Retreat. Your master bedroom should be an oasis or a place you can shut off the rest of the world and relax. Think of your favorite place to vacation and there you have it, the inspiration for your bedroom decor. At least, that’s what my mother in law did. She loves the beach, her first choice of vacation is always somewhere warmer. But when you live in the mountains you have to plan a vacation in order to enjoy the warmth of the sand. Her master bedroom makeover is inspired by her favorite vacation and filled with great beach house decor ideas.
I was beyond thrilled when my in-laws asked me to paint their bed frame. It’s one thing to paint furniture to sell, customers can already see the end results. But to have someone hand over their furniture and trust you can make it look spectacular. When they asked me to paint the whole bedroom set my jaw dropped. Partly because they must really trust me and partly because it’s a 5 piece set and I knew I was in for a big project.
This bedroom set is also the perfect example of people asking me if they should paint their furniture. My in-laws were looking for a new bedroom set but they didn’t love anything at the store. I think they still loved their furniture but were just looking for something to brighten up the room.
Here’s what their bed looked like before:
And here’s what it looks like after. We cut down the posts which took over the bed before and painted it with Old Fashioned Milk Paint in Snow White. I also used Daddy Vans Antique Brown decorative wax.
I just love a good before and after. Painting the bedroom set gives this room a great coastal flare.
This room has undergone such a transformation. As we helped with the process I got the itch to go give my bedroom a makeover! You can see my $100 Master Bedroom Update here.
Beach House Decor Ideas
Since we had already moved the furniture out to be painted they went ahead and painted the walls and put in hardwood floors. What a difference some paint can do!
Paint and Decor Colors
When you think coastal you probably think blues and greens and you would be right! Their bedding already had coastal colors so that did not need to be changed. But don’t forget your tans and even golds as accents!
Beach House Decor Accessories
The first thing I think of for beach house decor is sea glass. Both the color and as decor accessories. I love this wind chime my mother in law found with sea glass, driftwood, and sea shells.
You can find this windchime on Amazon that looks pretty similar. It lays flat and makes the perfect decor for a beach inspired bedroom.
You can also find bottles made with sea glass or look like they are made with sea glass. You could also fill a tray with sea glass stones and put candles in it.
Don’t forget about the seashells and starfish. I love the framed seashell and hanging starfish. Did you know you can buy seashells on Amazon? I guess I shouldn’t be surprised.
Beach House Furniture Ideas
If you search Pinterest for coastal furniture you will find blues and greens. Plus lightly stained or white washed woods. The key is in the distressing. Imagine throwing open your doors and windows and allowing the sea salt air in. I don’t really know if that’s what ages the painted finish but you will definitely see distressing on painted furniture.
I dry brushed certain areas on the drawer fronts of each piece. This way it was easier to lightly sand those areas and expose the original finish. We also decided to keep the knobs original. I love the way they contrast against the paint.
I let the hubs be a part of the painting process for the first time in years. I have a hard time giving up control. Turns out he does a pretty good job!
White painted furniture is one of my favorites. You can easily move white painted furniture to any room of the house. Click on the images below to see white painted furniture inspiration!