Spring fresh bedroom {Master bedroom update}

Hi friends! Sometimes the most impactful improvements to a room can be made using simple supplies and items from elsewhere in the home, (as demonstrated yesterday with our new and improved guest nook). This point is further made in our refreshed bedroom and I feel a renewed sense of peace and calm in our quiet little 'sanctuary'. Our bedroom wasn't begging for improvement, but it felt tired and over reaching for a direction that it just wasn't hitting. It's a new season, in so many ways, so I just thought "why not?!" and decided to go for it. :)

Here's a flashback of our bedroom before, (in a hand-picked grey that turned out quite baby blue):

The white paint came out last week. I rolled our walls in the same Ultra Pure White by Behr that's on every other wall in our house, (except for the littles' rooms). I always love a fresh white canvas to begin with. It's my favorite starting point, (which I wish I had known about myself before we painted over the builder grade yellow in a dusty blue which was supposed to look grey).

Other changes: I reattached our headboard. Did I ever tell you that my great-great grandmother and great-uncle were actually BORN in this bed? Incredible isn't it?! I also replaced the lamps with gold spray-painted clip-on task lights. One less pillow on the bed. Lighter throw blanket. Art flanking the bed. There's more, let's move on. :)

Coming up I'm gonna show you how easy it is to hang art with this sissal rope. I LOVE the height and interest it adds to the wall without being in-your-face. Just love it.

And something awesome happened to our leaning shelves, too. We're gonna be hitting that soon as well.

That tall leaning panel I found at the Luckett's Spring Market last year got a new coat of paint, (custom aqua using Duck Egg and Old White by Annie Sloan Chalk Paint). The chair seat got a fresh white cover using the same white denim I used for the bench at the foot of the bed.

This hits the mark. As I mentioned, toning down the colors to a calming white canvas, and then  incorporating smaller doses of color and natural elements is my personal winning look. It's what my eyes are drawn to and when I feel the most relaxed. What about you? What design elements are you the most drawn to in a room?

Thank you for stopping by! And don't forget to pay Cate and me a visit at our ridiculously awesome garage sale happening on SATURDAY, JUNE 7! 9am-3pm, unique refinished pieces, refreshments available, awesome people. Contact me for the address - located in Herndon, VA!

Happy weekend, friends!


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Master bedroom Before & After

Hi guys! I've been so excited to show you this room in our home for a while now. I started adding some color to our light and airy white bedroom a few months ago, and little by little, it's had a nice transformation! By a handful of DIY projects and a World Market gift card I got for Christmas, the room went from this...

To this:

The wall color, the duvet and a couple other pieces remain the same, but it's astounding how different the room feels with a few snaps of color here and there! So what exactly changed?

1) I painted our leaning wall shelves, (the thin, cheap, assemble-yourself kind we found on Amazon several years ago), in Chateau Grey by Annie Sloan Chalk Paint. Then I heavily distressed them for a charming aged feel.

2) I bought a 1/2" sheet of pdf board and had it cut at Home Depot to fit over our floating bedside tables. I stained them before fitting them on and am loving the touch of natural wood flanking the bed.

3) The pillow shams and curtains came from World Market, (thank you for the gift card, Casey)!

4) The decorative pillows are from Home Goods, (both were in under $10 clearance)

5) I spray painted a few small accents on the leaning wall shelves gold. Love the warmth of a few hits of gold around a room!

6) The homemade headboard, (tutorial here)

7) The lampshades! Our lamps came from Crate and Barrel as wedding gifts 7.5 years ago. I wanted to give them a slightly industrial feel, so I covered them in chicken wire.

Here they are before:

I measured and cut a length of chicken wire

Folded the top and bottom of the chicken wire over the edge of the shade.

Love, love, love how this turned out! 

Thank you so much for coming by! Up tomorrow is a new piece available for sale. Production has been slow during this severe winter but it certainly hasn't stopped!


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DIY headboard {With coffee filters!}

Ok coffee lovers, I've got a good one for ya: a DIY headboard made from dyed coffee filters! This was super easy and I love the airiness it brings to our eclectic bedroom.

To begin, you'll need at least one hook and two nails, or 3 hooks to create a triangle above your bed. I actually already have hooks screwed into my bedposts so I used those and then a wire heart hook from World Market, ($1.99). You definitely do not need bed posts for this project! You can attach your lower hooks, (or just use a nail for each side), right into the wall. Tie the ends of a length of twine to each side, looping it over your upper hook in the middle, (top of the triangle).

Now you're ready to work on your filters! First, grab as many coffee filters as you think you'll use, (I used 11), and let them sit for an hour or so in a sink or pot full of warm water that is brown with either tea or coffee, (I used a bunch of tea bags from a few teas that I don't care for...see, careful what you throw away)! **This first step, (and the one following), is definitely not necessary! You may want to keep the coffee filters white depending on the colors in your room, your style, etc. I wanted to give the filters a deeper, aged look for our headboard, so I dyed them in the tea.

Second, as you pull each one out give it a good squeeze over the sink to remove excess water and then either lay them out to dry, (I spread them out over a couple cooling racks), or hang them on cabinet knobs.

Once dry, you are ready to make your florets. Simply pinch your filter from the middle, fold a bit until you have something resembling a flower, and then pierce where you pinched with about 1.5" of floral wire.

Finally, attach your filter florets by wrapping the wire around the pre-hung twine above your bed!

Instant headboard!

Have you ever made a headboard? What did you use?

Thank you for stopping by!


This post was originally published on Chelsea's Garage, now affectionately known as StyleMutt.