Master Bedroom Refresh Plans

If you follow me on my Instagram stories then you know I am planning an Master Bedroom refresh. I’m changing my style up a bit from Farmhouse to more of a mid-century/modern farmhouse feel. This style suits our home better and not to mention it’s Minimalist!

I found that as much as I love Farmhouse style I was cluttering our already very small home with “things” I did not need. Luckily Farmhouse style is still very much a trend and I have been able to sell all of my bedroom furniture including the bedding with the exception of 1 nightstand.

Our bedroom is small and having two large dressers and a thick wood bed that sits up high didn’t help. I’ve always had beds that sit up high and love them!! But…. they appear as if they take up more space than they actually do.

Here is a look at the before

This is what you see when you first walk into the room
This is the view from laying in bed
This is our vanity area that is to the right when standing at the foot of the bed. It’s open to our bedroom. To the left of this is the Tub/shower/toilet and to the right is a very SMALL closet. This bathroom will eventually get gutted, but for now I have to work with what I have.

I started planning the room design after I saw this bed on a Designers page and instantly knew I wanted it. But….. it’s a canopy bed and that would put me right back into the place of making our room feel small. The dressers and nightstands are from Pottery Barn so that would put me WAY over budget. If budget was not an issue then this is probably what I would have chosen, however it still doesn’t quite have the feel i’m going for. This rug is from Boutique rugs and called “Presidential”

New Dresser

After browsing Craigslist, Offerup and Facebook Marketplace for a few days I found this dresser and fell in love with it instantly. It’s mid-century modern, but not overboard. I love the mix of different wood tones. I will use the dresser to store my clothes and my husbands clothes from the gray dresser will be moved into the closet. I have some serious Marie Kondo-ing to make that happen!


Our nightstands have to be of decent size and functional since we need more space to store our clothes. All the nightstands I found that would work style-wise seemed to be around 24″x24″ and that seemed too small.

Then…. I remembered about an Ikea Hack I saw on Pinterest using the Tarva Dresser and I picked up two. The legs will have to be cut down a bit and hopefully I can cut them to resemble the dresser legs.

Instead of using the drawer knobs that come with it, I ordered 17 5/8″ gold drawer pulls. From all the research I have done on this, they should fit just fine with no drilling or fixing existing holes.


From all the hacks I have seen, I love the look of these painted, however I am going to try and match the stain color of the bed. I tested stain colors I already had at home and I think Mixwax English Chestnut will be a good match. The only thing I am concerned about is the wood grain of these standing out too much and clashing with the bed.

I figured I would stain first and if I do not like it then paint. If it clashes too much with the room then I will use them in the boys room and hopefully find something second hand that matches.

Here are some Ikea Tarva Hacks that I love.

Source: Hunker Down
Source: Our Humanist Home
Source: Effie Row
Source: Earnest Home Co.
Source: Paige Jones

I love this color
Valspar Cliveden Forest

Here are a few of my mock-ups. I made the dresser smaller in the first picture to use as nightstands just so I could get a feel for the color.


I ordered the same style bed you see in the mock-ups. It’s on Overstock, Wayfair, Joss & Main and All Modern. It’s a “dupe” of the West Elm Mid Century Bed that runs $1000 for a queen size. After price comparisons between the sites listed above I ordered it from Overstock ($100 less than Wayfair) for $455. I read the reviews and looked at the review pictures and the bed is darker than the stock image they use and I think it will be a good match for the dresser. Two of the 3 boxes have arrived and I am pleasantly surprised with the quality. I was originally going to go with an upholstered bed, but this bed gives me to opportunity to add a DIY upholstered headboard in the future if I want to.


The rug is Loloi Rugs from Amazon in the Olive/Charcoal. It’s hard to tell from stock images how beautiful it is. It is a thinner rug and I may need a rug pad since a portion of it will be going under my bed. Here is a better view


For this area my plan is to paint the vanity black and spray hardware gold, paint tongue and groove white, add larger round gold mirrors, paint light fixtures black (they are oil rubbed bronze now)

To Do List:

  1. Paint room SW Alabaster
  2. Assemble bed
  3. Stain Dressers
  4. Paint Vanity
  5. Paint Tongue and Groove
  6. Spray paint vanity hardware and light fixtures

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