Non-fitness Related Post: Our Master Bedroom!

I have to take a quick break from fitness related blog posts to brag on our master bedroom remodel for a second here.. 

I don't know about you guys, but this time of year gets my brain thinking about all of the stuff I want to do around our house! And when I get into project mode - I'm invested, fully. A few weeks ago I was thinking about all of the big projects we had planned for this summer and trying to rank them in my head by order of importance. The guest bathroom and our kitchen are HIGH on the list; the master bedroom was nowhere to be seen on that list. I have never really cared about our master bedroom for a couple of reasons.. 1) Nobody sees it. I know that 99.9% of the time the bed will not get made unless it's Saturday morning in which I'm the last to rise, so it's easier to just close the door when people are over and say "sorry, it's a mess in there". 2) I hate our bedroom set. I LOVE my parents for giving me furniture to start out with, but never cared for the look or style of it. It had also gotten pretty beat up through several moves. I could never really justify buying a new bedroom set because there were so many other things I'd rather spend our money on that people would ACTUALLY see. So for those reasons when we started making changes to our house, I usually shut the door on the master bedroom and forget about it.

Back to my list ..the master bedroom wasn't on there, other than to pull up the carpet. Last spring we pulled up the carpet in the hallways and office, revealing gorgeous hardwood floors. We knew eventually we'd do the same in the bedroom, so we kept the floor threshold thingy off until further notice. A year had come and gone and we still hadn't done it. I decided that before I started on the bathroom or kitchen, I'd pull up the carpet in the bedroom so the master bedroom could be "done". The only problem was I realized if I pulled up the carpet I would probably need an area rug.. If I got a new rug I may as well get a new comforter.. If I get a comforter I might actually want to complete the room and FINALLY hang window treatments.. If I hung the curtains I might as well hang the picture we bought for above the bed a year ago that still isn't on the wall... and then there was that ugly bedroom set - I thought "Hey! Why don't I refinish it?!"

It was so fun to do and we finished it pretty quickly...(because I am a slave driver [are people allowed to say that?!] and also because I bribe my husband). We were both doing this during pretty busy times at work, so there were many nights of these kind of deals.. "We can skip the gym tonight if you hang the curtains for me", or "We can order a pizza if we can lay the rug down". I'm embarrassed to admit it - but for 2 weeks straight I only went to the gym ONCE A WEEK. I'm not proud of it, but our house was chaotic and I wanted so badly to get the house back in order so we could get back to our normal routine and schedule (I thrive on routine). The best part about not going to the gym was... I didn't explode! I didn't gain 30 pounds! It was good for me to realize that there will be seasons in your life when you don't work out 5-6 times a week, and that's okay. You won't lose all of your progress (although you will probably be DYING to get back to your gym routine like I was!) 

Anyway, without further delay. Here we go..
 

 Okay here is the only before pic of our bedroom. I always get too excited about projects and forget to take before pics. I'm embarrassed to share this, but this is how our bedroom actually looked on any given day. As you can see, we had an extra dresser crammed in the back corner, an unused fan and TV on top, pictures shoved between the two dressers instead of being hung, and no window treatments other than the blinds. Yikes. 

Okay here is the only before pic of our bedroom. I always get too excited about projects and forget to take before pics. I'm embarrassed to share this, but this is how our bedroom actually looked on any given day. As you can see, we had an extra dresser crammed in the back corner, an unused fan and TV on top, pictures shoved between the two dressers instead of being hung, and no window treatments other than the blinds. Yikes. 

 (Curtains still hadn't been steamed in this picture). We hung them high and wide to give the room a bigger feel.

(Curtains still hadn't been steamed in this picture). We hung them high and wide to give the room a bigger feel.

I absolutely LOVE how the dressers turned out! For the long dresser and nightstand, I stripped the drawers and stained them darker, and painted the frame white since it was not real wood. I then got brushed nickel hardware, which I think really pops! For the tall dresser, I didn't want the set to be too matchy-matchy, so I painted it grey and tied them all together with the same hardware. The color REALLY works with the grey in the rug, but not so much with the color of the wall. It's okay for now, but I will probably switch it up later this summer. 

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After! (See what I mean about the grey against the wall)

I just love it all so much. I also added these arrows to hang my necklaces from and create a little jewelry organization/display area. 

If I could do it again, I would've done the tall dresser a little differently. I also would've purchased the large area rug in person. I purchased it online, and it was a little darker in person than in the pictures. I think it's a little too casual for the comforter, but it will work for now! I'm also going to be on the hunt for a night stand that is the same height as the one I refinished, so the lamps will be more even. There are a few more small details I'd like to add as time goes on, but for now I LOVE IT. It's actually quite nice to have a space where Cam and I can relax at the end of a long day and I'm glad a place I never cared about ended up getting some much needed attention.