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This room (above) looks so light and airy, but it wasn’t always that way! See, when we bought our house, the previous owners had painted this room beige, but with an awful peachy undertone. Add in our super dark furniture, cords showing and a dated fan and you pretty much have a cave. Not light and definitely not airy. Not my style at all.
I had wanted to do something about it for a year or so before I actually worked up the courage to take it on! I had grabbed this gorgeous bedding set from Target, but it didn’t make the full impact that I had in mind. I really wanted a new light fixture and a shiplap feature wall, but neither of those were in our budget.
After much hunting around, I resorted to some DIY goodness! First, I painted the wall with a semi-gloss white that matches our trim. Next, I measured out “planks” and used a level to draw lines of varying thicknesses on the wall. You guys, I did this with a Sharpie! And you know what? No one who has walked into that room has ever noticed that it isn’t real shiplap until I point out to them that its faux! Maybe I need to do a tutorial on this… (I had the supplies on hand. So this gorgeous shiplap feature wall was FREE!)
This was the night I finished the walls. I painted the rest of the room a beautiful icy blue color. We also replaced the globes on that dated fan and spray painted the body and blades with oil rubbed bronze! Total, we spent about $20 to fully update that ugly fan and it makes a huge impact on the feel of the room!
My next logical step, of course, was a Hobby Lobby binge! So much farmhouse goodness!
I forgot to take a picture, but that ugly black nightstand from the before pictures got a facelift with some white chalk paint and new hardware. You will see below, it adds so much to the room now! A sweet friend of mine hand-made me that basket which makes it even more special!
Now that everything else in the room is bright and sunny, I don’t mind the contrast of the dark furniture!
Sometimes when you are making over a space, you just have to test the placement of your decor. I tried out these wooden boxes filled with greenery here, but ultimately they did not stay.
This little cubby area got a facelift too! I did another “sharpie-lap” wall here. We replaced some old “bachelor” looking shelves with gorgeous stained wood and corbels. The cabinet was a dark wood color, so it got a simple chalk paint overhaul as well!
I found this cute sign and knew I had to have it. I spent several years obsessed with the show Parenthood, and this sign gave me warm and fuzzies thinking about it. It is perfect for the space! And while we are looking at it, note the pretty wooden curtain rods! Michael helped me turn my vision into life by notching out corbels and mounting them for me. I love the way it turned out!
Here’s where those guys wound up! Someday I will go through and paint or switch out all of the mismatched/brass hardware in this house…
The very last, and one of the most impactful things I did was to stain those orange wooden doors a rich, dark brown to match the furniture. It took them from cheap to high-end and makes a statement in the room!