Saturday, January 19, 2013

Master Bedroom "Before"

Good Morning!

I got back from my vacation last weekend and had a wonderful time.
My son and I, along with six friends, spent a very relaxing week in St. John.
If you have ever thought about vacationing in the Caribbean I would highly recommend a trip to St. John.  We rented a house high on a hill and woke up every morning to this beautiful sight.
But all good things must come to an end and it was back to work and back to reality this past Monday.

Now that I'm back I'm ready to start tackling a few projects around my house.
The first on my list is a redo of my master bedroom.

I decided to post some pictures of the room to help motivate me to get going on this project.  This is the room as it always looks......I'm keeping it real here.
I painted this room over 10 years ago when we first moved in.  I liked the dark color at the time but I am ready to lighten things up. 
I didn't like the comforter I had on the bed so I took it off months ago and never got around to replacing it.
The nightstands are a matching set that were purchased over 20 years ago.  I'm not into the matching look anymore so I going to make some changes there.  I had a lamp on the right nightstand at one time but I think it went to school with my son.
The black bench will be replaced too with something with a better scale.

The room has nice ceiling detail.
The fan will this stage of my life it is necessary for those hot flashes!
Nice wall of windows.  Window treatment will be changed.
 The ficus tree will definitely be gone.  I can't believe I still have it in the room!
The dresser with TV will stay, as is.
This wall has double doors leading into the bathroom.  The other room you see in the picture with the windows is my closet.
So there's the brief "before" tour of my bedroom.
This project is going to take some time but I will keep you updated on my progress. 

My makeover goals:
1.  Lighter paint color.
2.  New bedding and window treatments.
3.  More architectural interest.
4.  Repurpose nightstands.
5.  Replace bench.
6.  Add reading area.
7.  Better lighting.
8.  Accessorize.

I know there are a lot of talented people out there so if you have any suggestions I am all ears!!

Have a great weekend.



  1. It will be fun to follow your progress!

  2. Welcome back; sounds like a lovely vacation!! Great idea on how to motivate yourself... I'm starting on a few 'fluff ups' myself ... good luck with your re-do! :)

  3. What a great project to work on. You always have the most amazing ideas, so I can't wait to see what you do with it. Your vacation spot sure had amazing views. Glad you had the chance to get away and relax a bit.

  4. What a great project! Love the windows and the bed and I know you will make this into a relaxing and comforting spot!
    hugs, Linda

  5. Your holiday has inspired and reinvigorated you! Good luck with the makeover,I am sure it will be lovely!

  6. With all your talent, there is no way I could ever come up with anything as wonderful as you could.
    What I am looking forward to, is seeing the details that you incorporate everywhere. I think that is what makes a room a special place. You do have good bones to work with!

  7. I can't wait to see what you do! I painted my room a very light periwinkle blue and with white furniture it's so refreshing and calming when I wake up (now if only the piles of laundry would calm me, too). I'm sure you'll do something wonderful!

  8. all your ideas sound great - and I second the reading area - I love having one in my bedroom...can't wait to see how it all comes together...

  9. Very happy to hear you took an awesome vacation:)
    You sure needed some FUN and SUN!!!
    I just painted my living room a beautiful color called "SEA SALT" by Sherwin Williams. It's a light green with very light blue undertone...I feel. There are so many great colors! Have fun and looking forward to the new look!

  10. This is going to be a fun project, Jane! So many possibilities...and I can't wait to see what you do with it!

  11. My bedroom also needs some serious work. I know I will get loads of awesome ideas and inspiration from your project. I am going to enjoy seeing the transformation. You are one talented lady and I know your finished bedroom will be delightful!


  12. Great project, Jane! I'm going to love following along with this transformation. Are you going to paint any of your furniture? I'm sure that will change up the look quite a bit without your having to buy anything. Even the bench might get a new look with paint and some new fabric.

  13. Welcome back to blogging Jane. I have been catching up on your posts and if I didn't wanted to send my sympathy for your dad and husband. I am hoping 2013 will be a wonderful year for you! Again, I'm so glad to read your posts again. Missed you!


  14. Hi Jane,
    You have a lovely space to work with and I just know you are going to make it even lovelier.

    Wow, what a view. I wouldn't mind being in Paradise like that right now.


  15. Oh, I could use a tropical vacation. It sounds like it really invigorated you! Your master bedroom is large and I love the big window and French doors. Your list of changes is right on target and I'm sure you are going to do a great, creative job! Can't wait for the reveal!


  16. how fun!!! You go girl but don't over do it... =)

    hugs and blessings

  17. Excited to follow your progress of your bedroom..
    Sounds like a lot of fun picking out colors and changing things up..

  18. I have missed following your posts...You are such a talented person I'm certain that your room will reflect that in a fantastic way..YOU inspire so many of us...I can't wait to see what creative-ingenious ideas you come up with. In admiring your bench my thoughts turn to your reading area...You could paint it, recover it, place a tray on it and it could hold your favorite relaxing drink..hmm...just an idea...Blessings!

  19. I can't wait to see it progress! And darn those hot flashes! I am in the same boat! karen....

  20. So excited to see your post! I love St Johns I have an aunt that lives there so I stayed for a week a couple years ago...Gorgeous and relaxing! Your bedroom should be a fun project! The ceiling is amazing and shut the door...Who has a closet ...err dressing room that big WOW!! I say hang a chandelier in the dressing room...Glam time!


  21. I am so looking forward to this re-do --- it is a great space! Mary

  22. What a fun and rewarding project !! I cannot wait to see what you do !! We are currently using my grandmas furniture, which was supposed to be for a guest room and we were gonna get new, but so far no guest room so we have Grandmas furniture !! It sounds like you have a lot of great ideas, thanks for sharing, it will really be fun to see what you decide to do !!

  23. St John looks gorgeous and glad you enjoyed yourself :) I just redid my bedroom in blue & sage...ocean theme. So far it gives me a very calming feeling. I still have accessorizing to do, but it is much better than the way it was before!

    You have a great room to work with and with your talent, I know it will be beautiful!

  24. St John is forever gorgeous! Glad you had a nice vacation.

    Looks like you have a big project ahead...should be a cinch for you... Have fun doing it!

  25. Your vacation pictures made me jealous...and then a peek at your amazing closet space almost turned me green! What a gorgeous space to work with; I can't wait to see what you do.

  26. It looks like you picked a fun/huge project. BTW, I have your ficus tree's cousin in my basement all covered in dust.

  27. I, too, have a ficus tree. Sometimes I wonder whatever did I see in it that made me buy it. Mine went out to pasture in the garage quite a while ago. Just don't have the heart to "get rid" of it. Now that I think about it, I've never ever seen a tree growing in a garage, lol.

    Do you have a particular color palate in mind for the re-do?

  28. It will be fabulous and I know you'll enjoy creating a beautiful new space. Welcome back from your vacation...the time goes by so fast.

  29. Welcome back! I've missed your posts. With your eye for contrasting textures and subtle color, I think your MB remodel will be fun to watch.

  30. I'm lucky in that my husband is from the island of Trinidad and has family there that we can stay with when we visit, though they don't have views like that! I love the ceiling detail in your room. When we repainted our master bedroom last year I wanted to paint the ceiling like I had seen in a hotel room. We had a pale blue we'd used in another room so up it went on the ceiling. The room itself is a light earthy green, so the room has a feeling of trees and sky to me, just what I wanted. I'll be watching to see the progress.

  31. Can't wait to see the change! We will be hopping over to St John for a day on our March 2nd cruise - Looking forward to some SUN!

  32. Hi there! I'm new to your blog but couldn't resist commenting. ;) I start off by checking out for paint color ideas. Then I check out for inspiration. After that, I head out to pick up some paint chip samples. Get as many as you like and tape them to your wall. You will see how they look at different times of the day and in different light.

    Sometimes I work around something I love that I know will be in the room. Making sure the new paint color and that item go together nicely. Most of all have fun with your project!

  33. Welcome home :) Can't wait to see your new room!!

  34. Hi Jane! It's so good to hear from you again. You are always such an inspiration. I have to tell you, this past fall I hung burlap curtains in my living room and I am LOVING them! I haven't posted a picture on the blog yet. I haven't been blogging, but I'd like to get back. I can give you a few tips, if you decide to go this route...or maybe I'll get that post done! Pinterest has TONS on burlap curtains posted, of course.

  35. Beautiful large space... Can'ta wait to see what you do with it. I know it will be spectacular!

  36. I can't wait to see what it will look like. You have a great space to play with. Best of luck.

  37. I know you will work your magic and blow my socks off!! And what a gorgeous view!! It would have been hard for me to leave!!

  38. Your trip must have been awesome! What a view! Looks like you have a great room to work on. Many very nice features. Can't wait to see the finished results.

  39. Can't wait to see what you do. I am with the others, find the inspiration piece to make everything else go together. Maybe the bedding first. That could lead to a color. A neutral that would allow you to change bedding and not have to paint the walls again. Good luck!

  40. Can't wait to see what you come up with! I would love to get rid of my matchy night stands, thought maybe 2 small dressers, different texture, since I have a lot of wood in the room.
    Looking forward to your re-do!

  41. hi Jane ... glad to know you had a wonderful vacation and so glad to see you back. Love your old hangers too. I never see any like that. I gave a lot of wooden ones away and now regretting it. Will love to see what you do with the bedroom. The bath and closet will be fun too. I saw some ficus trees for winter decorations that had been stripped of the leaves, painted white and the container was covered with white burlap and tied with either burlap or twine. Small silver ornaments were hung on the limbs and now red hearts for Valentine. Really cute and I thought I would do that this year when I find the trees that are dropping their leaves.
    Audrey Z.
    Timeless Treasures

  42. Jane, I'm so glad you got away for a vacation. I am on a little get away in Hawaii right now. I know your room will look great! I'm going to start on my bedroom redo when I get home.


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