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Master Bedroom : Before & After Reveal

A Before & After Master Bedroom Makeover in a Century Old House
Yo. Finally I can say the bedroom is done! We now have a real grown up space that feels awesome to hang out in whether we are lazily waking up on a weekend morning or watching zombie shows at the end of the day. We love it. It took a looooong time, I know. That’s because it cost dough (aka cheddar, aka lettuce, aka stacks, aka skrilla, aka money) and projects had to be spread out so that we weren’t ever spending too much of our budget at one time. Get it? Jeff trusted me and let me go with the way more feminine wallpaper, but I think he actually likes it now. I’m pretty sure he’d say the pink dresser could take a hike, but that’s not going to happen any time soon. Anyways, it’s light peach Jeff, not pink, and thank you for just letting me go with it.

The space used to feel so dark (admittedly the black wall didn’t help, dur), I always thought it was just a room that moonlighted as a cave, but guess what, it’s not! Since lightening everything up, adding the wallpaper, accenting with light woods and furniture everything feels very bright and not remotely like a cave.

I took a hint from our recently made-over sunroom (connected to our bedroom). It’s a room that like the bedroom is light and bright but also full of color. When I was decorating it last spring I couldn’t resist a saturated coral rug and it looked so good against a sofa I had upholstered in dark blue. Following the sunrooms lead, I used that same color palette in the bedroom but just toned it down and used more muted version of colors. Instead of coral I went blush, and used blue sparingly in different shades found mostly in the wallpaper and bedding. I painted a lot of stuff white, used a lot of light unfinished wood and peppered in black accents. My style is slowly maturing and evolving. My love of midcentury everything is waning, I still admire it, but prefer it in small doses. I still love color, but have begun to used it as an accent instead of a rooms primary focus. A few years ago I would’ve never considered an upholstered sleigh bed and would’ve jumped at a modern platform bed in a heart beat. I am beyond inspired and semi obsessed with Scandinavian design and aesthetic. My favorite inspirational blog is My Scandinavian Home, a daily dose of amazing – that influence is showing though. Basically I’m refined as fuck now.

Anyway, here it is! I’ll source items throughout the reveal, you’ll see links below each of the images and I’ll share a few before photos as well. Let’s start with some photos of the tank found in the corner of the bedroom wall behind the paneling – it’s the thing that got this whole project rolling. Remember what it looked like before?

A Before & After Master Bedroom Makeover in a Century Old House

A Before & After Master Bedroom Makeover in a Century Old House

A Before & After Master Bedroom Makeover in a Century Old House

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Ring Holder | Geo Planter

A Before & After Master Bedroom Makeover in a Century Old House

A Before & After Master Bedroom Makeover in a Century Old House
Let’s talk about that credenza-y thing at the foot of the bed. It’s been used all over our house, at our loft it was in the entry way used as a catch-all, at our rental house it was a buffet in the kitchen, and for the last five years it’s been disguised as a dresser in our bedroom. I decided I’d give it a makeover. After years of love and abuse it had a leg that was about to fall off and it sagged in the middle. I painted the whole thing white, replaced the top with a slab of wood, added new legs including in the middle to prevent sagging and hid a flat screen tv inside the top of it. Guess what those drawers hide, my favorite tools – I like to keep them close. For more on the dresser makeover check out this post.

A Before & After Master Bedroom Makeover in a Century Old House
As I was finishing up the bedroom I was left with a bit of problem. There was no more money to spend and we didn’t have any large artwork to hang on our big blank white wall. I did the most affordable thing I could think of. I ordered up the ever-popular engineer print for a couple of bucks. The image is a lake scene from our favorite cabin getaway, it was also used as part of my friends wedding invitations. I had the image blown up and printed 3′ x 4′. If you aren’t familiar with engineer prints they come on light weight paper and are printed in black and white. I needed more color than that, I took a spray bottle and watercolor paint, masked off a few areas on the print and sprayed on some color. Lastly, I had some scrap wood in my garage that I used to trim out the piece, which helped it lay nicely on the wall. I used some large bullnose clips (painted white of course) to hang the print on the walls. Temporary tolerable wall art for less than 25 bucks! We can keep it around until we’re really ready to invest in a large piece of artwork.

A Before & After Master Bedroom Makeover in a Century Old House

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Dresser – Vintage | Bertoia Chair – Vintage

A Before & After Master Bedroom Makeover in a Century Old House

A Before & After Master Bedroom Makeover in a Century Old House

A Before & After Master Bedroom Makeover in a Century Old House

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Mirror | Prints – Matt Scharenbroich

When my Aunt gave me this hand-me-down dresser it had seen better days. I loved the lines of it and could see it had potential. I spent some time sanding down the paint and then repainted it in Benjamin Moore ‘Peach Cloud’, I used the satin Impervo oil finish so that it would stand up to daily use. I really am pleased with how it turned out. More on that project over here.

A Before & After Master Bedroom Makeover in a Century Old House

A Before & After Master Bedroom Makeover in a Century Old House

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Vase | Rug

A Before & After Master Bedroom Makeover in a Century Old House

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Watering Can | B&W Pillow

A Before & After Master Bedroom Makeover in a Century Old House

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Bulb Planter | Flower Pot | Table Lamp

A Before & After Master Bedroom Makeover in a Century Old House
These vintage mirrors were discovered up in our attic, they look to me to be about the age of the house. It makes me happy to have them be apart of our bedroom and I’m glad they get to see the light-of-day again.

A Before & After Master Bedroom Makeover in a Century Old House
Guys, I’m not gonna hide it. I’m pretty god damned proud of this bookshelf I built with my own two hands. I really love it, I love it in the bedroom, I love what it does for the space, and I love having one of our favorite collections integrated into our personal space. The details on the corner shelving project over here.

A Before & After Master Bedroom Makeover in a Century Old House

A Before & After Master Bedroom Makeover in a Century Old House

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B&W Print – Matt Scharenbroich | Photograph – Aaron Anderson

A Before & After Master Bedroom Makeover in a Century Old House
Thanks again to my pal Colz for helping style the bedroom and being the voice of reason. We work well together and she always makes photos of our house turn out so much better than I could’ve ever done on my own.

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  • Anna @Annabode February 3, 2015

    Ahhh, I’m dying! This is seriously one of the most beautiful room transformations I have seen, ever. I love every single thing about it — the wallpaper! those shelves! I think I just pinned about every image, ha. I just discovered you via Primitive & Proper, and I can’t wait to check out more of your beautiful blog. Incredible job on this room, truly!

    • Scoops February 3, 2015

      Anna! Thank you so much, so kind of you to say. I’m glad to hear that you were feeling it. I can’t take credit for the wallpaper however ;) Hope to see you around the blog in the future!

  • Marie February 3, 2015

    Such an amazing and inspirational makeover! I’ve had my heart set on that sleigh bed with a dark grey wall behind it, but now I’m dreaming of that wallpaper… Enjoy your “new” room!

    • Scoops February 3, 2015

      A dark grey wall would be pretty too – and now that bed comes in all sorts of colors! Thank you!

  • cuda February 3, 2015

    Beautiful. Loves it! I have to say my favorite piece in there might just be the peach dresser. I’ve been on the hunt for a dresser for my youngest daughters bedroom. This is exactly what I’d want. Great job. You do fabulous work!

    • Scoops February 3, 2015

      Cuda – When you find your dresser, you’ve got to check out the full Ben Moore paint chip, all the colors in the Peach Cloud family are so good.

  • Amanda @ Heart Tree Home February 3, 2015

    My favorite part is the hidden tv at the foot of the bed. So clever!

    • Scoops February 3, 2015

      Thanks Amanda, We love it too! A lot! And so far it’s held up awesomely. I was questioning my construction skills for awhile.

  • Kristi February 3, 2015

    It looks amazing! Great job.

  • Stacey February 3, 2015

    Bravo, amazing! This room is absolutely gorgeous!

  • Rita from designmegillah February 3, 2015

    Fabulous job and I’m so jealous of your carpentry skills!

    • Scoops February 4, 2015

      Thanks Rita! I’m encouraged to take on more carpentry projects after successfully completing this one!

  • AnnMarie February 3, 2015

    This is just gorgeous! I admit there are things in here I would never choose for myself, but that just makes the fact that I love this space all the more impressive. I think my favorite thing, though, is all the plants and flowers you have around the room — just lovely, they really add the finishing touch. Between this space and your sunroom, I’d be tempted to never leave the room!

    • Scoops February 4, 2015

      Thats such a nice compliment Annmarie, Thank you! Yeah, I am obsessed with plants and flowers this time of year, it’s helps so much with the winter doldrums. I make a point to stop for fresh flowers once a week – even if they are just the $3 poms, they make such a difference.

  • Sarge in charge February 3, 2015

    Looks amazing and well worth the wait! I think the grey bed was an excellent choice – it “goes” without being matchy matchy.

    • Scoops February 4, 2015

      I really like the grey bed too. At the time it was the only color this bed came in, but when I looked at the fabric swatch next to everything else I could tell it was going to work. Grey is always one of my favorite colors to put into a room.

      • Crys December 13, 2015

        Please let me know which fabric/color the bed is. Trying to purchase from west elm but the linen weave/platinum combo I have selected seems off on their site and I’d rather purchase while it is on sale rather than wait for a swatch. I found ur bed posted and am hoping to get the exact match.

  • This is so good in so many ways! I absolutely LOVE it!

    • Scoops February 5, 2015

      Thanks so much Shannon!

  • Alison G February 4, 2015

    Wow that is quite a before and after. Really, really nice. I had not seen that dresser/hidden tv post, that is beyond clever. Is there anything you can’t do?

    • Scoops February 5, 2015

      Thanks Alison! We really like that hidden TV, especially because we had no place to put it if we were to put the bed on that wall. It worked out great!

  • BLAIR February 4, 2015

    hot damn – that is a pretty room. i had initially voted for the other wallpaper but i’m so glad you decided on the floral, it looks beautiful. i’m absolutely in love with the mirrors on top of your dresser. what a find!

    • Scoops February 5, 2015

      Thanks Blair! I think I would’ve like the other wallpaper too, but I think we could probably use it in our basement ONCE we actually get our basement renovated. That made the decision easier, and I really like the blue and floral pattern in a restful space like a bedroom. I know what a find! I thought they were boards for the longest time – I would walk right past them they were so covered in dirt and dust.

  • Jen February 4, 2015

    i LOVE it!! I really loved your sunroom makeover but this may be even better! There is something to be said for light and bright. I often look at pictures of dark, cosy rooms and think how nice they look but I couldn’t live in one. I feel good in a room full of light. Great work. Also really impressed with your bookshelves.

    • Scoops February 5, 2015

      Hey Jen, Yeah, the bedrooms being light and bright are a must. Our living room is dark and it also plays well with light, in a comfy cozy sort of way. Thanks so much!

  • Sophie February 4, 2015

    This is gorgeous. Amazing job. Where is the light fixture on the ceiling from? It looks like you replaced one or two ceiling fans. Thanks

    • Scoops February 5, 2015

      Hey Sophie, Good call, Yeah I replace the two dated ceiling fans. The new fixture is just a fan, but hampton bay does offer it with a light too. Here’s the link.

  • Kerry February 5, 2015

    Ahhh! Awesome job! This makes me want to paint something, like, right this minute. So good.

  • Jennifer @ Brave New Home February 5, 2015

    Perfection! I think you’re really nailing incorporating the restrained Scandi while still using color and vintage pieces. That peach color is just right and awesome for a bedroom. I can’t believe this is the same room from the before pictures you shared.

    • Scoops February 11, 2015

      Thanks so much Jennifer! I am so, so thrilled with how it turned out. I wouldn’t have imagined it could be so good. I never would’ve ever though of myself as a pink girl, but I guess I am, if we can call it peach or coral ;)

  • Meghan February 6, 2015

    I’ve had your DIY Woven Macramé Chair Tutorial “pinned” for a while now but have just discovered your blog…and now I can’t seem to get off your page. I love your style and everything about this master bedroom transformation but, as a detail person, I can stop looking at your corner shelving and how you stacked your books – with the binding on the inside. Such a simple idea that I would have never thought of, gives such a cohesive look. Thanks for the inspiration!

    • Scoops February 11, 2015

      Oh that is so awesome Meghan! I’m glad you found me and thank you for the nice compliments. Hope to see you around again :)

  • Shavonda February 6, 2015

    Good til the last drop lady!!!

  • Vanessa February 6, 2015

    It’s excellent Scoops, the wallpaper is truly pretty.

    • Scoops February 11, 2015

      I know, Rifle Paper really made it easy for me to make a pretty room. I shouldn’t take credit

  • qlkowa February 10, 2015

    Beautiful bedroom!

  • MorganJ February 12, 2015

    Love, love, LOVE your transformation! Where did you get the bedding? That blue blanket/quilt is similar to something I have been dying to get my hands on!

  • jane February 18, 2015

    I’ve been enjoying your posts on the smaller projects, but I’m completely blown away by the whole room! Looks fantastic!

  • Sarah April 2, 2015

    Beautiful Transformation. You’ve created such a lovely, light and bright space.

    Sarah x

    • Scoops April 6, 2015

      Awh, thanks so much, Sarah!

  • Megan April 5, 2015

    Love your blog! I was just wondering what color- pale pink?- are your front pillows in your bed set?/where would someone (oh you know, like myself) be able to find those online or in store?

    • Scoops April 6, 2015

      Hey Megan! I totally love the pink linen (Rosewarter) pillows and I’m saving up my pennies to purchase a white duvet to go with them that I can use for the summer months. The linen cases as well as the big heavy blue blanket at the foot of our bed are Eileen Fisher and I picked them up at Garnet Hill. You can usually find a pretty good coupon code to use at GH too.

  • SAFRO April 6, 2015

    So wonderfull. I like it very much.

  • saddie b July 12, 2015

    Nice room. I liked your ideas and was going to add you to my favorites until i read the sentence at the end of a paragraph where you state….. you’re refined as f… now. Wow. Classless. No thanks.

  • Kerrie September 10, 2015

    Great transformation. Maybe I missed it in your post, but I’d like to know where you got your nightstands? I have very limited room for nightstands and smaller ones are so difficult to find! Thanks so much!

  • Meagan December 10, 2015

    I LOVE everything about this transformation! If only my husband would let me go for some wallpaper like that. We actually just ordered the sleigh bed as my xmas present (hooray!) and I’ve been on the hunt for the perfect bedding, which is how I stumbled upon your lovely blog! I want your bedding. All of it. And the link doesn’t show anything anymore! WAH! Haha! Seriously though, so pretty.

  • Greca January 12, 2016

    The peonies wallpaper is so great, hope you don’t mind that we shared it here…http://www.renocompare.com/2016/01/floral-bedroom-ideas/
    Please think of us if you have a new project that you’d like us to share.
    We love your site Alison.

    Best regards, Greca

    • Scoops January 21, 2016

      Thanks for the share, Greca!

  • Elissa March 24, 2016

    I’m in love with the master bedroom! Will you share where you bought the wallpaper?

  • Rachel August 15, 2017

    Oh, I love your ideas! So pretty and bright and cozy!
    Just wanted to tell you that you helped me make up my mind about the West Elm sleigh bed. I torture myself on making final decisions about furniture (and complimentary paint) purchases. Thanks for helping me decide to order it. Your comment about being “tucked in” is exactly what I am hoping for. And it’s great that it makes you want to go to bed earlier, because I am looking for that result, too!! I’m so excited.
    :) Awesome job! :)

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