Wow I really got a lot positive feedback and questions from the quick snap I took of our master bedroom on Saturday, both on my Facebook and Instagram pages. A lot of you were looking for sources and paint colours so I thought it would be easiest to write a little blog post about our master bedroom makeover and how we've truly turned it into a cozy, comfy oasis. In my opinion, it doesn't matter what’s going on in the rest of your house, you need your master bedroom to make you want to curl up with a good book, under your soft, fluffy bedding at the end of your busy day, read and relax while your eyes get heavy and you drift off into dreamland. PFFT!!! If you follow me on social media you know sleep is not my friend and while a comfy cozy bedroom helps, give me my sleepy time tea, melatonin, a sleep mask and ear plugs and I might be able to doze off without calling in the big guns. But thats just me and has nothing to do with our cozy master bedroom. Let me tell you a little bit about it.
Our master bedroom got a total makeover within the first 3 months of us buying our bungalow. We went from a ridiculously large master in our last house that had a huge walk in closet, a seating area big enough to hold a PTA meeting, a king size bed, dressers, armoires, and way too much empty space to a MUCH smaller bedroom with no walk-in closet, a small ensuite that also needed to be totally gutted (but that’s a post for another day, promise!) dusty rose carpet and yellowing mini blinds.. The nicotine stained ceilings were an added bonus. I'm not kidding you, our current bedroom is 1/3 of the size of our master in our last house. Here she is in all her glory on moving day (sorry the pic is dark it's really the only one I have).
The first thing we did was clean the carpet and replace the blind so we could use the room until we got settled because we moved in 3 weeks before Christmas! We weren't long into the new year before we got started. First up was with ripping out the carpet....good riddance! We wanted zero carpet in this house so we went with 12mm laminate floors made by Power Dekor in Mojave Oak from Home Depot Canada. We loved that the planks came in various lengths and widths which gives them more of an authentic barn board look.
Next up was going to be paint. I wasn't 100% sure of the colour I wanted to go with, this house was basically a blank slate of builder beige even though it was 9 years old. So while I was at the paint store one fine Monday morning I saw the most beautiful rolls of wallpaper in the clearance bin! I'm not ashamed to admit that we went through the wallpaper phase back in the 90's and swore we would never do it again but I made a decision right there and then that wallpaper was making a comeback in our lives. We did one accent wall behind our bed and I have not regretted the decision for one minute! The ceiling was sprayed and the walls are painted in Sherwin Williams "Shadow Play"and the trim is Sherwin Williams "Extra White" Talk about a total transformation.
Once the ceiling and walls were done hubby got started on the floors, it was a big job and a learning experience, lots of F bombs (see it isn't just me) but they turned out beautifully.
We replaced the stained mini blind right after we moved in. We went with some simple, custom made (but very economical) roller shades. Much easier to clean and maintain and I love that I can open them completely up to let the sunshine in. "Easy to clean and maintain" was and is a very important aspect in every single decision we made and continue to make in this house. It all ties in with downsizing our life.
The rest of the room has pretty much been pulled together with pieces we already had but were repurposed or given a makeover or bought on sale. We definitely stayed under budget. Like the armoire, this was part of the first brand new bedroom set we ever owned! We bought it from Sears and it’s the only piece that survived( or that we had room for) during our downsizing journey. It has been made over with Deco Art chalk paint from Michael's, it's been featured before on my Instagram page.
The fireplace was a 40th birthday gift to me from my hubby and was purchased at Canadian Tire. We put it in our master bedroom and it was a constant companion for me during a really bad time with my health. It made the cut on our downsizing journey and was also made over by me with the same Deco Art chalk paint (Yesteryear is the colour - paint was purchased at Michaels most definitely with a 40% off coupon!). The beautiful mirror above the fireplace was a freebie from friends. It was a brassy gold number that I made over with Deco Art's metallic chalk paint which was easy to use and it turned out beautifully!
The headboard was another great score. We had an older outdated headboard/platform bed that I sold for $200 and then found this new gray fabric, tufted headboard at Home Sense for $149!
Instead of buying each other Christmas gifts we often will buy something for the house instead. This past year we decided to splurge on a new king size duvet. We did some research and ending up going with the Kirkland brand from Costco because the reviews were great and the price was right! Our sheets are also from Costco and our duvet cover is from Jysk. It isn't my dream duvet cover but when you have a couple of little fur babies that sleep on the bed every night you don't want to have expensive bedding!
The night tables were another upcycle project - one of my all time favourites, in fact they have their very blog post called “Two of a Kind”. Scroll down my page and check it out when you're done reading this one! The lamps on said night tables, were a second hand score too. I mean come on! A matching set of baby blue ceramic lamps from the 80's in MINT condition for $15? They are perfect in my opinion!
The area rug at the end of our bed is from Home Depot. It used to be in our living room but got moved into the bedroom after we upgraded to a bigger one in the living from Costco. I remember I got this light gray shag rug on sale at Home Depot for $80 which is a great price for a 5x7 rug.
The bench at the end of our bed is another one of my Winners Fab Finds! It's the perfect storage solution for sweaters, etc. since we lack closet space and it also helps the pooches get up on the bed, another important feature!
And last but not least, the big sign above the bed was the very first sign hubby and I made together earlier this year. It was definitely not one of our best DIY’s to date but we made it work and love the end result. In fact there is also a feature post on my IG feed about this sign and how we made it.
The only thing I would change in our master at this point is the light fixture, and it has its own little back story to tell. It was a $20 Kijiji score back when we were living in our other house. I "think" we were supposed to leave it behind but we MIGHT have ended up swapping it out with another light and bringing it with us. I've thought about spraying it silver, but then I often think the light fixture in our family room would be sooooooo pretty in our master bedroom. I'm waiting for the right moment to break that news to my hubby.
Everyones tastes are different, it's part of what makes us all unique. Just know you can makeover any room on a low budget it and still make it beautiful! I hope some of the tips and tricks I share with you help you with your own makeovers.
If you've found this post helpful or have any questions, PLEASE leave me a comment here on the blog, I would love to hear from you!!