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Moody Master Bedroom Makeover – The Reveal

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It’s finally here! The big reveal day for my One Room Challenge moody master bedroom reveal!

Of all the rooms I have done for the One Room Challenge, this one was definitely the least stressful. It didn’t have as much construction work as the other two rooms, which always seems to take way longer than I planned for. (You can find all of my One Room Challenge rooms HERE).

Having said that, this is the first room where I didn’t get it all completed, mostly due to factors out of my control. But let’s get to that later…

First a recap of how we got here.

The Master Bedroom Makeover “Before”

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The bedroom "before"
The bedroom “before”

I started with a room that wasn’t horrible.

Some of the major elements, like the bed and the area rug were keepers.

But it also had a lot of outdated furniture. Like these old side tables I got as wedding presents 25 years ago.  They hold a lot of “stuff” and are still in good shape (the tables lasted a lot longer than the marriage!) but aren’t my style any more.

And I really wanted the room to be a little more moody and dramatic.

Oh, and did I mention I didn’t want to spend a lot of money?

The Design Plan

So the plan was to paint the room black. I spent hours searching Pinterest and Instagram for pictures of inspirational bedrooms with black walls.

And then I went to pick my paint color.

I looked through all of my paint color decks (and I have a lot of them!) for the perfect black to use on the walls…and ended up with purple!

It goes with my area rug and new duvet cover perfectly. It’s just not what I originally had in my head.

And so my moody master bedroom design plan ended up looking like this. Isn’t that light fixture fabulous?

The Implementation

Given my budget constraints, I was planning on re-using my old furniture by just giving it a face-lift.

Which meant a lot of painting!

A big thank you to my mother for this, since she did most of it!

I think those old tables look much better in black.

Then there were the floors. This was the last room in the house that still had the carpet that came with the house…and it doesn’t any more! After removing the old carpet (and glue), and installing the floating floor (so easy!), this room was looking better already.

The Final Reveal

Now on to the part you’ve all been waiting for! The new look for my moody master bedroom makeover.

All sources are listed at the bottom.

The Bed

Since this is a bedroom, let’s start with the bed wall.

Can I just say? I LOVE the purple! It seems to change color depending on the light, which makes the room so much more interesting. I am so glad that I changed my mind at the last minute.

Other than the paint color, this part of the room hasn’t changed too much.

The new duvet was a jumping off point for the colors in the room. And I love the floral theme.

Then I hung some tall mirrors behind the bedside tables and added a few accessories.

I did find some fabulous gold metal wall art flowers that will be going up over the bed, but those didn’t arrive in time for the reveal (mostly because I didn’t order them soon enough).

The Window Wall

This artwork on the window wall was another perfect find for my moody master bedroom makeover.

It looks much better on this wall than the huge armoire I used to have there.

And shows off the curtains my mother made for me a couple of years ago.

The Reading Nook

The drama factor has definitely been added to the wall across from the bed. Really tall shelves in a room with high ceilings always makes a big impact.

I deconstructed the shelving unit that used to be on the side wall in the bedroom to make these.

Recognize those old side tables?

Even the settee looks more modern. It’s amazing how a coat of black paint can make almost anything look less out-dated. But to be completely honest, this isn’t the most comfortable seat in the house so I’m not sure how much actual reading will take place here. Maybe I should call it the pillow pile nook 🙂

The TV cover is the only thing that remained exactly the same on this wall.

I love the way the shelves look!

The Fireplace

One of the things I found when I put together my inspiration pictures is that almost all of the rooms had mantels in them.

It had not occurred to me that I might want a fireplace mantel in my bedroom. But apparently I did.

The mantel I bought was unfinished wood that ships in 3 pieces. My mother painted the legs white and the top black before I installed it (which was actually really easy to do).

Then I used a small brush to highlight the design on the front in gold.

And installed a small molding above it that acts as a frame for everything on top of the mantel.

A bunch of tall candle holders take the place of a fire.

It’s not an operational fireplace, but I love having a mantel to decorate. Especially since there is no TV above it!

It’s All In The Details

Sometimes the smallest things can make a big difference to the way a room feels. I think this is where you make a room yours.

I love the glass door knobs that you can see on the door (a present from my mother).

They make it feel like you’re walking into luxury every time you open the door. So much better than the cheap builder-grade knobs that were there before!

The palm tree candle holders* and panther figurine* were not on my list of accessories when I started out, but I ran across them in the store and fell in love!

Same goes for the peacock vase*. I couldn’t resist it either.

I always love adding live flowers, especially when they come straight from my garden like this peony.

So What’s Missing?

Did you notice what’s not in any of the pictures?

You guessed it…my fabulous light fixture! I had actually ordered it really early (it arrived before the challenge even started!) But after installing it, two of the lights wouldn’t come on. So it had to go back to the manufacturer and unfortunately, the replacement has not arrived yet.

So stay tuned for updated pictures! (You can join my email list if you want to get notified when they’re available).

Update: My light fixture and artwork finally arrived. Check out the final version of my master bedroom HERE.



That’s it for my moody master bedroom makeover.

Now I’m off to see how all of the other One Room Challenge rooms turned out. Be sure to check out the Featured Participants and the rest of the Guest Participants for a lot more room makeover madness!

Have comments or questions on my moody master bedroom makeover? Tell us in the section below.

This post was originally published on May 9, 2018 but was updated with new content on June 29, 2023.

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  1. Donna Woody says:

    I love this everything is just perfect!

    1. Wanda Simone says:

      Thanks, Donna! It’s still my favorite room, too 🙂

  2. Where did you buy the mantel? You just said it came unfinished in 3 pieces.

    1. Hi Amanda…there’s a link to the fireplace mantel under the Sources section in the post.

    2. Sallie Durette says:

      Hi Wanda. Wow. I love the glam and drama of your bedroom. May I take a couple of pictures and show you my disaster of a bedroom? We have a black wall that our landlords won’t let us paint over. I don’t know what to do with it.

      1. Wanda Simone says:

        Hi Sallie…sure, just reply to the email with the pictures. I’ll take a look at them and see if I can come up with anything 🙂

  3. Wanda this is BEAUTIFUL!!! Your aesthetic is so lovely and rich!!! (I love it!!!) And I’d love to take a nap in that luxurious bed right now!

    1. Thanks, Lidia! Nap time sounds like a good idea to me, too! I am enjoying my new bedroom 🙂

  4. Delia Gibbs says:

    Wow! Your room is so elegant and pretty. It looks like a very chic and expensive hotel 🙂

    1. Thanks, Delia! I was kind of hoping it would turn out like a nice hotel room 🙂 I am really happy with it!

  5. Hello, first time reading your blog and found this room to be such an expression of color and creativity! I really enjoyed it, thanks for sharing!

    1. Thanks, Jessica! Yes, color is my thing…you will probably never find a white wall in my house 🙂 I’m happy you like it, too!

  6. Wanda – I love how you combined all the textures to create a gorgeous, cohesive look! It’s bold, yet soft and cozy! Awesome job on this reveal!

    1. Thanks, Jen! I’m really happy with the way it turned out…and glad to be back in my own bedroom 🙂

    1. Thanks, Janie! I’m very happy with the way it turned out…now just waiting for my light fixture 🙂

    1. Thanks, Jennifer! I always like to mix in some old with the new 🙂

  7. This really is a moody bedroom! I love what you did with the old side tables ! Very creative!

    1. Thanks, Ashley! I think those side tables are my favorite part of the whole room 🙂

  8. Aunty Elaine says:

    Love it! DId a great job.

    1. Thanks, Aunt Elaine! I’m happy it’s done 🙂