Master Bedroom / One Room Challenge

One Room Challenge Week Three – A new coat of Paint and my DIY Built in Desk

Every year Week Three of the One Room Challenge sneaks up on me! It’s the point where lots of things are started but nothing is actually finished and it’s hard to feel comfortable about my progress — but I just keep reminding myself how far I’ve come already and keep checking things off that list, like picking the perfect paint color.

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I had a really specific neutral tone in mind to compliment my wallpaper choice but everything I color matched to it looked way too yellow…not the greigy putty shade I had been dreaming of. Finally, after playing around on Sherwin Williams ColorSnap tool for hours I found my unicorn paint color – Skyline Steel – and it’s perfection!

As I discussed last week, my vision for this space includes a monochromatic color scheme for the walls, trim, even the doors…which means I have a ton of painting in my future. Thankfully the kind team at Handy Products supplied me with everything I need from their product line to get things painted in record time. This was my first time using their large Handy Paint Tray and Disposable Liners and it’s the little details they put into the design (the magnetic catch that holds your paint brush, the lip built into the front that keeps your roller from slipping) that really make for a more enjoyable painting experience.

I wasn’t expecting the room too feel to much different after painting since the new color isn’t that big of a change from the old one – but I was so wrong! It feels light, fresh, and dare I say a little bit nude, but in a good way. On the walls I used SW Emerald Paint in a Flat finish, and all the trim will be painted with SW Emerald Urethane Trim Enamel in a Semi-gloss finish.

Once my first round of painting was done it was onto the first major build of this project….my desk.

I know there are mixed opinions about having office space in a master bedroom, but I really do enjoy having a little corner to store my business supplies and files. As much as I liked the function of my old secretary desk, I always thought it looked a little short for the room and could use a touch more storage. So instead of getting something brand new I decided to try to frame it in and take it all the way up to the ceiling.


I’ll be breaking down some of my DIYs from this challenge in slideshows each week for those that would like to follow along. You can use the same method I used for my desk to make any piece of furniture look built in and custom.

After adding new upper shelves, I painted the piece the same color as the walls to go with the monochromatic vibe I’m going for.

Next week I’ll introduce to you my new best friend – that amazing wallpaper framing my beautiful new desk – and you do not want to miss it. Until then, have fun catching up with all of the other One Room Challenge guest participants….there are so many good designs in the works it’s crazy!

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Finally……A huge thanks to the companies that sponsored products for me to use in this project, Handy Products and Miss Mustard Seed. I’m so grateful to be able to use their amazing paint products to make my vision come to life.


May 21, 2020 at 4:05 am

I love the color you chose and that built in desk is brilliant. I’m so excited to see more of your wallpaper!!

May 21, 2020 at 11:15 am

It’s amazing the difference that paint made! Great choice and can’t wait to see more of the wallpaper.

    Lindsey Joy
    May 21, 2020 at 11:44 am

    Isn’t it crazy! I was honestly really worried it was gonna make the room too dark but I was sooooo wrong LOL

May 21, 2020 at 1:31 pm

I love how you transformed that desk! It is almost unrecognizable and absolutely beautiful! I am always a fan of beauty and function coming together!

    Lindsey Joy
    May 21, 2020 at 5:26 pm

    Thank you Stacie! I’m a big fan of function too so I’m really thrilled to hear that you like this project

May 21, 2020 at 1:40 pm

What a great color! And I love how you carried it through the doors and trim too!

    Lindsey Joy
    May 21, 2020 at 5:28 pm

    Thanks Tina!! I knew I had to nail that color because it was going to be EVERYWHERE!

May 21, 2020 at 3:31 pm

Absolutely stunning built in desk!! Also, I’m loving the color you chose for the walls! I need to figure mine out like… Today. Haha!

    Lindsey Joy
    May 21, 2020 at 5:29 pm

    Thanks Michelle! It really came down to the wire finding that color – like 2 days before I had to start painting LOL

May 21, 2020 at 6:37 pm

I LOVE this built in desk!! It makes such a cute little nook! How is it already week 3???

    Lindsey Joy
    May 22, 2020 at 12:47 pm

    Thank you Dani! And I know right! Trying not to freak out that we’re almost at the halfway point!!

May 21, 2020 at 11:50 pm

It is so great! The built in desk is fantastic! Can’t wait to hear about the wallpaper!!

May 22, 2020 at 2:58 pm

You’re built in desk looks SO GOOD. It’s coming along beautifully Lindsey.

May 23, 2020 at 12:23 am

OMG that built-in / desk hack is totally incredible and that paint color is so elegant! Love it, especially with that wallpaper accent!

    Lindsey Joy
    May 23, 2020 at 1:01 am

    Thank you so much Tim! That really means a lot and I appreciate it. The wallpaper has the tiniest bit of metallic bronze in it and it shines in the sunlight!

May 23, 2020 at 2:25 am

Beautiful color choice. I can’t believe how much different that desk area looks now that it’s built in!

May 23, 2020 at 5:49 am

Can’t wait to see that wallpaper!

May 23, 2020 at 9:56 am

THIS IS AMAZING!!! I already want to move in…is that too much to ask? LOL. But really! SO excited for you!

May 24, 2020 at 3:00 am

I love how you transformed your secretary desk and made it custom and built in! Well done! And I love your wallpaper!

May 24, 2020 at 3:19 am

Your built-in looks terrific and so high end!

May 25, 2020 at 12:42 pm

Your desk built-in is the best update I’ve see on this week’s ORC! It’s a great use of space that’s also beautiful. It’s a great way to add dimension and function to a room.

    Lindsey Joy
    May 26, 2020 at 1:51 am

    That is amazingly kind of you to say – thank you! I’m so glad you like this project….I was very relived that it worked out the way I was hoping!

May 25, 2020 at 2:56 pm

ooooo love love love that color you went with!!

    Lindsey Joy
    May 26, 2020 at 1:52 am

    Thank you! I really needed to find the right color to make everything else work so it was a little stressful LOL

May 26, 2020 at 5:22 pm

Wow this is going to be so beautiful when you are done. That desk is such a genius idea. Loving it all Lindsey.

May 26, 2020 at 6:25 pm

WOW Lindey this is looking amazing. Love the colors you are doing in the bedroom. Looking great!

May 27, 2020 at 11:38 am

That built-in desk is goals! So good!

May 29, 2020 at 9:09 pm

Your desk idea is genius and the color is beautiful. I am making a note of the color you used so that I will have it.

    Lindsey Joy
    May 30, 2020 at 12:40 pm

    Thank you Sherry! It’s really a beautiful color – just the right amount of warmth to pair well with both warm and cool colors

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