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.
The outdated wallpaper had been stuck on to bare drywall without primer, and was impossible to remove without gouging up the walls, so we ended up sealing it with an oil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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
We haven’t visited the bathroom since we painted the grout lines way back in June (they’re holding up great, by the way). I thought it would be fun to show you a before and after (or at least, current progress) pic of our one-and-only bathroom.
When we moved in, the bathroom was actually not in bad shape.
There were a few cosmetic issues, but it had been redone in what seems like the 90’s, so the vanity and bathtub were still fine. We changed out the light fixture for one that we picked up at the Habitat Restore for $10, removed the shower doors, and painted the walls above the beadboard gray (Behr Dolphin Fin).
And this is how it looks now.
I hung a shower curtain we’ve had for a while and added some woven mats.
I painted the white medicine cabinet frame in a glossy gray. I would really like to replace the mirror but the medicine cabinet is so useful…I haven’t figured out what to do there yet.
The scalloped white ceramic vanity top isn’t my favorite. It stains really easily and the scallop is just old-fashioned. We actually have a granite vanity top that we bought for $90 on Craigslist…we just haven’t had time to install it yet. We also picked up another, nicer fixture from the Restore…also haven’t installed it yet. Story of my life!
Hung a little art and a shelf above the toilet for extras.
There is no natural light in this room so I’m trying to think of ways to incorporate a few more cheery touches of color. Maybe I’ll switch out the art or change the shower curtain or bath mats.
Anyway, this is how it really looks. It’s not very big, or trendy, but we’re happy to live with it as is. Just thought I’d put that out there =).
Well, this post has been a long time coming. I’ve shared how we gutted the family room, painted the walls, spray painted the spiral staircase, and refaced the fireplace, but I haven’t shown pictures of the actual room yet. Mostly because…well, to be honest, most of the time, that room is a mess. It’s covered in toys and random bits of laundry, and the odd Cheerio here or there. But yesterday I went into a mini frenzy of tidying up and I got a few photos to show for it!
That sofa is a hand-me-down from family. It’s still in good shape so we’re not planning to buy a new one anytime soon. So I need to make the dark color work for us. I’m hoping to add in some more bright and light cushions (hmm…Chris won’t be too happy about that). Maybe in light blues?
This offset window is very frustrating. It was added to the room before the corner fireplace was installed, so it’s totally off-center. I thought about hanging curtains on either side to help visually center it more, but I can’t because the curtains’ proximity to the fireplace would be a fire hazard. So I’m planning to install a roman shade, and create a grouping of paintings/pictures to the left of the window to help balance it out.
Those awesome midcentury oak Parsons tables are also hand-me-downs. They look a little less orange in person and I love them. The top of the table has a beautiful herringbone pattern.
The loveseat butts up against the spiral staircase that we repainted. Wow, it’s amazing how when you take a picture of a space you really get a different perspective of things. I never realized how weird those yellow and blue cushions look against the loveseat…very 80s’.
The oil painting that we bought in Hong Kong and stretched on a frame ourselves. Antique glasses I found thrifting (very Mad Men; just need a bottle of brandy to go with it), and a photo of my baby girl. The little table it sits on is an antique passed down from Chris’ grandmother. We refinished the top which had seen some wear.
Across from the sofa sits the IKEA Expedit media unit. This model is discontinued, I think, because TVs are getting too big to fit. Ours is a smaller TV so it fit perfectly. We finally got around to anchoring it to the wall and I breathed a big sigh of relief. The baby plays under this thing daily and I did NOT want it falling down on her in an earthquake.
I’m still working on a solution for camouflaging all those cords. Maybe something like this knotted lamp cord.
This room still needs a lot of work but it’s definitely a lot better than before!
Check out the other projects we did in this room:
Refacing Corner Fireplace
Happy Green Paint on the Walls
Spray Painting Spiral Staircase
It’s almost Friday yippee! Today I’m planning to shop for Mother’s Day. I already sent my mom a lovely pearl necklace and I’m looking for something for my MIL and Gracie’s great-grandma!
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I didn’t intend for Baby Brownie’s nursery to be so feminine, really, I swear.
But somehow, it’s impossible to have a baby girl without receiving tons of pink stuff. And after all the showers had been thrown, I actually really liked the pink stuff.
This 100-square foot room has come a long way since we first moved in. We removed the stained carpet, put in a hardwood floor lifted from another room, repainted the beadboard and painted the walls a buttery Provencal yellow.
The crib and dresser were gifts from Chris’ mother, who is incredibly excited to be having her first grandchild, and a girl to boot! The lovely pink blanket with the rosettes is from my sister-in-law Heidi.
I found the old rocker on Craigslist and recovered the seat cushions with some clearance fabric from IKEA. The telephone cushion was on clearance for $5 at Homegoods. Curtains are from IKEA’s children’s department, side table is a $7.99 LACK. The soft lambskin was a surprise gift in the mail from my aunt who lives in New Zealand. Such a beautiful and unique gift! Whenever I walk past it, I seriously want to throw myself on the floor and roll around on it like a puppy.
Because earthquakes are a concern in Southern California, I haven’t been able to put any framed art above the crib and dresser. My temporary solution was to tape these shower decorations to the wall.
The oh baby bunting and sweet sugar n’ spice sign (mounted on foam board) were made by Chris’ cousin Malinda.
The one thing we haven’t yet done is to put doors on the closet. I might just hang a curtain from a tension rod to hide the clutter. But I also really enjoy looking at all of Baby Brownie’s cute little clothes. For now. I’m sure that as clutter builds up I’m going to want to hang that curtain to hide it! Any suggestions for cheap but cute curtains for the closet? And I still want to get some more lightweight wall art for above the crib.
But it’s basically ready for its future little inhabitant! Though hopefully Baby Brownie will stay in the oven for another couple of weeks, as we still have a lot of work to do on the other parts of the house!
Check out the updated nursery tour here!