September 30, 2009

A Sweet Dreams Rewind

rewindbutton_thumb It’s Wednesday again… and that means it’s time for a Rewind! And I had to dig waaaay down into our archives to find this post…

Today – because I mentioned our wardrobes in my small space post from Monday – I’m sharing the post I wrote ages ago about the renovation of our primary (master) bedroom. We went from an ugly itty-bitty bedroom to a small, perfectly appointed bedroom. You’ll have to tell me if you agree!

Underline LeftTo call our bedroom a "Master" is really quite misleading because it's extremely small. Making matters worse, we have a king sized bed that fit perfectly in our previous home! Somehow, we needed to make the bed fit into this room... and somehow we ALSO needed to accommodate for a lot of clothing :-)

Here are a couple of BEFORE photos of our room:



I don't remember for sure, but I think the dimensions of the room were 10'x10' and the only way we could gain more space – short of adding an extension to the back of the house – was to take a few feet from the room next door.

So... the wall you see in the second photo above had to go...

But first, we had tons of plaster & lath to remove...all the walls AND the ceiling!

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You may think me nuts but I actually enjoy this phase of a remodel – the time when things are starting to happen! It's a very exciting time in a renovation… albeit more then a little chaotic!!

Take a look at the photo below. Can you see the new wood studs in the wall? That’s the new wall we built two feet in to the front room. Now take a look at the floor… the “H” you see is where the original walls were – two closets, one (attempting!) to serve each of the rooms.


The result… with the walls and debris removed we now had a room that was approximately 10’x14’… gigantic! LOL! Don’t get too excited for us ~ we still need to add back some closets!

Before we could start putting the room back together, we had to replace the old, single-paned window. Taking advantage of the open walls, I had my husband install a window that was a little bit wider then the original window... what a difference it makes! Here are some pics of that process. Brian did a great job!

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But if you think that looks good, take a look at his finish work! The walls were insulated (take a re-peek at the wall removal pics above and you'll see that - typical to houses of this age [70 years] - there was NO insulation) and drywalled... and then Brian set to work on the trim.


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Like I mentioned, our little bungalow is 70 years old. Apart from unique features like a fantastic coved ceiling in the living room that we LOVE(!), the house doesn't have a lot of the character that houses of this age usually have.

So... I did a little research and found local craftsman bungalows with trim like what Brian installed in our bedroom (and throughout the house). In combination with the arts & crafts panelled door and the "prarie-style" window, I simply love how it all turned out!!

Painting the walls & ceiling was my job. I used Benjamin Moore paints - Sandy Brown on the ceiling, Stanley Park (a lovely mossy green that the photos don't do justice to) on the walls, and Cloud White on all the trim.

And now... the AFTER photos!!




Things aren’t completely done yet… I still have to decorate!! My plan is to sew a new duvet cover (the white is temporary) as well as some Euro pillow-covers. I also need some art on the walls (the little print below is gone now – too small). I KNOW the room will look fantastic once it’s all decorated!!

And the pièce de la résistance... my built-in wardrobes!


These wardrobes are very large – seven feet tall and the length of the room (approx 10 feet). I have to tippie-toe just to hang things up! Forget getting to the top shelf... that's what tall hubbies are for!

And check out what's inside. Behind each door are great organizational features that really work for us... rods, drawers, baskets, shelves, hooks...

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And look at my jewellery drawer! Every time I open it I'm filled with happiness!DSC01122

The wardrobes are so important to us because the room is too small for a chest of drawers. Everything we need is in these wardrobes! We love them!!

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Mom in High Heels said...

WOW! That is amazing. The chandelier makes me smile. I love the colors you chose.

Kat said...

You know I just love this room, the colors are perfect. I can't believe the amount of work, plaster and lathe are a mess! And that wardrobe is great. The room looks so much larger now, more than 2 ft. Beautiful trim work too. Love it! Kathy

PAT said...

Wonderful metamorphosis!!

Marty@A Stroll Thru Life said...

This room is just gorgeous. That 2ft. sure did make all the difference. Your wardrobes are just awesome. What a huge transformation. You guys are so talented and your creativity just amazes me. Great job. Hugs, Marty

Unknown said...

Great job, you've done a great job of using the space that you had to work with. Love the jewelry drawer.

Anonymous said...

It'a hard to believe that just two feet made that much of a difference! But your photos are the proof. Very inspiring!
Kathy b

Anonymous said...

OMG How Beautiful
Made such a difference.
Great redo

~CC Catherine said...

WOW...this was some undertaking, and really turned out fabulous! Super M.Monday Transition documentation, and great pics that help to tell the entire story! ~CC Catherine

Lisa (aka) French said...

I am totally loving the wardrobe looks great!! What an undertaking but so fun when it all comes together;) French

Susan (Between Naps On The said... your new bedroom! Your wardrobe is awesome...I have wardrobe and jewelry storage envy, now! :-) Awesome transformation! Those extra few feet made a big difference! Susan

Linda Q said...

Stunning transformation! I am taking ideas from this one for when we redo some of our bedroom. Wow!
Linda Q

Linda (Nina's Nest) said...

Thanks for the comments about my kitchen and the idea for roman shades. That could work! Are they difficult to make? I have made my window treatments forever. I love that master bedroom makeover that you did....beautiful! Also, I scrolled down and laughed at the post about the boob lights. We had some of those in our living room for 29 years, and finally at the persuasion (or threats) from our daughter, replaced them with ceiling fans which are so pretty and functional here in the deep South. Thanks for stopping by. Linda (nina's nest)

Cami @ Creating Myself said...

LOVE those wardrobes! Happy Met Monday!

Anonymous said...

it looks fantastic, Victoria!
so glad you are following your dream


Confessions of a Plate Addict said...

Wow! The transformation is amazing!!! I am drooling for your closet spaces! They could star in their own TV show! Gorgeous...Debbie

Beth at Aunties said...

WOW!!!! Oh my heart... My mouth was open.. .Now that truly is a Wonderful metamorphosis!!! It turned out so beautiful and after so much work! Well done!

Salmagundi said...

WOW!!! That is amazing. And I can tell, it looks like it functions to perfection. Congratulations on a job well done. Sally

Dixie said...

beautiful renovation! Great job on the small closet space! great inspriation! Dixie

Cindy (Applestone Cottage) said...

This is really beautiful, and loved all the pics! Great Met Monday Post. Cindy

Jewel Sauls said...

What a wonderful transformation! I love the new colors and details, but the closet has me drooling!!!!! Thanks for sharing this (I say as I wipe my keyboard!) Thanks also for the lovely comments you left on my blog! :D Jewel

Anonymous said...

very nice! what a nice place to relax!

Michelle said...

I didn't notice...I also have the pax system...I love it...and need to clean it out!

The dark doors are really nice.

Designs on 47th Street said...

What an amazing transformation. I truly love the end result. Love the paint color.

I really like browsing through your blog.


DesignTies said...

Kelly and I would like to thank EVERYONE who stopped by our blog during Metamorophosis Monday! I can't tell you how much I appreciate all the wonderful comments about my bedroom. :-) We hope you'll be back time and time again to check out other transformations and to read our articles on home decor & remodeling.
Victoria and Kelly

Eileen Kathryn Boyd said...

Hi Kelly,
Thank you for visiting my blog, which has now brought me to yours! The color you requested is called 'Sleepy Hollow' by Benjamin Moore. Purples are so soothing and always my go-to color. You will really enjoy this hue....In addition to this room, I previously used it in my dining room as well! Its been good to me and I know you'll love it! Keep blogging and inspiring, EKB

Sharon said...

This is an amazing make-over job. Your choice of color really warms up the place, and oh your closet, a dream-closet!
hoping to see more, thx for sharing:)

Christy said...

Wow I LOVE it! That chandelier takes the cake. Gorgeous transformation.

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

I don't think I ever saw this post, Victoria. Love the color you painted, love the chandelier, love the moldings all over your house. The wardrobes are fantastic! What a great master bedroom!

Susan @ Your home, only better. said...

Ok, I'm practically drooling over your build in wardrobes! I'm not a big fan of dressers - they seem to need dusting more than they should!

And that chandelier! Fabulous! Basically, I love everything about that room!


Roni said...

Victoria - it looks "fab darliln".... has been fun following your rooms as you go along making the house a beautiful home. Want to come and do my bedroom downstairs....LOL... hugz Roni

Cristin // Simplified Bee said...

Great transformation!!! Love the large window and his/her wardrobes.


Alycia Wicker said...

That is a fantastic transformation! Loving it!

Greet Lefèvre said...

I don't know what to say...! I love your bedroom!!!!! GORGEOUS!


Marie @ Modern Ottawa said...

Great job! I love how functional IKEA closets can be.

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