A Surprise Bedroom Makeover




Reclaiming Home Decorating had the pleasure of working on a surprise master bedroom makeover in October. Lisa wanted to surprise her husband with a new bedroom for his birthday. He was going to be away for two weeks and we had our chance. When we started, the bedroom felt empty and cold. It is a very large room and the furniture was not to scale. Lisa wanted the room to feel warm, cozy, and a special retreat for her and her husband. She wanted a rustic feel to the space, but the rest of her house showed that she also loves a space with a classic feel. We decided to mix the styles together and I love the end result. The styles complement and contrast so well. Here are some before and afters.


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The first thing we did was paint the back wall a dark charcoal. It visually brings the wall in towards the centre of the room, helping the room not feel so large. We moved the dresser to the other side of the room and added two larger nightstands. The nightstands are much more to scale for the size of the room. We used lamps they already had in the kids' playroom that were out of sync with that space.  The lamps are much more to scale and add a polish to the space. We also placed mirrors above the bed to bring the eye up. A barn beam bench at the foot of the bed also extends that side of the room into the rest of the space, making it feel cozy and warm, with just the right amount of furniture.

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We added pillows and new bedding. The layered blankets and pillows make the room so cozy! I didn't want to leave the room and I really wanted to climb into that bed.

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I found these amazing barn beams on Kijiji and I've made a few pieces out of them. I had two pieces left over and I made a bench for the end of the bed. I love the look and texture of the bench and adding the fur on top is just the icing on the cake.

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Even though we painted the back wall a dark colour, the room is very bright since we changed out the window coverings. The original curtains were dark and hung too low and narrow. They also were not blackout which is important living this far north. The new curtains have this amazing linen texture and let in so much light. We hung them high and wide. Lisa commented that the windows look huge.  The truth is that the windows are really big -- so big that in order to find blinds to fit it would have been expensive. More money than was in our budget. We found an alternative at IKEA. They black out the sun, cost a quarter of what custom blinds would have cost, and fit into the scheme of the room.


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Since we had balanced the bed side of the room with bigger nightstands, it meant we could move the dresser from beside the bed to by the bathroom. On it we put a gallery wall of family pictures. We used frames that Lisa already had.  

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This end of the room was empty except for dog beds and a TV that they rarely used. I triple-asked Lisa if her husband used the TV before we got rid of it. We moved the dresser to the wall beside the bathroom and added lighting and accessories to the top. We also added a handmade full-length mirror to the room, and a small sitting area. Not only do they fill the space without overwhelming it, but they also give a function to that part of the room. It is now a dressing area and a sitting area. The chair is super comfortable and has a great view out the window. It feels so inviting.

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Lisa already had a lot of amazing accessories that she owned. It was so fun going through her things and being able to fill in empty spots. Dotted throughout the space are special pictures. The chair was already owned, and it fit the space perfectly and it is very comfortable.

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I love all the things we added that were special to the couple. The wooden masks were bought on their honeymoon, and special pictures are dotted throughout. We had to wait over a week to see what Lisa's husband thought. He loved it and, I have to say, I was relieved. Lisa wanted it to be so special for him and I am glad it turned out well for them. She was such a wonderful person to work with and this was a special project.

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