Monday, February 28, 2011

Master Bedroom Makeover

I've shown off our master bath renovation here, here, here, and here, but I never let you peek into our the bedroom.  Usually, whenever I was shooting the bathroom, I was piling all the non-photogenic items on the bed, where we had an old sleeping bag covering up the bedspread which the cat hurled on about 1 month after she moved in with us.  Not to mention the laundry and piles of reading material that both Mr. Palindrome and I hoard on our night stands.  Thankfully, a few episodes of Hoarders scared us straight and I'm ready to reveal the post-renovation shots.

Once upon a time, a young, naive and flip happy couple walked into this room:

And they put blood, sweat and tears into making this room a reality:

We replaced the carpet for the entire second floor before we moved our furniture into the house.  In the first few months of owning the house, we hired painters to brighten the trim with bright white paint. In October 2009, my brother and dad painted and tackled a few tasks in the master bath.  We hired an electrician to put in the ceiling fun and wire it to the switch.  We hung the curtains, decorated and finally this week we cleaned it for pictures.  Outside of the inclusive costs of the carpet and trim, our budget came in at a whopping $224.

Paint (Valspar's Mesa Sand) - $30
Electrical work - $50
Aspen tree painting (Home Goods) - $70
Lamp shades (Lowe's) - $20 x 2
Curtain rods (Lowe's on clearance) - $17 x 2
Furniture - Inherited
Bedding and Curtains - Wedding gift
Lamps - Inherited
Flowers - Gifted for Valentine's Day
Various other accessories - Previously owned

Outside of the amazing transformation, the other thing I'm really digging is my new wide angle lens!

How do you think we did for 224 smackeroos?  It's a little monochromatic, any suggestions for colorful additions?


  1. What a difference some paint and trim makes. Great job!!!

  2. WOW! Wow the difference and Wow the budget!!!

    As for the monochrome...I didn't think it was overly monochrome. It looks very relaxing chic. The quickest switch would be some colored pillows on the bed. You could also do some colorful abstract art. A big one above the bed, between the windows, and a small grouping to the left of the bed next to the doors. A large blown up color photo from your wedding would be great too!! Go fancy and get one printed on canvas :)

  3. You did an awesome job decorating for $224!! Wow.

    I think if you want a pop of color, you could switch out your pillows or add some bright vases to your night stands/vanity. :)

  4. That looks awesome and I'm really impressed you did it for under $230. Hoarders might be the most motivating show ever created.

  5. Wow, I'm impressed! The room looks beautiful!

  6. That definitely looks like a totally different room! I love the furniture, too. Is it black or cherry?

  7. Thanks for the suggestions @Ellie and @Jessica!

    @Layla, It's ca really dark cherry that reads in real life as mostly chocolate. There's some 80s (is that vintage now?) Ethan Allen and the night stands are antiques from Italy.

  8. I love the dresser with the mirror, it looks great!!

  9. So pretty! I love the dresser, the curtains, and the floor mirror! Love!

  10. ohh, so lovely! great job! and I love your mirrors and furniture :)