What we learned when decorating our first house (Part III)

The final post on decorating our first house focuses bedroom redecorating. The house had three bedrooms; the master, the guest room, and a spare room.

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Part III: Bedrooms

All three of the bedrooms in this home had hardwood flooring, but it was different in each room- almost as if it was flooring left over from various jobs. We looked into the cost of sanding them down and re-staining them the same color but couldn’t justify the cost at the time. So, the bedrooms didn’t require any major work. They were all painted and the blinds and curtains were replaced. Once we had our furniture in the spaces they looked like completely different rooms.

Lesson #7: Bedroom size matters. We didn’t realize what a pain the small bedrooms would be. Not that we could have afforded a home with larger bedrooms at the time, but it was certainly something that was very important to us when we chose our next home. You can see in the photos below that there is barely enough space for the queen-sized bed in the guestroom and it left no space for visitors to place their belongings. We eventually purchased a luggage rack to put in the closet to help mitigate this problem, but space was certainly a problem.

Guest Room

Before and after photos of the guest bedroom
Before and after photos of the guest bedroom

Paint (Comfort Gray by Sherwin Williams) and new window treatments (the Minnie Mouse blinds aren’t really our style) made a big difference in this space. We also had to replace the ceiling fan and closet doors, but overall the changes were minor. The room was inviting but a bit small. The comforter is originally from Kohls but is no longer available. I found some similar options that I like for this space here and here.

Master Bedroom

Before and after photos of the master bedroom
Before and after photos of the master bedroom

The changes here were much the same as the guest room. We changed paint, window treatments, and the ceiling fan. We added our own furniture and decor and changed the layout. This room was also painted Comfort Gray by Sherwin Williams.

Spare Bedroom

Before and after photos of the spare bedroom
Before and after photos of the spare bedroom

This room was used primarily by my niece when she came to visit. The room was painted (Escape Gray by Sherwin Williams) and received a new ceiling fan and window treatments. The Kate Spade bedspread is no longer available, but I also really like this one.

You can read more about what we learned when decorating our first house in my Part I and Part II posts.

What have you learned from decorating the bedrooms in your home?

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