Before & After: A “What Took Me So Long!” Magnificent Master Bedroom Refresh

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Christina’s master bedroom had a lot going for it, it just needed a little help to truly shine. With some smart upgrades, a very cool paint choice and a terrific plant collection, she created a dramatic new look for her space.

From Christina: Out of all of my house renovations thus far, my master bedroom was a lot less intense than my other projects, but ended up being the one that looks most dramatically different from start-to-finish.

We’d already pulled up the terrifying burgundy carpeting the day we got the keys, and after refinishing the floors we painted the entire room top-to-bottom with high-hiding white primer with the plan to come back and finish it eventually. And then we left it like that. For years!

Finally a few months ago while in-between other projects I started obsessing over the idea of painting one of our rooms black, and our master bedroom seemed like the perfect fit – it inspired me to makeover our bedroom in only a few weeks!

My favorite change was replacing the oddly-placed light fixture with a modern chandelier. The original light was barely a foot from the front wall – I knew I needed to find something with a chain so that I could hang it in the center of the room where it belonged! I spent a long time looking at crystal chandeliers, then industrial chandeliers, then bubble chandeliers, before settling on this contemporary fixture with glass shades.

The next big change was replacing the chair rail molding. I loved the beadboard, but it was topped off with a skinny, boring square trim that didn’t match all of the other intricate molding and millwork in the house. Replacing it with actual chair rail molding was an easy fix and made painting easier.

I also think the curtains being mounted at the correct height made a huge difference in making this room feel big. After installing hardware and hemming curtains in my two other bedrooms I felt like a pro in this room!

I’m so amazed at the difference a little paint can make and I’m so excited that this is now my favorite room in the house – it came together so quickly that I really don’t know why I waited so long to get to it!

Thank you, Christina! You can see more on Christina’s blog, And Christina