Customers and friends often ask us if our homes are as beautifully decorated as the shop. We get a chuckle when we hear their speculations, because it's the age-old paradox: the cobbler's children have no shoes; similarly, we have little time or energy left over to pour into beautifying our own living spaces. But occasionally, we do both get an itch to change things up on the home front, and at the moment, we're both working on updating our bedrooms. With this installment, we'll start walking you through our makeover processes.
A couple years ago, The Jones Company invited us to do a furniture painting demonstration during an open house in Franklin. The master bedroom in this model home was painted in a soft, soothing gray/green/blue, and became the inspiration for Terry's bedroom makeover.
Instead of wholesale copying this beautiful master bedroom, we decided to take our time...two years to be precise, and use what we already had. Here's our bedroom's starting point. As you can see, the walls were painted in a soft neutral taupe. This corner bedroom gets plenty of daylight from the four windows, but it hadn't been updated since we moved in 8 years ago.
And sadly, the only storage in this room was the four-drawer chest that the TV was also perched on. Can you say #StorageWars? Thank goodness for double master closets! A matching 6-drawer dresser was in the garage, just waiting for a little TLC to bring it back to life.
We started with the storage pieces, then moved on to painting the room. The cases of both the dresser and chest of drawers were cleaned top to bottom, sanded, then wiped down one more time. They were updated with General Finishes milk paint in warm "Reverent Gray".
The drawer fronts were sanded and stained with two coats of "Provincial Brown" water-based stain and High Performance Top Coat (HPTC) in Satin. These General Finishes products were blended in a a 1:3 ratio. The drawer fronts were then given one more coat of HPTC Satin for durability. Here's the progress on the bedroom; the walls have been painted, and the ceiling was painted after this shot was snapped
It's obvious we needed more storage...but just in case you are curious about the motivation for swapping out the coverlet? Well, it was prompted by a little over-eager chewing by #MajorTheShopDog. Stay tuned - more progress is coming in the weeks ahead!
WHO WRITES THIS STUFF?
I'm Terry Lea, owner of Re-Invintage Home, a vintage home goods shop just south of Nashville in Murfreesboro, TN. A lifelong passion for vintage picking led me to open a shop with my picking pal, Sherri in 2017. Come see us!