Monday, March 11, 2013

Mix It Up Monday: Bedroom Makeover

Do you remember me mentioning my Valentines Day project multiple times in previous posts?'s still not 100% done. But, I did get a large chunk of it done on Saturday. So for today's Mix It Up Monday I'll show you what I did and where I got some of my ideas. 

Valentines Day kinda flopped as plans changed last minute with work schedules, family needs, etc. Cameron was going to come home to a nice home cooked meal, his favorite candy, a completely redone bedroom, and a movie night. Slowly he's gotten each thing, just not all in one go. Our bedroom has been in dire need of help since we moved here we got married. Here's what it looked like Friday morning when Cameron left for work:


Over-stuffed and unorganized bookshelves, makeshift side tables, our big and warm yet not so pretty winter bedding, the ever growing pile of clothes/shoes to give to the thrift store, the spot where the tv used to be (where the DDR mat still is..), a messy dresser top, and our dirty laundry pile. It always gets the least amount of attention because we're the only ones that ever see it. This is why I decided to redo the room. I'm not all the way done yet, but I've got a good start. 

Here's what the one side looks like so far:

Isn't that way way way better? I pulled the spring bedding out, hung stuff all over the wall, and traded out the bookshelf for a side table. It looks like a whole new room! 

Let me show you a few of the things I did. First the side tables. The one on my side of the bed was given to us a long time ago, but it was the only one. While cruising through my favorite Antique store I found this little beauty, which is similar to our already existing side-table:

Okay, so it's not really all that beautiful. But I knew it could be. I'd seen a ton of pins on sanding down old furniture and painting it and thought I'd give it a try. Em let me borrow their sander and I got to work. That finish did not want to come off...I'm not a sanding fan. But I do like how it turned out so it was worth it I guess. Once it was all sanded down I painted the body of it a tan and then threw in some accent colors for the drawer and back:

I put all of Cameron's trinkets and treasures in the drawer for him and left out his cup of pens/pencils, the 52 Reasons I Love You deck of cards I made him, his Duck Dynasty DVD, some of his special books, and his favorite picture of me. Then the poor guy gets a girly birdcage for now. Oh well.  
 I haven't sanded down my side-table yet, but it's slated to happen. So for now I just arranged the objects over it's not-so-prettiness. 
 Candles in the colors I tried to use for the wall hangings, then my current reading books, the glass I keep by the bed for the jewelry I forgot to take off before climbing in bed, and my various personal items. It'll look really nice when it's done, but for not it's not too bad. 

I wanted something above the bed and thought about making a headboard, but we don't have a frame for our bed yet (it just sits on the floor) and so I figured I should probably wait for that. Instead I decided to do a collage of pictures/objects for the wall space above the bed. 

I collected items for about 3 months for this. I frequented the antique shops and thrift stores around town looking for cheap frames. Finally I collected the perfect ones and took them home to paint. 

I wasn't a fan of that gold color, but I loved the frame I got it, painted it, and now it looks like this:
I'm still not quite sure where to hang it, as there wasn't really space above the bed for it...but I'll find somewhere for it. For now it's just on a random wall in the room. 

I also found this frame and painted it:

I started by painting it green, but then I decided I wanted it turquoise instead. Now it frames the bouquet I used in our 5th Anniversary Wedding Photos

Two other frames I got cheap and painted to match the colors are these two: 
 The one frames the first page of our song (The Lovers Waltz by Jay Ungar and Molly Mason), and the other holds a birds nest the blew out of our back porch rafters. 

It was fun to be able to paint the frames to get the color pops that I wanted. It would have taken forever to track down just the shapes and colors that I wanted if I hadn't. Don't be afraid to paint your frames! It was fun. 

One idea for the collage came from this picture I found on Pinterest: 

I thought that was really a cute idea, but I wanted it to be a little more personal than that. So I tweaked the idea a little. I wrote up our story (how we met, how we became friends, our dating story, our engagement, etc) in third person. It was really fun to go back through details of our story. It took me a few days to write it. I wanted to make sure I got it just right. 

Once I finished the story, I then used Gimp to organize the text into columns so it would fill the entire page. I knew I wanted "Every Love Story is Beautiful but Ours is my Favorite" on the page, but I didn't want it to cover up any of the words beneath. I finally figured out how to do what I wanted with layers and ended up with this:

Aside from the bird pastel, the rest of the items in the collage were trinkets, frames, pictures, and odds and ends that I picked up from various stores. 

I tried to get at least one photo from each portrait session we've had done since we got married. It's fun to have all those different stages of us up on the wall. 

I love how this part of the project has turned out and it makes me motivated and excited to finish the rest of the room. I just need to get the pile of clothes to the thrift store, move the dressers around, get us a real hamper, and finish the quilt I started for the bed (all in the same colors as the wall hangings). I've got a ways to go, but it will look so fun when it's done! 


  1. I tried to do a bedroom-makeover-in-one-day for our anniversary...and yeah, ended up doing it in pieces, too! Pinterest gave me ideas for a bedspread, pillows and curtains, (all done) and for some wall art (not done yet, I had a minor pinstrosity!) Yours turned out great and it's given me some ideas on how to finish my months late anniversary bedroom makeover!

  2. Such a lovely, romantic idea. Thank you so much for sharing it!

  3. Great job with the makeover! You can tell I lived on the west coast for many years b/c the first thing I thought of when I saw all those pictures hanging above your bed is, 'I hope they don't have an earthquake in the middle of the night'. ;)

  4. Just have to say, I was really excited to see the Lover's Waltz up on your wall. It's one of my favorites and is what I came out to during my wedding! What a cute idea to frame it!

  5. Lovely! I do like a busy wall. The little bird's nest in a frame is my favorite. So. Dang. Cute.

  6. I love the new look! It's beautiful bright and makes your room pop. :) I still have yet to decorate our room in any shape or fashion. Partly because we haven't had an income that could do so and because we are moving in a few months.

  7. That's really sweet, I love how it looks real (not like those Home Channel makeover shows). Love the collection of frames.

  8. I love how it turned out! Great job!!

  9. Wow this came out absolutely gorgeous, I love the decor above the bed! I need to get me some frames!


  11. It looks great... Maybe a touch girly though.

  12. I couldn't help noticing you have "The Lover's Waltz" posted above your bed. One of my favorite tunes, and now you've given me the idea to do something similar! Thanks!

    1. We LOVE Jay Ungar and Molly Mason's work (Ashokan Farewell and Prairie Love Song are other favorites). The Lover's Waltz is "our song", so I had to have it as a part of the collage. I love the look of framed music (but I always have to buy 2 copies so I can have a whole piece for my piano, lol).


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