The "Bye Bye Blank Slate" Bedroom Makeover

The "Bye Bye Blank Slate" Bedroom Makeover

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Janel Laban
Oct 24, 2014
(Image credit: Joy Uyeno / Frock Files)

Project from: Joy
Location: Boston

When I moved in with my husband two years ago, our condo was a blank slate of cream colored paint, bare walls, and uncovered windows. We set to work infusing the space with personality, working first on our main kitchen/dining/living space, then the home office, and finally the bathrooms. But we dragged our feet getting around to the master bedroom, since we're really the only ones who spend any time in there.

(Image credit: Joy Uyeno / Frock Files)

After spending a weekend in New York at the Refinery Hotel last spring, we were inspired to glam up our bedroom once and for all. Over the summer, I reached out to my friend Heather and suggested we do tandem room makeovers in hopes of motivating one another to actually finish. She agreed and off we went!

(Image credit: Joy Uyeno / Frock Files)

We didn't have the budget to change our large pieces of furniture or the flooring, so instead we focused on accessorizing with our two goals in mind: light and function.

(Image credit: Joy Uyeno / Frock Files)

Light: Since our condo doesn't get a lot of light in the wintertime, we painted the walls white to amplify the light that we do get. We covered the closet bump out in black paint to give the room more depth. The two bedside wall lamps satisfy both light and function, since we can now read in bed at night.

(Image credit: Joy Uyeno / Frock Files)

Function: Our old bedside tables were very low, which led to a lot of spilled glasses of water and cups of coffee. I desperately wanted a gold side table but couldn't find one within our budget with the right dimensions, so I hacked one from Home Goods with a top from Amazon. On James' side of the bed, we created a small work station for days when he works from home.

Of course, the greatest function this room needed to serve was as a comfortable place to sleep. We invested in some new, cozy bedding and a set of blackout curtains. The only problem now is that we want to hang out in bed all day long!

See more of the makeover on Joy's blog: Frock Files

Thanks, Joy!

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