Laura’s Master Bedroom Refresh (Before + After!)

I love changing up my spaces from time to time to refresh the vibe of a room. I’m pretty sure my husband, Todd, could live in the same house with the same things for his whole life and never notice, but I always feel like a room gets “stale” after looking exactly the same for a while. Now, refreshing a space doesn’t mean that you have to go out and buy all new items—heck no! Usually, my room refreshes consist of a few new (or at least new-to-me items) mixed in with some original pieces, items from other places in the house, and some originals that have been transformed through some DIY magic. Our bedroom was one of the first rooms we worked on when we moved into our house 3.5 years ago (you can see what the first design looked like in this post), so I thought it could use a little makeover to feel even more bright and open.

I think we bought our double dresser around the same time that we bought the bed (newlywed shopping!) and while I like the size and functionality of it, it’s also so dark and big that it just sucked up all the light on that side of the room. After a few (OK, a lot!) coats of white paint and a few added details, I love how unique it now looks and it makes a huge difference in the brightness of the room. This is the planter next to the dresser (I just painted the legs gold).

I used to have a bookshelf in our room, but it just became a magnet for clutter with all the shelves. So I hunted down a skinny, simple console table (similar here) to hold a few simple fun things (like that super cute phone!) and that wall feels super clean and neat now. Also, that amazing mirror is sold out (sorry!) but I think this one is another really pretty take on a sunburst mirror.

We’ve had this platform bed for coming up on nine years now and while I still liked the shape of it, the dark color wasn’t helping our room feel bright, so I did a DIY reupholstery to change it to pink and cover up the tufted buttons for a more modern feel—no regrets there! I’m still using my nightstands that I made over a few years ago, so I just gave them a new bit of paint here and there to touch them up a bit. One of my favorite pieces in the room is actually that furry blanket—how fun is that?!

As much as l still love the trim on our DIY customized closet doors, I thought a new color would go a long way in making the room feel fresh, so I painted them a pale pink (Tartlet by Ecos) and I love how they turned out.

I wanted to add some colors that don’t usually appear in my house (usually I have a strict palette of select pastels I choose from) and this Palm Springs print was a perfect way to add color and a nod to the California/mid-century vibe we have going on in the house. I also printed out a photo of Todd and I when we visited that Saguaro Hotel two years ago on our Babymoon vacation to hang on the wall next to the bed to add a personal touch to the space—take me baaaack!! I have that gold hanging planter in a few rooms of the house (DIY version here) and I love how they lift a little greenery into the air.

Since part of a refresh usually involves me moving things around the house, I switched this brass sputnik light from my craft room and I think it was the perfect addition to the space and compliments the gold globe lamp and nightstand lights as well (similar here). I still dream of having this lamp in a room someday, but I’d definitely need to find the perfect setting for it …

Isn’t that print amazing?!I switched that shag rug from another room into the space, so that was another “free” change that I could easily make. I don’t know about you, but my brain needs that bit of something different every so often, and this makeover has been a huge improvement on how extra warm and cozy the room feels to me. Hope you found a little inspiration for next time you want to refresh one of your spaces! xo. Laura

Credits//Author: Laura Gummerman. Photography: Amber Ulmer. Photos edited with A Color Story Desktop.
  • I am absolutely obsessed with your room but I need to know… where is that adorable decorative pillow from? I love it so much!

  • Hi there! Can you explain how you did your sunburst drawer pulls? Are they paint or actual pulls? Thank you! 🙂

  • Loved the flower pot and side table, and plant bedroom looks amazing

  • Using this as inspiration because this is such a good before and after and I’m about to re-do my bedroom because I’m moving and I’m a little nervous about it!

    Julia // The Sunday Mode

  • where is that tiny white floating shelf from under the picture of you?? I’m looking for something exactly like that that isn’t too far out from the wall. I’d appreciate it!

  • Hello- I was wondering if you have a link to your curtains? Need those for my daughters room, but hard to find the right cream color online.
    Thank you!

  • This is absolutely gorgeous! Way to go Laura!! Would love to know what preset pack you used from A Color Story? I love how bright and clean the photos look!

  • I loved your room before, but this refresh is amazing! My favorite part is the pale pink closet doors. Also, I’m going to have to look into that simple console because I’ve been looking for something similar for my entryway.

    -Helen
    http://www.sweethelengrace.com

  • What type of plant do you have in the tall planter in the corner? Thanks!!

  • That’s a great reno! Well Done. You gave me ideas for my bedroom as well. Callie from www.anthomeli.com

  • Just so you know I actually took that print and sell it in my own print shop. The artist that is selling it on Society6 has no rights to it and did not purchase it from me so I am working on getting it taken down. I love seeing that you used it in your room! I would love if you would give credit where credit is due:)

    https://realityandretrospect.pixieset.com/g/prints/?pid=493543991&id=43&h=NTg2MTU1OTEy

    It is also for sale (legitimately) at https://www.sugarhousesupply.com/collections/framed-prints/products/weekend-getaway-print

  • This is probably one of the most satisfying before and afters I’ve seen! Makes me want to reorganise and redo my whole living space haha! I love the bedroom! x

    Alexandra | www.thelifestyledit.com

  • Gorgeous! Would love to know what type of plant is in the small geometric hanging planter. : ) thanks!

  • The space looks so refreshed and relaxing — perfect bedroom vibes for when you’re at the end of your day and you want to collapse in bed.

    xx Rosie | www.2pointpov.com

  • This is a really specific question, but I have that same diamond shaped wall planter and I need to fill it with greenery – is the plant you’re using real or fake and do you have a source for it? Thank you!!

    • That one is fake-I like fake for planters on the wall so I don’t drip water down my walls when watering—try places like Joanns, Hobby Lobby, or Michaels and Target for faux plants!

      Laura

  • This is unbelievably gorgeous! I’m using your house as the main inspiration for my fixer-upper. I’ve been looking everywhere for a quilt in that perfect shade of pink – where did you get yours? Thank you!

  • Great refresh! I’m the same way with needing to freshen up rooms every couple years to get a new energy flow from them. Got that from my mom who would rearrange our furniture all the time while I was growing up.

  • I can’t stop looking at this gorgeous room! It all works so well together & the attention to detail is exquisite! Where is that fun pink eye pillow and the pretty double hand planter from? Serious room envy here! Great job!

  • Room is much warmer and cozy than its previous iteration! I know you used untinted white in the pros design but the walls seem warmer – what paint did you use for the walls?

    • It’s still the untinted white! The pink doors vs the green doors do reflect a warmer tone into the room in photos though 🙂

      Laura

  • This is absolutely beautiful!!!

    Love the colours and it is definitely my dream bedroom 🙂

    Great work!
    -Lena
    x

    • They were an old target nightstand makeover, they are linked in the post!

      Laura

  • Amazing, amazing, amazing! I love the sunburst mirror… hope it comes back in stock soon! 😀

    Charmaine Ng | Architecture & Lifestyle Blog
    http://charmainenyw.com

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