Beyond the Sugar: Farewell to Our Safari Bedroom

About 4 years ago, Brian and I moved into condo that is nestled in a quiet neighborhood on a huge lake. We were smitten with the laid back, quiet feel of the development and the beautiful scenery.

Over the course of a few months, we worked to transform the condo into our own by removing more layers of wallpaper than I could count, painting, and other random odds and ends. Please, people…I beg you to NEVER wallpaper over wallpaper. It’s bad news and can move you to tears in a matter of minutes. I will not recount my experience with the half bath and the 3 yes, 3 layers of odd wallpaper because it may bring on nightmares.

Once we got the first floor the way we wanted it, we kinda just gave up. It’s not like anyone really hangs out in our bedroom anyways. We started to get used to the safari theme and it became more of a joke than an eyesore. By safari, I mean cheetah and zebra print wallpaper that adorned the walls of our master bath that beautifully corresponded with the wrought iron elephant mirrors above the sinks.  I’m not knocking the animal print, it’s just not me…not in the slightest.

About two weeks ago we got new carpet installed throughout the house and it ignited the decorating spark in me once again. I spent about three hours creating a bedroom pin board on Pinterest and set out to find the perfect paint color. Once I narrowed it down, I went and purchased samples. I immediately painted three large stripes on our bedroom walls. Since Brian is a little bit of a neat freak, I knew he wouldn’t be able to handle the newly striped walls for long. Total manipulation…I know.

Thanks to the bribe of a steak dinner, Brian and his friend, Dave spent their day off stripping that safari wallpaper and covering our walls in two shades of gorgeous gray paint! I wanted to give you an actual before photo, but I completely forgot to take pics, so instead, Brian dug out some wallpaper scraps because this post needed to be accompanied with a visual representation of that wallpaper…I simply could not do it justice by a description alone.

I have ordered our new duvet, pillows, and shower curtain from West Elm and have my cart loaded with other beautiful things to fill our room with. Farewell Safari Bedroom…Now, let the redecorating begin.

What’s the one room in your house that you’d love to change?

36 Responses to “Beyond the Sugar: Farewell to Our Safari Bedroom”

  1. Michelle — May 14, 2011 at 2:13 pm

    I live in an apartment… I wish I could get rid of the stark white walls. We also have a hideous “chandelier” above our dining area that screams 1991. Icccccccck.


  2. Jennifer — May 14, 2011 at 2:30 pm

    I would love to redo our bedroom or the living room.
    Your duvet set is classy! Love the color!


  3. Becky — May 14, 2011 at 2:40 pm

    I have the same duvet from West Elm in the slate. Love it, very cozy


    • Jamie — May 14, 2011 at 8:22 pm

      That’s the color I ordered! Love it!

  4. Katrina — May 14, 2011 at 2:46 pm

    I would love to have a project like this. Beautiful idea!


  5. Glory/ Glorious Treats — May 14, 2011 at 3:39 pm

    I would love to re-do our kitchen!! Our house was built in 1958… so it’s not quite old enough to be “cute old”…. it’s just “old old” =)


  6. Katie | GoodLife Eats — May 14, 2011 at 5:02 pm

    That wall paper is just too much!! I would love to finally decorate my bedroom. It is painted but not much else. Family room and Kids’ rooms were our priority.


  7. Kristi — May 14, 2011 at 5:20 pm

    I would love to be able to move my furniture around. There’s not a lot of rearranging I can do.


  8. Brooke (Baking with Basil) — May 14, 2011 at 5:26 pm

    I love West Elm!! I’ve gotten a few household items from there (curtains, blinds, plates, bowls, etc) and we have gotten so many compliments on all of the. Diggin the gray color! Very nice!


  9. Now I want to see the after photo! That wallpaper is too funny, glad it’s a thing of the past.


  10. lisa — May 14, 2011 at 7:56 pm

    love the gray! been toying with a similar shade for my bedroom.


  11. Charlene — May 14, 2011 at 10:18 pm

    Our bathroom is a disgusting shade of light brown. The tile on the floor is a smoky blue. When we moved in I bought paint that would match the floor. That was 6 years ago.


  12. Roxana GreenGirl — May 15, 2011 at 12:35 am

    Last month we did finally did some painting after almost 4 years since we bought this house. I still want to refresh the color we have in the kitchen/dining but I think 3 rooms in one month is more than I can take. There’s always next year, LOL


  13. Maris (In Good Taste) — May 15, 2011 at 6:52 am

    Have fun working on this together and really making it your own! I cant wait to see the after photos!


  14. Leanne @ Healthful Pursuit — May 15, 2011 at 8:13 am

    Good for you for sticking to it and customizing your home. I’ve only had to remove wallpaper once, one layer, and that was tough enough. I couldn’t imagine 3! You house sounds absolutely amazing!


  15. the kitchen! we’ve done almost every other room and now it’s that room’s turn but as you know if it involves new cupboards that’s a but more cone!!


  16. It’s my day for a blog hop, I’d love it if you came over and shared one of your great recipes at savory sunday!! Have a great day :)


  17. Paula — May 15, 2011 at 10:57 am

    I don’t know how you lived with that cheetah and zebra print for 4 years! I wouldn’t have been able to sleep LOL.
    I love your new colour choices, the two greys are wonderful and your duvet is going to be absolutely stunning against your newly painted walls, as will your new shower curtain.
    Enjoy the new look, I think you are just going to love it.


  18. Oh I know the journey you’ve been on so well. When I bought the house I’m in now…it was supposed to be an interim residence; you know, maybe a year or three.

    Nineteen years later that dark, dingy, wallpaper filled space is my pride and joy but it didn’t get there without having had to experience removing layer upon layer of wallpaper. Maybe even worse were the poorly prepped walls that resulted in torn sheetrock. I have walls I’ve textured with a sand coat and then color washed and I love the effect but that was born out of having to repair the wall as the paper came off!

    I love your zebra paper Jamie…we could compare but I think I got rid of that red flocked and as you would surely call it…Hot Mess!

    Love the new colors and accessories; you might actually sleep better in a room with such tranquility…congrats on a job well done!


  19. Kevin Schneider — May 15, 2011 at 1:03 pm

    I never feel *finished* with painting and such. There always seems to be something else to do…


  20. Brandy — May 15, 2011 at 1:06 pm

    The duplex my fiance and I live in was built in the late 1950s and its age is VERY apparent. The front door leads you into our very spacious kitchen…complete with electric teal tiling that goes halfway up the walls and edging in some sort of bright yellow plastic. The rest of the apartment is lovely with dark hardwoods and textured ceilings, but that kitchen, ugh. However, we’re only here for another year so no remodling for us.


  21. Liz — May 15, 2011 at 2:17 pm

    I am obsessed with gray right now. I just bought the cutest bedspread fromTarget that is white, gray and yellow. Can’t wait to get my walls painted light gray to go with it!


  22. Connie Pruitt — May 15, 2011 at 6:29 pm

    I would like to change or hobby/computer room.


  23. bird — May 15, 2011 at 6:39 pm

    Finish my bedroom. Paint done. Duvet on the bed. Bed broke in half in the middle of the night (West Elm cautionary tale). Last is to replace the ceiling fan that they stole from Shakey’s Pizza Parlor that hangs very lowly over our mattress on the floor.


  24. Danae (The Busty Baker) — May 15, 2011 at 7:39 pm

    I’m stuck living in a 2 room apartment, so I would love to be able to look at a color other than beige for once. Beige carpet. Beige walls. Even the doors and the woodwork are all beige! Whenever I move into my own place, I’m painting something red. Just because I can.


  25. KariAnnM — May 15, 2011 at 11:00 pm

    Oooh all your new stuff is beautiful! I just redid my girls’ room, fersh paint and also refinished the gorgeous hard wood floors I found underneath. The next room I need to tackle is the living room. Starting with etting rid of the gaudy circa 1984 gold tulip chandelier. Blech!


  26. apron Appeal — May 16, 2011 at 7:57 am

    It sounds like a kind of spring cleaning that I could really get into. I love new looks.


  27. AmyRuth — May 16, 2011 at 8:46 am

    It is amazing the triggers that cause us to act! :”)
    Spring always inspires me to pick up a project. I love the feeling of rebirth.


  28. MissJubilee — May 16, 2011 at 9:19 am

    I’m glad your room is feeling more like home to you now! I hope you enjoy it for years :)

    I’m grateful that my company, which provides my apartment, also pays to have it painted when it’s new to us or when it’s been a few years. I had it all done when I moved apartments last June and I love the colors I chose! Mostly neutrals from gold to sand to khaki but with bright tropical blue highlights in the entry/living room and a soft, slightly darker, medium blue in my bedroom. I’m currently working on a quilt to compliment the floral IKEA pillow that sits on my bed. I love the colors!

    There are some shelving/storage needs in a few spots but if I picked a room I’d do the kitchen next because I just have too much stuff for a small Chinese kitchen and I need need need more cabinets & a bit more counter space! (I hardly ever use the stand mixer because it’s a pain to haul it out and put it away again, and there’s a tottering pile of spice jars in the middle of my counter since *blush* 11 months ago now!)


  29. Lynette — May 16, 2011 at 9:27 am

    If I were to change anything….it would be to add on a 30×30 foot room, cause that’s how much space I need! When we moved into this house – we just loved it, my husband, my daughter and me. She was 13 mos at the time and we literally still had an empty bedroom that at the time I didn’t know how soon we would fill. That was 7 yrs ago. Since than, we have added 3 new members to our family and now the six of us are bursting out of the walls of our house! We have been trying to sell our house for 1.5 yrs (close to 2 almost) and while we’ve made changes to our house to help us live more comfortable – for Mommy in her brain – it can drive me crazy! We’ve moved all 4 of the kids into the master bedroom (1 set of bunk beds, 1 toddler bed, 1 crib) and we moved into their old bedroom (we only really ever just slept in our room, so we don’t need much more than the bed, our nightstands and a dresser that all amazingly fit). We’ve adapted to having a too small house in the hopes that someday – our house is going to sell and we will be able to build the bigger house we are holding out for!


  30. Amanda N — May 16, 2011 at 10:03 am

    What? You don’t like that wallpaper? ;-) It’s hilarious. Makes you wonder what the people were like that lived there.
    Our house’s main problem is lack of things on the walls. It’s sad. I wish I could just pay someone to come in and make it look cool.


  31. Jen — May 16, 2011 at 10:56 am

    The only thing I would warn you about is that duvet. I have the same one in our guest bedroom (I used to use it before I got married) and it rips all. the. time. No matter how gentle you are with it, the pintuck threads pop and you’ll just have to do some minor repairs every once in awhile. Nothing major, but if you’re ever prone to throwing your duvet around, just beware! (Still looks awesome, though, even a little ripped!)


  32. jeannette — May 16, 2011 at 1:06 pm

    I would love to re-do our bedroom but like you, this is probably the last to be done because who really goes in our room? So I’d choose the living room. We are in dire need of new furniture!


  33. Tickled Red — May 17, 2011 at 1:05 am

    We are actually getting ready to redo all three bedrooms. After that you can find me in my be for the next 6 months due to extreme nuttiness and exhaustion for taking that on. Have fun playing around with your room :)


  34. Catherine R. — May 21, 2011 at 10:20 pm

    I actually have to say is our bathroom…we have two because my father added onto the house, and so we have a really nice bathroom, and one that has a dark green sink with ugly gold faucet/knobs, a light green toilet that doesn’t work and a light green bathtub! I’m in the mood to paint it yellow and paint the wood siding we have on one wall a white then go crazy with the accents! get rid of all the green in that room!


  35. Patti B. — June 19, 2011 at 12:04 am

    I do not know how to do the window treatments in our condo. We have 3 patio doors and 4 odd shape windows. I need to get color into some of the rooms-changing the horizontal blinds would help-I really need help.


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