Master Bedroom Before and After

A couple weeks ago I posted about the DIY wood plank wall in our foyer with the promise of showing you the other side of that wall soon. Well, here we go, it’s show time. Who’s up for a little master bedroom before and after?

But first a little recap of the history of this space. When we moved in, here’s how the room looked. In early 2012, the half-wall in the photo below was removed and replaced with an amazing wood plank wall built by my father.

Bedroom before makeover

White washed wood plank wall

After finishing the the wall on the foyer side, completing the other side of the wall and the master bedroom was a very low priority. You could say it was put on the back burner, but honestly it wasn’t even on the stove at all. The stove was already full with more important things like spending time with my family, doing my job and then later finishing Lillian’s room before she was born.

It seems to be fairly commonplace that the master bedroom is the last room to be decorated. It’s not a room that most visitors to your home will ever see and parents are usually putting other rooms first, like kids’ bedrooms or common spaces. We certainly fell into that majority. Here’s basically how the room looked for (I’m embarrassed to say) the last three years.

Master bedroom before Master Bedroom Wall Before

Shortly after we moved into the house I repainted this room, but I was never happy with the color. I wanted the walls to be a soft tan, but it ended up being more of peach color. It wasn’t bad enough to force me to go and buy a new can of paint, and actually most of the room didn’t look too bad. But that unfinished wood wall was a daily reminder of just how well I’ve mastered the art of procrastination. My goal was for the wall to look something like this or this.

Ok, well, enough chit-chat. I finished painting the wood wall … and finally repainted the rest of the room. It was a beast of a job, but here’s how the room looks now.

Master bedroom wood plank wall with exposed studs

To be honest, I’ve never been so excited photographing a room for the blog. To say I’m happy that this room is finally done would be an understatement.

Master bedroom wood plank wall with exposed studs. Art and book display space. From

I added a few pieces of lattice wood to create some book ledges. I realize that living with what is basically a half-finished wall (exposed studs, etc.) may seem weird to some, but it makes me happy and my husband is fine with it. 🙂 We are the ones looking at it everyday, so that’s all that matters.

I love the decorating flexibility that this wall offers. I know I’ll be tweaking it often whenever the mood strikes, which is exactly what I wanted. It is worth noting that when building the wall, my dad did it in such a way that we can easily put up drywall in the future if/when we try to sell the house.

Master bedroom before and after. Light walls and warm wood tones.

In addition to removing the chair rail and painting the room white, I also rearranged the furniture. The bookcase/shelving unit was moved to the opposite side of the room. I’ve got plans for making over this piece and moving it to a different room, but for now it’s serving a great function in this space. It was actually given to me by my old boss when we were moving offices years ago. It’s “lived” in four different cities and several rooms in this house. If furniture could talk I’m sure this one would say, “would you just stop moving me around already?!?!”

Master bedroom before and after. Light walls, warm wood tones and linens with texture.

The budget for this space was minimal, so most of the pieces in this room were either purchased on sale (bedside lamps), at Ikea (bedside tables and baskets) or both (gray curtains). #thriftyismymiddlename

There are also a couple garage sale finds and treasures I’ve collected while traveling.

Master bedroom makeover with light walls and warm wood tones

I’m not one to go over the top with bed linens—a little texture with a pop of color and we’re done. In an effort to keep it real, as I did in the tour of our living room, I just used the sheets and blanket we currently have on the bed. We have some heavier blankets for the winter months, but I prefer this streamlined look best anyway.

I hope you enjoyed this master bedroom before and after. What do you think of the white wood planked/exposed wall? Am I crazy like a fox or just plain crazy?

Master bedroom before and after. Exposed studs and wood plank wall. Light walls and warm wood tones. From realhappyspace,com

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