It is amazing how the look and feel of a bedroom could change a person’s mood. Hence the case of our newly made-over bedroom! Rather than being a place of chaos it now a place that reflects calm.
I am so excited to finally have this room made over! Ever since we moved into this home, I have been struggling to figure out what to make of it. Like I had written before, our room in our previous home was very nice. It was the first home we owned and that we completely renovated before we moved in so of course, everything was in tact. Even our rooms in apartments and homes we rented before looked like I spent a minute or two creating them. But not so with this one. We moved into this home the same day of closing and honestly, between pregnancies, kids, and what-nots, I have not been able to find my swag. I kept telling myself that I needed to do something to make the space more welcoming instead of what we had going on. I always think a bedroom should be inviting – a place to retreat after a tiring day. While ours was not totally that much of a chaos, it definitely needed some attention. Let’s get right to it!
I mentioned earlier that I was going to do the room on a budget but I have to admit that I did receive products from ATG Stores to help complete the room. Their fabulous pieces are outstanding and well-made and are reasonably priced. We could not be happier with the products, to say the least. I first chose the headboard and the dresser then built the room around them. And yes, pretty much everything else in the room is either from me shopping the home, re-purposing, using gift cards, or finding an item or two on sale or clearance (with the exception of the new nightstands which have not yet made their appearance in the room). I’ll explain a little bit as I go but hopefully, will try to do a separate post with a full source list.
I knew I wanted the room to reflect calm so painting it in Igloo Blue by Behr and choosing grey finish for my larger floor pieces were my main starting point. Nothing says calming than a combination of soft blues and grey and adding a little coastal in the mix. You may have seen my mood board here. Coastal decor is so wide and could pretty much be anything ocean related. Having the main colors and a few related pieces scattered throughout is all a space really needs to bring out that coastal vibe. Cause what does a coastal girl know, right? My hubby says that the blue walls reminds him of the ocean and everything else in the room is sort of in a boat. I did not quite picture it this way but oh, the imagination!
Anyways, he could not be more happy about this Button Tufted Wingback Upholstered Headboard. As soon as he set it up, he and all the kids got on the bed and snuggled right up. And of course, he proclaimed how good it was for his back since he sometimes uses his work laptop to finish up a project or two for work or school, while
sleeping sitting on the bed at nights. I have to agree since my bedroom has become my main blogging spot at nights or during naps (I am just too busy taking care of home and kids during the day). But our lovely king-sized mattress needed a little spruce and this headboard is making all the difference.
When my hubby blew my plans for placing a wicker mirror (image further down) over the headboard, I began searching everywhere for something that would work nicely. I must have checked every decor store in Chicago and could not find that perfect piece. I saw some canvas prints that might have worked but honestly, I was not feeling canvas. So I created a DIY sign from a memo board I picked up at Kohl’s on sale for less than $5, a few months ago.
The wood was already a shade of grey so I simply added a few contrasting blues and white to go with the color scheme of the room. It may not be the perfect piece of art “you ever did see” but it definitely is perfect for my taste.
I decided to keep my lamps I purchased last year and do absolutely nothing with them. They are on the lighter side but the colors blend in well.
The case of the nightstands is another story. I have a miss-matched nightstand situation going on here because I still have my un-assembled ones I ordered sitting in their original packaging. Meanwhile, I am using these ones I repainted last Christmas. One is actually used as a nightstand and the other as a TV stand.
A vase of pink roses, a “relax” sign I had in storage, and a DIY candle holder (soon to be remote, cellphone, pens, etc. holder) complete the look on the top of the nightstand.
These lovely nautical curtains from Home Goods are making a statement and we are loving the contrast with the blue paint on the wall. At first, I could not decide whether I wanted this color or plain white so I brought both colors home and tried them. Light grey and white it is!!
That large wall on hubby’s side of the bed got a small coastal gallery with the wicker mirror I mentioned earlier, and two other pieces I snagged under $20 total.
These plant stands turned nightstands were last year finds at Ross Stores and they fit the space just right.
White bedding is becoming a favorite of ours around here. Our little girls share a bedroom and with two different personalities, likes and dislikes, the varying colors began to make the room look heavy and a bit confusing (think character bedding, toys, stuffed animals, etc). I decided to get them white sheets and quilts with just a simple throw in each of their favorite colors. It really made their room look and feel lighter and the space much more calming. They are happy with it and so am I. Hence my inspiration to use white bedding in our room, too. My Amazon gift cards were the exact amount I need to purchase the sheets and the quilts set.
Our bed skirt from our old bedding remained since it goes well with the color scheme. No need to buy a new one. I was also able to throw in a two grey pillow cases from our old bedding, too.
Here is a shot from the other side of the room. It’s off centered with the bed because of the bathroom, doors and closets on the other side. Keeping things minimal on that side makes the space roomy.
The TV now has it’s own little spot rather than on the dresser where we kept it formerly. Not that we need a TV in the room but it does help, especially when my husband travels for business. My kids and I like to cuddle up and watch a few nightly shows.
A crate storage box is hiding the bundle of chords until we figure out another smart way to place the TV.
This new dresser is another of one our favorite pieces in the room. It is made of solid wood and is just the perfect size. It’s not heavy and bulky and that is a plus! I’d like to add that the dresser was delivered fully assembled. When the Fedex guy delivered it on a huge crate, it did not occur to me that it was assembled. Until a couple days later while hubby and I chatted about it and the light bulb went on! That was truly a huge blessing! I think it gave my husband motivation to set it up as soon as possible. It was a breeze to add the mirror and get it set up in only a few minutes. I also would like to add that both the dresser and headboard were well packaged and did not have a scratch or a screw missing upon delivery!
I love the grey finish with specks of natural wood showing through. Looks so much better than the big bulky black one we used to have.
I think I will need to add a catch-all basket for my husband to unload his pockets when he comes home from work:)
This clock though was a Kohl’s clearance find a few months ago for around $7. It was a rustic green but I refinished it in rustic white. I don’t really use much green when decorating except for plants.
The room really is much more calming and inviting now than what it used to be. Every time I walk in I want to lay down and take a nap! The kids love jumping on the bed now more than ever.
And now let’s talk about a few things. . . .
. Nightstands: In our history of nightstands, we tend to use ones with three drawers for storing our smaller pieces of clothing. We also tend to use symmetrical ones. Because I love ATG products, my original intent was go ahead and purchase some from them. I ended up ordering a set from Amazon with two drawers each plus an open top shelf but guess what. . . they are still sitting in the boxes in our living room. You may find them here in an updated post. But for now, the mix-matched set is working out just fine. You can see here how I arranged all the stands here.
- How the room came together: In my experience, making over a room does not happen in one day. It takes time to figure out what you want the space to reflect. Collecting the pieces for the room is another story. Whether you buy them, make them, or re-purpose them, it could sometimes feel like a never ending process. Life happens and things get put on hold and that is totally OK. But everyone will be happy once it is done, even the ones who the room does not belong to:) As I was about to take some photos of the space, these two kids decided it was a great time to start jumping on the bed. Maybe I should have been singing that “no more monkeys jumping on the bed” song. But they were just as excited as I was to have the room updated.
It took me a little while but we are more than happy with how it turned out. Let’s look at a before and after for comparison because before and after shots make it more real.
You may have noticed that there are still some flaws that could be fixed such as the baseboards, doors, closet, etc., but aside from that it really is light, airy and feels so breezy. We choose to be content because it is much better than the previous version. Just imagine taking a little nap in this breezy space in the middle of the day with the sun shinning through the curtains:)
A huge thanks to ATG stores for generously supplying products to help transform this room.
How do you like the new look of our master bedroom? I would love to hear your thoughts in the comments!
Update: I have created a detailed source list for the items in this room. Go here to check it out if you are interested.