Loblolly Manor: Master Bedroom Progress Update

Today, I’m excited to share the progress we’ve made in the master bedroom at Loblolly Manor.

Just to recap for those of you that are new, Loblolly Manor is the name of my childhood home. We’ve been working on this house off and on for several years now after having to completely gut the inside and start over again in 2015. We quickly pulled Loblolly together in 2016 so my parents would have a place to stay while they were caring for my aging grandparents. Our lives have drastically changed since that time and we’re now ready to use the home as a retreat space for our family.

Of all the rooms we’ve been steadily working on, I would say the master bedroom has probably undergone the greatest transformation. The two biggest factors have been to relocate a few pieces of furniture and to stay laser focused on keeping a tight color palette of whites, grays, camels and pops of black. Without a doubt those two changes made the biggest difference!

Let me show you the progress we’ve made on the master bedroom at Loblolly before and after style…

Change One: The Bulky Dresser and the Vanity Table – This before and after is such a great example of how scale plays an important role in any space! We originally used this dresser because it provided so many great storage options. You can clearly see the vintage heirloom mirror was just too small though.

Things really started to change once we brought in the console table turned vanity table and painted it in French Linen. You can read all about that process here if you like. The scale is much better and it feels like everything has breathing room now. Thankfully, the chair we had been using for the desk (you’ll see it down below) was a perfect fit for the vanity table.

Change Two: The Trunk Nightstand and the Dresser Makeover – We still love this trunk but it got lost in this space as a nightstand. We’re going to put it at the end of the bed for now but I have a feeling it will eventually be replaced with a bench sometime in the near future.

We replaced the trunk with a small dresser I painted in Annie Sloan Chalk Paint French Linen and Pure White. If this piece looks vaguely familiar it’s because we had previously been using the dresser as a folding station in my parent’s other home, Bliss Barracks. You can read all about that furniture makeover here.

Change Three: Using antique linen sheets on the bed – Back in January we found a huge stack of what we thought were tablecloths for a great price. It wasn’t until we got them home we realized they were actually linen sheets. We kept most all of the linens that had previously been on the bed. Here’s a look at the bed dresses with turquoise sheets before…

and after we layered the bed with linen sheets. It really softened the entire bed, right?

We added a new rug and placed the trunk at the end of the bed.

The trunk works ok for now but I’m hoping we’ll find an upholstered bench we love.

Change Four: The Rattan Side Table and the Dresser Makeover – On the other side of the bed, we changed out the rattan side table for a four-drawer dresser which I also painted in French Linen and Pure White.

This dresser had been sitting in my garage for the longest time before it dawned on me to try it in the master bedroom at Loblolly. You can read all about that makeover here. The bulky dresser (see change one) provided a lot of storage so it was imperative to make everything we added to the space both pretty and functional.

Change Five: The Desk and the Custom-Built Bookcase (Thanks, Dad!) – The change in this area was also a biggie! The desk was just too small to carry this corner of the master bedroom alone.

Adding the bookcase helped to give the room another layer of visible height and also helped to create a cozy corner for reading and relaxing. We’re currently on the hunt for a pretty chair so fingers crossed we find one. You can read all about the bookcase transformation here.

I hesitate to this is the “master bedroom reveal post” because we still need to find 2 chandeliers, a runner for the hallway, create a gallery wall also in the hallway and address the storage issues in both the linen closet and the master bedroom closet. We also need to finish working on the master bathroom which is housed in the master suite as well. One more look at the master bedroom before…

and after! We are SO close to having this room finished you guys and I can’t wait!

See you guy back here tomorrow. I’ll share the buffet we FINALLY found for the laundry room makeover at Loblolly as we end week three of the One Room Challenge. Until next time, I’ll see you on Instagram, Facebook and Pinterest.

Many blessings,


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  1. Gosh – y’all are like quick-exchange-artists! How in the world do you keep churning out so much work? This is fantastic! Love all of the changes and updates that you have made. The bedroom seems larger and more open now. Another great job by Team Goat!

    1. Thanks so much ladies! We feel like the bedroom looks larger now too which I attribute all to the consistent color palette and repurposing some of the old furniture. It’s really been exciting to see everything come together. Hugs, CoCo

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