A little paint and fabric go a long way. Three DIY-friendly projects transformed this boring master bedroom into a dreamy suite in just two days. See how easy it was to upgrade from the gray-on-gray-on-gray to a sophisticated, relaxing space using staple supplies available at your local hardware store.

By Jenny Krane
July 31, 2018
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Updating a tired bedroom design doesn’t need to be expensive or time-consuming. In as little as two days, with off-the-shelf supplies from your local hardware store, you can elevate your bedroom's design into a beautiful, relaxing space. By upgrading the existing furniture and adding color and texture, we turned a basic bedroom into a modern and tranquil space.

When we started, this bedroom had a serious case of gray-on-gray-on-gray. The gray walls, gray bedding, and dated headboard got a fresh new look that’s a mix of modern and traditional. The best part? We gave the space a full makeover in only 48 hours. Simple, DIY-friendly projects using materials found at the local hardware store made this quick turnaround possible.

Make a DIY Headboard That Looks Professional

blue bedroom wall bed side table

The existing bed frame was in good shape—but the honey-hued color of the wood made it look a little outdated. Instead of buying new, we used the old headboard as our foundation and upholstered the whole bed to get a high-end look. We attached furniture foam to the front of the slatted headboard, added batting for softness, and covered the entire headboard with a classic twill upholstery fabric. Then we used the same technique to cover the footboard and side rails. The best part: No sewing was required for this DIY headboard project. We used a staple gun to secure the fabric to the back of the headboard, footboard, and side rails.

Build Easy Hairpin Leg Nightstands

white box side table with black metal legs

The set of matching wood bedroom nightstands with hefty drawers and short square legs served a purpose, but it was time for an easy—and more trendy—upgrade. Simple, midcentury modern-style bedside tables were easy to build. We used the dimensions of off-the-shelf white storage baskets to determine how big to make the tables.

The baskets are key—they act as drawers in this chic design. Using baskets for storage allows the DIY nightstands to still look airy but hide bedside table clutter. The mitered corners of the storage box give the tables a professional, polished look and the white color pops against the dark hairpin legs.

Install a Simple Accent Wall

blue wall close-up ottoman throw pillows

Adding an accent wall created a focal point that anchored the room. Inspired by the classic board-and-batten look, we installed a simple, thin, flat trim in a grid pattern. Painting the wall a dark blue complemented the existing cerulean velvet armchair in the corner of the room. While the whole wall was painted the same bold color, the raised moulding adds dimension and interest without being overwhelming.

couple in blue bedroom with julia resting head on chris's shoulder

This remodel was a collaboration with Chris and Julia Marcum from Chris Loves Julia, a home design and renovation blog. This husband-and-wife duo works together full-time to decorate, renovate, and create cozy and functional spaces.

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