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 and my handy Maytag are for!)
One thing I did change though, was the bedskirt. (Is it just me or did grandma's everywhere used to call those dust ruffles? Giggle.) 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.) So, anyways, I stole the guest bedroom 'dust ruffle' and put it in here. TBD.
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. You probably didn't notice, as it was a very mild change, but this entire room got a new coat of paint. It went from Behr Sandstone Cliff (a warmer beige with a yellow undertone) to Behr Wheat Bread (a cool beige with a gray undertone). It didn't need to be changed, but I had some on hand I hadn't used yet and frankly love changing things. That little room was painted with a very light yellow, but I'm totally over it, so I think I'm going to use the Wheat Bread in there too. I figured ya'll wouldn't mind seeing a project midway through, right? :)
I also brought in the rug that was once in the office. The old rug (that I love) was way to browney-gold for the new paint color. This ivory one works much better. 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, painted over my table stencil (don't worry! I have a new idea in mind...and this one won't be gold!), 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.)
then spray painted the lamp and mirror silver, too! Oh, and I painted a once dark green flower pot my favorite blue! What on earth would I do without paint, ya'll!?!?
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, right? Tip: If you sand the paint once it is dry, the pillow will be soft as a baby's hiney. Yes, I said hiney.
Now before I show the 'befores', 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 the hubby take down that awful track lighting above the bed!!! Soon, will be replacing my old chandelier with a modern drum pendant,too! And by soon, I mean Novemberish. Hehe. Yay!)
and now for some real fun...this is the same wall.
BEFORE (when we first moved it):
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