Here’s the room before moving in:
We had the carpet and fan replaced, the wall painted in Behr’s Sculptors Clay and the trim/closet/doors painted in a bright white and removed the curtains and hardware.
Then we moved our junk in:
This old iron bed is super ancient. My Mom told me that my great-great uncle was born in this bed, but I’ve never actually confirmed that… Crazy, right? What did people do with the mattress after that? Ew.
I had a pair of luggage night stands I had made at our old house. I think that might have been the first project I had ever seen on Pinterest. The other one didn’t fit in the room with the dresser so I stashed it in the closet. I put up some of my mom’s thick silk cranberry curtains, simply because that’s what I had and they kinda matched the yo-yo quilt that my great-great grandmother made. Kinda. Not really. After we got a mattress, the room was livable for Thanksgiving guests. And then Thanksgiving was over, I shut the door and forgot about it.
Then I got hit by the spring bug (and I had to get our summer clothes out of the closet in here) and thought “Oh snap! This is ugly!”
Here’s the room now.
I replaced the curtains with some white sheers from IKEA, which made a huge, immediate difference. The cranberry ones gave the room a weird pink tint.
I pulled the other luggage night stand out of the closet and added some of my grandmother’s books from grade school. I think the lamp also belonged to my great-great grandmother. I painted that purple, flowery painting a few years ago using this technique.
And the bed… ohhhh, this bed….
…the frame is a tad crooked but you can’t beat this patina.
All of this luggage belonged to my great-great grandparents and I got it when my mom passed away. She had them in the attic! Ugh! Too pretty to be hiding in an attic. I had some reservations about drilling holes into the suitcases, but, what good are nostalgic objects stashed away in a closet or attic?!
My Mom’s hope chest wasn’t workin’ out in our master bedroom, so pushed it to the foot of the bed in here. I recovered it (again) using part of a fabric shower curtain from HomeGoods that I also used to make some pillow covers in our master bedroom.
When the hope chest was in the master bedroom, I also had this series of owls hanging above it. They were so simple to make and bring in all the colors of the room. The backgrounds are made from scrapbook paper, newspaper and fabric scraps and the owls are were simply printed, trimmed and glued. Easy peasy.
One of my great grandmother’s hat boxes is chillin’ on the opposite wall…
Another one of my great grandmother’s hat boxes is hangin’ out on this little dresser that I use for quilt storage. All of these quilts were made by someone in my family. Those lamps? Yeah, great-great grandmother. There’s a theme here, y’all.
Now when I walk in this room I just swoon. I love seeing all of these old things that belonged to my Mom’s side of the family. There are only a couple of us left and it’s so nice to walk into this room and have some good, snuggly memories.
I have to admit, inheriting all of this stuff was super overwhelming and a part of me wanted to just get rid of it all and not deal with the hassle. My grandmother kept everything she inherited from her parents and grandparents, my grandpa kept everything that he ever got his hands on (including tools, which I am so thankful for), when they passed away, Mom got all.of.that.stuff. A ton. It took weeks to sift through all the things, but I wouldn’t trade any of it. So many great memories in my home and in this room alone.
Key takeaway: Keep all the things.
One more look at the before and after:
Are you shouting at me right now for moving the bed in front of the window?
It’s bad Feng Shui, I hear you.
You Feng Shui, I say Feng Shart.
If you are feelin’ the itch to do some redecorating, dig through your garage, attic or relative’s house and remake some things you already have. And most importantly, forget “the rules”. Do what you want. That’s what makes you, you.