If you follow me on Instagram you saw a sneak pic of what I’m posting about today. So here’s the story.
We moved into this house about 10 months ago. In every room I have a vision… a plan. I know exactly what I want and sometimes the plan evolves a little, but from soon after moving in, my husband and I discussed the changes and improvements we wanted to make to our master bedroom. It is not big space, but we are happy with the size for now. For a long time we just had a bed and The Dresser (The One I Kept) which was topped by a TV. That is IT! Horrible, I know.
We bought a couple of larger night stands but because we are keeping them, they have always been low on the priority list to get refinished. The walls were bare, patched, and ready for a new coat of paint. So, we let the room become a dumping ground. Clothes easily piled up, kids brought in toys and forgot to retrieve them, and in general was a complete mess most of the time. Even when I cleaned it all up, I didn’t like the way it looked. Well things got a little out of control around VMD and last Friday I decided I was going to PURGE! I opened every drawer and emptied the contents and only put back things we have used since we moved into the room. All important documents were organized in some smaller plastic containers and stored underneath the bed. I gave the sheets, comforter, and duvet a long, hot soak in my magic combination of detergents to rid them all all stains, and made the bed. Once everything we organized and clean and I took out an enormous black garbage back of trash, I STILL kinda hated the way the room looked.
I felt discouraged.
I wanted to have a nice looking room, but I knew it wasn’t in our budget right now. It would have to wait.
Then on Sunday afternoon, while everyone was taking naps, I got some inspiration from The Nester and decided to shop my house to come up with at very least, something a little prettier than the current blank, bare situation. I kid you not, I would repeat to myself, “It doesn’t have to be perfect to be beautiful” while I picked up pieces around my house to use in the room. It helped a lot.
Keep in mind, not much here will stay the same, but in the meantime, it looks SO much nicer than before and it only took me a couple hours!
Here is my favorite part of the room, my side of the bed:
I started with that little french chair. I put it in the corner and then starting styling around it. It needs the foam on the seat back replaced since it is hard and crunchy… So that means tufting is my future! 🙂 The little make-shift night stand is a stool that needs to be painted with some scrap burlap thrown on top, and the table top is a cabinet door to a broken down Hoosier cabinet that I’ve been meaning to fix up for 6 months now. I put a few decorative and useful vintage items on top: music sheet rolls under a glass cloche, a mason jar pendant light I made, and an old clock. I needed some things to fill up the blank walls, so I grabbed a very tall mirror from my collection of discarded mirrors (from dresser re-dos) and leaned it against the wall. Above the chair and night stand, I hung a couple old frames, then I made a quick sign by tacking black construction paper behind one of the frames and writing with a white chalk pen a line to one of our favorite songs. The no-sew curtains I actually made several months ago (tutorial HERE). Since I didn’t have the exact throw pillows I wanted for the bed, I grabbed a couple of pillow-cushions from an old chair back I redid months ago, because they were the right color and size. I also draped a very old quilt I use for picnics over the bed. And lastly, I used some extra upholstery-weight fabric as a runner along the side of the bed!
This is my husband’s side!
I actually LOVE that little nightstand. It has lots of marks and gauges on the top though, so it will get a makeover shortly. The lamp was given to us, and I put it on top of a couple of large books. The yellow shutters I have had in my basement storage for months, but realized I needed something to balance the yellow-orange of the french chair on the other side of the room. Once I propped it up there, it looked like it belonged there! A few more books, some greenery, and a little bird statue complete the nightstand styling.
Above the bed I put some empty cabinet frames that belong to that same broken down Hoosier cabinet, which I hope to fill with with art botanical prints. Above that is a wooden board, which I wrote, “Te Amo Para Sempre”, which is Portuguese for, “I Love You Forever.” Why Portuguese? My husband is from Brazil! 🙂
It’s nothing fancy or terrifically well-designed. But I’m actually really happy with what I was able to come up with for $0!
Now, I DO have a plan for the room, and I’m hoping to get going on it, bit by bit, hopefully finishing by next spring! Wanna see my plan?
First, we are going to plank the back wall and paint them white, sorta like this:
Then, all this will come together:
Inspiration colors: Pinterest
Two-Tone Nightstand: Making Home Base
Eastlake Bed: I actually have one almost identical to this one, that I’m working on stripping of varnish, so I can seal with Tung Oil. Image source.
White Nightstand: I’ll find something similar in size and refinish it myself, but this one is from PB.
Sliding Barndoor: We plan on finding an old door and converting to a barn door like this as the entrance to the bathroom. Image source.
Tufted Gray Chair: I’m going to reupholster the french chair that is currently in our room, with gray fabric, similar to this one. I’ll also lightly white wax the frame, so it only settles in the grooves. Image source
Home Sign: House of Belonging
So, what do you think of my $0 master makeover? How about the planned master makeover?