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Monday, July 12, 2010

Metamorphasis Monday = Bedroom Redo

I'm joining Susan at Between Naps on the Porch
for her weekly Metamorphosis Monday, where
bloggers can show their home improvements.
Here's the 'before' picture of our master bedroom.
The flowered pink wallpaper was beginning to
show it's age and I was tiring of it. And having
to make the whole master suite blend together.
So, I stripped wallpaper for an entire week.
Some wallpaper comes off nice and easy.
Some kinds don't! Even with a wallpaper
perforator and steamer machine, it was awful!
To make a long story short, we were left with rough,
uneven walls that sandpaper and thick primer couldn't fix.
Time to call in some professional help in our friend Kris, who
suggested ultra thin 1/4" drywall for brand new walls.
He also painted for us....a welcome change for me!
Just a few days later and he was finished!
Gray walls, dark stained wood and gold accents
completed the new look.
The new gray sheets had an extra set of pillowcases, which
I cut into strips, pulled out the sewing machine
and made grey trim for the liners of the under-bed
storage baskets. Would you believe they are empty?
I've uncluttered SO much in the last few years that
I have empty baskets and some empty closet shelves!
(yes, I confess, I'm a recovering clutter bug! ha ha)
A view from the window... Behind one of the door ~ a back-of-the-door hanging ironing board. Very nice ~ also doubles as a place to dry hand-wash sweaters. Still need to put something on the walls. I love antique prints, so I'll take my time until I fine just the right thing. Also considering picking some family photos to have blown up and toned in sepia. And if I ever had time to read a book, this caned chaise and ottoman would be perfect! ;) I found this metal candle stick holder at the thrift store for $2.50. I painted it with leftover white primer. :) You know I love birds, right? I have such a massive seashell collection, you'd never believe I've lived in the Midwest my entire life! :) I moved some in here, including the mirror. Several years ago, I got my glue gun out and copied one that I saw in a mail order catalog that was selling for $350! I still need a lampshade! If anyone knows what type of shade is appropriate for this antique lamp, I'd love some advise. I'm thinking a white barrel or drum shaped shade but don't know how low on the base it should go. Any ideas? Yes, I still have my coffee maker on my bedside table! It's programmable, and doubles as my alarm clock. Nothing like sitting up in bed and having your coffee right there! I just bring a mug back with the water and beans each evening. So nice to start the day like this! Here's my view while sitting in bed each morning with my coffee...looking into the closet and bath area. So nice to have this project done! But have you ever noticed that when you paint a room, it makes other rooms look like they need it? Yep...there are several rooms here looking like that! ha-ha. If you want to see more re-dos, be sure and visit Susan's blog starting Monday, by clicking HERE.

50 comments:

  1. I just love that wicker chair, and that's an awfully big coffee-maker for only one person.

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  2. Silver Fox ~ it's a 12 cup maker, and I don't share with anyone! ha. Yes, I'm addicted.

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  3. Been waiting for this reveal and you didn't disappoint!
    Great choice in colors, very rich looking.

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  4. Beautiful! Very restful and calm. I love it, and I don't think you need much on the walls. Maybe one piece over the headboard and call it good.

    As for the lamp, the "conventional" word is to follow the shape of the base. If it's round, you need a round shade, etc. and the shade should always cover the metal thingy (um, that's the technical term, I'm pretty sure).

    Then again, I'm never conventional. I just use what I have and what I like. So pay no attention to my advice. ha

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  5. Love your room. YOur beautiful gray color and all the furniture are just wonderful. Boy do I need you to declutter my house. I don't have any space empty. lol Such a really pretty room. Hugs, Marty

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  6. Wow! You did a great job! I love the wall color and your bed is simply gorgeous! Now I am thinking I may need to move my Tassimo beside the bed! lol Happy weekend!...Debbie

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  7. Very pretty room!
    hope you enjoy that first cup (pot full!) of coffee each morning even more now that your room is gorgeous.

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  8. Looks great! So fresh and new. I hope that Spencer (is he the one?) doesn't break those pretty newly-lined baskets jumping on your bed. ;) Did you get that all fixed so it won't happen anymore...I can't remember.

    Janera is right on how low the shade needs to go. It has to cover the metal thingy. I have no better word than her, so it must be the technical one.

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  9. Janera ~ a round lampshade? Not sure I've ever even seen one! I agree about not filling the walls, too. thanks!

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  10. Kayren ~ yes, it was Spencer that took the flying leap that broke the bed! It's bolted together now! ha.

    OK..yes, I know the shade has to cover the metal thing, but that leaves that long neck still...should that show since it's a decorative part? It just seems like the shade will be very short and high. ??

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  11. If by "metal thingy," you folks mean the thing the shade rests on & attaches to, rather than the bulb's socket itself, it's called a "harp."

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  12. Oh so inviting..... the softness of the walls, the crispness of your bedding, the touches here and there that say Betsy....and the coffee pot...gotta love the coffee pot by the bed.

    Don't have enough space in our bedroom for a coffee pot, so I make ours the night before, so my dearest can just plug it in since he gets up first.

    Just love it, you have done a masterful job.

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  13. WOW...this looks so nice Betsy...a lot of work getting rid of wall paper but so worth it..just lovely! :D

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  14. Hi! Betsy,
    Your home is very lovely~Thanks, for sharing!
    I hope that your five men are doing well too!
    Yes, Nugget, I'am looking at your ears...and nice quote by actress
    Audrey Hepburn too!
    DeeDee ;-D

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  15. You have done a wonderful job. The color is classic and restful at the same time. The chair is to die for. I love the bird candle holder. I have my grandmother's coffee pot trivet. The one on your nightstand reminds me of it. Enjoy.

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  16. love it. We have similar taste, love the grey, the shells, and the wicker! Swing on by here I've got lots of projects waiting in the wings..;p

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  17. so you are not sleeping on an island anymore...smiles. it looks wonderful betsy...love the little baskets under the bed too...like something T would do...best wishes for the rest of the rooms...smiles.

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  18. That looks lovely - worthy of one of those posh home magazines. I love the grey - I thought it might look 'cold' but it doesn't, just really restful.

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  19. It looks great. Removing the wallpaper can be hard work. The gray walls are a nice addition.

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  20. Magpie ~ my trivet was my grandmothers, too! How about that!

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  21. Jennyfreckles ~ thanks...I love the gray and was trying for something a little more on the masculine side and restful. I think it is both!

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  22. The room turned out GREAT! The color is pretty.

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  23. I was waiting on this one Betsy. Knew it would come with time.
    It looks FRESH and wonderful.

    Now, I have an antique lamp with the need of a shade...(it has the same top on it as yours)I have been looking and looking for one. Should someone have and idea let me know. I have tried MANY!

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  24. I was waiting on this one Betsy. Knew it would come with time.
    It looks FRESH and wonderful.

    Now, I have an antique lamp with the need of a shade...(it has the same top on it as yours)I have been looking and looking for one. Should someone have and idea let me know. I have tried MANY!

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  25. Your new bedroom looks elegant and peaceful. I think you've inspired me to de-clutter. Loved the shell mirror and the birds candleholder!

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  26. The grey looks cool and elegant. I love the white trim and your bedspread and pillows. Everything is understated.

    Wonderful photo of Taylor.

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  27. Betsy, sorry not to be clear. The bottom of the shade should match the shape of the base.

    Harp! Yes, metal thingy/harp. ;-)

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  28. BEAUTIFUL, Betsy! Looks so serene! My favorite thing in the room (other than the coffee maker right beside the bed) is the bird candlestick!

    I am so impressed with the empty baskets! I am starting to THINK about decluttering... just thinking about it makes me tired! LOL!

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  29. http://meyerprints-merianbulbflowers.blogspot.com/

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  30. Really beautiful, Betsy!! It's such a peaceful room. I love your white coverlet and your caned chair & ottoman. And I think you're on the right track by looking for a drum-style shade for your lamp. Enjoy your *new* retreat:)

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  31. I'm sure the room looks even more inviting when those candlesticks are lit and the room is aglow in the soft flickering warm light against the neutral cooler grey.

    I love those baskets under the bed and the fact it is all so clutter free. Very serene in deed. those pillows adn the gold is a nice accent too for that burst of warm hue.

    Can't wait to see what you do for pictures. I'm sure your husband is thrilled to not be surrounded by as much floral pink, right?

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  32. Mmm~ The Mister has commented several times how much better it looks! :)

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  33. i've heard of tv's in the bedroom..but never a coffee maker...cool idea, to sit in bed in the morning with a cup of coffee. btw, the training has taken a turn for the worse, as i was ill for a little while,and i only got around 5 or 6 miles in this morning, but i've got about 2.5 months to get back on track...thanks for asking

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  34. It looks so fresh; a great job! I went back to your bath reno and love what you've done there too.

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  35. You painted the exact color that I've been thinking of doing my room. I think it makes a great backdrop for dark wood and gold accents. I love the shell mirror that you made. Great job.

    As for the lamp, it looks like the type that had a glass globe at the top as well as the one at the bottom. I think I would just start picking out shades you like, bring them home and try them. If they don't work take them back and try another.

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  36. I am also in love with that wicker chair. The bedroom looks excellent.

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  37. You have done a wonderful job !
    What a serene atmosphere, uncluttered and inviting retreat.
    Hope you get many chances to enjoy !

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  38. Your bedroom came out beautifully!!! My bedroom is the one room where everything gets dumped when I don't know what to do with stuff and I am cleaning and organizing the rest of the house. I would love to have my bedroom organized and lovely:-) Enjoy!!

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  40. Your bedroom transformation is beautiful. We are working on transforming a house we just bought with painting and some new carpet. About your lamp, if it is a glass lamp, you can find replacement shades. Do a google search and find something similar. You might like a glass globe instead of paper or cloth.

    Jocelyn
    http://justalittlesouthernhospitality.blogspot.com

    (sorry I left my link off the other comment :-)

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  41. I love the redo....paint color is so calming...
    Hey you have a fan pointing at your bed...as I do....my kind of place! lol
    The shell mirror is beautiful, you did a wonderful job.
    I know what you mean about one thing leading to another, but I wonder could we ever have it all done??????

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  42. It's such a soothing room, Betsy! Beautiful work, so crisp and clean. I hope it is a haven of rest and peace for you... and that a certain triplet doesn't take anymore flying leaps onto the bed!

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  43. I love the color!!!!
    :) The Bach

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  44. So pretty and fresh looking. It could have come right out of Southern Living. You did a bang up job, Betsy. I love the sea shells and colors too.

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  45. it looks great, and i love that color. but i searched thru all the comments and didn't see the name/brand of the paint? i'll check some other posts to see if it's listed. looks very calming and relaxing and chic!

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  46. The paint is Lowe's Signature One Coat. The color is Winter Flannel in flat. #4007-1C

    thank you...I'm still loving the color!

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  47. What a beautiful and relaxing room. I do still chuckle about the coffee pot on your bedside table!

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  48. I love it Betsy. I need to redo my room. Gray may be something Eric will approve. I also want to make my bed higher and go looking for candle sticks to paint. Okay, I must confess I want to be like you:).

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  49. Tricia ~ aww...that was sweet. If you paint, gray is a really soothing color. I'm still loving it!

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  50. I am soooo behind in my reading here! Your bedroom came out beautiful! I LURVE the slate blue color, it really is dreamy! It was worth the wait, enjoy!

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