Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Master Bedroom Reveal

My master bedroom is ready for it's debut.

I had a lot of fun working on this project.  It was exciting to watch the room transform from dark and neglected to bright and welcoming.  It took around 6 weekends and right around $700.00 to complete the transformation.

Since I have a lot of pictures I'll try not to be too wordy and let the pictures do most of the talking.

Here's a view of the room as you come down the hall.
I replaced my matching nightstands with two "new" pieces.
This washstand was an antique store purchase ($35.00).
The basket on the shelf was a purchase from T.J. Maxx.
I topped the nightstand with an old mirror that I already had and then added a few knickknacks.
I found a new home for a $5.00 garage sale table on the right side of the bed.
The top of the table had a large split so I topped it with a round basket (Marshall's).
A couple of weeks ago I posted about the screen I hung behind the bed.
The screen was a $25.00 purchase at Sparks (KS) Flea Market and the round mirror was a thrift store find ($10.00).

The white comforter and pillow shams are from JCP and were my largest expense at $150.00.  All of the accent pillows on the bed were purchased at Marshall's and ranged between $10.00 and $20.00.

My new bench at the end of the bed is a wonderful addition to the room.  I purchased it from one of my vendor friends for $45.00.
The pillows on the bench are from JCP ($15.00).  I made the afghan myself (back in 1978) and I already had the two suitcases underneath the bench.

The two windows resting on the nightstands have been sitting in my basement since my barn pick last March.  They needed a good cleaning but were a great
The antique framed print hanging to the left of the window was purchased just this past weekend from my friend Susan for $10.00.
To the left of my TV I created a sitting/reading area.
 The chair is a vintage Broyhill and is in great overall shape.  I found it at an antique store for $49.00.  The rest of the pieces I already had (I did a lot of shopping in my own basement for this room).

In the corner to the left of the bed is the shelf I posted about a couple of days ago.
The shelf houses some photos, some of my smaller clocks and part of my "E" collection (for my last name).  I painted an old ceiling tile green ($10.00) and hung it above the shelf.  Two old corbels ($10 apiece) top off the shelf.

I have a small wall space between the bedroom door and the bathroom door.
It's the perfect space for this antique sewing cabinet that once belonged to Bruce's Grandmother.
The curtains in the room were inspired by a window treatment that Donna @ Funky Junk Interiors made a couple of years ago.  I really loved the look and knew I wanted to incorporate the design into my bedroom.
I had two matching vintage hangers that were perfect for this treatment.  
Using inexpensive 45" white muslin, I simply hemmed the top and bottom of the fabric and then sewed a rod pocket 18" down from the top of the curtain.  The bottom rod on the hanger opened so I was able to slide and gather the curtain onto the hanger.  
Total cost for both curtains (including the hangers) was $22.00.

One last piece I added to the room was an old coat tree ($4.00).
 It was unpainted when I purchased it so I painted it white and added some old hooks that I had in my inventory.  I hung a few of my vintage hangers on the hooks, the two on top are from old downtown hotels in Kansas City.
When I first posted about my redo I listed the following goals for the room:

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 think I accomplished my goals and I am very happy with the results.
This room reflects my personality and showcases the vintage things that I love.
Thanks for taking the tour!

I'm linking my total room makeover with WhisperWood Cottage for the 1st Project of the Year Party in the Before & After Rooms Category.  Link back to WhisperWood Cottage blog to see lots of great Before & After rooms and items!

Color Inspiration

Long before I began my bedroom redo I knew there was one color that I had to have in the room, and the inspiration came from the color of Bruce's wheelchair.
Bruce loved bright green and was thrilled when he was able to order his motorized wheelchair in that color.  We even printed our 2011 ALS Walk t-shirts in the same shade to match his chair.
It wasn't difficult to find accessory pieces for the room in Bruce's favorite color and I love how the color really brightens up the room.

Here a few spots where I added the green.
I'll be back tomorrow with my final post on the bedroom.
See you then!


Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Let It Snow

Good Morning!

Typically I would be at work right now but because this is what I woke up to this morning......
I am at home, happy to not be out driving in the mess.

Knowing we were going to get hit with the storm, I made sure I got to the fabric store yesterday to get material for the window treatment for my bedroom makeover.  Hopefully by days end I will have the curtains hanging in the room!

I'm hoping to post the finished room on Thursday. 
Until then, here's another sneak peek of what I've added to the room.
I decided that my dress form "Shirley" was not getting utilized in her previous spot in my studio.  I also needed something with some height in this corner of my bedroom and she was the perfect accessory.  The shelf on the wall was a recent $10.00 find.  I painted it white and accessorized it with some of my smaller collections.  The chair was a $6.00 garage sale find last summer.

Well, I'm off to see if I can remember how to use my sewing machine!
Have a great day.


Sunday, February 17, 2013

Another Bedroom Update

I am making slow and steady progress on my bedroom redo (emphasis on the word slow).  I set a goal to have it finished by the end of February so I have just under a couple of weeks to make that goal a reality.  Since I'm not ready for the big reveal just yet, I thought I would show you another one of the changes I've made to the room.

Here's a reminder photo of the "before".
I wanted to add some interest on the wall behind the bed and went searching in my basement for something I might be able to use.  I found this antique screen that I purchased last spring at the Sparks (KS) Flea Market.
Yes, it's a little rough but I love the old wood and hinges.
I decided to wallpaper the screen with a textured wallpaper to cover up the old imperfections.  After much deliberation, I chose a wallpaper with a woven look.
The wallpaper was pre-pasted so this was a pretty straight-forward wallpapering project.
After drying, this wallpaper could be painted.  I wanted the screen white so I left it as-is.
Now I had to hang it....not easy when you're doing all of this on your own.
Once it was in place I hung a thrift store mirror in the center.
Then I wrestled the mattress back into place and remade my bed.
I am really liking it so far.  I'm not completely finished accessorizing the walls....but that will have to wait for another post.

I'll be in Chicago this week for a meeting so unfortunately progress will be put on hold until next weekend.

Hope you all have a great week.


Thursday, February 14, 2013

Happy Valentine's Day

Happy Valentine's Day!

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Master Bedroom Update

A couple of weeks ago I posted about redecorating my Master Bedroom.
I'm far from finished but thought I would give you a little update on what's going on with the project.

My first goal was to find a new paint color that would lighten up the room.
After a couple of misses, I finally settled on a Sherwin Williams color called "Blonde". You can see a little bit of the color on the wall in the second picture below.

Another goal was to find a larger bench to replace this undersized bench I had been using.
I'm happy to say I can check that off my list.
 Last week I purchased this fabulous bench from my friend Deb.  Much better scale (and much more my style) than the old bench.
 The pillows on the bench represent part of my color scheme.  The floral pillows are from T.J. Maxx and the pillows with the buttons are from JCP.  And the afghan draped over the bench.....I knitted that back in 1978.....true vintage!

So there's your quick sneak peek of a couple of changes in the room.
I still have a lot of work to do but am shooting to get it finished by the end of month.
Wish me luck!


Saturday, February 2, 2013

French Cookie Bag

Good Morning!

Just a quick post today to share a graphic from this cute vintage French cookie bag that I found this week in the booth of one of my vendor friends at the Parkville Antique Mall.  
I love the framed "Biscuits Fins" on the bag and think it would be cute printed on tags, bags or transferred to just about anything using any number of transfer methods.  
(Karen @ The Graphics Fairy did an excellent post on 12 Easy Image Transfer Methods.  You can find that post here.  Thank you Karen for compiling all of the information).
I hope you enjoy the graphic.  Let me know if you find a way to use it.

Have a great Saturday.