As I sat here on my couch to write about my big bedroom reveal, I was trying to figure out just how long I have been working on this project. 3 months….definitely longer than that. 6 months, maybe. 9 months, surely it hasn’t been that long. But Sadly, I think it was last summer that we painted and from there I made most of the decor. My head is hung in shame. For a project that I was so excited I literally dreamt about it, how could it take me almost a year?! Oh well, moving forward, I will aim for my next room redesign (the kitchen, hopefully) to take less time than that.
I had a hard time finding “before” pictures (not sure where they disappeared to), but here is our bedroom when we returned from our honeymoon to find our home pranked.
When Ethan and I first bought the house a few months before our wedding, Ethan moved in to work on it until I moved in after we got hitched. During that time, he and his friends tackled the big projects, like gutting the kitchen, and my girlfriends and I tackled the smaller, decor oriented projects like removing wallpaper (yuck!). The painting of the master bedroom was one of my favorite memories during that time because my girls, Kim, Amy, Leila, and Christy spent many a night at my soon to be home with a radio, a bottle of wine, and lots of laughs!
I had never been able to choose my wall color prior to this because I had rented, so I went a little crazy. Ethan and I picked out a rich, deep gold and purple bedspread (because it was all we could agree on), and I decided to paint the walls to match! Call me crazy because 3 walls were mustard/gold and the fourth was deep purple! At the time, we laughed at the suckers who would have to paint over that purple but turns out we were the suckers! haha
We had spent many years in the dark cave of our bedroom, which we had envisioned being romantic, but really it was just dark. Now, years later, gray and white washed is in style, so I went with that!
I found this beautiful bedspread at Marshalls for CHEAP, I can’t remember now exactly how much, but I think around $40. I loved that it was nuetral in color, but had interest and a dash of green. Kelly Green is my FAVORITE color in the world, to wear and to design with, so I felt like this was the right fit.
I also found these fabulous Kelly Green curtain panels for $16 each which I love! They add a pop of color in an otherwise very white and gray room.
I wanted to paint the walls a light gray to match the bedspread and settled on Benjamin Moore Revere Pewter. We used the “Ben” line because it was the cheapest. I was very happy with the paint and how it covered the walls. We used one coat of primer on the purple wall, but otherwise only needed two coats of the Revere Pewter. Ethan and I and our very kind pastor knocked it all out in a day. Thanks, Mike!
Next, I looked for a lamp for our bedside table but had a hard time finding something I liked that was’t super expensive. I decided to give the existing lamp a makeover instead. I spray painted the base white, bought a cheapo shade from Target, and then added flowers. I still love it to this day (almost a year later, lol!). Check out my previous post for a full tutorial on making your own DIY lampshade and fabric flowers.
Not too long after the lamp, I found some $2 canvases at Goodwill (a rare steal) and transformed them into some amazing His and Hers Artwork!
Then the holidays and the girls birthdays hit and I was sidetracked from working on the bedroom. Honestly I had somewhat lost motivation since the room was live-able and had something cute on the walls. But as I was thinking of what craft (and blog post) to do next, I started to plan more wall decor for our bedroom. I ended up making a button heart canvas (using another Goodwill find from the same day). It might be my favorite piece in the room!
Originally I had planned on putting letters on that canvas instead of a button heart, but things didn’t work out. I still had the letters and wanted to do something with them, so I put them over my mirror using sticky tack. I found this saying on Pinterest from Girl Meets Life, “With my whole heart, for my whole life” and fell in love with it!
Finally, I had a vision for painting a tree on my wall. When I laid in bed and night and dreamed about it, it was a pleasant dream, skipping over all the long hours and tedium that was the reality! AHHH That tree just about drove me mad. Halfway through painting the leaves, I tried to make a stamp but it looked pretty horrible so I abandoned the idea. I free handed the trunk, branches and love birds onto the tree using for inspiration a wall decal I found on amazon.
The wall decal cost $70 so I thought painting it would save me some money, plus I could customize the colors. Two weeks later I would have happily paid $70 if I could have bought the tree in white. Again, moving forward, I will choose to forget how much I hated painting this tree. lol!
Now the room is finally DONE and I love it. The gray walls with accents of white and Kelly Green create a calm and fresh feel while also giving a flare of romance through the artwork.
What to do you think? What is your favorite design element? What should I do differently next time?
As Always, thanks for reading!
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How sweet and unique! I love the calm colors with the pops of green.
I think my favorite part is the tree. Wow! That is a stunner.
So funny that you were the ones who had to paint over the purple and gold. Isn’t it interesting how our tastes change as we mature? 🙂
Thanks, paintergal. I feel like this time around I know I’m not choosing a style or decor for forever, just for now. So I’m not as shocked when I decide I don’t like it a year later. lol!
I hope you don’t change your mind over this one so soon. That tree is fantastic.
What are Ethan’s thoughts? I know when my wife and I were first married our tastes were very different but now they’ve become more aligned (well, I’ve aligned with her tastes, she’s just better at it).
Thanks Jeff. Ethan liked the bedding, wall color, and over the bed wall hangings. Then as i did the button heart and the tree, i think his exact words were, “Its okay, but how many men do you know who have a tree on their wall?” lol! true, but how many men design their room? heehee he does like the room and thinks it looks good, its just not as manly as he would choose.
The room is beautiful, but “not very manly” was what I first thought! It could definitely be a room you see in a magazine for a quaint little B&B! I think my favorite piece is the lamp. So clean and fresh!
I love this room! So calm and relaxing … I could go for a nap right now!
Thanks so much Jacque! I could go for a nap too…wait, its only 10 am! lol!
I love it! It’s BEAUTIFUL!
That looks amazing!!! Ive always wanted a decal on my wall, have you seen the ones that look like a chandelier(sp?)??? Maybe I need to redecorate:)
Iris, I love that wall decal too. very cute. BUT this tree was NOT a wall decal. i painted it. 🙂
Jocie, the contrast from your bedroom before is MAGICAL!!! I cannot believe it is the same bedroom! It’s so much BIGGER & SPACIOUS! Absolutely incredible.. by the way, I’m laughing at what the post-its on the ceiling say!!!!! :O)
hahaha, i had forgotten about the post-its on the ceiling. Can you make out what they say???
You know, I have to say this too.. I like your tree much better than the deca… Yours has this elegant breeze blowing through it… the lines take your eyes further… it’s just beautiful.
By the way… I love the new Header for the blog! BEAUTIFUL!!!!
So glad you like the room and the header. I really like them both too!
I love how the light gray looks with the warm wood, and that bedspread is gorgeous! …But my favorite thing is all the memories you guys have of getting this space ready in those sweet months before your wedding. That is such a precious time!
Thanks so much kelly!
simply gorgeous, Jocie. If only you were related to my roommate and lived only a few miles away… 😉
have you seen a painted clock on a wall before with only the hands of the clock hanging in the middle? I’ve often wanted to paint this in my house.
I have not seen the painted clock. can you send me a pic?
I love it! When will you and Ethan be coming to Wisconsin to make over our master bedroom?
Jocie, what a lovely transformation. I’m with Carol/aka Paintergal on the tree being my favorite thing. I’ve always loved trees and yours is lovely.
Love the pops of green.
Wow, that tree is awesome! But wow, yea, it looks like a lot of work. What if you could buy the decal, but spray paint the decal white before sticking it on, would that work?
I love the lamp! The post-its- amazing!!! LOL
Oh my gosh. Absolutely STUNNING! :O