Small Bedroom Refresh (Before Photos + Plans) | One Room Challenge Week 1

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I’m sooooo excited to be a guest participant in this year’s One Room Challenge (ORC) Spring Edition hosted by Linda at Calling it Home. 

I’ve been following ORC long before I started blogging and it’s always so inspiring to see the major room transformations unfold.

So to be participating as a guest this year is major for me.

If you’re hearing about ORC for the first time, it’s a home decorating challenge where 20 designers (and guest participants like me) have 6 weeks to complete a room of choice. This spring challenge will be for 8 weeks due to the pandemic.

And if you’re new here, welcome! I’m Nickesha, a Caribbean-based (Trinidad and Tobago to be exact!) DIY and Home Decor blogger.

For this challenge, I’ll be giving my bedroom a much needed refresh.

I’ve told my inner procrastinator – Nickesha, 8 weeks is more than enough time to finally complete your bedroom.

Confession: I’ve been planning to give my bedroom a makeover for years now and even detailed my (then) plan in this post last year

While some elements of the bedroom refresh definitely are the same – hello DIY channel headboard – my style has changed a bit over the past year so I’ll be going with a new-ish design plan for the challenge.

I did a quick mock up with the headboard and snake plant. Love love love how the snake plant looks in the room.

You’ll see my full plans next week plus where I drew inspiration from.

I can’t wait to finally have one properly decorated room finished.

My room has changed over the years based on how I used it at the time.

The photos below are how the room is currently set up since I recently (temporarily) moved a desk into the space.

I’ve never shown all of it on the blog so I’m kinda nervous but still excited because the after is going to be ah-mazing! Trust me!

Ok enough rambling, let’s check out the before photos…

BEFORE Photos: Small Bedroom Refresh

small bedroom with ikea dresser to be redecorated
small bedroom with desk and chair
white wall-to-wall closet with nook in small bedroom

Definitely need this nook area to be more functional.

small bedroom with painted ikea dresser and desk

And here’s a closer sneak peek of the headboard. I’ve finished the panels so just need to add the frame to the back.


  • Finish and install headboard
  • Repaint room
  • Repaint dressers
  • Repaint closet
  • Create a vanity nook with floating shelves
  • New hardware and pulls on dressers and closet doors
  • Add window blinds
  • Raise curtain rod and add new curtains
  • Add more plants
  • Add some artwork
  • Change or paint door
  • Add holder for guitar
  • Add a round mirror
  • Add trim/molding to top of closet
  • Decide on lighting

Gah, the list seems to have grown. But we can do this. #inhale #exhale

Be sure to come back next week to see the detailed plans for the space.

Also, take a look at what the Designers and other guest participants are doing! So much decor goodness and inspiration. I’m excited to see these room transformations.

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