Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Master Bedroom Semi-Makeover

This isn't a true "before and after," because that would imply our master bedroom is done, and it most certainly is not. So it's more like a "before and during."

For about six months after we moved in, this is what our bedroom looked like:

Hideous, I know.

This is the only "before" picture I have, but it's cringe-worthy enough on its own. The mish-mash of sad college furnishings didn't exactly scream "master bedroom." So when we were doing some harmless window-shopping at Oak Express and found out about a 5-year/no interest deal, we jumped on it. It was kind of a spur-of-the-moment decision (apparently our favorite kind), but we ended up buying a whole new bedroom set -- dresser, chest of drawers, two nightstands, and a headboard. It was the first time either of us had ever had a real bedroom set, so as silly as it sounds, we finally felt like "grown-ups!"

We also upgraded to a new comforter set (from Target) that coordinates much better with the aqua paint color, which I don't plan on painting anytime soon. (But I'm already getting tired of the bed... now I think there's too much brown.) Oh, and in case you were wondering what we did with that awesome animal print quilt, it got moved to the guest bedroom (which desperately needs a makeover as well, but that's taking a back seat to some other priorities). So now I present to you our matured master bedroom!

The silver frames and mirror were a wedding gift that we didn't even get out of the box until well over two years later! I actually didn't think I'd like them, but they worked out pretty nicely in here. I put photos from our wedding and honeymoon in the frames.

The sexy new lamp definitely helped improve the ambience!
I also have two wall sconces I purchased 6 months ago that are still sitting on the floor. Someday, I'm going to put them up over the headboard or on the wall next to the bed. My only excuse for not doing it by now is that I can't decide if there's a better spot in the house for them.

Ok, so the room still leaves a lot to be desired -- mainly some real window treatments. I've been debating whether or not to try making my own, a la Sara's No-Sew Curtains or perhaps the Drop Cloth Curtains over at The Brick Cottage... But the way things are going right now, it would be awhile before I got around to that!

Also, there's a lot of potential with the ceiling. I'm not sure what type of ceiling this is... it's not coffered, but I did some Googling and the closest I can come up with is a tray ceiling? All I know is, it helps make our small room feel much bigger.

(Old picture, pre-move in)

Anyway, I'm thinking I could either paint the "inner" part a different shade, or even utilize the space to put up one of those wall decal quotes. Although the ceiling fan is actually pretty decent-looking, I wouldn't mind switching it out for a fabulous chandelier light fixture (like my sister did), but it would probably get way too hot in here then. Boo.

My biggest annoyance with the room now is that there's not a lot of flexibility as far as re-arranging, which I like to do. The placement of the windows and the big furniture is kind of limiting. But with a little creativity, I know I can still make some major improvements in here!


Carrie @ Two Poms and a House said...

Your bedroom looks great! I remember buying our first real bedroom set as really does make you feel all grown up. I love the idea of painting your ceiling a different color, whether it be lighter for a airy/open look or darker for a more cozy and intimate look. I look forward to seeing what you do. PS- I'm not a hater of ceiling fans like some...we live in the midwest, it's just practical. :)

Karrie said...

Yay to new furniture! I like what ya'll picked out. I felt the same way when I purchased a real bed and no longer had my mattress on the floor. Yeah, I'm not going to tell you how long I lived like that. :)I think your ceiling fan looks nice and bonus for being practical. I look forward to seeing what else you do in there--it's such a cute room!

The Brick Cottage said...

oops, the above comment is from me. Looks like I need to figure out how to link up all of my gmail accounts. :)

Mrs. Chic said...

your have an awesome ceiling, I think there called Trey cielings too! A watered down shade of your wall color would be super pretty...a chandlier in your room would look really pretty!

We have a small master bedroom too - though yours looks much larger then ours! Draw your room floor plan and play around with your layout. Drop curtains would look nice on your windows!

Danielle @ Transforming Home said...

Lookin' great! Love that ceiling. I have all kinds of ceiling ideas for my house, but all my ceilings are just plain white for now. Love your ceiling fan by the way - I think I have the same one!


micah @ the yellow front door said...

I am jealous of your non-awkwardly shaped bedroom. Some curtains would definitely be nice and maybe something over the bed. Your ceiling fan is pretty nice - I am hoping we don't regret taking ours down this summer!!!

Meg said...

Your room is coming along beautifully! I love your furniture and think some curtains would be just what the doctor ordered. That ceiling is fabulous too! I really like that ceiling fan. I can't wait to see the little touches you make for the final reveal!

Kelly@TearingUpHouses said...

I love the term "matured master bedroom"! I'm totally using that!


p.s. The placement of the windows doesn't look too awkward?

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