Budget Master Bedroom Makeover Reveal

I’m happy to report that my budget master bedroom makeover is finally complete!  This project was many months in the making, but we finally have a retreat that we can truly enjoy.
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The first thing we did in this room was to paint it a lighter color.  I was convinced that I would love the darker color that it originally was, but it made it feel too much like a cave, especially at night.
You may not be able to tell, but the room went from a milk chocolate brown to a much lighter custom mixed color from Sherwin Williams.  I know that some of you will ask about the color, but I really can’t tell you what it is.  It was in between two shades on a color swatch and then I had them tweak it some more.
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The next item to get checked off of my to-do list was to make new draperies.  I love buffalo check fabric and lucked up on some at a local fabric outlet for $3/yard!  I went nuts and bought 30 yards – anybody need some brown/cream buffalo check fabric?  I just happen to have plenty to spare.  😉

Anyway, I made these skirted, rod pocket drapery panels and added blue banding to them.
Master bedroom bed and drapery panels
I had to make two pairs of draperies – the ones above that frame the bed and another pair to frame the window in the seating area.  The draperies were a big job that I was glad to get checked off of my to-do list!
Drapery panels and box pleated table cover in the master bedroom sitting area
Next up was the bed.  I found a not-so-terribly-priced coverlet at Target.  Since this is a budget makeover, I gave a lot of thought to making my own bed cover of some kind. In the end though, I figured that by the time that I bought all of the fabric to make and line the bedspread and considered my time, I would have spent nearly as much for a diy version.
Now pillows – gotta have pillows!  I made the pillow shams and throw pillows myself.  I rarely buy a pillow, but I found the cute ruffled one for a good price and knew it was something I wouldn’t want to fool with making so it jumped into my hot little hands.  If you’re interested, you can click HERE for a full tutorial on how to make a pillow sham.
Pillow arrangement
There is a large wall on one side of the bed that I wanted to fill with some kind of artwork, but it needed to be on the cheap since this is a budget makeover.  I was able to make my own after purchasing some very inexpensive frames, a calendar, some wrapping paper and poster board.
Budget diy artwork
Budget diy artwork for a large wall
Our bedroom is located over the garage so it’s a rather large space.  Generously sized rooms typically are a good thing, but having a bedroom this large is really a bit of a waste for us.  This photo using the wide angle lens distorts it a bit, but it should give you a good feel for the size and shape of the room.  {And yes, we have the dreaded ceiling fan – a must in the South and for women of a certain age.}
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In spite of the large size of the room, there really wasn’t a great place to put our dresser, mirror and chest of drawers.  You would think that the logical place for the dresser was across from the foot of the bed, but it just looked lost on that big wall.  So both pieces of furniture wound up in the sitting area, which was the hardest part of the room for me to deal with.
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This is the part of the room that is the biggest waste of space for us.  We aren’t sitting room people – we don’t sit in our bedroom to read or watch tv – all we really need is a place to put on our socks and shoes.  But the space is there so I had to do something with it.  Fortunately, we already had all of the furniture that we needed to fill the space.
Master bedroom sitting area
The vivid blue of these hydrangeas really adds a nice pop of color to this little spot.
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I love being able to use family heirlooms around the house.  This silver tray was a 25th wedding anniversary gift to my parents many years ago.
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Over on my dresser, a mirrored tray is great for holding my jewelry.  The blue mercury glass bowls are really meant to be candle votives, but I use them to hold my watches and rings.
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Two chairs with recovered seats and a decorator table help to fill the space under the window.  The box pleated tableskirt that I made adds one more fabric element to the room.
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The banding detail that I added around the bottom is the same fabric as the banding on the draperies and helps to tie things together just a little more.
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A triple bookcase sitting across from the foot of the bed received a makeover too.  That’s my sweet Diva Dog shadow at the foot of the bed.
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The bookcases were blah and boring and in need of some minor repairs.
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The glass on the front creates quite a glare, so I’ve opened them so you can get a better look at the interior.
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  1. Wow, Suzy, your bedroom is huge! It’s more like a master suite! I love the colors you’ve chosen, and your decorative vignettes are beautiful.
    Thanks for sharing your lovely room. Hope you can stop by my blog for a visit. I’d love to see you again!
    ~ Wendi ~

  2. Teresa@oursoutherncountryhomeandfarm says:

    Oh how pretty! I love what you have done in here. Love that you have a sitting area, and I love your checked window treatments. You have done a fantastic job!

  3. Suzy its just beautiful. This is a huge space too. I love all your fabrics. I know you are pleased as punch with the results. Great job!

  4. Suzy, your bedrooom is awesome. I absolutely love the size. If you had a hotplate you would never have to leave.LL

    I followed you as the project progressed but it is so much fun to see it all together and get a better feel for the how the room flows. You professional skills are amazing. I love how you pulled all the colors around the room.
    Hugs, Ginger

  5. Just Beautiful GF!!…so calming and relaxing. And I love all your turquoise accent pieces. I need to finish up my master : (

  6. Your bedroom is beautiful!!! The before and after pics are very inspiring!!! Love your fabrics and color choices too. I will have to go read about the cleaner for the velvet pillow. I have a sofa that can not have water on it so cleaning has always been a BIG challenge!!! Enjoy your NEW room!!!! XO, Pinky

  7. Jo's This and That says:

    Love your textures and colors! Great job! Thanks for sharing your lovely bedroom,Joann

  8. Ramblings of a Southern Girl ~ Rhonda G says:

    Beautiful transformation! Love the serene blue accents! The vignettes are all so lovely!

  9. Hi Suzy! What a large and beautiful bedroom! I love the colors and your furniture is so pretty. Thank you for linking to the Open House party.

  10. Shirley@Housepitality Designs says:

    Suzy, great job on the transformation!..Love the colors!…I am following and looking forward to your posts and meeting you personally!!

  11. ✿ⒹⒺⒺ✿@ A Lapin Life says:

    Hi Suzy,

    Wow! You have some large beautiful bedroom! I love all the changes you made.
    All your treasures are displayed so nice. The bedding and the drapes are stunning.


  12. Wow, Suzy, you certainly know how to pull things together in a most beautiful way. Love the colors you have chosen, and your window treatments are beautiful ……. I would expect nothing less…..lol!

    1. Thank you so much! Yes, I made the window treatments, the boxpleated tableskirt, the pillow shams and the smaller square brown pillows.

  13. Hi Suzy! Your bedroom is so gorgeous! Love that blue color you’ve used. What a wonderful space you have under the eaves. Your room is huge! 🙂 Your drapes are so pretty and your dilemma wall – gorgeous!
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia 😉

  14. Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions says:

    Love the blue you brought in, Suzy, and how it is spread throughout the room! Great pleated skirt on your table. I can understand the bits and pieces. It seems like our master bedroom is taking me the longest to get together, although I don’t think I’ve shared much of it except for a Craig’s List dresser I got and a lamp. : )

    visiting from Met Monday!

  15. I don’t even know where to begin. This is a beautiful room, magazine worthy for sure. I like your curtain treatments and all the touches of blue and the sitting area and the lamps and I could go on and on. I have to tell you that my folks still have 2 pillows like yours that my grandmother made years ago. Theirs are gold corduroy. Yours is the second blog I’ve ever seen them on.

  16. Shannon @ COZY HOME SCENES says:

    ACK! I had a long comment and my browswer crashed. I hate when that happens. Just wanted to tell you how beautiful you room turned out. Your bed is wonderful, and I even like those rockers you want to recover. Sometimes it’s nice to have something a little unexpected, and I think the plaid and other colors is that part.

    I’ll be showing this post to my mom. She is redoing her Master bedroom too. Her walls are blue and the furniture is dark, so she’s been looking for ideas to bring in more color. I’m sure she’ll find inspiration from your lovely room.

    Thank you so much for linking to my party, and I hope you will come again next week!

  17. You room is stunning. I love all of your fabrics and your accessories are so beautiuful. Your vignettes are lovely. Your pictures are fabulous also. Thanks so much for joining TTT. Hugs, marty

  18. Cindy Adkins says:

    Oh WOW, it’s totally gorgeous!!!! Such a beautiful room and I adore your sitting room–Ohh la la!!!

  19. Very nice, love you color choices..A very pretty place to spend time..

  20. Heidi @ Decor & More says:

    Lovely and fresh! The blues are fabulous. Visiting from Tutes and Tips. 🙂

  21. Reba and Eldarose, sisters, friends and co-bloggers says:

    What lovely changes you made. I love the blues. I am really into blues now and so I am really digging what you have done with your bedroom.

    Visiting from TTT. Thanks for sharing.

    Eldarose from http://RE-inventedstyle.blogspot.com

  22. Zuni, Chickadee Home Nest says:

    Wow! Great job! What a difference! You had the vision and created it! ~Zuni

  23. Hi Suzy!

    Your bedroom is lovely. You are a very talented decorator!

    Since this is my first time visiting I checked out the links you shared on the lead up to the finished bedroom. I also tried to follow you, but you know how persnickety blogger can be…

    xoxo Bunny Jean
    Wednesday’s Bunny Hop Party!

  24. Great transformation, Suzy. Love the color palette and what a nice big room. I would love a sitting area like that. Thanks for sharing at Wow.

  25. Shannon @ COZY HOME SCENES says:

    Hi again Suzy. Just wanted to tell you I featured your beautiful bedroom on my party featured today. Thanks so much for sharing, and I’d love to have you back next week. If you’d like, there is a feature button on my blog if you’d like it for your sidebar or feature page.

  26. Aimee - ItsOverflowing.com says:

    Thanks for linking up and don’t forget about registering for my current giveaway….

    Ramsign Giveaway: Porcelain Enamel Sign {up to $99 value}

    XO, Aimee

  27. Your room is beautiful! Thank you for sharing your lovely post at Potpourri Friday!

  28. Wow! What a transformation! This would be a perfect project to link up at our “impossibles” party today! Stop by and link up!


  29. Anonymous says:

    You did a BEAUTIFUL job creating a restful master suite! The colors and accessories are so nice and the sitting area…SIGH…

  30. Anonymous says:

    I LOVE the blue urns you bought from Hobby Lobby. I just returned from my Louisville HobLob and couldn’t find the blue urns. How long ago did you buy them? You’re a fantastic decorator. Thanks – Pam

    1. Hi Pam. I bought those urns last spring. So sorry you weren’t able to find any. Thank you so much for your kind comment!

  31. So nice and I love your curtains. I’m going to make that box pleated table skirt. I have to remake the covering for mine and that is so unique. I love it! One tip on your chairs…you can have them recovered and not have them button tufted, or you can just do slip covers. Your sitting room turned out very well.

  32. Alison @ The Polohouse says:

    Hi Suzy!

    Had to come back two times…. could not leave a comment on your blog for some crazy reason today!
    Thanks sooo much for sharing you lovely and restful sanctuary with us! Just beautiful!
    Love the colors and the details.
    Just fantastic!


  33. Your bedroom is so pretty and so large! I love everything about it and that’s one cute little fuzzy face! 🙂
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia 😉

  34. Anonymous says:

    It looks great. Where did you get the necklace holder on the dresser?

  35. Anonymous says:

    Poor Pookie’s stuff seems to be stuffed into the corner as an afterthought. 🙁

  36. Linda Jenkins says:

    Suzy, Love your master bedroom. I especially love your drapes. Have been looking for fabric like that but all I have seen has been too expensive. If you still have lots of yours left, I would be interested in purchasing some.

    1. Hi Linda. Would you please email me so we can discuss? My email address can be found on my About & Contact page.

  37. Visiting here from your post on 4/8/17. I have/had that same calendar! LOL! Have you re-done this room since these pics? (Never mind… I just read the update at the top of the post. 😉 )