Project: My Bedroom

There are two rooms that I’ve decided to focus on improving and redecorating this summer: my bedroom and our backroom (which is a combination mudroom/laundry room/craft room).  For both of these rooms, the decorating is going to have to happen one step at a time.  The bedroom I am doing to my preferences, but the backroom is shared by the whole family, so I’m working with my mom (and dad and the rest of the family too!) to decide what to do in there.  We’ve already started some stuff in the backroom, but my bedroom has been untouched so far.

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The first step will be to repaint the room.  My bedroom has slanted walls/ceilings, with a narrow strip of a normal, flat ceiling.  It is currently a very bright yellow.  Although it is nice and cheerful, I’m ready for something a little more comfortable on the eyes.  Plus, when I eventually move out, the room will likely be a guest room, so it will be better on our guests’ eyes as well.  I moved into the room three years ago when my brother went off to college and my sister and I kicked him out of his room (he got another room…downstairs…with no doors, so don’t think we’re too terrible of sisters!), and I redid the room at that point.  I have decided to paint the room a soothing light mint/seafoam/sage color.  I want something with a little bit of blue and a little bit of gray in it.  The narrow strip of ceiling will be painted a few shades darker than the rest.  I am also planning to paint the inside of my bedroom door a charcoal color.  It is a faux wooden door (it’s the one on the left in the picture below) and it is right next to the closet door, which is real wood, so I’m hoping painting it will make it seem less obvious that is isn’t real wood.

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The next step will be rearranging and changing up the furniture.  For the most part, I’ll be using the same furniture, but will be rearranging almost everything.  I am replacing a flimsy cabinet with a small wooden dresser (which I am currently refinishing) and I’m hoping to find a simple iron headboard, but otherwise, the furniture will be the same.

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After a lot of consideration, I’ve decided to move my bed in front of the window.  It’s the only way I can have a real headboard due to the slanted walls/ceilings, plus it will make things more symmetrical and fill the space better.  The little dresser (which will not be used for clothes, but for storage instead) will be to the left of the bed and my desk (which is quite petite) will be to the right of the bed.

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My dresser is moving to the wall that the door is on. My bookshelf is the only thing not moving.  My brother keeps an old black (family heirloom) chest in my room, since his new room is small, and that will be placed at the foot of the bed as a bench.

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The wall with my main window will become a gallery wall, surrounding the bed, window, desk, and dresser.  I am hoping to fill the entire wall.  I have a tall, thin poster which I think will look great on the back of my door (especially against the charcoal).

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As far as projects, I need to paint the walls, ceilings, and door, I will likely have to paint the headboard once I find one, I would really like to make a clothing rack (my closet is very small and I would rather store more unsightly things in there instead of my clothes), I would like to come up with some cool, CHEAP way to “frame”/mount my posters, I need to make curtains, and I need to finish refinishing the little dresser (the “before” is above).

I am really excited to redo the room! I’m hoping everything works out to look the way I’m imagining in my head!