Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Before and After - Master Bedroom...


There are 3 things you should know about this Master Bedroom makeover:

#1. Nothing was purchased for this makeover. Everything in this room either came from other rooms in our home (I shop my house...a lot!) or was given to us, or was accomplished long before another makeover was even a possibility (ie: the wall color). In other words, this "new" look for the room didn't cost us a penny this time!

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**Since paint color seems to be the biggest question on everyone's mind**

It is called Templeton Gray by Benjamin Moore #HC-161

I painted our room this color well over a year ago, and have always loved it! Even my skeptical-"you're seriously going to paint our bedroom gray when we live in the gray, rainy Pacific Northwest??"-husband, has become a fan!

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#2. This makeover was a plan that I had been wanting to turn into a reality for a while now, but because of all the work involved it wasn't ever put on the priority list to actually happen.
One
newly acquired item pushed the entire makeover into action!

#3. Sometimes a little "smoke and mirrors" is all it takes to pull off a little magic!



Here was the problem:

Our room has an odd layout. It's not terrible, but we can't quite figure out exactly what the builder was thinking.

(You'll see what I'm talking about in a second)

Because of this particular layout, we had two choices for where we could put our bed: on the longest wall, which faces the bathroom (no thanks!),
or on the shorter wall which gives us a view of Mt. Rainier.

I think the choice is obvious, right?

Having our bed on the shorter wall meant that our bed had to be pushed over to the side leaving only 2 and 1/2 feet of walking space between the bed and the wall.

It was a tight squeeze!

Here is the Before:


And here is the After:

We gained an additional 30 inches of space, which not only centered the bed in the middle of the room (instead of the middle of the short wall), but made it so that the bed is now nearly 5 feet away from the wall that it was once so close to.

Nice!


In this next photo you can see the "problem" in the room.

See it there on the right hand side?

Most of it is covered by the drape...

Before:


The builder made the entrance into the Master Bathroom

5 feet wide

Seriously.

Why...why would anyone need a 5 foot entryway into a bathroom?

This 5 foot entryway is why we had such little wall space to center our bed on.


But remember the "smoke and mirrors" that I was talking about?

Here you can see it in action...

After:


We centered the bed in the middle of the room and used the drape to cover the side of the entryway closest to the bed. So now, instead of walking through the entry on the left side, we walk through on the right.

Covering the wall with drapes hung on either side of the bed made it appear as if the wall is longer than it actually is. This allows me to put my bedside table in front of the faux wall!

See?

Sometimes it is all about pulling off a little magic!



This next picture shows just how tight of a squeeze it was between the bed and the wall...

Before:


And After:


Ahhh...

a little breathing room is good!


Our big mirror stayed exactly where it was pre-makeover, and the reflection in it is so much prettier now than it was before...



Ok...

brace yourselves.

I'm going to show you a picture of

BEFORE the Before.

This is how it looked when it was put on the market to sell...


There are so many problems with this layout.

Even the old owners couldn't figure out how to make the room work the right way. They had the bed directly in front of the french doors and their view was of the bathroom! Not to mention the fact that you could see the bed from the front door, and vice versa!

Not pretty!

This is how it looks from the same angle, now...


Did you notice how much the color of the room changes between day and night?

I love, love, love this color in the evening!

For me, it is the perfect mix of cozy, sophisticated and romantic!



Now, onto which items made their way into this makeover from different areas of our home...


Our Riddling Rack!


I am thrilled about this addition to our bedroom!

Its old home was in our Dining Room, but when we turned the space into the kids' new Playroom, the riddling rack had to be taken down, without any good options for where to rehang it.

I thought about selling it, but couldn't bring myself to do it. Will built this and I love it!


Now, instead of holding wine, it holds candlelight...

Uh-huh...I told you it was romantic!

I wired some of the jars from my sister-in-laws wedding onto it and in the evening it gives off the perfect glow.

I am quite happy about this addition!



Three of our favorite wedding photos used to hang across the room on the opposite wall, so they just made a simple change of place...




The curtains also came from the space formerly known as the Dining Room...


They didn't quite fit in with the feel of the "new" Playroom, so they made the move over to our bedroom.

Our bookcases made the move as well...



We love having them in our room now!

They hold all of our favorite books, but when they were in the Dining Room they were a little too accessible to a certain little three year old. She used to rearrange them for me.
She thought she was helping!


And here is the entire reason for the change...

I should preface this by saying that, I am not a "TV in the bedroom" kind of person. That was, until we were asked to store my sister-in-law's TV for her while she and her new husband spend the next 3 years living in Germany.

Let's be real here...
it wouldn't have mattered if I had said "no thanks" to the TV. Will had already decided that we were saying "yes" to the offer of the 43 inch plasma. And I'm fairly certain any other man would have done the same, right?

This "new" TV is slightly bigger than our TV, so we moved our TV out of the living room and into our bedroom (along with the frame that Will built for it) and the "new" TV now hangs in the living room (awaiting its own frame to be built).

Below the TV sits the console table that Will built me when we lived in AZ. Next to it, my garage sale chair, and on the other side, my garage sale oar showing off its "918".

Nearly everything else you see, was in our bedroom prior to the makeover. Although, a few additional accessories did find their way into our room to give it a more completed look.

Overall, a good rearranging was all it took to make the space feel new to us!







Many of you have asked about the "art" above our bed.

This came as the result of a bad pruning accident that happened in our backyard.

We had a gorgeous cherry tree, but it was diseased in a portion of the trunk when we moved into this house. We knew it would eventually have to come down, but we were going to hang onto it for as long as we could. A couple of summer's ago, Will was out pruning and got two of the branches mixed up and accidentally cut off the wrong branch!

The best branch!

Still makes me cringe just thinking about it.

Determined not to let such a beautiful part of our tree go to waste, I started brainstorming ideas of what I could do with it.

The result:

We strategically cut the branch into pieces that we could fit together on the wall, so that they could then be framed out by a huge frame that Will built.

I spray painted the branches white to make them stand out and painted the framed in wall a rusty red.

We were happy!

We got to keep our tree and we created handmade and original art!

I was planning on going for the same look above the bed while we were in the midst of this makeover, but halfway through, my sister-in-law let me know that she had left-over grass cloth wallpaper from a project she had done in her own home.

Excellent!


Instead of gluing it onto the wall (because things around here change so often) we used staples to get it to lay flat on the wall.

We love it...

It was the "look" that I had always wanted for the branch, but didn't want to spend extra money for the grass cloth.

I guess good things do come to those who wait!

The branches are nailed in place with brads from our brad nailer. We trimmed the ends of the branches at an angle so that each one would fit tightly in the corner and snuggly next to the other. We have never had a problem with them staying in place. We just nailed them in the spots where the branches naturally touch the wall...


In the end, it was a lot of work, but fortunately everything I needed was right here in my own home! Laundry was put off for a few days, dishes piled up on the counter and I lived in sweats and a t-shirt, fully engrossed in making this room a better version of itself...


So what is the moral of this story, you ask?

If a room in your home isn't working right for you - if there is just something about it that doesn't sit right with you - change it!

Have an open mind about moving furniture and accessories from other parts of your home into places that seem unexpected. I never would have thought that our Riddling Rack would ever hang in our bedroom. But it is unexpected, and it is the perfect way for us to use it!

You never know...the results that you achieve may end up being your own perfect space, tailored exactly to your liking...

Just as your home should be!

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I have received many questions from you about our bedroom, but haven't had a chance to get back to you all. Hopefully, many of your questions were answered within this post. But just in case you still have a few, I plan on doing a "Q & A" post about our bedroom in the future. If you have a question, please ask me in a comment on this post.

Thanks so much for all of your interest in this project!

I appreciate it more than you know!





P.S. I am linking this post to Transformation Thursday at the Shabby Chic Cottage
and Thrifty Thursday at Tales From Bloggeritaville
and Frugal Friday at The Shabby Nest
and Beautiful Life Friday at The Inspired Room
and Metamorphosis Monday at Between Naps On The Porch
and DIY Day at A Soft Place To Land


92 comments:

Room to Inspire said...

It is stunning! I love all of the details - and my favorite has to be the riddling rack! Love it.

Chelsea

Mama Thompson said...

So gorgeous...I love it!

NM said...

Bravo! This is sensational. I am in love with that colour too. So clever!
Best wishes, NM.

Lori said...

Wow ~ what a difference ~ it is beautiful!

Astrid said...

Absolutely gorgeous! Did I miss where you mentioned the paint color? I normally don't like blue (too cold) but your blue looks perfect!

duchess said...

Beautiful job. The curtains were a great idea.

Chris said...

You are so smart , great idea , it looks flawless.

northern cottage said...

oh my word! This is seriously amazing! love love love it. Now - relax, breathe, enjoy it & then go catch up on laundry & dishes (so worth it!)

BLJ Graves Studio said...

I love the new look.

MELISSA said...

It looks fabulous - great job. I am in the middle of a similar, "shop at home" project myself in our own master bedroom so your post definitely caught my attention! :)

Mrs.CFH2 said...

AMAZING!! I am all sorts of jealous over here!

Lori E said...

Absolutely fabulous.
I may have to tune up my own room after seeing this. Maybe.

Danielle @ Transforming Home said...

BEAUTIFUL! Love it.

gigiandoliver said...

Absolutely beautiful! I can only imagine what an escape your bedroom is for you.

Would love to know the color on the walls. It's perfect!

Colin's Mom said...

Wow! It looks amazing and I love that color on the walls.

Taylor said...

Wow! I want your bedroom! I love it...and my room is layed out very much like yours. I might see what I can do...only problem...I don't have a "will"...he seems very handy!

Kate Starr said...

It truly looks gorgeous... very Pacific Northwest if you will :) You really handled the bathroom opening so well, the curtains mask it perfectly!

Lou Cinda said...

This is Genius! Beautiful and functional and Romantic!! I just LOVE it!

Great ideas!

Lou Cinda :)

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

The use of the drapes was such a wonderful idea to revamp the layout of the room. I love everything about the new look. It is just gorgeous. Hugs, Marty

sheri said...

it is such a serene room. I absolutely love it - and i love the free part. You know, I steal your ideas whenever i can (hence my front door LOL)

The Crazy Suburban Mom said...

Someone else said stunning, I agree. You turned it from a room that leaves you cold to one you want to stay in...warm. Inviting and wow great job. AND one that I wouldnt have known where to start on!

Aja said...

Gorgeous room. I love your wall color!

Aja

Kasey at Thrifty Little Blog said...

Your amazing space planning made all the difference in this room! That wine rack idea is genius :).

Nikki said...

Your room is beautiful! I love the use of color and texture, lots of texture.

Kim @ NewlyWoodwards said...

This is truly beautiful. I esp. love the way you hung the curtains around the bed. I've been toying around with this idea but feared that it would be too much curtain in room. But, I see you have other curtains, too. You've just inspired me.

And, the Riddling Rack is awesome. I'm a newer reader and hadn't seen that yet. Very cool!

Cassie said...

Wow. Now that is a gorgous bedroom. Talk about romantic! I would love it if my bedroom looked like this. You have inspired me to make it more cozy like yours. Thank you for posting this! :)

Funky Junk Interiors said...

This is the most stunning bedroom makeover I have ever laid my eyes on, girl. Kudos! I'm in love with the evening tones, the woodsy warm touches, the bookshelves, unique features you can't buy anywhere else in the world, the curtain placement... there just isn't anything I don't love. :)

I hope your voting went well at Apartment Therapy! I honestly thought it was the best makeover and you deserve the win! You've created an environment that is original, yet anyone could move right in. Sounds like a winner move to me.

Donna

Renee said...

Your room is absolutely gorgeous! I love your clever solution for the large opening to the bathroom. Thanks for sharing.

Amanda @ Serenity Now said...

Great job! I am not a TV in the bedroom kind of girl either, but I was really happy to have one when I ended up having to pump for 6 months with the first baby and 7 months with the second baby. At least it gave me something to look at and kept me awake. :)

I love what you did with the curtains.

{ L } said...

Gorgeous! What a peaceful haven. LOVE your wall colors and all the books. You arranged them nicely.

Sarah said...

wow wow wow wow WOW. GENIUS solutions! the drapes are so dramatic.

and since you say the paint color was already there, do you know what brand and exact shade it is? i LOVE it!

The Bloom Girls said...

What a transformation ! The picture of what the room looked like before you bought the house and what you have done with it is amazing! The last detail of the curtains framing the bed was sheer genius! It totally transformed the "feel" of the space! Awesome job!

Karyn

TRICIA @ The Zoo said...

Hi Karla.
I think I did say this before, but it absolutely bares repeating. Your bedroom is perfect! Gorgeous, feminine and masculine all at the same time. Romantic is wonderful.

I am doing a little round up of good stuff today at The Zoo and I am planning on including you.

XO*Tricia

P.S. We don't have a TV in our tiny bedroom, but if my husband was offered a huge flatscreen, we definitely would. ;)

Delightful Dwelling said...

Your bedroom is so stunning! I love the color, I would never pick something that dark but it looks amazing in your room! What a neat trick to move your bed over, how clever. I love the art above the bed, the oar, and pretty much everything in the room. Thanks so much for sharing your beautiful home for all of us to drool over.

Delightful Dwelling said...

Your bedroom is so stunning! I love the color, I would never pick something that dark but it looks amazing in your room! What a neat trick to move your bed over, how clever. I love the art above the bed, the oar, and pretty much everything in the room. Thanks so much for sharing your beautiful home for all of us to drool over.

lavienouveau said...

I love it all -GORGEOUS!

Kimm at Reinvented said...

Wow. It's just beautiful. I love the wall color, so rich.

becky said...

I love the wall color as well.Never thought that color would look so nice.Sweet room and cozy too.Thanks for sharing!

Liz said...

Wow. I am thoroughly impressed. I adore what you did with the placement of the drapes,that would have never occurred to me. Beautiful room!

Sarah @ Dream In Domestic said...

You did such a fantastic job with this room! I love all the creativity going on but the high style look that it has at the end. I love the color scheme, too, it's very unique and beautiful!

Hirondelle Rustique said...

Your bedroom is one of my all time favorites! I LOVE everything you've done with it, and the colors go so well together! What a relaxing space!

christi said...

WOW beautiful ... what a wonderful retreat!

Anonymous said...

It's great what you guys did to your couples retreat room! Did you have to do any major task to conceal the plasma tv wiring?

Isabella & Max Rooms said...

Now how on earth did I miss this final reveal?! The drape on the right side of the bed is ingenious, bringing balance and drama to this feature wall. WOW!
Love all the photos at night, I like bedrooms photographed at night best, because really, isn't this how they are most often seen in real life?
Wonderful, wonderful!! Janell

Simply Susan said...

I bow down to you because I am not worthy, lol. You did a fantastic job on this room. Also, could I borrow Will sometime? My hubby can do a lot of things, but working with wood isn't one of them, lol ;o)

Kim @ Starshine Chic said...

Love the room! You are just so smart.

Nice and Easy Antiques said...

I'm working as I type (taking a quick break) on my family room which now I know was designed by the same stupid builder!!! LOL Have almost the same problem and I'm also using drapes to fix it! Great minds....
It should be done in a couple of days...maybe 5?? If you stop by next week, you'll see it. Enjoy your bedroom, it looks fab!

The Quintessential Magpie said...

Karla you did a super job on this. This is real creativity and figuring out what works best. Bravo!

Happy Thrifty Thursday...

XO,

Sheila :-)

Leigh of Bloggeritaville said...

Karla,
What an inspiration you are! I actually had done with your room (when seen on houzz) just what I mentioned in my TT post today, saved some of your photos as inspiration photos in a folder. I LOVE the wine rack used as lighting! GORGEOUS!
There are so many fanulous ideas in this post. I am going to fature some of them tomorrow on my blog. Amazing! Thanks for participating in Thrifty Thursday this week! Some great finds, my friend!
Hugs!
Leigh
Tales from Bloggeritaville
wwwlbratina.blogspot.com

Sarah said...

Looks stunning! Come do my master bedroom next!

Cara said...

What an amazing transformation! Truly an inspiration! I love that you thought outside the box a little and made the troublesome room layout work for you. We've got some room at our house that are definitely "what was the builder thinking?!" rooms.

ImagineCozy said...

What a fantastic job --- You were so creative in coming up with a solution to the doorway. The curtains hanging on each side of the bed work beautifully!

I am very impressed with what you came up with. This is what I teach about all the time --- Redesigning with what you have already. You definatly get it!
-Angela

Wendy @ The Shabby Nest said...

um..................................................(That's the only way I know how to comment because I'm speechless!) Simply Amazing!!!!!

Sarah said...

Oh, wow!!! This room is gorgeous! I looove that wall color. The before looked great (uh, the before before not so much!!) but the new layout is such an improvement. Genius about entering the master bath from the other side and using that drape to make it feel like there's wall behind there. I don't know how I missed your blog before, I'm now going to have to go back and read through all your posts:) Fabulous job and for no money to boot. You are my new hero!

Jenn said...

Absolutely gorgeous! Fanstasic makeover!

mimi charmante said...

this is absolutely fabulous! it is so sophisticated - the colors are divine~ the change is so dramatic for me because I think that so many of us have your "before" room - no real style and nothing tying it together. your after photos have so much impact with all of the little touches.
*love* it!
xx

Sam said...

This is my first time to your blog and I am just in awe! I LOVE this room transformation. I cannot wait to read more of your posts!

Come over and stop by my very new blog. I would love some visitors.

Kelleigh Ratzlaff Designs said...

I LOVE this! I've been waiting, waiting, waiting for the big reveal, and you definitely did NOT disappoint! I love the smoke and mirrors!!

My Q: I'd love to get some close-ups on the frames Will built for the TVs! My hubby loves our ginormous 52in (gah!) plasma, but it is LESS than attractive. He needs to learn from your hubby!!

Mary Ellen (megardengal) said...

What a simple but ingenious idea for your dilemma!!! I have a similar problem with one of my rooms and I think you have just solved it for me!!

I love the riddling rack- I have never seen something like that and it looks fabulous with the candles!!

Great job- thank you so much for sharing!!

Nina Patricia @ The Adventures of Nina Patricia said...

Love, love, love it.
The color is just amazing. My favorite part is the wine rack that now holds the candles and the wall art above the bed. You guys rock!

Gena said...

Amazing, beautiful and creative! And that color is awesome. I just love Benjamin Moore colors - I think I've probably mentioned that before. Y'all did a wonderful job in your bedroom. What a lovely place to retreat to at the end of the day.

Chany said...

Maravilloso cambio te felicito de corazón, muy hermoso, Chany

susan said...

Karls-Smart solutions to some very tricky dilemmas! Your bedroom is very inviting and I love the clean simple lines!

The Quintessential Magpie said...

I love that color. Saw this the other days at Leigh's party (I think), and I admired it then. The color looks like it has blue and green with the grey, or is that only my monitor? Good job on the met!

Happy Met Monday...

XO,

Sheila :-)

Sierra said...

Wow, Gorgeous!! Fantastic job! :)
-Sierra
http://creativekdesigns.blogspot.com

Sofia Striffler said...

This is beautiful room. I love the colors. Thanks for sharing. It is lovely.

Jane said...

Love so many thing in this room....you did an impressive job by accomplishing it without spending a dime! The room looks very put together and very warm and inviting.
Jane

Kara@ Creations by Kara said...

Beautiful room! I really love the cherry branch art. Such a great idea!

Susan (Between Naps on the Porch) said...

Gorgeous renovation! Love your smoke and mirrors...very clever!
:-) Love that you shopped your house!
Susan

Suzan said...

Love what you did with your master bedroom! What is up with Washington builders not putting doors on master bath entries? Our house in Normandy Park had the same issue. We also had a bay window in the master with a view of the sound but the wall across from it was too short for a bed and nighstands. We ended up with the bed on the long wall but when you opened up the double bedroom doors (another PacNorthwest trend!) the first thing you saw was the bed...not necessarily a good thing with children in the house!

Katherine @ Grass Stains said...

I'm officially in luuuuuuuurve with the entire room. AND I love the new playroom. We are also turning our dining room into a playroom, so this is a GREAT inspiration for me!

aubrey said...

Very ingenious way to add a faux wall!!! Beautiful room and I love the color! My hubby LOVED the grey skies in Wa..I bet he would've loved this color in our room! Thanks for sharing...glad to have found you in blogville:)

Phillips Phamily Mama said...

Seriously? Looks like a model home! Wonderful and inspiring! Love, love, love it!

Richella said...

Girl, this is WONDERFUL! What an incredible job you did! You've turned your awkward space into a lovely, romantic master retreat. You should be so proud of yourself. . . and you can feel proud while relaxing in this gorgeous space. Good for you!

Becky said...

This is easily one of the most beautiful rooms I have EVER seen. And I see a lot. Incredible.

And can I just say that your magic in hanging drapes where there are no windows is just as clever and brilliant as I can imagine.

I am SO impressed. Well done!!

Nonflammable said...

I love the color combo in the room. I am contemplating a bedroom makeover soon in a space that is excessively large and uninviting. You have created an illusion of symmetry, and an inviting room of comfort and warmth with the details

Your art piece above the bed is beautiful; Original art brings so much character to a home.

The Hopkins Home said...

Oh my gosh - we have the exact same layout plan and HUGE bathroom entrance issue in our master bedroom! I've been bothered by this room since we moved in and my side of the bed is pushed up against a wall so that I only have a TEENY little space to get into bed and I have no nightstand b/c there is NO room! Genius idea with the curtains - I am SO moving my bed today and trying the curtains! Thank you!!!

southerninspiration said...

this is the kind of transformation that just makes you want to say "aaaaahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh!!!!!".....it's perfect now.

Suzanne

Tamera said...

Greta ideas, great photos, and great inspiration...oh, that darn master bedroom! Now I have some fluffing to do;)

Tamera@doubledelight

Dawn@Embracing the Ordinary Life said...

All I can say is WOW...to everything...I wish I had even a touch of your "talent"...Great makeover!

Jess @ Frugal with a Flourish said...

I have been coveting your bedroom and that art on Houzz for quite awhile! Love getting to see the story behind it! Congrats on getting the room finished!

Tracy @ Comfort and Luxury said...

Hi! Rhoda at Southern Hospitality sent me...
Such a smart makeover! Love how you fought grey with grey but turned your interior grey into a warm cocoon. And your solution to the too-wide doorway is genius. Love the branch art too. I'll be back to have a longer look around. Nice to meet you!

Pam said...

Wow, great job..You can come shop at my house if you promise to do my room like this!
Pam

Pat said...

Gorgeous! Not sure how you came up with such incredible ideas...I would never think of the drape, etc. Wish you lived closer...could use some help with my bedroom. :-)

Tracy Suzanne said...

Hi Karla. I just came over from Southern Hospitality‏ where I read such a nice article with a link to you. I love seeing before and afters, especially done on a small or no budget. You're room turned out beautiful. I love all the imaginative uses for items repurposed. I look for ward to coming back again and reading more of you wonderful posts.

Cheers...Tracy :)

Tara said...

Wow, this is my first visit here--so inspirational! Makes us all feel like we can do it, too! Thanks!

Brooke said...

Beautiful! I too would like to know how you built the frame around the tv. I would LOVE to have one around my tv!

Alena said...

Beautiful transformation! Love what you did with the room!

cannwin said...

I would never have been able to imagine your room if that is what it looked liken when I bought it! And using a curtain to extend the length of the wall. wow I'm going to have to remember that one!

You're incredible!

KingFamilyof4 said...

I LOVE your style ! I just stumbled onto your blog the other day, and now I am a regular. You have inspired me to look beyond what is in front of me. I have a new outlook now while my DH and I shop for a new home for our family. I will be asking for your homemade riddling rack for Mothers Day :) THANKS for sharing !

Inspired in Alaska

Jamara said...

Your bedroom is incredible! LOVE it!! I'm glad I stumbled upon your site.

Tracy said...

I am tackling the master bedroom next. Yours is gorgeous and I have gotten so much inspiration from looking at it. I have a weird layout too (but no bathroom views..) and after reading your post will be experimenting with furniture placement. My craft room is currently sporting Templeton Gray on the walls and I LOVE it...I have been tossing that color choice with a haystack yellow for the bedroom, but after seeing yours, I think my choice is made. This is my first time visiting your blog, and I now have a new favorite!