Look for Less – New Bed

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Ciao! I’m currently in Italy! Venice to be specific! I’ll be back in a couple weeks to share pictures and stories from my trip, but in the meantime I’ve scheduled a few posts in my absence. Can you believe I was actually that on top of blogging? Me neither. Anyway, today I want to share my favorite new piece of furniture: I finally bought a real bed!

For the past few years I’ve used my DIY stenciled upholstered headboard in the bedroom. I still think it’s a great project, but it got pretty gross looking thanks to the two doggies I share a bed with. I don’t know why, but every night Ringo would lick a specific spot on the headboard. You can imagine how dirty that spot is now. I could have tried to clean it, but I was really for a real bed.

After a lot of online research I decided on a dark bronze metal bed. I knew it would look great with the dark navy walls plus it has a vintage vibe that is totally my style. I found a lot of options at various price points with various reviews. I ended up purchasing the Julian Metal Platform Bed from Wayfair. It had pretty good reviews and the price is pretty unbeatable, especially compared to a similar bed from Pottery Barn.

Of course I was concerned about quality for that price, but only negative reviews were about needing a box spring. Well, I already have a box spring, so no worries there. Anyway, the bed was delivered about a week later. The box was massive and heavy, but I managed to drag it through the house by myself. I also put the bed together by myself. It definitely would have been easier and faster with an extra set of hands, but it was manageable. I had no problems with holes not lining up and everything went together easily. The bed is also very solid and sturdy. I’m VERY happy with my purchase.

I love my new bed and obviously the love it dogs do too. Having a real bed makes the room look so much more finished and I feel like such a grown up now (haha). There’s still a lot left to do in the room, but I love how it’s looking so far. I can’t wait to get some art up on those walls! I'm looking for a panoramic picture that I can frame and hang above the bed. Maybe I'll find something while I'm in Italy or can use one of the pictures that I take!

OK, let’s look at the to-do list:

Paint Walls
Buy Bed
New Nightstands
New Dressers
Buy Chaise Lounge
Buy/Hang New Curtains
Hang Artwork
Add Full-Length Mirror
Sew Pillows
Paint Lamps
Accessories and Finishing Touches

Insta-16: Take 13

It’s time for another round of Instagram pictures! You can see the previous 12 recaps here

If you have an account, you can follow me at: sam_whit22.  If not, this recap is for you! I’ve rounded up my last 16 Instagram pictures for you here today. This roundup includes Denver, Wisconsin, Chicago and lots of Ringo and Abby pictures!

As usual, my plan is to share a pretty collage of all the pictures and then pick my top 5 in different categories: Abby, Ringo, Cutest Couple (Ringo and Abby), Yummy (Food or Drink), and Wildcard (Non-Food and Non-Puppy).

OK, enough talk! Here’s the 13th round of Instagram pictures:

And here are my favorites:


Abby slept by me the entire time I painted my master bedroom and she managed to stay away from the paint until the end of the day when she wagged her tail into a wet wall. A few minutes later Ringo pushed her butt into the wet wall while they were playing. Of course I didn’t get mad because seriously, who can get mad at a dog for being happy and wanting to be around you. 


The older Ringo gets, the more he likes to cuddle. When he was a puppy he wouldn’t let me snuggle him at all. Now he jumps in my lap while I’m watching TV or reading in bed and wants to snuggle….and I love it! When I think back to how he was when he was a puppy vs. how is now, I can hardly believe he’s the same dog. He was such a monster and he’s turned into such a sweet guy. I’m glad we didn’t give up on him when it was hard.

Cutest Couple

I posted this picture on National Dog Day. Those two are the best thing that has ever happened to me. I can’t imagine life without them. Regardless of how bad my day was, as soon as I get home they make it all better. Plus every morning when I wake up they cover me in kisses…it’s the best way to start the day.


This picture is from the Coors Brewery in Golden, CO. You can read a full recap of the tour and my tips here. This picture was taken after we had finished all of our samples, as you can probably tell!


We flew first class coming back from Chicago! I had enough miles for the upgrade and it was amazing! The seats are bigger (plus no middle seat) and you get free drinks. They also served breakfast which was surprising since the flight is less than four hours. It was worth every mile I used!

OK, who else is on Instagram? Leave your username in the comments, so I can follow you.

Bay Window Curtains

Thursday, September 24, 2015

Can you believe I already have another master bedroom project to share? Seriously, this is the most productive I’ve been in forever months. Today I want to talk curtains. If you’ve been following for awhile, you might remember that the master bedroom has a bay window. I used to have three separate rods for each of the windows, but it wasn’t the best solution and it looked a little cluttered.

Did you know they have curtains rods specifically made for bay windows? Apparently they are a thing and they are awesome. I ordered this one from Amazon and it’s genius. You can change the length of all of the rods plus adjust the corner angles to fit your room. I thought about DIYing one (there are plenty of tutorials online), but I’d probably never actually do it and it wasn’t worth the time for price. It was $50, which seems like a lot at first, but it’s basically three rods in one. Looking at it that way, the purchase was a no-brainer.

The rod was pretty easy to install and I’m really happy with my purchase. I also bought new curtains for the windows. For the past 4+ years I’ve been using the black and white curtains that I sewed, but they don’t go with my new plan, so I had to get something else. I ended up buying these woven Nate Berkus curtains from Target. I ordered them online vs. buying them in-store because Target.com had a buy one, get one 40%-off sale plus an additional 10%-off. I needed four panels, but with all of the discounts I basically got one free!

I have to thank Sarah at Life at Virginia Street for featuring these curtains during one of her weekend recaps. They are exactly what I was looking for plus you gotta love a look for less. Although the pattern is smaller, it’s pretty much identical to Schumacher’s Betwixt fabric, which is currently on sale for $75/yard. I paid that for all four of my curtain panels! This is the best picture of the curtains' true color/pattern. The rest of the pictures are terrible, I know...

Now that the room has new curtains, the makeover is really starting to come together. I love how it’s looking so far and I can’t wait to buy the remaining furniture and start hanging art.

Weathered Wood Nightstands

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

I’m excited to share my first furniture purchase for my master bedroom makeover today!

If you remember, I used to have a pair of black nightstands that my mom and I painted years ago. I still like them very much, but I thought dark walls plus dark nightstands was too much. I’m going to re-paint them and use them in my guest room though, so no worries.

As you know, I’m a big fan of the weathered wood look, so these Better Homes and Gardens nightstands from Wal-Mart were a no-brainer. They are reasonably priced ($69) and we available for same-day store pickup. Assembly is required, but they were pretty easy to put together. There are quite a few steps, so it’s not a quick project, but not difficult at all. 

I love how they look in the room! I also love my new lamps; although, I think I’m going to paint them white. They were from Michael’s a few months ago and I got a killer deal on them. I’m still working on the rest of the nightstand accessories, but the doggie pictures a definitely my favorite items. I love that puppy picture of Ringo. You might have also noticed that I also got a new bed. More details on that next week!

Lastly, I just realized that I forgot to share my to-do list in my mood board post, so let’s take a look now:

Paint Walls
Buy Bed
New Nightstands
New Dressers
Buy Chaise Lounge
Buy/Hang New Curtains
Hang Artwork
Add Full-Length Mirror
Sew Pillows
Paint Lamps
Accessories and Finishing Touches

EKTORP Thrift Find

Thursday, September 17, 2015

I’m taking a break from the master bedroom posts to show you my new living room chair! 

It’s the EKTORP armchair from IKEA and it retails for $250, but I found mine at a thrift store for $75! It’s in perfect condition. Seriously, I don’t think anyone ever sat in it because the cushions are definitely like-new. The cover had a few scuffs (probably from moving it around), but they washed out easily. 

I don’t love the white slipcover, but that’s easy enough to change out. I’m going to leave it for now until I find something else or decide to take the slipcover project myself. In the meantime, the chair is a better scale and more comfortable than the chair that was there before. I’m so happy with the change…and with the savings!

Master Bedroom Mood Board

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

As promised, I’m back today with the mood board for my newly painted master bedroom! If you missed last week’s post, you can read it here, but basically I needed a fresh start so I painted my master bedroom a dark navy color. It’s been over a week now and I’m still obsessed with it. I’m going to warn you now; I’m probably going to be only talking about the master bedroom for the next few weeks. I’m completely in master bedroom mode and I have to take advantage before I get distracted by another project. Anyway, now that the walls are done, let’s look at the rest of my plan for the room:

These aren’t necessarily the pieces I’m going to buy and everything is subject to change, but this is my plan for the master bedroom. I’ve found over the past couple of years that putting everything together in one picture helps keep my purchases in check and keeps me focused on my plan.

So the big items I need to buy are a new bed, nightstands, dressers, and some kind of chaise lounge/sitting area. I loved my stenciled upholstered headboard, but it looks pretty shabby now thanks to Ringo. Every night he gets in bed and licks the exact same area. You can imagine how gross that spot looks. I’ve thought about trying to clean it, but I’m just ready for a new look.

For the walls, I’m thinking of a travel theme. I’ve been hoarding a pretty decent collection of art for the past couple years and I’m happy to finally have a place to hang them together. Honestly, I’m surprised how many great paintings/prints I’ve found at thrift stores/antique stores of places I’ve traveled. So far I think I have paintings/prints of Bath and St. Paul’s Cathedral in England, the Paris Opera House, and the Dome in Florence. I think I’m going to hang them around the TV gallery wall style, but that’s still TBD. They all need to be re-framed too.

Everything else is just curtains, accessories and finishing touches. I’m really excited to see how this room comes together!


BedFloral Fabric‘Cuddle’ PillowVenice Artwork - NightstandsLampsSetteeCurtainsWall MirrorDressers –  London ArtworkBirdcage Earning HolderEnd TableParis Artwork - Hexagon Mirrors - Boxwood Topiary - Set of Succulents

Go Bold!

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Things have been kind of quiet around here lately, but I’m back today with some bold bedroom walls! One of my goals at the beginning of the year was to makeover the master bedroom. I’ve been putting it off for months (over 9 months, not that anyone is counting), but a, um, change in relationship status was just the kick in the pants I needed to refresh the room. I wanted a fresh start and I’ve been dreaming about dark navy walls for awhile now, so this was the perfect opportunity.

When I bought the house 4 years ago, the master bedroom had blah green walls. My mom helped me paint the room a light gray before I officially moved in and it’s been that color ever since.

I’ve been drooling over bedrooms with dark navy walls for awhile now, but I finally got serious about the idea a couple weeks ago. It took some internal convincing, but I finally decided to go for it over the long weekend. I tested a TON of navy paint chips and eventually settled on three favorites. Terrible cell phone picture ahead...

After I painted a couple sample squares around the room, I finally picked Parisian Night by Dunn-Edwards. I’m not going to lie, one of the reasons I picked the color was the name. I also didn’t want to pick the same Hale Navy as every other blogger, although that is a great navy color. Anyway, I had the paint mixed at Ace Hardware in their Clark+Kensington brand paint because it was on sale. It took me two days to paint two coats around the room, but it was so worth the time and effort. I LOVE IT!

These are obviously just progress pictures, so just ignore the messy bed and ladder. I’m replacing pretty much everything in the room, so it’s not much to look at right now. I’ll be back next week with a mood board so you can see where I’m headed plus my first new furniture purchase.

Oh, and this is kind of a bad picture, but I also replaced the old brown blinds (that I always hid with curtains) with new white ones that I had custom cut at Home Depot. They look SO much better and I wish I would have made the update sooner!

OK, one last picture of the navy walls plus sweet Abby dog!

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