A 1973 Master Bedroom in Progress

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It’s funny how I look back at the “before” pics of my house and see what we started from. I honestly don’t know what it was about this house that made me gasp, “I’ve got to have it!” But I know it wasn’t these pink 70’s drapes!

But somehow, this is the house we chose. It seemed soooo spacious compared to the 2-BR condo we were moving from, and I didn’t let a “little” wallpaper scare me. NOW, of course, if I were to see my house in its original condition, and I had to re-buy it again, I’d probably run away. Far, far away. And I wouldn’t look back. HA!

Then again, this blog wouldn’t be what it is now if it weren’t for this house.

So sometimes nightmares are blessings in disguise, right?? 😉

This is how it looked in its before state:


And now, it’s looking much better, but honestly, it doesn’t even look like this. I had stripped the wallpaper off, painted it in ultimate favorite Sherwin Williams Rainwashed, and put up some cheapie Ikea drapes that don’t even touch the floor (faux pax).
Even so, it’s full of sunlight, feels great from a minimalist point of-view, and is pretty spacious!
It doesn’t even look that pretty anymore, though. It actually looks much more bare. I’ve since sold that vintage chair you see, and I haven’t quite figured out what I want to do with that awesome wood table. I do still have the pics and flower vase on the wall. But my bedroom is pretty much vast space.
We’re going to be starting up my 30-Day Room Makeover Challenge in January (you should totally JOIN!), and I can’t decide if I am going to do my bedroom or my family room.
But this pic here, with the exception of a few wall furnishings, this is what my bedroom looks like RIGHT NOW:
 I apologize for the small pics. But I took many of these pics before I even knew I would be blogging about the house. 🙂 I was just trying to document the absolute craziness of what we were dealing with. LOL

But you have to understand something: when you move into a house that requires so much work, what ends up happening is that you do just enough to “get by” and make the space livable, but it takes a while to get it to a space that feels like a cozy home. You know?

I feel like I’ve flitted from room to room, just doing enough to remove the “ugly” from the previous home owners, but never really decorating. 

That was the reason I started doing my 30-Day Room makeover challenges because it was the only way to light a fire under me, with the support of all of my readers working on their space, too.

As a result, I finished my pretty laundry room makeover and rocked out my navigation-themed kids’ bathroom makeover.

Anyhow…..We have this ginormous TV in our bedroom that we don’t even USE. We got rid of cable about a year and a half ago (see how we did cut the cord), and since that time, it’s just a useless piece of electronics sitting in the corner, taking up space!

There used to be an intercom in the bedroom, but was removed by the previous owners. Nothing that a little dry-wall can’t fill!
All fixed and patched up. Bare…….but patched up 🙂
When we got started with removing the wallpaper, we literally LIVED like this for at least 2 months while we lazily commented how we should “finish taking down the wallpaper.” This definitely wasn’t a weekend project!
The best part of having a bare room is that the kids can run around without knocking stuff over ;). You’ve got to see the light, right?
Not the prettiest site, huh?
Our bed needs a LOT of help. I sort of feel compelled to build a new bed with my own hands. Could I do it? I wouldn’t doubt. I never thought I could remove a toilet, but I did it!!
I can’t wait to  do something creative over the bed, or to even build a new headboard! It will definitely be exciting seeing this room come together!

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  1. Carmel, omg, you have no idea! After this adventure, I’ve decided I’m starting a petition to ban wallpaper from people’s homes, no matter how lovely one thinks it is! Lol. Thanks for stopping by!

  2. Thanks, Michelle and Brit!! Means a lot that y’all stopped by!

  3. Hi Serena,

    Thanks for the invite. I checked out your blog and you have done an AMAZING!!! job on your house. I love the color schemes you chose. Everything has a calming feel and sure is light and inviting. I would love for you to share your projects at my Creative Thursday link party (starts tonight at 9)at http://www.michellestastycreations.blogspot.com. Have a wonderful day,

  4. Checked out your master bedroom, just gorgeous! You did a great job transforming it! As soon as I clicked on your blog, I recognized the lamp makeover from Before and After. Also, I checked out the card catalog for your crafty space and it is just genius!! I am your newest follower šŸ™‚

  5. Thanks, Carnita! You can do it! šŸ™‚ Believe me, the amount of wallpaper we had in our house was very daunting. I’m going to be posting a tutorial on how to remove wallpaper, so please stay tuned! (Better yet, subscribe so you don’t miss it). But to get you started, get yourself a wallpaper steamer. Don’t waste your time on the Tiger thing with perferates the paper, or with chemicals. It doesn’t work well at ALL. Do you have multiple layers of paper or just one? Or don’t you know yet?

  6. Simple, yet so nice! Please tell me how you removed the wallpaper!!! I have two bathrooms and a kitchen with wallpaper on the walls and I’m afarid to even start such a task. Thanks!

  7. So glad you like it, Leslie! It’s so pretty that I have considered painting other parts of my house the same color. Then again, SOME variation might be a good idea. LOL But I’m loving this turquoise/aqua/greenish palate!

  8. Oh, dear, Serena!
    This color is bee-yoo-tee-ful!
    I think I might have to paint my guest room this color–I simply love it!
    Soft, but neutral. Not too feminine, not too masculine!
    THANK YOU for showing the color to me. I am going to Pinterest it on my Favorite Paint Colors board!
    So glad you sent me this link.
    HUGS to you!~me

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