Master Bedroom Makeover

by DIY Maven

Master Bedroom Makeover

Mai at A Cup of Mai has spent the last 3 months making over her master bedroom. The bones were there in the before: nice big window, platform bed. The after, however lets Mai's sophistication sing. The gray walls are the perfect backdrop

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Foreclosure Gets a Fun Makeover

by Chris Gardner

Foreclosure Gets a Fun Makeover

When you spend all day online hanging about the design and home decor blogosphere (as I do), it can get a little dream-y, and you can feel pretty removed from the vaulted ceilings and bright white walls, the huge windows and the $5000 chairs.

And then sometimes, you run across a project that's much closer to reality, more like home. Like, one from your own neighborhood, perhaps?

So, when I saw this transformation of a foreclosed property that's not two miles from my own house, I got pretty excited.  

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Newlywed Masterful Bedroom Makeover: The After

by Erinh

Newlywed Masterful Bedroom Makeover: The After

It's here - the finish line! After an intense weekend and sharing our process step by step we are so excited to debut the finished product! From repainting to molding installation to new doors and bedding… you name it we updated it! After two days {and nights!} of work, and just a few (dozen!) trips to Lowes we have created a bedroom we truly love.

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Here's a tour of our finished bedroom!  

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It's All in the Details - Five DIY Tips to Make Any Makeover a Success

by Erinh

It's All in the Details - Five DIY Tips to Make Any Makeover a Success

When we started our master bedroom makeover, we thought replacing our overhead lighting would be our biggest challenge. But then it all turned out to be quite simple, so we had ample to time to tackle other, more labor-intensive projects such as cutting, painting, installing, caulking and repainting all new baseboard and window trim. Phew, now that took some serious time. I love having a husband who is handy with power tools!

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Newlywed Masterful Bedroom Makeover: Lighting Can Make All the Difference (How-To Included!)

by Erinh

Newlywed Masterful Bedroom Makeover: Lighting Can Make All the Difference (How-To Included!)


In making over our bedroom as part of the SYLVANIA Blogger Makover Challenge, replacing the old light fixtures was one of the bigger projects we tackled (making over your room? Check out their daily sweepstakes on Facebook). Need a little reminder? They're very 1996:

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Why replace our existing bedroom lighting?    
Not only were our existing lamps, frankly, hideous, but they also made the ceilings feel about two feet shorter than they actually were. Perhaps most importantly, they used a total of 350 watts of energy and made the room feel like a sauna. Hot!

What were the considerations when selecting our light solution?
It was immediately clear we need to go with recessed lights to raise the ceiling height. It was also imperative to find something that put out enough light to illuminate the room and the nether-regions of our closets. 
 
What did we end up choosing?
We settled on 5-inch remodel-style cans. Also, since we were in contact with insulation we wanted to ensure that the housings were airtight and IC-rated. They were the correct size, held the right type of bulbs, enabled easy installation, and would be safe. The final (and key) piece was a set of SYLVANIA ULTRA LED Dimmable PAR30 LED floodlights (you can also use the 12 watt Aline dimmable LED bulbs for standard lamps and fixtures).

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Now, rather than using 350 watts of energy to provide mediocre light, we're using just 60 watts of energy to generate great illumination coverage. It saves a ton of space and really makes the room seem larger. We love the clean, bright lights from these lamps – and they generate no perceptible heat. Cool!

Check out our video to see just how easy the change-out was.

And here's the entire process in 10 simple steps that we DO enourage you to try at home!

How did we make the switch?

  1. Turn off the power at the circuit breaker, then remove the existing surface mount light and hardware.
  2. Select the new location(s) for the recessed cans, and mark them. Confirm that you will not interfere with a joist prior to cutting into the drywall in a substantial way (see tip below).
  3. Scribe the holes in the drywall and use a drywall saw to cut the holes for the remodel cans.

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4. Run wire to the first can, and run a new piece of wire from the first can to the location of the second can.

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5. Connect the wires appropriately (as indicated on the instructions) to both cans. Turn the power back on to test that the lights work properly. 

6. Install the cans and use the included clips to secure the cans in place. Re-confirm the lights work properly.

7. Install the trim and button up the lights. 

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8. Remove the old surface-mount box from the ceiling and use a piece of circular drywall (see tip below) to patch the hole. 

9. Use spray texture and paint to match the surface to the existing ceiling

10. Enjoy!

Please be careful working with lighting fixtures and electrical wiring.
If you're unsure or uncomfortable, call a pro to help.

Erin and Chris' Light Replacement Tips:

  • Use a piece of wire (like a bent coat-hanger) inserted in a nail-size hole in your ceiling to check for obstructions like a joist or low hanging insulation.
  • Use a circular piece of cut-out ceiling drywall to patch the hole you created when removing the surface-mount box. 
  • Wear glasses and a mask when cutting into overhead drywall – avoid a large amount of dust and insulation landing in your face! (We probably should have done this ... cough).
  • If your remodel can “clips” cannot be secured easily, don’t fret! Just bend the clips a bit to make it easier to secure the can in place.

Be sure to check out all the SYLVANIA blogger room makeovers  on the SYLVANIA Facebook page. If you “like” the page, you can enter the daily sweeps to win your own SYLVANIA lighting products and Lowe’s gift cards so you can perform you own room makeover!

Erin Hiemstra is the style-maven behind Apartment 34, a daily blog that reflects her love for all things beautiful. Recently married, Erin and her husband Chris decided to apply her passion for design and decor to their Seattle, WA home. We're thrilled that they're sharing this DIY master bedroom makeover with Curbly.

This post was sponosored by SYLVANIA.
Curbly received monetary compensation, but all opinions are our own

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Newlywed Masterful Bedroom Makeover: The Plan and Inspiration Board

by Erinh

Newlywed Masterful Bedroom Makeover: The Plan and Inspiration Board

When setting out to redo our master bedroom I was looking to take it from "hot mess" to simply hot. When gathering inspiration I was constantly drawn to saturated colors, prints and patterns, and layers of personal touches.  

Here's the inspiration board I put together to serve as the starting point for our makeover:  

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I grabbed these images from various blogs and magazines I like. If you're doing an inspiration board, I recommend using something like Curbly's "clippings" feature to keep your ideas organized (another good service is Pinterest).

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Newlywed Masterful Bedroom Makeover: The Before

by Erinh

Newlywed Masterful Bedroom Makeover: The Before

Since getting married last April (our one-year anniversary is in two weeks!), I've been delighted by all the amazing changes married life has brought. Sadly, the house my husband bought before we met isn't one of them. These "before" photos illustrate our need for an upgrade:

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To call our suburban, split-level, 4-bedroom house a "project" is a serious understatement.It was built in 1975 (remember all the great design from that year?), so it is resplendent with wall-to-wall carpet, popcorn ceilings and a basement full of cedar paneled walls.

Updating the house has felt like an massive undertaking; one we've been putting off. But, with no end to the real estate woes in sight, we decided, as the Curbly motto says, you 'gotta love where you live.' And newlyweds deserve a proper master bedroom!

Here are some more pictures to give you a sense of what we're working with here:

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The limey-green walls, spot-lit closets, hodgepodge bedding and piled-high bed-side tables don't exactly provide a relaxing romantic retreat. But we're in no position to do a total gut job; so we approached the project as a makeover we could tackle in a weekend.

Inspired by SYLVANIA's Blogger Room Makeover Challenge, and armed with a $500 Lowe's gift card, SYLVAVNIA's ULTRA ALine LED light bulbs and our own creativity, we set off to turn our room into a a masterful retreat.

Now that we made it through our {very long!} weekend of work, the makeover is finished, and I can’t wait to share it with you! Check back over the next few days to follow our entire whirlwind process. Next up - our inspiration and project list.

In the meantime, Check out all the SYLVANIA blogger room makeovers  on the SYLVANIA  Facebook page. If you “like” the page, you can enter the daily sweeps to win your own SYLVANIA lighting products and Lowe’s gift cards so you can perform you own room makeover!

Erin Hiemstra is the style-maven behind Apartment 34, a daily blog that reflects her love for all things beautiful. Recently married, Erin and her husband Chris decided to apply her passion for design and decor to their Seattle, WA home. We're thrilled that they're sharing this DIY master bedroom makeover with Curbly.

This post was sponosored by SYLVANIA.
Curbly received monetary compensation, but all opinions are our own

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