bedroom refresher

Our bedroom transformation has been a gradual process. It’s come a long way since we first got married: we started out with my matchy-matchy 80’s childhood set. I’m sure most of you can relate. And In between babies, big lifestyle adjustments, {basically anything you can name} it’s been a slow process of figuring out what I want, tweaking, simplifying, adding and taking away…The bedroom always came last on my list. I’ve hung some things on the wall only to take them back down…switched out my bedding only to probably switch it again when I grow tired of it…but I wanted to show you some of the simple, cheap and recent changes we’ve made in the meantime.

Here’s a few shots from just a few short months ago. All of the existing furniture was painted, and I wanted to add in a nice finished piece just for contrast. So we found this great dresser for a little over 200 at JCpenney. We’d never owned our very own, brand new dresser before, and liked the modern, simple lines it brought into the space. But I soon realized the space, with the chair and the wall and everything else… felt very heavy and very un-me. very un-us. The challenge was making our space feel larger, with the furniture that we had.

In February, with spring just around the corner, I was ready for some fresh changes.

We’d had our bed in front of the window for some time, (around three years) to give us more space. But the challenge from there, was to find a head board. I’d given up all hope on something affordable, until I saw this spiffy post by Layla. Brillz, no?

I couldn’t help but just all out copy her. And shamelessly so. This was a perfect fit at an affordable price…and why reinvent the wheel? {Thanks for being so awesome, guys. Props to the max.} Only it was on backorder when I ordered it in November {as a birthday gift to mahself.} And when it arrived, two months later it was damaged. So we had to wait until April for it to finally arrive. Good things come to those who wait…

I simplified the windows as well, by ordering a bamboo blind from Overstock and taking a panel down.


The lamps and side tables were flea market finds. I think I paid 30 for the pair of tables, and 10 for the pair of lamps. TOTAL. I simply added shades from Tar-GHEY and we were done.

I made this mirror last fall, but lightened it about a month ago, with a simple brush on of white. You can check it out, here.

I made this piece a few months ago, to go on our dresser.

our bedding was instantly lightened when I took the buttery yellow paisley coverlet off, and layered this 50 dollar king sized quilt from Homegoods, with a white duvet. {And to think I almost talked myself out of it…thanks to my gals! I’m still learning to break the rules.}

This armoire was one of our first pieces when we moved into our first house. It now houses our dinosaur of a tv. I was once anti bedroom tvs. But this is kind of the only other place in our house we can have one. And it’s a lifesaver when we need a quiet place for the kids to sit and enjoy a nice epi of Dora.

I replaced the visually heavy slices of wood I painted, {relocated one to the other side of the bed} and framed this envelope, a blown-up copy of the envelope that was mailed to my great grandparents and held their marriage certificate.

And because I didn’t want to foot the bill to recover this dark, dinosaur of a chair, I made my first slipcover this week.

And by me, and mean my most awesome beloved friend in the whole entire galaxy Andrea, who may or may not have her blood on my duck cotton labor of love sitting in my bedroom as we speak. We pulled a couple of late nights while the kiddos slept, and laughed into delirium while we stabbed ourselves repeatedly with pins. It wasn’t my most favorite project in the whole entire world. Ask me again in a month if I would tackle such a project again on my sofa chair. {maybe I’ll go with something smaller.} People are paid to do things for a reason…and that is all.

And there you have it. Lightened and brightened, it’s come a long way!

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36 Responses to bedroom refresher

  1. Casey Lobelle says:

    Adore this space! Great job lightening it up.

  2. Alima says:

    Your room looks beautiful!
    You have me a little nervous after talking about the slipcover. I just custom ordered 10 yards of beautiful fabric to slipcover an old chair. I have never slipcovered anything before. I do have basic sewing skills and I bought the "the lazy girls guide to slipcovers" ebook which touts that anyone can slipcover. So I had high hopes, but now I am just hoping I dont mess up this beautiful fabric I just bought!

  3. Ashley @ pure + lovely says:

    Hey Alima! I used a couple of different resources online. Didn't mean to scare anyone, but didn't want to make it sound easy as pie, either! :) I have basic sewing skills but if I have really detailed instructions I'm good to go. I also tackled a huge beast of a chair. If my first piece had been smaller, I probably wouldn't have whined about it. Ha! Anyone can do it, it's just no easy undertaking. The outcome is very rewarding, and I will probably tackle another in a few months.

  4. Betsy Miller says:

    This is beautiful. :)

  5. Alima says:

    Thanks for the encouragment! The chair I am tackling isn't quite that large, but I'm sure it's going to be a little bit of a challenge anyway. I wish I had a friend close by to help me!
    Wanted to ask you where you bought your white cotton duck. My plan (if the chair recover goes ok) is to recover my sofa next with white cotton duck. I found it at Joann Fabrics but they didn't have enough in stock. Just wondering if you searched around and where you found the best price.
    P.S. Love that framed envelope. That was the first post I ever read on your blog. :)

  6. Ashley…your room looks fabulous and the slipcover is adorable! Love friends who will stay up late and slip!

  7. Jennifer R says:

    Question! Do you have a TV in your room? It's a non-negotiable for my husband (and honestly, I love to watch a movie or the news while we get dressed) but it is such an eyesore. I've thought about mounting it or putting it in a cabinet. ideas? We just moved in a few months ago and our bedroom is just a mish-mash of things so I am thankful for your inspiration!

  8. ashley @ pure + lovely says:

    Hey Jennifer!

    Yes, TVs used to be non negotiable for us,too. And then we actually put one in, and we're never going back. ;) its in that armoire, and I think I wrote a little about it above, but it was the only place in the house we could have one other than the living room, so it works perfectly for the kids when we want to watch something else! {which having the tv on for us is rare before bedtime at our house, but its still nice to have that option.} I love the idea of a cabinet you can close off, or an armoire, because I don't really like them out in the open-and I like the idea of closing them up and walking away. A piece like this would be great, or a built cabinet of some sort? I hope that helps! :)

  9. Jennifer says:

    Ok, nevermind! Just realized I managed to miss the point in which you mentioned the armoire :) Gorgeous!

  10. Shelah Layton says:

    Room looks so good! Love the sentimentalism,:) I was wondering what was on the wall next to the bed, but on the opposite side of the mirror and dresser?

    • Hey Shelah! They’re some old prints in handmade frames. Just some prints I picked up at a garage sale. Then built frames around them. I’ve had them for a long time and love them! ;) Or are you talking about the painted wooden panel? It’s just a panel I painted. Does that help? :)

  11. Andrea says:

    Love the bedroom redo and I LOVE your blog!! I have just recently found it from another blog and just love it!! What is the name of the paint color you used in your bedroom? Thank you.

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  15. Kelsea says:

    Beautiful! Did you make the frame that the large envelope picture is in? Its fabulous and I have to have one! :)

  16. michelle ketchum says:

    Hi! I just love your website! I am crazy about the mirror you made in your bedroom. I saw it on the Nate show and it is EXACTLY what I have imagined to go above my dining room hutch. I would LOVE to know how you did it! Unfortunately, when I click on the link above it does not take me to a link about it. Would you be able to post it?

  17. Laurie Murray says:

    I love the color of your bedroom -do you mind telling me the color you used and brand?

  18. Elle says:

    My master bedroom is about the same size and pretty much the same layout as your room. We’re in the process of refreshing it, and I love that I can use this as a reference point for some of the layout. Beautiful job.

  19. Kris says:

    So many wonderful ideas in this bedroom, thanks for sharing! Passed the headboard idea on to a friend and now wonder where you found the bedding. We have a similar iron bed and neutral walls and would love to find a similar pattern!

  20. Kristen says:

    Hi, I love the color of the walls! What color is this, you may have mentioned it but I can’t seem to find it!

  21. debbie poore says:

    what is the color of paint you used for your bedroom?? I love it!!

  22. annie says:

    LOVE everything you do! i wish i was that talented! I was wondering, where did you get your bedpread? I cant find one like that anywhere! Thanks!

    • Hey Annie! That quilt with the blue in it is just a random find I scored about a year and a half ago from Home Goods. I think I paid only 75 for two shams and a king size quilt so it was a lucky duck kinda steal. I went to look at the tag, because we actually get that question a lot…it was made by Ivy Hill Home Inc. If you google aqua quilt or aqua bedding by their name, I don’t see ours, but I do see a toile one. I guess if you look long enough, you never know what you may find on ebay, etc!

      I hope that helps!

  23. Karen says:

    You have this great colorful long pillow on the bed, did you make it?

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  25. Kelly says:

    So, the armoire w your tv, did you refinish it to make it look that, was it originally dark? I to feel tied to a bedroom suite thats very traditional and no longer my style. its a puchase that i regret ive held on to it for 10 years. that i would to either sell or use part of it… Luv your master….


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