Friday, December 10, 2010

My Master Sweet...

For todays post I am going to share some before and afters of my new master suite.  Just in case you've been wondering about my sporatic blogging this fall ... wonder no more.

My lately weekend life

I not only moved my business to Charlottetown but I moved too.  From my house to a condo the same week as I was moving the shop/business (call me crazy).  The totally ironic thing about the above image is that all those boxes are stacked in my "old master bedroom" ready to be moved. 

My condo key

Giving me a fresh new start and an amazing decorating opportunity to put my stamp on this brand new empty space! 

This was my new master bedroom, a totally blank slate.  Hmmm .... need to fill with furniture/make pretty.  I have a nice bed and other stuff but my old place had a dressing room with built in closets.  There was no need for a dresser.  In this new place I needed one.  I sensed a DIY project about to happen as my budget was quickly diminishing ...

Enter the antique sideboard I spied at a local second hand shop.  It had great potential, nice curvy lines, plenty of storage and it was in good shape.  It needed a facelift for sure but at $250 I was sold.  

And so ... with Anita's seal of approval (she had to check it out before I bought it) and with Ashley's help (muscles) we dragged it to my storage room at the new condo and had a painting party.

I even ponied up and bought us huge coffees to keep us going ... however... what really got us into it was good music and...

A supply of cold Coors Light, sometimes cold beer just makes everything seem easier.  Wine does too:)

Here's my painting partner and fellow shopgirl Ashley, removing all the old hardware.  She's a trooper!  I'm in the background sanding the dresser in preparation for priming and taking endless pictures.

1 hour later we had the entire dresser sanded and then painted inside and out with a grey primer.

The huge top drawer

No surface was spared as I wanted it to be clean and fresh inside and out.  In fact, after the dresser was completely painted I lined the inside of all of the drawers with white felt. 

After letting the primer cure for 24hrs it was on to the finish colour. 

I chose semi-gloss black for the finish.  Tip - semi gloss is the perfect paint for furniture finishes.  I forgot to mention I could have had it sprayed but at $275 (OMG really?) I declined and decided (budget again) to tackle the project myself with Ashley's help.

Just for fun I thought I would share what my first few nights looked like.  I call it  "college dorm room chic" bed on floor.  Not really chic at all!!! But functional and hey, I had a bed and bedding. 

Enter my finished master suite... 2 months later... done just in time for some Christmas touches.

My colour scheme is white, taupe, black, brown, blue, and cream accented with hot pink.  I like mixing it up... with all my favorite colours. 

I had to have this patterned ottoman from my shop, Moving Designz Home & Cottage.  I've been in love with it for while now.  Accenting my room with hot pink? 

It's a decidedly feminine (princess) room, not hard to tell I'm a single gal.  I don't quite think I could get away with this room otherwise :)  But hey, it's mine so why not?  At least until Prince Charming comes along :)

Table to the left...

Table to the right... with white feather wreath above the bed.  Now that was a great find!

A close up of my bedside table with the lovely carnations(they like last forever) and vase full of pink and silver Christmas bling.

Before view

And my DIY dresser project, here it is with the addition of crystal knob hardware from the shop.  It's the perfect fit!  Total cost with paint and hardware - $475.00.  I still want to add drapes but they will have to wait until the new year.  At least I have real blinds now :)  A fab chandelier would be heavenly too!  Unfortunately there is no electrical outlet for one... drag. 
One last look at the before and after.

I love my "princess" room and sometimes I have to pinch myself to make sure this is real... Bed, bedding, tables, ottoman, accessories, artwork - Moving Designz Home & Cottage. 

Sneak Peek of my livingroom... a white tree for me.

I'll be posting on the rest of my condo next weekend. 

Thanks for reading.  Have a great weekend!


Vanessa said...

Lovely, congratulations!

qerat said...

Looks calm and beautiful Susan.
great job.

Maria Killam said...

That was just so much fun to see the whole process, you know what I think? Men will have to come on board with the raspberry just like they did in the 80's with pink and teal (except the raspberry is so much better).

Vanessa@decor happy said...

Your bedroom and living room are beautiful! Congrats on your new place.

Kelly @ JAX does design said...

Ooh-la-la, a VERY princess bedroom! LOVE it! Did you know that pink is the colour for 2011?

You and your girls did a great job transforming the dresser. And have I mentioned I LOVE the shell artwork with the mirrored frames? Only every time you post a picture of them ;-)

Sweet dreams!

Ideezine said...


Never a fuss just trust, trust, trust, your instincts! Wow how sweet it is. How great to have willing and able friends who get their hands dirty right along with you.

You are set in style Susan! Love it.


AB HOME Interiors said...

Susan it really turned out great. I cannot beleive how much your life mimics mine! Haha. Although I did not move my business, I did recently sell my house and moved into a condo. And we need more "after" pics of the dresser. It is really cute!

The Zhush said...

Over the top gorgeous...I would move into your MB in a heartbeat and not change ONE thing! congrats on an amazing job!

Bethany Dirksen said...

Wow...what a great transformation! I just stumbled across your blog for the first time and thought I would say hello! I looked through a few of your posts and love your style.

I'm a blogger as well, about the world of art, but my history is in interior design and fashion. I love to hear what people are saying! Hope we get to see more of each other in the future.


AB HOME Interiors said...

a blank slate is always wonderful to start from! Moving your business AND yourself in one week?! haha, you're crazy! ;)


Grace @ Sense and Simplicity said...

Oh my goodness Susan, I've been so busy I missed this post. I love your bedroom. I actually don't think it screams feminine - just touches of pink and I think a lot of guys can deal with that. I love how calm it looks. Great job on the dresser too.

Edin's House said...

Such a beautiful, peaceful and relaxing master bedroom! And I'm loving the dresser your refinished in black... the shape/line is terrific, and it's perfect in black!

Wendy said...

It's beautiful! Congratulations!

Happy Holidays!!

John Morris said...

Wow, you sure are good at decorating! I am the exact opposite and am looking at your blog for inspiration. My roomies think I'm the worst so I wanna shock em :)

Kelly @ JAX does design said...

Hurry up and post the rest of your condo! I want to see more! :-)

Melissah said...

I'm an interior designer from Melbourne, Australia - I loved your blog, I found it very inspiring. This is all new to me but I have just set up my own blog
You may like to check it out because I had so much fun doing it. It's got a bit of everything fashion, interiors, food, travel spots - hopefully you will find something in there that you like.
Thanks for providing me with such great entertainment!

Donna @ dh designs said...

Beautiful room! And I LOVE that dresser - isn't it a great feeling of accomplishment when you get such a wonderful result! I have a very similar dresser that I painted as well (

Can't wait to see more of the living room!

melvaoconnor said...

As always inspiring pics and message! Wishing you continued success in 2011 as you follow your passionate and intuitive muses! Las Vegas watch out!! Pretty in Pink is arriving!