January 18, 2013 by Decorum DIYer
Have you ever just looked around your house and get down about how your house looks nothing like the house you see in your mind’s eye? Yeah, me too. I really do have tons of great ideas for my home, but not the budget, nor time to bring those ideas to fruition.
Instead, what I do have is a little bit of time and a meager budget to chip away at things slowly. I rather like doing things this way, as it gives me time to really focus my design and it forces me to be quite inventive. However, I still get down about not being able to do it all in one fell swoop.
Currently, the two rooms in the house that are driving me batty (with exception of the useless, unfinished basement) are my master bedroom and my living room. Neither of these rooms have really been given any attention since we have moved in because they both were quickly painted and are used on a daily basis.
Today, I am focusing on my master bedroom. I’d like to share my concerns about the room and get some of your thoughts. Feel free to throw as many ideas my way as you like. I’m game!
Firstly, here is a picture of the master bedroom during the big clean-out (Oh, by the way, I always hear James Brown singing “The Big Payback”, but as “THE BIG CLEAN-OUT” whenever I say it in my head.):
For comparison, here is what our master bedroom looked like in our previous house, our townhouse:
Both my husband and I really loved our previous master bedroom. The golden color on the walls, Valspar’s ‘Woodlawn Lewis Gold’, was perfect in that space. You can see more of our townhouse and its master bedroom, here and here. When we purchased our current home, my husband was pretty gung-ho about painting our bedroom the same color. Given our tight timeline to move into the home (we had sold our house and were living with my parents for almost two months), I agreed. I didn’t have a better plan and there was no time to think of one. My husband lovingly painted our master bedroom in one crazy overnight paint bender. I really do appreciate his effort, but I just don’t like the bedroom color, nor the way in which it is painted. I am a bit of a perfectionist when it comes to painting a room, so I find fault with any paint job. A room that would take someone a day or two to paint, takes me a week – nonstop. That said, I really haven’t repainted the room (aside from the usual no budget and time barriers) because I really don’t know which color to paint the room.
Well, there was that one time, when I painted the master bathroom orange. I got this crazy idea that maybe an orange accent wall would look GREAT in my master bedroom. Here are the embarrassing results:
I hated it and my husband hated it even more. Talk about a waste of a day. So, back to ‘Woodlawn Lewis Gold’ it went:
I just realized that this little tour may take more than one post. I have that much to say about this room. Who knew? So, l think I will just let you see the rest of the room and let you take it all in. I’ll be back in later installments to elaborate on the window/window treatments, closet situation, the odd master bathroom/closet door wall, etc….
Here we go! Starting with the view from the entrance door and moving around the room in a clockwise fashion:
Things I think need improvement with the room:
- The wall color. It could work as is, if I painted all of the trim, doors, ceiling, etc…, but I am pretty open to change. My husband, not so much. I just don’t like the color as much as I liked it in our previous master bedroom (different home style, lighting, etc….) That said, we both cling to autumnal colors and a mostly traditional aesthetic.
- The furniture stays – for now. I have had thoughts of painting the blonde dressers (you know, the ones will all of the ‘junk’ on them) a distressed black. I like the storage offered by the dresser and quite like the style. Not sure if I want the attached mirror to hang around, or go in a different direction with a separate, round mirror.
- The TRIM! I want to the paint the trim. I don’t mind wood trim, when it is a nice stain color, or high-end mill work, but this trim is nothing special, it is an odd, orange-y shellac for which I don’t like. Also, much of the molding, especially around the window, is in need of some t.l.c.. Painting the trim would not break my heart, even though it is my least favorite paint project.
- That ceiling and ceiling fan. While a ceiling fan is a necessary in our home (energy-efficient, especially for those of us that prefer the windows open and the air conditioner off (unless the house’s internal temperature reaches 80 degrees)), I want to paint the fan blades and change out the light fixture. My husband and I chose the ‘boob’ light kit when we first moved in, as it was the best we could find at the time. I have tried to upgrade to a drum shade, but the husband doesn’t like that idea. Also, I’ve thought about spray painting the metal housing, but the aged brass/bronze is growing on me. As for the ceiling, it needs to go darker (even darker than the walls – whatever color they are/will be) and possibly have some sort of stencil/faux finishing treatment.
- Windows: Our windows are original to the house. Therefore, the windows are not energy-efficient and leak like a sieve. Sure, we would like to replace the windows, but that is not in the budget. To combat the cold in all of the bedrooms, I have employed a double, even triple, layering of window treatments. The rust colored roller shades (my least favorite type of shade) were chosen due to their low-cost, thermal qualities, and blackout feature. I like the grommet top drapes (and I like the long length, but have been rethinking that as well), but they are just so blah! The drapes are also thermal and light blocking. Can you tell we like to sleep in absolute darkness?
- The closet/bathroom situation. Sure, I should count my lucky stars that my tiny abode even has a master bathroom, but I’d really like a bigger one. Also, I don’t much care for the access-limiting trio of by-pass doors. Getting into my closet is almost impossible and the wall-o-doors limits furniture placement.
Stay tuned, I do have a lot of ideas, but for now, they are just dreams. Until next time…., happy daydreaming about your next redecorating project.
If you liked this post, come check out the related moodboard post for the master bedroom.