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Jun 22 / Dani

Bedroom Makeover

While my studio renovation happened in a relatively short 45 days, our bedroom makeover was more on the order of months. But that is ok, as I was taking my time developing my ideas of how I wanted the space to look.

For almost 2 years, this is what our bedroom looked like.

Blah. Boring. Plain.

I suppose it was good for putting us to sleep. Snore.

So, how to fix that?

Benjamin Moore ‘Caliente’, one of my favourite BM colours. It’s not what you think though – it did not go on all 4 walls.

As always, you can click for a larger photo. I am calling this room “masculine vintage”. I wanted something that looked cottage-y, but not country. Hopefully I pulled it off.

I thought I would show you some of the smaller details:

Over the bed are three oars that I got when a local historic hotel was emptied out (The Patrick Henry for anyone loca). This is my side of the bed, so I thought I would do a couple of pretty things over here. Flowers, a jadite bowl, and milk glass. All of which is sitting on one of the two unbelievable bedside tables that TJ built.

Aren’t these amazing? Solid cherry, built to match our Tom Seely dresser, finishing with oh so many layers of stain and shellack and many other things. The finishing took longer than the building did. Apparently it will continue to get richer and darker over the years. They have already darkened quite a bit in a few months.

On the other side of the room, I wanted to do some family photos, which is something I do not have anywhere else in the house.

Throughout the room I used some vintage games as accents.

Bingo, dominos, checkers and backgammon. I also made a pin board covered in fabric to display some of my antique skeleton keys (yeah estate sales!)

TJ and I made a ladder to hold some special quilts and blankets. We used some old railing spindles as the rungs and barn board pieces for the rails.

For the other corner, I found some amazing old reclaimed beams on craigslist. After a drive up to Covington and a quick run through the mitre saw, we have some aged beauty.

I took a cheap pine trunk that I had in university, painted it with some leftover wall paint, and then sanded it down to age it a bit.

I also found a really, um, unique chair on craigslist. I thought I had a picture of the before of that one, but I don’t. It was royal blue, really dirty, and dated. Now though, I think it suits the corner.

I recovered it in some mattress ticking to match the duvet cover.Ā (Speaking of the bedding – I am going to do another post about the quilt that I made, along with the bedding accessories.) I would like to make or buy a vintage crokinole board to hang on the wall over the chair. I used to play crokinole when I would visit my aunt and uncle – it’s a great game and the boards are gorgeous.

So what do you think? Did I achieve masculine vintage cottage?


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  1. Geri / Jun 22 2010

    Wow! That is amazing. You did a wonderful job.

  2. Pam@ / Jun 22 2010

    I think you nailed ‘masculine vintage cottage’. I love the games and the punch of red. Another gorgeous room by Dani! I wish I had an eye like yours.

  3. thea / Jun 22 2010

    Based on the few rooms I’ve seen, you can decorate my house anytime!

  4. Knitnana / Jun 22 2010

    WOW! Love the red! And yes, it’s a great mix of masculine and feminine touches with the country cabin feel…You did a great job!

  5. Lis / Jun 22 2010

    Dani! Please come up to Ottawa and decorate my house.

  6. missbedora / Jun 22 2010

    Looks gorgeous!!! I think you nailed “masculine vintage cottage” to a TEE!

  7. Sally / Jun 22 2010

    I think you got it! Gorgeous! but are you sleeping in there, or just staring at it all night?! šŸ™‚

  8. Robin / Jun 22 2010

    It looks GREAT! LOVE that color! I really like the photos and the BINGO and other games and pieces. Nice touches!

  9. Saggy / Jun 23 2010

    Lovely!! šŸ˜€

  10. Mom / Jun 29 2010

    A little late, but I love it! Really love the red, and the photos, and the quilt rack, and the games….and all of it!

  11. jackie / Jul 6 2010

    Wow! You have such a gift for decorating! I am really envious. My house is decorated in middle aged kid.

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