This post (Welcome Home Sailor | A Master Bedroom Makeover) was originally published February 2015 on PaulaTisch.com.
Some things are worth checking out again and again…
In January I spent some time with my Favorite Navy Wife prior to her hubby’s return from deployment. We had a great time! She showed me around their home town. We ate at fabulous restaurants. And we made-over their master bedroom into a fabulous newlywed/welcome home from deployment/grandchildren would be lovely sometime soon, sanctuary.
Favorite 2nd Son and Favorite Navy Wife live in a great condo. It is huge and homey. They get to paint and decorate and really make it their own. They have done beautiful things to the kitchen/dining/living area but the bedroom was stark white with not much going on.
Note the plain white walls. Utilitarian flat white paint that had been touched up in places and was showing its wear. Check out the 10-foot ceilings! They really make the room feel spacious but were a bear to paint.
Being that they are fairly newlyweds, we had to purchase a ladder to reach the tops of the walls. Favorite Navy Wife was happy to oblige and we got started painting. She chose a super cool color – light gray! Don’t you love how it contrasts with the white woodwork?
The painting turned out great and we only hit the ceiling a few times with the roller and/or brush. That is what I love about paint. There is no commitment! If you don’t like it, paint over it. If you make a mistake, paint over it. If you hit the ceiling, have your husband paint over it.
Step 2 was to introduce her to the fabulous world of craigslist.com. I love craigslist. I like to keep a running list of things I am in the market and occasional peruse craigslist in search of said items. We decided to take a much-needed painting break began the search for what we needed… a cute bench for the foot of the bed and a nightstand. My rule of thumb for CraigsList is – don’t spend more than necessary, always offer less than is asked, be fair, don’t get out of the car if things look sketchy, and never go alone to pick it up.
We found a fabulous bench that a woman had inherited and didn’t know what to do with – $10. In my excitement, I forgot to take a picture of it! I just took it apart and re-glued it together so it would be strong enough to hold Favorite #2 Son (F2S) while he puts on his boots. Then recovered it with this great fabric that Favorite Navy Wife (FNW) found in the scratch and dent bin at Ikea for $3. All this while immersed in a “How to Get Away With Murder” marathon! So thankful I enjoy multitasking!
Next, we got an adorable table from a DIYer that was cleaning house a bit. She had purchased it to learn how to use a biscuit joiner to stabilize the table and didn’t want to finish it. FNW loved it and we got it for a steal! $20!
As you know, we are Minnesotan’s by birth. Look what I discovered while painting the table Fire Cracker Red. The dividers are shaped like the state of Minnesota! Like a little piece of home.
Just like most newlyweds, these 2 had some furniture from their youth. This beautiful armoire was hand-made by FNW’s grandfather. It is solid and filled with memories. The black and red was great for high school and college, but not in the new sanctuary.
We chose a gray just a shade lighter than the walls for this piece. The goal was to make the piece become part of the room instead of standing out. We wanted the focus to be the opposite wall.
Isn’t it gorgeous! Check out the fabulous new knobs too. I know it’s hard to see but they are red flowers with crystal knobs, perfect.
Probably the most difficult project we did was this super cool lamp. Pinterest post in hand, off we went to Home Depot for all the pieces. Fortunately for us, we had superior customer service there! Vincent helped us get all the piping we needed for the lamp. We took it home put it together, added the electrical (FNW actually added a toggle switch to the cord!), and guess what? It works! Yeah us!
Add in some new Ikea bedding and curtains, raise up the beautiful headboard they already had, hang up FNW’s tin letters she got for the wedding, and….. drumroll, please………
What a welcoming room. I love the feel. Crisp, clean, homey, peaceful. I want to thank my Favorite Navy Wife and Favorite 2 Son for letting me be a part of this DIY Master bedroom transformation. You are both such a huge blessing to me in every way! It was such a privilege to spend time in your home with FNW. And I was just kidding about the whole “grandchildren would be lovely” thing. I can wait. I love you both!
**** Sidenote: Favorite Pixie was born in May of this year! I guess the master bedroom works!