Our Master Bedroom


Phillip and I have been married for ten years, and for most of those ten years, our master bedroom remained kind of neglected in the decorating department. We had no headboard, random bedding, mismatched (in a bad way) side tables and lamps, and an old dresser that looked very small in proportion to our king-sized bed.

Two years ago, I was ready to give our master bedroom a makeover and started a board on Pinterest where I began pinning photos of bedrooms that inspired me in some way. That Christmas, Phillip surprised me by building me a headboard for our bed, and that was the true beginning of my master bedroom makeover.

{To find the plans he used to build the headboard, click here.}


I have always liked the “shabby chic” look, and at our old house, I had white bedding and white curtains, along with some antique art and accessories. It was pretty, but I just didn’t love it.

When we moved into our new house, I decided to make a few small changes to make it look a little less “shabby chic” and more colorful and eclectic. I found a floral accent pillow at World Market and that little pillow inspired the color scheme of my entire room. I kept my white duvet cover and sheets, but added silver Euro pillows that I found at TJ Maxx. I switched out my white bedskirt for a gray and white gingham one, and just recently found a quilt at HomeGoods that had the perfect shades of blues and grays.

I decided to keep my white curtains, but added some bamboo shades underneath to help darken the room in the mornings, as well as bring in some of the same wood tones found in my headboard.


For months I searched Craigslist for nightstands, and finally, a matching solid wood set was listed. They were originally just stained wood, so I sanded and painted them red (Martha Stewart Maine Lobster). I used only one coat of paint, so that some of the darkness of the original wood would slightly show through the brush strokes, and then I lightly sanded the edges. I decided just to keep the original hardware, because I liked the way it looked against the red.

When I saw these lamps at TJ Maxx, I loved how the green glass matched the tiny bit of green in my accent pillow, and I also how the burlap shade and rope brought in some rustic elements to the room.


We still had our small dresser for a while. It was one of the first pieces that I had ever painted, and even though I didn’t love the paint color I had chosen, the dresser was originally Phillip’s grandmother’s, so it held sentimental value. When we started thinking about a changing table for the baby, I realized if we re-painted that dresser, it would work perfectly in the nursery, so I began looking on Craigslist for something bigger for us.

I saw this dresser on Pinterest and was immediately inspired. As luck would have it, I found a very similar dresser on Craigslist in our area, and we went to pick it up that very day. Phillip sanded the top down to bare wood and stained it with the same stain that he used on my headboard (Minwax Ebony). I lightly sanded the rest of the dresser and painted it two shades of green using leftover paints we had in the garage from previous projects. I was a little nervous the entire time I was working on this dresser, unsure of whether or not I would be happy with the finished look, but I LOVE it!


I wasn’t sure what I wanted to do above the dresser, but we had these two mirrors that someone had given us a while back, so I thought I would try them out before spending any money. They were from their kids’ bedrooms and were honey oak and covered in stickers. We sanded them down and stained them to match everything else and they worked perfectly!


The yellow wingback chair in the corner of the room was a $16 thrift store find, and has been around our house for several years. It’s a great chair and I love how it looks in our bedroom!


I eventually would like to hang some art on the walls, but overall, I am very happy with our master bedroom and finally feel like I have a peaceful place to retreat.


I hope you enjoyed the tour. If you missed any of my other rooms, you can find them here…

Boys’ Room


Dining Room

Living Room

School Room

I only have one room left to show you and that is the nursery/guest room. I finally found my inspiration for the wall arrangement, so it should be finished within the next week or so. I also can’t wait to show you some of the things I have been making for the baby!

I don’t have much time left! The official baby countdown has begun in the Medlin house. Today Jack will tell you that his sister will be here in 4 weeks and 6 days, but after my doctor’s visit yesterday, I am wondering if she might come sooner. We shall see!



{FYI…the paint color in the room is Pumice by Restoration Hardware, just in case you were wondering!}

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  1. Any chance you could post a tutorial to make the bed?


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