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Master Bedroom Revamp {Part Two}

So, as you saw in our {Part One} post yesterday, we scored a BEAUTIFUL quilt/pillow set from Target – It has already made the room seem brighter, more cheery and a touch more elegant (especially in comparison to the scratchy old black comforter that used to dress the bed).

Here’s the bedroom before:

And then after the addition of our new bedding:

But we weren’t finished there…

I mentioned last week that we started working on a certain thrifted side table that used to live in my old apartment (seen pointed to in the photo below). In that space, the original stained wood finish fit in with my bachelorette decor.

But in the new house, it seemed a little too antique-y…Time for a facelift!! I really love the curvy lines and the old drawer pull, but I decided it could look a lot fresher with a coat of paint. I bought the piece a couple of years ago at Goodwill for $25.00. A bit of a splurge in Goodwill terms…But it’s solid wood and well-made.

Here are some better pictures of it (sorry, it was a bit in shadow in the photo above):

John and I decided to spring for a new tool for this project – A hand sander. We knew the best way to get a good, professional-looking finish was to sand down the old stain before painting it. So we picked up a Black & Decker Mouse at Lowe’s (on sale for $24.99, down from $30-something).

I didn’t have much (i.e. anything) to do with the sanding – this was all John – So I can’t tell you much about its performance. But the “After” shots seem to tell me that it worked pretty well! I remember John saying when he came back into the house after at least half an hour of sanding that we’d need something more powerful for a piece of furniture any bigger – But I didn’t hear any other complaints! If you are working on a relatively small piece of furniture, the Mouse seems to get the project done! One big plus: The pointed front end of the sander was REALLY good for getting into the detailed corners/edges (which our particular table had a LOT of ) – a square-shaped sander would have fallen short.

Here are some progress shots of the process:

Here it is all done! (or at least as done as it was going to get for our purposes)

Time for a spray down:)After contemplating the use of a bright color, like teal, orange or green, we decided to give it a crisp look with glossy white. I took some time to mull it over and realized that the white would REALLY bring out the details of the unique edging and beveling.

So John took over again and got it done!

By the way, just wanted to share the handy tool John used on top of the spray paint can. It’s a $5 nozzle attachment that has a trigger for initiating the spray action – No achy finger from having to hold the spray can button down for so long!  John still finished up with a bit of a tired hand, but I think the nozzle saved him from a LOT of pain.

P.S. Isn’t my fiance just the BEST!?! He’s so good to me…I promise I didn’t make him help me with this – I think he enjoys all the hands-on projects I dream up. Thank you, babe, for your AMAZING help and effort:)

But back to the newly painted table…I was loving it already!!! As predicted, the white finish really added emphasis to the carved edges and gave the piece of furniture a modern feel.

After giving it the required 24 hours to dry about 4 or so hours to dry, it was time to put it in place and style it up (you are probably familiar now with my lack of patience…)! As I’m sure you guessed since this is {Part Two} of our master bedroom revamp, we decided to put it in the master bedroom beside my side of the bed. I am a bedtime reader so I like to have a stack of novels and a good lamp beside me – Initially, all I had to work with was a plastic table that fell apart if you blew on it…This newly styled, hardwood side table was my dream come true.

Here are a few wide shots of the room as a whole, now with the new quilt, pillows (the white and gray ones actually came off of the new couch) and restyled night stand:

Remember my excitement at finding out that the quilt was reversible? Well you’ll never guess what happened next:)

I found out that the pillow is ALSO interchangeable! I love versatility…

Only one problem emerged…Those of you who are super observant may have already noticed it.

The old plastic side tables were teeny tiny and square – Thus, the bed was pretty close to the wall. I had to move the bed out quite a bit to fit the new rectangular night stand in place…So now my color photo installation above the bed is off-center ::grumble grumble:: You can see it best in the photo below.

Nothing a little remeasuring and re-3M-taping can’t fix. You know I can’t live with it like that for long, so it’ll probably be all perfectly hung again by Monday:)

Hope you enjoyed our bedroom transformation! It only cost a little over $100 for the new quilt, pillow and spray paint nozzle (we already had the white spray paint and the table). Not too bad for so much change! I am personally loving our newly transformed oasis…

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  • June 15, 2011 - 10:15 am

    Ainhoa - It looks great! I really like how spray painted furniture (no brush strokes!) looks, but I’m terrible at it. I’ll have to practice with something small/easy!ReplyCancel

    • June 15, 2011 - 10:19 am

      Carrie - I’m terrible at it too, haha…Thank goodness for John! Little stuff is definitely good to practice on :)ReplyCancel

  • June 15, 2011 - 9:34 pm

    Christine - You might not need to move the photos, just add another row on the left.
    I LOVE your wall color, did you mention tha color info? If not, would you?
    I have two side tables that I am refinishing and they look almost exactly like yours (mine are a little oblong).
    Love your roomReplyCancel

    • June 16, 2011 - 7:44 am

      Carrie - That’s a good thought…I think I have some extra mats left over for an added column – Thanks for the tip! I don’t think I did mention the wall color! I don’t have the info with me right now, but will try to get it to you this evening. Check back on this comment thread soon! Thanks for the compliments =)ReplyCancel

    • July 11, 2011 - 7:58 pm

      Carrie - SOOOO sorry it took me this long to get back to you!!!! But I finally had a chance to look up the color – It’s Olympic’s Victorian Pewter. Happy painting! =)ReplyCancel

  • June 16, 2011 - 12:16 am

    Melissa - I love that quilt set at Target. I so desperately wanted it for our already-painted-gray guest room. Alas, I had already purchased a black and white quilt set. Dang. I’m happy to see someone loving it, though! :)

    And I’m very glad to read about your furniture refinish. I bought a china hutch on Craigslist last weekend to store my fabric in, and I need to remove all the 1980s from it’s surface. I was thinking of buying a Mouse, but if your fiance thought a bigger project would be too much for the mouse, I think I’ll have to rent a big belt sander. Thanks for sharing his insight! :)ReplyCancel

    • June 16, 2011 - 7:42 am

      Carrie - Thanks! Sorry you weren’t able to score the quilt set for yourself =/ I definitely think a larger, more high-powered sander would be best for a china hutch…But that sounds like a fun project! Good luck!ReplyCancel

  • June 16, 2011 - 9:14 am

    Carolyn - LOVE this makeover! What a creative and beautiful job you guys did!! Found you on Craftgawker, and a corkboard I made is a few photos below your post – the fabric matches your bedding :)
    ~Your newest follower!ReplyCancel

    • June 16, 2011 - 9:37 am

      Carrie - Thank you so much! And that’s awesome – I’ll have to check out your corkboard! Glad to have you along for the blogging ride :)ReplyCancel

  • June 16, 2011 - 11:11 am

    Kelly H. - Found you via Craftgawker (iphone) and I love your room!! My husband and I are moving into a home soon and I’m so excited to be able to paint and coordinate bedding and stuff. :)
    I was going to ask you about your photos above the bed but I read a previous post and guess you just took colorful photos and mounted them? I love that idea.

    I need some artwork that doesn’t present the risk of falling on our faces or rattling when the ceiling fan is on. (Two problems I have faced!)ReplyCancel

    • June 16, 2011 - 12:43 pm

      Carrie - Thank you! Glad you found us! Good luck with your new home – There’s almost nothing more exciting in my opinion then getting to make a house a home and specific to YOU. Enjoy it! Our installation over the bed is just a series of matted color photos hung using 3M tape. Not using heavy frames and glass makes it a safe alternative for right over our heads at night…Thanks again for stopping by!ReplyCancel

  • June 16, 2011 - 1:25 pm

    Kelley - The side table looks great! It must be great to have a brighter, more colorful bedroom. I’m going through a similar process myself, trying to update our dark bedroom into something a little fresher without spending too much. I wish my husband had as much enthusiasm about bedroom makeovers as your fiance seems to have. :)ReplyCancel

    • June 16, 2011 - 1:45 pm

      Carrie - Thanks! We really lucked out with the big window and bright morning/afternoon light in our bedroom…My best tip for dark spaces is to declutter and add plenty of crisp white furniture – A couple cans of spray paint and good storage are cheap solutions!ReplyCancel

  • June 17, 2011 - 1:36 am

    Tania - Went to my target and the website and it’s “unavailable” :[ I want it soo bad!ReplyCancel

    • June 17, 2011 - 6:34 am

      Carrie - Bummer!! Maybe try Amazon? Ebay? Good luck!!!ReplyCancel

  • August 1, 2011 - 3:16 pm

    Alyssa - That looks incredible! Looks like it’s from Crate & Barrel! I just purchased two solid wood matching bedside tables for $4 EACH (amazing!) at a Catholic Charities store. Our bedroom is a periwinkle-ish shade of gray. I’m contemplating doing the glossy white (it’s so fresh looking) but I am also back and forth about a burnt orange or bright peachy color …. any suggestions/opinions?ReplyCancel

    • August 1, 2011 - 3:54 pm

      Carrie - Thanks! Glad you like it =) And what an AWESOME compliment to conpare it to Crate & Barrel!!! I’m super impressed by your inexpensive table find…I was back and forth on a bright color for our bedside table too, but eventually decided on white because I can add bright colorful accessories to suit the room’s changing style and color pallet. A vase, lamp or stack of books can be changed out much easier then a brightly-painted table…But if you know you’ll keep the colors and style of your bedroom for a while, then GO FOR IT!!!!! I adore color and think it would be fabulous =)ReplyCancel

  • August 6, 2011 - 6:52 pm

    charinbc - Thanks for the inspiration! The final look is beautiful! I just recently found almost the exact same table at a thrift store! :) I can’t wait to get going with it…I haven’t decided on a colour yet, but it will be awhile before I get to that stage in the refinishing process! You did a great job!ReplyCancel

    • August 8, 2011 - 9:23 am

      Carrie - You’re more than welcome and good luck with your project!! It’s so much fun to see the “after” of a furniture rehab…ReplyCancel

  • August 24, 2011 - 2:24 am

    Tracie Hogelin - Great web site. A lot of helpful info here. I’m sending it to several friends ans additionally sharing in delicious. And of course, thanks for your effort!ReplyCancel

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    Lynn - Love the changes you made. I thought it might be helpful if I told you that from my years of painting and refinishing furniture experiences that you can skip the sanding step and save yourself alot of time and headache. I’ve painted alot of furniture and all I did was clean it good, put a coat of primer and I was ready to paint.ReplyCancel

    • July 7, 2013 - 8:51 am

      dreamgreendiy@gmail.com - Fabulous! Thanks for letting me know!!ReplyCancel

  • December 6, 2013 - 12:39 pm

    Leslie - Love the bedding! Where did you get the rosette flower pillow???ReplyCancel

    • December 6, 2013 - 1:00 pm

      Carrie - Thanks! It’s from Target =)ReplyCancel

  • January 14, 2014 - 10:23 pm

    Bekah - Could you tell me what you used at the for mounting the photos. If it was matt board did you cut it yourself or did you buy it cut already? Thanks!ReplyCancel

    • January 15, 2014 - 8:59 am

      Carrie - Sure! I used 3M tape – the kind with tabs that you can pull so that they doesn’t damage the wall. And I purchased precut 5×7 white mats with openings for 4×6 photos. Hope that helps!ReplyCancel

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