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Bedroom Makeover

Mar 17, 2018

Last summer, I was inspired to give our bedroom a makeover. Backstory on why we (ok, me – Rodger claims no responsibility!) originally painted our bedroom a spring green shade. When we moved from Denver, I planned to keep my original bedding set until it was worn out. So I painted the walls to match. Now bear in mind, when you choose paint colors, they may or may not look different on your walls depending on different lighting situations. The color I chose matched the bedding perfectly and was a pretty light shade of spring green when the natural light from the windows shown through. It changed drastically however, when the full sun beamed into the room. Then, as you will see, we suddenly had a garish shade of yellow/green going on! However, it didn’t look that bad normally and I decided to leave it and wait for the bedding to wear.

Which brings me to last summer, when the quilt was starting to shred at the edges from too many washings. I still would have probably pushed the project off a bit, considering it was a busy time of year, if I didn’t have a request for more of a lifestyle-type newborn session. You know the kind. A picture perfect, magazine worthy nursery with gorgeous decor, lots of clean, white natural light. And everything looks all fresh and new. Real life however, many of us don’t own spaces like that! So I had a grand idea (or so I thought!), to make over our bedroom to more of a trendy, upscale style like I had been wanting to do (binging on Fixer Upper tends to bring on the fever for projects like this!)
just in time for this newborn session.

So about 30 minutes after I had the thought (not quite, I can tend to be dramatic), I was tearing apart my bedroom and messaging a friend about redoing my furniture. Rodger came home that evening to a torn apart room with instructions to help haul the furniture out. He had no idea what was going on!! And less you think this kind of action caused huge marriage problems, it was cool. As long as I have a logical plan and am financially responsible, he kinda lets me do my thing 🙂 Works well, since I’m the opinionated one in our relationship!

Please pardon the quality of these “before” pictures. Quick snaps with the cellphone, ’cause I was in a hurry to get to the end of the project and almost forgot I wanted to remember what it looked like. So enjoy! I absolutely love before and after type of projects, especially when they dramatically change a room, like this one did. Give me all the light and airy rooms!! Neutral tones are my happy place these days, along with some random pops of color.

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And the lovely green room. The green painter’s tape made it look WAY worse!!

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Fresh coat of very light gray paint. What an immediate difference in how large the room felt afterwards!

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And the finished space. Light, bright and airy. Soothing pale gray walls, light gray carpet, white furniture, textured tones, some wood tones and metal accents. And greens. They just add life to a room. I left the dresser it’s natural color and just sprayed the knobs with black metal spray paint. Brianna Sensenig of BriLyn’s Treasures re-did the large dresser, mirror, bed, & nightstands. I asked her for only slight distressing on the edges and she did an AMAZING job! Brianna goes to my church and she does a wonderful job of refinishing furniture. I highly recommend her services!!

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And just ’cause you should see the sweetness we created in this space afterwards.

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So not only do we have the fun studio to shoot newborn sessions in, we also have this space. Or even a mix of both if you prefer 🙂

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