From Beige to Toile – A Builder Grade Bedroom Makeover

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From Beige to Toile – A Builder Grade Bedroom Makeover

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.

Want to see the master bathroom for this room? Click here to see our post on How To Beautify a Boring Builder Grade Bathroom.

Click Next to see where I started, what I ended up with and all the steps I took in between for my builder grade bedroom makeover.

The Inspiration

Blue and white toile bedroom
Blue and white toile bedroom

via betweennapsontheporch.net

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.

Click Next to see what the room looked like when I started.

Builder Grade Bedroom Makeover – Before

Builder Grade Bedroom Before - From Beige to Toile - A Builder Grade Bedroom Makeover | www.fromh2h.com
Builder Grade Bedroom 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).

Click Next to see what the room looked like when I finished.

Builder Grade Bedroom Makeover – After

Mostly toile master bedroom - From Beige to Toile - A Builder Grade Bedroom Makeover | www.fromh2h.com
Mostly toile master bedroom

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.

Want to see more ceiling ideas? Click here to see our post on 7 Ways to Decorate the Ceiling – The Fifth Wall.

Click Next to see all of the steps I took to complete this builder grade bedroom makeover.

Step 1: Paint

Periwinkle Blue paint - From Beige to Toile - A Builder Grade Bedroom Makeover | www.fromh2h.com
Periwinkle Blue 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.

Gingham ceiling - From Beige to Toile - A Builder Grade Bedroom Makeover | www.fromh2h.com
Gingham ceiling

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.

Want to find out how to paint a gingham ceiling?  Click here to see our step-by-step instructions.

Step 2: Install moldings and wallpaper to create wall panels

Wallpaper in panels adds a traditional touch - From Beige to Toile - A Builder Grade Bedroom Makeover | www.fromh2h.com
Wallpaper in panels adds a traditional touch

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

Blue and white striped sheets with a white duvet and toile throw pillows - From Beige to Toile - A Builder Grade Bedroom Makeover | www.fromh2h.com
Blue and white striped sheets with a white duvet and toile throw pillows

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

Toile Master Bedroom Curtains - From Beige to Toile - A Builder Grade Bedroom Makeover | www.fromh2h.com
Toile Master Bedroom Curtains

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 hide the fact that there are no window moldings - From Beige to Toile - A Builder Grade Bedroom Makeover | www.fromh2h.com
The curtains hide the fact that there are no window moldings

The curtains also draw your attention away from the fact that there aren’t any window moldings.

Toile sheers are hung from the canopy bed - From Beige to Toile - A Builder Grade Bedroom Makeover | www.fromh2h.com
Toile sheers are hung from the canopy bed

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

The chaise makes a perfect place to sit and relax (and look out the window) - From Beige to Toile - A Builder Grade Bedroom Makeover | www.fromh2h.com
The chaise makes a perfect place to sit and relax (and look out the window)

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.

The Paris picture and mini chandelier finish the corner - From Beige to Toile - A Builder Grade Bedroom Makeover | www.fromh2h.com
The Paris picture and mini chandelier finish the corner

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.

Want to know how to convert a hardwire fixture to a plug in pendant?  Click here to see our step-by-step instructions.

Step 6: Install swing-arm lamps

Swing arm lamps leave lots of room on the bedside table for books, an alarm clock, etc. From Beige to Toile - A Builder Grade Bedroom Makeover | www.fromh2h.com
Swing arm lamps leave lots of room on the bedside table for books, an alarm clock, etc.

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

Toile Accessories - From Beige to Toile - A Builder Grade Bedroom Makeover | www.fromh2h.com
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

The Finished Room - From Beige to Toile - A Builder Grade Bedroom Makeover | www.fromh2h.com
The Finished Room

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).

Builder Grade Bedroom Before - From Beige to Toile - A Builder Grade Bedroom Makeover | www.fromh2h.com
Builder Grade Bedroom Before

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3 Responses

  • Hello beautiful room. We both have very similar tastes. I wanted to do Blue Toile in my bedroom too, but I could never find a bedding set that I was pleased with..so I went with the red toile. Its pretty, but red not as soothing to sleep. I do have a question for you…I have blue toile with plaid in my living room…I consider it a relaxed Williamsburg style…not too traditional, but no ruffles either. I was so excited when I seen the sheers on your bed. I had been looking for them myself. Then I saw your mother made them. I sew too and have made the curtains in my living room. But I have French doors off of it that leads to a bedroom. I was wondering if you would share where you purchased the blue toile sheer fabric that you made them out of? I need to put curtains on the inside of the French doors and this fabric would be perfect. Your new bathroom looks fabulous too. So happy and appreciative of all your hard work.
    Thanks…Mary

    • Hi Mary…It does sound like we have similar taste 🙂 I actually got very lucky with the blue and white toile sheer fabric. I found it in the clearance bin at one of my local fabric stores (Kim’s fabric in Greer, SC) so I bought the whole roll…that probably won’t help you very much. I know that Waverly used to have a blue and white toile in sheers, but I’m not sure if they are still making it (you might be able to find it on eBay?)

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