My Bedroom: Paint and a Plan

Well friends, one room of my bedroom is now painted!

Can I get a collective, “Yay!”? As you can see, I opted for yet another gray. I seriously can’t help myself. I’m loving gray. This particular one (which looks like a pale blue in some light) is Rock Candy from Sherwin Williams.

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Originally, I intended to paint this room almost white like some of the inspiration pictures I shared with you way back when. When I picked this color, I thought it was going to be a bit closer to white. However, it’s not, but I still absolutely love it.

As I mentioned above, it’s a bluish gray. In most of these pictures it looks blue, but at different times throughout the day, the color seems to change, and that makes me happy, too.

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In addition to sharing the new wall color, I thought I’d let you in on my plans for this space. As I told you, this room is going to act as a dressing room / closet. On the large wall to the right of the window (which is the same wall as the picture below to the left of the door), I’m going to hang a closet system. I actually already ordered the white / white Alfa system from The Container Store. There will be a couple drawers and a place for hanging clothes.

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The wall with the dresser will stay as is, but get some fabulous art. I may try to squeeze a chair on that wall, too.

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I need your help, though. This dresser came with the B&B when I purchased it. It’s an amazingly well-built piece, but the finish needs a little love. I’m not sure whether I should keep it or opt for something new.

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I had a dresser like this one from West Elm in mind. Something a bit more mid-century modern. But I was also thinking about painting the frame of this old dresser white while keeping the drawers wood. Do you think that is overdone? I don’t know. Please let me know your thoughts. Thank you!

The weird little closet (where my clothes are currently hung) between the actual bedroom and changing room is going to be turned into shoe storage. I’m going to fill the small space with shelves so I can neatly tuck in all my shoes. There should also be room for a few baskets for belts and things like that.

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The little blue stand in the picture is one of my favorite antique finds and will be used as a night stand in another guest room. The small wall behind it will get a full-length mirror.

Then the wall to the left of the door to the hallway is going to get some wall hooks. This is where I can hang clothes that aren’t quite ready to be washed or hang clothes when planning outfits.

I have a really cool light fixture (which I’m hoping to share tomorrow) that I bought over a year ago for this space. Below that, I want to find a tufted storage ottoman. Something like this or this. Ideally, I’d like it to have some storage. I’m on the hunt, so if you have sources, please share below.

And that’s the plan, man. Obviously I need to find curtains (I have some samples on the way) and a fabulous rug (I’m thinking about this one.).

I think I mentioned this before, but the color scheme for this room is somewhat inspired by jewel tones. I actually found this print the other day from a fab Etsy shop (which is currently on vacation.)

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Gemstones via Katie Vernon on Etsy

The purples, blues, emeralds, and maybe a pop of the magenta are the colors that I’m going for in this space. Pretty, right?

After having limited closet space for the past several years, I’m desperate for this room to be completed. Once I finish up a few of these details (hopefully by next week), I’m going to start installing the molding in the actual bedroom. Then I’ll be ready to paint that area.

So what do you think of the plan and color scheme?

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Follow my bedroom transformation:

The Before / Inspiration
New Crown Molding
Paint Colors and Plan (you are here)

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  • Olivia at

    Hi! What color is your trim??!! I know you said the ceiling was just “white”, but there are so many different whites (extra white, pure white, etc–assuming it’s a sherwin Williams color as that’s what the aforementioned are) But would love to know the exact color white you used on the trim around the doors and on the doors as well. Please let me know ASAP!! Thanks so much, looks beautiful by the way! 🙂 -olivia

  • Syl at

    I may be too late, but I agree with Mimi blue…leave the dresser as is!!! Once you paint it then you won’t ever get the original antique color back.

  • Mimi Blue at

    I’m a newly-minted reader of your blog and I already know I’ll be a great fan. However I was aghast to read that you’re thinking of either getting rid of or, horrors, altering your wonderful dresser. Please keep it, and please please keep it “as is”. That dresser’s fabulous and the beautiful grain and color are so striking against your gray walls. (Also it contributes a “gentleman’s dressing room” esthetic to the space.). Just clean it up with a good furniture paste wax, cover up the scratches, do some inspired table-scaping (if that’s the word) and call it more-than-good.

  • Susan M at

    Ooh, if you’re not going to keep the dresser, please give it to me! I love it! It’s such a beautiful, quality, classic piece! I think you should use a wood rejuvenation type product on it, but otherwise not touch it. Please don’t paint it or do anything else to it…

  • sharon at

    i also vote to keep the well made, all wood, wonderful storage dresser! update with paint or something, but for the quality – keep it! love what you’re up to!!

  • Lilja at

    The wallcolour is so light and airy, I really love it!

    About the (gorgeous!) dresser: although I really love the combination of natural wood and white, in this case I vote for restoring/freshing up its original finish. At least for me, the wood/white combination does its best job when combined with very clear, straight-lined design.
    Also, the wood adds some needed extra warmth for the rooms colour palette. And as this dresser has some amount of history, that would be another reason for myself to keep it. But finally, if it doesn’t fit your vision of this room, go for the (equally lovely) mid-century dresser and find a cozy new place for the BB-dresser.

  • Cynthia Sage at

    Please, Sweetie, keep the dresser as is. It is a wonderful, fabulous piece and needs to be cherished… just a little TLC, no painting, that would just be so rude. Love what you do with your makeovers, would love to have your vision and talent.

  • Gwen, The Makerista at

    Such a great wall color and the pops you plan to bring in will be perfect. I love the dresser as is, but if it’s in rough shape, I understand needing to paint it. The shape is just beautiful!

  • Terri at

    The paint color is fantastic. I love the current dresser. It is beautiful. I know whatever you decide will be perfect. Love all the updates on this project. I can’t wait to see the end results.

  • Effie at

    Dear Michael,
    I say keep the dresser! It’s a gorgeous piece, and looks to be a piece that has character and not something that is factory made.
    If you’re kind of board with the look and seeing that you’re so handy, I’m sure you could give it a transformation.
    As you said, maybe you could do white drawers with the dark wood, or paint the drawers with an abstract or stencil design, or maybe even do a decoupage with a theme you like.
    Just don’t get rid of it please!

  • girlfromwva at

    i love your wall color and that dresser. maybe just paint the hardware to mix in with whatever metals you will be having in that space. if painting it, would paint it a color, but leave drawer fronts alone.

  • Rachael at

    If you sell that dresser I am super interested in it.seriously you live in my hometown.

  • Melissa in North Carolina at

    Keep that beautiful piece of furniture as Jennifer suggested. Paint it and let it shine. Love the updates thus far!

  • ka at

    I also think you should keep the dresser to pay homage to your little B&B and because it’s a beautiful piece of furniture. I agree with what Kristin said about needing some wood to warm things up but I also like Jennifer’s idea of painting it Navy, wayyyy cool. LOVE your little blue table night stand. Can’t wait to see where all of this ends up. You always do such a beautiful job bringing everything together.

  • Jennifer at

    I would keep that dresser and never let it go. Oooh, it’s pretty! Personally, instead of painting it white, I would go with a dark color so you get less contrast. I’m sure you could make the white work because you know what you’re doing, but I would be afraid of making it look to “crafty” if it were in my hands. I might think about black or navy. I can’t really tell from the pictures, but if there’s as much grain in the frame as on the drawer faces, it might be gorgeous if you did a black stain on the frame instead of paint. Can’t wait to see what you decide!

  • Teresa at

    What color is the ceiling paint. Great space you will love the elfa closet system

    • Michael Wurm, Jr. at

      The ceiling paint is from Sherwin Williams. It’s just white, right out of the can.

      xo Michael

  • Kristin @ Bliss at Home at

    Hi Michael!

    I love that gray from SW. Such a great color. I have had a nasty habit of ditching pieces like that dresser and regretting it. I think it could be really great given the right mix. Sometimes you just need a piece of wood furniture in a space to give it more soul and warmth. Can’t wait to see what you do with this space!

    xo Kristin

  • Carrie at

    I love the color scheme! Should be beautiful when it’s done. As for the dresser, I think the West Elm one you linked to fits the style of your home better. But give that current dresser a good home – it’s beautiful!
    Can’t wait to see the finished room(s).

  • EmmaP at

    I think your idea to paint the dress white and leave the drawers the original color is fabulous, in the end if you hate the look you can always just paint the drawers to match.

  • Roxanne at

    Oay… love the shade of “gray”….. Thinking that we need to visit your BnB soon… Can’t wait for the touches of color!!

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