Hey ya'll! First things first, thank you so much to every single person who took the time to email me, comment, or send their congratulations via social media after my last post. It really meant so much to me, and it totally took me by surprise to see how excited everyone was. I've felt a little down during this pregnancy due to being so sick, and it was just the boost I needed. Thank you guys.
So, moving on to today's topic: The master bedroom. As many of you know, I've blogged about this room a lot, mostly because the rest of our house was still stuck in the 70's for the first two years of this blog. But, this week I looked back at my posts from 2014 and realized that the last time I shared anything about this room was over a year ago, right before we started renovating the upstairs.
So, basically, my mind is blown, and we somehow went an entire year without talking about this room.
So, it's time for updates. Because although nothing major has changed, like knocking down a wall or building a sauna, there have been a few changes that I've made to this room over the past year.
But first, a quick reminder of what this room looked like when we first moved in almost 5 years ago.
This picture gives me a very healthy dose of perspective. Because although it's one of the ugliest pictures I've ever taken, it reminds me that material things don't equal happiness. Because every time I see this picture, I remember when we first got married and bought our house, and that was truly one of the happiest times in my life.
I wasn't upset by the horrible 1970's dungeon that was my house...I was excited by the possibilities. And that's what this photo reminds me of...to never feel stuck by what is, but to instead be excited by what can be.
And so fast forward to June of last year, and this is what our bedroom looked like for about a month. We emptied out the old queen sized bed that I made and were waiting on the arrival of our new bed. It ended up taking much longer to arrive that we'd planned, so the room was empty for awhile.
It was a weird bedroom transition phase that I don't like to recall.
We bought the bed online so it was kinda a pain to assemble, but when all was said and done, it turned out beautifully. Plus, Jesse assembled it, so who am I to complain.
This Instagram pic is from 23 weeks ago. And I'm just now getting around to finally sharing the end results with you on the blog.
It's not normal, I know.
So, here's the bedroom as it looks today. The only major additions are the upholstered wingback bed, and two x-base nightstands. I also got some longer curtains and raised the curtain rod to the ceiling. The antique rug was given to me by my grandma, the scalloped chandelier is from this post, and the artwork above the bed is a gold placemat I framed in a Target frame.
The bed we bought is sold out now, but here's the link in case it gets restocked.
I looked everywhere for campaign style nightstands and eventually decided on these. I also added a couple mercury glass lamps that I found at a local store on clearance for $20 each.
Here are a few wide shots of the bedroom.
The french provincial dresser...still my best thrift store find to date.
If you're new here, the original dresser post can be found here.
And bonus, here's the original post about the closet makeover. It's a little outdated by now, but you can at least see what's going on in there.
Here's the view of the bedroom when you first walk in the room. I've temporarily put a little sofa in the side room.
My treadmill lives in there, too. And you get to see it. Because who has time to move that thing for photo's sake?
And because it's good to remember, this is what the side room looked like 5 years ago.
If you're in a similar situation and can't afford to remove your wood paneling, don't be afraid to paint it. I had no experience whatsoever and all it took was a little research and a lot of elbow grease, and it's held up just fine. I used Kilz primer and BM Simply White flat wall paint. That's it.
Here's a closeup of the side room today. This is all very temporary because I think I'm going to make this room the nursery. At least for the first little while. So, the sofa will probably get moved elsewhere and so will the treadmill.
And so will that horrid boob light because, no.
But for the past little while, it's been nice to have a sofa in there. You may remember this little sofa from the basement (probably not). It was slipcovered in a brown slipcover and when we gutted the basement a few months back, we almost got rid of it, but I decided at the last minute to keep it and see if I could use it elsewhere.
And Jesse was SO excited that I wanted to keep the sofa because underneath the slipcover was this:
The above pic was taken after I had Jesse haul it upstairs by himself like he was an ant.
You can just imagine his joy.
And then I had him move it back to the bedroom, in all its hot pink glory, because really, what do you want from me.
I couldn't part with it.
Ultimately I decided to tone it down a notch and cover it with an off-white slipcover. I'm thinking I will eventually move this little sofa to the foot of the bed, but we'll see.
Until then, it will just look pretty and I'll feel like a person who can afford to have a pretty little sofa in her bedroom.
But, we'll all know the real story, you and me.
HOT PINK $50 COUCH FROM 1982.
Oh, and here's one last little wide angle...I also raised the curtains over the doors out to the deck. I don't know why, but raising the curtains to the ceiling makes such a big difference.
That curtain rod is a sad spaghetti noodle, but baby steps.
And here's your yearly update on the silver leaf vanity...still one of my favorite redos. I currently have all of my hair stuff (blow dryers, etc) in that wooden bin. I keep planning to paint it and put some caster wheels on it, but it hasn't happened yet.
I've just come to the accept that this is one of those life phases when hanging curtains, slipcovering a tiny pink sofa, and assembling some furniture takes me 6 months.
But, I'm working on another very important project, so I know you guys will understand if I move even slower than usual.
23 weeks today.... :)
That's all for today, ya'll! I'll be back soon to share my top 10 blogging tips. It only took me 3 years to finally put together a blog post about blogging. :)