Yes, wow, a second house post in just a few days! I might be getting back into the blogging groove, though I'm not promising anything. More changes are in store for me:
I got another new job.
Yes, pretty ridiculous considering I only recently got my current job, but I was approached for a dream job at my church! I'll be operations coordinator AND graphic designer with an awesome staff (I'm already good friends with half of them), working part time, and did I mention it's for my church? I adore my church, and I'm so excited to be so much more involved.
It wasn't hard to say yes, especially considering that I really, really didn't like my last job. I tried hard to like it, but the daily tasks combined with the long stretches of boredom made it probably the least enjoyable job I've ever had. But that doesn't matter anymore, it just makes the new job that much sweeter! :)
So, back to fun house things. I've posted some small updates for our bedroom, but not much changed for awhile. I painted some of the furniture, made the free headboard from a moving pallet, and then sewed my linen duvet cover, but I just really didn't care for our room.Which is a bummer. I want my room to be so pretty.
As you can see from the swatches on the wall I was considering painting it a charcoal color to make it feel really cozy, but that never ended up happening.
Over the months of living with it, I came up with a game plan: switch our duvet cover (the linen one was too hot and wrinkly), add pretty curtains, build a bed frame, and paint the room.
Building the bed frame was easy, since it's turns out my husband is a carpenter!
He ended up building our bed frame like it was no big deal. I love how talented he is and how he can just pick up new skills. We found a good building plan online (Ana White has awesome plans), then went to Lowe's and picked up some lumber. Then Miles made all these perfect cuts, and together we started putting it together!
Here are the headboard and footboard in progress. They already look so nice :)
This is the back of the headboard, prior to paint.
We added a coat of primer and three layers of paint for extra durability and to hide those knots...
And voila! All done, and so huge and pretty and solid :) It was a surprisingly fast, easy project! It probably took 3-4 hours to get the frame all together and then another couple hours for the four coats of paint.
The lighting is kind of hard to capture in our room, but the wall color (Behr Castle Path) is a very neutral gray/beige. It's really soft and cozy, but doesn't make the room feel dark. I love it!
The duvet is from the Simply Shabby Chic line at Target and I got it on a huge sale. It's a cotton/linen blend and super soft and cozy. Sometimes I wish it looked a little more smooth and tailored, but I'll take comfortable over that for our room.
The headboard has a little arch to it that Miles cut with the jigsaw. I was super impressed with his method for getting a perfect arch. The man is smart :)
I may try to tea stain my euro shams since they don't stand out from the soft white headboard now.
I made these curtains back in January! I love, love them, and they cost me only $35 for all 4 panels, which is impressive, if I can say so. I got the least expensive muslin from Joann and used a coupon, then followed this simple tutorial. They're a little time consuming to make all of those pleats, but they're so worth it.
Isn't the texture fabulous? And I think the soft cream looks pretty with the walls.
I still don't feel done with the room by any means, but I love it so much more now!