DIY

A Modern & Moody Bedroom Reveal!

March 21, 2019  —  Written by Julia Marcum 

We believe we should all love where we live.

We’re a couple of homebodies, working to uncover the home our home wants to be. And we’re so happy to have you here. 

Portfolio

Projects

Design

We're Chris + Julia

read more

What we're                   right now

Loving

browse the shop

Befores, afters, mood boards, plans, failures, wins. We’ve done a lot of projects, and they’re all here. 

We have a long-standing relationship with DIY, and love rolling our sleeves up and making it happen. 

Even when you don’t want to rip down a wall, you can make that space in your home better. Right now.

browse all

browse all

browse all

02

01

03

Popular Posts

1.

2.

3.

Top Categories

This post is sponsored by Walmart. 

Have you even seen Walmart’s new private label brand, MoDRN? It’s really good and filled to the brim with drool-worthy furniture, decor, textiles, accessories–everything you need for a more modern home at affordable prices. They asked us if we’d want to share a few of our favorite pieces with you–but you know we love to show you how we’d use them when we can.

Our friends, the Pugmires, were in dire need of a bedroom makeover. We gave them our old bed when we upgraded a few years ago and our old nightstands (and our old mattress!). Haha. They’ve always been so gracious. But we really wanted to give them a bedroom facelift that would take their hand-me-down bedroom to master bedroom status. A real retreat.

Here’s how it looks now!

The smaller 11×14 bedroom was tight to begin with, but there were a few tricks we implemented here that made it look a lot larger.

The first was adding the board and batten to the wall. We purposefully only added it just over half way so there was lots of white breathing room up top. The vertical lines make the room look taller the deeper colored trim on the bottom help ground the room as the walls blend into the ceiling.

Another visual trick we played is going for a lower bed.

This faux leather headboard is one of my favorite pieces in the MoDRN line. It’s the most beautiful leather color and it’s think and solid and cushion-y. It’s great. We attached it to a simple king-sized bed frame that was lower to the ground and got a thin box spring to maximize how much of that headboard we’d get to see.

Lower bed = more visual space! We kept the bedding simple and white with these super soft sheets and this no-wrinkle duvet (We didn’t even have to steam it out of the package!). The pillows are all from the MoDRN line and I’m definitely getting the tan x pillows for our house. So good.

Last tip to make a small room look larger–remember the curtains from before? Real short.

Bam!

We actually used the existing curtain rods! Stretched them out and moved them up to the ceiling so that small window on the side wall could appear a lot larger and the 96″ curtains would stretch the whole room out. Corine so sweetly said–It’s like an instant eye lift! Yes. For your room.

These pale gray 52×96 basketweave curtains from the MoDRN line are only $25 for the pair! So I doubled up on each window to make it look even more luxe. Above you can see one panel on the right and two on the left. It’s not necessary, but for $25/pair I mean! Go nuts!

A few other standout details include the old nightstands we got on Craigslist years ago and painted with matte black chalk paint and they look 100x better and allow the accessories to stand out.

The lamps! They really look like they belong in a high-end boutique hotel–they even come with bulbs!

That really heavy, green marble tray (so heavy!) is also from the MoDRN line and let’s not forget about the rug we layered in the room. We used this pretty 8×10 under this king and it added an extra layer of coziness and a lot of interest to the room, too.

This hanging planter is such a good price and added the touch of greenery that every room needs without cluttering up a nightstand or precious floor space.

For the first time, the Pugmires truly love their bedroom and that makes me so happy. Everyone should love their home, but loving your bedroom allows you to sleep better, wake up refreshed! Making your bed doesn’t feel like a chore and you have a true retreat in your home.

Here’s one more before and after with all the sources below!

1. Ceiling Fan
2. Tray
3. Desk Lamp
4. Paint: Benjamin Moore Dark Pewter
5. Hanging Planter
6. Curtains
7. Bed
8. Sheets, duvet cover, bed skirt
9. Industrial Stitch Throw Pillow
10. Honeycomb Weave Throw Pillow
11. Rug

What do you think?

  1. Your bedroom reveal is wonderful… Thanks for sharing this post.

  2. Lyndsay says:

    What is the ceiling hook you used for the hanging planter?

  3. Colleen Ezzo says:

    I love this room and I keep thinking of it as I design my new half bath.. I want to do a dark wall 3/4 up similar to what you did here. I’m imaging dark baseboards to match the wall color, but my question is, how to you handle the transition from baseboard to the door trim? Does it just look like a weird paint line? Or do I go ahead and paint the door trim dark as well, which could be really beautiful, but again, where do I stop? At the door stop inside the door casement? Am I over thinking this? I specifically remember you debating this similarly when doing this room on Instagram stories. Send help if you see this! ????

  4. Taylor Gilge says:

    I was initially so excited about this remodel because their bedroom happens to have the exact same setup as my bedroom that I was looking to remodel. Even though we already had a bed that I liked, I decided to replace with the one you have featured because I loved the look so much and trusted your recommendation.

    I have never been more disappointed with the customer service of any company than I have been with Walmart about this bed. Even though the description explicitly states that there is a bed frame (metal bedframe in black with birch plywood slats, etc.), there IS NOT A BED FRAME INCLUDED – which I was finally told after 2 MONTHS of me telling their customer service that I did not receive the bed frame, having to send back the bed and wait for the new one to arrive with the same problem.

  5. krystal wallinger says:

    Great job! It’s a gift to be able to pull things together like this. It’s actually hurts my head to do so, so I appreciate when someone has this talent. I LOVE the color of the Wayne’s coating too! Amazing job.

  6. Tara C says:

    I would love to know if the Pugmires are happy with the fan. It’s a great look and a great price! But the two reviews on WalMart are very bad. I would buy three of them if the Pugmires thought they weren’t too loud and the light was nice. Thank you!

  7. Hannah says:

    Do you have a post on the process of doing th accent wall? With the wood pieces? Thanks!

  8. Jessica R says:

    We love the curtains in this post but unfortunately they are now sold on it the longer length : ( Do you know of any similar curtains that we could purchase?

  9. Jessica R says:

    My husband and I just bought our first house and this refresh is the inspiration for our new master bedroom! It is pretty small like this one. From the pictures it looks like they already had the curtain rods before you started the project. Any idea where I could get similar ones? Also the curtains are now sold out. Do you have a suggestion on where I could get similar ones somewhere else?

  10. Brooke says:

    The curtains are now listed on Walmart’s site for $44. Do you think they jacked up the price because they were getting so many hits with the traffic you were sending their way?

  11. Gina Jeung says:

    The room is beautiful! Do you and Chris have a mattress you love? Looking for recommendations.

  12. Hayley says:

    The curtains at your link are showing $44 for the pair, not $25. Are the ones at the link the same that you used?

  13. Lisa Hansen says:

    Hi Julia! I see you painted your floor boards. But left your window trim white. What color is the trim around the door? Did you carry the green around the door or left it white? I love this room so much!❤️

  14. Tiffany says:

    I love this room! What color did you use on the upper half of the wall?

  15. Sarah G says:

    Hi Julia! I love the bed/bedding so much my husband gave me the go ahead to redo our bedding! I can’t find the bed skirt. Do you have a direct link for that? We have white sheets so I just need a skirt. Thank you!

  16. Robin says:

    I like this one! The colors are great. The rug is perfect. Unfortunately, she still has teen clutter and needs more seating for when her friends hang out. If I can figure out how to integrate more of the ‘teen” stuff into this room, it might work.

    Thanks!

  17. Danielle says:

    You guys are such an amazing team! This is so inspiring. My husband and I just bought a fixer upper. Do you recommend using anything in particular to put together mood boards like this? I want a beautiful way of showing my ideas to my husband / contractors, and curious if you just use photoshop, or Sketch, or something else we should check out! I’m craving the beauty and simplicity of yours!

  18. Carrie says:

    im wondering what their closet doors are? Are they white or painted?

  19. Emily says:

    While the WalMart fan you linked out to is a great price, I like the look of the light on the one you actually used. Any idea of a source for it?

  20. Stephanie Alexander says:

    Fantastic transformation! I’m about to pull the trigger on the bed (king size) but for the LIFE OF ME cannot find the dimensions on Walmart’s website. Can you help?

  21. Robin says:

    I’m working on upgrading my daughter’s room now that she’s a (somewhat) sophisticated teen. But I don’t want to spend a fortune, considering she only has a few more years at home. Maybe you could throw together a mood board with this new wall mart line? Yes, this is a cry for help ;)

  22. Brooke says:

    So pretty!

    Does the bed have a box spring on it or is the mattress sitting straight on bed frame? Cant tell since your not usinging a bed skirt either.

  23. Andrea says:

    Oooh, that comforter cover is sad! How bout a muted pattern-stripe?

  24. Linda Grubbs says:

    Wow guys! Very nice job on the Pugmeiers bedroom! In addition I now have a whole different impression about Wal Mart’s new line! Thanks for the visual heads up.. I will now be checking it out. Love keeping up with you guys! ????

  25. LV says:

    For a really big window (I’m talking probably 6-8 feet wide), would you use three panels on each side (six panels total)?

  26. Becca says:

    This looks beautiful! The sheets look a tad creamier than the white duvet- is this just visually in the photos or are they a bit off from each other? I was just on the website looking at purchasing both! Thanks!

  27. Blu says:

    Seeing the bed frame in the room makes me love it! I wasn’t sure about the quality when I looked at it online. I also love that you put the bed in the same spot. The lower headboard totally works! Nice!

  28. Veronica says:

    Love all of this!! You and Chris are so so talented. The whole room looks incredible and I love that it’s for the Pugmires whom we all love :)
    I am really enjoying this partnership with Walmart because it feels so accessible. Can you please ask Walmart to bring the MoDRN line to Canada?! Tried to order some of these items online but the Canadian site does not have MoDRN yet.

  29. Abbey says:

    I love this so much! Any chance you’ll do a cost break down for the whole room including the materials for the walls? I’d love to know if this was an under $2,000 project or not!

  30. Anna says:

    Absolutely beautiful! Loveeee what y’all did! Not sure if you’ve already shared this, but how much did this transformation cost? Trying to get an idea on how much a transformation like this would run. Great job you guys! ????????

  31. Camille says:

    Bravo! This is amazing!

  32. Kellie B. curran says:

    Any tips for bedding on a cal king that will cover the mattress well?? Do you have to go custom? We have a pillow top cal king and the pottery barn etc. bedding doesn’t come close to covering the mattress;(

    • Julia says:

      Sorry, I wish I did! We’ve only had kings.

    • Eileen says:

      Wamsutta Dream Zone 750, the deep sheets. We swear by them. We grab at Bed bath and beyond, and you can use those annoying but useful 20% off one item coupons… and I check out like 4 times. Haha.

  33. Leah says:

    I kinda want to do this exact refresh to our master bedroom!!!

  34. Christine says:

    Looks fantastic!

  35. Meredith says:

    Love it!! That green on the walls is SO good. Wondering about a dresser or closet storage…are they able to store everything in the closet(s)?

  36. J says:

    Love the transformation! Can you share where you purchased the black bed frame? I currently have one that’s gray and huge and sticks out in the corners. Love this look best so I wouldn’t have to add a bedskirt. Plan on getting this headboard too! You have 2 mattresses on there, correct ? Thanks!!

  37. Sarah Carter says:

    I’m really loving this headboard but am concerned about the quality/how it looks compared to something that is real leather. Can you share your thoughts please! Really wanting to purchase this but a bit bummed there aren’t any reviews online yet.

    • Julia says:

      It looks amazing! The color is spot on and doesn’t look plastic or fake at all. Very similar to our real leather chairs in our office.

  38. Meredith says:

    Julia, can you share the dimensions of the headboard? I looked at it a few days ago and didn’t see any measurements listed on Walmart’s site! :D

  39. Hillary says:

    This is so good!! I know you guys were debating the bed placement. How did you ultimately decide to put it on the window wall rather than the blank wall? We have an awkward window arrangement and have struggled on where to put our bed.

    • Julia says:

      We ultimately let them decide, but love the placement they chose. The door is across from the bed so you walk in seeing the bed and no one has to walk all the way around the room to get to their side.

  40. Megan says:

    Wow! Absolutely stunning! And I have been hunting for the right headboard for our bedroom and I think that might just be the one!

  41. Arica Braden says:

    Can you share how tall the headboard is? There aren’t any measurements listed on Walmart’s website. Also, does it come with optional feet? Several of the photos on Walmarts website show it being much taller than here. Such a beautiful room!! Going to move my curtain rods higher right now!! :)

    • Julia says:

      I’ll see if the homeowners can chime in with that info.

      • Arica says:

        That would be awesome! I’ve been checking the comments to see if they have been updated yet since a few other people asked the same thing, but I don’t see anything yet. Thank you!

  42. Lisa says:

    Looks beautiful! How are the window treatments with handling privacy? I’m wanting to swap out my old blinds but I’m clueless and privacy is a big issue in my home.

    • Julia says:

      They live in the country, so it’s not a concern, but layering blinds (maybe some pretty bamboo ones!) under the curtains wouldn’t be a bad idea!

  43. Mariana says:

    I love this! Why did you choose chalk paint for the nightstands? Is it better than a latex paint for veneered surfaces? Does it need a primer?

  44. angela s sewell says:

    I’m sure I’m not alone when I say that being on EST really stinks when you’re waiting for a CLJ post! Anyway, I’m going to just go ahead and copy this entire room! I already have a hook in the ceiling just waiting for the hanging planter! Question, do they not have a dresser? Also, do you think a wall mount TV would look ok above the lower wall treatment if it is pretty flat on the wall? I’d love to get rid of our big entertainment cabinet.

    • Julia says:

      They do not have a dresser! Just a closet, like us :). I think it’s pretty common in smaller bedrooms to not have a dresser in the room. Totally! They haven’t decided if they want a TV or art, so we left the wall across from the bed blank for now but it still looks so pretty because of the board and batten.

  45. Erin says:

    Amazing!! Will you be doing a post at all about that ceiling fan? It’s the one thing in my home I’d really like to replace (we have 3, ugh) but my husband seems so nervous to change them out, even though he’s very comfortable with electrical and replaced a tons of lights in our home. Would just love some tips. Thanks!

  46. Ellen G says:

    I love that you always add a customized or built in element to your renovations or make overs! And oh Corine, those sad, short curtains! ???? I’m so glad you were able to give such an amazing friends a special getaway!

  47. Ashley says:

    Looks great, Julia! May I ask what (or if) y’all did anything on the wall facing the bed? None of the after pictures showed it and I’m curious if it’s just blank, a mounted TV, or what you would do with the empty wall across from the bed since the bed is in front of the window? We have a similar issue at our home and the reasoning for putting the bed on the wall would be because I don’t know what to do with the wall otherwise if the bed went in front of the window! Thanks!

    • Julia says:

      They haven’t decided if they want a TV or art, so we left the wall across from the bed blank for now but it still looks so pretty because of the board and batten.

  48. Kay says:

    Hi Julia, for the night stands, did you sand them before the paint? And which matte black chalk paint did you use? Thank you!

    • Julia says:

      We used Amy Howard brand from Ace Hardware. No sanding or priming required. We just wiped them down and painted! So easy.

  49. Karen says:

    Fantastic job! What kind of chalk paint do you use, and do you use the wax finish as well?

    • Julia says:

      We used Amy Howard brand from Ace Hardware. No sanding or priming required. We just wiped them down and painted! So easy.

  50. Christina says:

    I love it so much I’m purchasing the duvet and sheets! If I’m reading in Feedly and I click the duvet/ sheet links, will you receive credit? If not, how do I purchase the bedding so y’all receive credit? Thanks!

  51. Mandy says:

    I love it! What a transformation! Any tips for layering rugs on top of carpet and having them lay flat? We have newer carpet that is more plush than our last one and my bedroom rug WILL NOT lay flat. I finally rolled it up and put it away in frustration.

    • Julia says:

      If you have a thicker carpet as your base, you may want to use something a little thicker to layer like the one we used here!

  52. Ane says:

    Awesome!! Loving these doable/relatable/approachable design posts lately.
    Did you move the mirror or the dressing area in front of the bed?

    • Julia says:

      They actually have it right outside of their room right now because they love the openness, but they are planning on tackling their closets next and want to incorporate it there.

  53. Julie says:

    Love everything about this makeover . The Pugmires are such a “cool” couple . This seems to really fit their person aesthetic . Like most parents we tend to leave our bedroom for last and invest in other areas of the house . But at the end of the day you really want and need your room to feel like a sanctuary. Well done Marcums!

  54. BrittanyG says:

    Beautiful! Of course, I don’t actually know the Pugmires, but feel like I do from their online presence. ???? This room feels so “them!”

    Does the hanging planter come with the faux plant? The 3 pictures on Walmart’s website show three different plants, making me wonder if you must buy the faux plant separately. If that’s the case, will you please provide the link to the one you used?

    • Julia says:

      It doesn’t come with the plant. And funny, the planter and faux plant was actually a last minute addition by another friend of ours so I don’t know where the snake plant is from! The Pugmires are so loved.

  55. Daniela says:

    The board and batten looks so good. We have a 9.7 x 7.9 spare bedroom, do you think board and batten (done in a similar fashion) would make the room look smaller or be a nice accent in the space?

  56. Love how you transformed the entire look and feel of the room!

    Liz @ ShoppingMyCloset.com

  57. Shannon says:

    Can I just echo what a lot of others have been saying?! – I LOVE these practical, everyday-people home upgrades and tips! I showed my husband the board and batten and I think we are going to attempt it in our office! Thank you for being so real and for showing us how to make normal things beautiful and to work with what we have. It’s a good lesson for us all to keep in mind anyway and I feel like you two highlight it so well. So thank you and go CLJ! Plus- go Walmart! Excited that there are more affordable yet still gorgeous options for a tighter budget!

  58. Megan Brugh says:

    Wow! Looks amazing job well done. Thank you so much I just ordered the sheets. What a smoking deal $32 for king split sheets. Thank You. Also do you do any design work out of state? I desparately need help. Your Instagram and blog have inspired me so much. I am just notorious for buying the wrong size furniture and can never make a decision.

  59. Libby says:

    What does the other side of the room look like? We have a similar room layout!

  60. Livvie says:

    This headboard is SO good! Way to go, walmart!!

  61. chloe says:

    You’re killing it with the bedrooms lately! I’m taking notes for my future bedroom as we’re moving in a month to a home built in 1866.

  62. EP says:

    I love how it turned out! I noticed on your IG there was a lot of debate about whether to pain the window trim green or white. I loved how it looked painted green and voted for that option. However I think ultimately it is best for the window trim color to match (tonally) with the window treatments. I noticed that in your inspiration photos. The rooms with gray board and batten and gray window trim also had gray window treatments (same goes for the pink, etc). Anyway, looks great and you guys definitely made the right choice!

  63. Jennifer says:

    Where did you purchase the actual fan you used? I’ve been looking for a white one that has clean, straight lines. The room looks awesome!

  64. Sheena says:

    Ahhhhh! Just love it. So good. Worth the wait! Are you going to share the process of painting the nightstands? I’m curious if you just put the paint straight on or if there’s a prep process. Also what paint exactly did you use?

    • Julia says:

      We used Amy Howard brand from Ace Hardware. No sanding or priming required. We just wiped them down and painted! So easy.

  65. Keisha says:

    Looks so good! Lucky friends! I’ve been waiting to see this reveal and have thought about it every day since you started! What a fun, simple project with tons of impact! <3

  66. Tanya says:

    These are my favorite posts! I love when you go into a new home and complete a weekend DIY update. Keep I up!!!

  67. Stephanie says:

    I love this makeover! And Hello Walmart!! Round of applause! I also have the same size bedroom. I recently moved my bed in front of the window and need a new headboard. But ugh night time creepers can sneak up on me!!!!!

  68. Marie Claire says:

    Wow!! Amazing! Made me audibly gasp, haha, great inspiration for anyone’s home :) And also great you could help some friends. Loved it

  69. Andrea says:

    Do you have any ideas of what you may have put over the bed for art if you had chosen putting the bed on the other wall vs the window?

  70. Amy Lloyd says:

    Looks great! Quick question… did you link the exact fan you use in the room? It looks a touch different.

    thanks!

  71. Meg says:

    Amazing! This line looks great! The fan linked doesn’t seem to be the same as the one in the photos. Can you share the fan source?

  72. Kim Sorensen says:

    The room looks amazing!! You guys are incredible. I’m going to copy this bedding look for my room. What duvet did you use in the duvet cover? Also we have a cal king bed and the bed skirt only comes in a king. Do you have any other suggestions for a bed skirt?

    • Julia says:

      You know, I got the bed skirt and ended up not even using it because we liked the clean lines better. I will say the king was dragging on the floor a little so it might be perfect for a cal king! We used the duvet they had.

  73. Christy says:

    Why did you leave the bed in front of the window? Just curious, saw your Instagram poll on that decision! The room looks amazing! :)

    • Julia says:

      The door is across from the window/bed and they really liked walking in and seeing the bed, plus they didn’t want to have to walk around the whole room to get to the other side. Ultimately we left it up to the homeowners!

      • Molly says:

        We had our bed on our non window wall (also the entry door wall) for 5 years. We finally tried the bed in front of the windows (facing the door). What a difference! Putting the focus on the focal point -the bed- makes so much sense!

  74. Ellen says:

    This is amazing! It looks beautiful and makes me feel like I can achieve something similar for our home. Thanks for always being a source of inspiration!

  75. Jen says:

    This is stunning. I LOVE it. You know, some designers constantly work with houses that have such interesting bones — high ceilings, historic details, etc. And that’s fine, but it’s a lot easier to make those homes look good, IMO. You make normal homes — that the majority of us all have — look amazing and it’s so much more helpful in terms of tips and tricks that we can apply on our own. Thank you for what you do!

  76. Maegan says:

    You guys, this is great!!! Love it! And love the budget. Usually not a fan of Walmart, but it looks like they are stepping up their game. That rug is fabulous!

  77. Dawn says:

    LOVE it!! What about the creamy color on the walls? Looking for a lovely creamy tan color.

  78. Patricia says:

    Exactly the kind of posts I love to see! Achievable DIY projects with great results. Honestly, the best thing you did was raise that curtain rod and stretch it out to give the windows more impact! Not to take anything away from that amazing wall treatment.

    They probably hate to turn the light off at night because it’s that good.

  79. Laura says:

    Looks incredible! I’m confused about the number of curtains. You say you doubled up but then highlighted the window with 2 panels on one side. So is doubling up 4 panels per window (2 on each side)?

    • Julia says:

      Yes, exactly. Normally you’d just have one panel on each side of the window, we did 2 so 4 panels for each window. These curtains come in a pair.

  80. Jamie says:

    Nailed it! ????????????????

  81. Victoria says:

    What?! SO GOOD! I’m putting the pillows, the tray, the plant, and the curtains in my cart right now! (Okay. The rug, too.)

  82. Felicity says:

    Love the plant hanger. I’ve got the perfect spot for two. :)

  83. Allie says:

    This is just beyond good and I can’t believe this is all from Walmart. Usually I hate going in. It better not become my new Target, my wallet can’t handle that.

  84. Mary says:

    I noticed in some of the pictures the rug isn’t centered under the bed, I’m wondering if you did that to simply just show off the rug more or if you think a king size bed needed a 8×10 in this room? I know you have 8×10 in our own bedroom, so just curious how you decided the size!

    • Julia says:

      It actually is centered under the bed. Maybe an illusion? Like our room, smaller bedrooms can get showed up by too big of rugs. I like there to be at least some flooring on either side of the area rug so an 8×10 worked well in here (and our room ) :)

  85. Mandee says:

    i’ve been refreshing all morning to see the final reveal. looks better than i imagined. great job. Such simple changes, im sure tons of people will be inspired!

  86. Kate says:

    I’ve been waiting for this all week and it was worth the wait! So, so good!

all the latest

We believe we should all love where we live.

We’re a couple of homebodies, working to uncover the home our home wants to be. And we’re so happy to have you here. 

HI! We're Chris + Julia

read more

Load More

Reader Faves

SHop all

What We're                     Right Now

What We're                 Right Now

Looking for our favorite things? A place to shop our home room by room, or just catch up on what Julia's wearing / loving right now? Browse the CLJ shop. 

Loving

looking for inspiration? 

Over the weekend Brooke (our social media manager) and I went to the Parade of Homes in the Raleigh area and it was so fun to get a feel of how other people in our new area are living and living large! The purpose of the parade is so that home builders and designers can […]

Can We Send You Our Love Letter?

Another way for us to stay in touch! Joining our weekly newsletter gives you access to exclusive content, never-before-seen photos, your questions answered, and our favorite DIYs. Sign up below!

Follow Along on Instagram

Welcome to our online community where we've posted home, DIY, style, renovations, and family since '09. Renovating our #cljmoderncottage in Idaho and headed for new adventures in Raleigh, NC. #cljfam #cljtransformations

@chrislovesjulia