In a previous post: Grey Tufted Headboard Roundup for under $500, I mentioned that before Tim and I got married, we promised ourselves that after our wedding our first priority would be updating our master bedroom. As a newly married couple we wanted our master bedroom to be a reflection of our current style and have a look that felt more put together then what we were currently living with. After the wedding and honeymoon were over, I set out to develop a direction for the bedroom. Today I’ll be sharing the current bedroom design and layout. Check out where we are starting, what we’re working with and get ready to follow along as we launch into our bedroom makeover.
Our existing bedroom design isn’t terrible per say. Since Tim and I have been living together for over 9 years, we had been able to replace our college and childhood furniture hand-me-downs (well, for the most part) with more updated items. The thing is, we’ve been living together 9 years and we were living with many things that were never intended to be super long term. When we first moved in together a lot of our home’s furniture was from Ikea or basically anything that I could find that was decent and cheap enough. I’ll admit, I hadn’t quite honed in on my style at that point. In that place in our lives it was more about picking items that fit our needs and filled the space. As a young couple moving in together in our 20’s, we didn’t even have a couch to sit on, nor much money to work with. Plus, we were renting a house, so everything just felt more temporary back then.
Now that we’re in our 30’s and in a house that we LOVE and own, we feel like we can invest in better pieces for our home. We want items that represent my love for a vintage, collected aesthetic, and pieces that will better suit this home’s space and 1920’s roots.
When we moved in
When we moved into the home, there were a lot of repairs that needed to be done before we could even move our stuff into our upstairs bedroom. We spent the first 6 months or so camped out in what is now our home office on the main floor. The complete upstairs looked pretty run down, as you can see by the photo below. First we had to get all of our upstairs floors refinished as well as paint almost every room on the second floor. On top of this, we had our complete upstairs rewired, replacing the knob and tube running through the attic. This luckily included updating the lighting in our closets from pull chains to switches and putting in a few new outlets throughout the rooms. I’m not sure we could have made it on the single ungrounded outlet that was in our bedroom.
The room is a good size for an old home, approx. 14’x13′ with a healthy sized walk in closet complete with a window and built in cupboards toward the back. The bedroom has windows on one wall of the room. The windows still need some work and to be painted. The idea of painting windows (and doors) scares me. I’m worried I’ll accidentally paint them shut! The 3 windows are high up, which is great because you can get dressed without anyone being able to see in.
I painted the room a soft minty green/blue after we had moved in. I still love the color, so I’m planning on building the room around it. The room also has hardwood fir floors and painted white baseboards and trim around the windows and doors. There is also a single light fixture in the middle of the ceiling. There were literally hanging bulbs when we moved into the house (as you can see in the photo above with my mom walking through), so it’s been replaced with a vintage deco short skyscraper fixture which I found at an estate sale for $25 a few years ago. Super cute right? I’m still considering painting the white base to add a bit more contrast.
The current furniture
The current furniture is a mixture of Ikea and inexpensive pieces that were purchased when we lived in our previous rental house. Our head board and bed frame are actually from West Elm. It was a style I was totally obsessed with 7 or so years ago and I managed to score the bed for about half the retail price from a resale shop in Oregon City. The style is a lattice framework in a dark espresso brown finish. It came with a few dings and scratches, but nothing too noticeable. Now that I’ve had it awhile, however, my kitties have managed to put some pretty good scratches into it. Bea didn’t have very good balance as a kitten and would use it as her personal ladder and get stuck, fall, and try to catch herself with her claws. This wasn’t the best for my furniture.
Next to the bed we have two matching side tables. These are a dark brown, but not a match to the espresso headboard. It’s hard to tell the difference in this old photo. They are a of more traditional style than the headboard. They were purchased at Fred Meyers for $25 a piece. To get two matching nightstands for that price was a steal. I remember that having matching night stands made me feel more adult. I also felt this way about using a top sheet. Sorry the photos aren’t better. I’ve already started swapping some things out, so these are the only original’s I had taken over the years. Apparently I wasn’t ever in love with the room, because I never took photos with things more put together after we moved our stuff up there. Tim also likes the weight of having a lot of blankets, so he always piles more on his side, thus the unattractive bedding situation.
We do keep a large TV in our bedroom. It comes in handy when the two of us want to watch different programs at the same time or if one of us wants to escape upstairs for a Sunday afternoon TV and nap session. The TV sits on an espresso Ikea bookshelf that holds the TV equipment, books, odds and ends and some bright blue and green accessories (not pictured).
We have one dresser in the room, which is actually a piece I’ve had since middle school. It’s a medium brown wood chifferobe. This piece has been following me around awhile. I’ve loved it since I picked it out from Meyer & Frank all those years ago and through the moves, it is still in great shape. It will be one item that will stay in the room.
Other items to note are the cream 8″x10″ burbur-style rug that is under the bed. This was picked up an estate sale for $28 a few years ago. It’s worked well in our room, but it’s got a few issues, so I’d like to replace it. You can sort of see the rug in this awesome photo of our room that I took after Tim and I got engaged. My parents decided to spruce it up for us for when we got home. I think it will take a lot more than heart balloons and rose petals to get this looking better.
As for other accessories around the room, we have 2 matching lamps with black bases and deep teal shades from Target that you can see in the photos above. I have an additional teal lamp on top of the dresser with a white shade that I got at a thrift shop. Along with that is a picture of Tim and I, a white ceramic branch ring holder from CB2, a metal branch jewelry holder, a white ceramic bird container from West Elm and a brass mirror from one of my favorite antique stores. Most of the accessories I will probably still hold on to.
On the walls, I have two large framed pieces of grey flower fabric that I made at my old house. The fabric was purchased at Ikea. I also have a large asian-style lattice piece that is hanging by the closet door that I purchased a long time ago at Home Goods. Lastly, sitting on the bookshelf/TV console are two lamps purchased from Ross that have a silver metallic base and accordion style shades. All of these items were purchased when we lived in our previous home.
The bedroom makover plan
Overall, what we don’t like about the room is that it’s feeling very dark and matchy, matchy. It’s also more of a modern style then what we want and looking pretty barren as far as decor on the walls. I have a fear of putting holes in the walls. I don’t like the idea of having to patch and paint just to change out a piece of wall art that I will probably get sick of in a few months.
My general bedroom makeover plan is to lighten the space and bring in a more vintage and classic look to the room. From my previous headboard post, I know I want to go with a grey tufted headboard. I think the grey will complement my walls well. I also like to swap out our duvet cover often, so a grey would be neutral enough to pair with a lot of different bedding colors and styles.
Next, I want to find night stands that are a lighter color or wood tone. I think bringing in more rich wood tones would help warm up the space and start making it feel a little more cozy. I want to also replace the current shelving under the TV with something that can better camouflage our TV components and serve as an area to display decor or store extra items in the room. The last big thing I want to swap out would be the rug. I’d like to do something that has an oriental style pattern with lighter tones, pinks possibly? I like the lightness of the existing white rug, but would like something that could better hide any pet hair, stains, etc. Did I mention I have two cats and a dog?
As for other decor, I’d love to update our nightstand lamps with something more vintage or vintage-inspired. I’d also like to incorporate some vintage art, maps and/or or mirrors onto the walls to give the room a little personality and a more collected look. I’ve got a ton of vintage finds from past estate sale trips, so I’m hoping to put those to good use. I’ll just have to get over my fear of putting holes in the walls.
And there you have it! A little back history and an initial bedroom makeover plan that is underway.
Stay tuned for the bedroom makeover
Stay tuned for more progress! Do you have a bedroom makeover or space redesign underway? What is your plan?