Master Bedroom

Remember that big ol’ wall in our master bedroom that we were thinking about putting a built-in bookcase on?

Remember the (rough) virtual drawing I did to see how that would (sort of) look?

Remember when I talked about the idea of putting locker-style doors on it, like these…

Well, the room has looked like this forever

…because we never could decide how to build it, or exactly what it should look like. Design paralysis! Aaaaahhhhh! Don’t ya hate it when that happens?

But the unfinished-ness of it all really started buggin’ us the other day, so we just decided to keep it simple and finish it once and for all! We grabbed our True Value gift card and headed back to the Tallassee (Alabama) True Value to buy a few more pre-primed MDF 1×6’s, and here’s what we decided to do last Friday afternoon…

We covered the seam where we added the new 1×6’s with a MDF 1×2, and then to make things all nice and symmetrical, we attached a second 1×2 (the one on the right in the photo above) so it all made sense visually. (The door to our bedroom is down that little hall on the right.)

I’m soooo glad we finally did something about it! Now we just have to figure out what we’re going to do with that little bump out thing in the corner of the room…

If there’s not enough room to squeeze in a chair and ottoman, maybe I’ll just stick a nice, big plant in that corner. (?)

We’ll see! For now, I’m focusing on what to put on our newly-finished wall!

I’m thinkin’ that middle section might be the perfect place to hang one of my favorite birthday presents

Time to fire up the electric drill again!

PS- The blue paint we used is called “Blue Hubbard”, by Martha Stewart (Sherwin Williams), and the white paint we used is called “Moonlight White” (Benjamin Moore). To read more about the planked walls in our bedroom- click here!


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  1. Jamie says

    I heart your planks! My hubbo might not be as eager to do all the work, though. Do you think painted paneling would work? or is that just a bit crazy?

  2. says

    Hey girlfriend! I wish I could have joined you in Nashville…but it’s 3 hours away and I KNOW you wouldn’t have wanted me to get hives from having to drive that far alone!! ROFLOL :) bwa ha ha ha! Your wall looks fab and I LOVE your bday map…it’s gonna be so cool! Next time you’re gonna be in KY…give me a shout and maybe you guys would have time to stop in and we could go through the peddler mall here in town. I find great stuff in there all. the. time!
    Missy :)

  3. says

    ooh, it looks GREAT! It feels good to finish, right? It really does look wonderful…can’t wait to see that map hanging!!

  4. says

    hmm…what about an antique corner hutch? something nice and chippy and filled with silver! like vintage tropies! especially if your putting the old world map up! could look cool?

    ashley over @
    {hooked on hickory}

  5. says

    I love it! Aaannnddd….I an from Tallassee!! I live in Texas now, but my family lives there! I never see anybody talking about Tallassee! I’m just beside myself! I love your blog, by the way… 😉

  6. says

    I love it, looks gorgeous! I think it’s funny how sometimes we leave things hanging for a while and then one day we just can’t handle it anymore and have to fix it. I am totally like that, I had a snoozefest fireplace and one day I just couldn’t take it anymore… so I scoured Craigslist, drove 3 hours, picked up a mantle for cheap (that I love once it’s painted white) and that night… I slept much better.

  7. says

    Ooo, awesome giant map! Your room is going to be beautiful. I keep looking at that bump out wall and imagining what it would look like if you completely covered it in text…like grab a sharpie pen and your favorite book and cover the entire wall with tiny writing that wraps around the corner…. it’s probably a terrible idea, especially since I have no idea what the rest of your plans are for your room! I’ve just been spending way too much time on Pinterest and now am dying to cover some random wall with writing- haha. Plus I love when awkward problem areas are converted into a focal point. Anyways great progress in your room; I love the walls!!

  8. Karah says

    I think that map will be PERFECT on that wall!! Are there any studs behind that bump out you think or just the cinder block? I could see you tearing the bump out down to studs, painted white, with a chair and ottoman there. It’d be a built in side table and bookshelf in one, while matching your style in the room. Congrats on your progress!

  9. Makenna says

    Oohhh. That map. Total love. Love the pop of blue on your little hang out corner thingy too. It was the perfect little something next to your planks. Beyond beautiful.

  10. says

    For the bump out I might recommend faux brick. I saw some textured faux brick wallpaper on amazon that has gotten some great reviews. I might need to buy me a roll or five. But something like that would look great on your bump-out. It would look like it was supposed to be there. Can’t wait to see what you decide on!

  11. Cindy says

    I like the idea of words on the bumped out wall that someone suggested. Maybe in a very soft color (tone-on-tone)? I liked when you had the words done on the wall for the cottage on Tybee Island. Whatever you do, it will be very nice. Cindy

  12. sarita says

    i think a chair and ottoman in that corner is perfect! you HAVE to have a comfy chair in the bedroom – even if it’s just to put on shoes! and a afghan over the back of the chair is even better!

  13. says

    Looks really nice! I’m actually totally jealous and wish I could make over my master bedroom right now! Unfortunately, there are many other rooms (like the living room and kitchen) that are in line first!

  14. says

    I’m anxious to see the finished wall. So far, I love the planks and the color is so cool and refreshing.

  15. Kim says

    I like the bump the way it is, Although I think you need to hang some shelves or art on it, something that makes you happy when you wake up in the moring! You probably already have that underway! Love how you finished the wall.

  16. cris says

    Hi..another one of your followers with a question…hoping you could let me know where you got the photo of the ‘locker-style doors’ at the beginning of your post. I would like to try and get them made for my office. Also, LOVE your large world maps!!!! LOVE your x-lg world map!!! Thank you

  17. Amy says

    For the bump out, I think it should be a false fireplace with a mirror on the inside and candles in front of the mirror :) great job with the finishing. I Love it!

  18. Linda says

    LOVE Love love that map! It will look so good on that wall. I somehow missed the Birthday Party post but went back to it and enjoyed each picture. Your nephew is a doll and the rest of your family is not so bad either. It looked like everyone was having such a good time with the funny poses

  19. Danielle says

    I was curious what type of finish your moonlight white paint is…I purchased some recently and found it somewhat pasty…instead of the beautiful white it looks like in your home.

  20. says

    I LIKE your planked walls! Reminds me of old timey ship lap, but in a prettier format.

    That big ol’ map will look great hanging there.

  21. Leigh Anne says

    What!?!? You were in Tallassee?? That’s where I am! I was shocked when I saw that! Love the room…..

  22. gina says

    Love those planks! Love that map too!! I think a plant would look great in that corner if a chair is too big.

  23. Nancy LeB says

    looks great! what about a bookcase over the whole area – the bumped out part would be – say 6″ deep and the next part would be the depth of the bump out plus 6″ – make sense? It would like a double bookcase part would be deeper than the other – but of course it would be much easier to hang a map! :)

  24. says

    I love the plank wall, it adds alot of character to the room. I thought Faux rock but then there would be to much busy. Then I thought 3 white shelves with white picture frames with B&W pictures of you guys together to make the bedroom more intimate but then it would contrast with the big map (which I think will go great on that wall).
    So then I came up with the idea to put small bench covered with a
    light material with a shawl laying on the bench with a pillow leaning
    on the other wall. Above the bench would be an art piece made of
    driftwood. (love to bring alittle nature into every room, it makes it feel
    warm and inviting).
    Other option is to purchase one of those little fireplaces that don’t need a flue (Candice Olsen uses them) and then have the driftwood or tv above it.

  25. Therese says

    What is the blue color you decided on for your walls? I am sure I could search the archives, but I don’t have time! I would like to slap some up on my walls. Looking for the perfect blue, but that is different for every house!

  26. page says

    Help! I am doing this type of paneling on a wall in my house and am worried about painting it after it is installed. I want to be able to see the little gaps between the boards but am worried the paint will drip or make it look funny. It sounds like you painted after. How do you make this look good? Thank you so much for your help! I love your blog.

  27. says

    Kevin and Layla: You are both such an inspiration in so many ways, with the bonus of being so fun & laid back. I am loving watching your home evolve into the place you want it to be. I love to decorate as well, and I’ve run into a dilemma- a good dilemma- but I’m scratching my head. I’ve splurged on some Pottery Barn bedding this past summer (Nob Hill)- my absolute favorite of all time:) Anywho,I’m struggling with finding a paint color to compliment this bedding. I’m going for a relaxing, country cottage kinda vibe- Do you have a ‘go to’ color that’s pretty neutral and fun??