My Master Bedroom Paint Makeover!

 My master bedroom has always been a decorating conundrum for me.  For some reason I could never see a vision for it…there are just so many gorgeous ideas for master bedrooms, so I always froze when it came to this room.  For the longest time it remained builder taupe, then I painted birch trees on a feature wall that I loved, but over time I just knew the trees weren’t what I wanted in my room.

All I did know was that what ever we chose to do in this room had to work with the furniture we had, and that the room had to end up fairly neutral and bright.  Pretty vague, and not much help to ourselves, eh? 😉  I even posted a poll on my Facebook page to see what you all thought…and there were so many great ideas, so again it was hard to decide.

Since we used CIL Paint for our office transformation and loved its coverage, we are using CIL paint again.  So we brought home a bunch of different coloured CIL Paint chips and taped them up to the walls to help us to decide what colour to paint.  And immediately my husband & I were drawn to the light steely blues.  They were airy and we knew they would look fab with the black furniture and white curtains we had up in there.

Whew.  We had a place to start.

So before we get into the paint transformation I have to show you again what the starting point was.  Here is our room with the birch tree stencil.

Here is our room BEFORE:


 I loved it, but our room needed a change.

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Here is our room AFTER:


Ahhhhh.  Doesn’t it just make you breathe better?!

We decided on CIL Silver Streak 50BG 7 6/023 W/B, in Eggshell.  We are so happy with this colour.  I can’t even tell you.  It has completely transformed the feel of our room.  I feel a sigh of relief every time I walk into our room.  True story.


This colour has just made all the white shelves, trim, curtains and bedding POP.  In case you don’t know by now, I have a deep love affair with all things white.  I would paint everything I owned white…but the husband…not so much.  So this colour is a perfect compromise!  And I love how it looks different colours in different lighting…some areas look almost grey, some look more blue…


And it’s a perfect match to the quilt we already had, so that was super lucky!  Now I don’t have to buy any new bedding.  In fact, I feel like I can now have some fun with adding some pops of colour to our room.  I’m loving the idea of adding pink, teal, yellow and green pillows.


I’m going to go with an eclectic-farmhouse type feel in here (is that even a thing? it is now haha)…with different textures, colours and fun accents.  I feel like the background colour is neutral enough that I can now have some fun with decorating.

Our next project with this room is hanging a gallery wall above our bed.  I’ve already started gathering frames, pictures, fabrics and paint.  I can’t wait to get it all hung up!


So there it is.  Phase one of our room makeover.  I’m loving the paint transformation…it’s truly amazing how a couple cans of paint can completely transform a space.

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Here are our project details:

  • First we lightly sanded down the stencil.  The stencil causes a slight elevation of paint, so in order to not see a shadow of the trees, they had to be sanded down.  Then we made sure to wipe away the dust and got painting!
  • We used CIL Realife Interior 100% Acrylic Latex Eggshell in Silver Streak 50BG 7 6/023 W/B.  We didn’t have to do any priming because the paint coverage is so good.  We just applied 2 coats and our room was done!  Fantastic!

I can’t wait to get this room done…now I just have to find some gallery wall inspiration!  Have an inspired day!

Disclosure:  I was provided the paint for this project, by CIL…so A BIG thank you to CIL for making this room transformation possible!  We love our newly painted room!

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  • Reply CIL Paints March 31, 2014 at 7:39 AM

    Your room looks beautiful! We’re thrilled you’re loving the paint transformation. We are too!

    • Reply Jo-Anna@APrettyLife March 31, 2014 at 4:38 PM

      Thank you again so much! We are loving our freshly transformed room – it is a joy to look at every time we walk in!

  • Reply Tiffany March 31, 2014 at 7:58 AM

    Such a lovely transformation! It looks so peaceful and serene!

    • Reply Jo-Anna@APrettyLife March 31, 2014 at 4:37 PM

      Thank you Tiffany! That was exactly what we were hoping to achieve!

  • Reply Inspire Me Heather March 31, 2014 at 8:04 AM

    What a pretty wall colour! It’s very soothing, I think. Your bedroom looks beautiful and a gallery wall will look great too!

    • Reply Jo-Anna@APrettyLife March 31, 2014 at 4:37 PM

      Thank you Heather! I can’t wait to get our gallery wall hung now!

  • Reply Sandra {} March 31, 2014 at 8:25 AM

    Lovely, Jo-Anna! I especially love your comforter! The paint really does make it pop. The paint color choice is great, the room looks light and airy 🙂

  • Reply Thea March 31, 2014 at 8:49 AM

    The first thought that came to my mind were how ‘fresh’ and ‘serene’ and your master bedroom looks. Perfect for sleeping!

    • Reply Jo-Anna@APrettyLife March 31, 2014 at 4:36 PM

      Thank you Thea! We’re loving the transformation…it feels so relaxing!

  • Reply Christina @The DIY Mommy March 31, 2014 at 8:51 AM

    So pretty! I love greys and blues in a bedroom – they’re so serene. I can’t wait to see the finished room!

    • Reply Jo-Anna@APrettyLife March 31, 2014 at 4:35 PM

      Thank you Christina! The colour definitely makes our room feel serene now!

  • Reply Sarah March 31, 2014 at 9:52 AM

    I love the paint – but I love how you have your bookshelf designed even better!

    • Reply Jo-Anna@APrettyLife March 31, 2014 at 4:35 PM

      Thank you Sarah! I love that you noticed the bookshelf – this is actually my favourite photo in this post! 🙂

  • Reply Merry120 March 31, 2014 at 10:23 AM

    LOVE! I am in the midst of picking paint colors and it is so HARD. I love white trim and this paint looks lovely with it! Great job!

    • Reply Jo-Anna@APrettyLife March 31, 2014 at 4:34 PM

      Thank you Merry! I love how powerful paint is – one or two cans and a room is transformed! Have fun picking colours!

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  • Reply Sheryn Bogen March 31, 2014 at 10:37 AM

    Looks very fresh!
    I actually thought you matched the comforter color to the paint…. Lol
    Great job guys!

    • Reply Jo-Anna@APrettyLife March 31, 2014 at 4:33 PM

      Thanks Sheryn! Isn’t it funny how the colour totally matched! What a bonus!

  • Reply Kim McD March 31, 2014 at 10:44 AM

    So Pretty! Love it, hubs and I have been talking about redoing our room as well, and I’m thinking I need to go check out some CIL paint chips. Thanks!

    • Reply Jo-Anna@APrettyLife March 31, 2014 at 4:32 PM

      Oh you should do it! Paint changes the feel of a whole room – I’m so happy with how ours turned out!

  • Reply Tara March 31, 2014 at 10:52 AM

    Jo-Anna, I love that colour! I’m going to pin this so that I have it handy when I pick the paint colours for my new house. I’m thinking that this would be beautiful in my living room!

    It’s so serene and calm now. I liked the birch trees – but I think that your new grey walls are much more soothing and tranquil. Great choice!

  • Reply Angie@Echoes of Laughter March 31, 2014 at 10:55 AM

    I love it Jo-Anna! It looks so fresh and sophisticated. Very pretty! I am looking for paint for main floor this year with a new colour and I think I am going to go look at some CIL paint colours! Have a great week! Angie xo

    • Reply Jo-Anna@APrettyLife March 31, 2014 at 4:31 PM

      Thank you Angie! That’s exactly what I was going for in here fresh & sophisticated!

  • Reply Tia March 31, 2014 at 12:58 PM

    So fresh!! Can’t wait to see your gallery wall.

    • Reply Jo-Anna@APrettyLife March 31, 2014 at 4:30 PM

      Thank you Tia! I can’t wait to hang it all up too! I think it will really complete our room!

  • Reply Shauna March 31, 2014 at 5:11 PM

    Looks so fresh and pretty, Jo-Anna. I like how you layered the bedding as well to pull the look together. Can’t wait to see the gallery wall!

  • Reply Dani @ lifeovereasy March 31, 2014 at 10:26 PM

    Looks great Jo-Anna – love the colour! And I really like the layered look on the bed. Can’t wait to see what’s next!

  • Reply Danica April 1, 2014 at 5:57 AM

    Love the new look of the room!

  • Reply Cindy April 1, 2014 at 11:32 AM

    Love the “new look”. We have chosen Hankerchief for our bedroom when we find time to get it done. I am looking forward to a much needed change.

    • Reply Jo-Anna@APrettyLife April 4, 2014 at 12:58 PM

      Thank you Cindy! Good luck with your bedroom redo…it always feels so good when it’s all done!

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  • Reply Sharon February 2, 2015 at 11:53 AM

    I love the paint colour – it’s a colour I’ve been thinking of going with our Master to. I’ll have to remember it. Where did you get the blue coverlet and pillows? They are gorgeous!

    • Reply Jo-Anna@APrettyLife February 3, 2015 at 1:08 PM

      Thank you Sharon! I got the coverlet and pillows as a gift a few years ago, but they are from Pottery Barn. 🙂

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