May 31, 2012

now i can lay down - bedroom reveal

Grab your cocktail and lets get this party started! I'm happy to report that I'm done. I don't think the room is done (are they ever really done?) but I am done.

There has been blabbing aplenty on this room so I'll try to talk (type) less and show more. Most of you know how hard it is for me not to talk, so this will be a challenge.

To recap, here is what we started with. A sad little space. The space of a couple who was too tired working on the rest of the house to put much energy into said space (or apparently into proper pillow placement).



Initially the plan was to just throw some lipstick on it. Add a bit of paint and maybe some new bedding. It was to take no time at all. Ha! I'm such a fool. When will I ever learn?!

A little paint led to more changes and more changes. It was that whole 'and they told two people, and they told two people, and so on.' This turned into a lot of 'and so on's.'

Here is my 'and so on' space.
The new paint color was a bit darker than I had originally planned but it grows on me more every day. Its like Barry White, all warm and velvety. And there is no better room for Barry than the bedroom. Yep, I just went there.

The gold spray painted lamp shades were moved in here and I love their pop of black against the panels.
Bedside tables are still a topic of discussion (in my head) but these are a good fit for now. Both are castoffs from the basement.
I shopped my basement and brought up this old iron headboard and added ribbon trim to bamboo roman shades (also from the basement) to soften them up a bit.
Giving the ribbon treatment to the existing bedskirt and making my own monogramed shams meant that all I bought for the bed itself was a throw pillow from HomeGoods and new sheets (which I lurve) from TJMax.

The lampshade came with the lamp (purchased from Target about 5 years ago) but I never used it as it had a big rip along one side. Hmmm, maybe that is why it had been on clearance? 
I covered it with a 1/2 yard of fabric purchased with a Hobby Lobby coupon and a can of spray adhesive. I mean I used the coupon to buy the fabric. I don't think you can pay for things with spray adhesive.

The floor lamp was found at a garage sale while walking the dog. I only had $1 on me and the wonderful woman was happy to take it. Holla!
Another gallery wall in the making, although this one is certainly in process and will grow over time.

The old frames came from my parent's basement (what's with me and basements?) and my mom was nice enough to hand them over under one condition  - "don't you dare spray paint them!"

A rug is still needed (I'm waiting for one to speak to me but I'm told rugs don't speak, so that might be part of the problem), and I'd still LOVE to talk the hubs out of chucking that ceiling fan in favor of a great old chandelier. But for now - I'm just going to enjoy.

So in the words of the Beastie Boys - that's it that's all that's all there is.

P.S. - I made a challenge to myself at the beginning of this project to try and take a second look at things I already owned rather than going out and just buying a bunch of new stuff. After all, if I bought it at some point, there must be something I liked about it - right?. Almost everything in here was something I already owned and just altered. As for the items I did purchase - paint, ribbon, wrapping paper, fabric and a few estate/garage sale items - I did this whole room for less than $125. And that makes me happy.

P.P.S - For anyone who thinks my bed stays that straight all the time - here it is just 10 minutes after taking these pics.

Now what am I going to do with all this free time?

37 comments:

  1. Love the changes! The fabric on the lampshade and the gold painted insides are my favorite. I've been looking at lampshades for awhile and may just have to do something similar. And my dogs do the same. Most of the days I don't bother making it because of that reason alone.

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  2. I can't have a cocktail yet, I'm sitting in my car outside karate...is drinking and driving still against the law? Your room rocks. All of it, and to challenge yourself and stick to it is impressive. You know I am looking, hunting, clicking for rugs myself. I just had a huge eye-opener today at a rug store when I inquired about having a piece of carpet bound. I did see a few possibilities on Urban Outfitter's site...try that. Now I am off to see how you spray painted that gold inside the shade.

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  3. Great job! I love all the black and white touches...pillows, sheets, stool, ribbon...Cheers to you!

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  4. Amazing work! I was really wowed :)

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  5. High fives all around! I love the gold inside the lampshades...and the monogrammed shams...I need to kick it in high gear on my room...can't have you one-upping me!! Looks great!

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  6. It looks so good! A huge round of applause for using what you have! It all looks great and pulled together!

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  7. You are so funny! I love reading your posts. :) This room looks amazing! I love a great before and after, and this is it! I love that you added trim to your roman shades. I also love to 'shop' around my house for things too! Great job! :)

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  8. Looking good!!!! I am having a cocktail whilst reading my blogs tonight. I love that you shopped your basement for stuff. I think we get rid of stuff that could be repurposed or refurbished and given a completely new life.

    I also love how everything came together and that you didn't spend a bunch of dough. Anyone can design a pretty room with lots of dough... look what you did with next to nothing! woohoo!

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  9. Great job! It has so much character and comfort! I love the trim on the roman shades, and your dog under the covers! what would we do without our furry friends!
    Nancy
    Powellbrowerhome.com

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  10. Congratulations!!! Beautiful, stylish, inviting and up - to - DATE!! so fine.

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  11. Pure fabulousness, and I loved that you didn't go out and buy a bunch of new things! My favorites are the wrapping paper panels (did they make the room look taller, BTW?) and the ribbon trim on the bamboo blinds. I love that!

    The blues and blacks are so pretty together. So anyway, now you can do my bedroom, which looks very much like your before, with all that extra time. What do you say?
    Camille

    P.S. Nice photos.

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  12. I want to go shopping in your basement! ;) Love the monogram and the bamboo shade! You styled the nightstands so well - love that blue and white jar!

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  13. You did such a great job!! I really love it. Great color!

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  14. Love it! What a transformation! And all for $125? That green bench with the pillows on it is such a pretty touch. Fantastic job!

    -Lane

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  15. What a great look - obsessed with the framed paper - what impact it has in the space!

    www.chattafabulous.blogspot.com

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  16. looks great! I love the cozy chair corner and your bamboo clock especially :)

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  17. Wonderful transformation, Elizabeth! So many great ideas here! I love the gold paint you added underneath the lamp shade, they look very luxe. Plus, the trim you added on your bamboo blinds, they are so stylish! Also loving all the patterns you added in the space (lampshade, pillows, stool, bedding).

    I know what you need to do next with all the free time. Tackle the basement! I can't wait to see it finished! :)

    Have a good weekend, my friend!

    Jessie
    www.mixandchic.com

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  18. What a beautiful bedroom. You did a wonderful job - love the monogrammed shams and the lampshades are fabulous!! Thrilled to be your newest follower ~

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  19. It's beautiful! You did such a fantastic job! You nailed it down to a "T" :)

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  20. Elizabeth, I love everything about this space, especially that you did most of it by repurposing and taking a second glance at what you already owned. You've inspired me to do the same when/if I get around to redoing my bedroom. I have been away from my blog for a while and was so thrilled to see this upon my return today! Awesome job and thanks for the love about my design school aspirations way back when. Not sure I got around to thank you after that.

    Enjoy your new space. I'm still laughing over Barry.

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  21. This bedroom is GORGEOUS! You so rock at this. I love the symmetry you created with the wrapping paper and lamps. It all looks so smart and well done. Impressive!!

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  22. Just noticed the JB stool under the nightstand. :) Love it!!

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  23. Love it! you did an amazing job. I love that little pink stool with the black and white stripes - such a cute added detail!

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  24. WOW! what an amazing transformation! i love the colors, patterns, bench... ALL!

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  25. How the heck I missed this post, I have no idea. The room looks all kinds of spectacular! I love the fact you utilised so much you already had to give it a gorgeously eclectic & comfortable look - I seriously need to shop in your basement because my cellar has nothing but dust, tins of paint and tools in it. Love the mismatched bedside tables and the bench at the end and the little touches of pattern - it all works so well! Bravo! xxx

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  26. Catching up on a bunch of your posts. The bedroom turned out so lovely! I was thinking today that I will have to invite you back to KC for some interior design help once we find a new house. Hope to have ours back on the market by the end of summer.

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  27. Nice. The quilt in your old space is AWESOME. Hope you kept it.

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  28. I love this space! What is the pattern on the sheets? Flowers or skulls? I am crossing my finger for the later. ;)

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  29. I love this space! What is the pattern on the sheets? Flowers or skulls? I am crossing my finger for the later. ;)

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  30. looks lovely,such a difference! I love the monogrammed shams, cant believe you made them ourself, lucky lady!

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  31. I'm so glad you sent me this link. I missed this earlier, but I love how this room turned out. So cozy! (And, I think your ribbon trim looks better than my paint job on the shades...)

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  32. congrats on the i CNN feature Elizabeth! Your bedroom is so awesome!
    xo Nancy

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  33. Saw you on CNN.com. Beautiful bedroom!! Are we related? My maiden name is Baumgartner and my dad grew up in Ste. Genevieve. I have several relatives from St. Louis!!
    Tina Kile in Springfield MO

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    1. Thanks Tina! Baumgartner is my married name and all of my husband's family is from Chicago. There do seem to be a lot of Baumgartner's around here though. :)

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