Friday, August 21, 2015

Master Bedroom Makeover Reveal

I'm so excited to share this room with you today! Last year when I was sick and stuck in bed for months, I would look around my ugly, depressing bedroom and think about how I wanted it to look. I wanted it to be a serene place, light and airy, pretty, calm, luxurious, and yet cozy and casual at the same time. I wanted vintage pieces, french touches, and a place that felt like a pleasant retreat at the end of the day. At the time our room was anything but that. Like so many moms do, I had put our room last on the list, it was very neglected. It was painted a color I hated, a weird tan/gold that I didn't like the moment we painted it years ago, but I had never gotten around to fixing it to a color I liked. It had worn out stained carpet that made me cringe every time I looked at it. To see all of that now gone and my vision of what I wanted come to life, is a very satisfying and therapeutic feeling. 

I had slowly started collecting things for this makeover a couple years ago. I am glad I took the time to carefully and thoughtfully choose pieces I really loved. I was also able to find great bargains! The bed was a lucky Craigslist find, it was originally a dark wood and was very pretty, but also very scratched up. I painted it with Annie Sloan Chalk paint in Old White. It took me 12 hours to apply two coats, sand, and wax this large bed. All the hard work was so worth it, I love how it turned out!

After sampling and testing many gray paint colors for the wall, I ended up going with Moonshine from Benjamin Moore. I am so glad I did, it is a beautiful neutral gray, and it wasn't too dark or too light for what I was wanting.

The Swedish Mora clock was my birthday gift this year, It was originally black. I painted it with Annie Sloan chalk paint in Old Ocre, dry brushed in Pure white, sanded and then used clear and dark wax for aging.

The fireplace bookshelf is a piece I bought from an antique store years ago for my daughter's room. It is made from an old fireplace mantle and is one of my all time favorite pieces. We had to take it out of my daughter's room for a project I will be sharing this fall. I was thrilled to move this piece into our room. :)

The nightstands were originally part of an old vanity. They were solid white when I purchased them from The White Rabbit. I painted them in Annie Sloan's Paris Grey, sanded, dry brushed with Pure White, and added some vintage style glass knobs.

The chandelier was one of my most exciting finds. I bought it for $20.00 off of a local yard sale group last fall. Yes, $20.00!!

I am still working on what I will put on the fireplace shelves permanently. For now I gathered some mercury pieces I already had and an old crate. I am going to wait for the Vintage Market this fall to see if I find the perfect thing for it. Part of the fun is the hunt! :)

You can never have too many pillows in my book! :) It took me a while to find bedding I loved, I eventually found pieces from Joss & Main, Ebay, Etsy, Target, and Homegoods.

It took me a year to find lamps I loved. A year! I finally found the right pair at the At Home Store, but they were an orange gold shade. So I painted them with Annie Sloan Old Ocre, sanded, and waxed with clear and dark aging wax.

       I can't make this post without mentioning my sweet husband who helped and worked so hard with me on our room. Thanks for stopping by to visit and see our new room.I will add a resource list below.
Have a great weekend!

God Bless,

Wall color- Benjamin Moore Moonshine
Fooring- Allen & Roth Handscraped Driftwood Oak from Lowes
Rug- Lowes
Bamboo shades-Lowes
White curtain panels-IKEA
Tufted Bench-At Home (painted legs with Annie Sloan old White)
Lamps & Shades- At Home- (lamps painted Annie Sloan Old Ocre)
Antique nightstand- The White Rabbit STL
Frame- The White Rabbit STL
Old books- The White Rabbit-STL
Mirror- Kirklands
Urns- Joss and Main
Mercury- Homegoods, Kohls, World Market & The White Rabbit
Glass knobs- World Market
Annie Sloan chalk Paint- The Gingham Buffalo
Mora Clock- Joss & Main- (painted Annie Sloan Old Ocre, Pure White, Clear, and Dark Wax)
Bed- Craigslist find
Chandelier- local yard sale find
Antique Fireplace bookshelf-local Antique shop
Damask quilt- Joss and Main
Tan Damask sham- ebay
Tan and white ruffles shams- ebay
white ruffle bolster pillow- Homegoods
Ticking Stripe Euro Sham- ETSY- Only Linens Shop
Embroidered monogram pillow- ETSY- Sew Gracious
White Comforter-Rachel Ashwell- Target

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Thursday, May 7, 2015

New Living Room Furniture-- Part One

Hi there! It's been a long time since I last blogged, things have been very busy here, with exciting changes in the air! I have been working on a few big projects that are getting close to being complete, and I am excited to share them soon. My illness last year put me behind on a lot of things and I feel like I am finally catching up on all the things I have been wanting to do. It's a very good feeling. Back in January, we purchased some new living room furniture. Our old sofa, loveseat, and chair were 9 years old and were starting to show it! Investing in new large pieces of furniture you use on a daily basis is a big commitment. I thought carefully about what I wanted, and what would work best looks wise, and functionality wise. For years I have loved tufted sofas, and really had my heart set on getting one, but I also needed one that would be comfortable for my family, since this would be for our daily living area. We looked at many furniture stores, and I was very discouraged at the selection out there, to be honest. Everything pretty was not comfortable, and the comfy was not pretty. I love Chesterfield sofas, and we did find one at Macys that I loved, but soon discovered that the low backs on Chesterfield sofas do not work for my husband to lean back on.

So the search was on for a comfy tufted sofa with a higher back. Thankfully, the last store we went to had a set  of tufted sofas that greeted us as we came in the door.  They were a dark green, but I knew I could order them in a different fabric, so that is what I did. I ended up choosing a light, textured gray fabric that would be durable, easy to clean, and not show marks easily. Yet, it still has a light appearance. After five months I have to say I am very happy with my choice, they have held up very well and the fabric still looks great! I was very tired of straightening and washing my old white slipcovers, so I have really been enjoying having sofas that looks nice all of the time with no fuss!

Another piece we purchased from the same furniture store was this gorgeous map of England and Wales. I like personal pieces with meaning, and this one has that for me. As a child, I lived in England for four years, and some of my most favorite childhood memories are from there. I have a goal of returning there with my children for a visit, and this map is a reminder of that.

I also painted my side tables that were once black with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in Paris Grey. To achieve this look, I used two coats of Paris Grey, sanded edges and accents,  clear waxed, and used dark wax in the detailing and creases. I also replaced the wood knobs for glass knobs from Anthropologie.

   I also painted our coffee table that was originally a medium wood, with Annie Sloan Chalk paint in Pure White. I lightly sanded and used her clear wax for a protective finish. I am really loving the lightened look!

The only thing I am not loving is the current area rug. The pattern on it turned out much lighter than it looked online and I was wanting more of a contrast, so I am on the hunt for a new one. I will update when I find a new rug.

The fresh floral clippings are from my mother's large viburnum bushes in her yard. They are one of my favorite flowers and I wish they bloomed year round!

For our chair, my husband agreed to no recliner (WHAT A RELIEF!) and to find a comfy chair with a foot rest. My daughter calls it the Starbucks chair since it reminds her of the arm chairs you see in coffee shops. I chose a light tan fabric to keep things neutral and leave more possibilities open to color change and patterns with my accents.

Thanks for stopping by to see the changes in our living room! I will post the other half of the room when it is finished soon, we got rid of our old giant TV armoire and found a new piece I am excited to share!  I will leave a list of resources below.

Sofa, loveseat, chair, ottoman, script pattern pillows & map--Kloss Furniture- O'Fallon, IL

Lamps- Kirklands

Basket and vase on coffee table- Homegoods

Horse on buffet & throw rug--Joss & Main

Wall paint color-  Valspar-allen & roth- color- Classy

Crystal knobs on side table- Anthropologie

Paint on side tables- Annie Sloan chalk paint in Paris Grey

Paint on coffee table- Annie Sloan Chalk pain in Pure White

Crystal lamp--Target

White pattern throw pillows-- Joss & Main

Light gray damask throw pillows--Joss & Main

Horse head and old books--The White Rabbit

Embroidered hydrangea pillows- Pottery Barn

Feedsack pillow- Restoration Hardware.

Yellow lab & papachi- Go rescue one at your local shelter or rescue group. There are so many dogs out there needing love and a good home.

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