Tuesday, October 22, 2013

master bedroom re-do

Finally, the bedroom redecorating that I have been working on for months is officially finished. It is far far FAR from perfect, but I am calling it done. I sort of forgot about taking before pictures so the only ones I have are from three years ago when we first moved into this house. Not exactly accurate but oh well. It does show you what the wall color was before, our old bedspread, the lack of a headboard, and the dresser before we painted it.

And here it is after the months long amateur re-do.
For the most part I am very pleased with how it turned out. There are definitely somethings I envisioned differently, but when you are decorating on a budget you can't always do everything just the way you imagine it.

The first order of business was to find a new bedspread. We had had our old one since our wedding and it wasn't super high quality (or lovely) to begin with. It took a long time to find an affordable bedding set that I liked and unfortunately the rest of the project was at a standstill until that happened. I finally happened upon this one during a sale at JCPenney. I wasn't absolutely sure about it but I really do like it now. After we got the bedding set we started working on paint ideas. We ended up deciding to paint one wall a darker gray as an accent wall and then do the rest of the room light gray. (A huge thanks to my mom for all the days she came and helped me paint. I never would have finished without her help.) The dark gray color turned out perfect, just what I pictured! The light gray? Ummmm...more of a light blue. Not entirely how I wanted it but by the time we realized just how blue it was it just felt too late. It's not horrible but less blue would definitely be better in my opinion.
My mom happened to be getting rid of a desk from her house so we were kind enough to snatch that up and used leftover paint to paint it. The darker gray on the desk is actually leftover from when we painted our downstairs bathroom and the lighter gray/blue is from the lighter gray/blue walls. This desk is perfect for my sewing machine and supplies. I love having it!

We had some lamps in our bedroom but knew the shades wouldn't work with the new color scheme. We tossed around a lot of ideas and then Brennan suggested we use leftover fabric from the roman shades I made to recover the shades rather than buy new lamps. I am actually really impressed with the way these turned out! Mostly because we didn't follow any tutorials or anything. I know it isn't the most impressive or creative project but for us it's kind of a big deal!
Here are the roman shades I made. This is probably one of my favorite changes to the room. Before this window just had one big, heavy set of mini blinds. And have I ever mentioned how much I hate cleaning mini blinds?! It is the worst. So when I saw some tutorials for no-sew roman shades I figured it was worth a shot. They aren't perfect but I really, really like them. In fact I am planning to make more for our living room window which also has one big, heavy set of mini blinds that I hate to clean.

I am not in love with the wall arrangement on this wall. I am horrible at that sort of thing and definitely part of the problem was working with miscellaneous frames and things we already had, rather than buying coordinating ones. I'm sure it will all be rearranged again but I was so desperate to just be done I just went with it. If any of you have any suggestions I would love to hear them!

We painted our dresser a light blue to match the bedspread. Unfortunately we got the quart of paint for the dresser long before the lighter paint for the walls and they ended up being a little too similar. That meant when it was time to figure out the arrangement of everything, there was really only one wall the dresser could go in front of. Kind of frustrating but I think it worked out.

So there it is! Our new bedroom, finally. Whew, just in time for this baby to come. :)


  1. Good job. What a lot of work! I might suggest spray painting your frames on that wall you're not loving...maybe all white or a few colors that coordiate with your bedspread. That might be cute? I say this as I have changed nothing in my own decor in years though :)

  2. So awesome! I love it, especially the lamp shade and blinds. It's so much work to redo a room like that! Way to go! I realized this as I tried to redo Oakley's room and I definitely didn't do anything as cool as you! miss crafty. :)

  3. p.s. did you get those accent pillows at Costco? I think we have the same ones and I love them because they're soooooo comfy!