If I had a dollar for every room makeover we completed, I’d have like… eleven dollars. Which is my not-so-smooth segue to say THE MASTER BEDROOM IS FINISHED!
I mean, y’all already knew that after I mentioned it in our last bedroom post, but it feels good to shout it and announce it officially. You can’t see me, but I’m having a Justin Timberlake dance party over here.
This bare scene was our master bedroom situation exactly 1 year ago. Kind of just… meh.
It needed some oomph factor. But that’s kind of always the case in our house. White box rooms needing oomph.
Now, it’s rockin’ this look.
It’s slightly more modern than I originally envisioned, but it’s definitely a space where Robert and I can rest easy (or at least until Olivia decides to catapult herself on top of us at 5 a.m. like she often does).
We worked in a lot of furnishings that we already had for this one. The item I get asked about the most is our ceiling fan. It was discontinued just a few months after we bought it at Lowe’s (sad face), but you can see other outside-of-the-box ceiling fans here if you want ideas.
We kept our ginormous bed that we got at Ashley Furniture when we first moved in, but I painted the upholstery gray for a quick fix. It’s been 6 months and the fabric is still holding up like a champ!
I got these funky nightstands from Nadeau a while back too. It was a challenge finding nightstands that fit our tall bed and the skinny wall space, but once these bad boys turned up, they inspired me for the rest of the room’s design.
The best part to me though is our sliding barn doors. The doors we had before just seemed destined for them.
With the traffic jam we always had with our bathroom door slamming into our shower door every day, it made sense for function too. And no swinging doors gave us more space in our closet! Woot!
It took a lot of trial and error, but I love how the distressing of these doors turned out. That wall really needed some texture to bring it to life.
For our bedding (and towels too), I always like sticking to whites. I’m able to bleach them, and they always feel clean. Plus, I wanted contrast from our very dark furniture to still keep the room light.
And I incorporated simple linen and cotton pillows so they wouldn’t distract from our busy rug.
I know a lot of people aren’t a fan of faux taxidermy. Every time I post a picture of our bedroom, someone comments on our “ugly” deer head.
But I still love it because it reminds me of my and Robert’s honeymoon in Asheville, NC. We stayed at The Grand Bohemian Hotel, which had a modern glam hunting lodge feel to the decor, and our honeymoon suite had antler chandeliers. It always stuck with me. And when we left to start our newlywed life together, I told myself I would one day put antlers in our bedroom decor.
So there good ol’ “Pat the Deer” (as we’ve lovingly named him) hangs out.
Moral of the story: Decorate with what you love and don’t let anyone tell you it’s ugly. It’s your home, not theirs.
And this DIY planked board and batten wall still has me victory dancing.
The wall opposite from our bed had this look going on for a long time.
I found this dresser on Craigslist while in a pinch when we first moved in because we had nowhere to store our clothes. I’d never really been in love with it, but adding new hardware made it much better.
The mirror and topiaries helped a little bit, I guess. 😉
For the paint color, we opted for Benjamin Moore Moonshine since it was a beautiful very neutral and light gray. It’s one of my new favorite good-for-any-room kind of colors.
This room I think was a record for us in the time and money departments. Normally, we hit the ground running on room makeovers and have them knocked out in a couple of months. But it was well worth the wait.
And now for that budget breakdown…
Sources: (Some affiliate links are provided below for convenience. For more information, see my full disclosure here.)
- Wall paint (Benjamin Moore Moonshine in Glidden matte paint)- $60
- DIY planked board and batten wall $106
- Planked wall paint (Sherwin Williams Alabaster in Glidden semi gloss paint) – $30
- DIY window trim $70
- Curtains $50
- Driftwood Roman shades $83
- Nightstands (similar ones linked) $400
- DIY distressed hollow core doors $108.52
- 2 sliding barn door hardware kits $399.98
- Lamps $69.98
- Faux stag head $56 (on sale + a coupon)
- Blue medallion rug $306.48
- Window mirror $135.99
- Topiaries $19.98 (bought on clearance at IKEA, now discontinued – similar linked)
- Galvanized olive buckets $39.98
- Artificial grass planter $19.99 (similar linked)
- Artificial sage plants $11.98
- Linen duvet set $89.99
- Stripe lumbar pillow $19.99
- Linen ruffle pillows $59.97
- Gray throw blanket $29.99
- Dresser knobs and pulls $57.19
(I didn’t include our existing furniture in the budget since we’d gotten it all when we first moved in and I couldn’t even remember how much they were. If I left anything off, let me know.)
I was really shocked after seeing our grand total. How did we spend over $2,000 on this thing?! That never happens (except for the kitchen but that was a different story).
But it makes sense considering we’ve slowly been adding items to this room for a year, and it was easy to lose track of receipts. Over time, all of those Ikea and HomeGoods trips add up, I guess.
If you missed anything in this bedroom’s makeover, you can see all of the progress from the very beginning here:
- Modern Rustic Master Bedroom Design Plan
- Finding the Perfect Nightstands
- The Trick to Get Designer Paint Colors on the Cheap
- DIY Planked Board and Batten Focal Wall Installation
- DIY Planked Board and Batten Focal Wall Reveal
- 3 Must-Do Tricks to Upgrade Plain Windows
- New Rug in the Master Bedroom
- How to Distress Hollow Core Doors
- Beginner’s Guide to Painting Upholstery
- How to Distress Hollow Core Doors
- How to Install Sliding Barn Doors
- Adding Pulls to the Barn Doors
Next stop on the room makeover train is the playroom! It’s going to be MASSIVE! I’m already so excited to show you guys what we’ll be cooking up over here. I’m on track using my previous playroom plan, but I’m still making some little adjustments.
Do you have any big room makeover plans coming up soon? Have you knocked out decorating any rooms that you’re super proud of?! Spill it! I wanna know!
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