Monday, June 28, 2010

Bedroom before and after... and a tip for a happy marriage!

I literally planned my bedroom around the colors in a pillow sham. We registered for our bedding at Fortunoff, a store that is no longer in business, except for outdoor furniture. Our {KING SIZED} bedding sat in storage for almost two years, since when we first got married we had a queen sized bed.

Once we bought our home, my first painting project was our bedroom.

First things first, we HAD to get rid of the horrible carpet.... and ugly cast iron heater. You can tell by looking at the wall (and fabulous window treatments that were lovingly left behind), that this was a smoker's bedroom. :(

We revealed quite a surpise under the carpet in this room! It turns out, the pine floor ends and plywood subfloor begins when an extension was added to the house, decades ago. So, refinishing the wood floor in this room wasn't an option.

First, my husband and I cleaned the walls and ceiling, and then applied two coats of primer. Since we would be eventually covering the floor with carpet, I didn't bother to use a dropcloth. The hubby got almost as much paint on the floor, as he did on the ceiling... but I was thrilled that he was helping. Needless to say, that priming job was the last of the (above basement) painting he's done.

Next, I used a laser level to tape off a stripe in the lower third of the walls to make a "chair rail illusion". The lower section I painted a tan and the top a creamy blue/green. (Naturally these are the only two paint colors that I can't seem to find my paint chips for... hopefully I won't need to touch them up before I decide to change out my bedding!)

I found carpet that I absolutely fell in love with at CarpetDepot, but was quoted what I thought was a ridiculous price. I ended up at KAS Carpet where I found the exact same carpet and paid $300 less than my original quote! YEA!

On June 16th, our King sized bedroom furniture arrived! We didn't have a whole lot of room to work with, but everything fits perfectly.

Last summer, I made a casual roman shade for one window using this fabric at Joann.

The front window I just made plain panels, and seriously wish I had my serger then! The fabric was so thick, sewing the hems was difficult on my little brother sewing machine. Oh, and notice my adorable coordinating damask fabric liner for my laundry hamper. I took off the pottery barn liner that came with the hamper and made my own pattern.

And... finally.... my tip for a happy marriage???
HIS very own hamper!!!

I'm linking up to the following parties:

Keeping It Simple

The DIY Show Off


  1. i love those shades you made, what a perfect pattern and color to really warm it up. i am in the middle of trying to redo my bedroom from golds and maroons to blue/gray. it all takes time, right?

  2. Wow that looks great!!! I love the colors your used!