I am not equipped in any way to tell you how to decorate a bedroom, but what I can tell you is that decorating is a process. At least for me. I create, I tweak, I redo, I tear down, I repaint, and then I put it all back together. I've done this many times, and I'll probably do it many more.
I started a couple of weeks ago by redoing our headboard, and it kinda snowballed from there. I'll do a quick tutorial on the headboard for you tomorrow, so today I'll just show you the entire bedroom and all of the bazillion little things I've changed since you last saw this room here.
First things first, I was tired of my first attempt at a DIY headboard. It was gold, a little too large for our queen bed, and quite frankly a little sad. So, I decided to use the leftovers from this project, and use a dropcloth to reupholster my headboard. So, I ripped all of the old stuff off and had the husband cut the plywood into a different shape. This lil' guy was soon created. (Again, more details to follow tomorrow)
I also brought in the tufted ottoman from the living room to try it out in here. I really want a bench at the end of our bed, and decided to try this guy out for a while so I can figure out what size/shape/material will work best. He works best in the living room, so he'll go home soon.
Most of the bedding stayed the same....white striped duvet cover and shams (P.S. everyone always asks me if all of the white drives me nuts. Answer: Nope...not at all. We have 2 cats and things definitely get dirt on them all the time. That's what bleach is for!)
One thing I did change though, was the bedskirt. The old one was gold, and very pretty, but I'm done with gold. (Which is funny since last month I was literally spray painting silver things gold. Sigh.).
I also put the new drop cloth chair and ottoman in the 'office area'. See that giant gray splotch of paint in there? Yes, that's me testing out the paint in that room. I don't think I'm going in that direction anymore. But I had to test it out to see if I liked it. Turns out I don't.
I also brought in the rug that was once in the office. I'm thinking that won't last, as I like the other one better. I'm just trying things out. :) One day there will be dark hardwood floors in this entire room with a big giant cushy rug on top....so my teeny rug switcharoos are short term.
I also reupholstered the vanity stool with leftover blue taffeta that I used for the living room pillows here, and then also spray painted the table hardware black. I spray painted all of the hardware in the room black.....even the curtain rods! Oh, and I switched out the curtains too, opting for solid white rather than sheer ivory.
Speaking of hardware...
I spray painted the handles on my favorite dresser black, and those icky brass doorknobs are about to get the same treatment. *Update: see what I did to the doorknobs here. They're so much better now!
Then I spray painted the lamp and mirror silver, too!
See my tips on spray painting here.
See my tips on spray painting here.
Oh, and I also added a couple little silver trinkets my grandmother gave me. (above)
Then, I brought back in my $7 Florida thrift store lamps, spray painted silver and spruced up with modern drum shades. You never know what treasures you will find on vacation.
Oh, yeah....and forgot to mention the pillows. We all know I'm obsessed with pillows, so here goes:
I brought in those green & aqua embroidered pillows from the old living room, and then made that striped bolster pillow. I used plain white fabric and painters tape and painted those stripes on with some leftover interior paint.
Not bad for a free pillow. If you sand the paint after it dries, it's really soft.
Now let's take a quick spin around the room, looking towards the sitting room (behind those french doors). I haven't even begun on that room yet. I'm rather puzzled about it. One day soon I'll post pics and see if any of ya'll can give me some advice!
and now back the other way. Behind those double doors (in the pic below) is our closet. I have them closed because it is one of my current projects I am working on....no peeking!!!
Okay, so really quick, let's compare where it was and where it was now, so you can see how far it's come.
AFTER. Notice I finally had Jesse take down that awful track lighting above the bed. Hallelujah.
and now for some real fun...this is the same wall.
BEFORE (when we first moved it):