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Renee’s Bedroom Redo: Reveal

Have we kept you in suspense long enough? Scott should be proud – most of the time I’m just dying to spill the beans. (His birthday is always impossible for me). In this case, however, I’d like to think it was worth the wait.

As you may remember, Miss Renee put an awful lot of faith in us. Again. Not only did we makeover her sunny, charming living room last Fall, but she asked us for round two, and this time, it was her bedroom. Her peaceful sanctuary. Because she works from home, it seemed only necessary to have at least one room to escape from her daily grind. And we’ve been stringing you along for weeks.

You know how it goes. What fun would all this suspense be without a little before action? Let’s take one more trip back to step one. Here’s the room before, and you’ll find all the details on where we started and how far we’ve come in Parts 1, 2, and 3.

Sure, the 9’x11′ space was functional (2 dressers and all), but it was just that. Functional. Eh, it was nothing a few fresh coats of paint couldn’t save. Well, that, and a little elbow grease from the three of us. Throw in some new (and by new, I mean new to us) furniture finds and fresh bed linens, and you could say we got a room that was whipped right into tip-top shape:

Olympic’s barely-there-pink paint, Diana, gave us a flirty feel, while the floor to ceiling curtains (doubled up on curtain tracks), added the perfect amount of drama and that oh-so-romantic touch. We love how the blue plays off those blushing walls, yet adds the perfect balance of masculine versus feminine. And by going the extra mile and painting the trim white, we gave those walls the pop it deserves.

And that painting (or diptych, as us artsy folk like to say). I mean, wow. When Renee told us she’d love nothing more than to hang this work in her room, she couldn’t pick our jaws up off the floor fast enough. And not only is it gorgeous, but we think it sweetens the deal to know that the model is the artist’s wife, Marcia. Created by John Leben, the canvas duo you see over her bed originates from 1973. Vintage. We like that. (For more eye candy, you can see John’s current work right here, which includes a slew of scenic digital paintings).

But back to those new-to-us furniture finds. Renee found these end tables at a local antique store and scooped ’em up. And to be totally honest with you, I wasn’t completely sold on them, whereas Scott loved the clean lines and mid-century feel. Now, don’t get me wrong. I love a good mid-century piece as much as the fellow enthusiast. But it was missing something. So after a few sprays of Design Master’s Robin’s Egg on one and a quick roll of Olympic’s Diana on the other, we got some serious anchors on that bed frame. It was a wonder we didn’t sneak them out for ourselves. I’m thinking she may have noticed.

Remember that missing closet door? After a fun night of good tunes, cold drinks, and – oh yeah, closet reorganizing – we left Renee without a much needed privacy screen for those tops and tees. Some leftover track from the window (in place of that bulky door) did the trick, and we clipped a clean, white panel in it’s place.

Of course, there’s much to be said in the details. From the pop of blue on the end table to those delicate glass lamps (from Ikea, no less), we hope that Renee finds unexpected, thoughtful touches surrounding her. A fresh vase of flowers and punchy pillow add that extra oomph.

And there you have it. We like to think we took that room by the proverbial throat and turned a bare-bones-cream-box to a playful-yet-chic-and-sometimes-romantic-haven. And lucky us, we’ve received confirmation from Miss Renee that her first night was nothing short of bliss. So now that we have one happy friend, we’d love to know your thoughts. Are you feelin’ the pink? And how ’bout that hidden blue drawer? C’mon, let’s hear it.

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  • jodi5.26.10 - 9:07 AM

    great job! her space looks absolutely fantastic!!ReplyCancel

  • Susan @ Jubilee Furniture5.26.10 - 9:56 AM

    So Kim – you painted the fronts of the drawers of the two nightstands, right? I love ’em. LOVE the blue. Love that it doesn’t match the drapes. You turned okay into fantastic. I also LOVE the artwork. Very cool. Actually I love everything about the whole room! Well done!ReplyCancel

    • Kim5.26.10 - 10:47 AM

      Susan, you’d be right. We painted just the front of each drawer on those nightstands. Originally, the whole stand was the same wood tone.

      Thanks, everyone!ReplyCancel

  • Danielle5.26.10 - 10:29 AM

    Great job guys! Those paintings over the bed are to die for! And the night stands are adorable!ReplyCancel

  • micah5.26.10 - 10:43 AM

    Gorgeous! Love the art above the bed!ReplyCancel

  • Kim5.26.10 - 11:18 AM

    Love it! You guys have a ton of talent! I even like the way you made the bed…folding the sheet over the duvet somehow makes the bed seem more inviting to me. Nice job!ReplyCancel

  • Amanda5.26.10 - 5:38 PM

    I love it! That artwork is soooooo cool. I want to step on that rug. I want to take a nap with that blue blanket. The door and trim are gorgeous too. But my favorite might be the mismatched nightstands. Loooooove it.ReplyCancel

  • Carrie5.26.10 - 10:18 PM

    I love love love those side tables!ReplyCancel

  • Tina B5.27.10 - 8:18 AM

    The blue drawer is what caught my eye first, and I love it!! I love how the room seems to just “go” yet there is plenty to look at and discover. Removing the curtain door and adding the panel with the hook to draw it back…..love love love!ReplyCancel

  • Kim5.27.10 - 12:58 PM

    Thank you, everyone! We really appreciate all the kind comments!ReplyCancel

  • Kelly5.27.10 - 4:22 PM

    Great job!! LOVE the pink color :) So romantic!ReplyCancel

  • jill5.27.10 - 7:42 PM

    so pretty! my favorite part is definitely the painting and then the playfulness of the bright blue drawer face. did you get that shag rug at lowes? it looks like the same one we have in our bedroom. anyways, this is super cozy and clean and makes me want to go to bed right now. eric and i are going to get our bedroom done this summer, no ifs, ands, buts about it! we’ve got everything we need too (well, besides buying the paint and maybe some new drawer pulls for the soon to be yellow dresser!).ReplyCancel

    • Kim5.27.10 - 10:10 PM

      Hey Jill, I can’t WAIT to see your bedroom made over! You’ll love feeling like you have a whole new room in your home – which is already adorable!

      To answer your question, that shag rug is from Ikea. We found several throughout the day (at all different stores and price points), but this one really fit the budget and was the most aesthetically pleasing.ReplyCancel

  • jill5.28.10 - 11:58 AM

    well damn, ikea wasn’t even around here when we got our rug and now upon further investigation of the rug online, it’s even new to ikea. nice to know there’s a litte bit of a cheaper option when ours craps out (have had it for 3 years now).ReplyCancel

  • Jane @ The Borrowed Abode6.3.10 - 4:24 PM

    Ohmygosh, I am totally drooling over those two-tone mid-century end tables.

    And I’m also lovin’ the kitty feet on your blog header. :)ReplyCancel

  • I love those nightstands and the art… it’s fantastic!ReplyCancel

  • Amanda9.4.10 - 9:39 PM

    Do I spy an IKEA bed frame? I really wish we had an IKEA here … so jealous. And also so jealous that I’m not allowed to paint my walls — that almost there pink swoons me with joy! I absolutely love it. Jealous. Ideas how to make a room cozy without paint? :)

    By the way Kim, I’ve been stalking your blog these past few days, reason for the random comments on older posts!ReplyCancel

    • Kim9.5.10 - 9:35 PM

      Hi Amanda,

      Maybe you’ll be a little relieved to know that the bed frame came from a local furniture store in Andersonville. Not sure if that helps with the jealousy, but can’t hurt, right?

      Even without paint, you can definitely mix in comfy textures and patterns to “cozy” the place up – such as oatmeal chenille throws and floral pillows mixed and matched with graphic stripes. Layering several types of textures (think crisp curtains with a cool cotton ottoman and nubby blanket) can really help make a room your own AND comfortable!

      Hope this helps!ReplyCancel

  • Amanda9.7.10 - 8:58 PM

    Thanks Kim! The bedroom is the one room I’m stuck on!ReplyCancel

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  • jee1.10.11 - 5:47 AM

    hi, can u tell me what kind of fabric u used for the drapes? linen? did you make them or did you buy it somewhere? surprisingly hard to find something like that.ReplyCancel

  • Kim1.10.11 - 8:40 AM

    Hi Jee, the curtains came from curtainworks.com – they have so many panels for half the price of most retail stores. Good luck!ReplyCancel

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