Modern Vintage Master Bedroom Refresh

Modern Vintage Master Bedroom Refresh

A friend on Instagram mentioned how it seems like the master bedroom is always the last room to decorate. Her comment resonated with me, and while I’m totally fine with leaving our bedroom last on the list, I had let it slide quite a bit. I guess my mindset was that adding decor or styling the space wasn’t important until I was able to complete the wall treatment and really plan the space. So, while I’m currently struggling with a particular DIY design, I needed a confidence-boosting distraction. I decided to make our master bedroom a space that was comfortable, not a storage area, not the room with the door closed all the time, and a place that I could relax. I’m still working out my wall treatment design and paint color as well as the other pieces in the space, but I’m so excited to share my modern vintage master bedroom refresh – that didn’t cost a dime.


Amazing Bedroom Book Wall

Here’s a photo of our bedroom when we first moved in. I created a book wall feature that wrapped around. This photo is not a good representation of the way it looked right before the modern vintage master bedroom refresh, but trust me, it wasn’t pretty.


Modern Vintage Master Bedroom Refresh

Modern Vintage Master Bedroom Refresh – Video


Modern Vintage Master Bedroom Refresh

We’ve discussed selling our bedroom set, or parts of it and refreshing the furniture with some brighter pieces, but it’s just not in the budget now, and I don’t hate our furniture, I just want a less matching look and a more coordinated look. So, I decided to update the furniture feet on the nightstands and dresser as well as the knobs. Several years ago, I spraypainted the cheap knobs, but they still looked too small, so it was a good move to replace them and update the pieces. Our black nightstands and dresser were from Pier 1, and we’ve had them for a very long time. I love black, even though it really shows the dust, but I don’t want all black pieces in our bedroom, so I’ll change them out as some point, but for now I’m really loving the modern updates.


Modern Vintage Master Bedroom Refresh

Modern Vintage Master Bedroom Refresh

The single easiest way to refresh a bedroom is to replace the bedding. Well, we have several quilts and duvets that I swap out depending on the season, so I decided to just get out a different quilt. We do need to get some new sheets! We realized that we only have one set, it’s just not something we’ve taken the time to purchase since we wash, dry, and remake the bed with no problem. But it would be nice to have a second set, however, it must be super soft and not make noise (according to Jeremy). When you have sensitive skin, it makes buying sheets a little more challenging~ Swapping decorative pillows, adding pillows, or subtracting pillows can also refresh the look. When the weather starts cooling down, I like to have an extra throw across the bottom of the bed, it’s nice to have and looks pretty too.


Modern Vintage Master Bedroom Refresh

Modern Vintage Master Bedroom Refresh

I’m not sure if you can tell in the photos, but I swapped out our blackout curtains as well. We’ve had different curtains in our bedroom, velvet navy blue ones were up right before the refresh and I changed them out for the dark green ones. I also only put up one curtain on each side of our bed so that there was less fabric going on. There are so many ways to add comfort, texture, and color to a bedroom, and curtains are a great way to do so. I prefer blackout curtains for bedrooms, but people have lived without them for years so it’s just our preference. We tried a rug in our bedroom, but the platform bed frame causes it to wave and ripple – not good. Unless we get a different bed or an amazing rug, I’m not sure we’ll be able to enjoy the beauty of a rug. However, I highly recommend having a rug in bedrooms if you can. Check out this info graphic to see what rug size works best.


Graphic by Ruggable.com

Modern Vintage Master Bedroom Refresh

Another easy way to refresh a bedroom is to clear off the nightstand and dresser surfaces. Consider swapping out lamps or keeping a minimal and cleaned off look for a while. We didn’t have anything on the dresser for quite a while so adding some decor was a must to make this space look styled and put together. There’s still plenty of space to set clothes on, but the decor helps the space to have a style and to enjoy some of the decor I had put away. Shopping my home is by far the most fun way to redecorate. I love using the things that I’ve already invested in, already love, and can give new life to in a different area of our home. When I haven’t used a piece of decor in a while it almost feels brand new again. Always try to refresh your space by first shopping your home. Anything needed or wanted can be purchased later.


Modern Vintage Master Bedroom Refresh

Modern Vintage Master Bedroom Refresh

Adding mirrors, art, shelves, or decor to your bedroom walls is a great way to refresh the space. I used my IKEA frames to enjoy my gallery wall in our modern vintage master bedroom. I love mixing styles and I can’t help but add vintage items in every room. I love the character and history that vintage items add. I like to say that every space tells a story and vintage items are one part of the story (memories and moments being the main part). The images in this gallery wall were all found on The Graphics Fairy, for free. Then I uploaded the images into Costco photo, and they printed them. I can’t believe how the resolution was perfect and the prints look high-end. The IKEA frames were white for years, but I recently spray painted them gold and love the contrast it adds. I still have my book wall feature above our bed, and I do love it, but it will come down when I install a wall treatment. For now, I love the dimension and creative look of the pages and books on the wall. On the third wall, I hung an ornate brass mirror from Hobby Lobby. If you want a mirror from Hobby Lobby, be sure to wait until they go on sale – it’s always worth the wait. When it comes to wall decor, I always try to leave one wall with nothing on it – this causes natural focal points and gives the room a rest. However, design rules only matter if they matter to you, so decorate your walls how you prefer.


Modern Vintage Master Bedroom Refresh

Modern Vintage Master Bedroom Refresh

The final element added to the master bedroom was seating. I moved our vintage chair from the dining room into the corner (which is perfect for covering the blinking modem lights on that wall). I also moved the bench from the entryway to the end of our bed. We love the bench here because it’s a great place to set laundry and to pile blankets onto when cleaning our sheets. If a master bedroom is large enough, I love adding at least one seat to the space. It can be nice to sit down to put on socks or stockings, to temporarily place clean laundry, or even a little reading spot.


Modern Vintage Master Bedroom Refresh

With our modern vintage master bedroom refresh complete, I have been opening our curtains, leaving the door open, and even straightening up our bed each day. I love seeing the decor when I walk through, and I love the gallery wall in sight when I walk by. I should have known but didn’t expect having the space decorated would make me feel so good. The whole house feels more put together now that all the rooms are basically decorated (even if they’re not completely done). I love that this styled room didn’t cost me a cent and I hope it inspires you to refresh any of your spaces using what you already have. It feels good to be resourceful, to upcycle something old, or just clean up a space. A free room refresh is the best kind of makeover and I’m working on refreshing two more spaces in our home. I’m not ready to decorate for fall yet, but I want to get things clean and refreshed for the summer to fall transition.


Modern Vintage Master Bedroom Refresh

Modern Vintage Master Bedroom Refresh

Modern Vintage Master Bedroom Refresh

Modern Vintage Master Bedroom Refresh – Shop this space

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2 Comments
  • Amy Jones

    August 10, 2022 at 2:20 pm Reply

    Love these beautiful changes and your mantra of “shop your house”! I love the trunk under the bench too! The green velvet curtains contrast perfectly with your vintage chair and quilt and it all reminds me that fall is coming! Love it!! You are so talented!

    • Amy

      August 15, 2022 at 4:51 pm Reply

      Thank you so much! I do love earth tones and fall decor~

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