The Master Bedroom Project

 Posted by on November 10, 2014  Add comments  Tagged with: ,
Nov 102014
 

It’s done!

I’m so happy about this, for several reasons:

1) It was really hard work, and we’re both exhausted.
2) I was tired of the children nesting in our mattress in the living room. Every night when we went to bed (usually aching all over and dead tired), we had to first remove the sand/tortilla chips/toys/candy wrappers/dirty socks they left behind.
3) It’s a soothing, peaceful room to sleep in, especially with no dusty carpet to flare up my asthma.

When my husband and I do a project together, we do it right (because my husband knows no other way), so we took no shortcuts. We didn’t just paint the walls, we gave the ceiling a fresh coat as well. We also didn’t take the easy way and use an air-nailer to install the floor. Instead, my husband used a Porta-Nailer and mallet because the guy at the hardware store told him this would result in a more durable installation. We washed and reglazed the windows, and sanded, stained, and varnished all the trim and doors. We also washed the comforter and curtains, and polished the ceiling fan. We even cleaned out the closets and reorganized them. This room is spic and span, and in apple pie order now!

BEFORE:

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DURING:

My husband taking apart the mirrored vanity. We moved this downstairs for the girls. It has a little bench that we never used, but we're going to have it reupholstered for them.

My husband taking apart the mirrored vanity. We moved this downstairs for the girls.

Since the girls' bedrooms are in the basement, we put the vanity just outside the basement bathroom door, so they can sit at it and do their hair and makeup. My husband recovered the bench (which we never used when it was in our room) with part of an old sheet.

The girls’ bedrooms are in the basement, so we put the vanity just outside the basement bathroom door, to provide a place for them to sit and do their hair and makeup. My husband re-covered the bench (which has been in storage for 9 years) with part of an old sheet. It looks like new!

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After we finished painting. The color is Sherwin Williams "Mindful Gray." The name alone makes me feel calm!

After we finished painting. The color is Sherwin Williams “Mindful Gray.” The name alone makes me feel calm. I have always loved gray, since long before it was trendy, which is why we painted the exterior of our house gray – 9 years ago!

Getting started on the flooring. Solid red oaks is very, very heavy and hard. My poor husband nearly wore himself out nailing it together.

Getting started on the flooring. Solid red oak is extremely hard and durable wood, which is very desirable in flooring, but my poor husband nearly wore himself out nailing it together.

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AFTER:

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I always refer to gray as a “chameleon color.” It looks completely different, depending on the time of day, the lighting, and the color it’s next to. See how it has a greenish tint in this photo, but in the photo above it looks more blue? Every gray paint I’ve used has been like this. Perhaps this is why gray is thought of as a “moody” color.

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We moved the dresser so it was directly opposite the bed, to open up the walkway to our bathroom. It makes the room seem bigger and more spacious.

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I think the room looks beautiful, and I love it, but I told my husband, very emphatically, no more house projects this year. I’m tired!

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  3 Responses to “The Master Bedroom Project”

  1. Great job! We installed our own hardwood floors in our living room this year, NOT an easy task! AMEN that it’s finished!

  2. Oh my when you say “right” you guys aren’t kidding!!! Looks great. Congratulations on a job WELL done!!!

  3. Another job done well, frugally, right and on a budget! Love it. It looks very nice.

    Your dresser is beautiful. The burl and grain of the wood make it a statement piece.

    Congratulations on checking something else of the list of to dos.

    May you and your hubby enjoy your soothing, peaceful master retreat. May you find plenty of time for reconnecting with each other there and throughout your day to day life together.

  4. Heather, your finished room looks amazing! I love the gray and purple together, it’s very lovely.

  5. It’s beautiful! Hope you have many restful nights in this calm and peaceful room. Excited to see what your next home improvement project will be!

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