Our Cabin Bedroom Suite Renovation: Progress Check In (Part 2)

One of my goals this year is to share more of the behind-the-scenes updates about our renovation projects. To me, it feels like these renovations happen overnight, but that’s really not the case. Especially with our cabin! So here’s a real quick update about what we’ve accomplished in our cabin’s main bedroom suite renovation. Let me know what you think!

The Latest Update About Our Cabin Bedroom Suite Renovation, Part 2

If you haven’t already, be sure to check out Part 1. That’s where the before photos + entire design plan lives!


All of the paneling is officially up on the walls and I LOVE IT. We used pre-made sheets of paneling similar to this to cover the walls. I would have loved to do actual paneling, but our budget is pretty limited. Now that the walls are painted, I think it looks SO good. It provides the exact amount of charm to the space that I wanted.

We also added some moulding to the corners around the paneling to make it look more finished and refined. And then lastly, we trimmed out the windows! Before, they had bullnose edges (wide, rounded corners) and no trim. They looks very unfinished and just not the sophisticated vibe I wanted. Sean actually used scraps from the paneling flipped over to trim them! Then we got window moulding to match the rest of the house. I love how they turned out.

Cabin bedroom makeover and main bedroom suite renovation in our PNW cabin, paint is Current Mood by Clare Paint


OH THE POWER OF PAINT!! I feel like there is no better example than this room. Before, the space was approximately 4 different dingy pastel shades. Not only do the two areas in the room feel more unified, the entire space feels significantly more grown up. Gone are the days of a TV hanging from the center of the room!

We used Clare Paint in Current Mood (check out my review of Clare here) and I could not be more obsessed with it. It’s so rich and has totally transformed the space. Before we opened the cans of paint, I was really worried that the green would feel too similar to the trim and doors in the rest of the house. Now that it’s finished though, that isn’t the case at all. It definitely feels like a different shade, but in a complementary way that makes sense. I promise, I’m not painting everything in this house green.

Cabin bedroom makeover and main bedroom suite renovation in our PNW cabin, custom window coverings from Wovn Home

Making some decisions

I’ve also been working on figuring out our window coverings. I’ll be partnering with Wovn Home on the window coverings and you can see some of the options I’m considering here! I want a print for the closet curtains (we aren’t bringing back the mirrored and bifold doors) and a solid color for our roman shades on the windows.

The Remaining To Do List:

We’ve actually tackled quite a bit of this already as you might have seen on Instagram. I know the rest of our list seems long, but it’s mostly small stuff… other than installing the floor! That’s what we’ll be doing this weekend, so I am very curious to see how it goes.

  • Remove carpeting
  • Install paneling and moulding
  • Trim out the windows with moulding
  • Install plywood flooring
  • Patch holes and imperfections on ceiling and walls not covered in paneling
  • Paint
  • Install new door hardware, lighting, window coverings, mirror, vanity light, etc
  • Paint bathroom
  • Layout furniture and style surfaces
  • Install closet hardware
  • Organize closet

What do you think of our progress so far?? Are you enjoying these mid-way progress reports?

Photography by Jojotastic.

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Joanna Hawley-McBride is a Pacific Northwest-based social media strategist, content creator, and former textile designer. Joanna is the founder and editor-in-chief of Jojotastic, a lifestyle blog focused on Joanna’s work-in-progress cabin, finding the best pair of underwear through #UnderwearThesis, and empowering women to explore nature — all in her signature unfiltered style. Her work has been featured in Domino, CNBC, and Eating Well.

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