Thursday, February 27, 2014

Master Bedroom and Bath Before and After

Hello everyone! Today I'd like to finally share my bedroom makeover with y'all. We started this makeover in the fall, and its taken awhile to finish it up. Actually, we've had everything done except the paint and framed in windows for a few months now. It just took us awhile to get to the paint and windows. :)

Here's an "after" shot first...

Okay, now let me back up a bit and show you a few not so pretty "before" shots...

Now that I look back at these pics, it just seems too busy. There was a lot going on with that print on the comforter and not to mention those valances. Wow.

See how those prints above the bed have a dark green matte? Well, in the after shots, (in the bedroom and in the bathroom) you'll notice that I spray painted them heirloom white. Yep, plain ol' spray paint. 

Also, see that green metal scroll thingy above the bathroom doors? You'll notice I spray painted that heirloom white too. Spray paint can fix anything. :)

Wow...can you say "yellow?" Lol!
The old paint color was called "lion's mane" and we thought it went well with the comforter. :) My, how my tastes have changed. Ha!

Okay, see that desk below with the computer and the huge wooden barrel thingy to the left of it? Ugh. Those were the two things that drove me crazy about this room. I hated having a computer desk in here and that barrel...well...let's just say I was not a fan of it. Hubby had it before we met. ;) This was right before we started the makeover and we had already removed the valances in this part of the room. (I just couldn't take those valances anymore) Just imagine how it looked with three big, poofy flowered valances on those windows. Ahem. :) This pic also acts as a "before" shot of the windows prior to framing them in.

(Okay, the paint was bad, but it wasn't fluorescent like it looks in the pic above. Don't know what's going on with that.)

We dismantled the desk and got rid of it (but not before saving a few pieces of the'll see why in a bit) And my youngest son was gracious enough to use the barrel in his room (bless that child) :)  He was actually happy to have more storage and the barrel fit perfectly in a corner of his room. He also wanted a bigger chair for the desk in his room, so he took the desk chair too. So, are you wondering where the computer and printer went? I'll show you what we did in a sec.

Okay, now on to the prettier after shots again. :) We painted this room Kilim Beige by Sherwin Williams. We used their Duration line of paint in a matte finish. That's the same paint we used in our Dining Room, Foyer, Living Room, and Kitchen Their Duration line has anti microbial agents that inhibit the growth of mold and mildew on the paint surface, so it's perfect for kitchens and bathrooms. I can't begin to tell you how much I love this paint! The coverage is unbelievable and it's very washable too. And as a bonus, they have sales all the time! We got all of our paint at 25% off. Sweet!

bedroom painted in kilim beige

I bought the new comforter set on Zulily. It has little blue and brown dots around the edges. That gave me a chance to bring in a few blue items, like the books on the bedside table and the prints on the wall that you'll see in a minute. 

Below are some of the mats I spray painted. 

Here's a close up of one of the pillows. I was so excited to have euro shams with this set. I was a little worried about finding euro pillows for them, but Anna's Linens had them for around $12. 

There's the scroll thing above the bathroom doors that I painted heirloom white. 

I don't know why the carpet looks like that in the pic above. Shadows, maybe? It doesn't look like that in real life. We just got new carpet a few years ago and I promise it's not dirty. :) Probably just my stellar photography skills. Ha! It's pretty thick carpet too, and it looks light and dark sometimes, depending on the vacuum marks. :)

Here's a closer look at the scrolly thingy painted heirloom white. It's still green on the other side. :)

These pictures below used to be in my bathroom, but I thought the blue flowers would look better in the bedroom now.

I can't tell you how much I love this little reading corner. The model home like ours had it set up just like this with a little chair, table and lamp in front of the bay window. I've wanted mine to look like that ever since. :) It's so nice to sit here with a cup of tea and enjoy reading, especially if it's raining outside. I love when it rains. :) 

Basically what we did was get rid of the desk and barrel, painted the walls, framed in the windows, bought a new slipper chair, ottoman, side table, and floor lamp, and purchased new bedding. 

This room is screaming for some crown molding. :)

I really like how the lampshade looks like burlap. 

And I was equally excited when I found an ottoman that matched! As a bonus, the lid lifts up for additional storage. I didn't even realize that until I was at the checkout paying for it. 

Here's a closer look at the fabric on the slipper chair. I love that I found one with a little blue and brown in it. It's hard to tell, but the pillow is blue with some brown stitching. 

blue and brown slipper chair

Inside that drawer, I keep my reading kindle, reading glasses, mints, bookmarks my boys made for me when they were little and a coaster for my hot tea. :)

Of course I have to have a picture of little Holly cat. :) Awww...she was just a kitten then! That photo was taken last February. Sweet girl!

Here's how I decorated the top of the armoire. I'm actually just trying to disguise those black speakers up there. :) The picture is leaning against one. 

Okay, so apparently, the only reason we still need that big ol' desk top computer was so that the kids could play their computer games. From what I understand (which is very little when it comes to computers) is that our laptops aren't big enough, fast enough, or strong enough to handle the games they play. I don't think they have enough storage space either. Or something like that. 

So, I came up with a solution one day when I was home by myself. I decided to try and see if the computer and monitor could fit inside the armoire. And they did!! Now I just had to figure out something for the printer. It didn't take me long to find a hiding place for that too. :)

So, here's the armoire with the doors open so you can see how we put the computer and monitor in there. We did have to cut a few holes in the back of the armoire to allow for air circulation. (sometimes it pays to buy cheap furniture that you can easily cut holes in) Lol!

And here's a closer look. We still have the tv in there, but there was plenty of room for the monitor and computer tower thingy. We just slide the keyboard next to the computer when we're not using it. And the mouse is on top of the computer.

Here's how it looks when someone is using the computer. We just pull the new chair over in front of the armoire and put the ottoman in front of it. We did have to get a wireless keyboard and mouse so there wouldn't be any wires to deal with. Sometimes I don't even use the ottoman. I just set the keyboard in my lap. My hubby also set it up where the kids computer games show up on the big tv instead of the computer monitor. They like having their games "supersized" like that. :)

Now for the printer...

See this regular old nightstand? Well...

Ta-da!! I was able to fit the wireless printer in here! Again, we had to cut a hole in the back for air to circulate, but that was no biggie. 

And that's not all...look what my hubby made...

Yep, he used some of the wood from the old desk and made a slide out shelf that the printer sits on and it slides out if we need to lift the top to make a copy or something! The desk matched the armoire and nightstand, so the wood for the shelf was a perfect match!

Moving the computer into the armoire and printer into the nightstand were the first two things we did that started the whole makeover process way back in the early fall. Then I got the bedding, chair, table, ottoman, and lamp, but then it sat like that for a few months before we painted and framed in the windows.

I was so glad to get rid of that desk and barrel and be able to hide the computer and printer. Now I feel like we have a "real" bedroom. :)

These are the doors to our bathroom, which we also painted in Kilim Beige.

Here are a few "before" shots of our bathroom...there's that lovely lion's mane paint again, along with another poofy valance. :)

And here are the "afters" much better. :) We framed in the bathroom window too. I really didn't want to mess with curtains or valances in the bathroom or bedroom, and I'm loving the plain, framed in look. 

Below is my side of the bathroom. :) My counter is a tad lower than his. 

And there's hubby's side on the right. 

Can I just pause here for just a minute to say how incredibly hard it is to paint behind a toilet?? Oh my! Bathrooms are not fun to paint with all their little nooks and crannies. 

So, here's how we framed in the windows. We just painted the inside of the windows with a semi gloss white paint that matched the windowsills. Then we put up some trim along the sides and top and painted it with the same semi gloss white. And that's it! Painting the insides of the windows kind of makes it look like there's wood there too. Kind of like window casing. 

We did this same process with our kitchen, dining room, and living room windows. Only in here, we went with a taller piece on top. 

Here are just a few more pics...

I'm really loving the kilim beige paint in here too. So much softer than "lion's mane". :)

If you've stuck with me through this very long post, then bless you. :) Thanks for stopping by and y'all have a wonderful day!


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  1. Your bedroom is so pretty! So reminds me of a beautiful hotel suite. You know? So often in a hotel, they use space so well and that's just what you did! I love that bedding and the way you trimmed out the windows.

    I know that for the purposes of blogging we always take pictures of things lookin' good but your house always looks perfect to me.

  2. The new color in your bedroom and bathroom makes the biggest difference! I love how elegant it looks now. The new bedding and slipper chair are perfect in your bedroom with your new color on the walls. We have a desktop computer for my son to play games on too. Ours is in our kitchen though. Looks like you have a nice set-up for yours. That was clever of your husband to build a slide out shelf for the copier/printer!

  3. Very pretty! I love the bedding and the paint color. I feel like our bedroom is too dark, and I'm still trying to figure out how to make a few changes in there.

  4. Wow!!! I can't believe what a huge difference the lighter color paint has made!!! Everything looks so beautiful. I love your new bedding too!!!!!!
    Fabulous :o)

  5. OMGoodness, Lisa! It looks absolutely wonderful. What a different the paint made. The room looks half as big again with the lighter color...did I say that right? I mean it looks like it is enlarged 50%. lol You have done a great job and I am a big fan of spray painting anything that is not nailed down. It looks GORGEOUS...bathroom included. Whew! Lots of work but SOOOO worth it!!! xo Diana

    1. Thank you so much, Diana! It really does seem bigger in there. :) It was a lot of work, but I'm so happy with the results! Spray paint IS pretty fabulous! I pretty much use it on everything. :)

  6. What an awesome difference, friend!!! I officially love that paint color!!! Your bedroom and bathroom are gorgeous!!! And I love all the hidden storage for all things office! Genius!
    You had me laughing when you were explaining how your carpet doesn't really look like that! You sound like my mother and me!
    And you're such a better wife than I am...I would have totally been like, "It's the barrel or me. Choose now buddy." LOL!
    Great job!!

  7. Now about painting behind the toilet. Just take the tank off. Then put back on. It is easy enough to do. Just empty and the one screw the screws that hold it on. Then it just picks up . You also can use a piece of foam to slide the paint down in between the wall and tank.But taking off works the best. HTH

    1. Thanks for the tip! Hopefully I won't have to paint behind another toilet for a very, very long time! Lol!

    2. Your rooms are lovely! Another tip I ran across for painting behind toilets is wrap the back side of the toilet tank with a piece of clingy plastic wrap. When finished painting the wall behind the tank (with a roller), just remove the plastic wrap. Why didn't I think of that? :)

    3. Oh, that's another great tip! Plastic wrap would be so easy and totally work! Thanks! :)

  8. I love the new lighter paint! The bedding is so beautiful too! The lampshade and ottoman adds wonderful texture to your area too!

  9. I love this actually seems lighter in your bedroom...maybe because more windows and light. Oh, and how pretty everything turned out. I love your bedding, the dots are just perfect to steer you towards color. The pictures above the bed are perfect. Is there a name for those scrolly things? lol!!

    Your bath is beautiful, you must feel so spoiled! That's the problems with old homes like ours, They never dreamed of master his/hers bathrooms a hundred years ago! lol! So pretty. And tidy!

    Keep up the good work with all of your changes. I am so loving this paint color and may just use it in one of our baths soon.


  10. Wow, what a difference paint can make! It looks much more serene and relaxing now. Your bedding is really pretty, and I adore the new slipper chair. I DO NOT LIKE electronics in the bedroom, but if you have to have them, it's really nice to be able to hide them behind closed door! That is a great fix for your tv, the computer & your printer.

  11. Ahhhh...I love your "new" bedroom and pretty bath. Paint is SUCH a wonderful tool. I HATE to paint, tho....and it seems like I go around with a paint brush in my hands all the time. hahhhaa
    Hope your weekend is great!

  12. I love the paint color you chose! It's so much more relaxing than the old color. What a peaceful place to retreat to at the end of a long day!

    1. Thank you! It was definitely time for that "lions mane" paint to go. Lol!

  13. Your bedroom looks beautiful!! The color is so pretty and I love the wonderful white bedding! The room looks so cozy and romantic!

  14. It's beautiful Lisa, great job! Love the paint color and your linens are very nice, love the border detail. Thanks so much for sharing at Amaze Me Monday...

  15. The bedroom is beautiful! I love the comforter and the whole room looks fresh and bright! Great job!

    1. Thank you, Shannon! I definitely wanted to go lighter and brighter in there after having the dark colors for so long. Paint really can make a huge difference! :)

  16. Such a lovely transformation! Thank you so much for sharing at this week's Project Inspire{d} ~ It's always so good to see you! (pinned!)

  17. I love your bedding! I've seen something similar on Ballards website. Great job!

  18. It looks really nice. Very functional and space saving two with your office equipment. I have a tiny master bedroom. Can't wait to have something nice like this. I would love for you to share at Bacon Time this week. The party starts tomorrow morning. :)

  19. Wow! love what you did. It really did look dated in the before pictures, but looks fresh and welcoming now. I love how you incorporated/changed some of the existing decor. Great job.

  20. Hi Lisa. I discovered your blog today and I'm following you via Bloglovin". I'm so impressed with your master bedroom makeover. You've created a lovely, welcoming space. And all the tricks you used to hide technology are so clever. :) I'd love for you to share your pretty room at Every Room In The House. It's my monthly blog party, and this month we're partying in The Master Bedroom. Here's the link:
    I hope you'll come. ~ Nancy @ A Joyful Cottage

  21. From one Texan to another, yee-haw! Your room looks fabulous.

  22. Wow - gorgeous transformation !!! ( I too just went mostly white in my bedroom )
    Everything looks so crisp and clean - and I want your bed linens - badly !!!
    Visiting from I heart nap time!

  23. That looks like a nice retreat! Beautiful change. It looks so peaceful and like a room you get on vacation.

    Shannon ~

    1. Thank you, Shannon! I'm so happy to hear you say that about my bedroom, because I kind of based it on the look of a hotel room I once stayed in while on vacation. :)

  24. It looks good! Much more serene and peaceful now, I bet.

    1. Thanks, Betsy! Yes, definitely more serene now. :) The new paint color is so much more calming than the bold yellow we had in there. Thanks for visiting!

  25. Your master came out great! Thanx for sharing its reveal at THT.

  26. Lisa, thanks for sharing your lovely bedroom at Every Room In The House. You'll be featured tomorrow. Thanks, again. ~ Nancy

  27. Oh Lisa, I remember this! It's beautiful and you did some really clever things in there.

  28. Found IT!! I loved this post-and this paint color, glad you shared the paint color here. I'm in the process of searching for paint colors for our master bedroom/ bath and I think I'm going to go with this color. Thanks for sharing your decor its so clean and beautiful.

  29. Hi,our house was painted using kilim beige, and we added three accent walls of red, green, and a dark brown-not all in one room of course. It really makes the rooms brighter and complements the accent colors very well. I also have a bay window in the master bedroom. There were no curtains either until I noticed, on Pinterest, a pic of curtains on just the outer two windows. They looked great! I found a couple of sheer ones at JcPenney that are a neutral color. They frame the center window very well! The pics are on my Pinterest page.

  30. I'm new to the world of Kilim Beige (yeah, welcome to 2014!), and I am glad I found your blog! What paint did you use (if you can still recall) on your windowsill? We are transforming our home that we've been in since 1995 and are painting our windowsills, doorframes, and mouldings white as well.

    1. On the window sills, we used Olympic Icon self priming semi gloss paint. It was straight off the shelf, and the color is ultra white. Hope this helps!


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