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If you’re like me, you focus all of your creative energy on all rooms of the house but the master bedroom. I guess the thought is, who besides me and my family is going to see our bedroom so what’s the point in trying to spruce it up? This was my belief until I had a late night
breakdown epiphany and realized I needed a nice, relaxing place to call my own and, in my world, that is my bedroom.
The very next day I set out to transform my bedroom with a plan for new paint, new artwork, bedding and a couple of new smaller pieces for the space. My goal was to do this without spending an exhorbitant amount of money. So began my 6 month bedroom renovation. I know, it has been a long time coming. Did I mention that projects always takes months longer than I planned?
Here are some photos of my blah bedroom before. Note the dark wood, neutral walls and generic artwork. Awesome!
Do those photos make you feel relaxed? Yeah, I didn’t think so.
Now, the transformation. You’ll remember that I blogged about my DIY sunburst mirror here and also the DIY chevron paintings that I hung above my awesome Ikea Hemnes nightstands that I found on Craigslist.
Psst! I switched out the standard knobs on my Ikea nightstands with some fab gold knobs that I found at Lowes for $3.00 each.
Once I decided that I wanted my colors to be white, gold and grey, I added some DIY artwork too. Check out the frame I painted white and gold and then found the perfect printable online to finish the piece.
I’ll admit it, as the years go by I tend to forget things more often. To help, I used Crate and Barrel’s chalkboard stickers and put a gold frame around it. Now I can write things that I need to remember the next morning and check the list twice before I head downstairs and off to work.
In my nook that will someday be a comfy reading corner, I decided to girl it up. I have a vintage Vogue print that my mother had and I’ve hauled with me through my numerous moves across the country. To complement that, I added two prints by artist Daphne van den Heuvel who paints women in amazing stripes. LOVE her!
I have tried, without success, to replace the etagere that holds our TV. My first thought was to spray paint it yellow. I did this before I knew that you need to use a primer first. So it turned out uneven and runny. Then I bought a couple pieces of furniture for that space but they were either too short or stuck out too far. So, again in a weird fit of creativity one day, I decided to use gold thumbtacks and use them as nailheads to outline the frame of the etagere.
I have to say it turned out better than I expected. Yes, my thumbs were numb for about two weeks after the project, I have no sense of pinning in a straight line and there were a few mess ups, but for about $2 I have to say it was worth it!
Here’s a close of up of the
I have to say, my room has come a long way. I’m sure I’ll add to it as the months go by but now I have a place to relax and read and appreciate. Here’s one more shot of my new room. Oh and I’m sure you’re wondering about the POSH letters. They stand for the first letter of each of our names in my family. No, I didn’t plan it that way but think it’s kind of funny! How could I not point it out?
Paint: Benjamin Moore- accent wall- graphite wall color- marina gray
aVintage Art Deco Lamps (on nightstands): Craigslist
Ikea Hemnes Nightstands: Craigslist
Campaign Dresser (foot of web): Craigslist
Knobs: Home Depot and Lowes
Chalkboard Stick-ons: Crate and Barrel Outlet
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