Master Bedroom Makeover: Part 1, The Plan

Master bedroom makeover with a shiplap wall and craftsman door casing!

As I mentioned in my last post, I decided it was finally time to tackle the master bedroom and bathroom. We’ve lived here almost a year and a half now (Wait, what? How? What??) and these two rooms are the last left with the builder-beige flat paint. The before pictures don’t look too terrible, but it was just kind of blah. The flat paint was smudged up from all the kids and animals always hanging out in there, and everything was very…beige. The carpet, walls, bedding were all almost the same color. It needed freshened up.

Master bedroom makeover with a shiplap wall and craftsman door casing!

Master bedroom makeover with a shiplap wall and craftsman door casing!

I played around with a few design options on my favorite, SketchBook (basically the equivalent of Microsoft Paint but for Mac, nothing fancy), to try to get a feel of the direction I wanted to go with the space. Ignore the couch in these mock-ups…it has since been sold. It was just too big and dark for the room, and the color was throwing me off.

I first thought about going a lighter greige on the wall and then doing a DARK, almost black ceiling. I thought it would be kind of restful and cozy. However, upon sketching it up, it just didn’t feel right. It felt…dingy with the greige walls, and I felt like if I went dark on the ceiling then I should go dark with the curtains too and I don’t know. It was a no from me.

Master bedroom makeover with a shiplap wall and craftsman door casing!

Then I got the idea of doing the shiplap focal wall using the method I used on my built-in media center. (Disclaimer…it is NOT real shiplap. I just want you to know that I know this. Though I’m not sure it even matters what “real” shiplap is anymore.) I made it a bright white but kept the dark ceilings and I liked it so much better. I was actually almost sold on this for awhile, but I hesitated to paint the ceiling such a dark color. This is not our forever home, so I always have resale in the back of my mind.

Master bedroom makeover with a shiplap wall and craftsman door casing!

I then also briefly considered using pine boards and staining them a nice, rich, dark brown color. I actually still really like this idea, however, I decided against it for two main reasons. One, it would be at least twice as expensive as the plywood shiplap option, and two, I was worried about having to coordinate the stain of the wall to the cherry stain of the attached and open master bathroom cabinets. Also, I was still a bit worried about resale with this option and how buyers might feel about such a dark and bold wall. Master bedroom makeover with a shiplap wall and craftsman door casing!

Ultimately, I landed on the design below. It still had the shiplap focal wall, but with a white ceiling. I decided to keep the curtains I had, as I actually really like the color of them. Also, they are blackout curtains and I need my bedroom to be as dark as a cave when I sleep in on the weekends everyday. I knew replacing them would cost quite a bit. Also on the agenda was to swap out the beige bedding with some crisp white alternatives and swap the black and white pictures over the bed with something a bit more colorful. Oh, and find out why my cat is so blue.

Master bedroom makeover with a shiplap wall and craftsman door casing!

Stay tuned for the next post on how I installed my shiplap wall!

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