Bedroom re-do

Murfreesboro, TN(Zone 7a)

I gotta brag a little.

Our mid-70s ranch house has a master bedroom which was described as 12 x 16 when we bought the house. (Note to self - always take a tape measure with you when you are house-hunting.)

The bedroom is actually 11.5 x 15.5. Not that a half-foot makes THAT much difference, but it's kind of annoying to realize you got short-changed on the deal, especially when you have a king-sized bed to squeeze in.

Well for the first four years, we didn't try to do that. Oldest son took that bedroom, and we took what is/was a "game room" off the kitchen and made it into our bedroom. (It's 13 x 18 or so, so it was plenty big.)

DS is now in college and since this game room has its own entrance we decided to switch rooms and finally turn some attention to this "master bedroom."

DS had painted the walls gray, which was fine for him, but pretty boring and it clashed with my bed linens. So after we ripped up carpets and laid oak-look laminate, the next step was painting the walls - I went with Cafe au Lait - a taupe-y color.

I also took a hard look at our comforter set, and decided that 7 years was long enough; it was time for a new set. Talk about sticker shock - most places wanted $200 - $500 for a comforter. Yikes!

I then decided I could re-do the whole bedroom (including paint) for $500.

And I did.

Comforter set $90 (same one at JC Penneys was $185, and I'm not sure it included shams and skirt)
Bedside tables - $17 each (reg. $99 each; wayyyy marked down)
Wall lamps - $20 each
New TV stand - $80
Paint - $30
Rug - $80
Flowers - $30
Curtains - $36
Curtain Rod - $15
Pillows - $60
Total - $475

(Okay, so when I finally track down the desk I want - Target never has it in stock) - it'll cost me another $110.)

But I did it, and I think it turned out pretty good. Here are the after shots

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Murfreesboro, TN(Zone 7a)

And from the doorway....

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Murfreesboro, TN(Zone 7a)

And one of the bed (sorry if this one is big...didn't remember to resize it first)

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Memphis, TN(Zone 7b)

Pretty = good job!

Frederick, MD(Zone 6a)

Great job Terry and family! The white trim on the cafe-au-lait color is really, really nice :)

Scotia, CA(Zone 9b)

Taupe and cream with Black accents is always a great and classy look. Your room on a budget is beautiful.

Golden, CO(Zone 5b)

It's lovely! I love the pillow color against the comforter.

Northwest, MO(Zone 5a)

Very nice...I really enjoy viewing everyones pictures of decorating.

Murfreesboro, TN(Zone 7a)

Thanks, y'all. The chair is black - the camera lighting somehow made it look gray. Since I work from home, the bedroom computer is one of two "offices" I alternate between. (The other workstation is in the gameroom/oldest son's bedroom and I use it when I'm keeping an ear on the laundry or dinner, as it's convenient to both of those rooms.)

This room turned out a little darker than I'd like for it to be, but 70s house = small windows, whatcha gonna do ? And the new color palette is very subdued and calming, which is nice.

I need to figure out how to post the "before" pictures of the bedroom (they got saved in a funky format.) When we had the bed perpendicular to where it is now, it really made the room seem tiny. Compounding the problem, we had two smaller dressers in this room, plus an extra club-style chair. (Which didn't match the walls or my old comforter. Ugh!)

When I did the makeover, I consolidated our drawer "stuff" into the larger/taller dresser in the first picture, which had the added benefit of forcing me to get rid of all the old, unmatched socks, stretched-out undergarments we never wear, etc. (Why do we hang onto this stuff, anyway?)

I should also note that before when we re-did the floors and had the closet doors off, we put in new closet organizers which helped us find more room for t-shirts, sweaters, etc. (The former owners apparently lived here for 20+ years and never upgraded from the original single rod-and-shelf configuration - why? and HOW?????)

Anyway, I hope this helps give others ideas - I know I soaked up all the "design-on-a-dime" and budget makeover tips and ideas I could find before I started. I think all-told we spent about $1,000 (new flooring, new quarter-round trim, paint, closet organizers, plus all the things I bought for the makeover.) Not a lot of money, but still a good chunk o'change for most folks. I think it was well worth it to give us a pulled-together, grown-up bedroom, and to make the room "show" better when the time comes to put it on the market.

Terry, your bedroom looks great! Your bed is stunning.

Wichita, KS

Beautiful. You did a great job!

Wewoka, OK(Zone 7a)

Hey Terry! Are you sure this is the same room? I have seen the "before" and you did a wonderful job!!! Now, if you would just come help me on my rather large project!!!! We are still betwixt and between but hopefully will be all together by Sunday night.

Murfreesboro, TN(Zone 7a)

Hi, Aggiesmom - giggle, yes you did see the "before" room! It looks a little different, doesn't it? I wish we were closer so I could help you out, too. Sending a big hug to you and your family!

P.S. We got the wedding invitation in yesterday's mail. Now to figure out how to be in KS for the weekend of the fourth ;o)

Wewoka, OK(Zone 7a)

Hope you can work it out - we can celebrate birthdays & a wedding if I remember correctly!! Best get busy packing since that is why I took the day off, huh?

Lakewood, CO(Zone 5a)

Hi Terry, I love what you did with your bedroom! If you don't mind me asking, what brand of paint / color did you use? I just love that color! You've given me inspiration to update our 70's home!

Murfreesboro, TN(Zone 7a)

Don't laugh, okay? It really was called Cafe au Lait....and it came from WalMart. (I've had great luck with WM's flat and semi-gloss paints for bedrooms, bathrooms and hallways.) The trim is Behr's high-gloss white, from Home Depot.

The ceiling was done with one-shade lighter paint; the name was maybe willow-something? (The reason I don't have the name is because they were out of paint chips and I had to guess at the the correct ID number for the guy to mix it up. Yeah, I live a little dangerously ;o)

One shade lighter on the ceiling made a big difference - something about the combination of the old ceiling paint texture, this paint, and the angle of it being overhead made the wall color look hideously dark on the ceiling. But if you don't know they're two different colors, you would never detect they weren't the same.

Lakewood, CO(Zone 5a)

To be honest I've had great results using WalMart paint. About a year ago, a professional painter told me that it was just as good as other name brands at a fraction of the cost. Your room really did turn out nice and I can't believe you did it for under $500! You should be on the HGTV show 'Design on a Dime'! Thank you!

Mt.Pleasant, SC(Zone 8b)

Beautiful job Terry, do you mind me asking where you found linens and accesories etc. I did look thru the posts and hope I am not being repetitive in asking. It is very satisfying to set a budget and find what you are looking for. I like a deal as much as anyone. The bedroom really looks like a haven now.

best, ginny

Murfreesboro, TN(Zone 7a)

Sure, Ginny!

The comforter set came from Old Time Pottery (a close-out/discount home furnishings chain).

The silk pillows came from JC Penneys (they had a pillow sale so they were half-off.)

The shag area rug, sheer drapes (the valance is attached), drapery rod, wall lamps, and TV stand (a "ready-to-assemble wood and iron piece) came from WalMart.

The calla lilies and bedside tables came from Hobby Lobby (deeply discounted from their original price - it was just pure dumb luck that I walked in that day and found them marked down.)

There are four pieces in the room that aren't new - the bed, the dresser (a hand-me-down from my grandparents); the rattan and iron seat between the closet doors, and the computer desk & chair (although I'm still on the hunt to replace it with a dark wood table-style desk.)

I agree with you about the good feeling of sticking with a budget to get a project done. Yesterday I picked up some "hammered" texture Krylon spray paint to re-do our outdoor table and chairs. (They're the traditional woodland green wrought iron set, but this spray paint will give them a dark bronze-ish look. Then it's off to find reasonably priced outdoor cushions (or make some, if all else fails), repaint the fiberglass planters, get the containers filled with annuals and "transform" the deck ;o)

Bodrum, Turkey(Zone 10a)

Terry, what a great room you have made, I was going to say make over, but since i havent seen the before shots, cant really say.....but it is a great room. And you are so good about stiking to a budget!

So.App.Mtns., United States(Zone 5b)

Terry, I love the "hammered" paint Krylon makes. Be sure to post photos after you use it.

Terry,I would also would love to see how your outdoor table & chairs turned out with the hammed paint. I have 4 old wrought iron outdoor pieces handed down to me by my parents & they are in great need of repainting & I was wondering what to use. When using the hammed paint,do you still have to prime paint the pieces first before painting with the hammed paint ? By the way-I love your bedroom re-do,you did a great job.I was going to ask you about your wrought-iron chair between the closet & door-I just love it & wanted to get one but I think I read that you inherited it.

Terry have you used the hammed paint,yet?
If so,would love to see picture.

So.App.Mtns., United States(Zone 5b)

Colie, I can show you what the hammered paint finish looks like. This was a roof turbine (prep stage) I converted to a planter last summer.

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Thanks Darius-that looks great-I like it.
Wonder how it would do on my old wrought iron yard furniture?
I would love to try it.

So.App.Mtns., United States(Zone 5b)

I did one in a copper color too. Don't have a photo, and it's raining so I'm not going outside to get one either, LOL.

If the iron is smooth it would look great. If it's very porous, not sire how it would show up.

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I'm going to try & find someone to sand blast these & try from there-it may not work on these.Do you have any other suggestions on what kind of paint to use on them? I think they will have to be prime painted before any other kind of paint is use-to keep them from rusting.

So.App.Mtns., United States(Zone 5b)

It should work on them. My spray can says "Can Apply Directly Over Rust" although I think I'd take a wire brush to it first.

Murfreesboro, TN(Zone 7a)

Sorry I didn't see the first question. Short answer - no, I haven't yet used it. (Other gardening and house projects have taken priority to this one.) But soon, I hope! I'll post some photos when I do....

Darius,that sounds great.
Terry,hope you will get to slow down soon-will look for pictures.

Bloomingdale, MI

I am redoing my bedroom. It has maybe cost me $500 as well. I am nearly finished with it, will post pics when I am finished. I may have some before pics also. I was hoping to get it finished this weekend, but nope, couldn't do it.

Murfreesboro, TN(Zone 7a)

Just for giggles and grins. Here's the bedroom re-do do-over. (Last March we added a bathroom on, which allowed us to turn the old bathroom into a walk-in closet and eliminate the mirrored closets at the end of the room.

View in 2005:

From the same angle today:

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Murfreesboro, TN(Zone 7a)

2nd shot in 2005:

Same shot today:

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Murfreesboro, TN(Zone 7a)

3rd shot in 2005: - we were barely able to squeeze a king-size bed on that wall

Here it is now, waiting on a 2nd dresser to be refinished (by yours truly ;o)

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Murfreesboro, TN(Zone 7a)

Not surprisingly, this renovation cost a little more than $500 ;o) But it was much more indepth, involving gutting one bathroom, adding on the space to create a new master bathroom, and then tearing out the closets and re-drywalling floor and ceiling, then re-laying the laminate flooring.

I kept the same paint color (it's one shade lighter) and had the contractor add crown moulding, which really gussied it up a little.

The additional floor and wallspace created by removing the wall of closets has added a tremendous feel of spaciousness to this room. It's still only 11.5 feet wide, and finding a platform bed and window treatments that would work with (instead of fight) those 70s windows took some doing...but we're very pleased with the result. It has become an area we look forward to relaxing in, instead of just a place to sleep.

Calvert City, KY(Zone 7a)

Oh Wow!
Nice work.

central, NJ(Zone 6b)


Dolores, CO(Zone 5b)

Both re-do's are very nice, Terry! For inexpensive (but pretty) linens, I buy a lot of things from Cheap (and very fast) shipping, excellent prices. I actually just bought our new bedding from Walmart, also very pretty and an excellent price. We have 5 dogs and 2 cats that all feel compelled to sleep on our bed, so we go through linens rather quickly. I've become downright frugal on linens... I want them to be nice but not crazy expensive. Again, really love the re-do's, Terry!


Baytown, TX(Zone 9a)

Both looked great! I especially like the wall color! Good Job!

Northeast, WA(Zone 5a)

LOL, 3 years later. You did good Terry.

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