Thursday, February 10, 2011

Updating the Bedroom

I think my bedroom has been featured on this blog a grand total of two times. Why is it that our bedrooms always get the least amount of care? There are some days when I leave the room, shut the door, and don't go back in until it's time to go to bed.

Well, not anymore. I am bound and determined to do some makeover magic in this room! Of course, it's going to be on a relatively small budget (uhm, like, free...), and thankfully we won't need to purchase any furniture (unless I can talk the hubs into buying us a new bed frame from IKEA!).

So here is the room in it's current (ho-hum) status:

Of course, there are definitely things I love about our room. The lamps, side tables, curtains, and bamboo shades are all on my "LOVE" list. We used to have the bed against that wall on the left, but moved it about a year ago and I'm really happy with it's new spot.

On one side of the room is Josh's dresser, and a photo from our engagement shoot. I love that picture, but I think it definitely needs an updated frame. The black isn't really doing it for me in this space. Also, I'm planning to paint both of our dressers to give them an updated look. They are vintage dressers, solid wood, that were given to us by a lady from our church, along with lots of other furniture, when she found out we were engaged. How cool is that?

Another thing that is needing to be updated is our overhead fan. Josh and I try to be good about not using the AC too much in the Summer (oh, the expense!), so an overhead fan is a MUST for those warm Summer nights. So instead of replacing the whole thing, I think I will whip out the spray paint to cover the brass and see about getting some new glass shades to replace the outdated, frosted ones.

Here's the other side of the room, which houses my dresser and a mirror I've had since High School. I still love the classic shape of the mirror, but I have a few ideas up my sleeve for how I can update it to bring in some more interesting elements.

Here on the right is the entrance door, and on the left is our walk-in closet. Gotta love those wood, bi-fold doors. Sigh.

And of course, the closet. We left the original paint in there when we painted the room mostly because I was too lazy to move all of our clothes out. Also, I distinctly remember thinking "it's a closet. Why would we care what our stupid closet looks like?" Apparently, that was before I saw what closets could potentially look like and decided that I wanted a glamorous room to put my shoes in too.

(Paris Hilton's closet, image via Decorpad)

Ladies, I will give you a moment to wipe away the drool and let your heart calm down. Who wouldn't want a closet like that? Ok, so maybe all this glamour is not in the foreseeable future for me (I'm guessing Josh wouldn't be drooling over this, maybe laughing, but not drooling), but our closet could definitely use some updating.

So, to summarize, here's one last glimpse of the room in all it's "Before" glory.

Along with a few little notes about the changes that are going to be happening. Yay! Stay tuned, I am planning a post tomorrow that will give you a better idea of the new color scheme I want to incorporate. How about you? Has your bedroom been sadly neglected too, or is it just me?


  1. Um. Yes. Definitely neglected. As in, we don't even have a bedframe. And our closet is about 3.5 feet wide, so the hampers have to stay out in the room itself...and one of them is that blue pop-up hamper Nick bought as a college freshman. So yeah...we're pretty desperate for an update.

  2. Oh my goodness, too funny! We have a hamper that Josh bought in college too, it's falling apart but still manages to hold the laundry. =)

  3. i love those lamps, too, and your old dresser. it's those legs! yay for redoing the bedroom, i hated that ours was such an afterthought. i'm at a good place with it now, except for furniture. can't wait to see your changes!

  4. These sound like great simple upgrades that will totally make the most of your space and items you already love, but just need an extra bit of TLC!

    great plan! <3 can't wait to see the outcome!

    Jenn @ Peas & Crayons

  5. Well, you know that my bedroom got 90% of its makeover last summer. But there's still things I'd like to do. The problem is - I can't find the time! :)

    I feel like your bedroom has potential for easy updates. I can't wait to see what you do!

    Oh, and before you slipcover your comforter, you may want to check out Ikea's duvet covers. They're so cheap that they are often cheaper than making your own. I got a king size white one and then altered it (from the inside) to fit it to our queen size. But then, when we get a king bed (hopefully next month) I can rip the seams out and it's back to being king-size. And now I'm rambling...

  6. cape on the corner- Thanks! So glad you like the lamps too! I agree, the vintage dressers have so much character. =)

    Jenn- That's exactly my thoughts! I think all it needs is some new textiles and accessories- should be a pretty easy makeover!

    Jane- You are SO right about IKEA's slipcovers. They are way cheap and would be perfect. My only issue is, they are slightly different than the US sizes I think! I need to do some research, but the queen sized duvet that I bought there last year was too small to fit our queen sized comforter! I made it work by using a different (smaller) comforter inside. Maybe getting the King sized one would work... hmm, you got me thinking!

  7. I'm excited to see what you do with the dressers. Painting furniture is a great way to give it a new lease on life.

    I think your ideas sound great! Looking forward to seeing the transformation!

  8. Yep, the Ikea duvets run small - that's another reason I'm glad I was able to get a king and tailor it for a queen. Didn't think about how that would be an issue when I want to actually put a King size in it. Oh well. maybe I'll add on to it then.



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