Since I’ve spent 99% of my pregnancy either in laying in bed, dealing with morning sickness, or sleeping from exhaustion, our master bedroom is probably our most used space right now. Surprisingly, there haven’t been a ton of huge updates in here though! A lot of the furniture we had in our previous apartment worked well in our new bedroom, but a few things have changed since we moved in. Let’s go all the way back to day one – move in day!
This was our blank slate. The same color on the trim, walls, and ceiling, with some metallic gold trim thrown in just for fun. The basic shape of the room was wonderful, and it looked so huge (it is a really big room) with all of the previous owner’s furniture out. Their bed was ENORMOUS, which was what left those lovely dents in the carpet.
Immediately we started thinking about where to put the furniture. Having seen the previous owner’s ideas about placement, we decided to go with what they had – bed on the wall in between the windows, other furniture floating in the other parts of the room. Update: we’ve changed our minds twice now from that configuration. I’m still not convinced we have the right one, but it’s better!
Back to updates -one of the first things that we did was order a new mattress. The queen was great for us when it was just Aaron and I, but with an 80 lb dog that likes to snuggle in the mix, it was time to upgrade to a King. That way we’d have a guest bed for the first time (hello adulthood!) and we’d get to upgrade to a nicer mattress. We ended up going with Tuft and Needle because of the reviews and price and have been pretty happy. My sides go numb from time to time if I lay in bed for a full day (not that I’ve EVER done that!), but other than that it’s been great.
We haven’t dealt with their customer service, but it shipped quickly and arrived in time for us to sleep on it on one of our first nights in the new place. We ordered a simple bed frame from Amazon to go with it as a placeholder, which we’ll upgrade someday. It’s pretty enough for now, though!
We lived with the beige walls, carpet, ceiling, etc. for awhile, but did upgrade our bedding. The lights on either side of our bed are actually from our VERY FIRST apartment together, and very badly need updated. I just haven’t been able to find anything that I love (yet) that is also in our price range. I never understood why lamps were so expensive! I can’t decide between a pop of color or something neutral. There was a day last year where I looked around our apartment and EVERYTHING was grey. It’s kind of been my mission since then to introduce more color than I’m used to.
Eventually I got sick of it, and we decided to paint. Actually, I was in my first trimester and super sick, so Aaron painted the whole room on his own. Love that man. I helped move all the furniture to the middle of the room, threw some old sheets over it, and went upstairs to work on something else. We shortly ended up with something like this:
The blue is peaceful, pretty, and was pretty cheap. I’d like to upgrade the color to something else in the future (probably something a little lighter), but it works for now. We went ahead and painted all the doors and trim too, but left the floor trim unpainted since it is halfway tucked underneath the carpet. The builders used door moulding for baseboards, which is why it looks so dorky and short.
We also updated the door knobs from guess what color? GOLD. (Do you sense a theme in this house?) They are now much happier to be an updated oil rubbed bronze finish. Doorknobs are one of my favorite things to upgrade – they can make a space look so much more finished! Since we have so many to upgrade, we went with the cheapest choice without any fancy features, but I love them all the same. And the new metal material feels so much more expensive in your hand than the cheap builder grade brass ones did.
The door to the closet never really closed. We tried shimming it, chiseling it, etc. with no success. The door is now living in our garage until I have the mental energy to attack that problem again in a few months, but for now we hung some simple sheer curtains I had laying around to conceal the clutter. It works pretty well, and actually gives us a lot more space in the closet since the door originally swung into the space. I’m thinking about putting one of those sliding barn doors here since I really don’t want to do the drywall for a pocket door, but that’s pretty far down the road. We’ll see what happens!
We’re still loving the bedroom set that I bought with my aunt at the San Marcos outlets, but it does look pretty tiny in the new space. I have big plans for built-ins on this wall, complete with a dog kennel for Tabby and any future pooches in the middle. Big dogs need big crates, ya’ll. It’s getting worked out in Google SketchUp right now, and will definitely be an after-the-baby project, but I’m still pumped about it. After all, we’re no strangers to building our own furniture.
The giant mirror we bought at the outlets lives in here as well, and has been leaning against the wall like that for almost a year. I can’t find the mounting hardware, but I know it’s here somewhere, so I can’t bring myself to spend the $3 it would take for new hardware. Yes, I’m aware that’s completely insane. We still love this thing, and it’s really nice to have a full length mirror to check out what’s hiding beneath my belly since I can barely even see my feet anymore.
In the reflection of this picture is my FAVORITE PART OF THE ROOM. Just kidding. It’s the gold ceiling fan. (theme anyone?) It rocks like an 80s hair band, and it’s pretty loud, but we just haven’t gotten around to replacing it yet. Soon! You can also see the inexpensive curtains we bought from Target to give us some privacy, which I plan on changing later, but they’re great for now.
And lastly I have to give a shout out to the longest-lasting candle that ever has been. I bought this thing after a bad day of student teaching, and the smell is just amazing. That was 3 years ago, and it’s still sitting on my bedside table! I’m seriously going to cry when it’s finally gone, because I don’t think they even make it anymore. I’ll burn it after particularly challenging days, and the scent always brings me back to a wonderful time in my life. It’s amazing what scents can do!
It’s been a pretty minimal amount of updates: just some new paint, a new mattress, and some new linens, but it has completely transformed the room. Our furniture does look a little small, but upgrading from a queen to a king really helped fill out the space. What about you guys? Have you ever moved into a MUCH bigger space and were stuck on how to fill it out without breaking the bank? Do you love beige on beige and think I’m crazy? Or do you just really dig that loud, gold ceiling fan? Let me know!