February 21, 2013

Last weekend Matt and I tackled a home improvement project: painting our master bedroom. We also rearranged the furniture for a whole new look.


When we moved into our house, we had it painted Benjamin Moore Veranda View. And I have hated the color ever since! We didn’t get a chance to test the green in the different lights, and it was always either too minty or too neon for me. (Surprisingly, when I added soft baby colors to Mazen’s nursery, which is the same color, I started to like it in there and still do).



Before it felt more like a zen garden. Earthy and….green. Oh-so-green. [More before here.]

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After feels more like a sophisticated and romantic retreat!


I wanted a very light modern and bright gray for the walls, and we chose Valspar Seashell Gray. We tested it along with two other similar colors and liked it the best [in the middle]. 


So Sunday morning we prepped the room, turned the living room into a holding area and arranged for Mazen to have a playdate with his KK


We primed the walls with one thick coat and did one coat of paint. We decided after our last painting experience in Charlotte to forgo the painters tape and just use a steady hand with a brush. Good call!! Saved so much time. There are definitely a few flaws, but they are minimal.


2/3 of a day later, we had a new room! I absolutely LOVE the color! It’s almost purple at times, and very bright.


For those who inquired, our bedroom set is a steal from World Market that looks just like the Farmhouse Collection from Pottery Barn (which is like $4,000!) We bought it all in 2006 with 40% off coupons, so our bed, nightstands and dressers were all $850 total!! Unfortunately I don’t know if they still sell the set.

We haven’t yet moved this mirror to the new dresser location. We wanted to make sure we were happy with the arrangement first. We are.


Perhaps my favorite change is the new light we bought!


The old light was a typical boob light:


And the new one, which we bought at Lowes for $86, is much, much prettier. Matt is Mr. Electrician when it comes to lights.


We also replaced our front porch light for just $16! Yellowed cage –> lantern, also from Lowes.


We are loving the new arrangement too. It’s not the most practical because of the window placement, but it’s been a fun change and makes the room more dramatic to enter.


Here’s the room at night. The lamps I swapped with our guest room (I believe they are Pier 1 – from 2006 too) and the duvet is Pottery Barn, a wedding gift.


Now if only I could find the time to sleep for 10 hours straight in this room : )

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1 Claire @ Live and Love to Eat February 21, 2013 at 9:00 am

Very peaceful color – I’m all about neutrals for walls, then you can be more colorful with fabric and other small details that are simpler to change. The lights make a big difference, too!


2 Jessica @ Burlap and Butter Knives February 21, 2013 at 9:04 am

I LOVE it!!!! Isn’t amazing how easily a room can be given an entirely new look?!

And when I say “easy” I realize that is not including the painstaking labor it takes to paint! lol. Easy as opposed to remodeling. 😉

Great job, it really is awesome!


3 Ashley @ Coffee Cake and Cardio February 21, 2013 at 9:07 am

I love it Kath! It looks awesome!


4 Jola February 21, 2013 at 9:11 am

It looks really great! Comfy, romantic and so fresh. I like it a lot. Usually, I’m a fan of colours, but the grey turned out fabulous!


5 Tara February 21, 2013 at 9:14 am

I agree! I like the neutral wall a lot more than the pastel-y green shade!


6 Anele @ Success Along the Weigh February 21, 2013 at 9:17 am

We just painted our room and bathroom a similar color! I LOVE your light! I’ve got 3 boobs I’m looking to replace and that would look awesome!


7 sara @ fitcupcaker February 21, 2013 at 9:24 am

Very nice and modern looking, I love it! I love that you call it a boob lamp!


8 vidya February 21, 2013 at 9:26 am

Wow…so different and romantic!! Don’t kill me for this but I see another adorable baby very soon in the house 😉 Oh my gosh! did I really say that?? LOL!! Anyway, nice color and good rearrangement Kath. I like the addition of those lamps. They are beautiful!


9 Ashley @ My Food 'N' Fitness Diaries February 21, 2013 at 9:33 am

I love it! I did like the green before, but I think this new color is an even better fit for that room.


10 Liz February 21, 2013 at 9:35 am

Looks lovely the way it is now. Love the color. Very elegant. Congrats!


11 Carly @ Snack Therapy February 21, 2013 at 9:45 am

I absolutely love gray paint for bedrooms! It’s much more calming to me than any warmer tone. The house looks gorgeous as always!


12 Beth February 21, 2013 at 9:47 am

Ha ha…boob light! Our landlady put 2 together in our kitchen making a nice set!


13 Rose (formerly OALP) February 21, 2013 at 9:48 am

Looks beautiful. Inspires me to make a change. Now I just need to buy a house that is mine all mine.


14 Kim February 21, 2013 at 9:56 am

I love your new color! When we moved into our house, we painted pretty much every room bright and colorful….now I wish we hadnt painted them all so bright! I like them but it is a lot harder to coordinate the decor with it. Like your new lights too!



15 [email protected] February 21, 2013 at 10:17 am

Looks awesome!! I need new bedroom furniture and I’m definitely going to check out World Market…love the look of your’s!


16 Karen February 21, 2013 at 10:21 am

I LOVE it…nothing like a paint color change (and modern light fixtures!) to completely renew a room – and one’s mood! Hope the mini renovation brings Mom lots of good zzz’s!


17 rosie February 21, 2013 at 10:38 am

Looks awesome!!

(Good call forgoing the painter’s tape. All ya need is a good brush and the edges cut so much better! K used to paint houses one summer in college- he is all about the good paintbrush :)


18 Spice Chicken February 21, 2013 at 10:44 am

Just beautiful. I’d like some info about the rug, please.


19 Kelsey at Fueling Strong February 21, 2013 at 10:48 am

I love your updates! Thanks for inspiring me to re-do my bedroom too!


20 Maureen February 21, 2013 at 10:53 am

LOVE LOVE LOVE the green walls!


21 Claire February 21, 2013 at 10:57 am

Boob lights! Cracks me up!


22 Pam February 21, 2013 at 9:11 pm

Me too, hehe. My home is full of them, ahh.
I’ll make a note to stop at Lowe’s for a better looking light, love the one Kath picked out!


23 kiki February 21, 2013 at 11:15 am

love the new color!


24 Tonya February 21, 2013 at 11:16 am

beaute! I just remodeled my living room and it’s like I’ve moved into a new home. :-)


25 Lisa @bitesforbabies February 21, 2013 at 11:20 am

That’s grey?! Almost looks like lilac-gray…which I LOVE! Nice choice 😉


26 Hillary | Nutrition Nut on the Run February 21, 2013 at 11:31 am

love the new paint color. it goes so well with all your furniture and decor – nice switch!


27 [email protected] February 21, 2013 at 11:36 am

Love the color. WHEN we are in a new house (renting now) I will be painting our bedroom the same color I had before: Sherwin Williams Contended. I found it in a model house on a parade of homes and have loved it ever since.

The Kidless Kronicles


28 Michele February 21, 2013 at 11:40 am

I love how small, inexpensive changes can make such a big difference! You’ve inspired me to paint and tackle our overdo bathroom remodel. Thank you!


29 Sarah February 21, 2013 at 11:44 am

So pretty! I love how the new color lets your furniture really stand out.

If you’re bothered by the window, you could put up drapes that are set a bit higher and wider to fill the space made by the posts of your bed. Drapes that match the wall color could even add more balance. But I only say that because you mentioned that it bothered you. I think it’s really minor, the overall room looks great!


30 Lisa February 21, 2013 at 11:48 am

Our bedroom color is almost exactly the same (perhaps a tad darker). We have moss green accents on the bedspread and curtains. I much prefer the placement of the bed the new way. Great job!


31 aebell February 21, 2013 at 11:53 am

This colour looks great – very sophisticated and crisp, and I think it suits the rug better than the previous green did. Years ago, I had a misadventure with green myself. My roommate and I had picked out colours for our rooms, and I chose a green – however, she did the painting while I was away. Rather than do a test patch, she went right ahead and painted all four walls. Well, the colour was awful – with the lighting in the room, it seemed to look like the exact green of surgeon scrubs. We were pretty broke at the time, so I lived with it for about 18 months until I couldn’t stand it anymore and repainted.


32 Anna @ On Anna's Plate February 21, 2013 at 11:55 am

Love it! I love doing room makeovers like that– if I had the time and money, I think I’d give our rooms makeovers about once a year, ha!


33 Avery @ YoungAspirations February 21, 2013 at 12:15 pm

Ohhh I love it! This is actually really close to the color we have in our living/dining room area. I love the gray with slight hints of purple. We’ve found it very calm and relaxing :)


34 Lynn @ the actor's diet February 21, 2013 at 12:24 pm

Love the wall. My hubby’s favorite color is green but it always comes out feeling like we are in a school or something.


35 aurelie February 21, 2013 at 12:32 pm

YAY I missed your old blog post!! this one was def a cool one


36 anne February 21, 2013 at 12:41 pm

I love the change! And, I also love that you called it a boob light, that’s what my fiance and I call them too :-)


37 Elisa Kiviranna February 21, 2013 at 1:00 pm

It looks gorgeous!! Can I ask where you got the dual closets?


38 KathEats February 21, 2013 at 1:23 pm

IKEA : )


39 Alicia @ Wanna Be Ina February 21, 2013 at 1:01 pm

LOVE the new color. I am redoing my craft room, and looking for the right grey to pair with lavender. Is it just me, or is grey a really hard color to get right?

Boob light…will be using that term from now on!


40 Sally Mae February 21, 2013 at 1:10 pm

the second to last photograph is gorgeous!


41 Susan H. @ The Food Allergy Chronicles February 21, 2013 at 1:37 pm

Love it! Very classic, sophisticated, calming and romantic…just what one needs at the end of the day! :)


42 Katie @ Peace Love & Oats February 21, 2013 at 1:38 pm

Oooo I love it, the new color makes it much more relaxing and calm. A perfect getaway from everything!


43 Maria Tadic February 21, 2013 at 1:41 pm

This looks so pretty! You cook…blog…are a mommy..and a have a perfectly clean house…anything you don’t do???! One day I hope our house looks as beautiful as yours!


44 cathy February 21, 2013 at 2:13 pm

Looks great! Grey is a great color goes with everything. Ours is a blue and I’ve been wanting to change it for years now, but we keep waiting cause we want to do the whole room once we pick a bedroom set. :)


45 [email protected] February 21, 2013 at 2:16 pm

Your skills never cease to amaze! It’s gorgeous! Now I not only want you to come cook for me but also to decorate and organize my home!


46 Averie @ Averie Cooks February 21, 2013 at 2:34 pm

I love the transformation! I think the new color is so much more soothing, tranquil, and peaceful. Funny how as a nursery color with one set of lighting and other furniture vs. adult furniture and different lighting, the same paint color can create two totally different moods!


47 seana February 21, 2013 at 3:31 pm

It’s so funny you call those lights boob lights. I always refer to them as nipple lights. We only have one left in one hallway. I can’t stand them. The paint color is much more soothing and relaxing than the green.


48 Andrea February 21, 2013 at 3:37 pm

Your bedroom is beautiful!


49 kaneil February 21, 2013 at 3:47 pm

I love the color and room arrangement! We also have a window behind our bed. One thing that I am want to try, and you may too, is to hang the curtain higher and wider (so it looks like the window is bigger than your bed). I think it would help frame your bed, rather than look like the window is hiding behind it. :) Just a suggestion b/c I want to try the same thing! I love the paint color and your furniture. :)


50 Jennifer February 21, 2013 at 5:11 pm

Yes! I agree wider curtains would look great Kath. I think this is something YHL does a lot – I see you have their book too :) I love the wall color with the white contrasts.


51 Erin @ The Elliptical Chronicles February 21, 2013 at 4:24 pm

That is a gorgeous bedroom (both before AND after)! I definitely aspire to that. I feel like my husband’s and my bedroom is doomed to adolescent decorating attempts forever unless I were to hire a decorator. I just have no eye for how to set up, organize, furnish, or decorate a room. What you have is inspiring!


52 erica February 21, 2013 at 4:40 pm

LOVE the new look! very serene and sophisticated!


53 Björg February 21, 2013 at 5:18 pm

Kath! That looks amazing! Congratulations :)


54 eliza February 21, 2013 at 7:11 pm

I am sure you have answered this before, but where is your bed frame from??


55 KathEats February 21, 2013 at 8:27 pm

World Market


56 Amina February 21, 2013 at 8:21 pm

Loooove your full length mirror! Where from??


57 KathEats February 21, 2013 at 8:27 pm



58 Diana @ Eating Made Easy February 21, 2013 at 8:30 pm

I adore this makeover! My husband and I just moved and we’re looking to update so many rooms. This is great inspiration!! I love all your decor choices. Do you know where you purchased the curtains? I’m sure someone else has already asked this 😉


59 KathEats February 21, 2013 at 9:01 pm

They’re from Bed, Bath and Beyond. Just their standard grommet waffle-style curtains


60 Avery @ Southern Belle Living Well February 21, 2013 at 9:11 pm

That is one relaxing room, right there! Mine is bright yellow, so it’s a bit crazy. I love how cozy, yet airy it looks.


61 Pam February 21, 2013 at 9:12 pm

Wow what a change, def. looks more sophisticated. The new light is very cool, we have way too many boob lights in our home! Time for a change.


62 Kerry February 22, 2013 at 12:24 am

Awesome- Looks great! I have green walls in the bedroom too and am not in love with it. Less zen and more like lets go take a hike in a moss forest green. Do you get cool morning light or warmer afternoon light through your windows? Looks like morning which is what I get. Inspiring!


63 Liz @ iheartvegetables February 22, 2013 at 8:04 am

I love the duvet cover!! And your colors are so pretty!


64 Kori February 22, 2013 at 1:23 pm

Although I like that shade of green, I agree it probably didn’t suit the master bedroom very well. I love the gray! Very mature and relaxing. Great job!


65 Amanda February 22, 2013 at 8:17 pm

Love it! I have a crazy obsession with the color gray. I wear it a lot and one of my bathrooms is gray.


66 Katie @ Talk Less, Say More February 22, 2013 at 9:43 pm

Wow, your room looks absolutely beautiful! :)


67 Miwa @ Motion For Peace February 22, 2013 at 11:20 pm

It’s amazing what a difference paint can make! LOVE the new color!


68 Meg Saunders February 23, 2013 at 10:42 am

B.E.A.U.T.I.F.U.L! The paint made a big difference! We need to tackle our master bedroom walls! Seeing your makes me want to do it today! :)


69 Kate @ Indulgent Wellness February 25, 2013 at 10:23 am

I read this post last week and got a chuckle out of the term “boob light”, which I had never heard before, but makes total sense. A couple weeks ago we moved into a new (to us) rental house and as I walked around over the weekend the only thing I could see were boob lights…everywhere! Why boob lights, why??


70 Jenn February 25, 2013 at 3:29 pm

I like it! Of note: we recently upgraded to a king that looks very similar to this bed…by night and day.


71 kelsey February 27, 2013 at 12:04 am

OOooooOOOo!! I love it!!


72 Molly June 5, 2013 at 12:16 pm

Just now re-reading this post (wanted some inspiration for my master bedroom redo) and I can’t get over how gorgeous yours is! It seriously looks like it is straight out of a design magazine!


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