Don’t worry, we’re still alive. Haven’t given up on the blogging thing just yet. We ain’t quitters.
I was sleeping the hours away in the bed most of last week thanks to a bug I caught, so there wasn’t much productive action going on in our house. Well, let me restate that, I was not productive. The best husband ever, on the other hand, was very productive taking care of me, doing the chores, and listening to me complain, which I’m sure my parents would agree is a chore in itself! Lucky lady over here!
So the kitchen progress went stale for a few days, and after spending hours on hours in our master bedroom, I thought “blog idea! Write about the master bedroom. Now. Ok fine, after you feel better.”
I feel better, so here is a little catch up on making our bedroom a peaceful space. Because who would find peace in this? At least without some heavy meditation (did I mean medication?)…
Okay probably our cats, because they love laying on the cold floor and can run back and forth between windows. Throw a few boxes in here with catnip and they’d love it.
So obviously, this room was our priority when we first moved in. A lot of marks on the to do list has gotten it where it is today, still isn’t done. While most of those marks seem like basic fixes, I think it shows how simple steps can slowly transform a room.
Cleaning was our very first step. You can read more details on how we handled this from Adam’s post. Before Adam deep cleaned this room, the wallpaper had to come down.
There are more than enough methods on how to remove wallpaper that our good friend, Google, can tell you about. As much preparation as we did, this room was actually a breeze. Not sure that’s a great thing. We think it was so easy to peel right off because of moisture build up in the room. The master bathroom was a totally different story, which we’ll write more about soon.
In the few spots that didn’t peel easily, a razor blade and scraper helped a lot, just be careful not to scrape too much off. Adam then soaked areas with water and removed with a sponge. Steaming also helped in the bathroom, as well as scoring, but more on that later.
FUN FACT: both “crown moulding” and “crown molding” are correctly spelled. Researched by Trim Guide, the term originated in Europe where the proper spelling is moulding, however in the US we more commonly use molding. But today I’m being European..
With all of the trim I’ve painted, I always use an angled brush, usually 1 1/2″-2″ with a short handle, like this one. Before I ever painted a swatch on the wall I read a lot about painting and best practices. Most experts out there will recommend you paint the trim before the walls. This is easiest because you don’t have to worry about getting white paint on your already painted wall, especially if you don’t tape off like I prefer. (Taping off can really help, but it just takes too much time. I’d rather be careful when I paint because it also isn’t a guarantee!)
In the master area, painting trim first was a must for us because mostly everything was beige. But, in the rest of the house we have painted rooms already, and I will paint the trim carefully later. In my opinion, it’s easier to touch up the wall than touch up the trim since it’s easier to cover the white trim mistake with a colored paint!
everything was so beige and yellow as you can see from the fresh paint contrast on the door
Next came the wall paint! We had a lot of fun choosing the first room color in our home because that allowed us to start planning the color scheme throughout the rest of the house. Sure, you can always paint over something, but it’s nice to have a full plan at the start.
We want to keep neutral colors on the walls throughout the house. We favor gray over beige tones, and at this point we’ve mapped out each room’s color. For the master, we wanted neutral, but a touch of color so the blue toned felt just right. Two coats of Sherwin-Williams HGTV Home Silver Shadows had this baby looking serene…
Something we’ll talk about more later is our Rehab Loan and the items we elected to be done up front and include in our loan. Two of those items affected this bedroom: windows and carpet installation.
All of the windows in the house were replaced not long after we moved in. I completed painting the walls before the windows were installed. You can see the difference the new windows made in this room alone. It was amazing how much the new windows opened up the whole house!
You also probably notice our windows aren’t trimmed, only have the cute little skirt. Technically a window sill, I suppose, but window skirts are much more fun to say. We think our windows are happy with just skirts for now. I’ve read several diy-ers tales of adding trim, and while it seems easy, we have so. many. windows. Not sure if that will make the docket.
We also upgraded the lighting, which we are slowly doing throughout the entire house. Our home was a foreclosure, and while the previous owner didn’t cause any damage on their way out the door, they did make sure to grab anything that might be of value, like all the mirrors and most ceiling fans and light fixtures.
At this point we already knew we wanted to update all the door hardware to bronze, we like the oil rubbed look too. And we also like the brushed nickel finish.
The fan combined both of these finishes (picture currently lost in the archives), and we love the design of the light in the mini hallway. We kept the closet lighting basic.
Finally came… Flooring! We chose to do carpet in the bedrooms. While I love all hardwood flooring, it’s nice getting out of bed to soft carpet on your feet.
Once the carpet was installed we got to “move in” to our bedroom.
Lastly, the most recent upgrade is blinds. HALLELUJAH BLINDS. The four windows on the front of our house had vertical blinds upon move in. We have left those alone as they’re still perfectly functional, and we didn’t want our front windows bare to the world. As for the rest of the windows, no coverings. So for 10 solid months of living in our home, a creepy neighbor could see us strolling from the guest shower to the master bedroom (since master bath isn’t complete) with much less than we’d wear in public. But we got to the point where we just didn’t care if a neighbor was creeping.. YOLO.
Anyways… finally bedroom blinds were due on the to do list. The guest bath did have simple, white faux wood blinds when we moved in, and since we liked the look, we decided we would slowly procure these for the rest of the house. We’d like to intermix some bamboo in one area, but more to come on that later!
Doesn’t it make all the difference to have blinds?! Ahh…
Several people suggested throwing up some curtains. Yeah.. Caesar and Cleo would have a hay day with that. But if any of our guests love curtains, they will be happy to one day find them in the guest area where Caesar and Cleo can’t go roaming.
Over time we want to change out pieces of our bedroom furniture. All of this came from our apartment living days. It’s still perfectly functional, so no rush to replace. And of course, a King size bed is calling our name, and Cleo’s!
Back to painting kitchen cabinets for me..!
’til next time,