before and after

before & after: bedroom makeover

by Kate Pruitt

It’s been so long since I’ve rearranged or repainted a room, and I must admit that seeing such a dramatic bedroom transformation is making me a bit jealous. I’m eager to shake things up a bit! I love what Tracey has done for her bedroom makeover, particularly the dip-dyed curtains and the crisply tailored look of the black and white closet doors. The “before” was by no means unpleasant, but Tracey has certainly given the room a freshness and elegance that was lacking before — all with a few well-chosen additions. Nice work, Tracey! — Kate

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Time: Two weekends

Cost: $600

Basic Steps: Right off the bat, I knew I wanted to brighten up the room and start over with a fresh color palette, so I started collecting images from my favorite blogs, shelter magazines, and Pinterest. I found myself drawn to rooms with a lot of white, small pops of black, corals, and a mix of both modern and vintage furniture and accessories. From there I just started slowly gathering the accessories, art, and window treatments that were in line with my inspiration photos and overall vision of the room. I also had two obstacles to tackle: the off-center window made furniture placement a challenge, and the old sliding closet doors needed some kind of treatment to bring them up to date. I corrected the ill-placed window by hanging the curtain rod off center to give the illusion that the window was bigger and more symmetrically placed. For the closet doors, I chose to go bold and paint them with black chalkboard paint and a crisp white border.

My advice is to start by collecting images of rooms you love and noting the overall similarities. You’ll begin to figure out what types of furniture you’re drawn to, colors you find appealing, and what your overall style is. Before you head out to the stores, I suggest you first shop your own home for items that can be reused or updated. Think outside of the box. Vintage bowls and candy dishes can be used for storing small plants and jewelry. Old books can be color coordinated and stacked for decoration on night stands and dressers. Wall art can be created with things you already have in your home such as photo booth strips, postcards, greeting cards, book covers, etc. Outdated furniture can be completely transformed with a coat of paint. Our dresser was given to us for free and was quite an eyesore when we received it, but a couple coats of navy paint and some new hardware transformed it into a beautiful piece for about $50. It may be tempting to go out and buy everything for the room all at once, but take your time to find items that you really love. Etsy is a great source for inexpensive artwork, and thrift stores and fleamarkets are good places to find inexpensive vintage accessories. Don’t be afraid to go bold. Just go for it! — Tracey

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