I hesitate to even call this a “mini” makeover. Originally my plan was to move some furniture around, update the bedding to something lighter and add a bench. End over story! Well that is not how it went at all. I was able to reuse most of my decorations, and/or re-purpose some items from other rooms which really kept down the cost.
My vision for my bedroom was to keep the “earthy” feel to the room but just making it a little more tranquil and spa-like. What I wasn’t planning on was my bed not really fitting on the spot and having to come up with different side tables. The good news though is that my nightstands will find a new home in my guest bedroom. I was also able to use the stones and shells that I collected on my Maine vacation.
BEFORE and IN PROCESS:
Reversible Comforter: Similar Here | Throw Blanket – Marshall’s : Similar Here | Picture Frame Tray – Old: Similar Here | Believe in Yourself Pillow: Similar Here and Here | Wall Sconces – Old Partylite: Similar Here | Bench – Made it myself – DIY instructions here.
For the side table decorations I re-used items from around the house. The only thing purchased was the glass apothecary jar I got from Home Goods to add the stones and shells. I bought the lamps awhile ago at Home Goods and the thing I was looking for when I first bought them was neutral. I wanted a tan and brown color. I mixed and matched the lamp and the base. You can always paint anything you don’t like if the base is say brass, just tape off and spray paint.
Some pillows I’d like to possibly add:
Now if you will bear with me a little longer I have a quick tutorial for you, for the side table since a few people asked about them. I originally wanted to use spindles in the middle and a circular top and base. I couldn’t really find a wide enough spindle to get the effect I wanted so I started looking for a different base. I found these stools at T.X. Maxx and figured they would be the perfect base. I wasn’t sold on the fact that they were rectangular on top but I kinda liked it as an added effect.
1. Measure the center of the stool and mark with a pen or marker
2. Drill a hole through the stool
3. Measure the center of the round top and mark the center with a pen or marker
4. Drill a starter hole in the center of the top. You just want to give the screw a head start not go through the top.
5. Screw the top to the stool.
6. Spray the whole surface
7. Once dry use the sand paper to scuff up some of the edges to give it the aged look.
8. OPTIONAL: Use the brown acrylic paint to add some lines to the top and sides. Use a paper towel or rag to smooth it out and fade it. Use the sand paper too if needed. Spray over any areas you don’t like and start again.
Now I just have to add some artwork on the walls and the DIY lantern project I posted about here. I’ll be sure to post some options so you can help me pick out which art pieces to choose later.
It looks soo good! I love the update. I never would have thought of using stools for bedside tables.
Thank you! It has a more elegant feel to it now. Sometimes you just have to use what you find! 😉
It looks so good!! I love what you chose as your bedside tables – so easy, but so functional!! Great job girl!
Thank you! If I found a wooden step ladder I would have used that, but sometimes you just work with what you find! 😉
kathy@vodka and soda says
i love this so much and the fact that you’re so handy with tools only increases my girl crush on you. it’s not weird i said that.
Haha! Not weird! I do have quite a collection of tools!
i love these and would totally do it, but i actually need to get something similar to what you had before because we need the storage. womp womp.
I thought so too but really it meant I just stored stuff I didn’t need! Haha! I got the old ones from Bobs furniture if that helps!
SMD @ Life According to Steph says
Nice work! It looks fresh and clean.
Thank you! That was totally what I was going for, glad it shows that way.
Kateri Von Steal says
Very cool idea! You are so thrifty and crafty! Love it!
Thank you! I have such a hard time buying standard pieces because I can’t find what I envision so making it myself just makes sense.
I like that you mixed the white with the brown wood. Good job!
Thank you! It really helped keep it bright. When I had all the dark furniture before it really felt too dark.
I love bright and clean decor; your update looks awesome!
Thank you! So fresh and so clean!
Linda Sheridan says
Just amazing! Love that you found your own shells, etc.
It looks beautiful and serene A safe haven !
You should have only sweet dreams and restful sleeps here!
Love, SMD’s Momma
I love being able to use elements I found outside like my fall tablescape uses pine cones. I fall asleep much faster now!
I absolutely love the after!!! Your choices for the side tables are perfect! And I think I have similar curtains to yours in our living room! I have some home projects that I need to tackle! I have so much fun decorating.
Thank you! I love that they block so much light for sleeping and movie watching. Decorating is a lot of fun. You’ll have to be sure and share your projects!
It looks so relaxing, I want to go for relaxing beachy in my room. The pink carpet that comes with my rental is a real decor roadblock though!
Rental carpet is tough but maybe you can find a large neutral area rug to hide most of it.
Lindsay Templeton says
what a great idea! looks awesome!
Thank you so much! I’m loving it so far.
Jana @ Jana Says says
This looks fantastic! Great job!
I would like for you to come to my house and redo my bedroom. I will pay you in sangria and baked potato soup.
That is a very tempting offer!
Amanda Elizabeth says
So impressed girl!!! I love how light and bright it looks now!
Thank you. Yes, all the brown before darkened it up too much. Airy and light is so much better now.
You already know i love this. I do like that second pillow A LOT!
Isn’t it so different! It adds the elements of wood and white. Kinda love it.
Wow!! Your bedroom looks amazing!! I never would have thought to re-purpose stools like that!
Than you! If I didn’t happen upon them I might not have thought about them either. I was just waling around hoping to find something to use as a base.
Kate @ Green Fashionista says
Beautiful! You did an amazing job, and I love how fresh yet comfy it looks 🙂
Thank you. I always want my spaces to be pretty but not feel like a Tomb that you can’t use or be in for fear of ruining it.
It looks so comfortable and relaxing! I hope you’re enjoying every moment of the new space!
It is my new happy place. Thank you.
~ Carmen ~ says
The before & after are superb. I really like that you painted the stool all white. It’s a chic way to reinvent items we already own! :] //
I love it! The after is so much more welcoming and cheerful I think!
Thank you. I didn’t seem so dark before but in comparison it is sooooo much lighter!
It looks so homey and welcoming! Good job!
Thank you. I love it more everyday.
It looks nice! So tranquil. Nice job on the side tables too, they fit well with the space.
Thank you considering those were an “oh crap, now what” project! Haha! I think they really warm up the space though.
Kelly (@KRod0519) says
I love the makeover. It’s so warm…a perfect place to escape. What’s your next project?
Have a wonderful weekend.
Thank you. It is my current happy place! I have the wall sconces I posted last Friday to do and also my Dining room tablescape needs to get done. Hope you have a great weekend!
Melanie at Ribbons and Rotor Blades says
You definitely achieved a spa-like feel! It definitely looks very relaxing! Good luck getting out of bed on the weekends 😉 lol
Thank you. Oh no worries Seamus makes sure I know that wake up time is no later than 6am on the weekends. He’s so generous. 😉 Though I do end up back there to just sit and read. 🙂
Love the new room! Looks so cozy and pretty. I like the paint color on the walls.
Thank you. It is a warm light green. It took me a year to find the right color. I may never paint it again! Haha!
Brianne Bracco says
I absolutely love the white stool idea on the sides of your bed! So cute! Amazing how the smallest touches can brighten up a room 🙂
Thank you. Yes, breaking up all the brown that was in the room before really helped to lighten it up, while still keeping some pieces to make it very earthy.
Krystal R says
Love this! They came out so lovely. You are giving me inspiration over here!!
That is what I like to hear!!
Oooo so cute!! And I love the second pillow that you want! It’s super cute!
I really want it. I need to justify it for myself. Hehe.