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Throughout the process of designing and executing the master bedroom, naturally, a few things have changed along the way. One thing that did not however was my vision for the lighting. I knew from the moment I received them they were going to be unique elements that balanced out the overall aesthetic I was going for.

When I scrolled by the Doral 2-Light Renaissance Gold Wall Mount I knew I had found the perfect replacement to the old existing sconces. They were modern, dainty, a touch funky, and brought the hint of gold/warmth the room needed. I was even more obsessed when I held them, the brushed gold was everything, the rings were so dainty and framed cute round bulbs perfectly.



I think the safe play would have been to pick a ceiling light that coordinated with the sconces. I just don’t do the whole matchy-matchy, stick to one style of design, thing. I like to see how I can make different styles work together, so even in the lighting alone, I mixed it up a bit. With the Jessa 3-Light Burnished Silver Ceiling Mount, I was able to incorporate that taste of boho without being too relaxed. The hemp style detail, cork ball hanging in the middle, and the way the light casts through to the ceiling added to the feeling in the room, just in a different way than the sconces.

It’s safe to say I am over the moon with Crystorama’s light pieces I chose for this space. The quality is impeccable, the designs are stunning and I must also include their customer service is bar-none. I’m already eyeing a few more lighting styles I can’t wait to install in the rest of the house.

Speaking of the rest of the house, we are so so close to finishing the bedroom completely. There’s a couple of pieces taking f o r e v e r to arrive because of delayed shipping (as I’m sure everyone’s aware of) but a reveal of some sort is coming this week!! Then there’s the hallway and front entryway that we decided to tackle at the same time as the bedroom that we are finishing up as well. So, stay tuned for some fun and finally (almost) complete updates!

This post was a gifted partnership with Crystorama lighting.


Bona Natural Hardwood Floors Bedroom

If there is any post in this series that you can actually learn something new, it’s this one. I know because it was a learning experience for me, and I think fairly new to the interiors world, or, at least new to the residential/DIY world. I’m going to try to keep it brief without skimping on the important details of how we refinished our hardwood floors while keeping the natural color of the wood.

When we started sanding off the old finish in the closet I knew right away it was the color I dreamt would appear beneath the dark orangish-brown stain currently covering the entire second floor. It was a light, natural oak. I loved the old skinny flooring true to the home’s character, but the natural color seemed to bring a modern flair the house very much needed. So, as we went about refinishing the floors I started to stress over figuring out how to keep the beautiful color that they are.

Refinished Hardwoods One Room Challenge

Refinished Hardwoods One Room Challenge

Refinished Hardwoods One Room Challenge

Bona Natural Hardwood Floors Bedroom

Refinished Hardwoods One Room Challenge

Removing the Old Finish

As for the refinishing-of-the-floors-part, let me tell you that was no easy task. I feel as though we are not experts enough to explain step by step how we did it. I think every flooring job would be different. The grit, the number of times you sand with each grit, which machines would work best, could all vary. To give you a brief synopsis we sanded with 60, 80 then 100. We used a drum sander, edge sander, orbital sanders, and detail sander. It took long days and long nights. Lots of vacuuming. Lots of cleaning. Lots of bending over.

The main tips I can give you are:

  • If you can, move all of the furniture out because if it is in the same space it will get covered in dust.
  • Have a plan, and this may change as you dive in, but try to stay organized with your process.
  • Rent the proper equipment, do your research, be prepared.
  • Seal off the areas being done from elsewhere with plastic sheets.
  • Cover all vents or turn off your heat.
  • Clean/Vacuum with shop vac as you go.
  • Change the sanding pads often, more often than you’d think.

Now, on to the good part.

Refinished Hardwoods One Room Challenge

Bona Natural Hardwood Floors Bedroom

Refinished Hardwoods One Room Challenge

Bona Natural Hardwood Floors Bedroom

Refinished Hardwoods One Room Challenge

How We Kept the Natural Color of 120 Year Old Hardwoods

I was stumped as we tried various stains and finishes, all of which altered the color of the floor. I knew the best method to avoid giving the wood that golden, darkened look just had to be out there. Through some research, I learned that any finish with oil in it will penetrate the wood and change the entire look. So, I researched to see if there was a way to seal the floors without an oil-based product. This is when I learned of Bona.

It is a water-based polyurethane system that technically is sold to be purchased by professional contractors. However, it has reached the not-so-underground market that is Amazon. We found a local seller of the product that allowed us to buy the combo we were looking for.

We started with the “Bona NaturalSeal” sealant, which is technically the part that will ultimately decide the coloring of the wood. This one has very little white pigment to keep the floors light as moisture is added. We applied one coat of this using the technique we learned in this video. Next, we finished with the “Bona Traffic HD”. We did two coats as recommended. I was in such awe as it went on how it simply just brought through the original, natural highlights and tones of the old oak boards. I was even more floored (no pun intended) when it was dry and they weren’t too slippery or too rough and still beautifully oak-y! They just felt like original, true hardwoods should.

You can view a quick little video of our experience condensed to a couple of seconds here.

I just felt like this system is such an underrated, undiscovered secret that I had to share. I’m happy to answer any questions you guys have about it too. It was definitely more expensive but 1000% worth it! It made me so excited to continue to finish the second floor, and especially the bedroom.

Up Next: Lighting

Since we did the entire second floor, and are also now painting the entire second floor, the bedroom is taking quite a while. I appreciate the patience and if you’ve kept any interest at all I appreciate you more! That being said, we have two weeks to finish it so now we are feeling the pressure both to finish the room but also share more about it with you.

You guys are going to die at the next update. I am so excited to partner with an amazing, stunning lighting brand that we used to replace the hardwired light fixtures in the room. Stay tuned for this blog post coming soon!

Yikes, writing this I’m realizing how behind I really am on updates to the Master Bedroom I’m featuring for Better Home & Garden’s One Room Challenge. Week 3’s update is about the closet, an add-on part to the bedroom itself. It’s a huge part of the overall finish of the Master and I thought it would be a great opportunity to offer some tips if you want to add beadboard wall paneling in your home.


The Before

The closet was a mess, to say the least.

Beadboard Wall Paneling ORCAfter moving everything out and stripping it down to the crappy wire shelving a previous owner had installed, we realized there was quite a bit of work to do to clean it up. The old shelving required two screws for every connection to the wall. After removing them all there were 60+ holes to caulk and sand two to three times. Another thing we realized was how uneven the baseboards were. We decided to replace them entirely. Removing those gave us yet another hurdle, the walls didn’t go to the ground. There was about 6″-9″ between floor and end of the drywall. We could see right through to the studs so we knew we had to find a solution without having to replace the walls entirely.

First, to essentially bring the “wall” to the floor we had to cover the gap. Putting on new baseboards along would mean they would have to be extremely high, and I just knew it wasn’t the right look. So, I came up with wall paneling. We could attach it to the wall and then finish with a simple baseboard, connecting wall and floor with no gaps or spaces. No one would ever be able to see how the old drywall/plaster wall is basically floating behind it.

After measuring, planning and getting the right tools we got to work.


How We Installed Beadboard Wall Paneling

Watch a quick TikTok Video of how we did it here, or read a more specific step-by-step process below!


Step 1: Purchase finishes and gather the correct tools.

For tools and products we used:

  • Measuring Tape
  • Level
  • Brad Nailer
  • Drill
  • Compound Miter Saw
  • Circular Saw
  • Wood Filler
  • Caulk
  • Caulk Gun

Finishes we purchased:

  • Paintable White Bead Hardboard Wainscoting Panel from Home Depot
  • 1/2″ x 5 1/2″ Boards for the Baseboard
  • 1/2″ x 2 1/4″ Boards for the “Chair Railing”
  • 3/4 in. x 3/4 in. PVC Interior Quarter Round Molding for the Corner and Baseboard Trim

Note: We measured the walls prior and planned how we were going to cut down everything at home based on the tools we had.



Step 2: Nail beadboard paneling to the wall.
Beadboard Wall Paneling ORC
Installing Beadboard Wall Paneling ORC

We decided on a height that we wanted the chair rail to sit at. Marking the same distance from floor to that height periodically around the room we then used the level to try to make it as straight and parallel as possible despite the irregular measurements an old house brings.

After cutting our paneling to the correct sizes we nailed the pieces to the wall using 2″ brad nails.


Step 3: Install chair rail.
Installing Beadboard Wall Paneling ORC

Again we measured, drew leveled lines, and cut all of the pieces to the appropriate lengths to go wall to wall. We then made 45-degree beveled cuts so the pieces met to make 90-degree angles in each corner.


Step 4: Install baseboards.
Installing Beadboard Wall Paneling ORC
Beadboard Walls with Trim for Closet in Bedroom
Installing Beadboard Wall Paneling ORC

We repeated the same process here with the thicker pieces on the baseboards. However, we did not have to level as precisely since we just wanted them to be flush with the floors.


Step 5: Install corner and toe-kick trim.
Beadboard Wall Paneling ORC

We used 3/4 in. x 3/4 in. PVC Interior Quarter Round Molding for the Corner and Baseboard Trim.


Step 6: Wood Filler.

Next we filled in all of the nail holes with wood filler and let that dry.


Step 7: Caulk.

In each corner, space, gap and hole left we caulked. You’ll want to get into a rhythm with the calk gun, getting used to how much and how fast it spits out the caulk. Have a paper towel or rag in hand to wipe away excess.


Step 8: Paint.

Finally, we painted all of it. I chose to keep it simple and test out the baseboard as being the same color as the walls and I love it. Once the paint was on and the caulk and bumps were covered up I really couldn’t believe how pretty a closet could be (LOL). It was perfect and ready to install a closet kit, which I’ll circle back on soon.


The Finished Product:

Beadboard Walls with Trim for Closet in Bedroom

Beadboard Walls with Trim for Closet in Bedroom

Beadboard Walls with Trim for Closet in Bedroom

Coming Soon: The Closet System

I simplified it big time but YouTube and the right tools made the biggest difference in being able to do it ourselves. It was a huge leap because this DIY job gave us the confidence to do so much more to the house. It taught us that things can be a bit imperfect, that they are fixable, or that once finished not to be too hard on oneself.

Can’t wait to share the install of the closet system I designed with Ikea’s Boaxel System! Stay tuned!