Monday, May 2, 2011

My First Before-and-After Room Makeover Reveal!

Here is a look at my very first room makeover.  Woo-hoo!  I'm so excited for all of you to see it.  It actually debuted over at The DIY Showoff a couple of weeks ago, but hasn't been seen here, yet.  

Well, what am I waiting for?  Let's get the show on the road.  Fasten your seatbelts.  It's going to be a fun ride!

Here we go:

Here is our master bedroom before with two different gray colors on the wall.  We just couldn't decide what color to pick.  I think that picking the perfect gray is very tricky.  We wanted a gray that had a hint of blue in it.  So, we went with the color on the right.  It's called Steel, and it's by Valspar. You'll see it in a minute.

 More blah.

That's right.  We actually did not even have a headboard.  I thought that the euro pillows gave the illusion of a headboard.  However, looking at these pictures, that is clearly not the case.  Whoops.

Bam!  Now this is what I'm talking about.

I had envisioned a clean, simple, vintage look for our bedroom, and I think I just might have achieved it.  I put clean white linens on the bed, an old white quilt at the foot with it's euro shams at the top, and pillows made from my husband's shirts.  For the headboard, I told my husband that I wanted him to go get some barnwood from his dad.  Of course, he was like, "What?"  So, I told him that he would just have to trust me because I had a vision in my head.  Scary, right?

Here it is from the backside before we brought it up to the bedroom.  All we did was take some barnwood that was from his grandpa's old barn and nail it to two 2x4s.  If a board was too long, we just broke it.  Too easy!  Don't you just love how it's jagged and uneven?

 This little antique needed a makeover, too.  I ripped off the old fabric which was off-white and replaced it with white fabric.  I actually cut up one of my tablecloths that I never use for this project.  That's actually one of my mantras:  Use what you have.

 As you can see, I stapled the fabric to the wood with a staple gun in a pleated fashion.  It really gives the look a three-dimensional texture.

 I also replaced the old white handle with a glass handle to make it a little fancier.

 I put those same glass handles on this armoire.

 They did look like this... very blah.

 Ahh.  Much better.

 Now this old rocker has a little story behind it.  I got it at a yard sale when I was pregnant with my baby girl, and the man gave me a deal because I, and I quote, "was in the family way."  Too funny!  When we got it home, I started taking off the old fabric so that I could recover it.  Man, oh man, I had no idea how old it was.  After taking off several layers of dingy fabric, I realized it was stuffed with horse hair!  Holy moly!  What a find, right?  Anyhow, my aunt and I did recover it with this beautiful paisley fabric and olive trim.  It is one great rocking chair now!  It has a Boyd's Bear Easter bunny sitting in it that I received when I was a kid.

 For my nightstand, I used another old piece of furniture turned sideways.

 I sat a beautiful crystal-like lamp from Target on top of a Pottery Barn Bedrooms book (how apropos, right?) to give a little extra height.

 Our other sidetable is yet another old piece of furniture (it seems like that's an ongoing theme here- old stuff, but I'm calling it vintage to make it sound  It sits under a collage of vintage pictures, two of which are my mother-in-law and my grandmother-in-law when they were babies.

 I'm sure you're now like, "What the heck is that old ironing board for?"  Well, let me tell you.  My father-in-law gave it to me last week, and I immediately thought, "Desk!" 

Oh my goodness, when I started taking off ALL of the layers of fabric from underneath that old ironing board cover, the dirt started to fly.  It was capital G, Gross!

 It was worth it, though, it makes the perfect little desk when it's on the lowest level.  Oh, and let's not forget the new white curtains.  They were only $15 a panel at Bed Bath & Beyond.  Now that's a deal!

 There's room to write or use my laptop on this little ironing board.  Now I just need to find the perfect little stool to tuck under it at this summer's yard sales!  I'll keep you updated :)

 I used an old Pottery Barn flower pot for my pencil holder.  Don't you just love it?  I'll show you later how to make those super-cute wooden clothespins (it's actually just scrapbook paper and Mod Podge!).

Well, that's all I've got for you...I'm pooped!  Time for a Coke!

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Mandy @ Sugar Bee Crafts said...

great job!

Brandy J. said...

STUNNING!!! I love your headboard.

the cape on the corner said...

wow, that looks amazing. that jagged headboard and the dark gray color changes the whole look of the room. i love all your old furniture, they all "go." great idea with the knobs on the armoire, and holy moly, that iron. love all this!

Alexis @ persia lou said...

LOVE LOVE LOVE the headboard. I need to find someone with an old barn... :)

Jennifer said...

LOVE it! I've been wanting to paint my bedroom grey for some time now! You've given me some more motivation!! (=

Rachael@Lovely Crafty Home said...

Love it!! Stopping by from TT&J

Erin Zacharda said...

What a great transformation! I absolutely LOVE your headboard!!!
I'd be honored if you'd link this makeover up to The AFTER Party @ 3 Meadow Lake Cottage...


Funky Junk Interiors said...

That is the coolest headboard ever! And not even really being one to like deeper tones on walls, yours works so well you've converted me!

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Kathy said...

Very unique and cool, I love it.

Here is a look/see at my trash to treasure headboard.

Lisa @ Fern Creek Cottage said...

Gorgeous! I am so in love with the headboard!!

Nutbird said...

I think you are onto something! I am going to toast you with a Coke Zero. Ann

Bringing Pretty Back said...

WOW! You did achieve it! I love how the cool crisp-pretty- fluffy bedding against the barn wood. Goegeous.
Have a pretty day!

Simply Bungalow said...

It looks great. I LOVE the headboard!

Auntie Lolo said...

I love your entire bedroom but especially your headboard!!!! I featured it today on my blog



Ashley said...

I love it! I'm definitely going to be following your blog now (I found you via addicted to decorating). The barnboard headboard has me so inspired!

val said...

This is beautiful! I love your idea with the headboard! Fantastic!

Crystal said...

SO Gorgeous! :) I just linked up at the wood theme linky party at Just wanted to let ya know about it in case you wanna link this up! Can't wait to see your guest post! :)Talk to ya soon!

Börjelundskan said...

Holy Smoke! Love, love, LOVE IT!! It was the best looking headboard I`ve ever seen. We are currently renovationg our kitchen with boards from a old barn, ..... I love it when the wood is raw and windswept. We have been lucky enough to find a barn near where we live where it should taken down. So I stood and scrubbed them of the swallows poop today :D. And I`m so exited for the outcome. It was so inspiring to visit your blog today. :)

Hugs. Cin from Sweden

I'm Busy Procrastinating said...

Great DIY headboard! It was great to meet you on Saturday at the Jaunt, by the way. You should be happy to know that my family are die-hard Coke fans, mainly Coke Zero. No Pepsi around here. I used to work in the corporate office of KFC and they are a Pepsi company, which just killed me.

Corn in my Coffee-Pot said...

It looks great! You did a fabulous job! Kudos to your sweet hubby for getting the wood for the headboard--
love the cupboard with white fabric on the doors and the ironing board desk...all nice touches to your 'new' room!


Kristal said...

I love your new bed!!! It turned out great. The whole room looks great. And I love the ironing board-turned-family-memento-table idea. I wonder what kinds of secrets that old ironing board could tell!!


Kim @ Cheap Chic Home said...

Your headboard is just great, I'll bet you have inspired a lot of us with that! All of your changes look great and your room looks restful. Wonderful job.

Anonymous said...

Question, did you attach your headboard to the wall or to a bed frame (like a metal one)?

carolnilesphoto said...

Hi there, could you tell me if you sealed the wood with anything? I'm doing a wall in my first baby's bedroom, and I'm wondering if I need to seal it with anything? Thanks. Carol

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