Thursday, October 28, 2010

Bedroom Redesign

Remember those great finds I got at the thrift store awhile ago? I've already showed you what I did with the coffee table, but I haven't posted about the side tables yet. Here's a reminder about what they looked like before:

The tables had a nice mid-century modern vibe to them, but they were scratched and in bad shape. So out came the (eco)paint stripper! I stripped and stripped and stripped some more. And then I painted and painted and painted and stained. I am so so so pleased with the results.

I wallpapered the inside of the drawers, too.

But after I finished the side tables and got them in my room I just wasn't happy with the room! You know how when you start to improve one thing, and then everything else looks bad? Yeah.

I hadn't touched my bedroom since I moved in last summer. Here's what it looked like just after I moved in:

There's that same Swiss Coffee colour on the walls that was everywhere else in the house.

So I was considering what colour to paint the walls. And now that I had those nice bright side tables, I wanted something more neutral as a backdrop. I've always admired the look of white walls with pops of colour in the accessories. Case in point:

From here.
So I decided to give white a go. But plain white was just a bit too blah for me, so I decided to paint the trim black. I'd seen that look on lots of blogs I frequent, and really liked it.


From Elle Decor via Design Crisis.
From DecorPad via Shelterpop.
From Roman+Williams via Shelterpop.

So I went for it.

White walls. Since the "Before" photos of the room, I got a new duvet cover at Ikea, but since the redesign, I'd love to get something different.

And I was also inspired by the black and white and gold trend. So I got some gold leaf and gold leafed one panel on the door. P.S. If you want to make hollow core doors look halfway nice, paint them! They're easy to paint and I love the black 28047329847982734 times more than I did the white. The white looked cheap to me.

See? 28047329847982734 times better.

Also, as you can see above, I added a little pop of colour by painting the edge of the door pink. Whyever not???

I spray painted my vanity table gold, too. That took a beelion coats.

And Hector the Neon Owl looks right at home there on the sidetable. And the pretty mirror I found at the thrift store found a home above my bed!

Aren't those pretty dot borders and the collages pretty rad? I found this free program, PhotoScape through Chez Larsson. It lets you edit photos easily and add effects and frames, and create collages, but is way easier than Photoshop.

Anyway. New bedding and area rugs would be a nice addition to my room, but as it stands, I'm pretty happy with it.

P.S. Paint colours are "Decorator's White" from Benjamin Moore on the walls, "Citron" by Benjamin Moore for the side tables (in high gloss wood paint), "Francesca" by Martha Stewart for the trim, and "Raspberry Blush" by Benjamin Moore for the little strip of pink on the door.


  1. Nice job, Erin. I love the door with the Hector pink strip on the side. And the owl looks very at home next to the bed. Very classy and very colourful.

  2. Great job!
    I love the black. If I thought for a second my husband would go for it I'd do that in our house.
    And the red inside the door is genius- as is the wallpaper inside the drawers. I had a professor in art school who said, "it's what you don't easily see that matters."

  3. I am SO impressed! This looks amazing! You have great taste. Thanks for sharing!

  4. Gorgeous Transformation! Love it :) And that neon owl is too funny!

    I once heard a very fancy designer say "Decorator's White and track lighting will improve any room tenfold" and I think she was right about that. Something magic about that paint. Track lighting is a little trickier....

    Anyhoot, just saw the the lovely comment you left for me and had to pop over to see what you are up to...great blog! I'll be back for sure :)


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