purchase was our bed frame. My goal for this renovation is to buy quality items that will last for years and years. I ordered a beautiful, upholstered bed frame from West Elm and the shipping date had it arriving the final week of the challenge.

Unfortunately, I got word that it has been back-ordered until early December! This timeline obviously does not work with my plans for a 6-week transformation so I picked another frame! I am still sorting out the return situation with the first bed but I am crossing my fingers I can get refunded and use the new bed frame.

Thanks for checking in this week! Coming up for the master bedroom makeover is closet organization and my dresser DIY. 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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Tuesday 20th of October 2020

Love the color! I bet painting those shutters was sooo tedious though! lol


Wednesday 21st of October 2020

OMG it took forever!! I struggled to get them hung back up after our carpet was installed so I refused to remove them, but spraying would have been a lot easier. Thank you!

Laura Paine

Thursday 15th of October 2020

Love this moody blue! I'm doing our master bedroom for the ORC too! Can't wait to follow along with your progress.


Thursday 15th of October 2020

Thank you! I will go check yours out too!


Thursday 15th of October 2020

I love the moody blue Lindsey! Canโ€™t wait to see it all come together ๐Ÿ˜€


Thursday 15th of October 2020

Thank you!! I'm excited to have it come together too, lol!