It was the night of August 1, 2010, and I had just skittered over the scummy carpet and into bed where I would spend my first night in our new house. It was sweltering, but I pulled the sheet up over my head anyways.
I was terrified.
Our fixer upper had sat on the market for 2 years which was plenty of time for critters, trespassers and trouble-making teens to set up shop. The large live animal trap we had discovered in the attic space over our master bedroom only legitimized my fears of being eaten alive by a raccoon or Indominus Rex. If that didn’t happen, I had a myriad of other possible outcomes to face:
- Crackheads breaking in during the night.
- Getting bitten by a spider.
- The roof caving in over our bed.
- An anaconda slithering out through the shower drain.
Needless to say, we survived that first night without so much as a squirrel bothering us. (They waited a month to do that.)
Over the last five years, our master bedroom has received a new coat of paint, new window treatments and new carpet. Still, the space is far from finished. Thanks to another room challenge hosted by Thrift Diving, I am finally ready to perfect our deemed-safe sleeping chambers.
Our Master Bedroom Makeover Challenge!
WHAT COLOR ARE THOSE WALLS?
Okay, let’s start by clarifying what color the walls are. Though I LOVE the shade, it is tricky to judge as well as photograph. I’ve heard everything from black to aubergine, but in reality our walls are painted a deep espresso.
WHAT I LOVE
If you ever get stuck in a room makeover, just start by listing the elements that you love. Besides the paint, aspects of our master bedroom that I love are:
I wake up each morning to the view of our keyhole garden brimming with vegetables. Such a lovely and hopeful start to the day!
THE FAKE DUMBWAITER
What do you call a fake dumbwaiter? A dumbass waiter?
You might remember our other one of these, er, waiters from my Sewing Room Makeover Challenge last June. As you can see the, this dumbwaiter is not only fake, it is also in disrepair. It’s also where I store pillows, old blankets and anything else in my way. I’d like to keep it as a storage spot, but it definitely needs some tweaking.
Who doesn’t love a spacious closet…and who doesn’t hate fluorescent lighting? Not only is fluorescence the most unflattering light ever, our fixture is falling down and the bulbs take forever to light up, especially when it rains. I’m thinking a charming chandelier is just the fix!
Our master bedroom might look a little bare, but I like its hotel-ish vibe.
Nevertheless, even though a room full of clutter does not feel restful to me, the space needs accessories such as:
- a bed ruffle
- a headboard
- pictures in the frames above our bed
- a bedspread
WHAT I DON’T LOVE
Once you assess what you love, write down all the things you’d like to change.
First and foremost, as a lover of symmetry, our mismatched lamps and oddly-placed window get under my skin. Perhaps a headboard will help anchor this wall?
As you can see, our bedroom door is an ugly beige curtain. The original door was busted up with punch holes so we tossed it and never replaced it. However, since it’s just me and the mister, we don’t have any less privacy without a door. Still, it might be a good idea to have one. I can’t decide. If anything, curtains for doors are cheap, easy and save space. I might just replace this curtain with a prettier one.
Mr. Smith likes to read five books at a time and there’s always a large, oozing stack of magazines in the corner. I’m thinking a sleek corner bookcase is in order here.
Another aspect that makes the bedside look cluttered is the window unit. I’d like to find a tasteful way to cover up the plastic accordions on either side of the unit. Fortunately, there’s an idea brewing in my head, and I think it just might work.
THE DARK CORNER
Even though our ugly green chair was recently adorned with a lovely new slipcover, we rarely sit in it because there is no light in this corner. I could flop down and thumb through my magazines if I had some sort of lamp over my head.
I’d like to try my hand at a jar light fixture (in front of the window) like the from last month’s issue of Country Living. Wish me luck!
THE LACK OF BATHROOM ACCESSORIES
The master bathroom is a tiny little thing, but its complete remodel is for another time. At least all the facilities are functioning! When we first moved in, the only thing that worked was the shower which made for an awkward morning and evening routine. I’ll tolerate the cramped shower for now, but at least a cuter shower curtain and rug will help unify the space.
So what’s with these blue gingham curtains?
I hand-stitched them for the kitchen of our first home and was a little sad that I’d probably never use them again. Then, while toweling off after my first shower in our new home, I realized I was flashing the whole neighborhood. Gah! I ran to grab some curtains that would be thick enough and this was the first pair I could find. Sentimental, yes, but it’s time they were replaced.
I’m super excited about our master bedroom makeover challenge, if anything for its simplicity! We’ve worked on so many back-breaking makeovers that a simple dress-up project is a welcome change. Bring on the pretty!