I promise you this isn’t another one of those projects. You know, the ones that I start and then leave for 7 months, then start again, then leave for a year. Those ones. It’s just a little non-constructiony project, but I’ve been plugging away at making the Master Bedroom a little less horrifying and I think it’s coming along nicely. It’s not the big huge complete tear-down renovation that we want to do in here eventually, but it’s worth it to me to just do a few little things to make daily life a little more enjoyable in the meantime. Waking up in a happy room and turning on a pretty lamp is going to make all the difference in those 3 am feedings with the new baby for me. It just will.
Sometimes I see other bloggers do these posts where they share where they got everything and how much they paid for it, and I usually just love those. Maybe it’s my inner nosy girl coming out. So I thought I’d do something like that, and share all the little things left to get done along the way. Sound like fun?
So, just to give you an idea, here’s how the room started out looking about 2 months ago:
We lived with the room like that for 2 years! No wonder it made me sad.
Now, here’s what’s been going on in there recently:
Much better! Since I’m in Canada, there will be a few stores that I have, that aren’t in the U.S., so I’ll try to explain the cultural differences. 🙂 Winners is basically Canadian TJ Maxx, I think. In fact I think they’re owned by the same company. Our Winners has a big home section too.
This dresser came from my Great Grandma and the color is perfect so I’m a little hesitant to try to refinish it even though I destroyed it when I had it in my room growing up.
I tried to paint our old doorknobs, but they ended up getting too crusty to work properly and Chris got locked in the bathroom one day. I had to hand him a screwdriver through the window so he could bust his way out. True story. So I bought some cheapo replacement knobs for all the doors in here until we get our new doors up and I decide what I really want.
The bedside table areas have been a source for much drama recently. I bought some glass lamps (like the one on the old dresser that you saw previously) and loved them. One day last week, a big gust of wind came in and knocked one right onto the floor. It sounded like the most delicate Christmas ornament shattering into a million pieces. I flipped out on Instagram at first, but then I remembered that I’d been storing these big navy blue urn lamps in my basement so I brought them up and they were perfect. Plain paper shades tone down their fanciness a bit. (You can read about my garage table makeover as well, if you like!)
Of course, we’re in full-on “get ready for baby” mode around here so we picked up this Moses basket and stand recently. That will be getting a little DIY makeover soon to make it a little more boyish too. Stay tuned for that. I hope I can pull it off!
Great progress overall, but still so many little things on the to-do list!
Some not-so-little things are still needing to be done too. The area rug is probably going to be the biggest expense, but I’ll be so happy to have a lot of that vinyl flooring covered up until we get around to putting down the hardwood floors in here.
In case you’re wondering, our town’s Target just opened about 6 weeks ago, so I’m still a little bit excited about it. Canadian Superstore is a grocery store here that also carries really great clothing and home stuff. Nice deal on that neutral Summer quilt right? Too bad it was about 5 years ago.
Putting together some new bedding has been so fun for me, but it definitely adds up even if you find a lot of bargains.
It’s definitely worth it though for me. I love feeling a little more at peace with the world in general when I walk into this room.
There’s one more fun little update that we’ve done in here recently too, and it’s made a big impact. I’ll have that for you later this week!
Courtenay Hartford is the author of creeklinehouse.com, a blog based on her adventures renovating a 120-year-old farmhouse in rural Ontario, Canada. On her blog, Courtenay shares interior design tips based on her own farmhouse and her work as founder and stylist of the interior photography firm Art & Spaces. She also writes about her farmhouse garden, plant-based recipes, family travel, and homekeeping best practices. Courtenay is the author of the book The Cleaning Ninja and has been featured in numerous magazines including Country Sampler Farmhouse Style, Better Homes and Gardens, Parents Magazine, Real Simple, and Our Homes.