Weekend Project #10; Master Bedroom Refresh

Many, many years ago when my maternal grandmother passed away, she didn’t have very much to leave her family, but when her house was sold, my Mom gave both my brother and I each a check from our grandma.

I thought about what I would do with the funds for a long time, because I wanted to have something special that I could say was from my grandmother. The comfort of vintage furnishings in bed and breakfast homes inspired me, and I decided to purchase this four poster bed. I’ve enjoyed climbing into my extremely comfortable bed every day I’ve had it for nearly three decades, tucked in between a pile of pillows with a good book.

As I’ve aged, I’ve come to realize that climbing two steps in the middle of the night to get in and out of bed, may eventually become more than my 4′ 11″ stature can safely handle at some point. In the back of my mind I knew that when I got around to my bedroom, that it was time to purchase a bed that would be stylish and lower to the ground.

Over the past few years I’ve been making my way around the house one room at a time, carefully researching decor items, paint colors, and pieces of furniture until I formed a final plan of what I wanted for each room. One by one each room has been freshly painted and accessories or a new piece of furniture added, that I couldn’t manage when I first moved into my home. These one room at a time projects resulted in my “Weekend Projects’ Lagniappe series.

In 2020, my entire open living area was repainted and the breakfast room area and kitchen wall was filled with a new table, benches and a tall two toned cabinet where most of my white serving dishes are stored.

This year I decided it was time to finish my master suite and bath area. The bath was painted in 2019, the windows were framed, handmade shades were added and decorative plaques above the windows and doorways. My gray and lavender decor carries into my bedroom as well.

I brought home a number of paint samples with shades of gray lavender. Painted test patches lined the doorways and bedside walls as I tried to find the right paint color. I wanted the paint colors to highlight the grays, lavenders and golds in my room, without being too purple or pink. I finally decided on the color below, Chicago Fog that looks all gray in some light and a slight dusty lavender in bright light. I really like how the color changes based on the light.

The wall color Chicago Fog in eggshell changes slightly with the light in the room with shades of gray with a touch of lavender.

Trim Silver Feather in semi-gloss.

Insert of door in graceful gray, trim in silver feather, wall Chicago fog.

Door insert outlined with Graceful Gray in semi-gloss.

The only decor changes I was planning to make in addition to the bed, was to replace the existing dark ceiling fan with a Persian White French style ceiling fan that blends in with the light fixtures throughout my home of the same color and style.

Quorum Lighting – 78525-70 – Chateaux – 52 Inch Ceiling Fan

The dark, but charming four poster bed has been replaced with this beige tufted headboard and frame. Together with the Parisian White French Country ceiling fan, lighter blades and the gray lavender fresh coat of paint, the room looks bright and larger than before. The bedside lamps and tables were purchased a few years ago, as well as the bench that makes getting dressed in the morning easier. It’s a great place to sit and put on socks and shoes.

While there’s no need to climb steps to get into my bed anymore, oddly the habit to feeling for the step and the back bedpost to balance as I climbed in, is so automatic that I still feel for both of them and laugh when I catch myself doing it.

This weekend project didn’t involve a lot of change, but it took my helpful handyman three days. He painted the ceilings, walls, doors and trim; changed out the ceiling fan, dismantled my four poster bed and put the new tufted bed together for me. On the evening of the third day, I slept happily and peacefully in my refreshed master bedroom that flows perfectly into the master bath. I feel a little like I’m going to a little Parisian hotel room at the end of each day. It’s a wonderful retreat for resting, relaxing, reading and sleeping.

Stay turned for the next weekend project….

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