This Saturday marks the fifth anniversary in our fixer-upper!
Boy, I’m glad it’s not five years ago. Jeez. We used lived in such disarray. Up until three years ago, Mr. Smith and I kept our socks, t-shirts and underwear in tubs on the floor. We also didn’t have bedside tables. Needless to say, Rubbermaid saw us through those first years.
This June, I decided our Master Bedroom would be the next on the list to receive a makeover as a house-iversary gift to ourselves. 🙂 And now, let’s commence the Master Bedroom Makeover Reveal!
MASTER BEDROOM BEFORE:
(The espresso wall color and window placement make for some tricky photography, so pretend all of these pictures are crisp and clear.)
Here is what received attention in this area of our master bedroom makeover:
*Window unit cover (click here for tutorial)
*New knobs for bedside tables (Hobby Lobby was one short so I’ll get the fourth later)
*Repurposed wood headboard (click here for tutorial)
*Chalkboards for frames
Why the chalkboards over the bed?
For several months, I pondered what to place in my ornate frames. Black and white photos seemed the natural choice, but I wanted something more unique.
Then, one day, while trying to remind myself of a quote I had mediated on earlier, the idea for the frames came to me. Mr. Smith and I rely on encouraging quotes and phrases to help us focus on our goals and visions. However, it’s easy to get busy and forget to meditate on the words. These chalkboards, however, allow us to record out favorite thought/quote where we are sure to see it before we go to sleep and right when we wake up.
Chalkboards are also a spot for Mr. Smith to plug his awesome, nationally syndicated radio show “The Appetizer.” Stuck at work listening to the rubbish on the radio? Click here for the Listen Now link and enjoy a couple hours of great Indie music. 🙂
This little silver knob makes me smile because our friend who is really into metal detecting unearthed it in our yard a couple years ago. It’s since been sitting outside on our old A/C unit waiting to be used. Some people find old coins and jewelry in their back yards, we find hardware. 🙂
We also find treasure in our walls which was what I used to construct the rustic headboard above.
Our master bedroom also gained a reading nook complete with newly slip-covered armchair and lamp. The shade I fashioned from strips of fabric:
I love how easy this lampshade came together and how its shabby-chicness softens the room.
Moving on to the next area, our dresser was not too bad, but it still needed some fluffing.
As gaga as I am over the simple brown, white and cream color scheme, it still needed a pop of color. This purple hydrangea fit the bill.
The vase is a gift from my friend, Wendy, which I spray-painted on the inside with an old can of brushed nickel paint.
This same can of spray-paint also came in making one of my pillows:
While out shopping, I spotted a cream and silver pillow and decided to get it. After all, it was only $9.
As I reached for the pillow my conscience shouted, “WHAT ARE YOU DOING?” You see, the real me refuses to buy decorative pillows. I just don’t see the point when I’ve already got plenty of materials to make my own. So I rushed home with the idea fresh in my head and 2 hours later, I had a similar pillow.
Here’s how you can make a custom fabric design using spray paint:
You will need:
*Sturdy fabric that won’t bleed (I used a scrap of painter’s cloth)
Step 1: Using strips of masking tape, make a pattern on your fabric, making sure the tape is pressed firmly onto the fabric.
Step 2: Spray paint over a small area at a time, using thin, even coats. Allow paint to dry completely.
Step 3: Peel away the masking tape to reveal the pattern.
Step 4: Sew your pillow cover accordingly. (Click here for tutorial)
I simply love pillow covers. They are easy to remove and wash, and best of all: no zippers!
The fabric has just a hint of shimmer and, amazingly enough, is not crunchy or stiff.
Another item I cannot see purchasing is a dust ruffle. I’ve seen them upwards of $100, and that’s just crazy talk. Meanwhile, it cost me $20 to construct this one out of an old sheet and a couple yards of fabric that I purchased several years ago. (Tutorial coming soon!)
It’s amazing how a little luxury goes a long way. I am LOVING our new bedroom. It’s peaceful, relaxing and cozy.
Since my goal in decorating is always thriftiness, here is the breakdown of items and their cost as well as where I found them:
-Madison Park coverlet, $53 from Designer Living
-Gray sheets, $28 from Ross
-Mercury glass lamps, $22 each from Lowe’s
-Burlap lampshades, $5 each from Dollar General
-Silk hydrangeas, $9 for 3 from Hobby Lobby
-Mercury glass knobs, $2 each from Hobby Lobby
-Hanging philodendrons, $12 each from Lowe’s
TOTAL: $174 minus $15 (giftcard)=$159
For less than $200, our new master bedroom feels like a million bucks!
Thanks for taking the tour!