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“Now I lay me down to sleep,
I pray the Lord my soul to keep,
If I die before I wake,
I pray the Lord my soul to take.”
My version sounds a little darker compared to others I’ve heard, but it’s been a nightly prayer as I go to bed since I was able to pray it!
The bedroom for me, has always been a room that I try to keep peaceful. Try. I wanted this to be a haven within the house. Floors, that never had dust-bunnies, nightstands kept cleared of clutter, and the magical ability to have the animals sleep with us, and NOT leave pet hair behind. But for real, you get the gist.
My one non-negotiable, (that I *STILL* haven’t caved on) is that I did not want a TV in the bedroom. Maybe it’s just a ‘me’ thing but I feel like it messes with your mental state! How do you feel about TV’s in the bedroom? Are you a die-hard proponent of one way or the other? Tell me in the comments below!
When we bought the house, I was adamant about zero carpet (excluding rugs) in the house. Because: pets. We’re in the country. There’s things like mud, pet hair, inevitable accidents, red wine…like no. Before we had the floors installed I thought it would be the greatest thing in the world, if my mom gave up her day off to come help me work on the room. Obviously, right? (Sidenote: my mom is a trooper for putting up with my crap.)
Here are some before picture of the bedroom. Nothing really terrible. But nothing really great either…except that window! I wanted to play that up big time! Keep reading to see our very own farmhouse bedroom makeover!
So on my list for this room I wanted to:
- Paint (Sea Salt by Sherwin Williams)
- Install laminate flooring
- Play up the bay window and allow as much natural light as possible without dying of heat in the summer
- Maintain a sense of tranquility here, if no where else in my life
- Do all this within the one condition thrust upon me: ‘don’t make it girly.’
This is how the phone call to my mom went:
Me: “Hey mom, so I was thinking, since you’re off for the fourth, how about you come over and help me paint? I’m thinking I’ll be up pretty early so I’ll go ahead and tape everything off super early in the morning, you can take your time getting out here and with the both of us, we can get this [and the living area and kitchen] wrapped up before lunch! Sound good?”
My mom: “Sounds great, Sweetie! I’ll be there about 9!”
How she managed to say those words without laughing at me is beyond me, because I’ll tell you right now: I was so naive! I’d never painted before! I had absolutely ZERO clues about what I was doing except for my average studies on Youtube and HGTV when I watch it while gettin’ my nails did with my BFF. ZERO CLUES.
We started off strong, taping and painting, painting and taping…and we finished [the bedroom!] There were casualties but the carpet wasn’t staying so really…did it matter? If teaching and this blog don’t pan out for me…painting won’t be it for me either because I’m terrible, but you can’t tell in my B-E-A-U-tiful pictures can you?!
Curtains: (Sheer and linen) Target – similar here and here
Bay curtain rod: (this matches the Umbra curtain rod sold by Target like a champ!) Amazon – here
Bamboo Blinds: Amazon but currently unavailable – similar here
Flooring: Floor N Decor – here
Dresser, bed, nightstands: Rustic Furniture Depot – here
Bench: At Home – here
Paint: Sea Salt by Sherwin Williams
For the final result, voila! I read in a blog eons ago, and if it was you, holla at me, that you want to keep your bedroom about you and your
spouse *significant other*, so I’m pretty particular about what goes on the wall. Rollins the Kitten has decided that my cotton ball wreath had to go, but then we also got a little somethin’-somethin’ for above the bed FINALLY.
One evening, I was scrolling through the book of face, and because I am every advertiser’s dream, I clicked on an ad for Smallwoods and found this one. G agreed and we ordered it right then and there (I’m not paid to say this but y’all they have such great deals, you should really check them out. Made in our great state of TX!) This sign reminds us that things aren’t always perfect but that I will keep choosing you because this little setup isn’t a passive arrangement; it isn’t like my plants that I water once and hope they stay alive [spoiler: they don’t.] We keep choosing each other, even if he wants the TV in the bedroom and I don’t!