Thursday, August 1, 2013

Grand * Bedroom Before and After

Well, this took a while....
We have been working on redecorating our son's bedroom, 
since he moved on to his own place in the city, 
only two years ago!

I showed you a Sneak Peek here.  

Things sometimes take a little longer than you plan for...
But the room is done now and ready for it's big debut. 
Bring on the guests!

These beds were in my Mother's house for many years.
You can read about that here.
She bought them at an estate sale and had them refinished.
I've always loved them.
I slept in them whenever I went to visit her 
and now they have a place of honor in my house.

I know some of you would suggest painting them 
but I like the dark, vintage wood and the constrast with the walls.
So here they are, in their vintage glory.

The walls are finally painted (long story, several colors later...) 
and the new drapes are hung.

I found these drapery rods that have details similar to the beds
and my friend, Mary, made the gorgeous new drapes.  
She makes each pleat by hand and they are so luxurious!
You may remember the gorgeous french pleated drapes Mary made for my living room... 
You can see them here.

Love these pleats!

The twig mirrors were inspired by this photo I lifted from Houzz:

I had the beds, and I just needed some round mirrors.  
I found these at Walter E. Smithe Furniture 

and they do the trick nicely.

I found the duvet covers on sale at Pottery Barn and snapped them up.
The colors are perfect for this end of the house. 

This bedroom shares a bathroom with our original guest room.
You can read about the guest room here 

I bought this wicker table at an estate sale right around the corner from us 

and I brought this chair in from the other guest room.

It makes a nice little nook for guests to use.

The map has always hung in this room,
 which had kind of a travel and adventure theme when my son was young.
We stained the frame a darker color to work with the "new" beds and dresser.
We used a General Finishes Gel Stain and were amazed at how easy it was to use. 
 I learned about Gel Stains from my friend Kim, over at County Line Road.
I'll show you how we did it soon, in another post.

I like to have some Chicago area information handy for our guests.  
This book features some of the amazing architecture in the city.

I bought the Early American dresser below at a resale shop 
because I couldn't resist the scallopy parts 
(Remember how much I love "Scallopy parts"?)

and the bead board 

and the little drawers 

and all of the storage, 
all for $75.00.  

Initially, I thought I would paint it, 
maybe try my hand at the chalk paint craze.
Then I decided, nah.  It works with the beds and the rest of the room.
I live in an old colonial house. That's Early American, right?

There was a time when Early American looked awful to me 
(and probably still does to many of you youngsters out there!) 
but I have come back around to liking it again.  
You'll see.  
It will be the next new thing.  
Right after we all tire of Mid Century Modern.

I still need to "style" the shelves but I am stumped.
Any ideas?
I would love some suggestions.

The new chandelier is from Ballard Designs

and it replaces this beauty....

Bye, Bye, Boob light!

Below is a before shot of the room, just as we started to paint.

I was sorry to see the hand painted mural go 

but at the suggestion of my smart friend Julie, 
I took lots of pictures of it and will have it framed for my son some day.

Again, the before:

And the after...

Another view, before:

And after:

It's very serene now. 

Just waiting for some guests....

Linking to:
Be Inspired at Common Ground
Feathered Nest Friday at French Country Cottage
Fabulously Creative Friday at Jennifer Rizzo
Tickled Pink at 504 Main
Furniture Feature Friday at Miss Mustard Seed
Wow Us Wednesdays at Savvy Southern Style
Treasure Hunt Thursday at From My Front Porch to Yours
Tutorials, Tips and Tidbits at Stone Gable
Wildly Original Link Party at I Gotta Create!
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  1. What a lovely transformation. The room really grew up. It has such a chic and elegant feel.

    And, my parents had that exact same dresser in there master. Brings back memories.

  2. I love those beds. The room came out just perfect!

  3. Everything looks great! Love all that you chose and I love the beds in their original state. I wouldn't have painted them either. Beautiful transformation!

  4. So glad you didn't paint the beds -- there's too much beautiful wood being painted these days, in my opinion. The whole room looks great. Sally

  5. So happy you didn't paint the beds! They are so gorgeous . . . A wonderful transformation to see. Great idea for the mural, a perfect framed gift for your son one day! . . . Love your style and taste Erin . . .

  6. A stellar transformation. All the little touches are perfect. Looks so inviting.

  7. That's just lovely. Serene is definitely the word. I think maybe some blue and white transferware jars on the little shelves might be nice. They would contrast nicely with the dark wood.

  8. Where do I begin?? Everything is gorgeous. Those beds are AMAZING, the colors of the linens are perfection, and those pleated curtains are beautiful. Great redo!!!

  9. This is a beautifully elegant room! Love the colors.

  10. I love your bunk guest room. I love dark wood against creamy whitish walls, and the blue makes it serene. The pineapple detail on them is so pretty, and they look too good to paint.

  11. Love it! The colors are so calming, your guest may never want to leave. I'm visiting from the 504 Main link party.

    Christy @ Creating a Beautiful Life

  12. That is a very pretty room! Some wood pieces need painting, but not those gorgeous beds. Love love the dark wood and details. I'm in my late 40's and have never taken to mid century modern but give me Colonial or Early American any day! Love the look whether it is antique or reproduction, and we have quite a few pieces in our home.

  13. Very pretty and restful looking room. Love the colors you chose!


  14. Lovely, I like that you left the beds unpainted, and I think I have a sister chair, love it too.

  15. I love what you did! It is calm and serene and cozy! What a great room you created.

  16. Perfect make-over.
    The curtains give it new elegance.

  17. Oh what a lovely room, I love the fabrics and colors and the new furniture is perfect. Very inviting and welcoming. I would love for you to link up to my Inspire Me party that is ongoing. Hugs, Marty

  18. Erin it looks amazing! Thanx for sharing your makeover at THT.

  19. Beautiful room, I love the twig mirrors! And I just have to say, I've never heard a light like that one called a boob light (lol) but now I'll never be able to call them anything else!! It gave me a good laugh :)

  20. The room is lovely! I like the beds as they are! I wouldn't have painted them either! I remember when Early American looked awful to me too! Everything is lovely, the room really grew up nicely!!

  21. Such beautiful beds. Don't ever touch those with paint. Your mom was right.

  22. Beautiful room! I love all the dark wood in the furniture and those beds are exquisite.

  23. That room is so pretty! I love that it is so beautiful and uncluttered.

  24. I saw this over on Savvy Southern Style and had to come over to read the rest of the story. So very, very beautiful and classy!

  25. This is just lovely! I'm with you on keeping the wood its original color. I also love that you snapped a pic of the decal. A nice treasure for later.

  26. What a beautiful yet cozy room - I just love the way you put it together! I found you via the Savvy Southern Style link party :)
    ~Katie @ Upcycled Treasures

  27. Wonderful room! You did a great job.
    I enjoyed your post a lot.
    Besos from Argentina, Silvina


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