Thought you’d like an update on the makeover we’re giving our son’s bedroom. Last week I showed you how we hung (fake) shiplap paneling on the walls and painted it white. Since then the new hardwood floors, baseboard, and trim around the windows and doors has been installed, so we’re making progress!
Here’s how his room looked before we started, with dark khaki paint on the walls. It hadn’t been updated in years, so this makeover was a long time coming:
It used to be the darkest room of the house. Thanks to the new white walls, it’s now the brightest and cheeriest! This is where we left off last week, with the new shiplap on the walls and the realization that the carpet had to go:
The new floors cost $1,700 (including labor), which was painful, I won’t lie. We had no intentions of spending that much on this little room, but I felt like it was worth it the minute I saw them in the room:
I love it. After the floors were installed, Dave totally redid all the baseboard and trim around the windows and doors to make it look more cabin-cottage-Craftsman-like.
Here’s what that main wall that you see when you walk in the room used to look like, with Jake’s old desk and hutch, etc:
He no longer needed the desk (he has a bigger one in the basement he uses), so it’s not coming back. The new Queen-size bed will go on this wall instead, which will help the space double as a guest room when he’s at college.
Also, I think I forgot to mention it in my last post, but we had to take the crown molding down that was in the room and redo the ceilings (sand, patch, repaint). Huge pain. But it just wasn’t going to work with the new walls.
It’s a challenge to get decent photos of a room this small — it’s only about 11′ x 12′ and that closet juts out into the room.
Another look back at how the room looked with the old carpet (blech):
After the floors were installed we realized that the original trim around the doors was going to look way too wimpy with the 6″ shiplap planks on the walls (look into the hall to see what the original baseboard in the bedroom looked like):
So we ripped all the original trim off and made it a little heftier to match the new Craftsman-style trim around the windows. The original baseboard was only 3″ wide, but the new boards we used are 6″:
Can’t wait to tackle the hallway next with new paint and flooring, etc. I’ll get around to it eventually! 🙂
Here’s a shot I took when Dave was hanging the new trim around the closet doors, before we finished painting it white:
The windows look so much better with trim around them, too. I bought some curtains for the room, but now that I’ve seen the trim, I don’t think I’ll be able to cover it up!
The floors are Bruce Hardwood “Gunstock Oak,” which is what the builder installed in other rooms. We eventually want to put hardwood in the hall, which will run down the stairs to meet the floors in the foyer, and we wanted it all to match.
If you missed my original post about the room, you can see how we created the look of shiplap on a tight budget here.
If you got my newsletter last week, then you saw the bed and colors we’re planning to use (I posted pics on my Private Blog for subscribers and sent the link in the email). I’m excited to pull it all together. Stay tuned to see how it turns out! 🙂
It’s finished! You can see how the room turned out here:
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