I cannot believe there is only one more week left in the Makeover in a Month Challenge. I am so excited to share my bedroom design and progress.
It’s week three of the Makeover in a Month Challenge and I am happy to report that I made a lot of progress. I can finally see my bedroom design ideas coming to life!
I do have to admit that my blogger friends appear to be ahead of me. But that’s ok, I am going to finish my bedroom design with a bang!
What Did I Do This Week?
It looks like my bedroom design ideas are going to happen! I painted the bedroom and spent two days rearranging the bookshelves (I am still not done). I sorted through all of the books and decided the college (and high school) textbooks could be donated. My husband commented that he didn’t think Calculus had changed since he was in school. But I assured him the textbooks had surely been updated.
I had a lot of fun covering books and finding lots of fun decor pieces to adorn the bookshelves.
I hired an electrician who removed the ceiling fan and relocated two chandeliers. (I know better than to think I could do that on my own!) And I hung the drapes … which unfortunately didn’t go so well. More about that later.
I measured the slipcover six times and cut it out. I am using a strip ticking fabric and think I have all of the seams matching and facing the right direction.
I also unboxed most of the decor items from Bed, Bath and Beyond. I am so excited because it turns out there are only two furniture pieces that I have to put together … the bed frame and the bench. Somehow I thought there would be a lot more!
Painting the Room
The entire third-floor was painted a sage-grey color over ten years ago when we did the remodel. I shared the first pictures of our third-floor guest suite a few months ago. I think I have mentioned it before but I went through a serious sage green phase that was so bad my friends threatened to create “sage green anonymous” meetings for me. It was literally everywhere in our home, my wardrobe, and more. I think the sage green paint looks ok in the great room, but I really wanted the bedroom to feel light and fresh.
You can see in the photo below the difference between the two colors. I love the paint color and I am so happy I chose it for the bedroom.
I painted the room with my favorite white paint, Swiss Coffee from Dunn Edwards. The good news is that I didn’t have to paint the trim because it looked like it was in great shape. The bad news is it took one coat of primer and two coats of paint which necessitated one extra trip to the paint store.
As I was painting I realized in the last eleven years, the trim had yellowed a bit, so I may decide to hire someone to take on that project. We shall see.
Doesn’t the new paint look fabulous? I knew this is what I wanted when I planned this bedroom design.
I took the photo below looking out to the great room. If you look closely you can see this is where I stored everything that used to be in the bedroom. (It’s not going back into the room so where am I going to put it?)
And yes, those are Christmas bulbs. Oh my.
As soon as the walls were dry I hung the drapes. These are blackout drapes and I love them because they don’t look like blackout drapes. I didn’t steam them because as soon as I hung them I realized they were three inches too short. (Obviously, this was my mistake!) I am just going to lower the poles to the middle of the molding.
That should work, right?
Electrical and Lighting
I am so excited about this Bee & Willow™ Sequoia Beaded Chandelier in Natural I found at Bed, Bath and Beyond to hang over the bed. It’s very reasonably priced and I love the look.
My electrician took down the ceiling fan and moved the electrical ceiling box 14″ closer to the headboard. I had to move it because my sons are all very tall (6’7″, 6’6″, and 6″5″) and they are tired of hitting their heads on the chandeliers I keep hanging from the ceiling. The chandelier now hangs over the bed so no “ducking” will be needed in this room by my tall boys.
This is the last piece of the ceiling fan before it was removed.
I also added a hanging reading light in the center of the window. Actually, it’s just under an inch off due to the attic door in the ceiling. (I forgot about the 2″ x 4″ frame around the ceiling door.) This will forever bother me but there was nothing that could be done. Ugh.
This corner will serve as a reading area and have a chair and ottoman (that hopefully will be slipcovered by me).
Also, when I moved the dresser, I discovered some TV cables coming out of the middle of the wall. Seriously? How did I let that happen when we first remodeled this room? It will need to be moved this weekend.
I unboxed these two Jonathan Y Elicia Table Lamps in Natural with Linen Shades and they are even better than I imagined. Aren’t they fantastic?
De-Cluttering the Bookcases
Before I started painting I went to work on the bookshelves. I decided to take one section at a time and I emptied and cleaned each shelf. My color scheme for the room is tan/light brown and off white, with accents of green and an orangy-copper color. (The last two colors are for fall and will change throughout the year.)
NONE of the bookshelves are done. I still need to add more books, decor, photos, and more. At least you can see the direction I am going with this project.
This an AFTER (but not finished) and BEFORE photo. I really like what have I started as seen on the left side of the bookcase. It’s exactly what I had hoped to do in this bedroom design.
At least 75% of the existing books on the shelves had a blue cover and there is no blue in my color palette in this room. I decided it would be fun to make some book covers to cover some of the “blue books”.
I stamped the covers with author names and in some cases, book titles.
I love that they are not perfect. (Which is a good thing because I did at least attempt to make them perfect.)
I cover my books with brown butcher paper and use the same method I used to cover my books when I was in junior high school.
I am assuming you all know how to do this.
Stamping the covers was by far my favorite part.
I had to post this photo again because I love it so much. The wonderful saying about “boys” is a vintage metal piece that I picked up at a flea market years ago.
Ninety-five percent of the furniture has arrived from Bed, Bath, and Beyond and I am thrilled!
I also love this Levtex Home Torrey Reversible Quilt Set. The stitched “x” is my favorite.
The “Other” Projects
There are two other projects I am working on. The first is, of course, the slipcover.
I have cut it out and I think it is going to work out. If you happen to drive by our house next week and hear someone yelling in frustration, then that will be me.
I have the confidence that I will finish it in time. It’s a good thing I have a lot of extra fabric.
The Focus Wall
I had promised I was going to add something to the wall behind the bed. The product arrives on Sunday and I expect it will be done on Monday.
I am also hoping to paint an abstract painting for the room. I have the perfect spot for it so you might just see it on the wall at the final reveal. Fingers crossed!
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