The house we purchased for our Habitat for Humanity project had two bedrooms, which we're excited to show you today!
One dilemma we faced was how to update the bedrooms without knowing who would be using them. It was a real head scratcher. We didn't know if the family who will eventually own this home would be a single mom with two young daughters, a single dad with a teenage son, a couple with a newborn, a couple with no children, or really anything in between. We just didn't have that information. For a while we thought we might just leave the rooms completely unfinished, but that just didn't feel right when you considered what we were doing throughout the rest of the house.
Finally, we decided to keep the rooms as simple as possible but have adult-size beds in each. If the family doesn't end up needing one, they can always donate it or store it in the basement until they do.
In the first bedroom (pictured above), we removed the old carpets and restored the wood floors. We repaired the walls and gave the room a fresh coat of paint. In each room we decided to paint one wall with an accent color to give the space a little personality. This room got mint (same as the door in the kitchen)! Our thought was that even if the family doesn't enjoy the color we chose, they will only need to paint over one wall (instead of all four), which is an easy and inexpensive update they can choose to make if they like. Won't hurt our feelings one bit. 🙂
The second bedroom already had exposed wood floors, so we simply had to restore them, repair and paint the walls, and add a few fun touches like these DIY cement side tables. I love how cheery both bedrooms ended up feeling. We hope they make the family smile when they walk into their new home someday! xo. Emma, Elsie, and the ABM team.
PS – You can find the paint sources here. 🙂
Credits // Author: Emma Chapman, Photography: Janae Hardy and Sarah Rhodes. Photos edited with A Beautiful Mess actions. First bedroom: Lamps/Shades of Light, Night stand/Wayfair, Rug/Serena and Lily, Bed + linens/Pine Cone Hill and curtains/Target. Second bedroom: Acrylic shelf/West Elm, Rug/Lulu and Georgia, Pouf/Serena and Lily, Daybed + Floor lamp/IKEA, Throw pillows/Anek Designs, Clever Spaces, and River Oak Studio, and abstract artwork/Elizabeth Chapman.
The rooms are so beautiful! I think the family will be really happy when they see it (: A real great job well done!
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It looks amazing. Gorgeous work! I love the green walls. The green color is so fresh. I am going to paint my kitchen in the same tone. Love your ideas. Love the idea to donate one bed, too. We should donate furniture that we don’t need. Best regards!
The walls could use a bit more prep work such as smoothing and sanding, But besides that I think it look great. And it’s going to a good cause. Great Job
The transformation made in the bedroom is incredible. The colours and choice of furniture work really well together!
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Love the small mirror on the shelf next to the coral wall… Where is that from?
Love what you’ve done with the rooms, they are light and airy, just the way I like it. However, I can’t see anyone wanting to have those type lamps on their night stand. Aren’t they going to cause too much glare, especially if you want to read in bed. Gotta say no to them, but lovely otherwise.
Waauw, it really is amazing!
Wow, you’ve done an amazing job at creating such bright and interesting rooms. I love the light bulb lamp in the master bedroom, so unique.
Thanks Nicolle – I’ll go scouting!
Hi! That’s my black and white print (I assume you got it from Minted?) above the nightstand – can I get a shoutout? Thanks for using it 🙂
Hi ladies! These rooms are AMAZing.
I know like everyone in the whole world asks for this, but please check out my art work. It would look so cool in one of your fun, bright spaces. I’m on Instagram as @artbymegan.
I’d totally freak out if you even looked at the art 🙂
Thank you x a million!
Is that a real Eames chair or a replica? I’m searching for a good replica, can’t quite afford the real thing at the moment. 🙂
I absolutely LOVE that painting by your mom! Wow!
Also, I’m wondering–did you paint the wood trim around the windows? I can’t tell through the curtains. We just moved into an old house with a bunch of wood trim just like that, and gross blinds on every window. I want to do some simple window treatments like you have here, but wondering if it would look bad keeping the dark wood trim (it’s a rental and they specifically asked us not to paint the wood…)
these are the exact same accent colors I’m thinking for my home! Love it!
This is perfect!!
In love with the mint and coral colours, got my mind whirring for when I move out soon! I just posted about making a bedroom YOUR bedroom with little additions… If anyone’s interested have a peek!
I really thought I loved that mint accent wall…until I saw what you did in the second room! Really well done with personality, but not so much that it’s not flexible for whoever moves in. Great job!
I love this so much! so bright and beautiful. It’s always been a dream of mine to buy an old dingy house and fix it up! This looks so great!
You did an awesome job on these rooms! I’m swooning over those hardwood floors!
Hey ABM girls! I would love it if you guys posted source links for everything in the room, and links that went directly to the web page where I can see/purchase the item. The links you’ve posted so far just go to the homepage. Thanks!