Wednesday, October 14

Before and After - Master Bedroom...

There are 3 things you should know about this Master Bedroom makeover:

#1. Nothing was purchased for this makeover. Everything in this room either came from other rooms in our home (I shop my house...a lot!) or was given to us, or was accomplished long before another makeover was even a possibility (ie: the wall color). In other words, this "new" look for the room didn't cost us a penny this time!


**Since paint color seems to be the biggest question on everyone's mind**

It is called Templeton Gray by Benjamin Moore #HC-161

I painted our room this color well over a year ago, and have always loved it! Even my skeptical-"you're seriously going to paint our bedroom gray when we live in the gray, rainy Pacific Northwest??"-husband, has become a fan!


#2. This makeover was a plan that I had been wanting to turn into a reality for a while now, but because of all the work involved it wasn't ever put on the priority list to actually happen.
newly acquired item pushed the entire makeover into action!

#3. Sometimes a little "smoke and mirrors" is all it takes to pull off a little magic!

Here was the problem:

Our room has an odd layout. It's not terrible, but we can't quite figure out exactly what the builder was thinking.

(You'll see what I'm talking about in a second)

Because of this particular layout, we had two choices for where we could put our bed: on the longest wall, which faces the bathroom (no thanks!),
or on the shorter wall which gives us a view of Mt. Rainier.

I think the choice is obvious, right?

Having our bed on the shorter wall meant that our bed had to be pushed over to the side leaving only 2 and 1/2 feet of walking space between the bed and the wall.

It was a tight squeeze!

Here is the Before:

And here is the After:

We gained an additional 30 inches of space, which not only centered the bed in the middle of the room (instead of the middle of the short wall), but made it so that the bed is now nearly 5 feet away from the wall that it was once so close to.


In this next photo you can see the "problem" in the room.

See it there on the right hand side?

Most of it is covered by the drape...


The builder made the entrance into the Master Bathroom

5 feet wide


Why...why would anyone need a 5 foot entryway into a bathroom?

This 5 foot entryway is why we had such little wall space to center our bed on.

But remember the "smoke and mirrors" that I was talking about?

Here you can see it in action...


We centered the bed in the middle of the room and used the drape to cover the side of the entryway closest to the bed. So now, instead of walking through the entry on the left side, we walk through on the right.

Covering the wall with drapes hung on either side of the bed made it appear as if the wall is longer than it actually is. This allows me to put my bedside table in front of the faux wall!


Sometimes it is all about pulling off a little magic!

This next picture shows just how tight of a squeeze it was between the bed and the wall...


And After:


a little breathing room is good!

Our big mirror stayed exactly where it was pre-makeover, and the reflection in it is so much prettier now than it was before...


brace yourselves.

I'm going to show you a picture of

BEFORE the Before.

This is how it looked when it was put on the market to sell...

There are so many problems with this layout.

Even the old owners couldn't figure out how to make the room work the right way. They had the bed directly in front of the french doors and their view was of the bathroom! Not to mention the fact that you could see the bed from the front door, and vice versa!

Not pretty!

This is how it looks from the same angle, now...

Did you notice how much the color of the room changes between day and night?

I love, love, love this color in the evening!

For me, it is the perfect mix of cozy, sophisticated and romantic!

Now, onto which items made their way into this makeover from different areas of our home...

Our Riddling Rack!

I am thrilled about this addition to our bedroom!

Its old home was in our Dining Room, but when we turned the space into the kids' new Playroom, the riddling rack had to be taken down, without any good options for where to rehang it.

I thought about selling it, but couldn't bring myself to do it. Will built this and I love it!

Now, instead of holding wine, it holds candlelight...

Uh-huh...I told you it was romantic!

I wired some of the jars from my sister-in-laws wedding onto it and in the evening it gives off the perfect glow.

I am quite happy about this addition!

Three of our favorite wedding photos used to hang across the room on the opposite wall, so they just made a simple change of place...

The curtains also came from the space formerly known as the Dining Room...

They didn't quite fit in with the feel of the "new" Playroom, so they made the move over to our bedroom.

Our bookcases made the move as well...

We love having them in our room now!

They hold all of our favorite books, but when they were in the Dining Room they were a little too accessible to a certain little three year old. She used to rearrange them for me.
She thought she was helping!

And here is the entire reason for the change...

I should preface this by saying that, I am not a "TV in the bedroom" kind of person. That was, until we were asked to store my sister-in-law's TV for her while she and her new husband spend the next 3 years living in Germany.

Let's be real here...
it wouldn't have mattered if I had said "no thanks" to the TV. Will had already decided that we were saying "yes" to the offer of the 43 inch plasma. And I'm fairly certain any other man would have done the same, right?

This "new" TV is slightly bigger than our TV, so we moved our TV out of the living room and into our bedroom (along with the frame that Will built for it) and the "new" TV now hangs in the living room (awaiting its own frame to be built).

Below the TV sits the console table that Will built me when we lived in AZ. Next to it, my garage sale chair, and on the other side, my garage sale oar showing off its "918".

Nearly everything else you see, was in our bedroom prior to the makeover. Although, a few additional accessories did find their way into our room to give it a more completed look.

Overall, a good rearranging was all it took to make the space feel new to us!

Many of you have asked about the "art" above our bed.

This came as the result of a bad pruning accident that happened in our backyard.

We had a gorgeous cherry tree, but it was diseased in a portion of the trunk when we moved into this house. We knew it would eventually have to come down, but we were going to hang onto it for as long as we could. A couple of summer's ago, Will was out pruning and got two of the branches mixed up and accidentally cut off the wrong branch!

The best branch!

Still makes me cringe just thinking about it.

Determined not to let such a beautiful part of our tree go to waste, I started brainstorming ideas of what I could do with it.

The result:

We strategically cut the branch into pieces that we could fit together on the wall, so that they could then be framed out by a huge frame that Will built.

I spray painted the branches white to make them stand out and painted the framed in wall a rusty red.

We were happy!

We got to keep our tree and we created handmade and original art!

I was planning on going for the same look above the bed while we were in the midst of this makeover, but halfway through, my sister-in-law let me know that she had left-over grass cloth wallpaper from a project she had done in her own home.


Instead of gluing it onto the wall (because things around here change so often) we used staples to get it to lay flat on the wall.

We love it...

It was the "look" that I had always wanted for the branch, but didn't want to spend extra money for the grass cloth.

I guess good things do come to those who wait!

The branches are nailed in place with brads from our brad nailer. We trimmed the ends of the branches at an angle so that each one would fit tightly in the corner and snuggly next to the other. We have never had a problem with them staying in place. We just nailed them in the spots where the branches naturally touch the wall...

In the end, it was a lot of work, but fortunately everything I needed was right here in my own home! Laundry was put off for a few days, dishes piled up on the counter and I lived in sweats and a t-shirt, fully engrossed in making this room a better version of itself...

So what is the moral of this story, you ask?

If a room in your home isn't working right for you - if there is just something about it that doesn't sit right with you - change it!

Have an open mind about moving furniture and accessories from other parts of your home into places that seem unexpected. I never would have thought that our Riddling Rack would ever hang in our bedroom. But it is unexpected, and it is the perfect way for us to use it!

You never know...the results that you achieve may end up being your own perfect space, tailored exactly to your liking...

Just as your home should be!


I have received many questions from you about our bedroom, but haven't had a chance to get back to you all. Hopefully, many of your questions were answered within this post. But just in case you still have a few, I plan on doing a "Q & A" post about our bedroom in the future. If you have a question, please ask me in a comment on this post.

Thanks so much for all of your interest in this project!

I appreciate it more than you know!

P.S. I am linking this post to Transformation Thursday at the Shabby Chic Cottage
and Thrifty Thursday at Tales From Bloggeritaville
and Frugal Friday at The Shabby Nest
and Beautiful Life Friday at The Inspired Room
and Metamorphosis Monday at Between Naps On The Porch
and DIY Day at A Soft Place To Land