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Our Master Bedroom Refresh Plans

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Take a peek at the before pictures and plans for our master bedroom refresh! The design includes a moody, dark green shiplap wall, new geometric nightstands, DIY drop cloth curtains and more!


Ah! I’m so excited!! We’re starting a new room makeover on our master bedroom and it’s going to be FABULOUS.

It’s a relatively low-key one compared to our previous room makeovers, but I appreciate it even more because it’s our special space… ๐Ÿ˜‰

In today’s post I wanted to start the project by sharing with you the before pictures of the space and all the details regarding our design and plans for the room.

I hope you enjoy following along on our master bedroom refresh!

Moody & High-Contrast
Master Bedroom Refresh

The Before

When we moved into our home 3 years ago, we started our renovations by updating this room with paint, all new trim and a shiplap accent wall.

It’s honestly always been a lovely room, BUT, what I’ve found is that the more I paint dark colors and create high-contrast spaces in our home, the more I want them everywhere… Which ended up being the case in this room!

Funny story – Chris and I were talking about repainting our room this week and he made a comment about how most people paint once and leave it forever…

Well folks, I’ve discovered I’m not like most people! I thrive on change. I love an ongoing feeling of “newness” and the idea of routine makes me anxious. Thus, another room makeover! ๐Ÿ˜‰

Of course, our budget is very low for this project, so we’re shooting to do the entire thing for under $300. And I think we can do it!


Let’s start by taking a “before tour” and talking through the things I’d like to change with this master bedroom refresh project.

Beginning with the shiplap accent wall where our bed sits:

Please pardon the mess… We’ve never been very good about making our bed. ?โ€โ™€๏ธ I’m hoping a new duvet cover will help with that!

I love the headboard and wall-mounted reading lights from IKEA, so both of those will remain in the new design.

The ceiling fan was a DIY project from when we first moved in, I haven’t decided what I want to do with it. I may leave it, I may modify it, we’ll see. ๐Ÿ˜‰

The headboard was also a DIY, and as you can see, our daughter decided to pull one of the buttons off of it. Ugh. But, like I said, I love the headboard, so we’ll just repair the button and keep the bed frame and headboard as-is.

Here’s another view of the bed – I’m tired of these dark, boxy nightstands from IKEA, so we chose some new gold, geometric ones which I’m really excited about. I’m also totally over the bamboo tree, so that’s going away!

Don’t you agree that the white shiplap is kinda boring?! We need some depth in this space! ๐Ÿ˜‰

I love the cream dresser we got from my Grandma, so that’s definitely staying!

I’ve been contemplating making a new dog bed for Dahlia (or shepherd-lab mix) because she always sleeps at the foot of our bed and her current bed is super worn out.

We’ve thrown out the idea of a building her a dog bed that slides under our bed during the day so it’s out of the way – wouldn’t that be cool?! Any other ideas for making a dog bed pretty would be greatly appreciated!

And, of course, one of the biggest issues is (and always has been) my closet…

That’s right, Chris has his own closet in the hallway to the bathroom – this is just. my. stuff. ? AH! Please don’t judge! I’ve honestly never organized my closet in my entire life, so this is a whole new adventure for me.

We’ve been working on this part of the refresh this week, so if you’ve been watching my Instagram stories you’ve already gotten a sneak peek at its transformation. ๐Ÿ˜‰

All I know is I’m SO EXCITED to have it decluttered, organized and functional!


Ok, so let’s talk about the full design I’ve been dreaming up in my head.

The Inspiration

While I haven’t done a TON of looking around for inspiration (most of this design and been just ideas I’ve had put together) I did round up a few pictures to help you envision each element of the new space…

I love the dusty pink paired with the deep blue/green colors. I’m thinking about getting a quilt or throw in this color along with some pillows to bring this color into the room!

This one gives you an idea of how our grey headboard will look with the dark wall behind it. LOVE IT.

I love the ceiling fan and simple greenery in this one. Also, a bench at the end of our bed might be nice if we tucked the dog bed underneath!

This one gives you a feel for the headboard and side tables we’ll have!

The drop cloth curtains in this one are exactly how I intend on creating mine. I love how they look paired with the dark accent wall!

And of course, last but not least, I’m hoping for a closet that looks like this:

We’ve already chosen the paint colors for the room – we’re using Behr Thermal for our shiplap accent wall and Behr Swiss Coffee for the rest of the walls.

The Swiss coffee is left over from my in-laws’ living room, so no cost for that! Woot!

So, after seeing what I’ve got in mind in the way of style, let’s take a look at our goals for the space and how we plan to get there.

The Project


  • Add depth with a dark paint on the shiplap
  • Add brightness with white paint on all other walls
  • Add soft texture with drop cloth curtains
  • Add function by organizing my closet
  • Add the feeling of more space by getting open, airy nightstands
  • Add new style with a dusty pink duvet cover, new throw pillows and a hidden dog bed


With these goals in mind, here are all of our (as we like to call them) “mini-projects” to get this refresh completed!

  1. Paint dark accent wall
  2. Paint all other walls
  3. Declutter/organize my closet
  4. Make and install drop cloth curtains
  5. Make (or buy) dusty pink duvet cover
  6. Purchase throw pillows
  7. Install new night stands
  8. Fix the headboard button
  9. Build (or buy) the hidden dog bed
  10. Decide on and install decor!

Ten small tasks… no big deal! ๐Ÿ˜‰ And like I said, we’re doing our best to repurpose and reuse things we already have to keep the total cost for the refresh below $300.

I’m hoping to share an update every week or so, so stay tuned for more on this project in the next month! Also, be sure to follow along on Instagram Stories where I’m sharing real-time updates on the project. ๐Ÿ™‚

What do you think of the design?! Let me know in the comments!




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