FUN – Sophisticated – CHIC Bedroom Makeover


Before I begin, I would like to say “Thanks” to all of my readers (old and new) for taking the time out to visit my blog. I appreciate you guys so much!!! I would also like to give a super huge shout out to Apartment Therapy for featuring my bedroom’s “Before & After” on their website. Whoooo Hoooooo  :)

Now, the blogging shall commence…

I have lived in my current home for almost 7 years. When I 1st moved in, I renovated almost every room in the house EXCEPT for my bedroom. The only thing that I did to that room was add new carpeting and windows, but it wasn’t enough to make me happy. For years I have wanted to buy new furniture and redesign the bedroom to be exactly what I wanted it to be, but I just never got around to it. Finally a few months ago, I just said “Screw it! I need my bedroom to be my sanctuary. This redesign needs to happen ASAP!”


Below is what my bedroom looked like before I started the makeover process. I had that bedroom furniture set for almost 10 years and I couldn’t have been more happy to get rid of it! This room was “ok”, but it just wasn’t my style anymore. :(

BEFORE - bedroom 2014

I thought long and hard about how I wanted to design the room and the 1st item on the to-do-list was to get rid of that ugly carpet. The carpeting was pulled up and replaced with laminate flooring from Lumber Liquidators. Installing the laminate flooring actually makes the room feel much larger than what it really is. As for the color scheme…well, I decided to be a little edgy and paint the walls black. Yup, I said BLACK!!! Everybody that I mention this to was a nay-sayer and non-believer. They all said that the black would be too dark for a bedroom.  Oh boy, were they wrong!

{SIDE NOTE: Some people are afraid of color. All I can say is don’t be. Color is a way to express one’s personality and it makes a space feel cozy & inviting. Be bold! Try new things. Heck, it’s only paint. If once the paint is up and you don’t like…then it’ll only cost you 20 bucks and a few hours to change it.}

To ensure that the black didn’t overpower the bedroom, I kept all of the furniture light & neutral and I added subtle bright pops of mustard yellow and pink with accents of gold. To break up some of the black, I chose to do an accent wall in the sitting area. I used a large ribbon stencil with a metallic gold finish. The black, pink and gold combos just scream Girly Chic to me. I love it!

Designing this space was really very easy because I was my own client. Considering this, I knew exactly what I wanted and how I wanted it to be. The only person that I had to worry about pleasing was ME. Even though I knew what I wanted, redesigning an entire space can be a bit overwhelming at times. Now I know how my clients feel when they start to freak out and complain about going over budget. I literally had to purchase brand new everything, including flooring, window treatments, bed, mattress, dressers, etc. The task of furniture shopping for myself was fun, BUT kind of annoying at the same time, because I have “Champagne taste on a beer budget”! LBVS. Almost everything that I wanted was way too expensive, so I had to give myself a reality check and figure out a way to get the look that I wanted for less money. One way that I accomplished this was with the purchase of my dresser set. I wanted a sleek,  mid-century modern feel for my dressers, but all the pieces that I saw were very pricey (upwards of $500+ each). So I decided to browse the thrift stores to see if I could find something comparable. And VIOLA! I definitely did. I found a dresser set for under $100 and I painted them to look like the high-priced furniture pieces that were out of my budget. To find out more about that DIY project and see the before and after pics, you can check out my previous blog post entitled, “DIY Painted, Mid Century Modern Dresser.”  I also saved money on the sofa, which was purchased on clearance from Darvin Furniture. I usually try to shop with coupons and during sales events. One great thing about being a designer is that most stores offer Trade Discounts, which turn out to be a huge savings most times. My biggest splurge and most favorite item in the room was the 68” tufted upholstered platform bed from Restoration Hardware.

The layout for the bedroom is now multi-functional. It’s not just a “bedroom”. It is now my getaway…my chill spot…my Oasis! There are 3 designated areas:

1. The desk area – This is an area where I can work on my computer, etc. The desk chosen is a narrow design made up of metal & glass. The fact that the desk is glass gives the illusion that there is really nothing in the space. So even though there is a piece of furniture there, the space still looks light & airy and not cluttered.
2. The bed area – This tall tufted headboard is the focal point of the bedroom.
3. The TV sitting area

I swear I love this space so much that I have been neglecting the others parts of the house because I never want to leave the bedroom. It has everything that I need in there.

Ok, well, I guess I’ll stop talking about and just let you see the pics. ENJOY!!!!!

The pic below is after the carpet was pulled up. Also, I had some insulation put in the walls, which is why you see some of the drywall cut out. There was hardwood flooring underneath the carpet, but it was too damaged to even bother trying to refinish and repair it. So I just had the laminate installed on top of it.

bedroom during construction

After painting and flooring installation. The paint used is Behr Premium Plus Ultra, “Black Suede” S-H-790 in a flat enamel finish.

before 3


before 2

I had to paint the stencils on the accent wall AND paint the metal shelving too.



accent wall and shelf

And once I sprinkled my designer-fairy-dust-magic…this is what happened:

FEATURE bedroom on

MAIN bedrom on

mid century modern dressers on

dresser 1 on

acessorized dresser on

desk 1 on

desk on

Sitting room on

Sitting room 2 on

gold shelf on

gold vase on shelf on

gold hexagon table on

pink pillow on

ottoman on

pink threshold ottoman on

pink tufted ottomans on

pink chair on

gold mirror on

pillows on

accessories 2

acessories on

jewelry on

camera on

ME accessorizing on

Astral at desk on

Let me know what you think.

Thanks for reading!


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    • says

      Hi Shermaine,

      I’m glad you like the bedroom. I got the sofa from Darvin Furniture. I went to their location in Orland Park, IL and found it on clearance for $499. It was an awesome deal. Darvin has a HUGE clearance floor with some really good finds.

    • says

      Hi Toni! Thanks. And yes, I was trying to prove a point with this design. I wanted to go bold. Everybody told me that black was too dark for a bedroom and all the nay-sayers said it wouldn’t look right. Well…I think it turned out awesome! I love my bedroom. lol

  1. says

    Beautiful, beautiful, beautiful. I need you to come to my bedroom to sprinkle some fairy dust in it. The rest of my house is great, but my bedroom and guest bedroom could use love!

    • says

      Hey Rita! I would love to sprinkle a bit of my fairy dust on your room. Where do you live? If you are in the Chicagoland area, I can schedule a consultation.

  2. Marcey Moreno says

    This room is so lovely. I really like the color scheme, well done on making black walls seem sophisticated and chic. I think this is a room that most men would feel comfortable in as well, I love when that kind of space is created. Are those shelves from IKEA? They are really functional and stylish.

    • says

      Hi Marcey. Thanks. And yes, the shelving is from Ikea. It is the VITTSJÖ line. The original finish is black, but i simply spray painted them gold.

  3. Kristen says

    WoW!!!! I absolutely love this. It’s practically perfect in EVERY way. I never could figure out how to make my dark room work. This is fabulous. Great job! I’ll be an avid reader now for sure!

  4. Megs says

    Wow! I am absolutely blown away!
    I came across your post by way of Apt Therapy; I was so impressed by the few pictures I saw there that I HAD to see more. I feel this sudden urge to paint my whole house black! And i only wish i could afford to refloor my entire apt like your room. I was hoping you would list more of your sources. I see there is another post about the dresser which I will head to next (and then probably backtrack thru you’re whole blog…). I think I recognize the shelving & desk from IKEA? What about the pink stools (love!), side tables, carpet, chair, etc?? And I’m very curious about the painting – could you add a shot of it straight on and tell us more about it? It really packs a punch.
    Anyways, you’ve done a fantastic job. You’ve made your own bedroom a showpiece for your talent & skill – well done!

    • says

      Hi Megs. I am so glad that you like the space. It feels great to know that others love the space as much as I do. A few of my sources are:
      1. Pink Tufted ottomans: Target / Threshold brand
      2. Pink velvet Louis XVII chair: World Market
      3. Wall Art/Painting: Value City Furniture (this was actually purchased back in 2/2011)
      4. Shelving & Desk: IKEA
      5. Hexagon Side Table:
      6. Flooring: Lumber Liquidators
      7. Bedding, pillows & Throw: Target
      8. Morrocan Shag Area Rug:
      9. Dressers: Thrift Store – and painted by ME
      10. Table Lamp: Target
      11. Desk lamp: IKEA

  5. Miko says

    I love the new look, and that tufted headboard is to die for. I’ve been looking for a new headboard for 2 years, I think I want yours!

    • says

      Hi Miko. Thanks. And yeah it took me a long time to find just the right headboard. This was my splurge item…and of course my FAVORITE item in the room.

  6. Justine Clark says

    I love your space! Amazing, amazing, amazing. Great ideas for creating a high-end look on a thrift shop budget :-)

  7. Camille says


    I saw you on AT and love what you’ve done with the place. Dark walls are so bold! You were right to choose the RH bed and mid century pieces – they all look so expensive!

    • says

      Thanks Abby. The painting is from Value City Furniture. I actually purchased that back in Feb 2011. I originally had it hanging in my craft room and decided to relocated it to the bedroom b/c it added that pop of color that I was looking for.

  8. sabrina says

    Awesome job. How large is your room…it looks huge. I’ve been on the fence about painting my midcentury pieces even though the finishes have seen better days. You’ve totally given me to kick I needed to proceed!

    • says

      Hi Sabrina. My room is about 300 sqft. It was originally 2 separate bedrooms, but i knocked a wall down to make one big room. The only reason I chose to paint my mid century pieces is because the tops were laminate. But if they were solid wood or even wood veneer, then I definitely would have stained them instead of painting.

  9. Sabrina York says

    Saw the link to your website from Apartment Therapy and had to head over as I’d like to repaint my bedroom dark blue. So inspired by what I’ve seen. I may have skipped over it but, tell me please, where did you find your stencil design? It’s perfect and if possible to procure, yes, I will copy it in my bedroom.

    Thanks for sharing.

    • says

      Thanks Sabrina. The stencil I used is called the large “Ribbon Stencil” from Royal Design Studio. It is resuable so all you have to do is wash it after using and store it away until your next project. They also have stencil paints & accessories like brushes. I love them. And they have a sale going on today for 25% off your order.

  10. says

    Amazing transformation … loving every single thing you’ve done! The sleek furnishings in that bright, beautiful, color palette are just stunning against the black back-drop! Just beautiful!

  11. says

    Astral, would you mind telling me the name of your sofa? I’ve been shopping around for sofas & need to revisit Darvin.

  12. Colleen says

    Just came over from “Better After” and I’m so glad I did.

    I would NEVER EVER EVER leave this room. You’ve done the most amazing job here and it’s just simply beautiful and happy and oh so elegant. BUT COMFY. Wow.

    • says

      Hi Colleen,

      Thanks a bunch. I am so glad you like it! And btw, it IS sooooo super comfy. I actually neglect the rest of my home b/c I am always in my bedroom. I really only leave out to go to the kitchen or the bathroom! LMAO

  13. Ariela HvM says

    First off, I love your name! As a person with an unusual “A” name, I appreciate it! Came over from Better After as I had to see the process. What a STUNNING space! Not gonna lie…I’m kinda jealous! 😉

  14. Rebecca Coles says

    I love this room! I just painted my bedroom a really deep navy but haven’t decorated it yet. Everyone thought I was crazy to paint it so dark, but I think it’s going to be great when it’s done. Thanks for the inspiration and validation!

    • says

      Hi Rebecca.
      YES! Dark colors rock!!! Don’t let other folks discourage you from executing your design vision. I bet it will be great. Send me pics when you’re done. I would love to see it.
      Thanks again for checking out my blog. :)

  15. says

    I like this. We accidentally painted our living room black (Behr Paint Nightclub) because we thought it was a dark gray. We ended up changing it.

  16. Angela Kloss says

    Although my style is a bit more thrifted country cottage, I absolutely love what you did! The black suede paint is a beautiful colorful neutral that really makes the white bed pop along with the mustard yellow curtains and magenta accents. And I love how you incorporated what I’m guessing is your love of gold into the room. And quite frankly I think the dresser set you found works for the space much better than if you were able to buy a new set. It adds to the overall character of your room. Also I found your blog via

    • says

      Hi Angela. Thanks, I’m glad you like it. The black walls was a risky move, but it turned out well. And yes…I LOVE gold! LOL. Gold & turquoise are my fav colors right now. It was just pure luck that I came across that dresser set at the thrift store. I had actually given up hope that I would ever find anything good, and then viola! There it was! I’ve had a lot of folks asking if they could buy it from me. But i love it so much and the style fits perfectly in the bedroom, I don’t think that I could get rid of it.

  17. K.Wolff says

    Good gracious! This is GORGEOUS! I never would have thought that a black room could look so spacious but you nailed it! Well done!

  18. Nanette says

    Hi, I LOVE your space!! It is beautiful! Where did you get that cute little glass desk?

    • says

      Hi Nanette. Thanks so much. I’m glad you like it. I got the metal & glass desk from Ikea…only 40 bucks!!! It comes in black though. So I had to spray paint it.

  19. says

    I am so impressed with your work. My goodness, I never knew black walls could be so sexy! Everyone is commenting on that painting and rightfully so, it really gives the space a unified, sophisticated and fun feeling. I fancy myself to be a self-taught interior designer, but I am always looking for inspiration. You have definitely inspired me to be more bold in my decor. Well off to paint my walls black…keep up the great work.

    My best, Andrea

    • says

      Hi Andrea! I am so glad that I could help inspire you to be more bold with your color choices. Thx so much.
      And yes, I think the word “sexy” is a very accurate description of those black walls! LBVS

  20. Nina says

    God-given talent on display, and at its best!! You are truly gifted and I am so in love with your “fashion spirit”.

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