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The Master Bedroom

Though the bedroom was rather ugly when we got the fifth wheel, it was already such an improvement over what we had before. In Tiny we had a master “bed cave” with a curtain to separate us from the kids. In Ginormica we have a proper bedroom with not only real doors separating us from the kids, but the kitchen and bathroom between us as well. Hang on, folks! We’re moving up in the world! 😛

new paint...

new paint…

We painted absolutely everything. Well, not the ceiling, but I did consider it. In the past I have always painted my bedrooms lighter colors. I wanted something different this time. I had painted the “bed cave” a deep teal and loved it, but it was a very small space so I didn’t really consider it my true foray into dark colored bedrooms. The color is Peppercorn by Sherwin Williams. We primed everything with oil-based primer first, after wiping down any wood (and faux wood) with liquid deglosser. We had the primer tinted with 2oz of black to help with color coverage. If you are going with a dark color, and are priming first, have your primer tinted. If the person mixing the paint says they can’t do that or they don’t know how, simply have them add 2oz of whatever base color you need. The primer won’t match your paint color, but it will be better than the white. Our primer ended up a medium gray.

master before...

master before…

master after...

master after…

new fabric...

new fabric…

We removed the “headboard” and mirrored closet doors. Honestly, I couldn’t handle seeing so much of myself. I couldn’t go anywhere in the bedroom without another one of me being there too. I mean, I get it. Mirrored doors add light and the feeling of more space, but heavens, two of me is definitely too much of me. We found the curtains at Homegoods and I cut them to the length we needed. I then used the rest to cover the windows on each side of the bed. I also made a pillow cover for the long, skinny pillow on the bed, but right now I’m digging the pop of color from the floral fabric on it. We used an adjustable closet clothes hanging rod from Home Depot to hang the curtains in the opening. We tried a tension rod at first when we were just trying out the idea, but the opening is so big that the tension rod bowed. I also considered a curtain rod hung on the outside of the frame but that would push the curtains out into the bedroom too much and there is only a few inches between the mattress and the wall anyway.

master before

master before

new closet "doors"...

new closet “doors”…

We also removed the two middle draws from the dresser to create a desk space. Since we both work from home and alternate home schooling the kids, the teacher for the day sits at the desk in the living room while the worker hangs out in the bedroom. We spent the first few months doing our work on the bed, but it really wasn’t comfortable or convenient. The chair for the desk is a cheap and light chair from Ikea. We have the same chair at the living room desk. I put a throw pillow I had on the seat as a cushion and it works great, plus I love the color and pattern.

master before...

master before…

new cabinet handles...

new cabinet handles…

You can see my jewelry organization in the context of the whole room in the picture above. We replaced all the cabinet handles with something more simple and modern. The upper cabinets didn’t all reach the ceiling because the ceiling is sloped in this part of the RV. The uppers that didn’t reach the ceiling had a piece of trim along the top that we removed so we could use that space as storage. Our computers, notebooks, bibles and books we are currently reading hang out up there, as well as a bluetooth speaker we use to play white noise through. It has really cleaned up the top of the dresser.

new art.

new art.

Because weight must always be considered when living in an RV that you move around, I often simply tape art up with washi tape. R.C. and I each have a hook on our side of the bed. Mine holds my robe and some scarfs, while his holds his bluetooth headphones and his pullover that he often wears during the cooler months. Because campers are created to let lots of light in, all six of us have sleep masks. I am a morning person and RC is a night owl so I use mine going to sleep and he uses his when I get up in the morning. There are also black out roller shades behind the curtains on the windows that we close at night, or during the summer months when the ac needs all the help it can get. We swap the fan out for a space heater when needed, but right now the weather is such that we have them both readily available. We’ll have the fan going this afternoon and the space heater going tonight.

The master bedroom is the first space in Ginormica to be finished and I love spending time there. The master used to be one of the last spaces I would work on in the house because very few people saw it. Now I realize how much it helps me relax at the end of a day to have a space that I find beautiful and comfortable. And since we work in there, too, I love having a space that I find creatively motivating.

Click here to see the smaller details of the master bedroom.

Do you prefer light or dark colors in your bedroom? What’s your favorite part of your bedroom? Any similarities to mine?

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  • Lori
    February 4, 2016 at 10:37 am

    I love it. It looks so pretty. Great job Bridget.

  • Kat
    February 4, 2016 at 10:42 am

    Very nice!

  • Tonya
    February 4, 2016 at 3:38 pm

    Such a fabulous relaxing space! Great job!

  • shalie
    February 6, 2016 at 12:02 am

    I always see white, but I love the dark colors on the wood. Bravo!!

  • Heather Anderson
    February 7, 2016 at 12:12 pm

    Enjoyed reading your blog!

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