Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Bedroom Done! (Well, sorta.)

Here it is ... You can see it better if you click on the pictures.

I still have a TON to do. The ceiling needs paint, the closet doors need white paint. They are still the same drab primer color they were when we moved in. The picture over the bed is temporary. The print is an old calla lily poster I completely forgot I had that will work for now. And the edges needs another coat of paint (coat #4!) but at least its livable now.
Here's the before again for contrast.

I just realized, I've had this color in my bedroom for almost 7 years! I had it for 2 years in my old house and painted it again when we got our current home. No wonder I'm tired of it. That's a long time for me to have 1 color in a room.
The green was nice, but the windows face the shady side of the house so there was just no light. I don't think the pictures really show the difference. Now, the reflective light is spectacular. Yesterday's snow just made it that much brighter.

I got some quilted white placemats and these lamps ...

I think choosing lamps took a majority of my weekend. The lamps in the "before" picture were inexpensive Ikea sconces I bought for my tiny old house that was so small that there was no room for end tables large enough to accomodate a lamp. They were never intended for our current home. So, I initially bought crystal lamps with a white drum shade. I got it home and the shade was just too big. I searched for smaller shades, but drum shades were impossible to find in the size I wanted. Thanks to my snow day, I was able to go out (roads were plowed!) and I found the lamps above. Loved the lamp and the shade, but not the print on the shade. It reminds me of last summers Pottery Barn catalog. Not bad. Just not what I was going for. But I really liked the lamps. I walked back and forth probably 5 times and I finally just bought them. I really love the lamps and can live with the shades (for now at least) and they actually go with my leaf candle sconces on the wall (an old gift from Mr. T).

I'm not sure what to do above my bed. I was thinking of framing my wedding picture in that frame, but I'm not sure it will look right. I've been searching for white bedrooms everywhere but most of what I find is beds in front of windows (doesn't look right with my furniture) or canopies (not possible with the ceiling fan which is a necessity in the summer). A while ago, I found a gorgeous beveled glass mirror while browsing in a store but I left it behind because I didn't have a place to put it and while it wasn't as expensive as I've seen it, it was more than I wanted to spend. Of course, when I went back, some other lucky person had already gotten to it. I guess it wasn't meant to be.

The view outside my window yesterday ...


  1. Great befor and after,I love the white!!! I had that same green in my bedroom for about the same time!!! That's just too funny!!! I went all white about a year ago and I love it!!! I use all shades of white and cream to decorate with and of course I just HAD to paint my furniture white also!!! LOVE IT~~~~Can't wait to see what else you do ~~~~ Great Job~~~Blessings, Deborah

  2. Looks Great!!! Do you have the gusto to paint the furniture white as well? I love to paint old furniture with a light cream satin and then sand the edges a bit. After all is dry, I slap on a little Minwax Gel Stain in Aged Oak and rag it off. It gives a cottagey romantic look. Cant wait to see more...Love Tiina..

  3. Thank you!

    Oh, I'll paint anything. The joke in my house is that if you stand still for too long, you'll end up with a coat of white paint. ;-)

    Unfortunately, I think Mr T would kill me if I even suggested painting our furniture.

  4. It looks romantic now. I'm about to re decorate my bedroom and you gave me an idea how mine would look. Thank you!! Thank you!!

  5. Thanks Suzie! I can't wait to see when you redecorate your bedroom.


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