When I have trouble with decorating a room, I don’t ignore it. I don’t shut the door and focus on rooms I do like. Instead, I decorate and redecorate and redecorate to the point of ridiculousness until I get it right. The best example of that is my bedroom. Since I’m walking you through the current makeover, I thought I would share how it’s changed over the 6+ years we’ve lived in this house. (My husband says I need a picture of him pulling his hair out somewhere in this post, but I never took one of those…)
This is what it looked like when we moved in…
The mauve walls and border were there when we bought the place and the red and yellow fabric was a carryover from my last house. The furniture pieces were mostly freebies and yard sale finds. To help you with the orientation of the room – in the picture above, the closet is to the left, the bathroom through the door in the middle and the door to the right goes through to my office. That doorway is now sealed.
In my pre-blogging days, I painted the room with some leftover red paint (from my last house) to coordinate with the bedding and fabric I already had. After about a year, I was ready for a change, so I painted the room in a greenish/gold color that I picked on a whim to match some fabric remnants I had. I didn’t have much of a budget to work with…none really, so I had to make do with what I already had. I lived with the greenish/gold for about a year as well, but never loved it.
So, I moved to what I always love and never get tired of…blue.
I picked a blue I liked out of the paint deck, bought the paint and plowed ahead. I also started painting some of my hand-me down furniture at that point.
The problem with the blue is that I couldn’t find fabric to match it. Lesson learned. Pick out your fabric first, then your paint color. After about a year of walking around with a paint chip in my purse, trying to find a match, I gave up and painted the walls again.
This time, I went with something neutral that I would never get sick of and could easily find a fabric to match…cream. This is also when I saved my birthday and Christmas money to buy some bedding. Sigh. Lesson number two…don’t buy cheap bedding. The duvet cover got pilly within a month. The brown bedspread faded after the first wash.
There’s a good shot of the door that connects to the office.
I realized that the room would work much better if that doorway wasn’t there, so I devised a plan to cover the doorway with a half canopy. I saved my pennies again and found some fabric at Hobby Lobby for 40% off to use for the project. This is where I learned another lesson…don’t buy large amounts of fabric if you’re not absolutely and totally in love with it. I knew, even at the cutting counter, that I didn’t love this fabric. I liked it more than any other fabric in that store at that moment. I thought it was really pretty, but what I felt for this fabric was just a passing infatuation.
I did love the half canopy, though. I would totally do that again with a fabric I truly and deeply loved.
After about a year, the infatuation faded and I wanted that fabric out of my room. I was also getting ready to work on my book and wanted to finally get this room right. I knew I wanted blue and white, because I never, ever get tired of blue and white. I found this gorgeous pale blue fabric and bought it. When I got it home and started looking at paint chips, I realized it wasn’t a pale blue, but an aqua!! How in the world did I do that?! Now I was stuck with this pretty, but not blue fabric and book deadlines on the horizon, so I moved forward with it. Lesson learned…don’t keep plowing ahead with decorating choices that you know aren’t right!
I made the headboard for a tutorial in the book and made a hurried skirt to match. This stage of my bedroom was all about making the room look the best I could for the book in the time frame I had to work with. At this time, we put drywall over the doorway to the office and I planked the wall on the other side.
This brings us to the current makeover. This time, I’m getting it right. I’ve learned from my past mistakes.
It all started with a $1000 HomeGoods gift card and back pain. Both my husband and I were waking up with sore backs and our 10+ year old cheap, now slouchy mattress was the culprit, so we went mattress shopping. We were also having issues with the covers sliding off the end of the bed every night, so we included a new bed frame with a foot board in the upgrade and I got my dream bed. I used the HomeGoods gift card to shop for a rug and pieces to achieve the farmhouse glam look I wanted. We were also finally able to install hardwood floors in our bedroom and family room. That made a huge difference in both rooms. We took the opportunity rearranged the furniture again at this point while we were at it.
I sold my beautiful, curvy craiglist dresser to a very excited local blog reader. It has always been too big for the room and we’re going to make our little closet super functional by building some custom cabinetry. We’ll get rid of the curvy highboy (to the far right in the picture above) when the closet is done. The rug was the first rug I bought at HomeGoods, but I started to realize it wasn’t going to work with the direction I wanted to go. I was going to get it right this time!!
I found this fabric online and fell in love with it and how it worked with the bed. This is the direction I wanted to go.
I took the rug back and found this neutral tufted wool rug that worked with the direction.
…and here we are today. Finally. After seven paint colors, five furniture arrangements, three headboards, six dressers, five fabric schemes, one very patient husband, and a lot of lessons learned along the way, it’s all coming together.
I hope this walk down memory lane and display of my decorating antics is an encouragement to you if you’re currently spinning your wheels in a room (or your entire house!)
At the very least, you can show this post to your husband to make him thankful that you only repainted your room five times.