Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Dressing room to bedroom

Before we put our house on the market, I knew I had to turn my dressing room back into a bedroom.  There wasn't much to do, I just had to move the bookcases and bench out and find a bed.  Luckily, my mother in law had acquired a charming vintage metal bed for us, and it was a perfect piece for this room!  Here it is with a bad paint job and faux wood contact paper over the adorable metal flower design.  I can't believe I didn't get a shot of the contact paper!  Seriously, it was awful and I scraped at it for a long time.  
I thought about painting it a fun color, but ultimately decided white would be best.  Shaun told me the flower design was ugly and I should paint the entire bed white, but I wanted to keep that detail.  I figured if it looked ugly once painted, I could always paint it later!  
I used two cans of spray primer, and two cans of Rustoleum Universal spray in satin white.  I think the end result is darling!  It is amazing what some fresh white paint can do.
Once I cleaned up the insets, I loved them, and they keep the bed from looking too much like a hospital bed. Which it does, I'm aware.  
The rest of the room turned out great!  I finally hung the yellow clock on the wall, it had been resting on top of the window blinds for the last three years.  
I added this little half-moon table, which was also given to me by my mother in law and painted white years ago.  It works so well under the window, a perfect fit!  An old Ikea desk lamp was a free bedside light, even though I wanted to buy a cuter one.  I was actually pretty impressed with my restraint.  (Since, you know, I get Shaun's employee discount at TJ Maxx!)
I found the sheets, bed skirt, and reversible throw at Target, the pillows and blanket I already had from various places.  The yellow vase was purchased years ago from Crate and Barrel.  I decided to leave the racks on the wall as display rather than take them down and deal with patching all the holes.  I couldn't think of anything creative to use them for, so I hung my colorful skinny belts and a girly purse.  
The other rack holds a robe and some other random items.  Yep, I stole one of Ashford's toys because it matched the room.  
The other side of the room looks exactly the same.  I did paint the windows in this room, which I hadn't done yet.  I was actually shocked at how many doors and windows we hadn't painted in the five years we've lived here.  Awful that you do it all when you are going to be leaving soon!
I still get ready in here every morning, as you can see I didn't remove all my shoes or extra overflow clothes in the closet.  I'm very happy with the way it turned out, and even happier that it only cost me a few cans of spray paint and some bedding that I can use when Ashford is old enough for a twin bed.  
On the home sale front, we have had huge turnouts for our open houses, lots of showings, fabulous comments, and a few very interested buyers, but only one couple that has had a second showing....which was yesterday.  They really like the house and do NOT have a house to sell, which is amazeballs.  We are hoping and praying that this is the couple that puts in our first offer.  Wish us luck!


  1. That room looks awesome. And I am sending you amazing sell - the - house vibes!

  2. I love this room! I definitely love yellow and gray together. :) That yellow rug is so awesome and how cool that you got the bed for free! Did you make the curtains? They are really cute.

  3. Looks great and here's hoping it sells!

  4. it looks awesome, like it was always like that!

  5. Fabulous ... room looks great.

    I was just about to send you a note to find out if you had sold ... here's hoping the return couple is it.

  6. Crossing my fingers that an offer comes in soon. I think anyone would deb lucky to have this home. It's gorgeous from top to bottom.

    I hate that we fix up everything when we move. Ugh. I remember thinking that I should have done so many of those little things BEFORE we were selling.

    Oh well!

  7. That bed is ADORABLE!

    I'm keeping my fingers crossed for your sale. I know how stressful it can all be.

  8. Bedroom is ADORABLE! Almost a shame you'll be leaving it behind!

  9. My gawd, you're GOOD!!! Just catching up on your house saga & oh wow, I'm crossing my fingers for your, Sexypants!!

    (Auto correct wanted to change that to "My gourd, you're GOD!!!" Same thing really.)

  10. looks great! Fingers are crossed for you :-)

  11. Such a pretty room. I love the colors you chose. Wishing you luck with the sale of your home. Hope you get your first offer very soon!!

  12. Hey...I used to read your blog a few years ago, and just randomly stopped by tonight. You're moving to Minnesota! That's where we are! I just read you're looking in Burnsville. I know someone selling a pretty cute house in Burnsville. Let me know if you're interested. I grew up going to this particular house all the time as a kid and I am bummed they are selling. The market is crazy here. We are in the buying process now (St. Paul) and have put offers on three places and lost them all in bidding wars. So hard!

    Feel free to email if you want to chat. Lojerle(at)gmail(dot)com. Welcome to Minnesota!

  13. Adorable! You have skills girl. Seriously. We are looking to move soon, and I'd totally buy your house if we lived in your city! I guess that doesn't help you though... ;)

  14. Sara .. need an update .. have you sold? are you in moving mode?

    Hope all is going well.


  15. Any luck on the home sale front? I just read that you are selling and my little heart sank a bit - PLEASE don't ever delete these posts or this blog!!! I have loved your home since day one and wish I lived near you - the hubby and I are shopping for our first home and I will use your posts here as total inspiration and INFORMATION!!!

    *fingers crossed you got an offer* I would be all over it if i lived there! ox


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