Monday, August 11, 2014

Master Makeover: The Reveal!

Today is the day! After almost 9 weeks of hard work (that's it?!) our master bedroom makeover is officially over.

From the very beginning I had a vision for this space. My goal was to create a cozy, relaxing environment that blended my favorite decorating styles into a formula that was a unique representation of my personal taste.

Like any good reveal, we must remember the Before's so we can appreciate the After's.

After ripping out the carpet (and a wide angle lens, it's really not this big):

This is my happy place—the spot I sink into every evening and unwind with a little family cuddle time. My place of calm where I go to recharge. The first glimpse I see in the morning and the last at night. I look forward to spending many hours here in the years to come... it will always be my spot of refuge—the most comforting place in my world. Welcome to our cottage-cabin-farmhouse-rustic-chic hideaway...

Those of you who have been following my journey will notice a few new things... like these sheepskin rugs.

They are heaven on your feet. Love them.

One for each side of the bed...

I also found some new bedding.

I love these simple baskets as an alternative to a traditional side table for which there's no room...

Beside the bed is a quiet reading spot...

You may also notice a new floor lamp. It was actually the very first thing bought for this room but we've been using it downstairs.

This is also Susie's hangout spot.

Biscuit has taken over the bed so Susie perches here to watch the bird show every day.

This "vintage" mirror makes me very happy.

What's a romantic cottage french farmhouse bedroom without some candles? I made this holder using leftover wood stained gray and rope.

The view from bed...

This DIY chandelier is still one of my favorite things in the room.

Here's a peek inside the newly finished vanity...

There's also a couple entryway updates...

I added hooks for storage with simple printed numbers in vintage frames painted black.

The mood shifts when the sun starts to set and the lights turn on...

Biscuit in her favorite spot.

And Susie at a safe distance in hers.


Dark gray paint: Valspar's Ocean Storm in eggshell
Light gray paint: Valspar's Montpelier Madison White in flat
Trim paint: Kelly Moore's Swiss Coffee
Flooring: Armstrong Engineered Walnut in Shell White
Jute rug: Rugs USA
Sheepskin rugs: Ebay
Wardrobes: Customized Ikea Pax 
Headboard: DIY
Navy quilt & pillows: Overstock
White comforter: Walmart
Sheets, bedskirt & throw: Target
Accordion lamps: Amazon
Woven baskets: The Container Store
Wire baskets: Walmart
Chandelier: DIY
Map chart: DIY
Vintage chair & antler plaque: Flea market/DIY
Dresser: Craigslist
Metal pitcher: Thrifted
Wire basket/books: Etsy
Floor mirror: Ikea/DIY
Bench seat: Overstock
Side table: Flea market
Floor lamp: Walmart
Throw pillow covers: Ikea & Etsy
Woven blinds: (in Tibet Oak)
Curtains: Custom made on Etsy

And in case you missed any of the action, here's the full play-by-play in chronological order over the last two months:

The Master Bedroom Plan
Paint & Pax Wardrobes
Ikea Pax Door Hack
Planked bed wall
Trimming out the window
Beadboard ceiling, lights & speakers
Bedside baskets & accordion lamps
DIY Wood Beams
A chandelier transformation
A rustic vintage dresser redo
DIY paneled wall
Trim, Rug, Dresser & more
DIY Ikea to Vintage floor mirror
DIY Plain to paneled door
New curtains & a $12 DIY curtain rod
DIY map chart, antlers & chair reupholstery
Customized Pax Wardrobe Vanity

Out of all the spaces I've designed, I feel the proudest/happiest/most at home with this one. I've learned to decorate for myself. Don't think you have to stick to just one style of decorating and don't try to please everyone. Not everyone is going to love what you do, and that's a good thing. How uninspiring would it be if we all had the same tastes and ideas and decorated the same way? To me, that's what makes it fun—watching how others interpret a space and adapt it to suit their own needs to create something special just for them. I respect anyone who can do that and would hope others feel the same.

And on that note, things may slow down here for a bit. I'm turning my attention to the living room but  there's things beyond our DIY capabilities and we're going to have to hire out. Still in the planning stages so it may be a few days or a few weeks before I report back with progress (I also have to convince Brad to get on board which may be a challenge). Wish me luck!

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Master Makeover: Customized Pax Wardrobe Vanity

This one's for all you jewelry-loving fashionistas out there...

It has been a while since you've seen the inside of my wardrobe after setting it up two months ago:

Now that all of the work was out of the way, it was time for the fun part... filling it up & organizing!

I decided to use it as shoe/purse/accessory storage and a vanity area for my jewelry (makeup/hair/etc will stay in the bathroom).

Filling the drawers was the easy part, but organizing my jewelry took some planning. I found several little containers/storage solutions that were perfect for my earrings, rings and bracelets, but it took a while to decide on how to hang my necklaces. In fact, I just made the final decision a few days ago.

I knew it would make the most sense to utilize the side walls of the wardrobe, but I had one obstacle in the way:

The wire from the accordion lamp. This eliminated any chance of paper or fabric applied to the sides. I also wanted to hide it completely (along with all of the unsightly holes) and I didn't want to spend a ton of money.

The answer was sitting in my garage...

I still have plenty of tongue and groove pine leftover from all of our planking projects, so it was free and didn't require another trip to Lowe's. I also loved the idea of bringing something rustic inside the wardrobe to tie into the rest of the room, and that it would contrast nicely with the feminine damask fabric rather than compete with it like another fabric or wallpaper might. It would also make a lovely simple background to display my necklaces.

After measuring the width and height of the walls (20"w x 38" h), I trimmed my boards to size.

Because the front edge would be seen, I had to rip the two end boards down so they were nice and smooth on the sides.

To address the wire issue, I marked a hole at the bottom of the board and used a 1/2" paddle bit to drill a hole:

Once the boards were ready to go, I stained them all dark walnut.

Since they lock together, it was super easy to get them into place as one big piece and nail them up. I used a handful of 1.25" finish nails and it worked beautifully.

To make it look built in, I removed the pins that the top shelf was sitting on and placed it directly onto  the boards. It's not going anywhere.

I decided on simple 1/2" hooks to hang the necklaces and staggered them so they wouldn't run into each other (nothing worse than tangled chains!)

At this point I realized that I didn't buy enough hooks and had to use a few substitutes until I can get back to Lowe's... try not to focus on this part.

Finally, I hung this lovely mirror I found on Overstock. I love the way the warm pewter coloring ties into the natural wood tones (it looks gold under warm lighting against the gray damask but it's really not!)

And now everything is all set up and ready to go...

I found this vintage mirror tray on Etsy. Love it.

The milk glass containers are flea market finds and used to corral bracelets and stud earrings.

The frame is a 50 cent thrift store find with an old photo of my beautiful Grandma Louise.

A neighbor was selling this funky hand at a yard sale so I scooped it up for $1.

I used a 40% off Joann's coupon to get this tiered metal earring tray for around $8.

Let's explore the drawers, shall we?

Drawer #1 holds belts, scarves and hats:

Inside #2 we have purses:

#3 holds tennies, sandals & flip flops:

And at the bottom are heels and boots in the very back. I'll reposition them when winter comes.

The baskets up top are pretty much empty right now because we have so much storage and not enough stuff. That will change once we reconfigure our bathroom/closet.

And that concludes my tour! The total cost to customize this wardrobe was only around $100 (not including the shelves and wire baskets). That's a pretty sweet deal, I think. And I just love opening those doors up every day... it makes accessorizing even more fun. And that's how it should be.

Now it's time to get down to business and put the finishing touches on the room. Monday is the big reveal! Mark your calendars, you don't want to miss this...