Master Bedroom Paint Makeover

While I'm out loving on my brand new baby boy, I hope you enjoy this series: my favorite DIY rerun posts! Learn more about the series here.

When we were house shopping, David and I were never too impressed by gigantic "master suites." I know, call me crazy, but closets as big as a room and triple vanity sinks just weren't really on our wish list. Just give me a place for a few of my lawyer suits and our favorite jeans and flip flops, and we're good to go! Boy did I get what I asked for....

Meet our master bedroom.

And by master bedroom, what I really mean is a twelve-year-old boy's room. Complete with navy blue walls, smelly laundry, and BB gun holes in the walls. Yes, I said BB gun holes in the walls. Don't believe me?

Each one of those Spackle marks? A BB gun hole. And that's just one wall. (Yes, we can all cringe together!) Oh! And don't forget the fifty years of wallpaper found underneath the navy blue. Oh! And that was only found once we ripped what felt like billions of feet of impossible to pull off chair rail. Those poor walls got so beat up!

Yes, ouch. Like I said, that took lots of Spackle. And one rockin husband who stayed up till 2 am several nights in a row to get this done. Well, I think he had some incentive, as we were sleeping on an air mattress in the guest room.

That would be said air mattress. Okay, so on to the "later!"

First of all, I just want to say that I'm completely aware that we have a really, really small master bedroom. Even still, we are honestly loving it! In order to be comfortable, we just had to pare it down to the basics. Actually, Goodwill is loving us because we weeded out and donated our old bedroom TV and a bunch of unnecessary old clothes. It feels good to keep it simple! There are actually other bedrooms in the house that are larger than our bedroom, but this room is in the back of the house with a bit more privacy and is the only room in the house that has a bathroom attached (check out our before/after page for the gruesome pre-renovation bathroom pictures).

Anyways, after repairing the oh-so-sad walls, our next big step (of course) was paint. We added several coats of Benjamin Moore's Pale Smoke, which gave us the relaxed, soothing color we were looking for. 

We went back and forth about what colors to use as accents in the room (we attempted a raspberry red, a dark gray, and even a golden yellow) and ended up with royal blue-- against neutrals of course! I decided to pull in the royal blue in some funky ways: curtains, our night stands, throw pillows, and picture frames. I love me some royal blue! Ok so lets be honest... I might have gone a little overboard on the blue spray paint. Lets just say David likes to call it attack of the Smurf.

Smurf got the Hobby Lobby nightstands.

The white Walmart frames (complete with some of our favorite wedding pictures) also got Smurfed.

And of course we had to pull in the blue treatment with some fun Target pillows. This is actually the bedding from our old house- we haven't found anything new we like, so we've yet to move on. And yes, that is our favorite, favorite wedding picture above our bed, courtesy of the a-maz-ing Lindsey Turner of Lindsey Turner Photography.

But that wasn't all of the painting we did. When we moved into our humble abode (I can't believe it has already been four months now!), something irked David and I... a lot. Every square inch of paintable surface (besides the walls) was painted a creamy beige color: all of the trim, all of the wood plantation blinds, all windows and windowsills, doors, crown moulding, cabinets... you get the picture. While it was super annoying to attempt to match the paint (for touch ups) to the premium custom Porter paint (ie. a $50 can of paint-- which is SO not up my alley!), we honestly just don't really like it. Then I wrote this post about how much I love painting to develop a high contrast look and we just knew that we had to do something about the beige. Step by step, we have pledged to rid our sweet little home of all of the beige!

First stop? Our bedroom. Goodbye creamy beige trim!

Hello pretty white trim!

Creamy beige trim:

Pretty white trim:

Creamy beige trim:

Pretty white trim:

Yes, we can all say ahhhh together! Mad props to David who layered on the white while I partied it up at my cousin's baby shower last Saturday! He's the bomb! (Yes, I realize I am the only person who has said this phrase since the year 2001!) Painted anything fun lately?


  1. So pretty. The white trim really makes the room. I don't think I ever saw this post, actually! I def never saw the before 12 year old boy room...haha!!

  2. looks amazing as usual. You are my favorite blog… EVER. I wish I had your abilities!


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