Aqua and Red Master Bedroom Makeover

Almost a year ago, I decided that I wanted some change in our house. Angry Husband is used to be my random projects, but he had no clue about this one.  In February of 2011, I posted some before pictures of our master bedroom. I like to call it “Tommy Bahama-ish”.  We had the same bedding and paint color since 2004, when we moved into our old house. It was time for some change. Yes, we had the same paint color and bedding in two different houses.

My husband is not really thrilled with my aqua and turquoise obsession, especially when it comes to paint color, but for some reason, he gave in.  Over the past year, I’ve done several different projects within this bedroom, after the initial paint was rolled on the walls. We used the color “Turquoise Tint” by Valspar.

Aqua and Red Master Bedroom Makeover
Aqua and Red Bedroom Makeover
The bedroom is not very large, and with the positioning of the furniture etc., it is very difficult to photograph. We have two usable walls in the room, and the other two walls are a closet, and a sliding glass door. Our options are very limited in furniture placement and decor, but I try to make the most out of the space that we have.

In this master bedroom makeover, we kept all of the original furniture.  We just painted, decorated, and changed up the color scheme, to make it a bit brighter and more fun.
Master Bedroom "Before" Photos
Our old master bedroom decor consisted of khaki, sage green, and white mostly. The headboard and footboard of our California King bed is from Crate and Barrel circa 2002. It is a black metal frame. It was expensive when we bought it and the oldest piece of furniture that we own. But, I have seen nothing else like it, and I still love it, just as much as when we bought it.

The nightstands and dresser are Mexican Rustic Pine circa 2004. We had them custom made from a vendor at the OC Marketplace/Swampmeet. I think the business is gone now because I’ve tried to locate this particular vendor for the past few years. I love the quality of this furniture and the price was right = CHEAP!

The bedding was from Target (Waverly brand), the TV is a Samsung, and the curtains were from Z Gallery.

But snooze, sooo conservative and boring!

Now I will get more in-depth about the details of the bedroom makeover:

Aqua and Red Master Bedroom Makeover

The plain white bedding is from Target. I’ve been searching for the perfect aqua and red comforter for about two years. It is pretty much impossible to find stuff for a California King.  I gave up and just settled on plain white. I am still looking, but the white is quite pretty also. I have seen so many people purchase this same white bedding on other blogs, that I call it the blogger-bedding now.

Just like the comforter, I have not found cute matching sheets yet either.  I use standard gray ones from Costco, along with some red simple pillow cases from Target. The aqua throw pillows are from Pier 1, and the red ones are from IKEA. They are pretty simple. Once I get the “right” fabric, I’m going to sew/make some pillows. You know, with all of that free time that I have.

Aqua and Red Master Bedroom Makeover

The mirror. I posted a picture on Twitter a few months ago after I purchased it. I got a ton of compliments, but never shared the story of the mirror. This mirror was a lucky find. I went online searching for the perfect art and/or mirror to go above the bed. I’m a total perfectionist so it had to be just right. I saw this sunburst mirror on Pier 1 in the clearance section. It was originally around $249, and marked down to $149. I needed to see the mirror in person, so I did a local store search. The search said that a local store had three mirrors in stock.

I went to Pier 1 the next day. I saw that there were two of the mirrors on display in the store. They were on the floor propped up against other art pieces and mirrors.  I noticed some damage and flaws on both of the mirrors. I remembered that the computer said that there were three mirrors in stock.  I asked the store employee if she could check in the back for the third mirror. She was hesitant since it was on clearance, but disappeared to the back. She was gone for about ten minutes. I figured that she got distracted by something else. She returned with a large box that she could barely carry. She told me that it was labled as the mirror, but that it had never been opened.  We opened the box to check for the mirror. Well the mirror was inside and it was brand new, in perfect condition. At that point, I could care less how much it cost, because I fell in love.

And the best part of the mirror story? Well, when the employee went to ring up my purchase, the mirror scanned as $49, which was way cheaper than the original $249, and the clearance price of $149 listed. How’s that for deal?

Aqua and Red Master Bedroom Makeover
The nightstands on the sides of our bed are Mexican Rustic Pine. They are the exact same nightstands featured in the “before” picture featured above. We primed and painted them black in the early Spring of 2011.  The knobs on the nightstand are from Anthropologie.  We also custom ordered pieces of glass from Harbor All Glass and Mirror for the nightstands and the dresser in the bedroom. I figured that the glass would protect the paint and would also prevent water spots.

On the left nightstand is a ceramic bird from Tai Pan Trading, a red lamp and shade from Target, a picture frame from World Market with photobooth pictures of Kelly and I from the OC Blogger Bash, and my iHome which charges my iPhone and the iPads in our house.

On the right nightstand is another red lamp with shade from Target, an old digital alarm clock (boring, must change it), and a framed print from The Wheatfield in a white frame from IKEA.

Aqua and Red Master Bedroom Makeover

The closet and bedroom door. Like I said before, the closet takes up an entire wall. The closet originally had thick yellowish hanging doors when we bought the house. They were super heavy, and we replaced them with these pretty ones in 2006. Unfortunately, the doors are very tall, which made it a custom order and more expensive. The closet is not quite a walk-in but it is deep. The space is a bit limited, so most (all) of my shoes are stored in the garage.

I had Angry Husband put a mirror on the back of our door when I was attempting to take “outfit” photos for the blog. Well, my only problem is that the end of our dresser is about four feet from the mirror. I can’t back up very far to get a full picture. But the mirror is still good for making sure that everything looks right.

After taking these photos, I noticed blue painter’s tape around the edges of the closet from when we originally painted. Oops, I think that it blended in with the bright paint.

Aqua and Red Master Bedroom Makeover

The curtains. They are plain white curtains from IKEA. The bottoms are still not hemmed. They came with a kit to iron the bottoms for a hem, but I never did that. It has been over six months since they have been up. I guess it is time that I sew them. The curtain rod is old, from Pottery Barn. It is thick and sturdy metal. We have the same curtain rod in our dining room also.

Aqua and Red Master Bedroom Makeover

We painted the dresser when the nightstands were done originally. When I say WE, I mean Angry Husband primed the dresser, and I painted it. I was being proactive one Saturday when I was all alone. I thought that I would surprise Angry Husband by painting it myself. Well if you look closely, you can see what a crappy job I did. The gray edges around all of the drawers are primer.

We keep saying that we need to sand it down and re-paint the dresser, but there is never enough time. The knobs are also from Anthropologie, but they are a different pattern than the nightstand knobs. We’ve already had one knob break off. The drawers are pretty heavy, plus they stick a little from the paint. I need to re-place all of the other knobs with more heavy duty ones but I haven’t found anything that I like.

If you are a perfectionist, and a little OCD like me, you will notice that the dresser and television are not centered on the wall. The dresser and television are actually centered with the bed. When you are lying in bed, you will understand why. I did not understand this when my husband first mounted the TV, but I get it now.
Aqua and Red Master Bedroom Makeover
The gallery wall on the left side of the TV is a hodge podge of things. It is not completely done yet. I hope to eventually fill the entire wall around the TV.  The red print with a white frame is the lyrics to the song, “Safety Dance”. The pictures in the small black frames are photographs of fireworks around Sleeping Beauty’s Castle during HalloweenTime at Disneyland that I took. The aqua, black, and white print is a typography featuring Star Wars “Empire Strikes Back” The metal star was originally brownish, and was spray-painted black. And the “D” is a wood letter that represents our last name, which is obviously not Angry.

On top of the dresser is a collection of picture frames with photos of Angry Kid. There are also metal candle holders that are shaped like bird cages with LED candles.  There is also a little red bird feeder which is functioning as a valet for all of my husband’s pocket change and junk that I take out of his pants before I do the laundry. I think I got the bird feeder from Tai Pan Trading, but I’m not quite sure.

Aqua and Red Master Bedroom Makeover

Our bathroom in the master bedroom is super small so I thought that I would share some photos of it also. The toilet and shower is on the left side of this. It is directly behind our bedroom wall that has the TV mounted on it.

The cable box and AppleTV for the TV in the master bedroom is located inside the long linen cabinets.  Angry Husband ran the wires up the walls, through the attic, and down into the linen cabinet.

If you look closely, there is an “eye” mounted between the top two doors of the linen cabinets. That “eye” makes the RF work on our remote controls for the TV. We don’t have to leave to the doors open when using the TV because of this.

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On wall the is a photo collage frame. I’ve seen a ton of these frames on Pinterest, but I actually purchased this one from Pier 1. It was probably cheaper than what it would cost to make one, and a lot less stressful.

The red bird cage which is my necklace holder is from HomeGoods. It was originally a Tiffany Blue color, but I spray-painted it red. The lights in our bathroom are from Pottery Barn.

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Although the bedroom looks done, I don’t feel like it is completely done. There is a ton of color blocking going on, but I feel like I need more patterns to bring it all together. I’m hoping to merge the color scheme together with some pillows, and maybe eventually a down comforter cover.



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42 comments
andrew
andrew

hello i was curious to what finish you used for the paint, semi gloss? flat? 

thanks in advance.

kelly
kelly

I love this room. Both Safety Dance and Star Wars print are available on Etsy. Not sure of vendors but the search engine is pretty good.

Ashley
Ashley

I am doing my bedroom in teal/red/black, too. I think it looks so sharp. You MUST say where you found that safety dance picture!

Karrie
Karrie

Bold! But fresh! Love it!! I love the gallery wall!

Cory
Cory

This is a beautiful room. And I like the white comforter, it keeps it bright. What a great make over. :)

Jenn
Jenn

My favorite color combo! Lovely!

Lacy
Lacy

I love the red and aqua combo. Very classy!

marie friddle
marie friddle

Love this. I've been so obsessed with aqua blue lately. I just redid our family room in aqua blue and I am getting ready to make over a bedroom that is already aqua - I love the red with the aqua and all the accent pieces you did. Nice job, nice blog too.

Mama Mary
Mama Mary

Okay, I LOVE this color combo. It's very similar to the color scheme of my blog (the tealish and red/berry ish). I am looking to change my room and might have to borrow some of these ideas! My bedding is already white with red accents and my furniture is black. Boom! Just need some teal/aquamarine walls.

Theresa
Theresa

OH MY GOODNESS!! You did such an amazing job. I love the colors. You have totally motivated me again!

San Diego Momma
San Diego Momma

I love that color combo, and all the accessory choices you made. The mirror? Makes that wall.

gigi
gigi

You're like me...you love bright colors, and I do too. I love the combo. So fun and different.

natalie
natalie

Love, love, LOVE all the color. Are you available for color consultations in my house? ;)

Mad Woman behind the Blog
Mad Woman behind the Blog

I don't even know where to start with the love. The color combo, safety dance, the simplicity of it all. Just gorgeous Julie, I really like it!

Stefanie
Stefanie

This is absolutely GORGEOUS!!

Stephanie @DialMforMinky
Stephanie @DialMforMinky

Shut.up. SAFETY DANCE!! I love it Julie it looks great! I really feel like the bright colors suit you perfectly. I love it!

Erin
Erin

Clicked over from somewhere (short term memory fail) and went YES YES YES!!!!!!!!! in my head. I've been designing an aqua and red bedroom for months now and I was starting to think I'd gone nuts. Maybe I have, but your room is INCREDIBLY inspiring. I think I can see my own project to fruition now. Will be visiting this post over and over again! :)

Elizabeth
Elizabeth

I LOVE this :) Thanks so much for linking up with me Julie!!! Our master bedroom needs a facelift in a major way. Starting to feel inspired!

Erica
Erica

What a gorgeous re-do! I love the colors!

Lee-Ann
Lee-Ann

Love it! You have awesome taste. :)

Julie Bahr
Julie Bahr

Please invite me to pinterest...I've tried everythig and can't get it! Thank you

Akishya
Akishya

You've got a nice colored room! I love the fresh look of aquamarine, but i think it's more beautiful if you combine it with fuchsia pink instead of red. What do you think?

Janel @ Hating Martha
Janel @ Hating Martha

the colors are brilliant! And the white bedding is perfect. Really! Turquoise and red bedding would look to matchy matchy...the white works well!

Bethany
Bethany

I love it! The colors are great together! :)

Eileen
Eileen

I love this color combination of bed sheet feels like heaven while your sleeping..Thank you for sharing your very great idea..

Cottage By The Sea
Cottage By The Sea

Oh my gosh, it's beautiful. The color turned out even better than I expected just seeing you last post. I LOVE the pops of red and actually the white bedspread is just what I've been looking for. Thanks for the reference! I'm wondering if it's a duvet or a spread? Your trinkets and the white curtains and trim on the doors, etc., bring it all together. You have a great master bedroom there, and Angry Husband sounds like a pretty good guy!

Karen
Karen

I love the turquoise and red - I have a major thing for shades of blues & reds together. Really like the dark painted furniture and especially that li'l red stand your necklaces are hanging on in the bathroom. Thanks for sharing where many of your pins went to work! :> (I could get DH on board with the Empire Strikes Back print - even if I like it too! :>)

Cindy B
Cindy B

It looks fantastic! Your collage wall perfectly balances the tv. That sunburst mirror could not be more perfect...all of your well-chosen accessories really make the space!

Alissa Circle
Alissa Circle

Julie! It looks incredible!! I love seeing it all done!! Can you come do mine now, thanks! hehe

Shari
Shari

I love it. It's great that you went bold and colorful. I'm all about color. And so clean!! It belongs in a magazine!

Julie {Angry Julie}
Julie {Angry Julie}

That's me, me and my fancy bedroom...in my tiny little house...with the barky dogs.

Julie {Angry Julie}
Julie {Angry Julie}

Color consultations...I will consult on anything, as long as it is not my house. I want to re-paint my office right now and I'm having a super hard time selecting a color.

Julie {Angry Julie}
Julie {Angry Julie}

Thanks for all of the wonderful compliments. The bedspread is something between a duvet and a spread. It is pretty fluffy, not a cover.

Julie {Angry Julie}
Julie {Angry Julie}

Seriously, my husband loves the Star Wars print...the rest of the room, not-so-much.

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