It's one of those beautiful sunny days that Bellinghamsters live for, but I couldn't wait to share the pictures of our newly improved master bedroom! Luckily, I can type this AND enjoy the sunshine at the same time (still loving our "new" deck too)!
I'm terrible at remembering to take before pictures of anything, so I don't have a picture of what the room really looked like before I tore it apart. However, I dug through the archives on my computer and found a couple of pictures taken inside our bedroom when Lexi was a puppy. Hooray for "before" pictures and cute dog pictures!
When I moved in with Craig, the bed in the master bedroom was positioned under an ugly wood paneled wall. The furniture was crammed in there and it was difficult to get the vacuum cleaner over to Craig's side of the bed. I can't believe I lived with it like that for almost nine years (side note…time flies!).
See? Ugly wood paneled wall. Over time, I did nothing about the wall or the furniture other than the fact that I moved that bookshelf out (the one on Craig's side of the bed), and got rid of Lexi's ugly plastic crate. Now she has a travel crate that folds up really nicely and actually fits in our bedroom much better (even before I moved everything around). Although Lexi usually sleeps in our bed, she still likes to cozy up in her crate from time to time.
Last week, the weather had cooled down quite a bit around here, which meant that it was perfect painting weather! I marched into Lowe's on Sunday morning and left with a gallon of paint in an off white color and a quart in a beautiful beachy blue/green. I knew I wanted to paint the wood wall a slightly different color than the rest of the room so I chose the be beachy blue/green for that wall. Let me back up and say two things. First, the colors I chose had to go with our bedding (a wedding gift from my mom and grandparents). Second, the color on the other three walls wasn't terrible (a light blue), but I wanted to freshen the entire room with a new coat of paint.
I actually painted the wall with the window first. I painted about one wall per day because as I painted, I was also shuffling furniture around and cleaning every nook and cranny. There was enough black lab hair in our room to make a few fur coats (with the old furniture arrangement, it was just tough to vacuum in certain spots). Ew!
On Monday, I tackled the wood wall. About halfway in, I realized that I should have purchased a full gallon of paint for that wall since the wood needed a couple of coats to completely cover. I sent Craig back to Lowe's to purchase more paint (a full gallon…I decided I loved the color and would paint the closet doors too!).
While I painted I always had my trusty painting companion. Haha! Marley was absolutely fascinated by the process.
Once the wood wall was done, I painted the other two walls (again, one per day since I was moving things around and waiting for paint to dry too). I took the closet doors off and reorganized our entire closet, pulling everything out and vacuuming it too!
Craig had a stack of albums on his side of the closet and we pulled them out and sorted through, keeping the ones that we wanted to keep and getting rid of the rest. He found this gem:
He's going to make me a C.D. so that I can use it in my classroom!
Then, it was time for the closet doors. This was actually the most frustrating part, because I was anxious to get everything put back together and the doors needed two full coats of paint and drying time before I hung them back up. I painted the doors on Thursday, so from start to finish it took me 5 days to get our room done.
Ready for the big reveal?!?
Here it is!
(The lighting was a little weird in our room this morning, but I think you get the idea)
I absolutely love having our bed under the window! There is much more room to walk and move around now. There were only three things that didn't go back into the room (a dresser that Craig had filled with stuff that will now go into his office, an old tube T.V. and a small table that held a VCR and our cable box…we're not sure if we'll put a T.V. in our room again, but if we do it will be a small flatscreen).
Here's a look at "Craig's side". I don't love the yellow cabinet (the color mainly), so I'm thinking I'll paint it in the near future. It serves as a great spot for Craig to dump out his pockets at the end of the day.
The mason jar holds change, the heart shaped platter was a Christmas gift several years ago and it holds miscellaneous coins that Craig has collected (Canadian, European, etc.) and the square bowl holds any extras that find their way into our room.
The dresser is now on my side of the bed, against the wood paneled wall. I absolutely love the way the wall turned out. When you're close, you can see the texture of the wall, but the color lightens our room up immensely!
I'm still up in the air about painting the closet doors the same color as the wood wall. I do love the color, but I'm not sure about it being on the doors too. I waver back and forth between loving it and feeling neutral about it. (You can see that Lexi's crate has a home on my side of the bed too).
Here's my side of the bed. There's a little corner for the new laundry "basket"…really just a cute cloth container I found at Marshall's for like 12 bucks, and my school bag fits over there too. On the table is a glass container to put my stuff into at the end of the day (hair ties, change, etc.).
Let's talk about the lamps for a second. This is what the lamps looked like before:
Finally, just a quick shot of the dresser. Our room still needs some artwork or something on the wall (I'm thinking of having a couple of photographs blown up and framing them), but I liked the collection of "stuff" on the dresser.
I still need to dig up one of my high school grad. pictures to put next to Craig's (isn't he cute : )?). I dug out a picture of us on our wedding day, a picture from our honeymoon and a couple of odds and ends (stuffed animals from various places), a jewelry box from my grandma, a lamp that was in my dad's house, and a candle from our wedding day.
We are loving it! I think Craig is even sleeping better since the room has been cleared of dust and dog hair! Ha!