Master Bedroom Re-do Update: “Plankification 2010” Continues

We added some more of the MDF we got at True Value to the wall nearest our bedroom door this past week…

We got almost all the way to the top of the wall before we realized we didn’t have quite enough to finish. Boo!
So we’re gonna head back to the store on Monday and pick up a few more boards so that we can finish “Plankification 2010” once and for all!

Once the walls are clad & painted, and the crown and base molding are also attached and painted- we’ll be able to move on to “Bookcase-all-up-in-yer-Face 2011”, a.k.a “building the bookcase that will go up against the wall” in the space Kev is measuring in this photo…

Which, by the way, we want to sort of look like this minus a couple of doors and with a few other modifications…

We’re going to use it to hide a bunch of our “work stuff” that seems to keep accumulating on our kitchen counters, and in our office. (props, books, papers…more props!)

But since I’m more of a dreamer, than a builder- and since Kevin is my “let’s just wing it and see if we can whip it up” man, it’ll be interesting to see if we can actually pull it off!

Here’s a virtual look at where the “prop lockers” will sit in relation to the bed…

Which reminds me, we decided not to put the TV inside the lockers because not only do we need every square inch for storage, but because turning my head to the side gives me vertigo. (Or at least I think it will if I ever actually dare to try it.)

We’re going to move the TV to the wall opposite the bed. (yay! no vertigo!)  Then who knows, maybe we’ll get crazy and watch movies in bed, instead of on the couch once in a while!

Oh, who am I kidding- the TV is for our future child to watch cartoons on in the morning, and for Kevin to watch football on at night because he’s always cold and we have a heated mattress pad on the bed.


The more I think about, if we could install a kitchenette somewhere in the room- we may never have to leave!

PS- Thank you to everyone who left a comment for us at Six Seeds, and who “liked” the Six Seeds Facebook page! You made it possible to reach our goal of $4500, and one day we’ll tell our child about all the e-angels that helped bring him/her home!


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  1. Heidi says

    Oh goodness…how on earth do you not only manage to inspire creativity and job/dream tackling each and every time, but ALSO make me giggle? Loving the room…and that Whip It pic. :)

    P.S. And the adoption progress news always brings a heart smile, too!

  2. says

    I love the planks so much. I have a bedroom with an unfinished wall (mostly in part due to a flatroof leak..we won’t go there) and with inspiration from you, I now also have an air nailer. A-thank-u. I don’t know if you can reply to this or not, but what would you say is the biggest challenge you’ve had in hanging the mdf planks so far? (I want to know what level of storm I might be heading into come springtime.) Thanks to both of you for all of the inspiration!

    • Kevin & Layla says

      Hey Nickie!

      The biggest challenge we’ve had (and it really wasn’t all that hard) was cutting out for the outlets and installing the plastic outlet box extenders inside the openings. The boards go up supa-fast, but when you come to an outlet, everything slows down. Boo!

      Layla :-)

      • says

        Thanks Layla! The holidays have slowed things down (obviously!) a bit. That is very helpful. I thought about the outlet covers and cutting around the window sills, but I didn’t even think about the extenders. There’s a learning curve in everything. Thanks again.

  3. says

    Congratulations on the money raised towards your adoption. You’re right, the TV will be perfect for your little one watching cartoons on. There’s nothing better than snuggling in the morning while watching cartoons.

  4. says

    I LOVE those wooden lockers. They are awesome! I wish I could build, or my hubby could for that matter! Well, anywhooo, congrats on the adoption process! :)Alyssa of Boston Bee

  5. says

    Plankification is an amazing word – you should be proud of it, Layla!
    I love the looks of the walls and your inspiration for the shelves, it’s going to be amazing! (:

    And I’m SO happy for you, Kevin and your future little bundle of joy that you reached you goal – it feels amazing to know that I was able to help with that; I used all 3 of my email addresses, as well as 4 of my dad’s and my mom’s, so I could put as many comments as possible for you on six seeds! 😛
    So that’s like – a whole sixteen dollars! (:

  6. geri says

    Hi Guys.
    2010 may be “plackification” time, but
    I feel it in my bones that 2011 will bring you
    the most “preciousification” time of all to you both.
    The way you feel about your home and the joy
    laughter and love you both share, a child will bring that
    times a million.
    So excited for you, and your bedroom almost being done.
    Can I come and watch cartoons with you too in that beautiful room.
    The lockers are to die for. hehe
    Happy Sunday. geri.

  7. maggie says

    ohmygoodness! Do you have amazingly high ceilings in your master or is Kevin just a wee little guy?! The room looks amazing, congratulations!

    • Kevin & Layla says

      Hey there!

      Kevin’s 5′-10″, and our ceiling are probably around 9′ tall.


  8. kelly says

    Congratulations on reaching the goal with six seeds. I just KNOW, this time next year, you will be celebrating Christmas with a new little one (so get all your plankifications finished!) Your bedroom is looking wonderful! We’ve only done one wall in our bedroom so I am jealous of your plankification. Where did the inspiration photo of the lockers come from? Not pottery barn is it? If it’s a house, I’d love to see more of it.

  9. says

    My husband and I get such a kick out of reading and looking at the pictures on your blog. Congratulations on your adoption process and I to agree nothing like cuddling with the little one while watching cartoons.

    As for the cabinets, that is on our to-do list for the summer. We are thinking about building them for our garage to hide all the gardening, car stuff and other stuff I collect when I trek out with my friends.

    I am getting in the mood for a small greenhouse for my backyard. Do you have any suggestions of web sites for finished greenhouses? My plants are getting in the way in the garage…..doesn’t make hubby happy since his prized corvette sits next to them!!! Good luck on all your projects….

  10. Jennifer says

    OOOhh, I am in love with that room!! Love love love…. just a quick question. What side boards of MDF did you use. We’re totally going to do this in our master bedroom. Also, did you have to paint the mdf too?? and if so, which color?

  11. says

    It’s looking awesome…your end result is going to be stunning!
    I know the TV in the master is a big no but we love it! After we put the kids down we watch movies in bed, it’s the best! And yes it will be a huge lifesaver when the little ones wake up at 5am and your not ready :)

  12. says

    I am really in love with this idea. Maybe I missed it earlier, but do you caulk in between the boards? I like exploring temporary fixes (aka removable) for my apartment. Thanks for the inspiration!

  13. says

    You have reminded me that I need to share our bathroom re-do….

    I’m loving your bedroom! Do you know that I’ve nevah in my life had a tv up in the boudoir? I love the thought of Netflix in bed w/ a heated mattress pad! And flannel sheets. And a bowl of Cookie Crisp.

    Also – $4,500?? Sa-weeeeeet!


  14. says

    Heated Mattress pad? WHY have I not heard of these before? I am the heater and my husband is the icebox most of the time, he would love that!

    And the room will be wonderful.

    And $4500! you are loved.

  15. Allie says

    Oh Lordy! Those lockers are awesome. Just showed to the better half and he said NO!
    What’s up with that! Hoping you post the instructions so we can copy!! I’ll get him to say YES!

  16. says

    Hey Layla! It’s looking great! I love that picture of the numbered lockers! I show it to my husband because if we weren’t trying to sell our house, I would have had him make them for me. But I would have wanted them to look exactly like the picture. Even the numbers to represent my four little munchkins! I thought the doors would be great to hand all their junk!
    But since we are trying to sell our home, we decided to go with a look that was more generic. We’ll see if it helps! :)
    Hope you have a great week!

  17. says

    Ooh…heated mattress pad! Definitely need one of those here in Indiana:)
    Love the way your room is shaping up!! It is really going to be fabulous!

  18. says

    Hey Lay! Love all the plankification going on in your abode! :) I think it was a good move to put the tv on the other wall…we have ours in the corner in an armoire and my hubby has to watch tv from the other side of the bed…lets just say I make a better wall than window. LOL (and your little one will want to lie inbetween you two to watch cartoons!….it makes my heart smile every time I talk about your little one(der) Can’t wait!! Speaking of little ones, I’m SO glad you guys hit your goal and got the whole $4500!! Nancy told me you guys rocked six seeds world…or at least their facebook page! lol Have a great new week!

  19. says

    Love the progress! I can’t wait to see what you figure out for the built-in.

    And a big ol’ congrats on raising all that adoption cash! That is such a blessing!

  20. Linda says

    I love your blog. It’s cool to see the steps you and Kevin take to get your house looking so great.

    I do miss your photography page, though. I always check back to see if you have the pictures up yet. I remember some of them and I should have bought them when I had the chance.

    And, I’m very excited to read more about your adoption journey! It’ll be cool to see how a new child inspires your designs.

    • says

      Not to worry Linda! Our photography tab is still right up there at the top of our blog!
      Thank you for your sweet comment!

      Layla :-)

      • Linda says

        I just checked and they’re there! I know how I’ll be spending the rest of my afternoon! Thanks!

  21. says

    The planks look amazing. I’m so envious of your terrific style and talent.

    Too funny about Kevin being so chilly. :) I thought I was the only one with a heated mattress pad. I LOVE that thing!

  22. DJ Conger says

    I am in LOVE with these planks. A few questions: Do you paint the MDF? Its just plain old mdf from Lowes, right? And you nail them into the the studs, right?

    Love the lockers, too.

  23. Jeana Ball says

    I love the plank look, but I have a few questions. If the wall is longer than the plank, is the seam/joint noticeable? Also, if the planks meet around a corner (not “in” a corner), do you have to miter them? Thanks for your continued inspiration!

  24. says

    Fabulous ideas! I can’t wait to see the finished product. Maybe I’ll even attempt this in our new home. I think we have a wall in the kitchen that would look awesome like this.

  25. says

    I love everything you have done in your home. You have such a cooperative husband and you guys work so well together. You are very lucky.

  26. says

    I cannot wait to see your finished bedroom. You guys are so creative. My husband and I would probably go to an antique mall and buy a couple of bookcases. Merry Christmas to you both. I know 2011 will be a great year for you.

  27. Samantha says

    Wow I love this! I’m obviously way behind the times here but my husband and I are looking to do this in our bedroom… Did you just take the boards all the way up to the ceiling or how did you create your “crown molding and base boards”?