19 Nov

Pinterest and the bedroom project

It probably goes without saying, but Pinterest was an immeasurable help in getting the bedroom project designed and completed. Back in the old days (by which I mean 2009), when I planned my new kitchen, I did it semi-old school by creating a digital inspiration board:

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and a digital materials board:

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Both of these were helpful, but they were a bit tedious to put together. I had to find the images I wanted, copy or scan them, and paste them into Photoshop, where I would try to make them fit into the page.

Pinterest has made that process completely simple, as long as the images you want to use are in digital form somewhere. Click a button, edit some text, boom! You’ve got an inspiration board. Or a materials board. Or a brag board. Or some combination of the three.

I used one to compile ideas for this project for a long time: possibly a couple of years. And now it also contains images of the finished room.

Screen Shot 2014-11-19 at 12.24.37 PMCertain patterns became obvious almost from the beginning: painted white floors; pink, red, and orange; rich fabrics; attic doors; built-in bookcases. And so the design developed almost organically from the collection of things I loved.

Some pins very specifically inspired me, however, and I’d like to credit them here. Click on the photos to see the pins on Pinterest (from which you can usually click through to the original source material).

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The painted red table is easier to clean than the old unfinished pine.  The basket on the lower shelf hides things that might otherwise be messy.

When I saw this pin, with the coral-red painted RAST nightstand, it was a revelation. I already had two of those nightstands, still unfinished pine, that I’d owned for more than a decade. I hadn’t decided yet whether to keep them. This pin (unfortunately, I do not know its source, but I will credit it if I find out!) showed me that a painted RAST would be well worth keeping. A can or two of Rustoleum later, and I had glossy red nightstands that look great against the pale pink wall and white floor.

Screen Shot 2014-11-19 at 12.43.51 PMHanging lanterns cost me a total of $5 at an end of summer clearance sale at a local drugstore. The LEDs to light them (with remote!) come from Pier 1.

The adorable tiny attic eaves door in this pin (and the painted floor!) helped me figure out what to do with the access opening to my own attic eaves. The hole had been blocked with a loose piece of plywood for at least the last 18 years!

Screen Shot 2014-11-19 at 12.54.02 PMOne final look at the bookcase, transformed with paint, trim, and beadboard.

This is another example of a pin that made me think of something I already owned in a different way. I already had a huge IVAR shelving unit from IKEA. I was thinking about painting it. So why not hack it a bit to make it look like a built-in? Paint, beadboard, trim, and spackle did the trick.

Screen Shot 2014-11-19 at 1.01.39 PMThis image was the one that first got me thinking seriously about whether I could live with pink walls. As it turns out, I love them!

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And, last but not least, the genesis of the chocolate-brown wall.

See the rest of my pins for this project here.

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