I walked into my master bedroom a couple weeks ago and thought, “BLECH.”. Not that I haven’t loved the black and white neutral color scheme, I just got tired of it. I blame it on the quarter-life crisis I seem to be going through. I have been feeling very anxious and OLD and have been itching to mix it up a bit in my life. I would do what I always do when I feel like this and just go and do something drastic to my hair, that usually seems to do the trick, but I PROMISED my hubby I would grow my hair out and wouldn’t cut it until it was about “boob length” (his words). So, after flipping through my “Happy Chic” book by Jonathan Adler (it is so fun and dramatic),
I decided to spruce up my room with a younger, funkier, Jonathan Adler meets Domino Mag (I miss you Domino) vibe and some really happy colors. The problem, like usual, is that I don’t have much of a decorating budget so I had to get creative and try to use what I have as much as possible. I knew the first thing I wanted to do is change the wall color. I decided to keep it neutral and lighten it up so I went with a light gray. This decision was also largely based on the fact that I happen to have a bunch of leftover gray paint from Peyton’s room that I knew I could lighten up and use. I also knew I really wanted to make the walls come to life so I decided to take it one step further and paint subtle gray horizontal stripes on 3 of the 4 walls. I thought this would be a BIG time consuming job, but it actually wasn’t that bad. And the lines came out really crisp, even on my textured walls, thanks to this tutorial I found over at Living With Lindsay. I did this all by myself so I imagine it would be much easier with a helper. I figure my husband will be less annoyed by my constant redecorating if he doesn’t have to do any of the work, so I do things while hes not looking so he can be amazed at the result later! 😉 Anyway, my stripes are 11.5″ wide. I simply measured from the baseboard up 11.5″, then marked it, and measured up another 11.5″, marked it again, so on…until I had marked off the whole 3 walls, putting marks every 4 feet or so. Then I just layed the tape on the wall as straight as possible from mark to mark. I’m sure its not perfect, but I’m impatient. I think it turned out pretty dang straight actually. I left the tall wall, opposite my bed, stripeless because A. The weird ceiling line would’ve made the stripes look off at the top, and B. I decided to put bookshelves against that wall that would pretty much cover it anyway.
Well, I’ll just show you the pics and walk you through the rest of what I did….
As a reminder, heres what my master bedroom looked like before:
And heres what it looks like now! SO much more fun and fresh I think. And it definitely is a better reflection of me and Mr. Hubby’s style:
Didn’t the stripes turn out great? I super love the subtle little FUN they bring to the walls. So obviously with practically NO budget I kept all the original furniture. The first and most noticeable upcycle is probablly the DIY’d ikat chevron headboard. Yup. I made that baby. I looked and looked for cheap fabric that I liked and just couldn’t find any so I hit up Walmart’s fabric section and found some great white cotton twill. Then all it took was a little craft paint, mixed with some textile medium, and a bit of creativity. To be honest, I like but don’t love it. I was too impatient and so my lines are a bit whompy. I have leftover fabric so I might just do it again. I dunno. Anyway, the tutorial on that is coming soon if you want to paint your own! (I’m sure you’ll learn from my mistakes and do a better job!)
I was happy to keep my lime green chairs and create a pallet around them so I distributed pops of green around the room. But I also LOVE tealy-blue and threw that in there too, spray painting the nightstands, and adding other teal accents around the room. Then I wanted just a little bit more so I added in just a few PUNCHES of tangerine orange. It was tough to break out for my “4 colors in a room” box but I figured since gray, black, and white are really just neutrals in the background, 3 more fun colors wouldn’t hurt. 🙂
The black frames used in the pic above I got from BigLots for $5 for 2 (I also saw the same ones at Joann’s for $20 for 2 so I got a killer deal). I just wrote on some canvas panels the letters to spell “ME” and “YOU” and flanked the room with them to fill up all the extra wall space surrounding my bed.
I debated for a bit on what to hang above my bed. I didn’t want anything too busy to compete with the vibrant headboard and striped wall. I thought about putting the framed “Me” and “YOU” there but decided I wanted something a bit more simple and small. Also, I was afraid Daniel would think the room was getting too girly so I thought I’d throw him one and macho the place up by stealing the antlers (thrifted and painted for $4) from Sawyer’s nursery and mount those above the bed instead. (Don’t worry, I just replaced them with the Pinterest project from this post and my wire dear head looks great in there). I LOVE them in here. I think they float perfectly inbetween my DIY’d hanging lamps and give just that touch of bohemian but in a sophisticated way. Daniel likes them too. Mostly because he says, “The bedroom is meant for mounting.” Haha! 😉
Okay, I just wanted to talk about these pillows really quick! Little orange guy is just some fabric I have wrapped around a pillow right now but I will soon get to sewing. But the big gorgeous fringed beauty I found the other day at Home Goods in the clearance section for $7. YES $7. You can’t even buy a down pillow form at the fabric store for $7. I just love it.
This is all pretty much the same. I still want to do something more to that dresser. Not sure what though, but it works great the way it is too. The little teal lamp was on sale at Target for about $20. The picture frame was also a Target buy on clearance for $2 as well as the new duvet cover set that was (my big splurge) about $60.
Above is a quick look from the other side of the room. Below is a look at my bookcase wall that once was my gallery wall. I ordered the white bookshelves from Walmart (in store they only had the 11″ deep ones and I wanted the 9″ deep ones) for $35 each. They did site to store so I didn’t have to pay any shipping. Originally I wanted to back them with some fun fabric or wallpaper (probably something black and white to allow the decorative accents to pop) but once I assembled them and got them up I realized I rather like them backless with the gray wallcolor showing through. I’m not sure if I’ll leave them this way or decide to go ahead and back them, but here they are for now. I’m still working on the styling, but heres the gist:
I am also debating on building legs for my shelves to stand on to make them look a bit more custom and give them more height on my tall wall. I dunno. I’ll probably just be too lazy. 🙂 Most of the accent pieces on the shelves were things I already had although I did pick up a few colorful vases and such at Hobby Lobby (50% off) and Ross. I probably bought about 6 things all under $6 each.
And thats pretty much it! I LOVE my new colorful funky room, and so does the hubby which is always a plus. 😉 I also mixed up some leftover paint from Sawyer’s nursery and am going to be painting my master bathroom shortly in a tealy-blue color. Of course I’ll post it when I get to it!
A completely new look for under $300! So happy. So chic. 🙂