Monday, February 14, 2011

Master Bedroom Makeover Reveal

Ladies and Gentlemen, boys and girls... drums please!  I am happy to say that I am still (barely) breathing after a weekend of total madness finishing our Master Bedroom makeover.  I pushed to finish this project much quicker than I had originally intended because I wanted to enter it into this contest by Ivory Homes
It would mean the world to me if you would take a minute to go and vote for me!  Once my submission is posted on their Facebook page, all that you have to do is "like" my photos.

Prepare yourselves for the most picture-heavy-post yet.  With serious reservation, I present to you our bedroom as of 2 weeks ago:

To be totally honest, the blue walls don't look horrible in these pictures, but they were just far too dark for me and rather over bearing.  I wanted my bedroom to feel like a calm and soothing sanctuary.  I had actually originally intended for the color to be more of a slate gray when we started, but it didn't turn out the way I had anticipated.  The mismatched furniture, lack of wall decor and accessories and blahzee bedding made for a very boring and average room.  Average just didn't do it for me. 

So, after many very lonnnnnng nights, our bedroom now looks like this:

Henredon night stand re-finished by PW  in a faux mirrored look

$9 Clearance Walmart lamp painted with a $2 thrifted lamp shade re-covered by PW
Front pillow- Target $12, Shams and Euro Shams sewn  by PW, White Coverlet and Teal Silk Duvet- gifts

Temple picture- PoppySeed, frame painted by PW 

Dresser- IKEA, French Wingback Chair- reupholstered and painted by PW

Antique silver kettle- family heirloom

Sunburst Mirror- Family Dollar $10... not kidding

White curtains- Potter Barn, sewed by PW to add Waverly Cross Section fabric and extend length, Frames- Family Dollar $3 each, updated by PW with scrapbook paper and removal of glass, Curtain rod- made by PW for $2

Quite the difference if I do say so myself.  I am so very pleased with the end result.  The best part about this makeover was the cost.  Just about everything in this room was a DIY project, a gift, or something I already owned.  I will post pictures and tutorials soon on how I did the following:

  • Installed chair rail and casing, tutorial HERE
  • Revived my vintage Henredon nightstands to create a faux mirrored look, tutorial HERE
  • Painted Walmart clearance lamps
  • Recovered $2 thrift store lamp shades with my own fabric and ribbon
  • Added a geometrical print to my existing Pottery Barn curtains (purchased on sale at downeast home) to extend the length and give them a modern and masculine quality, tutorial HERE
  • Made my own 104" curtain rod for $1.98, tutorial HERE
  • Sewed Euro shams and regular shams, tutorial HERE
  • Re-upholstered  and painted a vintage French Wingback Chair, tutorial HERE
  • Painted and assembled my own picture frame for my Salt Lake City LDS Temple
  • Used $3 frames from Family Dollar and scrapbook paper to create a beautiful display above our bed
Phew!  It looks like this girl has a lot of tutorials to prepare :).  You will die when you find out how inexpensively I was able to create this look for. 

*** Update:  Check out my post HERE on how much  little all of this cost ***

Had I not worked so furiously to finish this makeover in time for the Ivory Homes Contest, my bedroom might not have looked like this as of last night at 9 pm:

Miraculously, the stars seemed to have once again aligned for me so that tonight I get to rest peacefully (and longer than 4 hours thank goodness) in this beautiful haven:

Thank you for reading and allowing me to share my crazy hobbies and passions with  you.  I will post the link to vote for my entry as soon as it's up.

**  Update:  thanks to the support of you wonderful readers, I won 2nd place in the contest!!! ***
Signing out for a much needed rest,


This makeover was featured by:

Also special thanks to Tatertots and Jello for posting on their FB page about this makeover!

Linking up to:


  1. Wow Jen! You ARE wonderwoman! It looks incredible! (now you can come do my master bedroom :) ). I love the temple picture. I wanted to do one of those from Poppy Seed Designs. When did you do it?

    Oh, and my favorite part are the tables! Fabulous!

  2. it serious;y looks SO awesome! I LOVE your cheap finds from walmart and family dollar! your skills never seize to amaze me! I'm excited to follow in your footstepes one day.

  3. it serious;y looks SO awesome! I LOVE your cheap finds from walmart and family dollar! your skills never seize to amaze me! I'm excited to follow in your footstepes one day.

  4. Jen, wow! You did it! It is beautiful! I'll get everyone to vote on it! Great job!

  5. It turned out lovely! What a transformation. Those night tables were worth all the work that went into them. Good job!

  6. Truly BEAUTIFUL. And all done inexpensively, my favorite way!

  7. THANK YOU everyone! I'm so glad you approve :)

    Ali, my neighbor sharon hosted a party where Poppy Seed came out with supplies and everyone put them together; cost was $50 per picture with frame. They supply black paint but I wanted mine different so I finished mine the same way I did the base of the Thomasville Dresser. If you host a party, you can get a deal on it I'm sure :)

    Tess, you are so sweet! I'm sure that when you guys are able to settle down in one place your home will be A-mazing. You've got talent girl :)

    Thanks Amanda, I'll take all the votes I can get..

  8. Sleek, Stylish, Sophisticated. Just Stunning.

  9. IT's absolutely gorgeous!! Ilove those bedside tables. You did an awesome job on everything.

  10. I am your newest follower and so much about your room has blown me away. I keep looking at all the details. Congrats on a beautiful job.

  11. Wow, you are making me want to get working on my own bedroom.....

    Yours looks lovely. I love the trimwork and the lightned paint colour.

    So inviting!!!

  12. You did a beautiful job decorating your it! You've given me some good ideas, so thank you!

  13. ooooh ma goodness, this is beautiful. I am struck by your nightstands. They are To Die For! I am wondering what you used on them to get that color? I have a thrift store side table that I have been holding off on bc I want a color I am excited about. If you could please share exactly what you used/did that would be so nice.
    Beautiful job, beautiful taste!

  14. Wow, gorgeous makeover. That was a lot of work and it is fabulous. Would love to have you show it off at my Wow Us Wednesdays party this week. You will need to include a link to the party in your post. Hope to see you there. Link will go up tonight.

  15. Your bedroom looks great! I love the color and the molding. So glad I came across your blog. I'm a new follower.

  16. I love the molding, the nightstand, and your pillows. This room does look like a relaxing spa room. Glad you are enjoying it!

  17. Thank you so much for the sweet words. Chrissy, the night stands were quite a process for me but lucky for you I posted a tutorial a few days ago. Check it out, and if you still have any questions feel free to shoot me an email. good luck! Please show me the picture when you are finished. Kim, if I'm not too late I will go link up now! Thanks for letting me know :)

  18. This looks great, very restful! it looks like the perfect shade of gray. Please do the chair rail and casing first I really want to do this at my house or better yet could you just come over and show me ;) found you through under the table and dreaming.

  19. I LOVE IT!!

    Could you tell me where you found the fabric that you used to reupholster your wingback chair? It is exactly what I'm looking for to do mine.

  20. Becky, thanks so much! I promise the tutorial will come soon :)

    Wendy, the fabric I used is Waverly's Essence Onyx, and I purchased it online through Joann Fabrics when it was 50% off, and also used a free shipping coupon code I found online. The fabric was definitely a splurge, but I LOVE it. What do you want to use the fabric for? It was definitely a lot of work to match up the pattern on a chair, and I had to buy about 3.5x more fabric in order to line up the pattern everywhere. Good luck! Send me pics when you finish your project :)

  21. Hi Jen,

    Thanks for the info. I saw where another blogger had used the same fabric to cover just the fronts of the back cushions on her love seat and sofa and loved the look. I wonder if doing that and covering a chair a bit smaller than yours would be too much of a good thing? I think it would look very funky yet classic and, since we are in the primer stage of our living room renovation, I really have a blank slate to work with. I'll definitely post pictures as I go. :)

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  23. Your bedroom looks great! I left a message about the nightstands and your french chair is similar to the one I want to paint in silver....following you now too! Love your style and ideas.

  24. LOVE this makeover. I am running to Family Dollar and hoping that suburst mirror is there! Great job!

  25. Just caught your blog via the Utah Bloggers Facebook page. You can check me out here So nice to meet you! I recently did a room make over on my bedroom, but couldn't paint the furniture now I am dying to! So beautiful I love it!

  26. Your room looks AMAZING!!! Want to come make my master look that cool?? :) Congrats on the Ivory Contest! You definitely are talented!!! :)

  27. just to let you know...that chair told me it wants to go in my this is awkward. you want to bring it to me or should i just grab it from you? jk but seriously that chair is the best thing i've EVER seen in this world.

    and the rest of the room is ADORABLE. go you!

  28. What a great redo! I'm totally inspired to revamp my blah bedroom.

  29. I ADORE this room. It's exactly the colors and vision I have for my room. Loooove.

  30. Your master bedroom is beautiful! What a great use of colors and decor. It's quite welcoming!

  31. You did a really beautiful job! Do you mind sharing the name of the color of the grey on your walls? I'd love to try some in my bedroom, too!

  32. Thanks so much everyone! You sure know how to make a gal feel special :)

    Becky, here's what I typed up in my guest post on remodelaholic about the color I used on the walls:

    "We painted the walls a soft calming gray, in an accidental cross between Valspar's "Gravity" and "Silver Leaf" custom mixed by Home Depot in Behr Paint and Primer in One (try and say that five times fast...)"

    Read more:

    Hopefully that helps! I'm sorry it's not an exact color but either of the two colors will be super close, they weren't very different from one another. Good luck!

  33. I love this makeover. Grey is becoming my favorite neutral as well and I'm trying to find a way to add in my home.

  34. @Andrea @ Decorating Cents

    Thank you! I am so smitten with it right now. I fear my entire house may turn into a gray pallet soon if I'm not careful and remember to add color :)

  35. Stopping by from TT&J - I always feel like the people who are clear down at the bottom get left out of comments even though they have some of the best ideas! Your bedroom is beautiful! I love the way it turned out and the colors you pick and how your chair just pops! Love love love it!


  36. It's always great when you can totally redo a room and put little to no money into it. I think that has a really rewarding feeling.

    -Zane of ontario honey

  37. IT's absolutely gorgeous!! Ilove those bedside tables. You did an awesome job on beds for sale UK

  38. Love this makeover! Your bedroom looks great! thanks for beds company


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