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Master Bedroom Makeover: The Final Breakdown



I’ve been getting a lot of questions lately about all of the items in our Master Bedroom and if I could do a breakdown post of all the projects and source list. Well you asked and I’m here with all of the nitty gritty details

So here’s the plan as things evolve and change I’ll update it periodically with all the new stuff so you can always come right back here and check it out. As always if I miss anything you’re curious about please leave me a comment and I will get back to you as soon as possible.

I’ll post links to the original post and links to the product and where I can’t find the product online I’ll try to find a similar items that I think will work. This post will evolve and update over time. I’ll post a button on the sidebar so you’ll always have easy access.

So let’s get to the good stuff shall we?


Wall color
Paintings above bookshelves
  • Custom art by yours truly, Our Lake Life Creations Art Shop Coming Soon!





Art and Objects


Frames surrounding the television – Ikea Ribba Frames varying sizes


I hope this covers many of your questions. Please leave me a comment if I’ve missed anything. I’ll be sure to update along the way.

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New Art for the Bedroom and an Announcement



A few weekends ago I was inspired to paint a new piece of art. I’ve been loving calming greens and blue of landscape scenes near the ocean. I broke out some canvas and painted a seaside marsh scene. It took me a few days to paint but I’m loving it.

Marsh Painting by Maria Sadowski

I bought a frame and hung it in the bedroom, on my side of the bed. The frame coordinates nicely with my gold rub n buff frames. The colors in the painting also reference back to the greens and blues in the ikat fabric I used for the curtains.

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On Bryan’s side of the bed I added a frame print I found in the clearance bin of Home Goods years ago. It still remains one of my favorite purchases of all time. It’s such a versatile piece. I love oversized mats and architectural prints. The wood toned frame keeps his side grounded and correlates with the dark bookshelves.

Bedroom Artwork

I’m a big fan of mixing my art pieces throughout my home with other store bought pieces. It really makes the space seem personal and unique to us. I’ve always admired art of all kinds and even have a whole board on Pinterest dedicated to artwork I love.

I paint fairly often, my home is littered with random pieces of art. I’ll share some more of them soon, but what I really want is to paint more. So to kick myself into high gear I’m planning to open up a shop on this blog in the next few weeks. As I have art to sell I’ll add it to the shop and I have a few paintings in mind already. I’ve been thinking about this for some time and I think I’m just going to dive in and do it. I’ve announced it now so I have to do it right 😉

Stick a Fork in It – The Chairs are Done!



Barrel Chairs

Remember my great-grandmothers formerly orange torn, ripped and cracked faux leather chairs? Well I finally got on that and finished up the last little odds and ends that were hanging out so that we could officially check these guys off the old to-do list.


I’ve been planning this update for years and quietly hoarding these chairs away in the attic until I got crazy brave enough to try this project out on my own. I could never bear to part with them, over the years they hopped from attic to attic as we moved waiting for the right time and place for an update.


They looked OK from far away and I even grew somewhat fond of the bright orange color. Upon closer inspection they were a bit of a mess, covered in old Naugahyde that had cracked and become sticky to the touch over the years. They smelled musty and dusty and had a weird crinkle to the seat when you sat due to the original horsehair stuffing. After years of waiting it was finally time to get on it and fix up these diamonds in the rough.

I debated a few different options including re-covering them in soft buttery leather or black velvet. In the end I found some great neutral upholstery fabric on the cheap from eBay, clicked bid and the decision was made to keep the chairs neutral. I think it was a good choice since our bedroom already has a ton of color thanks to the curtains and pillows I made.

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First I removed all of the fabric from the chair down to the bare frame. The only thing that was left in-tact were the springs, held together by the hand tied twine. This was the messiest part of the job. I had been hoping to leave some of the original insides in tact but once the fabric was pulled away it became clear that everything needed to be replaced. There were 5 bags of garbage from these two small chairs!

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We took the chairs out side and did some repair work to the legs. They had become wobbly in spots and needed to be sanded and stained. Bryan used his Kreg jig to drill a few pocket holes and slid a few screws into place to hold the front legs secure to the frame.

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The jute webbing that holds the entire seat together had disintegrated in places and had a very musty smell that was only going to be fixed by replacing it. I redid the entire seat by stapling it to the bottom and weaving the jute strips for form a tight base for the springs.

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After watching  a few videos on YouTube I began retying the springs in spots to make sure they were nice and secure. Added new foam to the seats to replace the old dusty horsehair (it seriously smelled awful) and covered it in some batting and an under layer of fabric in the same manner as I removed it. Just in reverse this time.

Upholstered Barrel Chairs Progress

They sat like this for some time while I gathered the rest of my supplies and thought about how to tackle the rest of the project. I felt a little paralyzed for a while, knowing there was still a lot of work to be done. Eventually I just decided to dive right in and finish them up. After a few days and some late nights of cutting, sewing, stapling fabric and hammering nails I had two fantastic vintage chairs that we are loving.

Upholstered Barrel Chairs

To add subtle contrast and highlight the lines of the chair I sewed piping in white denim and added old-fashioned nail head trim to the chairs I think it shows it off just enough to be elegant and refined.

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In person the neutral fabric has a subtle hint of green in certain lights. It’s a heavy weight brushed upholstery grade fabric that is soft to the touch but should hold up to years of use.

Barrel Chairs

So the verdict? Even though I had grown fond of the old bold color, I’m really happy I decided on a neutral fabric. They’re classic, fresh and they blend seamlessly into the room. Another perk is that they look fantastic in other rooms of the house too. I’m almost tempted to steal them for another room…almost.

Just so you don’t have to scroll all the way up here’s how they looked when we brought them down from the attic and dusted them off.



And now dun de dun dun… the after.

Upholstered Barrel Chairs


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It’s so wonderful to finish up a big project and have it turn out like you had imagined. With that we can mark off one of the last big projects on this Master Bedroom makeover. We still have a few things to do like adding a new head board, refinishing the dresser and sprucing up the closet doors. But those projects are for another day.

How To Make a Simple Terrarium



Well hello there, I’ve missed you all. I have a great little bedroom update to share today. Yes we’re still moving slowly along in that room. I’ve never really had any space that I could call done so I’m determined to keep on chugging along one little piece at a time until I get it where I’m content to move along.

Bedroom Lamp

Do you remember when I mentioned that I had purchased a lamp to place on the dresser and I couldn’t decide if it was a right for the space? Well I decided I agreed with some of the comments I received and back it went to the store, I liked the lamp well enough but just not in that spot. I’ve learned if I’m not loving it 100% then to just return it and try something else. I always end up happier than if I kept it and tried to make it work.

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The lamp covered up some of the wall gallery and the neutral colors weren’t balancing against the other colorful elements of the room. On the trip back to Home Goods to return the lamp I found a great apothecary jar and at $19 I grabbed it and ran, especially considering I’ve seen ones for three times that amount in other places. It was the right shape and scale for the top of the dresser and I liked the light air feel of the glass, but it was still missing some color.

Apothecary Jars

I contemplated a few different options to fill it, including glass fishing floats or colorful stones but in the end I decided it was the perfect spot to add a little life to the area in the form of a small terrarium . I had some small square glass vases stashed in the closet so I added those to the mix as well. I like how the square vases contrasted against the curvy lines of the Apothecary jar.

I was hoping that it would be a quick and easy project and it was. Once I had the supplies (which took 2 trips to the store because I couldn’t make up my mind)  it took less than an hour to put together. The most difficult part was lowering the plant into the jar, which took a little careful maneuvering to settle it in there.

Terrarium Supplies

On the second trip to Home Depot I bought my supplies. I already had my Apothecary Jar from Home Goods and two other glass containers I’d use as pots. I purchased a few African Violets and a Parlor Palm which are great indoor houseplants, thrive in low to medium light conditions and don’t mind being a little bit humid which can happen in a closed glass jar. Side Note, I bought way too many plants. I only ended up needing 3, one for each pot. I also picked up some potting soil and decorative stones. Most people also recommend using activated charcoal but I couldn’t find it so I skipped that step. We’ll see if I live to regret it.

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After that I added a small amount of the decorative stones to the bottom. Since there aren’t any drainage holes I wanted to leave the water a place to gather at the bottom in case I overwatered. I actually had too many in the photo above and ended up taking some out, but you get the idea.

I placed a small amount of soil then lowered the African Violet carefully into place. At some point I may have wondered aloud how the #$*@ can I get this plant into that jar. After a little trial and error I found adding just a small amount of soil and then filling in around it was the best method. I ended up having to brush some of the soil off of the leaves this way but it all turned out good in the end.

It got a little messy so be sure to work outside or cover your work services to keep the clean up easy.

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I planted another African Violet into one of the smaller square planters and the Parlor Palm into the larger vase, this time without the #$#^&.  That was it, easy peasy.

I’m loving how simple this was and the color and sparkly touch it adds to this side of the room.

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Also the clear containers that allow the pebbles to show through are super cute.

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So what do you think? Anyone else tried sticking a plant in a jar lately?  Did you love the results, or were you thinking how the *#*&$% am I going to get this plant stuffed into this jar.

Bamboo Matchstick Shades



If you follow us on Facebook you know that I had my eye on some Bamboo Matchstick shades from Home Depot to change out the mismatched shades we had in our bedroom. What was on the windows before? Well it was a mismatched combination of plastic roller shades from the previous owner and white faux wood blinds I had from an old bedroom. I love white blinds in general but once we painted the bedroom out a nice bright color I was feeling that the blinds were getting lost in the sea of neutrals, more contrast was in order.

P1150180For a long time I’ve been dying to add wood toned roman shades. I liked the idea of bridging the gap between the curtain panels with some darker tones to balance out all of the neutrals shades we introduced into the room since painting out the original green paint.

I saw these Providence Bamboo Roman shades in Home Depot a few months back and I loved them. Besides the fact that they looked great in person they were the perfect dark wood tone to go with our dark bookcases that flank the window on one wall. and they were not too expensive. Honestly I’m not up for spending hundreds of dollars on shades, even if it was in the budget it’s just not my thing.

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The old plastic roller shades split the window in between the bookshelves in two. I had to order the larger size to fit the window from Home Depot’s website because they didn’t carry the wide 51 inches shade we needed to span both windows in the store. I’m so happy I did this one larger shade helps to make the window larger and the wood tones just like I had imagined tie nicely together with the tones of the bookshelves. I love it when a plan comes together!

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Another bonus has been the room darkening quality of these shades. It’s noticeably darker in the morning time now which is nice since the window over the bed faces almost directly east. Can you say hello daylight at 5:00 am. I’m really impressed with them. Oh and as for privacy, Bryan was worried you might be able to see through the slightly open weave of the shade.  Bryan went outside the other night to check them out and everything is acceptable on that front too. Although the do sell fabric privacy inserts here that attach to the side of the shade that faces the street adding privacy and energy efficiency to the total package which might be a nice feature to buy down the road.

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Oh and did you notice? While we were on a roll I got around to hanging those 4 frames I recently changed up with some Rub n’ Buff. I’m sort of loving them on that once formerly blank wall.  They tie in reference nicely the colors and designs from the pillows without being all to matchy about it.

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I painted those looong before I picked out the Braemore Wonderland Pearl Fabric for the pillows. I’ve always been drawn to bright colors and I tend to paint in those colors ALL THE TIME!

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As for those closet doors, I’m not loving the same repeating of panels with the 4 hanging frames but that will all change as them as we have big plans for them. We’re most likely going to change out the bi-fold doors out for French closet doors and do some sort of mirrors and molding treatment as well. I can’t wait to get started on that project!

This room has come a long way baby from the beginning.

image And now we’re moving into the home stretch.



Side note: There is that lamp on the dresser that is causing my internal lamp debate. Notice the price tag still attached? I can’t decide if it’s too tall!!

Well I’m off for the weekend, I got the fabric to recover the torn orange chairs under the window from EBay. It arrived and I’m so excited to get tearing that fabric off. Although I have grown somewhat fond of the pop of color over there. Wish me luck and I’ll be back with a progress on Monday!

Psst if you want all of the posts leading up to our bedroom transformation click here

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