How to Do a Wabi-Sabi Bedroom Makeover
It's been three years since I last styled this guest room, and I was inspired to do something warmer and moodier. I want to show you my new wabi sabi bedroom. It is a complete transformation that I love.
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What is wabi-sabi design?
Wabi-sabi is a Japanese style of home decorating. It embraces perfection in imperfection. It uses beautiful elements from nature yesterday that are organic, asymmetrical, or imperfect but are aesthetically pleasing.
Rooms decorated in this style tend to be comfortable, cozy, and very welcoming. Wabi sabi style is also rooted in simplicity, making it perfect for those leaning toward minimalism.
Now, let's take a tour of the bedroom that I've made it over. I removed all the pillows from the bed. We're using them in the other room, but here is what this room looks like.
I used liquid nails on my wall border; I hope to get this off and not rip my wall down.
The window treatments are lovely. These are from Nicole Miller Home, and I got these at Home Goods three years ago.
These lights are cool, and the little end tables are cute. I might have to either flip them or get some new ones. Then, if I spin around there, this room is also used for excess overflow of things, so some shoe boxes are lined up here.
This IKEA dresser lost the top panel as we dragged it here. I would love to do something fresh with the closet as well. This room is really small. I forgot to mention that this ceiling fan is new, and this room needs it. and as much as
I want to take this ceiling fan down and put in a beautiful light fixture. It's still really warm even with our AC for some reason, so we need to circulate the air here.
We have new carpet as of last year, and more shelving units as this is an overflow room of some excess things. When we have guests, we make it nice and tidy. I'm showing you what this room looks like.
So here's the full scope of the room. I'm going to turn around, and here's the door, this is like a ten by 12 size.
I decided to salvage the Ikea dresser with some vinyl flooring from Lowe's, which is in driftwood. I prepped the exterior by giving it a good clean and then used some black cabinet paint to go around the outside.
My husband laid out a pattern for me. I told him my vision was to do a herringbone front face, which was our template.
We loosely have it on there, and then basically, you take a box cutter and two scores and fold and bend, and then you have your pieces.
It's super easy, and here I am, just gluing it together. I used some crazy glue for extra adhesion and was really happy with the overall turnout. Not bad for an IKEA dresser. No one would suspect you can do this with various tiles and paint colors.
I just tried to see how easy it would be to remove that border. I Googled how to remove it, it's said to use a heat gun, mineral spirits, or lubricant to slide under there.
Instead, we're going to buy some trim for the top because there's no way in the world that I'm able to get this trim off the wall without completely damaging it and setting us back by a month or so to fix all of the walls. I wanted a nice, minimal, clean wall, but unfortunately, I will have to put some fancy trim up there to fix the problem.
Maybe at another time, we can hire a professional. If we ever sell the home, we will take it down and do everything right, but for now, it'll appease me to have it cleaned up.
So this new molding is beautiful and the wall color is beautiful.
I was at HomeSense, and these little side tables caught my eye. I love the fluted front. I love the distressed wood and the black hardware. These will make a perfect addition to this small space.
I popped into Home Goods, and lo and behold; I noticed the matching desk to those side tables.
I love to DIY my artwork, and here I am, just using plaster bandages dipped in water and creating minimalistic abstract art. This is probably one of my favorite things to do.
Here, the new curtains are hung. They look beautiful, and I feel they are very cohesive with everything else in the room.
I ordered this bed; it is a twin-size bed. We went from a king to a twin just to make the room look larger, and this memory foam mattress is surprisingly a good buy. It is super comfortable.
Wabi-sabi bedroom makeover
This is the wabi-sabi bedroom, with all the changes we made. What do you think? Let me know your favorite part of the transformation in the comments below.
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