Gwen’s Master Bedroom Makeover

A room redesign by Kristi Linauer Interiors

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Master bedroom makeover--before and after




Gwen’s bedroom started out a bit plain, with all matching furniture, no window treatments, and a neutral, monochromatic color palette.  

 The dresser was a nice solid wood piece of furniture, but the attached hutch seemed overbearing in the room.  

 The bed, with the headboard and footboard, took up valuable inches of space in this small bedroom.  Removing the footboard and using only a headboard would free up some of that space.  




Master bedroom makeover--draperies, natural woven shades, bedside chandelier, diamond-tufted upholstered headboard, throw pillows.

The “centerpiece” of the new bedroom design is the diamond-tufted headboard, which is framed by the two windows now dressed up with beautiful draperies and woven shades.  

Master bedroom makeover--drapery panel, natural woven shades, diamond-tufted upholstered headboard, bedside chandelier, painted nightstand.

The walls were given a coat of warm brown, which took the room from cold and bland, to warm and inviting.  

Master bedroom makeover--lined curtains, woven shades, small chandelier, upholstered headboard.

Rather than using standard bedside table lamps, we opted to use a small chandelier on either side of the bed.  

Master bedroom makeover--DIY lined drapery panel, natural woven shade, tiny chandelier


Master bedroom makeover--DIY upholstered headboard, painted bedside table, small chandelier, how to make lined draperies.


Master bedroom makeover--rolltop desk, inexpensive artwork, candles, decorative books.


Master bedroom makeover--pleated valance, how to make a valance

The third window in the room was dressed with a simple pleated valance and a woven shade.  

Master bedroom makeover--small chandelier, chandelier used in place of bedside lamp.

Detail of the bedside chandelier and tufted headboard.  

Master bedroom makeover--warm medium brown paint on walls, small chandeliers as bedside lighting, DIY upholstered headboard

Because of the tight fit with the desk, chair, and nightstand, the desk couldn’t be centered on the wall.  Sometimes real rooms for real people don’t always work out as perfectly as magazine pictures, but they can still be beautiful!   

Master bedroom makeover--painted dresser, plates on wall, pleated valance, garage sale accessories

The original dresser was kept in the room, but I removed the hutch and refinished the dresser.  The frame above the dresser was purchased at a garage sale for $1.   

Master bedroom makeover--painted dresser, dresser makeover, plates hung on wall, flea market frame, old decorative books.


Master bedroom makeover--painted dresser with stained top, plates hung on wall, decorative books, medium brown wall color.


Master bedroom makeover--cheap garage sale frame, old pretty books, painted dresser with stained top.

Gwen already had these three really old and beautifully worn books, and on top sits a pretty rusted bird bell from Hobby Lobby.  To the right sits a painting on a piece of slate that was painted by Gwen’s mother.  

Master bedroom makeover--painted and antiqued dresser with stained top, how to paint furniture.

Close up of the refinished dresser, which was painted and antiqued.  

Master bedroom makeover--how to make a diamond tufted upholstered headboard


Master bedroom makeover--painted and antiqued chest of drawers with stained top, how to paint furniture

The chest of drawers was also refinished with a painted and antiqued finish. Above the chest of drawers is a painting by Gwen’s mother.  

Master bedroom makeover--how to paint and antique furniture







  • Wall Color:  Toffee Crunch 700D-5, Behr Paint from Home Depot

  • Paint for Dresser/Chest of Drawers:  Rustoleum Painters Touch spray paint in Heirloom White, from Home Depot

  • Blue Throw Pillows:  Bed, Bath & Beyond

  • Checked Throw Pillow:  Marshall’s

  • Fabric for Draperies/Valance:  Trend Fabrics, Pattern: 01284, Color: Linen (available to the trade only)

  • Decorative Accessories:  Marshall’s, Hobby Lobby, Michael’s, and Bed Bath & Beyond

  • Woven Window Shade:  DesignView Bamboo Providence Maple Roman Shade from Home Depot

  • Chandeliers:  Minka Lavery 3127-126 Jessica McClintock Home 4-Light Mini Chandelier Light Fixture in Belcaro Walnut, from Lighting Universe




DIY Project, How to make a diamond tufted upholstered headboard DIY Project, How to make a pleated lined valance DIY Project, How to make lined draperies with a hidden tab top   DIY Project, How to paint distress and antique a piece of furniture    



Progress:: Gwen’s Bedroom

On the Agenda For Today:: Transforming Gwen’s Dresser and Chest of Drawers

J & A Master Bathroom:: And Massive Mirrors No More!

Progress:: Gwen’s Dresser & Chest of Drawers (and a Peek At Her Bedside Chandeliers!!)

The Finished Dresser & Chest of Drawers (and Dealing With Chrome & Brass Bathroom Fixtures)

Gwen’s Bedroom:: Draperies (finally!)

Gwen’s Bedroom:: Finishing Touches (and Two Items Transformed)

How To Make A Diamond-Tufted Upholstered Headboard



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