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About Shelby

twenty-something living in the windy city of chicago. i love all things diy, home, beauty, fashion, and food

Master Bedroom Progress

I’ve shown a few small glimpses into our master bedroom, but I felt like it was time to show everyone the status of our current room. This was actually the first room we even started to makeover by giving it a fresh coat of paint. It definitely needed it. The splotchy yellow paint wasn’t cutting it. I guess they tried to touch up in places but it was very noticeably a different color. It is still a work-in-progress – even after two years.

Here are two before pictures from our walk-through (with the previous homeowners furniture) – it’s all I’ve got. Sorry.

We wanted to hide the dormers as much as possible so we decided to paint them the same color as the wall to blend in a bit more. We also chose a light blue color which helped hide them as well, and helped brighten the room since we don’t get very much natural light.


A few things still on the to-do list:

  • install new flooring
  • add a rug
  • install an overhead light
  • fix the vents!! (apparently they got disconnect in our room somehow)
  • find the perfect bench for in front of the bed
  • find something for above the bed (maybe architectural?)

Wayfair: bed frame (similar), nightstands (similar)
West Elm: linen duvet, shams, sheets, throw pillow
Overstock: blinds, curtains
Target: blue pillowcases, teal fur pillow (similar)
HomeGoods: lamps, frames


Master Bathroom Reveal

After hours and hours of work, we can finally cross the master bathroom off the to-do list. It feels amazing. Partly because I was starting to think this day might never come. The past 3 months we were waiting on the linen closet door – so really the bathroom has been about 95% done since December.

We gutted the entire room – drywall, ceiling, vanity, tub, tile, shower, CARPET, window, lighting, etc. were all torn down and replaced. The only thing we kept was the toilet, because the previous owners had just replaced it. We did move it over about a foot or so to allow more room for the shower which we brought out about 6 inches. We moved all of outlets and switches in the room.

We also decided to not put a tub in the master bathroom. To each their own – but neither of us are bath people so we decided to make one giant shower instead (plus we have two other tubs in the house if we ever need one).

Let me remind you what this space used to look like (excuse the bad iPhone photos…I least I took before photos).

During the process of gutting everything. If you look closely we took out the soffits above the tub as there was really no point for them. We got about a foot more of ceiling that way. Hello rain head shower!

The soffit to the right had a sloped angle from the roof line though, but we opted to remove it still and keep a sloped ceiling. I really think it helped the room feel larger even if there are a fed odd angles in the room.

We completely gutted the old stand-up shower so that we could convert it into a linen closet.

We removed the swing door and installed a pocket door to save on space (and so that it wouldn’t knock into the linen closet door like the old shower door used to).

Adding the big skylight was such a great idea – glad the hubby convinced me on that one! It brings so much extra light into the room.


And now for the pretty after photos! I’m obsessed. It’s basically my dream bathroom.

My favorite part of the shower is that rain shower head. It’s gloriously huge and perfect.

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And now some side-by-side comparisons just for kicks!


Wall Color – Woodlawn Blue (at 75%), Benjamin Moore
Vanity – Wayfair
Tile – The Tile Shop
Shower Fixtures – Hudson Reed
Bench / Threshold – Quartz remnants cut to size from a local company
Shower Door – Northside Glass (highly recommend them if you’re in the Indy area)
Pendant Lights – on clearance at Pottery Barn (no longer available, similar)
Vanity Mirrors – on clearance at World Market (no longer available, similar)
Towel Rack – DIY
Towels – Pottery Barn (highly recommend these!)
Linen Closet Door – Lowe’s

I also need to give major credit to my husband – he did A LOT of the work himself on this bathroom, and it looks amazing! Minus one tile we set at 2:00 am that will bug us for eternity. 😉

Overall we are extremely proud of our work and can’t wait to see what we can do next. More makeovers coming soon!

Dining Room Hutch Makeover

I had been on the hunt for a dining room hutch ever since we moved into our house two years ago. I knew I wanted something I could paint, but I also didn’t want one that was too farmhouse since that doesn’t really fit the style of our home. It also needed glass cabinets on the top, open shelf in the middle, and lots of storage on bottom. Plus, I gave myself a really small budget. Basically – I was really, really picky. 🙂

Luckily my persistence of stalking Craiglist, Facebook groups, and NextDoor finally paid off. I found my little beauty on NextDoor right before Thanksgiving. I basically had to paint this beast in about a week. I finished like a day before we hosted (almost) our entire family for Thanksgiving!

Here is what the hutch looked like before (image from the listing).




So I decided to experiment with a layered effect – darker gray layered on top of white. Well that pretty much backfired because I used two different brands of paint and they did not layer well at all. I first painted the bottom of the hutch with Valspar’s chalk paint line, and then tried to layer over it with Annie Sloan’s chalk paint. Big mistake. Huge.

It was all clumpy and I almost cried. I attempted to wipe as much off as I could, but ultimately I had to sand a lot of the white off in order to get the gray to paint on evenly. Lesson definitely learned. #diyfail

Side note: I am not a huge fan of the Valspar chalk paint. Annie Sloan fan forever!

But the after still turned out great. As you can see I painted the inside of the top portion white to stand out a little more.

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Much better! Fits the room perfectly, and holds everything I need it to.

I honestly love painting rooms, but painting furniture is really not my thing. This piece was torture. Especially after I messed up by trying to mix two brands of paint. Anyone else the same way or it is just me?

Goodbye Purple Room, Hello Fresh New Office

It’s finally time to say goodbye to our infamous purple room, aka – ‘the dungeon’. The previous home owners thought it would be a brilliant idea to paint the walls AND CEILING a nice plum purple in a room that gets very little natural light. We have a large tree that blocks majority of the sunlight into the window – so mix that with a dark color on the walls/ceiling and you’ve got yourself a dungeon.

This room is going to be Evan’s new office once we get it done. The room he is currently using was always a temporary thing until we got this room painted – it only took us two years to finally do it. One room at a time, one room at a time. 🙂

We used this room to spray all of the upstairs doors so that’s why there’s weird overspray/white on the walls. It has basically been our “project room” for the past two years. And to be honest, the pictures here actually make the room seem much brighter than it really is. It’s a lot darker, but I had to turn on my flash to get any sort of shot of it.

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Everything in this room is getting painted – trim, walls and ceiling.

I put together a little mood board for the direction we are going for this makeover.

Office Design Board

  1. Paint Color: Belle Grove Valley Fog – Valspar
  2. Frame Wall: Various Wooden & Gray Frames
  3. Galvanized Pendant Light – Wayfair
  4. Cubby Shelf – World Market
  5. Gray Hairpin Desk – Overstock
  6. Plant (Fiddle Fig) – Home Depot
  7. Yellow Hairpin Chair – Overstock

We spent all weekend painting and the room is finally starting to take shape. I can’t wait to show you all the final reveal soon. I seriously cannot believe how different a room can look just by painting it! More updates coming soon…