Tour of Homes: Master Bedroom

We're joining Kelly over at Kelly's Korner again today with the tour of homes.  Today we're sharing the master bedroom. I actually did this post a while back showing the before and after of our bedroom, so if you've already seen it, I'm sorry!  I hope you enjoy!  Thanks for stopping by!!!

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. :)

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 round tables, 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!



  1. Wow! Your bedroom looks great :) Oh, and I used to be a Carter too... Its kind of nice having a name that everybody can spell! Now my last name it Richey and everybody gets it confused!

  2. Great before and afters!! It's beautiful and you did a great job!! I love that huge floor vase, everything's so pretty!!

  3. I love it! I like lighter colors but this is really nice! I especially like how you did your curtains!

  4. I can't believe you did all of that for $350. Awesome job!!! Its definitly a very romantic room!


  5. Wow! What a transformation! It looks absolutely amazing! And what a cute little boy you have too!

  6. Oh I love it. I am a fan of black and white. And I love the touch of color you added. Beautiful.

  7. Stopping by from Kelly's Korner! I love your bedding, such a beautiful bedroom!

  8. LOVE the black & white re-do. That headboard rocks! Great job!


  9. I love love love your after #2 picture! You did a great job re-doing your room! The colors and prints are gorgeous and make it look like it came out of a magazine! Great job!

  10. I want your bedroom when I grow up! My husband has his own decorating ideas and isn't always so easy to active... LOL.

    One blog led to another and I ended up here!

  11. Shannon,

    I had seen the current room but didn't remember the before and after! How fun! I love transformations like that! It doesn't even look like the same room! :) How fun. I love your big vase, too.



  13. Wow! Your second re-do is gorgeous! What a change! I love your colors!

  14. LOVE LOVE that black and red! SO PRETTY! And Derrick is adorable :)

  15. Wow!! Your choice of colors is so great! That room is absolutely gorgeous. I especially love that tall vase. It looks great in there and you found the perfect spot for it. Awesome!

  16. That's a HUGE change! I absolutely love it! It's all very well put together!

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  18. Wow, you did an amazing job on your makeover!! I LOVE that bedding and what an amazing headboard!! It all looks so great. Love your blog and reading your son's story...what a blessing! He is absolutely precious. :)