We’ve lived in our house a little over 4 1/2 years now, and we haven’t really touched our bedroom since the day we moved in. I like a lot of things about the room, but it just doesn’t feel like us yet. For the last few weeks I’ve been following along with Calling it Home’s “One Room Challenge” on instagram, and I’ve felt inspired to work on our bedroom. Plus, Jerm has been working on his own big project in the garage (hint: it involved a very aerodynamic trailer), so I needed something to keep me busy.
Before I get started, here is how the room looked right after we bought our house in 2008.
It pretty much became our dumping ground for anything and everything in the house. It was the last room we touched, and we had to scramble to get it done in time to move in after our wedding in August of 2009. The one major change we made was to take out the two closets on the back wall of the room.
The closet space would have been really nice, especially since they accounted for 2 of our 3 closets in the whole house, but having them there left no good wall to put a bed on. The wall to the left has a window off center and the wall to the right and the wall behind me are both too short for a bed and nightstands. So, we demoed, re-drywalled, floored, and painted the room with Benjamin Moore Metropolitan. We also added a long, decorative window above our bed. Jerm’s dad had it laying around and we made use of it. The gray in the design works well with our room color. Here is a night shot of the “after” taken about 3 years ago. Thankfully sans toilet like in the before picture.
Here is the same shot as it looks today. Really the only thing that is different is the bedskirt was washed and never put back on (haha), and I built the bench when Jerm was gone one weekend. You can’t see it here, but I had also layered in Target’s Coral Shell curtain panels (now discontinued?) with our white sheers.
They say that a good way to critique a room is to take pictures of it and see what stands out. I totally agree. In this picture there are two things that bug me (well, more, but I’ll start with two). The long window had to be installed off center because of our back porch, and it kind of drives me nuts. Also, our hand me down furniture in the cream tones clashes with our white trim.
If you turn to the left a bit more, you can see the window and the curtains I mentioned. Not sure if they will stay, but I will see where I end up. Our room’s too-small art is a group of photos I took of our potted flowers a few years back. There definitely needs to be a bigger art piece above the bed or nightstands.
Spinning to the left more, you can see what replaced the closets we took out. We found three mis-matched cabinets with the same door styles at my work, painted them white, and added crown molding to finish then off. I have some plans for the doors already. You can also see a peek into the tiny hall I mentioned. Since it was so small, I cut vinyl “stripes” on my vinyl cutter and stuck them to that wall. That way if we change our minds, it isn’t a big commitment like paint.
As of right now, here are some of my thoughts for the room:
1. Paint the ceiling — I’m thinking something like a soft blue green color.
2. Add crown molding. If I can talk Jerm into it, I want something like this two piece treatment to match the style of our door trim.
3. Replace the ceiling fan that we have never turned on. I’m still not sure of exactly what I want.
4. Give some of the cabinet doors a facelift using the look of some antique mirror glass. Also, possibly add some hardware to dress it up.
5. Buy/Make some new art for the walls. I’ve already got a jump on this one last night as you can see from my instagram feed.
6. Make a new, upholstered headboard.
8. Possibly add black trim to curtains and/or white bedskirt.
9. Find new sheets, quilt, pillow shams, etc.
10. Hang bedside wall-mount sconces to clear the lamps off the nightstands.
I’m excited to get started! If you have any thoughts or suggestions, feel free to share in the comments!