Meanwhile, upstairs…

Posted by danielle on February 22nd, 2011. Filed under: I Make Things, Recent Posts.

As I’ve mentioned on more than one occasion, we’re in the midst of a basement renovation. Things are progressing nicely down there, but in the meantime I’ve been making some cosmetic changes to the main floor of our home.

Last month, I painted our master bedroom. It was a simple project, yet it took ages to get off the ground. It took me a least a year to actually commit to a colour, and then another year to actually find the motivation to paint. It’s not that I don’t like painting; it’s all the preparation that drives my procrastination. I find the taping, patching and washing walls so tedious. Then there’s the added awkwardness of moving and working around the furniture. Since our home was built in the 1950s, our bedroom is relatively small by modern home standards and once the furniture is moved into the center of the room there isn’t much clearance to work with. Last month, over one of those dreadfully cold weekends, I finally got the job done.

According to my shelter magazines, grey seems to be the new brown. I still prefer the warmer earth tones though, so I picked Debbie Travis’s Truffle Oil (made with Benjamin Moore paint). It’s actually the first of many colours I’d considered two years ago. There really is something to be said about going with your first instinct.

After the painting was done, I made some updates to our décor. The duvet cover, curtains, and lamps are all from IKEA. The wall art is a selection of pictures taken by us, printed in sepia and hung in thrift store frames I’d been collecting and painted white. The mirror is from Canadian Tire.

I’m not so sure about the display above the bed. I can’t decide if it looks like an artistically arranged collage, or like I just got drunk and hung up some pictures.

I am particularly proud of the cable knit pillow. I’d been drooling over these in stores for ages, but they always seem to cost more than I’d been willing to pay. The most obvious alternative was to learn to knit and make one myself, but then Jeremy decided to get rid of a cozy cable knit sweater and my project became much easier. I just hacked off the collar and sleeves, stitched it into a square and voila!

There are a few changes I still want to make in this room. First of all, I’d like to get new hardware for our dressers. The pieces are whitewashed solid oak, handcrafted by my Dad. They’re fabulous, but I’m just not fond of the hardware anymore. When you add up all the knobs, pulls and hinges on both dressers, they’re quite costly to replace. I’d also like to get a 9×12 rug and maybe something to hag on the wall across from the bed. It looks quite bare at the moment.

For now though, I’m really happy with the way this all turned out. It seems so clean and cozy now. Now I can’t help but wonder – how long will it be before I spill coffee on the white duvet?

8 Responses to Meanwhile, upstairs…

  1. Lara

    I love this room! The color is so relaxing! I think the collage above the bed looks nice. You’ve been so resourceful and it all came together great!

  2. Sophie Delphis

    That pillow cover is much better than the ones I knit, I have to say..

  3. Tracy

    Ebay is a fabulous source for cheap(er) hard ware.

  4. danielle

    Thanks Lara!

    I was worried that the combination of white and brown would be too cold and bland, but I like it.

    Sophie, we certainly can’t compete with the perfection of a machine made sweater. It’s never really quite as lovely as handmade knits though.

  5. danielle

    I didn’t even think of looking on eBay. Thanks!

  6. Caroline

    I love the collage above the bed. A friend blogged about a very similar thing recently.

  7. Christine

    I love the arrangement above the bed. Looks great!

  8. danielle

    Thanks!

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