cabin bedroom tour + before & after

cabin bedroom before & after // smitten studioSpeaking of Michigan, it has been a while since I shared anything on the status of the cabin. We basically finished up most of our projects here in time to start our home renovation back in LA. Our last trip consisted of some spring cleaning and not much else work-wise, but I was finally able to take some photos of the full finished bedroom. It really has become a lovely peaceful getaway.

cabin bedroom before & after // smitten studiocabin bedroom bunkbeds, before & after // smitten studiocabin bedroom before & after // smitten studioMore images of the space, some side by side before and after photos, and all the sources after the jump.

cabin bedroom renovation // smitten studiocabin bedroom // smitten studioFor those of you who have been following along, you know how far we’ve come. In the bedroom alone, we stripped it down to the studs, removed the old flooring, took out a shelving unit, re-moved a wall and one set of bunks to make room for a regular sized bed, put in new flooring, new electrical, new lights, new drywall, paint, and trim, wallpapered, re-built one set of bunk beds, re-built a new closet, put in new entry doors, DIY’d a dresser, oh and put in a new ceiling.

cabin bedroom before // smitten studiocabin bedroom renovation // smitten studiocabin bedroom before // smitten studiocabin bedroom renovation // smitten studioIt was hard to remember how it looked when we first got it so I had to dig up these photos from the day we got the keys. I can’t say I miss those little whales too too much. ;)

To see all of the cabin progress, check here. 

Product Sources: Ikea Tarva Chest // Brass knobs from Menards // Wall Mirror from Target  //  Bedding from Ikea  //  Cowhide & sheepskin rugs from Ikea  //  Edwardian Bed from Target  // Lighting from Restoration Hardware // Wallpaper by Cole & Sons // Tarket Laminate Flooring // Bunkbed Curtains (handmade) // Paint Color Gray Whisper by DutchBoy

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33 Responses to “cabin bedroom tour + before & after”

  1. Kari @ The Sunset Lane Says:

    I love this whole place, you are a design genius! Where is that fan from?

  2. Jade Topper Says:

    I absolutely love it!!!

  3. Grace | The Big Reveal Says:

    I have loved this bedroom so much! This morning while I was scrolling through the pictures my 5 year old was peeking over my shoulder. When I got to the built in bunks, she grabbed my arm and exclaimed, “I need that!” That girl already has great taste!

  4. Melissa Says:

    What a huge diff! It looks amazing.

  5. thecitygourmand Says:

    Loving that wallpaper. Stellar job!

  6. kelsey Says:

    this is amazing! love the rennovation!
    ladies in navy

  7. sarah Says:

    Hye Kari,
    We got the fan from Menards which is the local hardware store!

  8. sarah Says:

    haha Grace! SO cute. Any kids that have stayed at the cabin, the bunks with the curtains are by far their favorite thing!

  9. Amanda @ A.Co est. 1984 Says:

    I’ve been reading along for over a year and the transformation is just INSANE. You guys are so good, vision wise, and of course with execution of it all. The bedroom is beautiful. I love the small details/touches: individual curtains for each bunk, the wallpaper, cute dotted sheets and similar pillow cases, and of course your dresser DIY from a while back. Just beautiful, Sarah!

  10. abigail Says:

    We have been working and working and working on fixing up a cottage in pentwater michigan for about a year now! such a fun project and a great way to learn DIY. I’m jealous of your progress! we’ll get there someday!

  11. Chelsea Says:

    It turned out so stinkin’ beautiful! I love those little bunks for future littles.

  12. shavonda Says:

    just gorgeous!! Definitely a peaceful retreat. Love it all.

  13. Jessica Mogilka Says:

    Love it! Question – I’m starting transitioning to brass (tried in the bathroom but finding good fixtures is so hard!!), and are you typically using the polished or the antique brass knobs? Any general advice for the peanut gallery on brass and ways to know if it’s lacquered or will age well?

    Great blog.

  14. Laura Says:

    So I’ve seen your lovely cabin before, but I never realized that the bunks were in the master bedroom, is this a 1 bedroom cabin?

  15. JAY Says:

    Sexy, modern, fresh, and dramatic! The velvet curtains are perfect! I am so happy you left the bunk beds in! A must have for a cabin!

  16. sharon Says:

    love, love, love this! do you ever rent out your cabin?

  17. Melissa Says:

    Wow, wow, wow. Such a beauty. The placement of the light fixture into the mirror—so smart. Love your style.

  18. Katie Says:

    So beautiful!!! I love the wallpaper, bed and the lights.

  19. A Golden Tulip Says:

    Wow…this room is amazing. Love the detailing on the wall, that headboard..such a comfy corner to relax.


  20. Nicole Says:

    Perfect! Where are the bamboo blinds from? What color did you choose? Love them!

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  22. Isabel Says:

    Amazing transformation!

  23. Emma Harris Says:

    Wow, call that a cabin, it’s beautiful, luxury personified. I think cabin might mean something a bit different in the UK! :)

  24. Bree Says:

    Long Time listen, first time caller. I visit your site weekly & I am always inspired by your design instinct. I just love your home and all its details! I was wondering if your could share where you bought your table fan or what brand it is? I love the color differentiation in the center. Thanks!

  25. bri Says:

    sarah this is beautiful! perfect for michigan, too. as a former midwesterner, i can definitely see a cozy winter night or a fun summer day. you really did a great job in here!

  26. sarah Says:

    Hey Nicole,
    The blinds where in the cabin when we bought it so I am not sure where they came from! Sorry I can’t help! x

  27. sarah Says:

    Hi Laura, Yes its a one bedroom ie very small place. It is only about 800 square feet!

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  29. Sara Says:

    What color is your bed? Black or dark gray?

    Love the room!!

  30. sarah Says:

    Hi! It’s dark gray.

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  33. Maggie Says:


    What color paint did you use for the dresser and legs on the dresser? Thanks!

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