Bedroom makeover! Bright & light, with vintage dresser, DIYs, and beautiful new bedding

I've been working a lot this fall and winter on loving my home just the way it is and making small improvements that make me even more happy in it. I've always loved bedrooms, bedding, and comfortable decor more than decor for any other room, and our bedroom had become a little stale and no longer expressed my style, so I knew I would need to update it soon!

I've been working on some upgrades to our bedroom since around Christmas when I bought this beautiful vintage dresser, swapped out our lamps, and traded out our matching painted nightstands for another DIY and a vintage one. But this past weekend, I completed the makeover with some more re-arranging and repurposing plus some beautiful new bedding from Garnet Hill! (They provided me some of their new spring bedding in exchange for my review.)

Our bedroom has gone through several changes since we moved in to our new townhome a few years back, but for the most part it's looked a lot like this. Pastels, soft shapes, vintage shiny painted matching nightstands, matching white lamps... it was a little too girly and delicate for me now (although I do still absolutely love this DIY painting I did). I'd played with several different art pieces and DIYs above the bed, actually (the black/white windowpane ribbon canvases, the gold initials), but I keep going back to the gold 60's-ey sunburst mirror. As you'll see from other "before"s, the room was much darker with darker curtains and bedding, no matter what pretty pillows and art I put with the bed. So this time I realized I needed to do something more drastic, and I switched out our very dark grey curtains for lighter grey linen-ey weave ones, and switches the bedding to almost all white.

I've decided I like the mismatch nightstand look for now--and this DIY Ikea Rast dresser paint job we did has served us very well and I love it in our room now instead of our guest room.

I also moved this DIY chair refinishing/reupholstery project from the office into our room. I love the bit of bright colors it adds!

Back on the opposite wall... I totally redid the top of my dresser. I love the vintage dresser I recently bought when I sold our big black Ikea Malm! Plus, adding the plants brightens up a previously unused corner.

Back to the bedding... aaaaah, bedding. How I love it. And yet, I usually make do with some funky thing because we have a queen bed and I don't like how full/queen comforters are really just too small for queens! So for years we've used a king size comforter, turned sideways and tucked in at the bottom of  the bed. It means you can't use patterned comforter covers unless you don't mind the pattern going sideways. It's just not a perfect solution. So it was such a treat to get this white paisley matelassé coverlet and shams--generous queen size, heavy, nice quality cotton, fresh pattern and yet totally classic style. I know it will be so versatile for this and other bedroom decor looks. It would look great with neutrals or antique furniture, too (maybe someday I'll do that look)--and with the brights I chose for this makeover!

Since this weekend when I did the redecorating, I've felt so in love with our room!

Sources & DIYs:


  • White paisley matelassé coverlet and shams: c/o Garnet Hill
  • Pink Mexican serape: thrifted, but available here
  • Tufted headboard: DIY
  • Sunburst mirror: Target (similar)
  • Gold task lamps: Target
  • Brown/white painted Ikea Rast dresser: DIY
  • LOVE print: MadeByGirl
  • Vintage school chair with bright striped seat: DIY
  • Grey curtains: Ikea, dyed grey
  • White sheer curtains: Ikea
  • Vintage low dresser: Craigslist
  • Vintage turquoise lamp: thrifted
  • Beveled edge mirror: Target
  • Tall jewelry stands: DIY


Shop the post for the items still available! Check out the Garnet Hill bedding here.



Thanks to Garnet Hill for providing me the coverlet and shams!

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