Well, if you have not already heard me singing from the rooftop, we finally MOVED IN!!!! And with that push to move in, we "finished off" the major renovation to the master bedroom. I note "finished off" in quotes simply because we'll likely never be 100% done and there will always be more projects to work on. But for the most part, it's livable and comfortable, so we're in!
In my first post about the master bedroom renovation, you may recall the awkward layout, and the new partition wall we decided to build which now acts as our headboard and the main closet wall.
|After: New wall completed|
Since then, the painters (my Dad's employees actually) spent nearly a week re-staining the exposed ceiling beams, painting all the newly installed baseboard trim, spakeling and painting the walls.
There was a tremendous amount of patching that needed to be done to the dry wall. The last residents had never properly resurfaced the walls so a lot of time and energy was spent spakeling and sanding. Thanks guys!
For the wall paint color, I finally decided on Benjamin Moore Bleeker Beige (HC-80) shown on the picture below. It is a very soothing neutral tone, which can be complimented with a variety of colors.
If anyone sat through that decisions making process, you'll know I kept saying "I want oatmeal walls" which sounds ridiculous, but was the only way I could verbalize the color I wanted. In the end, the walls are the perfect color.
|Benjamin Moore Bleeker Beige is top swatch|
To make matters more challenging, Content. poses an additional design challenge with its railroad style layout.
When you are standing in one room, you can easily see into the next. So, for instance, the bedroom directly connect to the master bathroom and the kitchen (less weird than it sounds). I have tried to create a harmonious color pallets from one room to the next, which making each room connect but doesn't feel matchy-matchy.
|Daisy stopped by amidst all the painting crazy. This was before we had heat, so the snow suit was actually necessary indoors.|
After the painting was complete, we did a final clean up, and welcomed the flooring professionals back in to sand and polyurethane the hardwood. The floors in the bedroom were in relatively good shape to start, but the added step was well worth the effort and expense.
From there I turned my attention to some basic decor elements. We have not fully styled the room, but have madr it cozy and welcoming. Here's a run down of some of the items that I purchased:
Weathered Brass Black Shade Swing Arm Wall Lamp from LampPlus.com
Originally sold for $180 each. I found them on Lamps Plus Open Box for 50% off and got a pair for $180. Score! They are definitely more expensive then my normal thrifting, but I splurge when I think its worth it.
|Weathered Brass Black Shade Swing Arm Wall Lamp|
Threshold Washed Linen Duvet Set from Target
|Threshold Washed Linen Duvet Set from Target|
Gray Herringbone Jute Sleevetop Curtain from WorldMarket.com
These are the curtains we purchased from WorldMarket.com. Originally priced at $49.99 a panel, these can easily be purchased cheaper during a sale, like I did for $39.99 a panel. They are heavyweight, textured curtains with a liner.
It is very easy to find discounted curtains, but most are sheer offering no privacy or shade from the sun. These are well made, come in a variety of colors and block out the sun for sleeping in in the weekends.
|Grey Herringbone Jute Sleevetop Curtains from World Market|
I also posted about our DIY Industrial Curtain Rod which you can read about here.
Also, John plans to upcycle the old hardwood floor from the kitchen into a headboard and side tables for the bed. In the meantime though, he's installed a multi function electrical plate with reading light seitch, outlet and USB port. Eventually, these will be hidden in the headboard, but for now I'm already enjoying the convenience.
What do you think?