“I’ve missed more than 9000 shots in my career. I’ve lost almost 300 games. Twenty-six times I’ve been trusted to take the game winning shot and missed. I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed.”
Do you know who said this? Can you take a guess?
I’ll help … it was Michael Jordan.
And what in the world does this have to do with my Master Bedroom Reveal today for the Fall 2015 One Room Challenge?
Well, you see … I failed this time. And not even in a small … barely noticeable … I have an excuse for that way. My room is not done. I could not finish the challenge in the 5 weeks. Our bedroom is still a work-in-process. Failure.
BUT … it is SO MUCH better than when we started. I jumped in this challenge at the very last minute, and I knew it would be a lot harder than the previous two One Room Challenges that I have participated in (if you missed them, or if you’re curious … you can see those two makeovers HERE and HERE). It took an entire week (of the short 5 weeks total) to even come up with a vision for our bedroom (see that HERE). And once I had that vision, things didn’t move as quickly as I had hoped. And that’s why we’re only half finished with the space at the end of the challenge this morning.
Excuses, excuses … I know. I hear you … and I totally agree. Did I put 100% of myself into getting this space finished in time? No, probably not. But … if I hadn’t taken on this challenge 5 weeks ago, I would still be ‘pondering’ a new space and probably wouldn’t have even started. And so maybe … if you use your imagination just a bit … it is sort of a success. Yep … that’s what I’m going with here.
So … if you’re stopping by from the One Room Challenge link up page … I’m so thrilled you’re here. And I’m also very sorry to disappoint. I can’t wait to check out each and every one of your makeovers, as I know they will be spectacular. My makeover, however, will have to wait for a bit longer. It’s coming … I promise, and I’m hoping the wait will be worth it. I’d love for you to check back in a week or two!
And if you have no clue what I’m talking about … I’ll clue you in quickly. The One Room Challenge (ORC) is a semi-annual challenge put on by Linda over at the blog Calling It Home. Basically, a bunch of bloggers join in with the mission to makeover ONE space in their homes in five weeks. I choose our sad looking ‘Master’ bedroom for this season, and here’s how it started out:
Plenty of olive green everywhere, an old queen size mattress (like really, really disgustingly old), and a bit laking on the closet space). See more of the ‘befores’ from 5 weeks ago HERE.
And … since you stopped in today, I will at least show you the good progress we HAVE made in the room. Enjoy (and use your imaginations to picture what it can … and hopefully will … look like when it’s done):
You’ll notice the walls are painted (more on that HERE). What you can’t probably tell is that we’ve upgraded our bed to a KING and we just received our new mattress. Molly is a huge fan (as she refused to move for any pictures today). We also got new bedding which I love …
And Molly loves …
We installed a ‘wall of curtains’ to cover our newly created closet space:
Now … here’s what we don’t have finished:
- A new rug … you’ll notice the olive green one is still a kickin’ under bed and under foot
- A headboard for our bed (which I actually just finished up last night, so stay tuned on that one).
- An entryway light (our old ‘boob’ light is still hanging nicely by its wires).
- A gallery wall (here’s the current state of the ‘gallery’:)
- A new tall (rather than short and long) dresser that will be fully on the outside of the curtains:
- A wall of reclaimed wood (stay tuned for progress on that shortly)
- And a bedside lighting solution (lights and hardware is here … just waiting to be hung):
- And nightstands … and a bench … and some accents.
Like I said … we still have a ways to go, my friends.
Thanks for stopping by, even if you were disappointed by the lack of progress over here in the Stahl household. I hope you’ll be back to see the final, final reveal (in my head it’s fabulous!!). In the meantime … I’m going to crawl into my new ginormous, grown up bed, with new sheets and read my latest obsession:
On a recommendation from a friend (thanks, Sara) I bought this book (get it HERE), and I’m obsessed. I got it yesterday, and there’s a good chance I will be done with it before tomorrow is over. Love. It. It makes me feel good about the chaos that is our family and the beautiful mess that is our life and home. And I’m sure I’ll feel better about my One Room Challenge failure today.
If you got through all that … and you’re still wishing for some actual completed room makeovers (imagine that), head over to Calling It Home and see what the nearly 100 other participants have done with their spaces over the past 5 weeks. And I’m guessing none of them will start with a quote about failure like mine …