DIY Bedroom Makeoever

Friday, May 6, 2011

Recently I decided I was bored to tears of our bedroom furniture.  Our furniture is my bedroom set from college and when I originally bought it I had a completely different decorating theme in mind.  Anyways, I decided to makeover our current furniture for a different look. 

 After
(Poe Cat refused to let me take the picture without him...)

 Before
(This was taken in our old apartment and I just happened to have it around - I never remember to take before shots!)

My first thought was that the slats on our headboard had to go.  Since they were kind of inset in the headboard I thought it wouldn't be too difficult to make something to just fit in there to cover them.  I painted some designs that looked similar to our duvet cover on gray fabric, used foamcore to make the shape of the space I was filling, and then covered it with batting and my painted fabric.  Before attaching it to the headboard I spray painted the headboard black.


Close-ups of my painting

For the nightstands I just sanded them down and used a brush to paint them black, then put a couple coats of clear glossy varnish over the black paint.  I'm still looking for knobs and pulls I like for the nightstands, but in the meantime I painted the ones already there silver.

My next task was the lamps.  I took everything off the lampshade frames and recovered them with turquoise fabric.  I had NO idea what I was doing, but I decided to wing it and somehow it worked out...

Before and After

For a final touch on the bed I bought plain cream colored pillow shams and used fabric paint once again to paint our last initial on them.  When I was finished with everything I still felt like it was missing something...art above the bed.  I love cameos and thought that would be fun with the vintage feel of our doily printed duvet.  I found some pictures with profile views of me and hubs, along with a couple pictures of the Furs and using the pen tool in illustrator traced around our profiles.  Then I printed the outlines and used them as a guide to make the actual paintings.


I had a very specific idea in mind for picture frames and had a time trying to find what I was wanted.  After a couple weeks of fruitless searching I decided the only option was to figure out a way to make them myself.  I headed to Michaels and came up with my plan.  I used sheets of black craft foam to cut out the frame and then painted them using a coat of black paint and several glossy coats of varnish to achieve the look I wanted.


They're not perfect, but I have to say I felt like tooting my own horn after finishing this one.  I have such an obsession with diy/art projects that all I could think when I was done is...what should I makeover next?

Anyone else love diy?  Where do you get inspirations?

11 comments:

  1. Holy cow! You are an amazing artist! I am so very impressed with each and everything you did! I love the cameos and the painting on the headboard is phenomenal! The room looks great, way to go! :)

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  2. Fabulous!!! Great job! I love the frames for the cameos!

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  3. This is ASTOUNDING! I'm blown away! Please help me with some inspiration and tutorials! I'm hopeless when it comes to this stuff!

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  4. Those silhouettes are darling! If you get a chance, check out my post today, we're doing a novel release party about the release of my first book! I'd love to have you stop by and be a part of the party! Have a fabulous Fashion Friday love! Kori xoxo

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  5. Wow you really did an incredible job. I am so impressed! Seriously you have such a knack for it... Awesome!

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  6. I absolutely love the prints above the bed, Emily! Everything looks beautiful!!

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  7. Wow - you are ridiculously talented. Everything looks amazing!

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  8. This is so impressive! It looks amazing :)

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  9. Wow, you did a great job. I love the headboard. Check World Market for knobs, they have a ton & lots of colors for a reasonable price.

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  10. You are an amazing artist!! It is absolutely beautiful. Where did you get your bedding? I'm looking for a pretty grey...

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  11. So, your picking up fast. All the best for your future endeavours!
    Hunter Douglas

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