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I pride myself on making amazing style and design accessible for everyone, regardless of location, budget, or ability! My design philosophy is rooted in authenticity + attainability - If I can do it, you can too! My work has been featured in countless publications, but I take the most pride in homeowners that have been personally inspired by my DIY ideas and have tried something in their own homes!

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Hey Guys! This post is part of The Weekender Makeover Series.  A DIY Makeover web series in partnership with Lowe’s Home Improvement.  Subscribe to watch all 10 episodes and get project details using the buttons below!

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This week’s episode of The Weekender, had some of my very favorite projects of season 1.  If you’ve been waiting for the wooden headboard project on The Weekender graphics, well wait no longer my friends!

Aaron and Becca had a really unique problem… WAY TOO MUCH space!  They moved out of NYC because they wanted more room to raise their growing family, fell in love with this house, but almost didn’t buy it because of how overwhelming the master bedroom was.  Remember when new construction builders thought that the master bedroom should be able to double as a small country?  Yeah, that’s when this home was built!

I honestly wondered if we could get this room done in just one weekend, because we had to paint all the walls and the trim… but I’m never one to back down from a challenge, so we gave it a shot!

Take a Look at the Transformation





This room had some serious WOW factor when we were done with it.  I had this vision in my head for what I wanted it to look like and I’ve gotta say, it turned out even better than I had expected!!

DIY EastCoastCreative MasterBedroom Headboard Pillows Nightstand Lighting

Sitting area numero uno…

DIY EastCoastCreative SittingArea FauxFireplace

Sitting area numero dos… It was awesome that they had this sectional we could use.  Yes, that’s right, 2 sitting areas, a full sectional, and king sized bed and the room still had plenty of space!  Bonkers I tell ya!

DIY EastCoastCreative MasterBedroom SittingArea Lighting Couch

Aaron and Becca just welcomed their new baby girl home last week, and I got an awesome message from Becca letting me know how much she’s enjoying her new bedroom, especially with all the time she’s spending in there feeding a newborn.  She told me how thankful she was that they set aside the weekend and worked with me to make this the bedroom they’d always hoped for.  I’ve gotta say, feedback like that… It just doesn’t get any better and makes me love my job and this makeover series even more! #TheWeekenderRules and is baby approved- lol!


As with every Weekender makeover, I focus on 5 main projects.  For this bedroom, I threw it back to my “Knock It Off!” roots a bit and did some epic furniture knock of projects!

Here’s the Big 5

1- DIY Console Table – Crate & Barrel Knock Off


This console table is the best freaking knock-off because it looks so much like the original and was really simple to build. The original cost over $1,000 and we made ours for under $100!

Here’s the Crate and Barrel Inspiration


And our knock off

DIY EastCoastCreative ConsoleTable Decor

DIY EastCoastCreative ConsoleTable MasterBedroom Decor

DIY EastCoastCreative BedroomLighting ConsoleTable

I’ll be sharing the DIY project tutorial for this baby really soon!

2- DIY Headboard – West Elm Knock Off

headboard3Another knock off win! West Elm has this bed listed at $1600 for a king (and that’s on sale!) we built our headboard for under $100!  I’ll be sharing a tutorial here on the blog, but if you’re looking for one right away, Lowe’s has the tutorial live – Click HERE!

DIY EastCoastCreative MasterBedroom Pillows

I really, really love how this project turned out.  The combo of the rustic wood with the teal wall makes such a dramatic statement.

DIY EastCoastCreative MasterBedroom Headboard Pillows Nightstand
DIY EastCoastCreative Headboard MasterBedroom Pillows

3- DIY Faux Fireplace

This home is new, and has lots of upgrades and modern features, but it was slightly lacking the the charm and character department. We used some pine boards and a whole bunch of molding to add a bit’o charm to the formal sitting area.

4- DIY Magazine Rack


I’d been wanting to try my hand at a magazine rack, and it was so simple!  Instead of hitting the fabric store, I actually cut up a curtain panel that I saw (and fell in love with) at Lowe’s.  Just some wooden dowels and copper fittings and we had a custom magazine rack that worked great in the sitting area and perfectly fit with the rest of the room.


Project 5 was paint… and so, so much of it.  The room had beige walls and beige trim.  It was kind of awful.



My saving grace for all the painting was the new Infinity paint from Sherwin Williams & Lowe’s.  We didn’t have to waste time doing a million coats.  The main walls took one coat and some touch-ups.  Two coats for the dark teal wall- dark colors always need a few coats, and the trim was 1 and done!  We NEVER would have finished over the weekend if I didn’t have really high quality paint.

DIY EastCoastCreative MasterBedroom Headboard

The grey walls, crisp white trim, and drama mama accent wall changed the entire tone and feel of this space.  Poor Aaron & Becca now have the fun job of painting the rest of their entire home… it’s beige on beige everywhere! Yikes!

There are so many awesome furniture pieces and accessories in this bedroom and I’ve put them all below for you.  Some of my favorites are the plug-in wall sconces (no electrical work required), the benches at the end of the bed, and the wicker accent chairs… well, actually I kind of love it all.  Everything is linked in the slider below.

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The comments +

  1. What a beautiful room! It looks so warm and inviting. Great job!

    Michelle Henry

  2. Melissa Shoemaker says:

    What color is the green wall they have? Would love to try that color in my house 🙂

  3. Kelly says:

    Looking all the bedding and cushions! Where are they all from?

  4. Josh Adee says:

    I love the design of the headboard! I was wondering if you could tell me what shade of blue paint that was?

  5. Jen says:

    What is the name of the grey wall paint?

  6. Katina says:

    What was the color you used on the accent wall?

  7. Niki says:

    I love the color of the stain you used on the Headboard! Can you tell me the color you used?

  8. STACEY SMITH says:

    I love it! We are going to attempt the headboard for our teen sons room. Where did you purchase the quilt?

  9. Allyson Phillips says:

    Hi Monica, You are awesome!! Please please please can you give us step by step instructions to make that faux fireplace surround!!! Thx! Ally

  10. Angela says:

    Can you tell me what kind of wood the headboard is?

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