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. 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.

  2. 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! :)

  3. 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.

  4. 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!

  5. 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.

  6. 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??

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