A full “before” tour and moody master bedroom refresh plans to reclaim our space after the baby co-sleeping phase ideas for pulling off high-end for less.

Between the messy house tour earlier this week and the crappy iPhone pics of today’s post (the one without the fancy camera because we’re like two generations of iPhone behind over here), I feel like y’all are getting the brunt of real-ness these last few days.

Here it is… our master bedroom that has been feeling kind of “womp womp” lately and I’ll tell ya why…

A full "before" tour and moody master bedroom refresh plans to reclaim our space after the baby co-sleeping phase   ideas for pulling off high-end for less.

It’s been exactly 7 months since we moved baby Regan out of our room to sleep in her own crib in her nursery.

But in the span of a year, this room has seen a lot of middle-of-the-night feedings, changings, and sleepy baby cuddles, and while I’ve been so thankful for our babe, we are SO ready to reclaim this space!!!

When we first moved in, we didn’t start out with a plan for our master bedroom.

A full "before" tour and moody master bedroom refresh plans to reclaim our space after the baby co-sleeping phase   ideas for pulling off high-end for less.

The grand scheme involved finding a pretty furniture set at a local home store on clearance and painting the walls a color that looked pretty at our old house but not so pretty in this new space (classic mistake there and we totally knew better).

The paint on the walls makes the room read green/purple tones, and it’s not really what I had in mind originally.

And also… who else has a dresser in their room that ends up with random piles thrown on it? What’s that about?

A full "before" tour and moody master bedroom refresh plans to reclaim our space after the baby co-sleeping phase   ideas for pulling off high-end for less.

I shot these photos just for my own personal use as I was planning, and before I knew it, we were removing molding and taking out nightstands to paint and hauling off the old curtains, blinds, and closet doors so… no “fancy camera” before pics.

Now here goes… the big plan. The ACTUAL plan that we never had in this space before…

Dark, moody walls. I’m scared of it but also really really excited. Kind of like when you chop your long hair into a cute and sassy bob haircut when you’re ready for a dramatic change? It’s like that.

So this is the mommy/daddy reclaiming their space again makeover plan:

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A full "before" tour and moody master bedroom refresh plans to reclaim our space after the baby co-sleeping phase   ideas for pulling off high-end for less.

1. Focal wall – We plan on jazzing up the wall behind our bed with some beefy grid molding, but we’ll make it a little more traditional in style with some curvy trim.

2. Dark, moody paint – We’ll be testing paint colors soon, but dark charcoal / black will be in the mix.

3. Bed – We’re keeping our same furniture, but I can’t find our bed online anywhere. This bed is as close to ours as I have found, just not as inexpensive, sadly.

4. Nightstands – I’ll be painting our dark nightstands white as contrast against the dark walls and adding a cane detail (that I hope will work… we’ll see) to resemble this high-end one I’ve seen lately.

4. Sconces – Since this is a small-ish master bedroom, we’ll use brass sconces above the nightstands instead of table lamps so they don’t take up so much room. (But I think I can spray paint these brass as a cheaper alternative.)

5. Ceiling fan – Our style has shifted a bit since we moved into this house (but we hadn’t really figured out our style when we installed this one), so this aged brass fan feels more like the way to go. Traditional-meets-modern and less rustic.

6. Curtains – We love the velvet curtains in our guest bedroom so much that we’re swapping the dark gray IKEA panels for these velvet curtains in white.

7. RugThis rug leans traditional to work with our colonial home’s bones and it has enough white to balance out the dark walls.

8. Throw pillows – I’ve looked everywhere for leather pillows that don’t cost over $100 and finally found this faux leather pillow that’s reasonable. I loooove these floral block pillows but they’re sold out (boo) so off to find similar ones. And this lumber pillow balanced the other two.

A full "before" tour and moody master bedroom refresh plans to reclaim our space after the baby co-sleeping phase   ideas for pulling off high-end for less.

9. Art – I found a gorgeous public domain image that I’ll be turning into large-scale art soon (if everything works out like I hope).

10. Dressers – Our two dressers aren’t linked anywhere online (sad), but this one and this one are similar (in case any of you want to know).

11. Bench – We have a little space in front of our window between our his & her closets that would be perfect for this bench.

12. Full length mirror – We just got this brass mirror and looooove it! (Wait for a good sale though. We got ours 30% off.)

13. Charleston map art – There is currently a small TV above our tall dresser but we never use it, so we might be removing it. But if we don’t, I had the idea to place this Charleston map art canvas as a cover when it’s not in use.

14. Lamp – We already have lamps that look similar to this one, so I might spray paint one to look like this one.

15. Brass bowl – Something like this would be good to keep on our dresser for holding loose coins/jewelry so it doesn’t end up tossed everywhere.

Are you a fan of the plan?

I’m sure the dark gray / black paint is not up everyone’s alley, but this is the one space where I feel like we can get away with it. And just like the “mom chop” can grow back, if we get tired of it one day, we can always paint it a lighter color.

But I have a feeling with a daaaaaaaark bedroom, we’ll sleep like babies. Well, at least sleep better than our baby did.

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