Thursday, November 4, 2010

Before and After: Master Bedroom Makeover

Since we moved into our home about 2.5 years ago, we have made a lot of small changes.  "We" is a loose term here; since, my husband is the one who has done most (if not all) of the hard labor while I work as Project Lead.  We've painted or had painted every room in the house, literally.  This includes ceilings, trim and doors.  We're anal and love the clean look of fresh paint.  We've also changed nearly every light fixture and all of the switch/outlets from beige to white.  We're working on changing the door handles and hinges from brass to brushed nickel (I even spray painted a couple here) husband is doing this work as he paints each door.  These are small, time consuming changes, but with big impact and small budget.  While we would love to replace the carpet with hardwood and gut the kitchen and bathrooms, this house, this location and this economy just do not warrant the expense.  So, we're working on small changes with big results. 

For example, I've been slowly pulling together our master bedroom on a shoestring budget. 

This is what the room looked like when we moved in, sans the wall decor.

 This is what the room looks like now.  Well, this is only half of the room.  If I would turn around and take a picture, the other half would not look so pulled together.  I'm still working on that half.  We were tossing around the idea of getting a television for the space, but we decided against it recently.   So, I'm ready to tackle the "back half"! 

16 x 16 from Canvas People, 
click here for your free 8x10 or to put $55 toward the size of your choice.  I paid around $40 (including shipping) for a canvas that would normally cost double that amount. 
Initial "Quote" Frames
These are from A Few Kind Words, an etsy shop with a truly personal touch and keen attention to detail.  The customer service I received was excellent and they truly offered the exact product I was looking for. The quotes are cheesy, but meaningful for my husband and I.  
K-Keep true to the dreams of thy heart. -Friedrich von Schiller
S-Shall we make a new rule of life, from tonight always try to be a little kinder than necessary. -Unknown
Keep in mind that they will customize the prints to any size, initial and quote that you'd like!
The headboard consists of 4 vintage shutters that I purchased for $15 each.  Originally, they looked like this.
I sanded, painted and glazed them.  My husband attached each pair together with brackets and mounted them to the wall.  I know it's a bit non-traditional for a headboard, but I love the cottage-y look it gives our bedroom.  I also love that I have a vintage, upcycled, handmade headboard for about $70!

Now they look like this: 
See lamp makeover here.
Martha Stewart from Macy's that I purchased a couple of years ago on sale.  I love the bright green and damask; however, I really love that it holds up to all our toddler wear and tear...jumping, potty leaks, greasy hands.
Gift from my in-laws and cover was made by a local seamstress for a song!
Settee Pillows
Liberty of London from Target-I purchased them on super clearance for $4.98. Still available on Target's website for $11.88, which is still a good price in my opinion. 
Right-Side Night Stand
Purchased from Home Goods on clearance for $104.  I love that I could use this table for a variety of purposes and I love the rustic, manly look. 
Left-Side Night Stand
My splurge.  Purchased from Home Goods for $199.  It has a pull-out writing desk, four drawers, and I LOVE the color in this room.  I feel like the turquoise is a great accent color in this space and really adds to the happy, restful feeling.  
*I'm still working on window treatments.  I haven't been able to decide yet.  I will probably go with long white panels...but not sure if I want shear, canvas, print or ????*

What do you think?  Have you made any small changes=big impact makeovers lately?  If so, please share I'd love to hear some inspiration!
More detailed pictures after the jump...

Most of the accessories (including the mirror and chair) you see in these detail pictures were purchased and consignment shops, on super clearance at Home Goods, or at a local antique mall.  If you are interested in something specific, just let me know.  

This completes our Master Bedroom Makeover.  In sum, everything you see (including the new pine dresser) was about $1200.  It's not a shoestring budget, but considering we started with NOTHING but the bed, I think we did pretty good and purchased items that are lasting and versatile.

What do you think?  Have you made any small changes=big impact makeovers lately?  If so, please share I'd love to hear some inspiration!

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Strut Your Stuff at Somewhat Simple
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Anonymous said...

Love the makeover, the symmetry, and the details around the room. But what about two curtain panels pulled back, one panel on each side of the room? I say that because of how symmetrical and balanced the room already is.

Thanks for sharing!

Jennifurla said...

Wow what detail and charm

Torrie said...

Wow. It looks amazing. Thank you for sharing the details. Extremely helpful for those (like me) on a budget. Lots of good information and ideas!

Anonymous said...

I like how you used non traditional pieces for nightstands. The little blue chest is beautiful. Your bedroom makeover is beautiful!

Ann said...

Love the beachy-vibe--lovely colors. Great Job remaking the room!

Mary Ellen said...

FewKindWords is so proud to have framed quotes in your beautiful new master bedroom!! We loved getting to work with you on this project. I really love the symmetry and colors, great job!

Kristine at The Painted Hive said...

So pretty. I love the way you played with the symmetry of the room by mixing up your side tables. I'm revealing my 'new' master bedroom on Sunday!

FunnyFaceBeauty said...

Wow Katie, thats awesome. I love DIY and Shabby Chic bedrooms. I did mine a couple of years ago and love it.
If you have a chance, please check out my 'Dare to Wear' challenge for AIDS Charity. For everyone who recreates a look posted on my blog, my parents and I will donate money to The Stephen Lewis Foundation.
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Courtney ~ French Country Cottage said...

Great makeover! I love the wall color and the shutters- really cute! Thanks for sharing!! I host a decorating inspiration party at my blog on the weekends if you would like to join in sometime-this is great project! :)

Johnnie said...

Awesome thrifty transformation. I am a new follower from Friday's blog hops. I am looking forward to reading more of your blog. Blessings...
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Kathiey said...

Love your room makeover. It looks great.
Visiting you from New Friend Friday....thanks for your post:-)

Jenny said...

Oh my gosh, this is soooo pretty!!!


This is so nice. I wish I had room at the end of my bed for a love-seat. Ahhh, maybe in a future life with a new home. Also love the blue nightstand.

LambAround said...

What a beautiful makeover! If you get a chance, I'd love for you to link to this on my blog hop :)

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