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
Updated: August 01, 2018

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

The existing bed frame was in good shape—but the honey-hued color of the wood made it look a little outdated.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

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

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.

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.


Comments (16)

February 17, 2019
What a pretty make over. Just one note. Adding hair pin legs to a squared corner box is only a nod to MCM, it doesn't make it MCM in style. MCM was all about clean lines, but rarely sharp edges and most importantly stained wood.
February 17, 2019
Nice, but I wouldn’t call it glamorous
January 26, 2019
Great job!
January 25, 2019
Good Job!
January 25, 2019
Beautiful way to add a geometric design using only one color paint. This room looks very up to date.
January 25, 2019
I don't know why people want to be so mean. Everyone is different and likes different things. I love the dark blue wall. My bedroom is turquoise with blue accents. I'm thinking that I may paint a wall this color blue. It will be beautiful to me and that is all that matters. Keep your negative opinions to yourself. Be kind, these folks took their time to share. Those of us that likes it probably don't like your tastes.
January 25, 2019
Not my style but I would be very impressed if one of my friends did this. Very creative.
October 21, 2018
Gosh, so many negative comments. What a bummer for the people who did the redo and were probably very excited to share it with others. I lloved the final cozy, modern look and the creativity behind it. I think even I might be able to put some hairpin legs on something now. Thanks so much for daring to put yourself out there and for sharing. :)
September 4, 2018
I love that you show how you can do a makeover in a weekend. Simple hardware items can do the trick. Beautiful colors and great job upholstering job. That wall....terrific! Oh and those side tables...so cool!!!!
August 30, 2018
I think the new look is perfect, light and elegant. The accent wall and color liven up the room. The bed looks more modern and the end tables are less clunky and heavy. Well done!
August 30, 2018
I can't say that I like the makeover. Since I love blue, my bedroom is blue ~ but it's a very, very light shade, and I have flowered wallpaper on certain sections of the room. I do not like the dark blue: not at all!
August 30, 2018
I absolutely LOVE IT, the colours are gorgeous and an upholstered bed is so luxe and cosy, well done, lovely.
August 30, 2018
Not a fan of the deep blue color. Makes the room look smaller not fresher.
August 30, 2018
unfortunate re-do of a beautiful bed. I would have painted all three pieces maybe white or some shade of gray instead of creating cheap looking night stands to replace the substantial pieces that were already there. Hardware can be replaced. Back wall is great it adds architectural interest. I am a big fan of cobalt blue but would like to see another accent color brought into the bedding and pillows. Cobalt, orange and pale gray pillows would be stunning!
August 30, 2018
I like the original room before much better. All they needed to do was add some wall decor. Maybe a fabric runner on the night stands and a diff lampshade.
August 30, 2018
A weekend is only 48 hours if you don't eat or sleep.