Monday, October 3, 2011

Master Bedroom Progress and Sneak Peek

Last week was busy and fun. Fun to have my Mom around pushing me keeping me motivated toward the goal of my master bedroom makeover. I'll be sharing some 'before' and 'during' pictures in this post. The 'after' pictures will have to wait since we didn't get finished.

Here are some 'before' pictures: (ACK!)

This is the view as you walk in the door. This room receives very little natural light (especially with the curtains covering the only window) and it was impossible to get decent pictures. I committed the 'sin' of using flash. Hopefully the 'after' pictures will be better because I intend to leave the window uncovered. Things to note in this picture: Thomas Kinkaid border that I never liked. DARK paint at the top that I never liked. Hideous light with broken shade (from DH swatting a fly on it). Extra kitchen chair for seating.

Moving around the room counter-clockwise, this is the 'bathroom wall'. The 8 panel door will be replaced with a sliding barn door-type door. We will also put the header back on. It has been missing since we moved there and I'm not sure why we never put it back up. (To keep it real, I didn't remake the bed after my son's nap. His favorite stuffed monkey is still there, too.)

This wall is continuing around the room in the same direction. The door on the left of the picture is the door leading into the bedroom. And one final view:

The 'closet' wall. Halfway through our painting last week I decided my closet needed a makeover. So, I yanked everything out, painted the interior and installed a closet system. I didn't take a before shot but picture one bar that was too crowded with clothes. It hung too low so my dresses dragged on the floor. All our shoes were kept on the floor but with the dresses dragging, it was hard to get to them. There were 2 shelves above the clothes that were used for 'whatever'. I don't have the doors painted and re-installed but here is the 'after':

It's nothing astounding or beautiful, but it sure is a lot more organized and accessible. It took Mom and I one whole day to complete. :) Blame it on lack of carpentry skills.
(If you're wondering about my side of the closet and why all my dresses look the same, I am Mennonite. For more information on that, my friend, Gina, has a great post on Mennonites. I encourage you to check it out here. Also, DH has a TON of shirts that he never wears. I plan on sorting them and donating those.)

Here is a 'progress' shot:

The first thing we did was remove the border and wash the walls. Then we began priming everything - ceiling, walls, and trim. Then we painted the ceiling and walls in Valspar Gravity. One coat covered well. I was so happy! I still have the trim to paint and the doors to prime and paint. Here is a sneak peek of what it's looking like:

YES! I got crown molding!!! I had mentioned in my master inspiration post that I would love to have crown molding but didn't think it was in the budget. One day I was at Menards and decided to just look at what was available and prices. To my surprise, the MDF crown was very reasonable. Now I would never consider MDF trim for any place that receives 'wear' but at the ceiling where no one touches it, it's perfect. For $56 I got this crown molding and DH installed it for me. His uncle is a finish carpenter/cabinet maker and he had all the right tools and tips. DH did a GREAT job and I'm thrilled with the look. I still need to fill the nail holes and paint but I just had to share this picture with you!

Now that the look is changing, I'm inspired to keep at it until I'm finished. I hope to share more with you at the end of the week. Until then, I've got a lot of work to do.....


  1. Rachel, thanks for sharing your progress. It makes me happy when I see someone using what they have to make something beautiful from it. I too, have a very small bedroom (11x13)and sometimes I want to get in there and make something from it(I may, now, that it see yours) and other times, I just live there... Isn't it great to "live" someone elses progress and be happy for them also? I was so glad to hear that you are getting your sliding "barn" door. That will make it so much more interesting. I think the paint choice is going to be so restful for the room and that's what you want, isn't it? I know your finished room is going to be great, thanks again for sharing.

  2. I'm so jealous of your crown molding. I'm going to check out the Gravity color. I'm forever looking for a good color to paint my bedroom and can't get the right color of gray.


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