Monday, February 10, 2014

REVEAL - Middle Bedroom in Winter - Part 1

This small middle bedroom project began in July, 2013. I mistakenly imagined it would take a couple of weekends to paint the walls, a few pieces of furniture, and decorate it with my vintage thrift store finds. is February, 2014, and I can finally say it is as finished as any room in my home ever is. (I change things often.)

Below is the view from the front hallway doorway. 

After channeling Goldilocks for a few weeks, I decided a double bed fit this space much better than a queen. 
In the photo above, the only new purchases were the iron piece above the headboard ( a 50 percent off purchase at Hobby Lobby several years ago), two white lamp shades from Walmart for less than $10 each, the white cotton coverlet and dust ruffle, and a new set of white sheets. 

All the existing furniture was painted white. The two iron tables are barely big enough for a lamp, a clock and a drink, but I had them, and they fit. The lidded stool holds some vitamins and OTC meds, and other items I like to keep handy - nail clippers, lotion, etc. 

I played with "soft focus" above. Does the bed look even more cozy now? 

Much of what I used in this room is stuff I already had, and most of it was purchased at thrift stores, including the two dark green velvet Ralph Lauren pillow shams. The beautiful velvet patchwork throw was a gift from my friend Karen.

Here is the bedside table on the wall side of the bed:

I made the padded head board from a foot board I found by a dumpster, and covered with a new drop cloth. I don't love it, but I learned a lot, and plan to do another for the front bedroom. I will change out this head board before too long...I have a wooden one in the garage.

I had bought one of these lamps new at Walmart about 10 years ago, and found a mate at a thrift store a few years back. I have recently updated them with layers of greige and white paints.

Below is a detail of a wall shelf below the antique family portrait. The vintage books were a gift from a friend who visited England decades ago - Les Trois Mousquetaires - The Three Muskateers - written in French. 

Sitting on top of the books is an antique bronzed baby shoe found at a garage sale years ago. I love to keep it in close proximity to the painting, even though the little shoes in the painting have laces instead of buttons. 

WHO would get rid of a shoe like this? I think it cost a dollar.

The only window in the room has a new curtain - one panel of natural linen, and one sheer white panel. 

The linen curtain was originally from Target, but I bought it at a salvage store that gets new things from department stores for even cheaper. There was only one linen panel...but it only cost $14. The white sheer panel cost about $5 at Walmart.

This is my winter decor for the room, which is a mix of whites and mid-range to dark greens. 

I wanted to use some of my garden-ish things for this room, as well as bird and bee items. I may switch to lighter and more aqua things for summer...

The view above is of the foot of the bed, and the small closet (a la 1945 home), the door of which does not completely close due to a doorknob malfunction that is beyond my understanding, and not big enough an irritant to get me to hire someone to fix it. Besides, I like the old original door knobs and plates. and would hate to replace them.

The bookcase is one I purchased decades ago at a garage sale for 5 or 10 dollars - it lived for many years in my boys bedrooms. It has been painted many times and used in a variety of spaces as needed - it is a very flexible piece. 

Here are some close-ups of the vignettes on the shelves:

Top shelf: The lovely print is an old family piece, the cross is from Dollar Tree and everything else was purchased at thrift stores - the topiary was FREE from a thrift store because it was in a broken pot.

First shelf:

Thrift store items except for the vintage spectacles from a family member and the smaller frame from the dollar section at Michael's. Even the greenery balls are recent thrift store purchases. 

My sweet children...

The pedestal bowl above was empty until I found the greenery balls at a thrift store last week.

The middle shelf:

EVERYTHING is from a thrift store. I couldn't get a good photo of the bottom shelf, but it's not that amazing anyway.

Continuing around the room, you'll recognize a vignette you've seen before - a gallery wall, rustic chest and French chair. Everything on the gallery wall was purchased at a thrift store - much of it was painted white. 

This wall is between the left door to the front hallway, and the closet door on the right. 

The chair and chest were freebies. I do plan to make a cover for the seat cushion at some point - probably drop cloth. Extra bed linens live inside the chest, and a vintage suit case below it holds antique lace and linens.

In the vignette above, only the tall skinny bird house was purchased retail years ago. Every thing else guessed it...thrift store or garage sale. 

I will continue with part 2 next time...with the painted chest of drawers - finally!

Word for the Day:
Psalm 4:4
Be angry, and do not sin; ponder in your own hearts on your beds, and be silent. Selah

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Jen said...


Morgan said...

Great job! It turned out lovely.

Audrey said...

Revi ... Your rooms are beautiful ... love all your collections that are so beautifully displayed. Happy to see other people decorating with Thrift store treasures.

Audrey @ Timeless Treasures

Jeanette@Creating a Life Studio said...

Revi, there are so many great details in this room I'm still taking it in! I love the collected look of all the pieces and the darker green accents with the white bedding and accessories adds such a cozy feel. It all looks great!


nannykim said...

very inviting--I love the scroll type iron thingy above the bed and the night stand . Nice and homey

farmhouse-story said...

all your hard work really paid off--love the you made your headboard. that's a project i've never tried. beautiful, cozy room:)

Linda @ Itsy Bits And Pieces said...

This is lovely, restful and I love the pillow shams...

Mariaelena said...

It's so pretty..I'm such a fan of neutral decor…love all of the layering of texture you used. really nice!!…I'm in the process of doing our master over now with paint and fabrics…can't wait for the final result!
come visit….

Tea in the Library said...

Looks like a spread in a magazine. Everything works so well together. Think the little iron tables are perfect - they don't overwhelm. I change rooms around all the time - but this looks so good I don't know how anyone could improve it.

Alison Agnew said...

My favorite rooms are those with a mix of vintage and collected pieces. Your room is lovely! Would love for you to share at Fridays Unfolded!


Unknown said...

Your room looks lovely!!

Have a Daily Cup of Mrs. Olson said...

Revi, everything looks so fresh and clean. I love the French books and yes, who could get rid of that bronze shoe? Love the garden and bird themed items! Thanks for sharing with SYC.

Marin Smith said...

Really nice collection of bedroom furniture in one place. I never find to see this type of blog anywhere. You have very well elaborated this post regarding the information of furniture. The bedroom furniture is looking so comfortable and luxurious that anyone wants to buy it for their home to make beautiful with such type of beautiful bedroom furniture.