Slow Motion Transformation

I gotta admit, I was in need of some inspiration for today’s Metamorphosis Monday post. This is my favorite post of the week, but I was a little stumped this time. I found my inspiration at the Nesting Place. The Nester shared her master bedroom makeover, and (insert fake surprise here) it’s beautiful and inspiring.

That got me thinkin’. And when I get to thinkin’, it can get scary. My kids leave the room to escape the chores involved, and my husband hugs his wallet just a little tighter.
My, I mean our, master bedroom could really use some work. Not only is it not beautiful, it’s not welcoming, relaxing or romantic. It has sort of become a dumping ground.

The clothes on the bed are awaiting a trip to the Goodwill store. See, I giveth, and I taketh away.

Ugly, ancient and almost disgusting recliners live here. The furniture is solid oak, but the color is NASTY.

Someone leaves their dry cleaning in a heap in the corner, and the sweeper next to the TV. The TV is actually OLDER than the chair.

I can’t believe I have actually shown you my bedroom.
Where’s the transformation, you ask? This is Metamorphosis Monday, after all.
Well, my friends, what I have shown you here is the caterpillar. Caterpillars are ugly, just like my bedroom. But they both have the POTENTIAL to be something beautiful, after a slow and steady transformation. And that process is what I plan to share with you over the next few Mondays. A slow and steady transformation, using some stuff I already have, some new purchases and a very small budget. Isn’t that how most of us accomplish a room redesign? Sometimes I wish I had the means to just start over and buy everything new and copy some high end designer bedroom. But what would be the fun in that?
I hope you join me for the process, we’ll share some good ideas along the way.
Please check out the ACTUAL transformations at Between Naps on the Porch, our fabulous host for Metamorphosis Monday.

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33 thoughts on “Slow Motion Transformation

  1. Can’t wait to see what you do. Our bedroom is in the same shape, it will probably be the last room to get done. Maybe you’ll inspire me to start slow and redo as I can! Kathy

  2. well i personally love your met monday, why you ask? because you have posted pics of how most of us do live in our real lives, we normally just post pics of the pretty parts but im sure we all have rooms and areas that we still dream about finishing…lol and your room really isnt all bad, and im really excited to follow your progress…have fun!
    thanks for sharing

  3. Fun!!! I love makeovers!
    So do you think you’ll paint your furniture? Got any ideas of colour? Will you change the wall colour? What kinds of ideas are you kicking around?? I’m going to have to drop by regularly to see how you’re doing! :-)
    Victoria (one half of DesignTies)

  4. I am looking forward to the process. I have never done a total designer makeover in any house or room I’ve owned. It’s always been mix and match and put it all together as best I can. I love the fact that the kids fled and your husband grabbed his wallet a little tighter at this prospect…

  5. It will be great fun to see the caterpillar go from chrysalis to butterfly … or however that works! Good luck with the bedroom transformation. Cass

  6. Gosh, everyone, thanks so much for the encouragement. At this point, I’m still debating painting the furniture and walls. The 2 end tables are staying, they both belonged to my grandmother and I’ve already painted them to match, although I may distress those a little. The dressers are good quality, I usually only paint furniture that needs a new finish, so it seems kind of sacriligious to me to paint them, but I’d love to. The walls are currently a Sherwin Williams hue, called Olive Drab; isn’t that a horrible name for a paint color? I’m usually partial to fairly neutral walls with color in the accents (except for my “Apple Green” dining room, you’ve already seen that!) I’m certainly open to ideas, keep them coming!

  7. The part about your kids running made me laugh. That’s what my husband tells them to do when I saw “ooh, we should do some organizing…” Good luck with your room, I have the same problem.

  8. Good luck and have fun. Many times reinventing gives much more satisfaction then simply going new. Like your husband, I sometimes cower when my wife wants to add or change something. What will it cost, how much carpentry do I need to figure out, how much plaster will come down from the walls….but she always does a great job and it ends up marvelous. I am sure yours will too. Steve – French Cupboard

  9. You made me LOL with this :(insert fake surprise here)
    I too have been inspired by Nester’s MB post and am currently in the process of redoing my MB too. I look forward to seeing what you do with yours.

  10. Can’t wait to see what you do. My bedroom is also in need of a face lift, but hubbs wants to wait to begin that project until after the kitchen is complete. I’ve still got flooring and counters that need to be done in there, and that will take a long while to do. In the meantime I’ll live vicariously through you as you reinvent your master bedroom :0)

  11. Everybody need a project…..if I don’t have several waiting in the wings…then I’m bored!

    PS: Love you valentine’s re-do’s on your previous post…excellent ideas.

  12. Hi Kimm! I’m all for keeping the budget as low as I can. More power to ya! Can’t wait to see what you do with what you already have and keeping the budget to a minimum. Those are the best makeovers for me! ;) I know you’ll do a great job! ~CC Catherine ;)

  13. What fun! I love makeovers. And you’re right, it’s more fun to have to “make do” and do it yourself. :) I think you have a lot of great things in there – the wall color, your night stands. They have some great recliner slipcovers on ebay (can you tell I purchased one last week?) that work miracles. I got mine for $35. Can’t wait to see what you do here!

  14. Can’t wait to see what you do with it, lots of potential here and you could do it for little cost.
    Get the paint and redo those dressers. I did that with mine ( See last weeks Met Monday in my older posts) and it makes a big difference. I like the color of your walls , unless you want to change that. You have some nice height details to this room.
    Linda Q

  15. Thanks for all of the great ideas everyone! I found some GREAT fabric yesterday that I think will be my starting point. Right now, I think I’m going to paint the walls and leave the dressers as is. I think a new wall color will make the dressers look better. I think that the cool green against the warm wood just isn’t working, maybe too much contrast?

  16. Your bedroom has great architectural details! However, I share your sentiment at Nester bedroom envy..lol:) I was inspired to start redoing my bedroom before that post…but man did I get motivated after it. I want my bedroom (albeit quite cozy in square footage) to reflect our style and to become a sanctuary from the rest of the world (i.e. kids—three under the age of six!)

    Can’t wait to see what you do with the walls!

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