Loads of Potential

So when we moved into the house, we realized right away that our current Master Bedroom was small. We kinda missed our his and hers closets in the last place. Jay got the boot to the second bedroom downstairs, and I tried to make the most of the current closet space. It has tons of great storage in it, but it’s all up high. Like grab a ladder and tote your tuckus up there high. Not exactly the best thing for your morning, I’m running late for work, rush.

I also realized that the only space in our teeny tiny bedroom where extra storage could fit organically was in between the closet door and the entry door. Problem is, the space is 30″, which is pretty small for most dressers out there. I had it in my mind to do an IKEA hack on this dresser, but then, I found this guy – for $15 on craigslist. It was actually listed for $20, but I used by suave negotiating skills to get it for $15 😉 Still haven’t ruled out the idea of dressing up the IKEA dresser, but for now – I think I am going to try modifying this guy and take the economical route.

Bedroom Cabinet
Bedroom Cabinet

Although it doesn’t look like much right now, I think it’s got some serious potential. Look, even Malcolm thinks so! 🙂

Malcolm in Cabinet
Malcolm in Cabinet

It’s got lots of depth, which will be really great for storing all my stuff. That doesn’t fit in the closet. Yep – too much stuff. I’m thinking about putting some baskets in there for storage. Favorite thing about it – the drawer on top is super smooth. Thing slides like butta. Which ya know, when you are getting your duds on craigslist – ya never know how it’s going to be. Right now the drawers need to be modified to slide in and out easier. They are presently a tad too big, so they hit the doors each time I slide them in or out. Not good for easy access – so Jay will help me modify them.

Cabinet Storage
Cabinet Storage

I’ve got my mind to paint to all white, with some beautiful new hardware on it. Only trouble I’m having is trying to figure if I want to do the same hardware on both the drawer and the cabinets, or knobs on the cabinet doors and a pull on the drawer. I’m leaning toward the same hardware I intend to use for the basement built-in, below. This way I can give it a trail run before I buy the entire lot. I’ll keep ya posted 🙂

Hardware Option
Hardware Option

Ditching the Theme

When we first moved in this fall, the Master Bedroom became my first priority. This bedroom had a SERIOUS personality. I mentioned in the door renovation post that the house had some “taste specific” themes going on in the house, and I think the Master Bedroom was the crowning jewel of that concept 🙂 Why yes, glad you noticed, those curtains DO match the wallpaper. Crazy town, I’m telling ya…

Master Bedroom - Before
Master Bedroom – Before

Needless to say – I was looking for more serene and neutral bedroom decor, so we opted to strip the wallpaper off and paint the walls a nice calming color. We brought our bed over from the last house, Jay helped me construct this baby and I seriously love it. It set us back about $175, but was modeled after a bed that cost nearly 2K. H to the izzo. I’ll have to put up another post about constructing that beast – because in all honesty – if ya got a staple gun and a bit of will power – you’re good to go! Below is a mood board of some of the elements used in the room, so you can see where I was headed.

Bedroom Mood Board
Bedroom Mood Board

Right away we needed some {small} night stands for storage and extra lighting in the room. I scoured craigslist, but alas, I came up empty for the dimensions needed. That, and my hunting time frame was like 48 hours, because, let’s face it – when I get my mind set on something happening, that’s about my time capacity for waiting it out. Patience is a virtue I just don’t got. Sorry ma.

Luckily – I found a PAIR, at TARGET on CLEARANCE. Yes, you heard me right. It was like the shopping gods aligned my lucky stars. I had the night stands pinned on pinterest for a few months, so I couldn’t believe my luck when I found two on the target end cap. I stopped right in my tracks – Jay couldn’t really understand my amazement at the situation. Men, I’m telling ya. I think it helped my case that there was no assembling required 😉 Here are some current pictures to show how the bedroom is looking these days.

Bedroom: Progress
Bedroom: Progress

Some curtains to soften up the space – and to block the outdoor lights at night. Plans to pinch pleat the top once I get over my fears of sewing machines.

Bedroom: Progress
Bedroom: Progress
Bedroom Side: Progress
Bedroom Side: Progress

And, the closet door. Painted and ready to go!

Detail Shot: White Door
Detail Shot: White Door

The bedroom has continued to evolve, and I would still love to get some more details in the space to make it feel a bit more homey and cozy. Notably – we are in need of some additional storage space, looking to do an IKEA dresser hack in the next few weeks to help with that. It’s a small space though – so there really isn’t much room to add too much additional storage. At 9×10 this is a COZY space, so we have had to be very strategic about how we design for and utilize the space.

Here is the source list for the space:

Paint: Benjamin Moore Ballerina White

Bed: DIY, Inspired by Colette Bed from Crate and Barrel

Lamps: Homegoods

Bedroom Tables: Target

Overhead Light: Overstock

Curtains: IKEA Lenda Curtains

Rug: World Market Ivory Classic Carved Rug