Master cave beginnings -
First thing we did was paint the walls (or paneling) a soft gray and the trim white. We used Olympic no VOC paint in Secret Passage for the walls and Olympic no VOC paint in just plain old off the shelf white for the trim - both in eggshell finish. For detailed instructions on how we painted our paneling check here. Right off the bat this was a huuuuuge improvement and we loved it. Painting this room immediately brought in light, made the room feel larger and offered a calm and relaxing feeling.
We didn't like our doorway at all - call us claustrophobic; so we took off the door and created a new fabric doorway - you can see how we used a table cloth from Target to do that here. We actually really love not having a door here that is always banging on the wall and other doors and love the added color and the bright pattern the curtain brought in.
Next we hung our dramatic curtains - high and wide. Instant sophistication. Hanging your curtains higher and wider than your small little window will help bring your eye up and create a larger looking space - check it out here!
We also have brought in a rug for a little texture and pattern action to help pull the whole dramatic curtain thing together. Rug is from Ikea ($19.99!)
I think our most favorite update is the new chandelier light fixture, this is definitely our main focal piece in the room. It's amazing what a new light will do to a space. If you don't do anything else - update your lighting, it takes years off of your old house and it's really easy, see how we did it here. We found this chandelier at Ikea as well for $39.99 - a steal for an awesome light.
Finally we grabbed these side table chests, painted them (here) and found cute lighting to put on top. Both from Ikea - Ikea Rast Drawer Chest - $29.99 and Table Lamp $16.99! We love the added storage, balance and function these chests provide.
This part of the room really hasn't changed much. Our space is really small so we don't want to add any furniture until we find something we love and that is appropriately scaled for this little space.
Just a few shots, I love the lighting, can you tell?
I'm really wanting to add some pretty pillows for some much needed style to this bed - It's a comin'.
And, the final before and after (so far) - for a dramatic effect.
Some things on our list to do - pillows, artwork, shelving and maybe even a sitting chair - if we can work a small one in. We love our room now, it's relaxing, inviting and feels like a little retreat (a grown-up space since our house is now a giant playroom for King Silas). Thanks for being a part of our journey so far!