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Creating A Calm & Serene Master Bedroom Redo

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I’ve shown you almost every newly redone room in the house now but I haven’t shown you the master bedroom. It seems like that room is always the last one to get done and it really should have been the first. Mom needs a calm and serene space to relax and get away from the craziness of the rest of the house. I knew exactly what I wanted to create in the master bedroom but I was on a super tight budget after how much I spent on the rest of the house. I had to get creative and flex my DIY muscles to create the kind of space I wanted. 

 

If you missed it the first time, here is how my master bedroom used to look. You can see the full tour here.

 

 

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It was kind of pieced together haphazardly with some new pieces and some older things I hadn’t replaced yet. It needed to be updated so badly. I knew I wanted to move the bed away from the window. I am a serious insomniac and there are nights when I don’t fall asleep until well after 4am. So waking up at 6am with the sun shining brightly in my face was not working out for me anymore. I also knew I wanted to finally change the old curtains and I wanted a rustic reclaimed wood headboard. It only took me a weekend to get the room done once I figured out what I wanted. Here’s our new space:

 

 

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The headboard was my big DIY project. It took me 2 hours to make and only cost me $20. I’ll show you soon just how I made the headboard. It came out even better than I was anticipating and I built the rest of the room around it. I added the Mr & Mrs over the new headboard because that wall is so tall. I originally planned to paint the room but every color I picked out was almost the same as what was already on the walls so I left it alone. 

 

 

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I tried to keep the room as simple as possible. I wanted it to be serene and calming. I found the curtain at IKEA, of course. They are the perfect compliment to the bedding and the rug. I also moved the chest of drawers into the master bathroom and replaced it with another cube bookshelf from IKEA. We’re using it to hold the television and it gave me a little extra storage. I wish I had somewhere to put the elliptical machine but we don’t. So for now, it’s stuck in the corner of the master bedroom. At least I can catch up on my favorite shows while I exercise. I didn’t change anything about the photo collage wall because I love it. 

 

 

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I love my new master bedroom. I accomplished my goal of making it a calm and serene space. Now if I could just get the kids to keep their toys out of my room it would be perfect. Those little people toys hurt when you step on them at 3am! 

 
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TDC Before and After

 
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Kid’s Bathroom Update With A Gel Stain Vanity

Have I mentioned how much I love General Finishes Gel Stain? Because I love it. I’ve already shown you how I transformed my kitchen cabinets and my staircase with it. But the very first project I did was my upstairs hall bathroom vanity. That is technically the kid’s bathroom so I figured if I screwed it up too badly then it wouldn’t really matter. I wanted to perfect my technique before tackling the kitchen cabinets. Smart, yes? I thought so too.
I don’t have many before pictures of the bathroom vanity because it’s so small that it’s nearly impossible to get a decent picture of it. You can see a small part of it in the picture below. It’s the same builder grade oak that was in my kitchen and still exists (momentarily) in my master bathroom.
Can I just tell you how tired of the green and burgundy I was? Seriously. I had not touched this bathroom in the 8 years we have lived in this house. Well I added new towels but that was it. The shower curtain, the decor, the colors….all the same. It’s okay, you can wince. I am.
I wanted something totally different, much younger to appeal to the kids but still mature because this serves a guest bathroom when we have overnight guests. I know, I don’t ask for much do I? The very first thing I changed after I stained the vanity was the yellow walls. Oh the yellow walls. They look almost cream in the pictures above but trust me, they were very yellow. I went with the same color that I used in the living room and hallways- Cafe Latte by Glidden. I found the perfect shower curtain and the room really came together from there. I’m super pleased with how it turned out and how little I spent to transform the space.

 

I found this absolutely perfect ticket print- I mean the colors and shapes in the print match the shower curtain like they were made as a set! Those two pieces tied in with the stamp tin I already owned. I spray painted the door hardware, shower curtain rod and curtain hooks to cut down on some of the gold. At some point I’ll spray paint the mirror frame too. I found these awesome free bathroom printables HERE and they matched the colors I needed exactly. I told you, this bathroom decor just seemed to fall right into place for me!

 

 

 

A big problem we have in this small bathroom is storage and clutter. I made the decision to take the kids towels out of the bathroom space. Now each kid has a different color towel that hangs on a hook inside their closet door. Bonus- if someone leaves a towel lying around I know immediately who did it! One other solution I came up with was the addition of these hanging containers to hold each child’s toothpaste and toothbrush. It’s helped so much- I haven’t had to replace anyone’s toothbrush because someone knocked it in the toilet since. That’s a win.

 

 

 

 

I am so in love with this vanity now. I hated it before, the ugly builder grade oak was just so old fashioned and outdated. The darker color really fits with the vision I have for my home. And let me tell you- this gel stain holds up when done properly. I finished the final topcoat well over 7 weeks ago and the kids have bashed it with the step stool, kicked it climbing on top of the sink, spilled nail polish remover down the front and it has not one chip or scrape in the stain!

 

 

That is a thing of beauty, my friends. This bathroom feels at least a decade younger and so much brighter. I love it. The kids feel like it’s really their space now instead of just a guest bathroom.
The Details:
Shower Curtain // Wal*Mart $14.88
Ticket Print // IKEA $10
Black frame // IKEA $4.99
3 small black frames // recycled from old family room
Hanging Rail & 4 black buckets // IKEA $7 total
TDC Before and After

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Turning A Nursery Into A Big Girl Bedroom On A Budget

 

After we transitioned Zoey into a shared bedroom with Mase, I needed to redo her old nursery for Maia. Thankfully Maia loved the existing colors in the room so I didn’t have to paint the walls. After painting 9 rooms in a month I was ever so grateful for a break! In fact, Maia’s room was the easiest redo because she wanted to keep most of the already in place decor. I love her. She’s now my favorite child.

 

 

If you missed the original nursery tour you can see it HERE.

 

I started her redo with a bed. Zoey was still in a crib when she slept in this room so the first purchase for Maia was a twin bed. She kept the existing heart duvet cover and the rug. I moved her old nightstand from her picket fence bedroom into her new room because it matched perfectly. The curtains also stayed. We got rid of the armoire and the dollhouse bookcase. I replaced the bookcase with a new desk and 2 wall shelves. She wanted somewhere to display her My Little Pony collection. I also added the rail and 4 pink buckets for her art supplies.

 

 

She wanted to keep the leaf over her bed and I added the name banner (now you all can see her full name- pronounced Mah-LIE-yah, which means Freedom in Matt’s native language). I also found some great wall prints from Zulily when they had a huge sale.

 

 

I made the tissue paper pom pom poofs to hang from the ceiling. They are so easy to make and I did a full tutorial on them last week.

 

 

I love her new big girl room! It fits her personality perfectly and she is so happy to have some privacy.

 

The Details:
white twin bed // IKEA $60
Turquoise sheet // Wal*Mart $4
White desk // IKEA $20
White desk chair // IKEA $18
2 white shelves & brackets // IKEA $12 total
Rail & 4 pink buckets // IKEA $7 total
Pink lamp // Wal*Mart $8
Wall prints // Zulily $30
3 White frames // IKEA $15

 

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Creating A Teens Black & White Movie Themed Bedroom

 

Ty has been begging me for months to change his room. I can’t blame him a bit. The original room was two different shades of blue paint- complete with glitter- and horrible glossy blue trim. It really was a nightmare but it worked okay when he was younger. And truthfully I just didn’t want to tackle painting over all that mess- the previous owner not only used glitter paint but she also textured the walls. But it was time to take the room from little boy blue to a more grown up and sophisticated theme.

 

 

If you missed the previous tour of Ty’s room you can see it in all it’s blue glory HERE.

 

Ty really wanted a black and white room. That was all the design information he gave me. But then he vetoed every idea I had that incorporated black and white. Finally we agreed on a movie theater theme. I started with the painting. I had to sand every single inch of the walls to get the new paint to adhere to the texture. My arms were ready to fall off. Then it took 2 gallons of white paint to cover up the blue. The trim took 4 coats to cover. Four. Thankfully the black only took 2 coats. The painting was a 2 day process to finish. I even painted the doors black and spray painted the door handles with nickel colored paint.

 

 

The difference was amazing! Bye bye blue. Just like in the little kid’s room I used black flat sheets instead of curtains. I couldn’t find any black sheers that I liked in my price range but these $4 sheets work perfectly. They let the light come in but still give Ty some privacy. I based most of the room around the black and white polka dot rug. I wanted to incorporate the movie theater theme without going overboard. Ty wanted skulls on the wall but I was not so keen on that idea. We compromised with the movie posters of Ghost Rider and The Punisher. Technically they are skulls but they fit the theme of the room. I found all the movie themed metal wall art at Hobby Lobby- I love that place!

 

 

I also put a desk in his room so he has a quiet place to do his homework and added a white table beside his bed. The decor ended up being simple, more sophisticated, and perfectly themed. Ty loves that I allowed the black and white decor, and I love that we were able to compromise. It’s the perfect movie theater room for a teenager!

 

The Details:
Black & White Rug // IKEA $20
White Desk // IKEA $20
Black Desk Chair // IKEA $12.50
4 Black Wall Mirrors // IKEA $1.99 each
Metal Cinema Wall Hanging // Hobby Lobby $7
Movie strip wall hanging // IKEA $8
Gray table lamp // Wal*Mart $8
Black duvet cover // IKEA $19
White, black & gray pattern sheet set // Wal*Mart $9.50
Black bedskirt // Wal*Mart $8
Black picture frames // recycled from master bedroom
Black metal cinema movie reel wall art // Hobby Lobby $10
Black metal movie reel wall hanging // Hobby Lobby $20
Black sheets used for curtains // Wal*Mart $4 each
White bedside table // IKEA $7.99

 

Paint:
Glidden Plus Paint + Primer {Color- Marshmallow}
Glidden Plus Paint + Primer {Color- Onyx}

 

TDC Before and After

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Creating A Fun & Functional Shared Boy & Girl Bedroom

 

Last month Matt and I made the decision to move Zoey and Mase into the same bedroom and allow Maia to have her own room. It made sense. Zoey and Mase are on the same bedtime schedule, they wake up around the same time, they share the same toys, and they play together most of the time. On the flip side, Maia is almost 9 years old and she is starting to need some privacy. Little brothers are notorious for not allowing privacy.

 

I wanted to redo the room to make it a shared space instead of just moving Zoey into the existing space. I wanted her to feel like it was her room too. With just a few simple changes I accomplished my goal. The first thing I did was paint the walls. They were a very bright yellow and the color just didn’t fit with my vision for the room. I chose the same light khaki color that I used in the family room. It was the perfect neutral base to work with.

 

 

I kept a lot of the same wall clings from Maia’s old picket fence room since I knew I could build the new room around the same theme. I love the trees and the animals and the colors worked perfectly.

 

 

The loft bed is from IKEA and we’ve had it since Mase was a toddler. It worked out great because Mase is now old enough to sleep on the top and Zoey can sleep on the bottom, eliminating the need for a toddler bed. I couldn’t find any orange curtains in my price range so instead I found 2 orange flat sheets and hung them as curtains. They are the perfect color and I love them. Plus they were only $4 each instead of $100.

 

 

 

 

I made the name banners from free printables that I found HERE and hung them up using twine and scrapbook paper. The kids love seeing their names on the wall. I found the button rug at IKEA and it was the absolute perfect thing to tie all the different colors in the room together.

 

 

I bought the toy storage system from IKEA and I can honestly say it’s the best purchase I made. I was using canvas bins to hold their toys before and they bins were starting to bend and break from the kids pulling them off the shelves repeatedly. These plastic sliding buckets are so much better. They hold all the main toys and it’s easy for the kids to put the toys away in the correct bucket because they just slide out so they can see what is inside.

 

I’m going to make chalkboard labels for the buckets at some point but it’s not really a priority considering neither Zoey nor Mase can read yet. Right now I have toys separated as follows: Doc McStuffin/Minnie Mouse toys; kitchen toys; baby dolls & accessories; art supplies; dress up items; cars; snap n style dolls; mega bloks; action figures; electronic toys (leappads, tag readers, etc); little people toys; and Imaginext toys. It’s a great mix of Zoey’s toys, Mase’s toys, and the stuff they enjoy playing with together.

 

 

I made some super easy tissue paper pom pom poofs to hang from the ceiling and found some great prints to hang on the wall. I tried to incorporate the same colors through out the room and not lean towards either boy or girl colors.

 

 

We have a lot of books! I didn’t want a typical bookcase in the room but I always want to encourage reading so I bought a few of the spice racks from IKEA, painted them, and had Matt hang them up on the wall to hold their favorite books. These aren’t even a tenth of the books we own. I have the rest of them stored on the top shelf in the closet so I can rotate them out every month or so.

 

I’m really pleased with how great the room turned out. The kids love it and the transition into them sharing a room went very smoothly. It wasn’t bump free but it was less bumpy than expected.

 

The Details:
Green fitted sheets // recycled from kids old bedroom
Green fleece blankets // recycled from kids old bedroom
Orange sheets used as curtains // Wal*Mart $4 each
Button rug // IKEA $40
Spice Rack bookshelves // IKEA $3.99 each
4 Toy Shelves & 12 bins // IKEA $167.96 total
Wall prints // Zulily $40 total
Orange & Green picture frames // IKEA $0.99 each

 

Paint:
Glidden Plus Paint + Primer {color- Sahara Desert Sand}

 

TDC Before and After