We’re sharing the gray and white bedroom makeover we’ve been working on at Loblolly today!
When I was younger, I used to lie in bed at night listening to the sounds of my sisters giggling in their bedroom thinking, “What could they possibly be giggling about? It’s 10 o clock at night.”
It wasn’t too long before my Dad would come down the hallway, peek into their room, and say, “Girls, it’s time to settle down,” and the giggling would stop for about 5 minutes and then promptly start up again.
At just over 13 months apart they’ve basically been raised like twins and have been besties for as long as I can remember.
Even when they didn’t have to share a room, they chose to share a room and turn the other room into a playroom.
They’ve gone off to college together, gotten married together and their kids are all relatively close in age too.
So, when it came time to create a gray and white bedroom makeover for their childhood room at Loblolly, my Mom and I couldn’t stop thinking about giving them ample space to recreate that feeling whenever they visited.
The feeling of curling up with someone who knows all your secrets, loves you through the trenches, and smothers you in grace all while offering a healthy dose of makeup and fashion advice and mischievous fun.
Truthfully, there are still things in this room my Mom wants to change.
She’d love for them to have a bigger chandelier, a French dresser or European armoire, and a different throw pillow.
For now, though, I think we accomplished one of our biggest goals for the gray and white bedroom makeover which was to quiet the entire space.
The room literally had artwork on almost every wall, and it felt cluttered as opposed to warm and inviting.
Plus, the walls were painted in my Dad’s favorite color, a yellowish buttercream (as shown in these “before” images) that didn’t go with my Mom’s French farmhouse style at all.
They seemed like small changes at first, but painting the walls and decluttering definitely had the biggest impacts.
Here’s a look at how we created a gray and white bedroom makeover for my sisters’ room at Loblolly…
Gray and White Bedroom Makeover: Mix and Match Bedding…
The bed is a family heirloom on loan from my aunt.
My Mom already had the French linen sheet set because she loves lots of layers and ruffles.
So, I knew early on that all the bedrooms at Loblolly would get a heavy dose of both because her signature style feels very “Princess and the Pea.”
As you can see, she replaced the trunk with a tufted bench and it’s so much more functional now.
Styling the Nightstands…
It’s still hard to believe we found these nightstands for $37.50.
You can read all about these French Linen and Pure White Painted nightstands here if you missed it.
When it came time to style the nightstands, we shopped the house and used these inexpensive IKEA prints previously used in the entry.
My Mom spray-painted these books in Rust-oleum’s Champagne Bronze.
And one of my cousins found the old hotel key.
The other nightstand holds a dog plaque my Mom found in Mount Dora.
The lamps are from Amazon.
Gray and White Bedroom Makeover Dresser and Mirror…
Long before we ever decided to use this three-drawer dresser in the gray and white bedroom makeover, my Mom found this beautiful antique mirror.
I think her heart is set on finding a European Armoire for this space though.
The mirror reflects the light and makes the room look bigger.
So, I’m hoping she can be persuaded to find a French dresser instead.
It also provides a place for my sisters to put on their makeup because our bathroom is T-I-N-Y.
I’ll keep you posted on what she decides.
Finding French farmhouse-style furniture has been a lot harder to find than either one of us expected.
The chandelier is another vintage find my Mom sourced from a local antique store.
It’s gorgeous but the scale is off just a bit.
We’re currently on the hunt for a larger one and will transition this one to the hallway.
It’s just too pretty to be hidden away.
Gray and White Bedroom Makeover: Before and After…
Even now as I look at these photos, it’s hard to believe just how far this gray and white bedroom makeover has come.
It didn’t happen overnight.
Rather in phases where my Mom took the time to hone her vision piece by piece.
And even though we still have a bit to go, I feel like this is the closest to her dream that we’ve ever been.