Today is reveal day for our brown master bedroom. It has taken me a few months to finish the new decor but it’s all done, at least for now. We are in love with the totally new look. When I mentioned painting the bedroom brown some of you were questioning the color. Maybe because you know I love bold colors or maybe because brown sounds like a drab color for a bedroom, or maybe because earth tones are not “in”, or maybe you just don’t care for brown!
When It came time to decorate the room you will be more than surprised at my color inspiration. I’m anxious to see if you like the brown color we selected for the walls and I can’t wait to hear from you….even if you don’t care for the color leave me a note please. Tomorrow or later this week you get to see how we selected the paint color and I’ll even give you the formula for my custom bedroom wall color.
Our master bedroom is kind of small and it’s hard to get one photo of the entire room. The picture above was taken from the hall doorway into the bedroom. When looking at the photos keep in mind that I took them at different times of the day….some with flash and some without…..some with my small point and shoot camera and some with my big camera. The walls may look lighter in some photos than others. Just a heads up. In the photo above you can see the external flash for the camera. You may see things other than decor items sitting on the dresser or nightstands just because I didn’t notice they were there or didn’t take the time to straighten everything before grabbing the camera.
I have a couple of pictures of the bedroom before the makeover. My son and I painted the walls this soft green color about 20 years ago while the hubby was stationed in South Korea. Even though I picked the green color I have never really liked it. The green is more of a minty color in the cool family instead of a warm earthtone.
I decorated and re-decorated the bedroom numerous times trying to like the color and feel of the green room. I finally gave up and as you can tell from the photo above I just let the room be. So glad we finally got around to painting and totally re-decorating the bedroom because I love the new warm, cozy vibe.
As I go through the reveal I will point out most of the decor items and tell you if they are new and where I purchased them or if they are some of my junkin’ finds. You guys probably saw the dresser makeover in an earlier post. If not you can see it here. I paid $35 for the dresser. After painting it with my custom white paint color and adding new knobs the dresser was perfect for the bedroom I sold the black and gold chest it replaced and so far I’m more than $100 to the good on the bedroom furniture.
I found another lamp shade at a local flea market and am in the process of changing it up a bit. We will see if it looks better than the present lampshade. The mirror was $45 at a local thrift/furniture store. This was not exactly what I had in mind but it does look good over the dresser. Maybe I’ll run across something in my junkin’ adventures that I like better. I would like a leaning mirror similar to these at Anthropologie but I’m not paying that price. Those are just a tad fancy for me too. You can the leaning mirror look here on my Pinterest board.
I bought the vintage turquoise clock longer ago than I can remember. Don’t know what I paid for it. The faux orchid came from T.J. Maxx or Marshalls and I think it was on sale for less than $4. Everyone needs a stack of magazines in the bedroom. A Maker’s Guide by Amy Howard is one of my favorite books. Amy is a savvy business woman and I refer to her book often.
The large brown candleholder came from Burkes. The hat which is a whimsical touch is one I bought at T.J. Maxx to wear when we went to the beach. It looks better on the wall. I’m not really a hat person.
The pottery piece is chipped on the top backside and came from my favorite junk shop. The small brown bottle is one of my DIY’s. You might notice I hung a beaded necklace on the top corner of the wall mirror. Those little touches add so much.
I try all kinds of items going for different looks when decorating a space. I placed the turquoise bag filled with artificial yellow flowers on the dresser and it stayed there for a few days. I’m using turquoise accents in the room and I kind-of still like the looks of the bag on the dresser. What do you guys think? Turquoise bag or brass candlestick?
The wall to the left of the dresser is still a work in progress. I have several items I’m thinking about adding to the wall but I need to edit out some of them and decide what works. The brown master bedroom came together slowly, from the paint job to the decor. We actually painted the room in April. The new ceiling fan is awesome and so different looking from the 40 year old fan that was in the bedroom. I’ll share more on the fan when I post about the paint color and painting the room.
The white bedding came from the PX (post exchange) and the set with comforter and two pillow shams was $20. It was on sale. What a deal. The comforter is lightweight and I like that a lot. I had picked up a white comforter set at Walmart and couldn’t decide if I liked it or not when I accidentally found this one. I returned the Walmart set and saved a few dollars.
The white comforter is sooooo soft. Now I just have to keep it stain free. No more putting luggage and the likes on the bedding. The dust ruffle is part of the old bedding set from Dillard's and the color works well with the new decor. Remember to try to work with what you already have.
I painted the vintage architectural piece above the bed and you can see it here. The pillow also came from At Home and was on sale for $7. The tassels make the little pillow look expensive.
The decor color inspiration came from…..a tissue box…..really. The tissue box was sitting on the nightstand in the newly painted bedroom and the colors got my attention. I really wanted to go with a slightly beachy or cottagey feel in the bedroom and those colors were calling my name. I was excited when I spotted that little tasseled pillow because the colors were so similar to my “inspiration box”.
The glass turquoise knobs from Hobby Lobby help carry out the light cottagey feel. The turquoise color also looks great against the white paint. As you can see from the photo above I continue to move decor items from place to place in the bedroom.
Everyone remembers the piano stool I painted and re-covered in a pretty fabric to match the room decor, right? The stool is our clothes catchall and the seat lifts up for just a bit of hidden storage.
The full length mirror on the wall next to our tiny master bathroom was an auction buy the JTS made. The pretty frame looks better than the thin black framed mirror that hung in that spot previously.
The curtains are from Walmart. When I started curtain shopping a few months ago most of the stores were closed. I don’t like ordering things like curtains online because I can’t feel the texture or see the color in person. I bought 3 or 4 curtain sets and brought them home. Even though the brown and white curtains were not exactly what I was looking for I think they work. And the price was only $10 a panel so $40 plus tax. No way you can beat that.
I used my old wood curtain rods with the wood dowels so I saved money there too. That’s about it for the room reveal. I know some of you are waiting for the “selecting the color” post. Hopefully this week. We are going through the house one room at a time, painting and redecorating. You can see guest bedroom 1 makeover here and guest bedroom makeover 2 here and bedroom 2 re-makeover, lol.
For those commenting on the white comforter it is not as glaring as it looks in the photos........or maybe I'm just used to looking at it. I have been on the hunt for a rich color turquoise blanket or throw for the end of the bed. I just haven't found what I'm looking for.
The picture below from 2 Bees In A Pod has a beautiful teal throw on the end of the bed and I love it. I just ran across the bedroom photo this past week on Instagram and fell in love with the whole room. The teal blanket is darker than what I'm looking for but you get the idea.
Vicki and Jennifer love home interior decorating and it shows. I've met the mother and daughter team and they are sweet as can be too.
update: I finally wrote the post about creating the brown color and you can find the paint formula here.
Brown Master Bedroom Makeover
Don’t forget to leave me a note with your thoughts on our brown master bedroom. Thanks for being here and have a great day, Kathy
Author: Kathy Owen (Petticoat Junktion)
Kathy is the founder of PetticoatJunktion.com, a home décor blog focused on repurposing and upcycling furniture, old hardware, rusty stuff, and thrifty finds into unique home décor. Kathy’s projects have been featured on the Home Depot Blog, Plaid Crafts, Behr Designer Series, and in numerous magazines. Read more about Kathy here.