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John & Alice’s Master Bedroom — Before And After

Well, if you like lots and lots of pictures, then today is your lucky day! 🙂 I am absolutely tickled pink at how John & Alice’s bedroom turned out, and I’m so excited to show it to you. So excited, in fact, that I’m pretty sure I had my mom document every square inch of the room. So, you ready? Here goes…

First, let’s remember where this room started:

All of the furniture in the room matched.  The walls were a very light blue.

The corner windows were dressed with custom window treatments, but they were just a tad outdated.  🙂

More of the matching set of furniture.  There was also a matching chest of drawers that I didn’t get a picture of.

After all of the furniture was moved out so I could get ready to start the board and batten wall treatment, I snapped this photo…

The wall with the chairs is the wall where the headboard was. The doors lead to the master bathroom.  This picture shows more clearly the blue walls and pinkish carpet.

And now, the room looks a little bit different:

Master bedroom makeover with board and batten walls, black interior doors, DIY wood headboard

Master bedroom makeover with drop cloth curtains, board and batten walls, painted dresser

Quite a difference, huh?  Okay, I have about 100 more pictures, so go grab a cup of coffee and get comfy.  🙂

Master bedroom before and after, DIY skirted bedside tables, DIY wood headboard

The headboard is made of fence pickets, and cost under $40 to make.  The side tables are made of MDF, and cost about $20 for both (not including the skirts).  I found the lamps at Marshall’s, but the color was all wrong, so I painted them and then covered the lampshades.  The linen bedskirt is custom, but the rest of the bedding came from Marshall’s.  I added the linen ruffle to the shams to pull the look together.

Goodwill thrift store cane chair reuphosltered with drop cloth

The chair was a Goodwill find for $30 and originally had bright yellow-gold fabric.  A canvas dropcloth from Home Depot gave it a new look.  The ottoman was already in the house, and I gave it a slipcover to coordinate with the chair.  I added ribbon and jute accents to both.

Master bedroom makeover, board and batten walls, reupholstered chair, drop cloth curtains

The draperies are also made from Home Depot canvas drop cloths.  I lined them with blackout lining and added ribbon trim to dress them up.  The shades are my favorites from Home Depot.

Thrift store chair reupholstered with drop cloth and DIY jute buttons

The pillow in the chair was made from a scrap of fabric from the bedside table skirts, and the ruffle edge is made from the leftover selvage from the fabric.  For the chair, I made little jute “buttons”.

Reupolster a button tufted chair

Lined curtains made with drop cloths, with ribbon trim

A closer view of the ribbon trim added to the draperies.  I used 1 1/2″ green satin ribbon, and 3/8″ brown satin.

Add a ruffle trim to a ready made pillow sham

Adding a ruffle to a ready-made sham is an easy way to get a customized look for less money.  The pillow on the right is a very easy pillow to make, and requires very basic sewing skills.


The planter cup is from JoAnn Fabrics, and it was on clearance for around $3.75 because it had a chip in the rim.  It also had a crazy color and pattern on it–nothing a coat of spray paint couldn’t fix.  The books that I used in the room were all different colors, so I just covered them in brown packing paper.

Craigslist dresser makeover, painted black and added feet

I bought the dresser on Craigslist, and then gave it a complete makeover–I removed the apron and added feet, and then painted and antiqued it.

dresser makeover, black interior doors

The doors in the room got a coat (or two) of black paint, which took them from dull to dramatic.

Craigslist dresser makeover, black interior doors, board and batten walls

Lamp makeover with painted base and recovered lampshade


The lamp belonged to the homeowners, but was brass.  A coat of spray paint (Rustoleum Painter’s Touch in Oregano) and a new shade from Lowe’s gave this lamp new life.  The mirror was a “special buy” mirror from Home Depot, and I covered the cheap factory finish with a dry brush technique using some black and green paint to give the frame an antiqued look.

Make inexpensive vases out of food jars and jute twine

Glass jars were covered in jute to create some budget-friendly accents.


Book page wreath

A wreath made from pages of a book adds texture to this area, and underneath sits my favorite find from “shopping” the house for accessories–the homeowner’s high school diploma.  I love the touch of nostalgia it adds, plus the colors of the frame and paper are absolutely perfect for the room.


Disclaimer:  Please don’t ever put candles on a wood plate and surround them with very flammable dried Spanish moss and leave them burning unattended!!

Master bedroom makeover before and after

Did you notice the little jute rosettes I put on the front of the ottoman to coordinate with the jute buttons on the chair?  I forgot to have my mom take a closer picture of it.  Oh well.< Well, that's the whole tour.  I hope you enjoyed it!!  If I counted correctly, I have 15 d.i.y. projects in this room, and I'm working on getting all of the instructions written up for you--things like how to do board and batten walls, how to make an ottoman slipcover with a pleated skirt, how to recover a cane chair with tufted back, how to make a book page wreath, how to make lined draperies with ribbon detail, and much more. I also have one more project that I'd like to do for this room eventually--a patchwork bench using all of the leftover fabrics, to go at the foot of the bed.  But that will have to wait, because now it's time to move on to the master bathroom.

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  1. Fantastic!! I love the wreath, maybe not that close to burning candles… Seriously though, love all the colors, great job!

  2. wow these are great, u have quite the imagination hon, well, u have to, to do this great work, im impressed….Nancy Smith

  3. Wow, the wainscoting makes the biggest difference and it so beautifully done! And I think I recognize those table lamps, I redid the same pair for my master bedroom! Great job! Janell

  4. This looks absolutely amazing…..you are truly talented and I know you worked really hard on this room. So very warm and cozy and all on an incredible budget! You totally rock!

  5. I'm still figuring the cost of the bedroom. 🙂 The biggest expense was the walls–board & batten and wallpaper. I wouldn't doubt it if half the budget went to that alone.

    But I'll figure the details and let y'all know.

  6. I really love everything about this room, you did a great job. My favorite thing is the covered chair and pillow accents. It will be perfect for reading on a cold day!

  7. The room looks wonderful. Great job. I would add that if you want to put candles on a wood plate and surround with moss, flameless candles would do the trick.

  8. Very nicely done! The word I can use here for you is — Resourceful… Especially on the the chair – a goodwill find, wow…
    And the fact that you used left over fabric and materials from the project, again very resourceful.
    Keep up the good work!!!

  9. I've been following your blog for a few months now. Love it. This room came out gorgeous. Can't wait to see what you do next.

  10. This is the first time I've visited your blog and I just have to say GORGEOUS! I want that bedroom! I'll be checking back to get more inspiration…thanks!

  11. Holy moly! It looks like a high-end B&B! I love, love, LOVE the board-and-batten treatment. Beautiful!

  12. I am new to blogging, so this is my first time here but not my last….I LOVE what you did with this room, it is truly stunning. I am now a follower!

  13. Hi! I am visiting from Thrifty Decor Chick, and I must say, "WOW!!" I LOVE this makeover!! I am not normally a fan of wallpaper, but I love this! And the board and batten being taller makes the ceiling look taller! Very very VERY nice job!!

  14. Here from Thrifty Decor Chick and I'm totally amazed by the transformation. Isn't it great what a little molding and fabric can do for a room! Great job!

  15. I LOVE what you've done in this room! Found your site on accident, googling for how to make over a dresser. Can you list exactly how you added the trim on the bottom?

    Thanks so much for the look into your world!

  16. Very nicely done! The word I can use here for you is — Resourceful… Especially on the the chair – a goodwill find, wow…
    And the fact that you used left over fabric and materials from the project, again very resourceful.
    Keep up the good work!!!

  17. BEAUTIFUL transformation! Loved every bit of it, and although i’m still working to get rid of my 90’s wallpaper, I love the wallpaper in this room. Thanks for sharing!

  18. Oh no! I read every single page from the start of this makeover through to the end and was so excited to see the finished pictures and they aren’t there anymore! I’m dying to see what this room looked like all finished.

  19. For some reason I can’t see any of the after pictures anymore. Are they removed or is there just a glitch somewhere with my computer and/or the site?? Thanks- I can read the text but really want to get a glimpse at what the after pictures look like!

    1. Hi Beth~
      It’s not your computer. 🙂 It’s the post. I’m not sure what happened to the pictures…LOL. They just disappeared! I’ve had this on my “to do” list for quite some time. I’ll see if I can find the pictures and add them right now. Thanks for the reminder!

  20. Curious about the cost breakdown? I just saw your bathroom makeover and aam so inspired to fix up my own space now!Thank you

  21. Wow! Great job. That flooring really warmed up the room. I love what you did with the walls too. That dresser is gorgeous…okay I love everything!! I always find dressers on Craigslist that I’d like to try making over, but everyone I know is always too busy to come help me get the thing from the seller and up to my apartment. =(

  22. Lovely bedroom with superb views! You are undeniably gifted when it comes to interior designing. What you did to John and Alice’s master bedroom is a really big development. I can only imagine how happy they must be right now. And all the furniture and décors you’ve used are urbane and beautiful. Keep it up!

  23. Wow! Gorgeous! You are so very talented. You should start doing online consults if you don’t already (with all that ‘not spare’ time you have . 🙂 ) Found your blog recently and so enjoy seeing your updates. They are so real compared to astonishing before and after photos that do not show the in between mess, decisions and pain. Thank you for encouraging others so much!