We have done pretty much nothing to our master bedroom. The last time you even saw it was when we painted it about 2 years ago.
It’s big and square and from the moment we first saw the room we knew we wanted to make it something special. We just had no idea how to do that. So we did nothing for 2 years while I thought about and pinned 1000’s of pins, then finally a picture of what I we could do formed in my head. We wanted something dramatic and moody, so we obviously started at Ikea. I know that doesn’t make any sense. You’re thinking “Ikea is light and airy”, but stay with me. We bought 2 Ikea Tarva dressers that we actually got at the Ikea family price of $65!
We decided that these would make the perfect base for built-ins around our bed. We assembled them minus the legs which would have made them too high for a bedside table.
We set the dressers onto a small 2×4 base then built book shelves to sit on top of them.
We built the book cases out of primed pine 1x12s. The shelves are faced with primed pine 1 x2s. Of course both electrical outlets on the wall were right behind the new dressers, so we installed new outlets at alarm clock height.
The book shelves created 3 alcoves on the wall that we filled with a square wainscoting made out of primed pine 1×4’s. I love how much the molding sticks off the wall. It’s a very different look that the wainscoting we did in the foyer.
The whole wall got new base boards including the dressers.
The final touch was crown molding and a whole lot of caulking. And that brings us to where we are today!
If you’re wondering where the moodiness is it’s in the paint. The color is already going up on the wall and it’s absolutely phenomenal. I can’t wait to share it with you!
And here’s a reminder of what the room looked like when we bought the house.