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.
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.
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:
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.