Sunday, January 29, 2012

The Master Bedroom Reveal

I have an older brother, so I've always been relegated to the tiny bedroom.  This never bothered me because I didn't expect anything more than that.  It forced me to be organizationally creative.  That, or it was an excuse to let all of my stuffed animals take over the rest of the house.

I'm so sorry, Mom and Dad.
As a result, I felt -- and still do feel -- absolutely pampered having a large master bedroom.  I wasn't sure what I'd do with all the space!  The first night in our home, I leaped into the empty bedroom and performed a giddy and uncoordinated dance of jumping jacks, triple salchows, and cartwheels just because I could.  It was incredible knowing that I could prance around all I wanted without fearing about banging my knee or a Corgi into a dresser.

The Bedroom: Before Move In
The Bedroom: Before Move In
We took care of the problem of having a big room by buying some equally large grown up furniture.  Say what?  I felt ancient when we walked into Grand Home Furnishings with the intention to buy a king-sized bed (yeah, spoiled), mattress, two dressers, and maybe a nightstand.  Our college days of dumpster diving and finagling a discarded sheet of plywood and some old bookcases into a desk were officially over.  Bittersweet.  We ended up buying this bedroom set from Grand because we liked the color, its simplicity, and its price:


Afterward, we bought this Wamsutta 500 Damask duvet cover in Charcoal from Bed Bath and Beyond to go with it.  I thought the silver would go well with the nickel dresser handles, and didn't want to force Evan to live with a flowery bedspread.  


I painted our old apartment's bedroom with Olympic's "Teal Zeal," and adored it.  It was beautiful, bold, and was dark enough to make the room seem like a cave at night.  So, I painted our new bedroom the same color.  The previous homeowner had painted the walls and ceiling a light silver, so I kept the ceiling the same color, thinking that it'd be a great accent.


I also spray painted all of the electric outlet covers with Rustoleum's "Oil Rubbed Bronze."


Meanwhile, every bedroom and hallway in our house was blessed with one of these lovely brass flush-mount light fixtures:


Yeah.  It had to go.  We've always wanted a ceiling fan, so we bought a 44" Hunter Ridgefield New Bronze 5-minute Install Fan.  Five minutes, pshhhhh... it took Evan, my mom, and I more than an hour to install it.  Completely worth it.  Love the fan now.


And then... months passed.  I loved our bedroom, but there was still something missing.  It never quite felt finished.

I later thought, "why not install crown molding?" So we did.  Thanks to Evan and our good friend, Chandler, we now have crown molding (the tutorial and shenanigans that ensued will be written in another post).  But even after I puttied all of the nail holes, sealed the corners, and prettified the molding with three coats of white paint, something still seemed off.


That's when I realized that the molding blended into the ceiling.  They weren't noticeable at all. I figured that if we had spent the money and effort into installing beautiful crown molding, I was going to make sure that those darn things were going to pop.

So off I went to Lowe's.  I bought a gallon of Olympic's "Volcanic Ash" (I debated between that and "Dover Gray," and the cooler name won), as well as a pack of Valspar's silver paint crystals that I spotted in the paint aisle.


I had used these crystals before in my brother's first apartment, and loved them.  One of my decorating resolutions this year, too, was to find ways to add drama and character to ceilings, and I believed that these crystals would make it epic.

Therefore, I added the entire packet into the gallon of paint and mixed it thoroughly.


Which then resulted in a ceiling that looks like you're gazing into a night full of stars.

Wish I could've captured it better in a picture.  This's as best as I got!
As well as a master bedroom that looks something like this.













This bedroom has replaced the kitchen as my favorite room of the house.  It's my cozy little getaway.  It has also taught me to never fear bold and dark colors, to never leave ceilings out of the picture, and to always experiment with new concepts or materials.

I hope you like it, too!



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60 comments:

  1. i love that shade of blue! it's beautiful. your bedroom looks so classy now!

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    1. Thank you very much, Micki! I really appreciate the fact that you took the time to read and comment on my blog! You're very sweet.

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  2. Beautiful, elegant, and a great backdrop for your wonderful photos. I would never have thought to paint the ceiling dark, but this really works. Nice, nice, nice. I can see why you love the room.

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    1. Thank you, thank you! Not going to lie -- I was TERRIFIED when I first applied the gray paint on the ceiling. My immediate thought was, "what's wrong with me -- it's going to be TOO DARK!" Sometimes, though, you just have to take chances like that!

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  3. I LOVE this room. I have never tried the paint crystals, but might just have to do it now. I love a colored ceiling and I think yours truly is like gazing into the night sky...perfect for the bedroom! What a great project!

    Thank you so much for linking up to the challenge!
    Karah

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    1. Hi Karah! First of all, THANK YOU for co-hosting such a fabulous party! All of the entries are incredibly inspiring. And thanks for commenting! The paint crystals are my favorite part. I highly recommend them for any project!

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  4. We LOVE room make-overs, and you did a great job, it looks fantastic! Whitney

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    1. Thank you very much, Whitney! I greatly appreciate your kind words. I adore your blog, by the way.

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  5. Oh my gosh, that looks like a perfect ceiling to fall asleep under - it makes the room so cozy and it really does make the crown pop!

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    1. Thank you so much, Samantha! You are exactly right, and I couldn't be more happy with the result.

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  6. I love colorful ceilings (I don't have any white ones). Love the sparkles- bet you feel like jumping on the bed now! Thanks for joining our Impossibilities Challenge. Following!
    Kelly

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    1. Thank you, Kelly! After this, I don't think I'll ever have a white ceiling again. Thank you for co-hosting the Impossibilities Challenge! I loved looking at all of the entries.

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  7. Love that sparkly ceiling and bold color choices! It makes the white of the molding really pop!

    Thanks so much for joining our Impossibilities challenge!

    Linda
    itallstartedwithpaint@gmail.com

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    1. Linda, thank you so much for co-hosting the Impossibilities challenge! I've had such a great time looking through all of the posts. It's really amazing what you can accomplish once you put your mind to it!

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  8. looks great! love that color combo, it surely makes the crown pop! i wish i could talk the boyfriend into doing crown, but i got shot down! love me some corgis!

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    1. Thank you, thank you! I really appreciate it. Don't ever give up trying to convince your boyfriend to install crown molding... he'll have to give in eventually. :)

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  9. Your room is just gorgeous! I love the gray/teal combo... just beautiful. I love seeing all the Impossibilities coming to life! Feel free to check mine out as well!

    Megan @ ATC

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    1. Thank you so much, Megan! I just checked out your impossibility, and I absolutely ADORE that bench you reupholstered. I can't get over how pretty it is.

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  10. I’m sorry I’ve not visited your Impossibility Challenge post before now – this working lark does get in the way of real life !!!
    That bedroom is absolutely gorgeous - and I love the sparkly ceiling. The person who had our house before us stuck fluorescent stars on the bedroom ceiling- I like them, but your sparkles are even better.
    Congratulations on making your impossibility possible!

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    1. Thank you, thank you, thank you! Are you kidding? I'm just grateful for the fact that you took the time to read and comment on this post.

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  11. Kirsten,
    I love the bold colors you chose for your master bedroom makeover! The crown molding looks great and the ceiling treatment really makes it pop! Hard work definitely paid off!

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    1. Thank you so much, Jacque! I really enjoyed your most recent blog post about your mason jar lamp shades! How COOL are those!?

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  12. Oh, I absolutley love the idea of sparkly ceilings! (New follower.)

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    1. Thank you! They're fun, aren't they? I'm your newest follower, too!

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  13. This is adorable!! Hoping you can link this up at my turquoise lovin' party!! http://www.sweetlittlegals.com/2012/02/turquoise-lovin-25.html

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    1. Thank you Sarah! I'm all linked up and am your newest follower! :)

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  14. Wow this looks so awesome! I love the color for the walls!
    Stopping by from Crafty, Scrappy, Happy :-)

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    1. Thank you so much for both the sweet comment and hosting such a fabulous party!

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  15. Oh I LOVE what you did with the ceiling! Such a great idea! I had never thought of that & would be so scared of ruining my paint to just attempt it on my own. Nice work!

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    1. Thank you, thank you! Those crystals are SUPER easy. Give it a try! :D

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    1. Thank you so much, Kristen! It still makes me happy every time I gaze up at the ceiling.

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  17. The colors compliment each other! I love the dark color of the bedding with the brighter color of the walls. Good choices:)

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    1. Thank you for your sweet comment! I was terrified that the room was going to be too dark, but it's perfect. Thanks for stopping by!

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  18. Your bedroom looks amazing!!! I love the ceiling with the added sparkle. It surely makes the crown molding pop. Great job!!
    Ruth

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    1. Thank you, Ruth! You're too sweet. The ceiling and the crown molding is my favorite part!

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  19. What a great idea to use paint crystals. Your room looks fabulous. I'm going to have to paint my ceilings now.

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    1. Thank you, Theresa! I don't think I'll have a white ceiling ever again. :)

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  20. beautiful! I think I know what I'm doing now .
    Would love for you to stop over and link up at this weeks link party
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    1. Thank you, Brooke! I've linked up at your party -- thanks for introducing me to it! I'm your newest follower.

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  21. Hey thanks so much for linking up to the Naturally-Nifty Party! I love this! Great wall color choice...it goes GREAT with all of your other accents! I love your bed and bedding! It looks so nice and sleek! And I love the enlarged photos of yall together in your bedroom, that is so sweet!

    -Your newest follower

    www.natural-nester.blogspot.com

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    1. Thank you so much for hosting such a fabulous party, as well as your sweet comment! I really appreciate the positive support.

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  22. Ohhhh my goodness I LOVE your ceiling! I love everything but I really really love your ceiling! I adore the idea that it is sparkly too! So so cool!!!! :o)
    Jaime from crafty scrappy happy

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    1. Jaime, your three comments have made my day! Thank you so much for your sweet responses!

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  23. I just adore the wall color!! And you are very brave to paint the ceiling but the courage paid off...it looks beautiful!!

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    1. Thank you so much for popping by, Rachel! I really appreciate your sweet comment.

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  24. Super Job! Very crisp and contemporary.great job:) Deidre~ http://simplysimplisticated4.blogspot.com

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  25. I love the paint colors you chose- they look beautiful together, and it makes your room look so sophisticated to have the ceiling painted!

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  26. Beautiful wall color! and what a great ceiling.

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  27. Just gorgeous and I absolutely love your ceiling!

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  28. You did a great job! It looks so elegant and I just love how you have decorated using photos of the two of you. I am a new follower visiting from One Art Mama. Vicky from Mess For Less

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  29. Beautiful room! I love the idea of stars on the ceiling! Thank you for sharing your creativity at Potpourri Friday!

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  30. Beautiful! Featuring YOU today over on my blog! Thanks so much for sharing at {wow me} wednesday,

    Ginger @ gingersnapcrafts.com

    http://www.gingersnapcrafts.com/2012/03/take-look-at-you-my-favorites.html

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  31. beautiful, well done, applause, and still room to dance. xo

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  32. i LOVE your makeover what an awesome job you did! I never knew you could make your ceiling twinkle!!! Looks awesome! I want your furniture! Thanks for sharing this @ Candace Creations Scrappy Saturdays :)

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  33. Love your bedroom it looks just like my dream bedroom :)

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  34. WOW!! That blue is just gorgeous!! and I love that you painted the ceiling too! The colors go so well together! Great job!:)

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  35. Amazing transformation! i love the color!

    We are running a Before and After Link party to support Habitat for Humanity, with a chance to be featured on other big blogs and win gift cards. Would love if you entered! http://www.oneprojectcloser.com/2012-before-after-series/

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