Neutral Bedroom Reveal – Lowe’s Fall Makeover

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Well, the day is FINALLY here! It’s time to showcase the big reveal of our Fall Makeover with Lowe’s Home Improvement. We have so much to chat about with you guys. We want to dive into the busy day, all of the DIY projects, our favorite parts of the space, etc. But that’s A LOT of info, and we know you guys just want to see the space already.

Our amazing master bedroom makeover with Lowe's Home ImprovementSo today we’re going to show you a ton of pictures of this gorgeous new space (there are A LOT!), as well as a source list for all of the main products we used. Then we’ll break down all of the details into more posts over the course of October. Sound like a plan?

Before we get started, let’s bring you up to speed on the Lowe’s Fall Makeover series.

Let’s Review

Back in August, we took submissions from homeowners all over the Chicagoland area to receive a room makeover from Lowe’s Home Improvement. We read through dozens of submissions and decided to go with a newlywed couple who live in Homer Glen, IL. The winning couple- Mike and April

Over the past few years, Mike & April have each endured lots of loss in their family and these newlyweds were in need of some joy and happiness. As new homeowners, they were overwhelmed by the task of creating a home that reflects their style, so their master bedroom space was neglected.

Our inspiration mood board for the projectAfter meeting with this adorable couple, we came up with a gameplan to transform their dark bedroom into a calming & bright oasis.

If you want to dive even deeper, be sure to give these posts a read.

Now let’s get to the good stuff…

Before & After – Master Bedroom Before- how Mike and April's room looked before we got startedWe cannot get over this dramatic after of the bedroom

Another angle, the closet doors beforeAnd after- can you even believe this is the same space?Another before shotAnd after- the room looks so much larger!BeforeAnd after- again, we can't even believe this is the same room!

Pretty darn dramatic, right?! It’s so much brighter and feels so much bigger.

I think it’s safe to say we have some very happy homeowners on our hands!

Mike and April in their new bedroom

We revealed the new room to April & Mike last Sunday morning. They both helped out on the big makeover day, but we didn’t let them in the room as we started bringing all of the final pieces into the space. They slept in their spare bedroom Saturday night, so Sunday morning was officially a surprise reveal of their new master bedroom.

When we opened the door to their new space, they were OVERWHELMED! For 2 who are normally very chatty, they were both pretty speechless. Ha! We took that as a good sign.

The Bedroom Details

All the details- new shades and neutral curtains

To make the room feel brighter, we removed all of their old window treatments and replaced them with filtered bamboo shades. We also added blackout curtains and a simple black rod to one of the windows (following the steps from this post). Since April often works night shifts, she wanted to be able to sleep during the day in this bright room. So those blackout curtains will definitely come in handy!We love how these window treatments add so much light to the bedroomAnd doesn’t the window seem huge now? We brought the rod about 8 inches outside of the window frame, and 2 inches down from the ceiling. That makes the window appear way bigger than it is!

An updated, sleek and modern ceiling fan is a great accent

One of our favorite items in the room is the new sleek ceiling fan from Lowes.comThis piece is so contemporary, but we can't get over how much we love its lines and shapeWe were shocked at how much we loved this contemporary piece! It emits light, keeps the bedroom cool, and adds some major style to this space. Mike & April were happy to see their outdated fan gone forever. That headboard! This stunning bed and accent pillows are stunning

Okay, let’s chat about this bed. It’s a stunner. Their bed used to just sit on the floor on top of the box spring, and these newlyweds were excited for a “grown-up” bed. This tufted bed from fit the bill perfectly. We love the gray color and are obsessed with the footboard and the duvet tucked in all neatly. We added a gallery wall above the headboard, with a variety of pieces, and love the finished look
Casey adding some finishing touches to the bedroomThese accent pillows are perfect for the new space

Fluffy pillows help bring the bed together and added some pattern to the all white duvet.

This neutral palate makes the space feel larger, and much more relaxing

Onto our fauxdenza…We added this awesome fauxdenza for added storage, as well as a few accent accessories

Didn’t it turn out dreamy?! We used kitchen cabinets from Lowe’s and we stained plywood for the tops and sides to give it a finished look. Using the same steps from this post, it turned out beautifully. This piece provides plenty of storage for the homeowners, without taking up a ton of real estate in this space. The fauxdenza hardware- love these brass handles!

Plus, the brass hardware really elevates this piece and makes it even more high-end. Keep personal details as well, this photo is near and dear to April and Mike's hearts

And the top of the fauxdenza provides room for meaningful accessories, like this framed photo of April & Mike on their beloved scooters. This potted plant adds a small pop of color to the room

Plus a plant (in a cool planter) to add some life to the room. The after, don't you just love all the white and accents?

Bridget adding some finishing touches

The small blank wall between the closet & fauxdenza was just begging for something extra. We added a bench, sheepskin (which Mike referred to as a “pelt.” hahaha!), and brass mirror to this little area.

This simple bench was just what this space neededA simple mirror adds the right accent to this wall

And we absolutely love how the round mirror reflects the gorgeous gallery wall above the bed.

Which brings us to that…

The updated closets and new bed look fantastic in this space

Honestly, we were a little hesitant to add the gallery wall over the bed. We just didn’t know if it would feel too crammed over the high headboard.

But after putting it up there with craft paper, we decided to go for it and hang the art. We are so happy that we did!

We can't get over this gallery wall and the pieces we selected are perfect

Bridget making sure the gallery wall is set to goA mixture of styles, frames and colors make this gallery wall pop

More about the art coming to a blog post soon, but we’re obsessed with the variety of art and frames above the gorgeous bed. The nightstand looks perfect in this spot with the bedTouches of warmth add to the overall feel of the room
Personal touches and a few living plants warm up the neutral space

As you guys know we love adding personalized items to every home, so a room can really tell the story of the homeowners. Mike’s sister provided us with these hardcover books that used to belong to Mike’s dad. We put them on his nightstand so he’ll have a little piece of his dad close by. More accents, personal touches that mean something to the homeowners

We also added Mike’s Dad’s watch to the nightstand tray. It was so wonderful to see Mike’s reaction as he noticed all of these small touches in the space. He truly was blown away, and we tear up just thinking about it.

This neutral pot goes perfect with the fauxdenza

The bedroom was already carpeted, but we added some contrasting pattern with a large rug

Since the couple already had new carpet in the room, we just added some pattern with a large rugAnother after shot- the room was completely transformed

Closet Door DIY Tutorial

And last but not least, we need to discuss one of the biggest DIY projects of the day. The new closet doors!These closet doors are almost unrecognizable from their prior look

We used their existing bifold doors (which were incredibly dark & outdated), and gave them a fresh look with lattice, white paint, and sleek black handlesDetail- updated closet doors

If you’re looking to do this in your own home, you can check out our step-by-step tutorial HERE! Spoiler alert: It’s not super difficult or expensive yet it makes such a big difference!

After, the bed with nightstand accents and the awesome fan

Master Bedroom – Shop the Look

The final look- April and Mike loved it as much as we did
After- from the other side of the room

The happy couple- they're thrilled!


Lowe's volunteers helping with the makeoverThis awesome team helped make this makeover a reality!

There’s no way this room would have come together without the help of our family & friends, and our hard working group of volunteers from Lowe’s Home Improvement. They were all rock stars and dedicated their Saturday to help us get the job done. We’ll go into more details about the crazy day of DIY tomorrow on the blog.

We were so pleased to turn this new space over to April and Mike- enjoy guys!But until then, consider us very happy girls with 2 very happy homeowners!


Still to Come…

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