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Our Moody Modern Vintage Master Bedroom Reveal!

A plain, dated master bedroom gets a modern vintage makeover with moody black paint, modern textures, vintage style furniture, and budget DIY projects.

It’s finally DONE! Our “moody modern vintage” master bedroom finally came together after almost 3 years of trial and error and I finally feel like it clicks.

By the way, total PSA: It’s okay if you don’t get your room just right the first time. Ask our breakfast nook; it’ll tell ya. Home wasn’t built in a day.

Remember when we first moved in back in April 2017 when our master bedroom looked like this?

A plain, dated master bedroom gets a modern vintage makeover with moody black paint, modern textures, vintage style furniture, and budget DIY projects.

Then, Robert and I found a stunning bedroom set on a massive markdown at a local home furnishings shop one day, and we just couldn’t walk away.

So we slapped the same paint color on the walls that we’d had in the master bedroom at our last house and hoped for the best. Not the best idea, just so you know.

French farmhouse master bedroom

Because while the wall color does look like a pretty cool-toned light gray in the photo above, it ended up having green/yellow hues that drove me crazy against the already warm/yellowy light wood furniture.

So we experimented with a dark focal wall behind our bed to see how we felt.

modern vintage master bedroom

And then we instantly fell in love and did something I thought we’d NEVER do.

We painted our entire bedroom black!!! The name itself is called Rebel by Kilz, which is a term that totally doesn’t describe me (rule follower to a fault over here). But man I am diggin’ the dark side.

A plain, dated master bedroom gets a modern vintage makeover with moody black paint, modern textures, vintage style furniture, and budget DIY projects.

And now we have a completely different style and mood in this space without having to sacrifice our furniture that we love so much (which saved money so win/win).

It’s been an interesting journey trying to peg down what our style really is because Robert and I always like a good balance of masculine and feminine. We like modern, but we don’t want to go too far over the edge since our house’s architecture is so traditional.

This just feels like a happy balance of everything.

Modern vintage master bedroom with mud cloth and leather throw pillows

All the Master Bedroom Details

Textiles

I combined this indigo mud cloth style pillow with this faux leather pillow and simple cotton print lumbar to help modernize the more traditional/French farmhouse style bed a bit.

This rug was the perfect one to help balance out the black.

For the bedding, we kept our same favorite sheets and duvet and just swapped the old quilt for this textured bedspread set.

moody modern vintage master bedroom with black paint

Grid Molding Wall

We’re kind of hooked on all kinds of molding in this house, so we busted out the miter saw to create this grid focal wall in a matter of 2 days. LOVE how it turned out!

Refreshed nightstand using cane webbing and paint

Furniture

The only change we made to our furniture was to our existing nightstands, which I painted Fusion Mineral Paint in Lamp White, replaces the glass in the doors with cane webbing, and painted the hardware with my favorite aged brass spray paint.

I’ve searched high and low for our furniture set online but apparently it’s discontinued. This bed, this tall dresser, and this double dresser are very similar though (unfortunately not for as cheap as we paid 3 years ago).

moody modern vintage master bedroom with black paint and TV on top of dresser

TV Camouflage

We hardly ever use our TV in here except when one of us is sick (which has been quite a lot so far this fall/winter). It’s hardly noticeable against the black paint though.

I found this set of 3 cityscape pencil sketches that look like Savannah and Charleston, two cities that have a very big place in our hearts. They were $20 in an antique store, and I just freshened up the scuffed frames with Antique Gold Rub n Buff.

Robert randomly stuck his old Marine Corps cover on this hat stand one day while he was cleaning out some of his memorabilia, and it ended up being the perfect sentimental display.

Bedroom TV disguised on dresser top with black paint

Closet Doors

We’re not huge fans of bifold doors, but there was really no way around them considering the layout of this room (mainly because of my closet closest to the bed).

This was one detail we had to splurge on with these French bifold doors, which we painted Benjamin Moore Simply White, added antique mirror film to the glass panes, and used these gold and glass knobs. You can get all the details about the closet door project here.

master bedroom with bifold closet doors

antique style bifold closet door knobs

Windows

We loved our guest bedroom‘s green velvet curtains so much that we sprang for the white version in here to add more white/black balance too.

And we finally replaced the old yellowed blinds with these woven Roman shades in Bonaire Flaxen. We opted for blackout and cordless, but for the sleep improvement and toddler-safety factor, it was completely worth that.

black master bedroom with French bifold closet doors

The window between the two closets was sort of wasted space, so we placed this bench there as a place to lay out clothes for the next morning and sit to put on shoes.

master bedroom bench window seat

DIY Art

Besides the pencil sketch cityscapes, the only other piece of art on the walls is this DIY large scale art we made using a public domain image. It was quick to make and cost less than $50!

By leaving the other walls blank, it allows this piece to shine and helps the room feel not so cluttered.

DIY large scale art for under $50 and master bedroom dresser

DIY large scale art for under $50

Lighting

I liked our previous ceiling fan in the beginning, but it started to feel a little too shabby rustic after a while. We swapped it for this brass and black fan and have zero regrets.

Since space is so tight on either side of our bed with our skinny nightstands, we chose these wall sconces that swivel for good reading light and leave extra space open on the tabletops.

And I swear this table lamp looks exactly like a $300 one I’ve seen in Pottery Barn except ours was way cheaper. I didn’t love the burlap shade the came with it originally but I swapped it with another lamp we already owned.

master bedroom table lamp on dresser

That’s it! Done! Finished!

It’s been mostly complete for over a month now actually but getting those little tiny details wrapped up always seems to take me the longest.

I don’t think I’ve slept nearly as well the last several years as I have this past month. Black paint + blackout shades + light filtering curtains = a GOOD night’s sleep. This room feels like a cocoon of coziness at night.

A plain, dated master bedroom gets a modern vintage makeover with moody black paint, modern pillows, vintage style furniture, and budget DIY grid molding focal wall.

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51 Comments

  1. This gives me confidence to try painting my bedroom a dark color. Not black, probably a deep teal or blue. It’s a dark room with poor lighting and I think I should just go with it instead of trying to paint it light and bright colors to fake it. I tried that and wasn’t happy with the results.

  2. Your bedroom is lovely, Lauren! I honestly didn’t think I was going to like your black walls, but I do! You’re a trailblazer in the IG design/decor world–definitely ahead of the crowd with your decisions. Well done!

  3. Sheer perfection. You did a fantastic job. I can’t name one thing I don’t like and that’s a first for me!

  4. I’ve never seen a prettier bedroom that I like more! And girl you’ve got guts! I wanted to paint our tall entryway accent wall black but the hubs was like – Um, I’m not sure about that. Well it’s happening now! I bet you smile from ear to ear every time you walk in there. It’s seriously scrumptious! Honestly, what you’ve done to your entire home is stunning. Thanks for being such a go-get-’em inspiration!

  5. Lauren, you and your dear hubby have done a fabulous job in adding all your personal touches to your Master Bedroom! It’s so beautiful! Blessings! Have a great week!

  6. Wow! This is just stunning! What a beautiful job you and your husband did on this room. You had the best ideas for making it so lux looking. Thanks for sharing.

  7. Beautiful! We have frosted glass french doors leading to a bathroom but had to put curtains on them (bathroom side) to block the light. Does the antique mirror film block light from inside the closets? Wondering if this would work on ours. Hubby is retired and I still get up very early for part time work. Thanks!

  8. Love, love, love…… The tranquility of your bedroom transcends from the screen….. I can easily close my eyes and and absorb the peace and comfort of your new BR…. 2 quicks questions – what size bedspread did you use so that you do not have material to the floor? I love your floors – are they a new product? Enjoy and thanks so much for sharing….

    1. Aw thank you! It’s definitely so peaceful in here now. The bedspread is a king size. And no new floors. 🙂 They’re original to the house circa 1960 and were refinished before we moved in. I *think* the stain is close to Minwax Provincial though, if that helps.

  9. Very pretty room! You worked so hard and all the details are outstanding! I probably wouldn’t have put those 3 prints above the TV; would have stacked them on the wall on the side of the dresser instead. maybe use a smaller architectural wood accent above the TV instead. Just an idea.

  10. This is one of my favorite inspiration rooms now! It’s the perfect balance of lovely and cozy. No wonder you sleep so well. Thanks for sharing.

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