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Renovated Loft Bedroom

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Aha, we’re finally doing a little bit of updating around here.

It’s been hard to find uninterrupted time to take photos of the work we’ve been doing around the house. So I apologize in advance if these photos aren’t the greatest. I’ll do my best to post more later.

As usual we forgot to take before pictures, so these progress pics give you an idea of how much work this loft bedroom entailed. This bedroom is right above the family room and it’s actually a perfect place for guests — away from the rest of the bedrooms but with its own ensuite bathroom for both privacy and convenience. It started out pretty rough though.

Mid-Progress

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The outdated wallpaper had been stuck on to bare drywall without primer, and was impossible to remove without gouging up the walls, so we ended up sealing it with an oil based primer before painting over it.

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What you don’t see here is the dank, musty, forest-green carpet that had been collecting leaking water for years. We removed it the first day we got the keys to this house. We also had to fix some leaks in the roof and replaced the window.

After

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The first bed that Chris built is the guest bed with a super comfy memory foam mattress. It does get hot up there in the loft, so right now I just have a thin bedspread on the bed (from Ikea).

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We did a planked treatment for the ceilings to camouflage any not-so-skillful drywall seams. Chris found this tongue-and-groove pine planking that was much thinner and cheaper than buying wood planks. The raw pine looks kind of rustic and cottagey which is nice for up here, I think.

The wall hanging was purchased when we were backpacking in Asia.

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I’ve been hoarding that wood carving(?) for a few years; just needed the right spot to put it.

Below are a couple wide angle shots we took earlier (hence why things are arranged a bit differently). They give you an idea of the entire layout of the room.

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The dormer actually adds a lot of extra space. We recently had friends stay with their two toddlers and the dormer was able to accommodate one of the kids, while the other child slept on a small mat beside the bed.

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I think I’m just going to hang a curtain in front of the closet — the nightstand is so close to the opening that doors won’t be practical. And as you can see, the furniture up here is pretty mismatched, as most guestroom furniture tends to be. But it’s comfortable for guests, and that’s what matters at this point.

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It’s a pretty relaxing place to take a nap, which is one of my favorite things to do ;).

I will update more later, as we slowly improve this space!

 

DIY Striped Upholstered Headboard

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Yay! I’m excited to be typing out this post today. I have been thinking about and dreaming about making this headboard for months, but it kept getting put on the backburner until finally we made it happen last week!

Check out the before…

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And after!

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The fresh gray stripes make the bed look more sophisticated and elegant but still fun (which is very important). I had to take off the floral print pillow shams though, as they were competing a little too much visually with the stripes. It was just a little too much to take in! So I’m planning to switch out the bedding for neutral colored bedding, but maybe with a little more texture to contrast with the stripes.

And the headboard was actually pretty easy to do. I love that this really trendy look is so easy to DIY, making it approachable for most of us.

First you cut a sheet of plywood the size of your headboard. We wanted a thicker, more substantial headboard, so we framed the back of the plywood out with 2×3’s.

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Then we cut out our foam to fit (not pictured) and secured it with hot glue. We actually cannibalized an old foam mattress for our foam. However, because the foam was thicker (about 1.75″), it was quite heavy and didn’t stick to the plywood that well. We didn’t want to use spray adhesive because it is quite high in VOCs, and we didn’t want to be breathing it in. We later solved the problem of the slightly loose foam by doing some simple button tufting.

After sticking the foam on, we wrapped the whole thing with polyester batting and then the fabric.

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I used 3 yards of Premier Prints Canopy Stripe Twill Storm. I wanted a vertical stripe though, instead of horizontal, so I cut the fabric in half and sewed it together right in the middle with a seam along one of the stripes. You can’t even tell it’s there =).

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We used a staple gun (and when our staple gun gave out, a hammer stapler), and tapped in any loose staples with a hammer.

This is how I folded the corners:

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I wrapped the extra folded fabric on the inside first and stapled that down…

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Then I folded the fabric right along the corner for a nice square corner.

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At this point we added some simple button tufting using a button kit from Joanns, an upholstery needle, and waxed button thread (or upholstery thread). I didn’t take pictures of this step but here’s a great tutorial. We put in just 10 buttons, and they worked great for keeping the foam tight and secure. The extra tightness also helped smooth out some of the wrinkles that I couldn’t iron out.

I’m really happy with the finished product! It makes me feel like I’m waking up in a hotel every day.

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I also feel like it is true to my personal style, which also makes me happy. It’s fresh, contemporary, and unfussy, but still elegant… Or at least I like to think so, ha!

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As for how it’s attached, it is hung on the wall with brackets but is also sitting on the bed frame behind the mattress.

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For some reason, the stripes remind me of Montreal. Kind of French-Canadian chic…=)!

Now for the bedding… I’m thinking of just going with a neutral taupe. I realize I love color way too much…and it’s best for me to add it in small doses with accessories rather than the big pieces. I think a taupe duvet cover will be a nice canvas for printed pillows, throws, etc… What do you think?

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If I Had a Million Dollars…

It occurred to me lately that the guestroom pictures I have up on this site don’t reflect the current style of the guest room.

This is what it looks like now:

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I apologize for the harsh light but this was the only time of day I could find to take this picture…it’s been a busy day.

It used to look like this:

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I liked the red and white scheme for a while but decided I wanted something a little more grown up. Also, the bohemian sheer curtains were pretty but didn’t block any light…kind of the opposite of what you want in a bedroom. So I bought some ticking stripe fabric and clipped it up for curtains (just before my parents came to stay for a couple of weeks).

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There are some framed pictures in the chair that I haven’t gotten a chance to put up yet…

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I picked up this little mid century nightstand for $5 at a neighbor’s garage sale. I moved one of the old lamps from the master bedroom into this room.

This room is getting a little closer to where I want it to be. but there still needs to be a lot more COLOR added. I do like having a base of neutrals and adding colors on top of it. Unfortunately the budget doesn’t really allow me to go all out shopping for accessories, haha! Which brings me to my next point…

I sometimes wish I had unlimited funds to decorate, not necessarily to buy expensive stuff, but because it would be so much easier to get things consistently looking “my style”. Our current style is much more about finding thrifty deals, making them over, using what we have, building our own, etc… I sometimes wistfully think about HOW I would decorate a room if I could make it all over completely. It’s totally unrealistic, haha =). But on the other hand, there’s also something really cool about looking at the great things we’ve found for a song, and seeing how everything in our home has gradually gotten collected or created.

Like that mid century nightstand — I mean, it’s definitely a high to find something that cool at a garage sale for five bucks. Or for example, look at some of the really awesome things that Chris has created, like the rustic DIY dining table, or the industrial chandelier, or even the lamps that I just spray painted. If we had an unlimited budget we never would have found/created those things. So…I guess frugality begets creativity. And the real fun is in the process.

I mean, sure, it would be fun to go to Restoration Hardware and buy everything to furnish my house, but then… my home would just look like a RH catalog.

It’s easy to compare your home with others (especially all those gorgeous blogs out there) and wish you had similar things, but at the end of the day it’s more satisfying to use your creativity and the ingenuity you never would have used otherwise, right?

Plus, what do you do when your home is DONE?

Spraypainted Navy Lamps

This week has been kind of exciting. Lots of thinking, researching, and discussing my professional future. Nothing has been decided for sure yet, but I’m starting to be ready for a new challenge and I’m getting pretty excited thinking about it.

Anyway, there was a little more progress on the bedroom makeover.

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I DIY-ed a couple of glossy navy blue lamps to bring a little more navy to this space. As you may recall, it looked like this after I added some Greek Key trim to the curtains:

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The current bedside lamps were a little small in scale and were getting a bit lost next to our king-size bed and generously-sized nightstands.

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So I decided to make over a couple of trophy lamps that I had picked up from the Habitat Restore a while back. They were $5 each, new, and I’m pretty sure they were overstocked from Walmart.

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There was nothing wrong with the oil-rubbed bronze finish but I wanted something less traditional and more fun in our bedroom.

I taped off the light sockets and cords and gave the lamps several light coats of navy blue spray paint.

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Then I let the lamps cure in the garage for 2 weeks to ensure that the major part of the off-gassing occurred before we brought the lamps into our room.

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I am really really happy with how they turned out. I think this is one of my favorite spray paint projects to date. It helps that I’m getting better at spraying lightly and evenly and I’ve learned not to spray paint on a windy day =).

The glossy navy finish actually makes these cheap lamps look way more expensive.

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The lampshades are just $10 shades from IKEA but I’m thinking of adding some ribbon trim to the edges.

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The new lamps are more appropriate in scale to the room (please ignore the crooked duvet!).

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before after lamp

From run-of-the-mill to glossy and glam =). What do you think?

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Tufted Love (My New Office Chair)

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Yay I have an office chair!

Remember this handsome guy? I called him my grandpa chair:

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I really wanted to keep him but sadly his arms didn’t fit under my newly refinished desk. But I really loved this guy’s midcentury features, the shiny leather next to the walnut wood, the tufted seat, and the fact that he was in AMAZING condition. Fortunately I was able to sell him for a decent price to someone who I think will appreciate his awesomeness. Now I imagine him living a comfortable life in hipsterland surrounded by his midcentury peers.

ANYWAY, back to my new chair. I couldn’t find a cute office chair that didn’t look too “office-y”. This office area is in our bedroom and we only use it for household stuff, so I didn’t want it to get too businesslike and potentially stressful. I ended up choosing the Lydia dining chair from World Market.

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It’s a nice neutral steel gray in a lovely soft velvet so I think it’ll go well anywhere in the house if I decide to move it later. I’m going to make a more poppy, colorful cushion to go on it to bring in more color.

I like that it’s kind of a more feminine shape, which is kind of what I’m going for in the bedroom.

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The nailhead trim makes it a little more interesting from the back, since that’s the first view when you enter the room.

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There’s not too much going on on the desk right now, which is just how I like it.

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Oh and you may have noticed the closet doors are back on after having been newly painted bright white. I need to get some cute knobs for them now.

This view is nice too:

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I guess baby approves.

I’m actually really glad I was able to sell the old chair and use the money toward something that suited the space better. Oh, and the new chair was 15% off and I had a $10 reward that I used on it so that really helped to alleviate any buyer’s guilt too =).

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