Thursday, July 18, 2013

Summer Spruce Up: Master Bedroom Before

Well, I'm already 2-1/2 weeks behind schedule on my second Summer Spruce Up series project. I wanted the whole month of July to redo things in the master bedroom next but with the Fourth of July holiday, traveling and family gatherings, I now only have half a month left. I was putting together my list of items to do using my project planning sheets (found here) and there really is no way I'm going to get everything done in that amount of time. So, I either reduce the amount of items on my list or my other projects get pushed into Fall. The latter is not what I was going for, but it just may have to be. So, here is where I'm at with the master bedroom. I don't hate it, I just want to make some improvements.

SPACE
The space itself is a good size, almost a perfect size, so no complaints there.
LIGHTING & WINDOWS
The biggest issue in the room is that it is dark. There is only one light in this room, not including the hallway, and it is so dim that I can barely tell what color I have on when I get dressed. We supplement with lamps for a little more light, but it still seems minimal. There are four windows, which you would think would give the room plenty of light, but three of those windows face a bank of trees 10 feet away and then the side of the neighbor's house. No offense to our nice neighbors, but we hardly open the blinds simply for privacy and even if we did, there isn't that much light that comes in because of the tall trees. This is definitely one of the biggest flaws in the design of the house (we didn't build it), not that there are many. On so many levels, it makes sense to have the 3-wide window unit facing the back yard where we would have a lovely, private and bright view. We've always tossed around the idea of moving the window, but it just doesn't make sense for us budget-wise. Plan B is to add recessed lighting and see if that does the trick.



COLOR
Too much brown. That's all I can say. I like brown, but not this much in a dark room. Brown quilt, brown chair, brown curtains, dark brown stained furniture, brown wood blinds, etc. It's just too dark and a little too matchy-matchy for me. The plan is to brighten the room and mix things up a bit with some lighter furniture, lighter curtains and window blinds, and bring in a little color. I'm also going to be painting all the trim and doors white.



DECOR
There are still a lot of items in the room that I like, they just aren't going to go with the new lighter look, so they will have to go. Others are just a bit cheesy and have to go. Did I ever mention that I am notorious for buying and displaying picture frames with NO pictures in them? I have to fix that habit.
Looks like I need to find a better mirror cleaner too. Yikes! Look at those streaks. All minor.

I have one long wall with too many items that sort of take up the space, but not in a good way. The plan here is to replace most of these items with one big piece of furniture that will give the room a bit more drama. At least that is what I am hoping for.

One of my biggest pet peeves is that as you look into the room you just see the back of the standing mirror and the back of the TV with all the cords hanging down. Our new furniture piece will take care of that too. 
THE RUNDOWN:
  1. Have recessed lighting installed so we can actually see.
  2. Paint all trim and doors white to eliminate the orangish-colored stain.
  3. Replace the stained wood window blinds.
  4. Make new, lighter-colored curtains.
  5. Change up decor to eliminate the matchy-matchy, too-much-brown look.
  6. Add new furniture piece to better fill the long wall, provide better function and to hide the TV cords.

Stay tuned for updates.




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