There are a handful of large-scale things we still wanna do to the house, like re-install 2 bathrooms that were demo'd by the previous owners and renovate the kitchen. But before undertaking things of that scale we figured we should take care of all the other smaller projects that we can do ourselves inexpensively. I was so pleased with my office make-over, why not approach the rest of the house the same way?
(By the way, we hung that plant. BOOYAH!)
So Wednesday morning I went to the local hardware store, stocked up some pure white paint, and got to work on the master bedroom.
Here's what it looked like before: (with Waldo showing off for the camera)
Fine. Just a little grey, not entirely pulled together. It didn't really reflect our style since just about every piece (minus the poncho pillows) we'd picked up for free somewhere along the way. Not a bad deal at all! Just not so purposeful.
I did a test corner first to make sure that the cream colored trim wouldn't look dirty next to the fresh coat of white which can sometimes happen--
It looked fine so I proceeded with the rest of the room.
I got about a third of the way through before I had to stop so we could go to the tree lighting down the road at the Community Hall. I felt like such a country housewife covered in paint, rushing around to get a pasta dish together for the pot luck. Though my part in the production was rather minuscule compared to Steven's:
Yup. The town Jew was Santa Claus. And oh my god it was so freakin adorable!
That night we slept in the guest room because otherwise we'd get all paint-high. It was cozy. And I was happy to give it a test-run finally.
Especially because I wanted to see if moving the bookshelves out of the master bedroom there made it feel too crammed.
At this point I enlisted Steven to help me make and hang two new floating bedside tables to be made out of-- you guessed it-- barn wood!
We used a 10" wide piece and tested it with the objects we'd actually keep on it, and settled on 20" long. Two quick cuts, a few screws drilled into some L brackets left over from hotel renovations and BAM! Bye-bye dust bunny hide-out.
And the room feels huuuuuge now that we don't have the bookshelves in it! We'll probably get some kind of a chair or hamper eventually, and perhaps hang some art again but for now we're both enjoying the serene simplicity of the space.
As you can see though, we decided to hang my fern in there for a pop of green. Steven's caught the hanging plant bug too!
And now I must resist the urge to go nap in this lovely little haven...
One more time, before and after:
(What is I Love Lamp? This is I Love Lamp.)