Change-up time. I’ve finally been allowed to write second. Is that a pig that just flew by?
If you read this blog regularly, you know what kind of weird and tacky stuff the previous owners of our house did- the wood paneling (more on that here), the dried-mustard yellow bathrooms (more on that here and here), the lockless gun cabinet/mini-bar combo (more on that here)- but one room that was actually pretty nice was the master bedroom… mostly. Or so we thought.
When we looked at the house with our realtor, we thought the master bedroom might be on the bottom of our renovation list. It was big, clean, open, well-lit, and quiet. The walls were a calm, light blue, but for some reason they decided to paint the ceiling a very dark blue. I’m not an expert on decorating, but I know that dark colors shrink a room… and trust me, they lower a ceiling, too.
Dark blue ceiling… but it’s an easy fix, right? Right…?
When we went back for a second viewing before putting in an offer, we noticed that it seemed a little strange to put a rug in the middle of a carpeted room, and then we noticed something else- this:
Before I pulled back the rug, I knew what I would find, and I was right. There was a HUGE dark blue stain on the carpet where they had obviously kicked a paint can over. What a bunch of rookies.
We knew we wanted to replace the carpet, but now it had to be replaced. We put in an offer and one of the conditions was that they pay to put in new carpet. We actually ended up picking out and purchasing the new carpet before we had the keys to the house and had our carpet guy store it for us until the sellers had finished moving out.
On move-in day, we put everything we owned into the living room (sadly, it fit quite well). The next day, we began our first project- painting the room. We picked out a dark brown for the walls, the biggest bucket of white ceiling paint we could find, and very quickly learned how much we hate painting.
If you’ve never painted a ceiling, try to keep it that way. It’s by far the most difficult and messiest thing you can do to drywall. Most of our ceilings were an off-white color and only required two coats, but that stupid dark blue literally took three gallons to cover up, and there are still a few thin spots. It took me longer to paint that one ceiling than it did the walls of both the master and the guest bedroom! The next day we were having the carpet installed, so we were under the gun to get the painting done, including all the trim. What a beating!
In the end it was worth it- the white ceiling and trim looked great against the brown walls. We later installed crown moulding and were finally done.
Like my painter’s caulked corner? Gotta love North Texas soil.
We arranged the furniture, got some lamps that worked on the wall switch, and were done- finally, a finished room and a place to relax after a long, hard day of renovating the rest of this outdated house! Or so I thought.
It’s been a constant fight of dark vs light in our house since we moved in. No, I don’t mean some weird Star Wars good vs evil theme, I mean paint. Chris and I will pick out a color and I’ll want to go two shades lighter while he’ll want to go two shades darker. It’s a constant battle.
After posting a plethora of paint chips to the walls, Chris convinced me to go with a dark tan color. After painting the ceiling white, he convinced me the room needed a dark color on the walls. It would be soothing, a perfect retreat after a long day.
PSH. It looked like muddy river water. See?
Not exactly the “relaxing retreat” we were going for. So we’d just repaint it. No biggie. The only problem- Chris LOVED it. Sigh.
Well, it wasn’t really a matter of if we would change it, it was a matter of when. I let Chris enjoy his muddy walls for a few months and finally decided I had had enough. It was repaint time. I decided I wanted to keep it a neutral, tan color but go WAY lighter.
I ended up picking Behr’s Wheat Bread.
This has seriously become my favorite paint color. I’ve had to restrain myself from painting the whole house this color. It’s a neutral, light greige color that evokes instant calm and serenity. Perfection. Chris’ thoughts after we repainted? “It’s too light.” Sigh.
I also decided it was time to update our bedding from the red IKEA comforter I had from college (most comfortable comforter ever but didn’t quite the match the new look we were going for).
We used the remainder of our Macy’s gift cards from the wedding to spring for a new bedding set called Poetical by Barbara Barry. It’s not available at Macy’s anymore but you can find it at Bed Bath and Beyond.
It’s a modern, neutral pattern that I paired with a teal Pottery Barn quilt and euro shams called Pick-Stitch in the Porcelain Blue color (the top quilt shown in the below picture).
We were well on our way to a brand new master retreat. But, first a little wall art and lamps were needed. My mom helped me pick out an iron scroll to hang on the wall from Hobby Lobby, which has a great selection of inexpensive options.
And then, I found THE lamps. I’ve always loved these iron table lamps from Pottery Barn but at $170 a pop, they weren’t really a reasonable option.
While perusing Kirkland’s, I found them. Something so great, I spent the day chanting “I love lamp, I love lamp.” AND they were only $35 each. Jackpot. Unfortunately, they’re not available at Kirkland’s anymore as their inventory changes so quickly but you can see pictures below.
And, of course the last addition was our newly renovated night stands, which you can read about here.
Okay, enough talk already. Here are the results: