Before and After: The Princess Bedroom Part II

If you tuned in last week, you heard my cry, my desire, my NEED to have a bedroom fit for a Princess. One that would earn the approval Princess Buttercup or shall I dare say, Princess Kate??

See, they look happy don’t they? That’s because they have a Princess bedroom…pretty, comfy and quiet.

In case you were wondering, why I wanted a bedroom makeover so badly, here is the reason.

Plain, un-inspiring and just sad…the “before” bedroom…

All the basic elements were there…a bed, a dresser, a lamp, a window. Blah. But definitely NOT a place that would welcome royalty. So where did I start? With the paint color.

I wanted something soothing…something calm. I’ve never been a fan of blue bedrooms before but all of the major paint manufacturers have done a really nice job revamping and releasing new colors in the past few years. After painting the walls during our bathroom renovation, I really enjoyed how the turquoise walls turned out. I thought I’d try something similar in our bedroom, but much softer. And I found some great inspiration from the monochromatic color schemes in the photos from my last blog post.


I was afraid that the color might be a little too dark but once it was up on the walls, I was pleasantly surprised at how much it lifted the room. Other finishing touches included bright white enamel paint for all of the trim, white faux wood blinds, new drapes, three new interior doors and new door hardware in an antique bronze finish. Here are the results:

I LOVE the color on the walls! And Sherwin-Williams Super Paint is soooo amazing, it actually only took ONE COAT to cover up the old color!! The beautiful painting above the bed is by my dear friend Steven Walker. Steven and I went through the Illustration/Communication Arts program together at VCU and I have had the honor of watching his artwork evolve over the years. He is an amazing landscape artist. We are lucky enough to have several of his paintings throughout our home. The sweet antique french side table was a lucky find in Charlotte, N.C. at Metrolina.

This cute little empire chest was a purchase in Bowling Green, VA at Stone Creek Antiques. I have several antique alabaster lamps with linen shades, as you’ll see in these photos. This lamp shade came from the Shades of Light outlet store. The adorable mirror is  English and from around 1920.

This cute side table was a Craigslist find for $20. A little Annie Sloan chalk paint in Old White and BAM! Good as new! I love this alabaster lamp…and the burlap shade came from Shades of Light. The small antique folk painting was a great find while traveling last year…it has sweet little pansies and butterflies depicted in it.

This large empire dresser was amazing find while traveling to Lynchburg, VA. I couldn’t tell you the name of the town…it was one of those random weekend driving trips where we found it. This was the first piece of furniture my husband and I bought together. I love the dark veneer and the chunky shape. Just a great classic piece that could go in any room. A primitive box and petite alabaster lamp sit on top. The lattice pattern drapes are Allen and Roth from Lowes.

I may not be a Princess, but this room definitely makes me feel like one every time I step inside! I couldn’t be happier with how it all came together. Now all I need is a sign to hang on the bedroom door that says “No screaming, soiled or unhappy people/children/pets allowed.” Maybe that will be my next craft project!

Let me know what you think! Do you have a Princess room in your home? If so, tell me about it!

Copyright 2012. The Savvy Seeker blog by Erin Hurley-Brown. All Rights Reserved.

4 thoughts on “Before and After: The Princess Bedroom Part II

  1. I’m working on a VERY princess bedroom for my 4-year old daughter – but it would be your nightmare version of Princess! PINK (as demanded by my princess) and white with touches of turquoise blue and lime green. She is young enough that I’ve been able to keep it soft and do things like paint a subtle mural of white trees with paper flowers, a princess canopy and some fun lighting. While it’s lots of fun, it’s sooo nice to see your lovely grown-up version of princess.

    • Laura – I would love to feature a before and after little girls room…so if you’ve got photos and you’re interested, please let me know! You’re such an amazing artist, I know it will turn out beautifully!

  2. Love your alabaster lamps. I have several and am on mission for more. I, too, got my shades @ Shades of Light, and the store you got your dresser from – Stone Creek Antiques is my friend, Susan! Small world!

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