Several times in the past couple of months I’ve hinted at showing your guys our master bedroom refresh! It all started when we decided to move the head of our bed from under the south facing windows to the east wall. It opened up the room so much – we can dance up here now! But it left me with a couple of issues, the first big one was that I could no longer use my washstand as my bedside table (not enough room any more) and neither could Joe as he had been using his dresser. So, on I went thrifting on the search for bedside tables, their makeover was a fun and easy one, check it out here.
Moving our headboard meant I had all kinds of sheet rock anchors and beat up sheetrock to fix under the windows and then repainting to do. The floor was also VERY beat up in a few places from the old steel wheels on our old bedframe. With those things fixed and with the new bedside tables moved in I was left wondering what I was going to do with my pretty little old washstand. At first I was going to put it in our master bathroom, moving the magazine rack that was there to another part of the house but when I was moving things around it dawned on me that it worked just fine on our north wall. Its nice because it also givings us a bit of a landing surface when we first come up because its not far from the top of the staircase. I also didn’t want to do a full reveal here on the blog until we got our bedframe done! Which we did just a couple of weeks ago! One little reminder of what this room looked like before the renovation.
Just check out that linoleum! If you look close you can see that there is an incredible amount of dead bugs on the floor, yes this was the longest abandoned and creepiest part of the whole house. It started where my mom and aunt were in the this room and my grandparents were in the other room (that became our master bath) but as they grew up my grandparents moved downstairs and this became my aunt’s bedroom. So, when she moved out, it pretty much never had anyone in it again and that was forty years ago. When we began our big renovation this is where we started gutting and I will never forget shoveling the ancient, filthy, absolutely horrible insulation, plaster and lath down the staircase. I was NEVER dirtier then I was that day! Hard to believe that under all of that were gorgeous hard wood floors. (For a full recap on how it all went and lots more before and during pictures of this room during the renovation click here to check out the first Home Tour post all about it!)
I’m so impressed with how these pieces I inherited from my Grandma have held up over the years. I primed and painted them four years ago before they ended up in storage throughout the majority of the renovation. Of course they got their fair share of dings (mostly just getting up our narrow staircase!) but all in they’re just as shiny as when I finished them. And it remains so cool to me that that big dresser with the mirror on the back of it literally came back to the exact same wall it was on for forty years. Aw, my biggest regrets will always be that I did not take enough before pictures, what I wouldn’t give to have the pic of that dresser sitting there, covered in dust before we moved it out! You can also see my new jewelry hanger over on my side of the bed – one of my very favorite projects thus far.
I love our comforter set! It was gift to me on my bridal shower: You can check it out here on Amazon. I even managed to fit it into our washer/dryer combo unit to wash it the other day. Always nice when I don’t have to make a trip to the laundry mat in town. So, I really love our new refresh, mostly just having the floor space to move around now is just amazing, our room feels so much bigger. From a design perspective though it was harder to photograph and the room itself is not as “striking” as it was when we had the bed under the windows. I am reminded of a design tip I read once that said your bed should be the first thing you see when you walk in the room. So, perhaps our bedroom is not as “design savvy” as it was – but it works better for us now… SO much better. And that, at least to me, is much more important – we are living here after all 🙂