I owe you all a post showing all of the pictures I took of the finished living room. That’s right, it’s finished and I really, really like it! That post is hopefully coming next week. I’m also slowly finishing up the entryway; I got derailed a few months ago when a project went off the rails not once but twice, leaving me impressively frustrated. I had to take a break from that space for a bit, and now I’m back at it. It’s a tricky space to work on though, since anything I do there is in the way of everything. So I work on it when I can.
But, I finally have a really good direction for the master bedroom, and I’m super excited to get started. I’ve decided that this is an exception to my “only work on one space at a time” since our room is kind of our sanctuary. The kids (with very few exceptions) are not allowed in our room. And I really make an effort to keep this room under control, clutter free and relaxing. Luke also works from home a fair amount in this room too, so it’s nice for it to be a clean and relaxing space.
In two weeks we are having the shower in our bathroom finally fixed. I’m super, super jazzed about this. And knowing that the shower will be usable has sparked a bunch of other ideas for me – basically I’m an idea machine right now.
So I snapped a few pictures just now with my phone to show you where we are starting. Sorry that they are not the best quality, but I think you understand. And if you don’t, well, I blog like once every month or two, so I’m not gonna lie, I really don’t care. :)
Let me first address the glowing yellow walls to the left. NO, I did not paint the walls sunshine yellow in the hallway. It’s just the light from the bathroom. I did finally finish painting everything in the hall last spring, but it’s the same soft gray walls and bright white trim that’s everywhere else in the house. So – our bed. I LOVE our bed. Our mattress rests on a boxspring/storage unit from IKEA that is awesome. Primarily because it rests directly on the floor, which means that nothing can get swept under the bed! No stray socks, dust bunnies or chapsticks. I love it.
I painted the nightstands before Declan was born, and they’ve been working great. I still really like the little knobs I put on them with the Mr. and Mrs. But they’ve always been about two inches too wide. Basically, my nightstand is shoved right up against the trim, then the bed is shoved right up against the nightstand, and Lover’s nightstand is right next to that. And the door still can’t open all the way. It’s not a big deal, obviously, we’ve been dealing with it, but I’ve kept my eyes open for something a little smaller that I really, really liked.
And… I found them. They’re a slightly smaller footprint, they’re solid wood, and they have, count them, FIVE drawers. I LOVE drawers. Seriously. I nearly stole a tall storage unit out of my sister in laws garage just because it had like 20 little drawers. Anyways, these need a quick sanding, a little darker stain job and some poly and they will be all set. I’m undecided on whether or not I am keeping the pulls, I’ll probably try out a couple of different fun ones to see if it’s an improvement or not.
We also need a headboard and some matching lights on this wall. I’m trying to find some affordable sconces for this wall, I think the symmetry will look nice and it will free up the top of the nightstands. Allow me to show you a VERY rough sketch of what I am thinking.
I’m sorry. :) But it shows you basically what I am thinking. I’m gonna paint all the trim in this room blue like the walls. The trim is small anyways, and I think it will look better and draw the eye less this way. Then, bring in those nightstands, hang metal sconces above them (with some copper or gold leaf on the inside of the shades to make it super soft, flattering light) and build some kind of headboard. I’m not sure what exactly, but it’s gonna be awesome. :)
Next up is the big window wall. This is one of the walls we painted gray, but I’ve decided that I like the blue a lot, and I want this room to be super cozy. So I’m going to go ahead and paint the gray walls blue too. I think it will be awesome. I’m thinking I want to do something fun over the window or on the window – some kind of wooden valance, or cool stenciled pattern on the window itself… it will come to me I am sure. Next up, the dresser. I bought this tray at Goodwill a few months ago, and I really, really love the pattern on it.
I’m going to attempt to reproduce this pattern on the dresser itself. Basically painting those flowers on a slightly larger scale all over the dresser, with the swirly lines and dots. I’m also planning to switch out the hardware because … I have this thing with hardware. I really, really like it. And, I’m watching for a mirror to replace the humongous one that came with the dresser. I’m also considering moving the dresser to the wall opposite the bed but I am not sold on that. We will have to see.
So this wall, which will become blue, is where I am thinking the newly revamped dresser should go. Then I can move the kiss painting, that super cool lamp I found (Target but at Goodwill for less than half the price) and a cozy leather chair over into the corner. (Leather chair still to be found) Sadly, I think the turquoise curtains are not right for where I am going with the rest of the room. I loved them against white walls, but they’re just not quite right in here now. I’ll wait till after I’ve painted to really decide, but that’s where I’m leaning.
And lastly we have the closet wall. I painted the doors blue, and while I was sad to lose that super awesome vintage fabric that was on there, it was a huge improvement, wouldn’t you say? I like how the doors just blend in with the walls now. I feel like the walls in this room are super chopped up with doors and windows and such so whenever I can make things more cohesive I do. We took the ceiling fan down in here since it was super ugly and didn’t work well anyways. I actually want to take the chandelier from the bonus room and tweak it a bit and put it in here.
It needs a bit of help, a thorough cleaning and I think it will work really well. You just have to squint a bit to see how it will work. Trust me.
I keep going back to these two inspiration images I found on Pinterest. I love them both, a LOT. So I’m sticking to deep blue walls, warm wood tones and coppery metallic accents. In thinking about this space, I really want it to be clean and uncluttered, cozy and relaxing, and “grown up.” I’m hoping I can achieve that. I’m still undecided about curtains and bedspread, but I think I can find something that is either quiet and fades to the background, or makes itself the star. So what do you think? Do you have any thoughts and or advice? I’d love to hear it!