Master Bedroom Updates


This is the year we bought our house and this is what our master bedroom looked like.

At this time we had a 2 month old baby and so putting our bed on the frame was most likely last thing on our list of to-do’s.

At least the frame was out-of-the-way, tucked off in the corner.

This picture was taken a few years later.  We did manage to get the mattress and box springs off the floor and onto their frame.

The bassinet is gone, which tells me the baby is sleeping in his own room; much to our relief, I’m sure.

We did add curtains, a treadmill and the black chair.

We still haven’t added any paint at this point.

Our room stayed like this until 2009.  We had just gotten back from the beach and I was completely inspired to finally paint our bedroom.  Hubby always takes two weeks off in July.  One of those weeks we spend at the beach the other we spend at home trying to do some type of home improvement project.  This year, it was going to be our bedroom.

So off to Home Depot to pick out some paint colors.  Since we had been at the beach, I was all into a beach theme.  I wanted pale blue walls and some beachy touches.

Can you see that little patch of blue?  That’s what we ended up going with.

As we got started moving furniture and wiping down walls, we noticed how gross and disgusting our carpet was.  It was especially bad under the bed.  We have a Siberian Husky and she would lay under the bed and it was so gross under there.

Note: We hate carpet for this very reason.

So then we had the bright idea to go ahead and pull up the carpet.  Our plan was to rearrange the bedroom furniture and the bed wouldn’t be over the dirt spot the dog left anymore.  Pulling up the carpet seemed like the logical choice.  We would just go out and get the hardwoods that we want up there anyway.

So, that’s what we did.  We pulled up the carpet.

And we threw it out the window.

That was so much fun!!

The padding underneath it was equally disgusting and the floor under the padding had this very fine sand type stuff all over it.  That would be our dirt that we live in.  I don’t care what kind of vacuum you have, you will never get that gritty sandy pieces of dirt out of your carpets.  Don’t fool yourselves into thinking you are.  We have a Rainbow vacuum cleaner and still had the fine dirt under our carpets.

So that all came up and got thrown away and we got to painting the baseboards to make them nice and shiny and new looking.

Actually, the kids love to help paint so we put them to work.

This is how the room looked after we finished painting.

Hubby suggested we add an accent wall and I couldn’t agree more.  I love how it turned out.

Since then we have changed the bedding, gotten new curtains and lamps and added some more pillows.

I didn’t like the maroon pillows so I changed them.  You can read about the new pillows I made here.

I’ve also added a few accessories.

So that brings us to today.  The room is pretty much finished save for one very important thing.  The floors.  I know we probably shouldn’t have pulled up our carpet until we had new floors to put down but we didn’t.  We went ahead and pulled those nasty things on up.  I know some people wouldn’t put up with living on plywood floors for very long, but that’s just how we do it over here.  It really didn’t bother me too much.  I was just glad to have the nasty carpet out of the house.

So this brings us up to


We are finally ready to put down hardwoods in the master bedroom.  I couldn’t be more excited.  We went yesterday and picked up some samples so we could decided which color we liked best.  We also have to make the decision as to whether we are only going to put hardwoods in the bedroom and put carpet in the hallway, landing and stairs.  Or, do we extend the hardwoods into the hallway, landing and put the stainable wood on the stairs.  I love the idea of having all hardwoods in the house.  Right now, we still have carpet on the stairs and if we remove it and put down the stainable wood, we won’t have carpet anywhere.  We are still in the deciding phase on that.

Now, we need to pick out which color to put into the bedroom.  This is where I need your help.  Here are our choices.

Hubby doesn’t like any of them.  I don’t know which one I like yet.  What do you think?

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Custom Pillow Tutorial

Sewing is something that I truly enjoy.  I especially enjoy making pillows.

I love how they can change and update a room for very little money.

About 2 years ago, we finally painted our master bedroom.  I’m not sure why the master bedroom is always last on the to-do list, but that just seems to be the case.  I have lots of pillows on our bed and some of those pillows just weren’t going with the color scheme.

See the maroon colored one and the purple one.  I actually had 2 of the maroon ones but one was already recovered at this point.  The maroon ones do actually match the curtains, but honestly I have had those pillows for about 10 years and I’m just sick of them.

Because I was doing one of the pillows with a plain cream-colored fabric, I wanted to add a little customization to it.

I made a pillow for my daughter with her initials on it awhile ago and loved how it turned out.  I thought it would be fun to do this pillow with mine and hubby’s initials on it for our bed.

Since it has buttons on the cover, I can just uncover it and save that material for something else.

I then start by trimming the edged of the new material to make sure everything lines up right.  I don’t understand how material gets cut so crooked in the store.

I then create my letters that I want to use for the monogram on my computer and print it out.

{The STN stands for Scott & Nancy Turner}

Even though I had created the date on the computer, which is our anniversary; I decided that I didn’t want to spend time cutting all the numbers out by hand and so I cut them on my Cricut.  I always forget to use that thing.

I use an iron-on adhesive to make the letters out of my fabric I want to use.

You just iron the fabric onto the side without the silky paper on it.

After you have done that, you turn the fabric over with the silky paper side up.

Then trace the cutout letters onto the silky paper with a fabric marker.  Make sure when you trace the letters, you trace them backward.  That way when you cut out your fabric, they will be going the right way onto the outside of the pillow.

You then just peel the sticky paper off the back of the letters and you are left with the glue side, if you will.

Since I wanted to make sure my letters were centered on the front of my pillow, I folded it in half and make an iron mark.  I then folded it in half the other way and made another iron mark.  This gives me a center point to lay out my letters.

I then positioned my letters and numbers and pressed them down.

You need to just hold the iron on each of the letters for about 15 seconds making sure they all adhere to the material.

This is how the finished product looks.

I love the new pillows in my bedroom.

Thanks so much for checking out my tutorial.  Do you sew your own pillows?


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A decorative pillow

We are currently redoing one of our bedrooms. We call it “Bedroom C” because it was originally our daughter’s bedroom when we first bought the house. Then when our oldest son went off to college, Victoria decided she had to have his bedroom. So she abandoned her original bedroom to move into one on the other side of the house. We put our oldest son’s furniture into this now empty bedroom. He decided college wasn’t his thing so he came back home and has been in the pink and purple bedroom ever since.
Last week he left for Florida with his National Guard unit for 10 days. Before he left, he cleaned up his room. I had told him I couldn’t and wouldn’t repaint if I couldn’t get through the door. I guess he got the hint so we have been giving the room a makeover while he is gone.
When he eventually moves out, which he plans on doing the first of the year, this bedroom will become my husband’s office.
The pink and purple walls are finally gone.

I had just applied a 2nd coat right before taking these pictures which is making the walls look really yellow. They aren’t this yellow, they are more green.
I’m also painting some shelves that will go in the room. I had picked out some fabric as my inspiration for the colors and wanted to do something to add some of those touches.
I decided that I could make some decorative pillows to hang on the pegs of the shelves that will go on the walls.
I first started by laying out, measuring and cutting my fabric.
I then pinned and sewed 3 of the sides and half of the last side.
I also added the ribbon to hang it. The ribbon is inside of these 2 outside pieces so that when I turn the pillow right side out, the ribbon will be on the outside.
It’s all sewed except a little opening to put the batting. Kinda looks like a little purse or bag.

I then stuff it with the batting. I didn’t stuff it too full, it’s just for decoration.

I then pinned up the opening and will close it with my machine. I know it would look better if I hand sewed it, but I just can’t do it. I’ve tried on several pillows and it just doesn’t work right or look good for me. It’s just faster for me to put it in the machine and stitch it up.
So, mother, if you are reading this, you need to come sew all the openings in my pillows for me. 🙂

And this is what I ended up with.
That bulletin board used to be in my son’s room and it looks like he used to take out his frustration on it. I painted it black hoping it would make it look a little better but no such luck. Just focus on the pillow, k?

This is one of the shelves that I’ve painted. I’m hoping to hang them on the walls tomorrow.
And a big thank you to my lovely daughter for acting as my wall for you all to see.

I’m so excited for this room to be complete. I’ll post lots of pictures when it’s finished.
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