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

Dorm Room Update: Desk Area and Wall Decorations

At the beginning of the school year, I shared pictures of my sophomore dorm room.  Since then, I have made some small updates, particularly to the desk area and on the wall above my bed.  I really like how it looks now, so I thought I’d share the updates.

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The major difference is the painting on the top shelf.  My college friend Jess, who is a art/psych double major, painted this painting and gave it to me for Christmas.  It is one of my favorite pieces in the entire room.  I actually placed it here because I needed somewhere to put it, not intending for this to be its permanent place, but I ended up loving it here.  I also added a small mountain calendar, which fit perfectly between the two electrical lines to the right of the desk.

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And here are some details of the part below:

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Some organizational tips:

1. I love using my bulletin board (above the desk) to store my jewelry.  I just used pushpins as “hooks” for my bracelets, rings, and necklaces, and used two pushpins with thin wire wrapped around to store my earrings.  Everything is easily accessible and it looks nice as well.  I also love that my jewelry doesn’t get all tangled up.

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2. The white board helps me stay organized.  I use it for ongoing to-do lists and shopping lists.

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3. I use two separate shot glasses to store my chapstick and any coin change I have.  It makes it easy to empty my pockets at night and then find them again in the morning easily.

4. The only makeup I usually wear is mascara, so I store my mascara and eyelash curler in a large glass from the Hard Rock Cafe.  It works really well and keeps my makeup very easily accessible.

The other thing I wanted to share was the “posters” that I’ve added to the wall above my bed.  I had originally put up a poster/photo collage, which I still love and has stayed up well.  However, as a college sophomore, I was in need of some added encouragement/motivation.  One of my best friends from home sent me a couple of posters she made, and one of my college friends made another poster, so I put them up so I would see them each morning first thing and at night as the last thing I see.

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They’re not perfectly centered, but I love them!

Pretty much everything used is old, so I don’t have much of a sources list.  The lamp was from Walmart, the turtle sculpture was from the gift store at Muir Woods in California, and pretty much everything else was thrifted or gifted.  The landscape painting was done by my friend Jessica Brower.

Backroom Makeover

Way back in June, I mentioned that we were thinking about making some updates in our “backroom”, which is our mudroom/laundry room/craft room.  Well, I finally finished the project (there are still some minor updates, like news curtains, that need to be done, but for the most part, it’s finished)!  We really only made two major changes: we replaced the worn, chipped linoleum tile by the door with Pergo wood look-a-like flooring and we painted the walls shelves.  We also cleaned up a lot (we got rid of quite a bit) and rearranged the room a bit.   Here’s the before and after of the mudroom area:

backroom before and after 1The linoleum was really hard to pull up- whoever installed it, used a VERY strong adhesive.  I tried prying it up, little by little, but in the end, my dad took a saw to it and that is how we got it all up.  My original idea was to just paint the sub-floor, but my dad had the idea of installing the Pergo.  Unfortunately, he chose a very cheap Pergo and had a lot of trouble installing it.  We chose a light mint green/blue paint for the walls, priming first.  The walls are fake wood paneling, and when we first painted it many years ago, we didn’t prime.  As a result, the paint started peeling off the walls.  So we had to prime first over the old paint and exposed paneling.  We also painted the all of the raw wood shelves in the room the same color as the walls.

tearing up linoleumAnd after we tore up all of the linoleum.  Another problem with just painting the floor was that there was a hole in it! You can also see where the paint had peeled off of the wall.

torn up floorI also moved my scrapbook/sewing supplies around.  The desk is in the same place as before, but the bookshelf holding my sewing supplies was switched around with my scrapbooking table (an old drafting table).

scrapbook area b and aEnough with the before pictures, though.  Here are all of the finished pictures of the room.

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College Dorm Room: Sophomore Year


Good morning! I finally “finished” my dorm room last weekend, but didn’t get around to taking any pictures of it until yesterday afternoon.  I absolutely love my room this year!  It is so much more spacious than my room last year and gets amazing light almost all day long.  The view out the windows isn’t quite as pretty, but I can see the mountains, which I love.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThe space also works much better since the door is on one of the longer walls and is in the corner.  I am in a suite, so door to my room opens up into the common lounge area of the suite.  The suite is currently filled with stuff that is being gathered for Operation Christmas Child (one of my suitemates is the head of our campus’s OCC).

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAMy desk is pretty cool.  I got an inexpensive lamp from Walmart for additional lighting.  The pictures frames were a graduation present from one of my best friends.  The turtle (between the plants) was from a trip to California in 2010.  I purchased it at Muir Woods.  I decided to use my bulletin board to store my jewelry this year.  I just used taller tacks, and they seem to be working well.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThe wardrobe, which is built-in, is much bigger this year compared to last year.  All of our rooms are supposed to come with a mirror, but our room was missing the mirror.  I got this mirror at Walmart for about $5.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAI am using the same quilt as last year.  I brought one of my framed posters from my bedroom at home, and I created a gallery with all of my photos around it.  I am really pleased with how it looks.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAI used command strips to hang the poster, but just taped the photographs.  I am hoping to add a row along the bottom to make it a bit more balanced, but didn’t have quite enough additional photographs.  I really like how the sepia-toned poster contrasts with the brightly colored photos.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAI wasn’t able to get a very good photo of the rest of my room, but the above picture shows it pretty well.  Looking at this photo, I’m thinking it would be really nice to have a smaller mirror on the back of the door (especially since that is where I straighten my hair…without a mirror).  On the dresser is my jewelry box and a turtle I purchased while in Maine visiting Acadia National Park and Bar Harbor this past summer.  The bin on top of the fridge holds my dishes.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOverall, I really like my room this year.  I think I might need to purchase a rug once it starts to get colder, but the linoleum floor does not bother me very much right now.  I also want to do some sort of photo bunting, perhaps above my bulletin board/white board.  Also, I want to get a small bookshelf to put next to the head of the bed as a nightstand.  Right now, I pull one of the bins out from under the bed every night to function as a bedside table.  It works, but I’d rather have something that looks a bit nicer.

The weather looks like it’s going to be lovely this weekend!  I hope you have a great weekend!

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!