In this case, it's the new bedroom from back in November:
Don't get me wrong, I love it. I was really skeptical about moving from such a huge, open bedroom, into this weeny tiny one, but I LOVE how cozy and secure it feels to sleep in this space. I haven't been in the habit of just hanging out in my bedroom since I was a teenager, so this room is actually pretty perfect, space-wise, since I only use it for sleeping and dressing.
Between the closet, dresser, and armoire, I have all the storage I need. I love the colors, the curtains, and the way the room works both visually and functionally.
So what needed changing?
You guys remember the big, wooden, canopy bed that I built back in 2009, right?
|L-R: building in 2009, bedroom 2009, 2011, and 2013|
As much as I've always loved this bed, it had gotten to be too big - and it was definitely too big for my new, smaller bedroom. And although I like having a low bed these days, in the new bedroom it wasn't on any sort of frame or platform at all - the box spring was directly on the floor, and it was too low, and too close to where all the dog hair lives. Blech.
I also really love the metal Ikea headboard; but I did NOT love the way it mounted directly onto the wall. It never stayed on the wall, and every time I so much as moved a pillow, the thing would rattle and clang. And because it mounted to the wall, it limited where I could put the bed in the new bedroom as well.
And so I cut down the posts of the wooden bed. I made the feet shorter (the bottom of the bed frame is only 4" from the floor), and I turned the 7' canopy posts into shorter, "normal" sized bed posts (60" at the head, and 23" at the foot). I touched up the stain job on all of the pieces, and reset the mounting brackets as well. I removed the head-rail piece from the bed, and mounted the Ikea headboard directly onto the posts at the head of the bed using copper tube straps (spray-painted black), so that it was all one piece, and free of the wall - which let me re-position the bed to allow for more floor space in the room.
|AFTER - SO MUCH MORE FLOOR!|
Now to get some stuff up on that big, empty wall above the bed. ☺