New floors, painted walls, brand spankin’ new bed, and our bedroom is finally finished after a couple months of semi-hard work. Let’s take a tour, shall we?
I should preface by saying that I did take some amazing ‘before’ shots when we’d first moved in and the room was truly hideous, but I seem to have lost them somewhere along the line, which is disappointing. (I live for before and afters.) #rookiemistake
First things first: I ripped up the carpet and laid new (plywood) flooring. You can check out the how-to here. I also gave the walls three much needed coats of paint; the shade I used was Polar Bear (Behr).
The floor has been down for about two months now and it is holding up really, really well. My dogs are not soft of foot and it takes a beating on the regular, but it still looks great and feels awesome under my (always) bare feet. You can read all about how they’ve held up over the past year here.
Our dresser was looking a little sad and boring, so I made this mirror framed out with 1×3 strapping and stained with Minwax Early American to give it a little life:
I also wanted to make Sharkie a fancy-pants bed that was all her own, as she really likes being up off the floor. (Tank is content with his giant floor pillow and Jack sleeps with us because he is my best friend.) Anyways, I made a simple, three-sided box out of plywood and stained it using Minwax Ebony, added a few six inch furniture legs that I’d spray painted gold and BAM: new bed for Shark:
I could not wait to get rid of the ceiling fan — which was a bit of battle. For someone who has never once turned on the ceiling fan or expressed any interest in ceiling fans, Matt really went to bat for that thing. However, once we got it down and switched it out for my awesome retro thrift-store find, he conceded that it was in fact way, way better.
I’ve mentioned several times that I am obsessed with television (Buffy is my jam), and so naturally we have one in our bedroom. For the first month we lived in the house, the TV was sitting atop this horrid old bookshelf:
BARF. Would you look at that sad sack of a bookshelf? I really needed an inexpensive solution that would hide the TV and beautify the entire thing at the same time, so I built a cabinet top out of plywood using my Kreg Jig and attached it to the bookshelf. To finish I painted the whole piece white, and stenciled a tribal design on each side.
It is so much fresher and cleaner looking now! I’m still deciding whether or not I’m going to keep the stencil or paint over it. We’ll see.
At this point, it was time to tackle the bed. I had my heart set on building this West Elm inspired behemoth, using plans by Jen Woodhouse. It took about three weeks for me to finish, but it was well worth the time, and the entire thing only cost about $210. Up until this point, we’d had a queen set that just sat on the metal frame it came with; no headboard, no nothing.
What a piece of garbage. Have I mentioned I am obsessed with our new bed?
Once we had the bed set up in the room, it really dwarfed our night stands. I threw together a couple of taller ones to tide us over until we can find something a little nicer, and they turned out ok. I would really love some metal ones to contrast with the wood in the bed, but it can wait.
I have one more semi-big project in the works, but other than that I think it’s time to call it on this makeover! I love finally having a grown-up bedroom (never had one of those before) that is relaxing and reflective of
our my taste/style. Can I just shut the door and pretend the rest of the house doesn’t exist?
What do you all think of my floral, granny-chic quilt? Yay or nay?