A Minimalist Bedroom is Born

Minimalism and the master bedroom…. Where would I start?  For some reason I kept seeing my cream colored iron bed in black iron.  The idea of a white comforter has always appealed to me.  I guess I never took myself seriously because of the amount of times the bed was mauled by children running in and jumping on it.  I figured it would get dirty too easily.   Turns out that I was wrong.  My kids didn’t seem to mind that I wanted them to keep dirty feet (and the dog!) off the bed. So…after thinking it over, examining the room from all angles and glaring at the bed, a minimalist bedroom plan began.

I really found myself liking the idea of plain white sheets, simple white comforter and pillows.  Even more, white could be bleached and returned back to being white without the colors fading.  Could I really do this?  The bed was more of a country quilt, shabby chic pattern style.  Sea greens, muted yellows.  Even the dresser was painted a mermaid green and cream to match.  Would I dare to paint a several thousand dollar custom made iron bed?  Would it look good?  What if re-doing my furniture took me forever?  Would I lose interest?   My mind kept visualizing a black and white color scheme with little to no decorations in the room.   It seemed like home and new simultaneously.

I decided to go for it.  And guess what?  I finished all of it in less than a week!  Once I got started, it felt so right that I just couldn’t stop.

Here's the bed. Painted in Shabby Paints brand, color "Licorice" and topped with sheer Vax for protection. Walls are in a soft universal gray.

Painted in Shabby Paints brand, color “Licorice” and topped with sheer Vax for protection. Walls are in a soft universal gray. Still no curtains months later.  Still on the fence about them.

Not stopping meant that I would paint my tall dresser (chest of drawers?) and thatIMG_6122 I would also bring in an ugly plain brown dresser and mirror from our garage for a transformation. (I forgot to do a “before” shot.)   I mentally calculated how much paint I had on hand and thought about how I would get the look that I wanted.  At some point during all these mental gymnastics, my brain decided it really wanted clean surfaces.  Not only in my room but also in the rest of the house.   I visualized the surfaces and realized I wanted my furniture to bring to mind a black and white photograph.

Before I painted the bed and the walls.

Before I painted the bed and the walls.

If you notice in the picture above, the walls were a caramel color.   I had it stuck in my head that the room needed some gray.  You guessed it.  I painted the whole room in the same week that I also did the furniture and bedding.

The room is easy to clean.   I think it comes close to reflecting my desire to have a calm but happy spirit, organized mind and home.

Here’s the “before” shot of my dresser before I painted it:

Yes, she was pretty before but this dresser would no longer match the bed that I dared to paint myself.

It was okay – and topped with rocks from my youngest’s collection – but this dresser didn’t match the bed I decided to paint – so facelift for her, too.

 

Here's the dresser again. Painted in Shabby Paints Alamo White with black ReVax.

Here’s the dresser again. Painted in Shabby Paints Alamo White with black ReVax.

Refinished dresser with chalk paint black and white

Long dresser with mirror. Transformed from ugly brown to Alamo White with new iron style drawer pulls.

 

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