Our master bedroom is the place where our whole family spends time. We have the three babies that sleep in their own beds and then somehow, unknown to us, they sneak into our bedroom like being a ninja is their day job.
Their sly little bodies crawl up beside us and we are usually so exhausted we don't seem to notice until light streams through the windows and the morning has arrived.
So, the need for a larger bed spurred a bedroom renovation.
An unplanned makeover of sorts.
And unplanned makeovers mean a low, low LOW budget.
We started off viewing this plain jane room almost two years ago.
As you can see, this room is quite small.
During our house hunt, two years ago, this seemed to be one of the smaller master bedrooms we saw, BUT, with the house in a perfect location, we sacrificed a lot of space for other wonderful features the house did have.
This next picture was taken the day we came to see the house and to get accurate measurements.
We needed that dirty, bright blue carpet to disappear fast! We were surprised to discover that the little "hallway" that has his and hers closets (again tiny!) on either side of it, (which connects the bedroom to the en suite bathroom) was also included into the square fottage of the already tiny room!!
This meant that we were actually dealing with a room seven feet shorter then what we had previously thought.
Oh well, enough of our sob story on limited space.
Some people live in much less!
It is never about the size of the room that matters, but yet, what you can do with that size that really makes the difference!
So here is the story of how our master bedroom has evolved....
With a limited bedroom budget, I wondered what we could do to our bedroom to make a big visual impact. We started off by painting our room a beautiful caramel taupe tone on the upper parts of the wall. We added a chair rail and beneath it painted the walls a bright white. We have great plans to create molding underneath the chair rail, but lots of other projects have gotten in the way!
I purchased a beautiful stencil from Royal Design Studio, and spent a few evenings after work, painting this large fabric damask pattern all over one whole wall in our room. For a small investment of funds and time, our main wall now has some visual interest! (PS: SHHH, I am doing another room shortly with a stencil! I cant wait to show you in the Spring how it turns out!)
We hacked some Ikea bedside tables that I talked about HERE.
This is my side of the bed, and that tall vintage Lucite lamp was purchased at my local Re Store for $5.00!!
I cleaned it up and added a new shade from Home Sense on top of it.
With my limited sewing abilities I made the damask pattern pillows on our bed.
The ruffled pillow is another Home Sence find that I coveted until it went 50% off!
The picture on my night stand is one of my favourite photos ever. I showed a close up of it HERE
A pile of sweet baby goodness. Couldn't get better!
Our youngest is two weeks old in the picture and I just adore how it shows their love for each other along with all of their distinct personalities. I love that the picture was taken right on our bed in the very room I am showing you!
My husband and I DIY-ed the mirror in the corner of our room. You can find that project HERE.
The mirror above the bed was another antique purchase and was painted silver to match and flow better with our existing accents.
My hubby's night stand has a mirror and a wedding picture layered on top of it. The white iron lamp was actually a treasure I found curb side one day. It was black in its previous life but got a new coat of paint and another Home Sense lamp shade.
This picture that shows the length of our bedroom really does show that I may have a slight pillow obsession.
But if my husband asks, I wont admit it!
We have so much natural light coming into our bedroom that it has become one of my favourite rooms to relax in. You wont spot a television in our room for that very reason. We want our bedroom to be a place to refuel and recoup after a long day. If you are a mama you know that silence, any way you can get it is welcomed! ;)
The armoir in the corner went through a similar makeover as its sister, the long dresser, did.
I talked about the new and improved dresser HERE
Our dresser and the pretties that are on it are constantly changing, as is anything that can be picked up!
I am still as happy as ever with our chalkboard gallery wall. I re purposed some old mirrors and pictures that we had grown tired of, by painting over them in chalkboard paint and hanging them around and within old frames. A couple coats of paint later, and that little corner of our room has become a happy cohesive grouping where we can leave little love notes to each other.
The lamps on either end of the long dresser have been many colours so far, and are enjoying being a bright while colour - for now!
Here is a little close up of some silver and white elements that adorn our dresser for the moment.
Our bedroom wouldn't be complete without family pictures and white candles, calm educing items. :)
And that friends, is our master reveal.
We tried our best to give our small master bedroom a lot of life by re thinking items we already had and re purposing little treasures we found along our travels.
It is lovely for now, but like any good room, it is constantly evolving and changing and we are already adding to the list that reads:
- diy headboard for master bedroom
- finish crown molding in master
- finish chair rail in master
- try to get all the ninja children to sleep in their own beds once in a while!
For now, we will focus on how far we have come!!
Before and after...
I hope you enjoyed touring our master bedroom today!
Now, we can rest for a week or so, before I want to get started on that diy headboard!!
In the mean time, I would love some opinions on some headboard ideas, now that you have seen the whole space?
This indecisive mama will be patiently awaiting your imput!
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