I’ve been spending some time on Instagram lately searching for some similar minded, home renovation lovers. My feed is now flooded with photos of beautiful homes from perfectly curated accounts, which I love. The inspiration is endless and the bright, airy photos are so satisfying. But today I want to do something a little different. I’m going to share where we are right now with our master bedroom. Mind you, we are coming up on our 4 year wedding anniversary, and it’s taken us this long to get here.
When we got married in 2015, I moved into Tyler’s one-bedroom bachelor pad. We had the dresser and double bed from his childhood bedroom plus a snazzy set of Rubbermaid drawers. God bless our little baby souls. Eventually we upgraded to my parents 80’s four post bed. (I can’t say four post bed without that old Sugar Ray song popping into my head. Anybody?) Well, anyway, we topped it off with my sister’s old queen size mattress and bedding set we received as a wedding gift. It wasn’t much, but we were proud to have something to call “ours” (you know, just cute newlywed stuff).
This bedroom set followed us to our second apartment and then to our house 2 years later. At this point, the dresser situation was starting to getting a little cramped and, frankly, we’re cheap, so the thought of buying a new bedroom suite was enough to send shivers down our spine.
Above is a current photo of our master bedroom. The frame between the headboard and footboard was getting so rickety that even breathing on it would make it squeeeeaaaaak. And it was driving us bonkers, especially with a new baby in the house. So we replaced the frame with a new metal one from Costco, attached the headboard, and stuck the footboard (which wouldn’t fit anymore) in our closet… where it sits, collecting dust to this day.
Same old nightstand on the left with Tyler’s college alarm clock, but a new lamp that I found on clearance at Target! Where one old lamp was lost, a new one was found! The lamp on the right is from Tyler’s parents. It’s an old farm-y style floor lamp and even has sheep on it. I call it the “cow lamp”, though, I don’t know why because there aren’t any cows on it. I guess it’s kind of a running joke. We also added a magazine rack from Tyler’s grandparents’ house to serve as a nightstand for my late night snacks while pumping/breastfeeding. Hey, you know, this is real life.
As luck would have it, my parents decided to get rid of our bed’s matching dressers and we happily snagged them. Well, happily until we had to move them up our turning stairs into the master bedroom with a baby sleeping in the next room. Man, they weren’t joking around in the 80’s, that furniture is SOLID.
The dresser even has the original light under the mirror overhang! It gives off a nice vintage, fire hazard-y kind of glow. Naturally, it doesn’t get much use.
We were thrilled to also have a second real dresser. More storage! It also serves as a nice landing place for random things. You know, the spot where you always toss keys, change, mail, etc… I also keep an oil diffuser up there (I don’t know what the essential oil “does”; I’m not really hip with the aromatherapy thing). It’s the only thing I’ve found that works to totally neutralize that diaper pail odor from C’s room. Our old air freshener just made it smell like diapers, but in Hawaii, which is arguably 25%ish better. Again… real life, folks.
I’m sure someday we’ll get a new furniture set, or maybe refinish what we have so we don’t have to move it again… But we are grateful for what we have and the memories we’ve made in here. Maybe one of these photos will stand out in your Instagram feed and make you feel grateful for what you have as well. I vow to always keep it as real as possible here :-).