When I moved into my house, it was a brand-spanking new builder-grade house. I loved the “new” part (everything worked!) but hated the builder-grade finishes…so started my quest to makeover every room in the house. One of the first rooms I did was the master bedroom…mostly because it didn’t require a lot of money to make it look a lot better.
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My inspiration for this room was a little hotel that I stayed at in Paris (similar to the picture above from betweennapsontheporch.net). The whole room was done in blue and white toile…walls, curtains, bedding, upholstery…everything! Since blue is my favorite color, and blue and white looks really good together, it is probably inevitable that I would fall in love with that room.
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Builder Grade Bedroom Makeover – Before
The “before” room was a typical builder-grade master bedroom…beige paint and carpet, no architectural interest, tall blank walls, and a popcorn ceiling. It does at least have 2 decent sized windows (even if they don’t have any moldings).
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Builder Grade Bedroom Makeover – After
While I loved the all-over toile in Paris, I thought it would be a bit much to live with every day, so I went with a mostly-toile look. I painted the room a periwinkle blue, and used toile for the curtains, the chaise, some accessories and the wallpaper panels. And of course, I had to do something with the ceiling…both because it was white and because it had popcorn on it. If you’ve read some of the other posts on our site, you know we like to do something with the ceiling.
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Step 1: Paint
In my opinion, the first step of any makeover is to paint. Nothing changes the look and feel of a room like changing the color of the walls and the ceiling.
First I spray painted all of the walls and the ceiling a periwinkle blue color. Since I had not moved the furniture in yet, this was by far the easiest and fastest way to get everything painted the same color.
Then I painted the ceiling with a gingham pattern in shades of blue. Note: If I was not using a paint sprayer, I would have done the ceiling first…that way any accidental drips on the wall get painted over when the wall is painted.
Step 2: Install moldings and wallpaper to create wall panels
I used small trim moldings to create “panels” on the wall. This is a very inexpensive way to add architectural interest to the room. (Stay tuned for our upcoming post on how to use molding to add architectural interest.)
Next I wallpapered the middle of the panels with toile wallpaper.
Step 3: Use a wrought-iron canopy bed frame
The wrought iron reminds me of all of the Juliette balconies we saw on Paris apartment buildings.
Blue and white striped sheets, a simple white duvet and a few toile throw pillows keep the bed comfortable but simple.
Step 4: Make curtains in toile
My mother made the window curtains out of toile. These are straight panels that pull all the way across the wall when they are closed. They also stretch all the way from the ceiling to the floor (my favorite way of installing curtains because it makes the room and windows look taller).
The curtains also draw your attention away from the fact that there aren’t any window moldings.
She also made the panels that hang on all corners of the canopy bed. These were made from very inexpensive toile sheer fabric (a bit of a pain to sew, but adds a romantic feel to the bed when finished).
Step 5: Add a comfortable place to sit
I love chaises! In my opinion, they are the most comfortable piece of furniture for reading or watching TV (or pretty much anything where you are sitting down). Unfortunately, it was a little too big for this space, so I ended up swapping it out for a smaller chair.
My cat was disappointed.
Above the chair is a black and white picture of Paris and a pretty mini-chandelier. This chandelier was supposed to be a hard-wired light fixture. Since I didn’t want to pay the money for an electrician (and I wasn’t sure I would always want to have a light in that location), I converted it to a plug-in.
Step 6: Install swing-arm lamps
I like to use swing-arm lamps on both sides of the bed. They give light at exactly the right spot, can be turned on and off easily from the bed and keep the bedside table open for books…my bedside table always seems to be piled with books! These ones have a shade that is the same color as the walls.
Step 6: Add some toile accessories
I added some toile vases and a blue-and-white garden stool, as well as some other accessories to finish the room off.
The Final Product
And here’s the final product…a very relaxing space that reminds me of Paris (one of my favorite cities) every time I go in it.
And it doesn’t feel at all like the builder-grade bedroom it started out as (below).
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