How to Decorate a Bedroom in a Week: The Projects

{I know you guys are going to hate me, but there are no after pictures in this post. Sorry! There are just too many projects and pictures here. Next post. Promise.}

While Ali and I were shopping for fabric and accessories, my mom tiled the floor with this beautiful black marble. There are lots of great tutorials online for how to tile your own floor. My mom is awesome and fast. This was the last bathroom in their house to redo, so my parents had already invested in a tile cutter and the other necessities, but it is easy to rent a tile cutter from Home Depot or Lowes. We used black grout and 1/8" spacers.


By the time we got back from shopping, the grout had dried and it was time to get going on the other projects of the room.

First up: the walls.

To save time, I always roll first and get as close to the edge as I can with the roller. Then I cut in with a two-inch angled brush after the rolled portion is dry. Repeat as needed. I rarely use painters tape. Just a steady hand and a wet rag to clean up and mistakes.


The walls in the bedroom were painted RL's Montauk Driftwood and the bathroom walls were painted Hopsack. We softened the color of the Hopsack by about half with the addition of white paint. The result is a pretty oatmeal color that was better suited for the bathroom space and looked better next to the new pale blue wall color.


While the walls were drying, we painted the furniture.


When I don't use spray paint, I almost always roll on the paint with a foam mini-roller, let that first coat dry and then come back with a brush for all the grooves.


We used Ralph Lauren's Smoked Glass on the bed and Hopsack (no white added here) on the night stands. The curtain rods were spray painted Heirloom White.


The antique-glazed white console table was painted Martha's "Yellow Magnolia".


I just used a $3 sample pot of paint for this project.


The hope chest got some decorative molding and two coats of a slate blue color we mixed with paints we had lying around to save cash.



The top of the hope chest was reupholstered with the floral fabric.


These little decorative tins were spray painted Heirloom white. We got them on major clearance from Home Goods.


Moving on to some of the more involved projects...


Ali picked up this book in the clearance section of her local library for just a few dollars. We had 400 beautiful botanical plates of gorgeous wildflowers to choose from for framing.


These frames from Michaels are so great and I've been using them in lots of projects lately. They come in two-packs for $7.


You can use them without mats, but I decided to use these mats, also from Michael's, for about $2.50 each.


We measured and mapped out the gallery wall.


And you'll just have to wait to see the afters! ;) but here's a sneak:


Remember the giant round mirror from Home Goods? I sanded off the scratches and rough spots.


Then I brainstormed ways to evenly space out these little wooden floral appliques. At first I was just going to find the center point and then draw some straight lines on the mirror with a dry erase marker for registration marks.


Then my dad reminded me about geometry! (who says you never use math in real life?!) It was surprisingly easy to figure out how far to space out the appliques once we determined the circumference of the frame.


I glued each piece down, let the wood glue dry and then put on the first coat of paint (Martha's "River Mist"). I wasn't too worried about the paint getting on the mirror because paint cleans off mirrors so easily with a little windex. Any tougher spots clean up very fast with the help of a razor blade, so no tricky painters tape needed.


My mom was a busy little seamstress while we painted. She turned the 18 yards of Barbara Barry Poetical linen into six beautiful panels. We wanted the panels black-out lined, but that lining can be expensive with so many yards needed, so we used $10 canvas drop cloths from Home Depot for the lining.



Also to save on cost, we decided to forgo curtain rings. Mom sewed in a panel with evenly spaced slits for the curtain rod to weave in and out of.



The result is actually really similar to the drape of a pinch pleat (as you'll see tomorrow in the 'after' photos), but does not require rings and hooks and also takes a lot less time to sew than pleats do.


My favorite project from the room redo was inspired by the mirror-on-mirror image I posted about a few weeks ago. Tricia Huntley, who was the interior designer behind the layered mirror image, emailed me after my post and shared her strategy for hanging her mirror on a mirror. Basically, she used a lot of planning, foresight and a contractor. We really didn't have any of these things, so we just made do.

So I decided to look for a very lightweight mirror. I knew this mirror from IKEA would be perfect. It was light and is sort of reminiscent of a Venetian mirror, but more modern.


Here's where my secret weapon came to the rescue. Have I ever shared here how much I love 3M Picture Hanging Strips? They are amazing. No holes required and each strip holds up to 10 pounds.


We used six strips on each mirror just to ensure a strong hold.


Measure twice, stick once!


The result is amazing. You'll love the photos tomorrow!


Once all the major projects we done, we brought all the accessories in and started unpacking. It looked like Christmas morning aftermath. Such a mess!


See you back here tomorrow morning for the after photos!

84 comments:

Toria said...

Jennica I love your stuff- you amaze me. You have me almost as excited about the after pictures as I am for Christmas morning- and it's not even my room!
Congrats.

oh and so funny, I was looking at an old post of yours about upholstery and saw that I left you a comment under John C (accidently logged in for hubby) and you commented back something like "John C, I'd be happy to help if I knew who you were etc etc).
Anyway- that was me.
I still haven't attempted re-upholstery, but when I do, I know where to find you.

Katherine said...

Jenny, this post is exhausting! I can't believe all you accomplished. Very inspiring.

Fran said...

Truly amazing and you are truly gifted! And, your mom laying down tile and whipping out panels! Incredible. Your posts are sooooo resourceful - I just got so many wonderful ideas from this post alone that I plan on using. I can't wait to see the after pics - the colors look beautiful! Thank you!

Southern Exposure said...

I love the color you painted the bed. I dream of doing this at my sister's house one day - a whole room in a week! I can't wait to see the final result!

LAKEITHA said...

And just like Christmas morning, I can't wait for tomorrow to get here! I'm so anxious to see the afters!!!

Acanthus and Acorn said...

You are one talented family!!! I loved that you showed so many details that we often forget are so helpful. I have one drawer dedicated to 3M...during x-mas decorating they are my secret weapon! The frames I discovered a year or so ago and used in a tight grid for my son's room...was so inspired to see them used in such a beautiful and more feminine way.

E.B. Finds said...

Love seeing your process!

Dianne said...

Oh my gosh I'm dying to see the result!

FlowerLady said...

What a fantastic project! Very inspiring and I look forward to seeing the end result.

FlowerLady

Dawn said...

Holy wow, I'm going to have to bookmark this one to read over and over just to let it all sink in!! Every single little project completely fascinating! Can't wait to see the reveal!

Lorelei said...

You are so inspiring. As much as I would love for contractors and designers to come in and tackle my house, that is just not possible. Every time I see your posts, I am encouraged to try more on my own. You are not only incredibly talented, you are a fantastic teacher.

Elizabeth said...

This quick transformation has been so inspiring. Do you like the way the Martha paint goes on? I'm thinking about it for my next project.

paula said...

Ha you should read my friday post. My frame is just under 10 pounds so maybe if I used a couple of packs? Love how the bed has a whole new life and that yellow could not be anymore perfect.

Dreams of Perfection said...

WOW, what a difference from what we can see already. And the curtains alone look like such an easy DIY! Mirror on mirror is always a hot trend. i'm sure the outcome is going to be very pretty.

Adrianna

michelle from Six in the City said...

AMAZING! Can't wait to see the pictures tomorrow!

La Maison Fou said...

Look forward to the end result, will tune in tomorrow!
Thanks for sharing this with us!
L.

Jeze said...

I'm on Spring Break this week, and you've just provided more than enough inspiration for me to stay busy all week! Can't wait to see the final product.

Paddywack Designs said...

Wow, I'm loving it. SO FABULOUS! Just wondering, if you've used the sample colors for projects before... how as it held up? I've been told it's not the same quality as the regular paint, so it's made me nervous to try it on projects...

Pam @ bibbidi-bobbidi-beautiful said...

I can't wait to see everything tomorrow! Thanks for the layered mirror info- I've been intending to do something similar in my master bath for a while. Ikea, here I come!

Decor I Adore said...

Oh I can't wait to see the reveal! I'm curious about the yellow lamps. I purchased some black ones that look just like them for my bedroom.
http://decoriadore.blogspot.com/2010/03/bedroom-reveal-part-one.html

I'll be checking back tomorrow :)

pve design said...

I think your parents deserve so much credit for instilling a DIY and a "can do" attitude in everything you touch! Wow, I am impressed!!
Looking forward to seeing the after!!
pve

lisa may terwilliger said...

hi - Love your site and design ideas! But I have to know - how do you keep your kids busy while you do all these amazing projects?!? Please share!

Mary Catherine Sears said...

Wow! I can't wait for the big reveal tomorrow! And, thank you very much for the "how to" layer mirror on mirror.

Tessa said...

I can't wait to see the afters. I'm sure it will look beautiful, like everything else you do. Please tell me how you get all this done with 3 little ones to tend to, including a newborn?! I would love to be this productive but between meal times, laundry and activities I don't have much spare time, and I only have 2 kiddos!! Very inspiring, indeed!!

julia said...

Can't wait for tomorrow! Enjoyed reading your post today.

Julia

Melissa said...

I am dying to see the final after photos!! Suspense is brutal. It looks like it will be amazing.

The Lunds said...

Just had to de-lurk to say thanks for the laugh! "Now, on to the more involved projects ..." - they all look involved to me! I can clearly see where you get your resourceful genes. Can't wait for the "afters" ...

MyLittleHappyPlace said...

Jenny:
Can we just call you Whirlwind?! I'm salivating with anticipation over "after" shots!

Isabella & Max Rooms said...

You have worked so fast on this project! Instant gratification! Looking forward to seeing the afters...Janell

Ashley said...

Wow, you guys have been busy. Can't work to see the final pictures!

Bailey @ peppermintbliss said...

Let me get this straight.
You did this. In a week.
I just don't even know where to begin.
Except, can I please get you in touch with my contractor? I think he needs some inspiration on time management skills!

tarheel said...

wow. too tired from all your work to say more!

hello gorgeous said...

No wonder you collapsed from exhaustion when you got home!

It's amazing what you accomplished in one week. I can't wait to see the finale.

Alexis said...

Enjoying and learning as I follow your posts on doing your mom's bedroom. It's giving me ideas for my own house and inspiring to see you can do it all on the cheap! Thanks and can't wait to see the afters!!

rikshaw design said...

holy cow! i am so excited to come back tomorrow!

Barbie said...

You seriously ROCK, Jenny. I feel empowered to do a ton of new things with my house for a lot less money than I would have thought otherwise. All the instructions are so so nice to have. Thanks for being great with the details!

It didn't look like you sanded or primed any of the pieces you painted. Am I right? Is that typical for you? Do you find things chip ever? I think the yellow table is my favorite so far. And the double mirror.

{Amanda} said...

awwww what a teaser! I can hardly wait to see the results =)

great ideas so far!

VictoriaArt said...

LOVE THAT!
You are fabulous in your creativity, I enjoy your low key - high result aproach to all your projects and you make it sound so easy, but I can see all the work involved! Can't wait to see it all come together tomorrow. But I can imagine already...
I hope you are feeling all better?
XX
Victoria

Amber said...

I love everything you did hear! Your a girl after my own heart! Ive been wanting to paint my big 4 poster bed black too... hmmmm

Amy said...

This is amazing! I've been reading your blog for a little while now and I'm so inspired to try things myself now!! Thank you for sharing your talents and knowledge!

Wendy @ The Shabby Nest said...

Amazing!!! I just love all of these projects, and can't wait to see the finished project. I'm especially interested to see how the drapes look....I love the idea of getting a pinch pleat look without the curtain rings!!

Can't wait!

Amnah said...

Oh my Goodness, I'm dying!! I can't wait to see the reveal! LOVE the idea of putting the mirror above the mirror. Make it work!

High-Heeled Foot in the door said...

Can't wait to see it all finished up!

I work in a similar manner. I love helping my family with design jobs. They totally trust me so I get to do what I want without getting approvals and normally I only have one week to do it in, which means a massive mess like the one you pictured when putting the room back together and at times tears from me due to exhaustion!

Anonymous said...

Love the curtain liner idea! Very smart!!!! Can't wait to see the after pics. I feel like I'm out of breath just reading the post!

For Every Bird a Nest said...

OMG! I want to be a part of your family! Can't wait to see the after pictures! loving the suspense :-)

MB said...

Everything looks amazing! I love the mirror! You my dear, are a genius! Well done!

Dagny @ Beautiful Living said...

Looks very promising! Can't wait to see the finished result!

(you should totally make a diy book! I would buy it for sure!!)

Noel said...

Wow! I'm loving it. The curtains are fantastic. What a creative treatment.
I can't wait to see more of the after pictures.

Design Darling said...

you're such a tease! i'm dying to see the fruits of your labor.

PS~Erin said...

Can't wait to see the complete after pics! It's looking to be quite a transformation!!

Question: Do you put a protective coat of anything over the painted furniture? Especially on the desk surface? Thanks!

Jessica said...

I am 100% doing the mirrors in my new bath!!! That is beautiful; thank you for the how-to. Can't wait to see the final pics.

Pink Wallpaper said...

you seriously shock me w/ you diy mojo.....can't wait for tomorrow!!

thestamfordwife said...

Oh my goodness, I can't wait to see the "after" photos of this space!!!

I have Poetical (in green) on order from Kravet for some window treatments in a kitchen. I excited to see how it looks in real life (well via the internet).

Teresa

Katy said...

I literally CANNOT wait to see all these projects come together!

Sarah said...

great post--I love all of the DIY! just a warning: I've had the 3M command hangers fall off of my wall after a few months (and I applied them as directed, with the alcohol and everything). Thankfully nothing was broken, although a frame (and my wall) were dinged. I'm just commenting because I'd hate to have something bad happen with that gorgeous mirror!

Jane said...

QUESTION-

Do you need to sand or put an undercoat on the bed before painting? Did it have a finish on it?

Thank you - it looks great so far - hope you are feeling a bit better.

Jack and Annie said...

This is going to be stunning! You guys work fast! I can't wait to see the end result!

Laura@JourneyChic said...

Clearly, this was no vacation for you! I'm absolutely amazed by how much you accomplished in such a short amount of time, and can't wait to see the after photos!

Jill said...

i'm in awe. you've got mad decorating skillz!

Anonymous said...

Before...DURING...After. The during shots have definitely made me curious. It's looking so cute in there. What a fun project.

jbhat

Jenna said...

Ack! I canNOT wait to see this room after! Love the mirror from Ikea and might just have to try that on our huge bathroom mirror. Lookin' good! You amaze me!

Kendra @ My First Kitchen said...

I am DYING to see the afters. For real, I just feel like I can make my home beautiful by coming here! You are so inspiring, and I'm stoked to see the afters. And that mirror on mirror thing is genius.

katiedid said...

Just a quick note to say "so glad to find you!" I heard about you through The Skirted Round Table today, and popped over to see your blog. It is wonderful and I realized you have a link to my blog. Thank you so much! I have gladly returned the favor. I will be back to visit!!

Joi said...

I am so excited for this! Thanks for sharing your processes!

Katie said...

Cannot wait to see the finished project!! You've been so creative and used great resources!

Megan Lee said...

I am loving EVERYTHING so far and can't wait to see the final pictures! Such suspense!!!

Shelly @littlemrsdoitall said...

EXCITING!!!! You girls were busy, busy, busy! Can't wait for the big reveal.

simply seleta said...

I cannot believe how excited I am to see the reveal....but even more excited about your innovative design skills. You are so talented! And you and your family make such an incredible team!

compulsively compiled said...

I can't wait to see it all together. Obviously it's going to be amazing.

Nancy@marcusdesign said...

Love your DIY layered mirror project! What a great idea. I too can't wait for your after picks! Great work :)

Karena said...

Jenny , when can you and Mom come over. I am astounded. I listened to Skirted Rountable and had to come and see the latest. Be back tomorrow. I worked on a painting while SRT was on and here I am It is 3:18 am!!

Stitchify said...

Can't wait for the Afters! You are freaking AMAZING

Heather said...

Oh my goodness! It looks absolutely amazing! I have been a follower for a long time now. You inspire me so much! I just LOVE your style. Thanks for sharing!!!

Alissa Nicolau said...

I love, loved these two posts. What lucky parents you have!

I could really use your services. We have a 1895 brick house in upstate NY and I am stumped with some of the rooms, namely, where and how to place furniture, etc. Help!

Anonymous said...

I love the bathroom idea of mirror on mirror. Can you go into greater detail on how to measure this out. Thanks

katina said...

Fantastic! You rock!

kermiefrg said...

wait...you did this in one weekend?!? You sure must have an energetic family! It looks amazing!

Jessie said...

Looooove the mirror-on-mirror! I'm thinking of doing that in my bathroom but I'm a renter. Will those 3M strips come off cleanly from the other mirror?

Anonymous said...

You are Amazing, what a bunch of great ideas and tricks!
Thanks for sharing

Giovanna said...

wow! this is so beautiful! what a great job you did and your parents are so lucky to have a daughter with such talent.

Joni said...

I really enjoyed the tutorials on different things such as the drapery panels and the bathroom mirrors. The after was really awesome too.

Thank you for sharing. My sister is about finished building her new bedroom and it has two walls with nothing but windows. We will need to do very inexpensive drapery for privacy and blocking out the sun and heat in the summertime.

sarah said...

Thanks for all the inspiration and tips! This inspired me to turn our master bedroom around from storage room to a beautiful room.

You can see pics on my blog
http://sarahnielsen.com/2010/08/our-master-bedroom/

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