Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Master Bedroom Makeover

A few months ago my mom asked if I would help her redesign her master bedroom. She was sick of how dark and blah the room was, bored with the oak furniture (her whole house is full of oak), and after living in the house for over 18 years she didn't really have any personal details in it.

I told her I would love to help her (nothing's more fun than getting to redecorate when you're not spending your own money! ha ha) but on the condition that the furniture wasn't oak. And that we didn't spend the majority of the time arguing. (Which we didn't, it was really nice!)

To make it more fun, she decided to do this as a surprise for her husband Mark (my stepdad). I LOVE a room makeover surprise!

So we've been shopping on the sly, and squirrelling away purchases at my house, her friend's and in my sister's room for the past weeks. This weekend when he left for a business trip, we sprung into action and the room is now officially made over! (He arrives home tonight for quite the surprise! hee hee hee!)

She wanted a room that was elegant, serene, glamorous and bright. We decided quickly on black furniture with white bedding to keep it feeling light. And then for an accent color we went with purple - my mom's always loved purple and we felt that if we did deep purple tones it would look elegant. We went with gray paint for the walls. And then we "styled" it with lots mirrors, glass and silver in the room to bring more light and a hint of glam. It was so much fun!

Seems like I spent the majority of the time shopping waving my hands dramatically going "no no no, think GLAAAM!" or "we need shiiiiiiine! we need luuuuuuuxury". Apparently when I decorate I turn into Franck Eggelhoffer from "Father of the Bride". ha ha

But I think it turned out great! I love how it feels really elegant, yet also very cozy and peaceful too! My mom is thrilled with it too.

The reveal:

Before. Dark, mismatched, boring, blech.

And after.....

After! It looks rather lavender in this photo - its not that purple in real life. 

Another view:


I love love the bedding. The white coverlet has a slight sheen, and the purpley throw is like a faux mink.

Before - view of the door side:

After, same view:

The How:
We started on Saturday afternoon with the painting. I dragged my hubby, Kevin, along to move all the heavy pieces and help with the painting.

Don't you love the "judicially challenged" shirt my uncle (a judge) gave him? ha ha

After seeing what bad shape her outlets were in, he ended up switching them out for new ones. (Which we grabbed when we went to pick up the paint samples). Awww, its so nice having him around to do all the grunt work.
While he did that we tried to decide which paint to go with. We had grabbed a few paint chips a few days ago but hadn't been able to look at them in the room since we were waiting for my stepdad to leave town.  This is my official "put some of the bedding and decor next to the paint chip" method to help decide. It really does work! ha ha(Ignore the oak furniture in the other room - that's her attached office/den space that we didn't touch for this project. I'm hoping it will be my next makeover project.)
We narrowed it down to 2 paint chips (our top choice was too colorless so we went with our 2nd and 3rd choices when we were at Lowe's grabbing paint chips). I really liked the charcoal heather color and wanted to get it, but mom felt more comfortable doing some actual paint sample/swatches.
So quick run to Home Depot to pick up paint samples, frog tape, and new outlet thingys. Came back and did some quick sample painting.
Both paint colors look pretty colorless in this pic, but looked better in real life
We decided to go with the Charcoal Heather (top swatch). The other color was really pretty, but had more cool, blue undertones and since we had a warmer purple we needed a warmer gray. Plus her trim/baseboard molding isn't a very white white, its more beige - so we needed a color that would still work with that cause there was no changing that. Mom made a run to Home Depot while Kevin taped the bottom trim, and I painted along the top of the ceiling with the leftover sample paint. No taping used. I've got mad skills (for the most part). ;)
Note the giant hole in her sock. She kept thinking she was stepping in paint
but then realized she was feeling the cold plastic on her bare foot. ha ha ha.
Once we got the big can of paint and the rollers out we finished in no time. Wrapped up the second coat and cleaned up by 9:30 pm. Not too bad for starting from picking out a color at 4pm!

The furniture was delivered on Monday, so came back to help setup the room and hang frames. While working in the room we noticed that the overhead light bulbs were so yellow (and not very bright) they were making the paint color really off. Another trip to home depot to get more "bright white/daylight" light bulbs.

Look at the difference in wall color from the lamp wall to the window wall.
The lamp is a daylight lightbulb, whereas the overhead light is a yellow indoor one.

Hanging the mirrors was the biggest pain and I only did like half the work on them. haha. They were super cheap (only $10!) because they didn't have a frame and were one of the areas where we were able to save some money. But that meant using the four little holders to hang them, which took some exact measuring (which I have little patience for).

Kevin leveling the mirror.
We discovered that the curtain rod she had picked out wasn't long enough (grrrrrr!) so she ran to Target while we finished hanging the mirrors. Everything was done by then except for the framed photos. (I really suggested that she paint the ceiling, or maybe extend the wall color up to the part of the ceiling that drops down. The ceiling color is pretty drab - Kevin called it "nicotine beige". ha ha. She is going to most likely paint it down the road)

Room almost done. Just missing framed photos.
Finally, last step. I picked up the photos from Costco (I had scanned in photos she had and made them black and white) popped them in the frames and slapped them up on the walls. And now we are officially done! WOO HOO! (And what a difference having some art on the walls makes!)
Mom in her newly revamped room. The lids on the benches of the bed lift up and they are storage. Curtains are from Ikea ($25 for the pair! sweet!) and I love how they are modern and not fussy or dark.

Some of my favorite parts of the room design:

These mercury glass candle holders are so gorgeous! We got them from ZGallerie for $30. (One of my fav stores!)
Mom wasn't sure about the mercury glass look at first (the inside has a gold tinge to it) but I ooohed and aaaahed enough to convince her (I love the texture of them! And they're shiny! And kinda old fashiony!) and now she loves them too.

I told her she needed some sort of animal statue or a sculpture piece in white or silver. "You neeeed a small staaatemhunt piece" I told her in my designer/Franck voice.
And she found this little guy at Ross for $8. Perfect! Also, love the texture on it. And its big enough where it doesn't look like a cluttery knickknack which I think is best to avoid.

The framed photos turned out good! (Can I tell you how much I love Ikea frames? They are sooo cheap, but in a good way) We did the ones above the bed black and white which I love (so classic and very clean and neat). But then we did a few color ones as well which add a little bit of color to the room. These three are of photos of them and the various places they've traveled.

I wish the vases were a little more different in height and shape
 but oh well....they still look pretty.
 This photo is one I took from when we were in London 2 years ago. The picture is of the gardens and that's Hatfield House in the distance. (A place we really enjoyed visiting)

This lamp was a splurge! We both loved it so much and just died over its shape and how its sleek and sparkly, but not too gaudy (for us at least, ha ha).  Every room should have something in it that you just looooove.
Yes, there's little diamonds on the border of the lampshade.

The color and texture of this vase, with the splash of greenery is a nice small touch we thought. (The plant is from ikea, we had to smash it out of its pot to get it to fit into the pot. Took us awhile to get it out before I finally handed it over to my 15 year brother and let him wail on it outside to break the concrete it was lined in.)
Ignore the cord from their old cable box. We didn't hide it well.

All in all we are happy with the way it turned out. It feels so nice and tranquil in real life! We love it. I think we did a good job of mixing textures, patterns and tone. Its a little bit masculine - the leather headboard and the leather benches, the black furniture. And then a little bit feminine with the velvet and satin pillows, and a few shiny pieces here and there. 

Getting nerdy now, but I also really like the that the bedding texture/pattern is kind of subtly reflected in the accessories (the round balls of the lamp stand against the square mirror).

And most importantly my mom loves her new room! Finally she has a space that is all the way finished, personal and a place she loves. She deserves it!

My mom in her new space. Let's just hope that Mark likes it!!

What a fun makeover! Don't you just love a Before and After? :) I can't wait to do another!


  1. Kacy, I need you and your team to come and do a makeover on my downstairs bathroom! Great job, good blog :) Auntie Bean

  2. Thanks Aunt Bean! :) Don't tempt me....hee hee

  3. This is gorgeous Kacy!!! Love the colors and of course all things sparkly.....that old Hollywood glamour;) Am so happy for your mom!! You are so talented..(and Kevin too;) I love your new blogsite!!!! Whoo hoo!!:)


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