Viola! It’s finished! Here’s before:
Yes, really crappy photos – kind of like when the before photo for a makeover shows a person with greasy hair and horrible lighting. I was in the middle of cleaning out storage when I thought to take ‘before’ photos, so there’s junk everywhere, the old bed is unmade, it’s just a big mess. And one of the photos is even blurry. Oh well, it’s not like I can go back and get better ones now! *Thank goodness.*
So … AFTER!
I love it. Really really really love it.
I honestly never thought it would be this lovely. This is what it looked like in my head as I worked, but I kind of expected it to be like making something from Pinterest – pretty, but not exactly as superhumanly beautiful as the pin makes it look. I painted it a soft, fairly light, gray, which looks so nice with the aqua curtains and bedding I already had. There’s also aqua in both the paintings in here (both done by my mother, in case you’re wondering), as well as little pink accents everywhere. Originally, this was not a planned color scheme. Everyone knows I’m a total sucker for this color scheme; I guess it just happened naturally.
Of course it’ll never look this perfect again, let’s just be honest. I work in here, when I do work at a desk, because of spacing issues, and as soon as I’m ready to write a new pattern or something, there will be papers and yarn or thread strewn about everywhere. But I even cleaned my desk all purdy and got it ready to neatly hold my work and close it away in the evening.
I’m amazed by how much bigger it feels now! Especially important if you have space issues, making the most of what you have available. I removed the enormous floor-to-ceiling bookshelf, which always felt like it was making the wall cave in on you (visible in the very first photo above), and replaced it with two shorter shelves. Now there’s a lot more visible wall, making it feel bigger without really doing anything. This wall (behind the shelves):
was kept white, though repainted along with the ceiling for crispy cleanness, to keep the room open. I didn’t want the gray to end up making it feel smaller. Otherwise, I basically rotated the furniture 90° and even though it’s all nearly the same as it was relative to each other, it feels completely different!
And the best part is that, other than the bed of course, and my new alarm clock (which means I can turn off my phone at night, making it much easier to turn off my brain as well), I didn’t buy anything special for this project! The bed replaced the one that was literally falling apart on me, the paint was already in the house, the fabric I used for sewing pretty things (notice the pretty pillowcases and throw pillows?!) was stash. Everything else was just reorganizing and good planning!
I haven’t finished the rest of my sewing yet, I’m hoping to try and sort out Norman’s issues today, but this relaxing haven will be way more than enough to keep me happy for now!