This post is quite overdue. OneKingsLane ad was right, design is never done, I suppose at some point you have to stop and take a breath, it will be OK :). I wanted to get a few things done before taking the after photos, and then there were events to attend and gloomy weather to ruin the photos. So here I am, finally posting about our new master bedroom. We got the keys to our townhouse in October of last year, and our goal was to remove the popcorn texture from every wall and ceiling before we moved in in November. Yeah, that didn’t happen… even with the help of some awesome friends (ya’ll know who you are!). Then holidays rolled around, it got cold, it was dark early, and eventually we just got too lazy. So for about 4 months we slept in the office/guest bedroom, while our guests had to enjoy the couch on the first floor. Then the spring rolled around and we no longer had excuses, so we got to work and started/finished scraping the texture in the master bedroom and sanding, sanding, and more sanding (there was a lot of sanding!). And this is where we are at now!
But it started out looking like this:
Then we started sanding and plastering.
This was the most difficult part. Lining everything, scraping, plastering, sanding, priming, thinking you are ready to paint and looking at your work during daylight only to realize how “wavy” the plastering was. This is where we quit for a while. Honestly, all those things are not that bad except for sanding! Sanding is really miserable! The little plaster particles fly everywhere, including up your nose, even if you are wearing a face mask. While Dmitry was working on a ceiling, I was mastering the walls. I think at this point we’ve earned our self-given titles “Master Plaster.”
And finally! Some visual gratification! We used the Sherwin Williams “Gray Screen” (SW 7071). It is a cool gray and tends to look a bit blue in the direct sunlight, but overall it’s a great light color, that’s very easy on the eyes and very calming. It literally took us a month to decide on the shade of gray! There are just so many…
no pun intended.
Ahh! Look at those
perfectly flat walls! Then for about another month the room looked like this:
No shades on the windows and no night stands. Not very comfortable that way, especially because I am sure the neighbors could see everything at night when our lights were on. Oh well, nothing to see here, carry on.
Let’s change the bedding, move in the dresser, and nightstand… I need a nightstand! Otherwise I feel like I am about to fall of the bed! Temporarily using the one we already had. Now let’s add some curtains and rolling shades.
Ok, it’s starting to come along. But we still need nightstands. What to do? Look at 1000, or maybe 2000, perhaps even 3000 nightstands online and not be able to pick one. So if you can’t find the one you like or that fits your budget, what do you do? You get creative and make your own! (BTW I’ll be posting a tutorial on how to do this soon!)
Note that the first photo was taken before we added handles to the nightstands. Well, for now this room is done. We will be focusing our energy on the walls in the living + dining room area on the first floor, but we did buy some 50 x 70 cm silver frames from Ikea that we plan on putting above the nightstands. Now I just need to find the perfect prints to go in them. I will be using either my own photography or a water color print, if I find 2 that I love in the right size. Small projects to be done soon:
Put up some artwork
Add new lamps
Sew a cushion for the window seat shelf
Paint the main door to the room (we replaced it, just never painted it)
Potentially add a rug
Projects planned down the road:
Replace the footboard with a wider one
Reframe the two closet doors into french doors
Replace the actual doors and door knobs
Bed – Courtney at WorldMarket (I got an amazing deal on it at the end of last year!)
Nightstands – Ikea Rast hack
Cherries – BCBG Cherry Bomb Jewelry Box
Bench at the bottom of the bed was from Ross
Bedding – Marshalls Curtains – Marshalls
Window bench – Ikea (was a donation to us – yay free furniture!)
Dresser – Dixie was passed on to us
So what do you think?