6.07.2010

Before-and-After...Master!

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We're off to the Thrifty Decor Chick's before-and-after party today...finally.  I've been meaning to do this for months, but life gets a bit hectic sometimes! :)  Today we're sharing the master bedroom.

We've lived in this house for two years and already we've re-done our bedroom twice.  Call me indecisive, call me difficult to please...I know, I know.  I'm just lucky that when I say, "Honey, I think we should redo.....," he rolls his eyes and says (in that oh my gosh you've lost your mind again voice), "What do you have in mind?"  And then usually he'll go along with it. :)

Before
Here's the room when we moved in.
It was painted an off-white color with lovely brass outlet covers. 

After #1
Please excuse the pictures...they're some random ones one of us took before actually moving the junk (so it must have been Justin behind the lense. ;)  I know we took some before we redid the room again, but they're no where to be found.  The bad pictures just make our real after pictures look even better. :)

We bought this comforter set from Overstock as kind of an impulse buy.  Finding a paint color was a little difficult.  There was no way we could have painted the room very dark with the dark comforter and dark furniture.  It's kind of a dark room anyway and we didn't want to make it feel like a cave.  The swatch of color we chose appeared to have a slight hint of olive in it, but once we got it on the walls it looked like just plain 'ol off-white to me.  Bummer.  We never even got around to putting up window treatments, and I'm pretty sure this "C" on the wall was the only thing hanging.  That's how excited we were about our new room.

So we lived with this bedroom for about a year.  It lasted a whole year only because we had finally finished painting every. single. inch. of wall space and trim in this entire house (including the foyer (which has a 15 ft ceiling) twice because we didn't like the color the first time) and we weren't about to start painting again!   Then Derrick arrived and we were busy for a minute.


By the time Derrick was about two months old we couldn't stand not having a project to do, so we decided it was time to tackle our bedroom.  We really wanted new furniture, but that wasn't in the budget.  This furniture was Justin's that he had been using for the past ten years or so, and it really didn't fit our style. I really wanted to paint the furniture, but he wouldn't let me so we had to get creative.

Here's what we came up with...
After #2
  
First we found a DIY headboard that we loved in the Lowes magazine.  We enlisted my dad and little brother to help out with that project.  They're carpenters, so they're much faster than we would have been.  (Ok, who am I kidding?  I wouldn't have been much help with that project! ha!)


Anyway,  we knew we were going to paint the new headboard black, so our dilemma was making the new bed and old dresser "go" together.   We thought about buying new black drawer pulls for the dresser, but couldn't find any that we thought would look right.  Instead, we did what we do best and spray painted the old ones black.  Then we removed the mirror from the dresser and found one that we could hang on the wall that combined the two colors of wood to pull it all together.

We moved the end tables out and bought those cheap-o roundtables, added a white table cloth and some cool black fabric with white and black circles sewn in and new lamps (bought from Hobby Lobby for 50% off).  For an added touch, we added crown molding along the ceiling.  It made the ceiling feel taller and gave the room a finished, clean look.


Nana (Justin's grandma) used this vase in her house and I loved it the minute I saw it.  When she she moved she no longer had room for it so she gave it to us.  It used to be gold, so again we pulled out the spray paint and gave it new life.  Everything in the vase came from Pier 1 a few years ago and the colors just happened to work out perfectly.

We bought the bedding and picture frames from Belk, the flowers and vase from Hobby Lobby, and curtains, rods, and tie-back-things from Burlington.  For the whole make-over we spent about $350, which we were very happy with.  It's a pretty big change, don't you think?



This guy likes it!

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