Bedroom Makeover Reveal!!

About two years ago, I decided my bedroom was in need of a major overhaul.  I painted it, and then it sat, waiting to be finished, until this past week!  I am so, so happy with it, even though my original vision is quite different from what I ended up with.  After many long months and hard work, I finally took some photos to share.

Without further adieu….

2015-07-20 15.37.39To remind you what it looked like before, here is a photo of a similar view:

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAAs much as I loved the yellow, it was a bit much, and the arrangement of the furniture made the room feel really big and empty.  I painted the walls a light blue (I was really going for more of a mint color, but I ended up with a light blue, which ended up working out just fine).  I also painted the ceiling a slightly darker shade of blue than the walls.  I then rearranged the furniture, eventually settling on putting the bed in front of the window.  2015-07-20 15.15.22
Because the room has slanted walls, the only place for the bed that really made sense was to center it on this wall, which meant placing it in front of the window.  I made some curtains from fabric I got on clearance at JoAnn Fabrics.  To make the bed seem less awkward in front of the window, I hung the curtains so that they would be wider than the bed.

2015-07-20 15.16.57This is the view of the room as you enter from the hallway.  Instead of nightstands on either side, I utilized the flat wall (there are only 2 in the room) by placing a desk on one side and a small dresser on the other.  You can also see the ceiling in this photo.   Because the ceiling is such a narrow strip, I didn’t want it to stand out.  I considered painting it the same color as the walls, but thought that might be a bit much of one color, so I painted the ceiling a shade darker than the walls.  I really like how it looks.

2015-07-20 15.18.42The desk is rather petite.  My dad and grandpa refinished it for me when I was a little girl, so it means a lot to me.  The desk top was getting rather crowded, so I mounted a couple of small wooden boxes to the wall to create little shelves that can hold pens, markers, and other odds and ends.  The chair is a simple dining room chair that I painted a beautiful dark charcoal color.

2015-07-20 15.22.52On the other side of the bed is a small glove-drawer dresser.  This was one of the biggest projects I did for the room.  I got this dresser for free from a neighbor.  Although very solid, it had been stored in a barn for quite some time, so it was grimy and had lost a lot of its luster.  I cleaned it up, painted it a bright yellow (my favorite color) and added ceramic knobs.  I am SOO happy with how it turned out.  Above, my junior and senior prom pictures flank a flower painting that my great-grandmother painted.

2015-07-20 15.24.49This corner is my favorite part of the room.  I love the way the bright yellow looks next to the curtains and the black bed.

2015-07-20 15.25.53Here you can see how everything works together.  The bed was another big project.  I knew I wanted an iron bed in here so that the light from the window wasn’t blocked, but my bed is a full, so I ran into a lot of trouble finding one that would work.  My dad was rummaging around in the garage of his office building (he owns a real estate business) and found this frame.  We measured it and it was a perfect fit!  It needed a lot of scraping and sanding to remove the old, flaking lead paint.  Then I spray-painted it a glossy black.  I can’t believe how nice it looks now!

2015-07-20 15.27.52This shows the wall to the left of the door as you walk in the room.  Because of all of the weird angles of the room, the closet was actually built into the room, which creates the bump-out you can see here (it doesn’t look too bad on the outside, but the closet has some super weird angles on the inside from the various roof lines meeting).  The small slice of wall to the right of the closet door is the perfect place for an antique mirror.  The closet is very small and has very short, slanted ceilings, so it cannot hold longer dresses.  I bought an over-the-door hanger several years ago in the hopes that I could hang dresses inside the closet, but the door won’t shut with it there, so the dresses hang outside the door.  They actually give the room some nice color, so I really don’t mind it. The chest to the right of the closet is actually my brother’s.  It is a family heirloom.

2015-07-20 15.28.15Because there are only two walls that artwork can be hung on, I wanted to make sure I took advantage of them.  This wall holds my dresser and a gallery wall.  I’m really happy with how it turned out.

2015-07-20 15.28.25This corner is my reading corner.  A simple butterfly chair is a very comfortable spot to read.

2015-07-20 15.29.41The closet also creates this little nook.  A small bookshelf holds my shoes and some board games and the top functions as my vanity area.  A wire hung with thumbtacks is the perfect place to store my earrings, and a hook holds my necklaces.  The beautiful painting was done by one of my super-talented college friend, Jess.

2015-07-20 15.31.27The right side wall holds my large bookshelf and some artwork.  The shelf was a perfect find by my parents many years ago.  It fits right under the slanted walls and holds a lot of books.  I painted it black several years ago.

2015-07-20 15.32.28I love the bright pop of color the books on the shelf add.  The bookshelf also holds my turtle collection, two of which you can see here.  The Hogwarts crest was a painting I did in middle school and it sits next to a print I made in a printmaking class at college.

2015-07-20 15.37.07The same wall, looking the other way.

2015-07-20 15.45.28One of the things I love most about the room is the large skylights.  With only one regular window, they make a big difference and flood the room with light, especially in the summer (during the winter, they sometimes get covered with a bunch of snow).

I am so, so happy with how the room turned out (even if it took me two years to finish!).  The best part is that I spent very little on the transformation.  I think all in all, including paint, the room cost under $200.  The biggest expenses were on paint for the walls and ceiling, spray paint for the bed, and paint and knobs for the yellow dresser.  The only other things I purchased were a few yard sale frames, a curtain rod ($3 from Dollar General!), and fabric for curtains (maybe $15 on clearance).

Wood floors will be installed in the entire upstairs of the house, which will take care of the only part of the room I dislike- the ugly, 30-year-old, dust allergy inducing carpet.  Woohoo!  I really can’t wait (I’ll be sure to share pictures with the new floors…someday).

And just one last before and after to show the transformation (sorry, can’t help myself!):Bedroom before and after

Bedroom Makeover: Gallery Wall


Note: The sun shone very little the three weeks I was home and I won’t be able to get better pictures until I’m home again in February, so the colors here are a little bit off.  The wall is a bit more saturated and a bit more green and the colors of the artwork is a little off as well.  I will try to share better pictures at some point (maybe when I do the full bedroom reveal).

Wayyy back, I mentioned that I was going to do a bedroom makeover.  I painted my room and rearranged it, and then it sat unfinished for about over a year.  It’s not done yet, but I finally completed one of the major projects- the gallery wall on the wall of the door.  My room has slanted ceilings, so there are only two walls where it is really possible to hang artwork.  Because of this, I decided that the wall my bed faces would be a gallery wall.  I’m still toying with the idea of making the opposite wall a gallery wall as well, but we’ll see.

Gallery Wall in Progress

This gallery wall has been a very long process.  I started with the large map of Madrid, which has been there for awhile, along with the Jazz Festival poster.  Then added a couple more pieces.   Then some more.  Then rearranged much of it.  I am happy to say it is now complete!  There is one space I’d still like to eventually fill, but it looks fine as is (I think I’m just a little OCD so something that’s not quite balanced looks off to me).  I’m pretty happy with it!

Most people recommend gathering all the pieces you want to use, arranging them, then putting them up.  That is NOT how I went about this.  I simply added as I found the right piece for the right space on the wall.  It worked for me, but also meant that I sat with a half-finished gallery wall for many, many months.  I really wanted everything on the wall to be meaningful or something I really loved, so I didn’t want to purchase anything new for it.  I’ve had the Paris poster (framed), Madrid map, and Jazz Festival poster for a really long time.  They are some of my favorite pieces (I got the Paris poster from A.C. Moore probably 8 years ago, I got the Madrid map from a church rummage sale for a couple dollars, and the Jazz Festival poster was a gift from a friend who attends most years- her mom is from Montreal).  The yellow flower painting and bird embroidery piece were given to me from my grandma and were created by my great-grandma (and namesake).  I made three of the pieces (the dress embroidery piece, the truck etching, and the nude painting).  I’m sure a lot of people wouldn’t want a nude on their bedroom wall, but it doesn’t bother me (and it’s not like it’s in the living room).  The small wooden cross was a gift from one of the ladies at church who is very dear to my family.  The spoons were a Christmas gift this year from my grandma and are family heirlooms.  It was really tough to pick the photos.  I settled on a photo of my brother and I with three of our close family friends.  In the frame with three photos, I chose a photo of my grandma and my mom as a little girl.  People always say I look a lot like my mom and I can definitely see the resemblance in this photo (it’s also just one of my favorites).  I included a photo of my mom and I at a similar age and a photo of me around the same age that I also love.

Here’s the before (before ANY of the makeover started) with the after (all of my before photos are on my computer at home, so this is the best before shot I could find):

Before and AfterMuch better, right? I can’t wait to share the rest of the room (although, to be honest, it will probably be awhile before everything’s finished.  I still need to refinish a bed and dresser and figure out the artwork on the wall opposite this)!  I’m really happy with how this turned out.  By the way, if you noticed things look a little crooked above the dresser, the dresser is actually what is crooked, along with the entire floor (the entire room slopes towards the door).  Oh well!


Bedroom Makeover Sneak Peek

We’re going to take a little break in the Peru posts to share a couple of sneak peeks of my bedroom makeover.  Wayyyy back (last summer), I shared that I was going to redo my bedroom.  Last summer, I made some progress (painting, gathering artwork, figuring out a new layout), but it still had a ways to go.  It’s not quite done right now, but I’ve made some pretty big progress in the past couple of days and I couldn’t wait to share it.

The original plan was to keep the same furniture but change out a cabinet for a different dresser.  I ended up needing some additional storage, so I actually ended up adding two smaller pieces of furniture.  I’m not sure if either will be permanent, but I kinda like them so far, so they might stay.


I also finished dusting/styling the bookshelf (it’s really pretty much the same as before).

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAI’m really happy with the progress I’ve made in the past week and can’t wait to finish the room up!  I still need to hang artwork, figure out storage, and finish redoing the dresser that is replacing the cabinet.  To see the before photos, check out this post.


Bedroom Project: Update and Inspiration

So, I’ve made some progress on my bedroom.  It still has a ways to go, but the biggest part (painting) is done!  I’ve also moved most of the furniture back in and into place, so that’s good too.  At this point, the room looks pretty bland.  There is color on the walls, but nothing is hung yet.  Plus, I haven’t found a headboard yet, and my bed looks pretty pathetic with pillows that blend into the wall color.

I realized I never shared my inspiration pictures with you, and figured it would be good to share that so that you can get a better idea of the look I’m going for (although none of the inspiration is quite how it will look).


via Better Homes and Gardens

I knew I was ready for a change, and I had always loved the look of this bedroom, with the minty walls and yellow bedding.  I knew the color scheme would work with my wood trim because the image has plenty of wood.


via Country Living


via Southern Living

I also loved both of these rooms, which have a very similar wall color.  I was also inspired by the traditional decor in each of these.  I loved the botanical prints and wood tones.


via Better Homes and Gardens

I knew I that I wanted to place my bed in front of the window, as that allows for the best flow and use of space, but was unsure of whether this was a good idea.  Although I have two skylights, I didn’t want to sacrifice light, so I wanted to be sure the window could still let light through.  I found this picture and decided that placing the bed in front of the window would work.  This also reinforced my idea to place the curtains further out so that the window would look like it was the same width as the bed, making the placement a bit less awkward.


via Serena & Lily

When I saw this picture, I knew I definitely wanted to do a gallery wall around the window and above the bed, small dresser, and desk.  Isn’t this gallery just awesome?

And then…


…And then I saw this bedroom in Country Living.  It combines so many of the ideas I was already planning to put into place: an iron bed in front of the window, a similar color (this color, although much darker, is actually from the same paint strip that one of the ceiling colors in my room came from), and a small dresser as a nightstand.  Hopefully I can pull it off as well as this!

I’m really happy with how all of my ideas are working together so far.  I am hoping that the room will be a bit traditional, a bit country, and a bit eclectic, and still be fun and bright.  So far, I am happy with how things are going!

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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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).


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!