I realized I have never posted the pictures of our Master Bedroom Remodel that we did last Spring/Summer!
When we bought our house almost 3 years ago one of the things we wanted to re-do was the Master Bedroom. When our house was built over 30 years ago, you had the option of having an extended Master Bedroom with a sitting area OR you could make the sitting area a 5th bedroom.
The original owners of our house chose to have an extended Master Bedroom.
Here is what it looked like when we moved in:
We knew that we wanted to eventually convert the "sitting" area to a 5th bedroom and make it an office.
This is what the "sitting" area looked like for the first 2 years we lived there:
It was my junk area. It is where I kept the nursery glider, the decorative pillows from our bed (that we only put on when we have people over), where the dog bed was kept, where I would pile laundry & store other crap like suitcases, an old mirror, etc.
It was a TOTAL waste of space! We knew we wanted to convert it to an office one day.
It was a storage area for stuff that had no where to go. Not a "sitting" area like the realtor advertised. We have young kids. Like we have time to "sit" at night. HA!
Our bedroom wasn't relaxing because every night when we went to bed, we would stare at the crap in the "sitting" area.
Here is what the rest of our master looked like:
Our furniture was our 10 year old bedroom furniture from when we were first married. It was cheap & falling apart. We never really decorated our room because we knew we would eventually re-do it.
When I found out I was pregnant with Luke in December 2011, we decided that it was time to convert our sitting area to the 5th bedroom and make it into a Guest Room/Office and make our old Guest Room the nursery for Baby #3.
We started this project in Spring of 2012.
The first thing we did is that Kevin ripped out the floor of the "sitting" area.
If you noticed from the pictures, it was a step up from the rest of the room.
One of neighbors who has the same floor plan as us told us there was a sub floor beneath, so it would be easy to make the floor the same height.
I am very thankful that Kevin is so handy & that we didn't have to hire anyone to do this step!
Once that step was taken care of, it was time to put up a new wall to separate the rooms & to cut a door opening to the new room.
We hired our neighbor's son who is a contractor to do this for us.
See how nice the sub floor is now that it is even? That was all Kevin!
Here is a view of the new doorway to the hallway:
We also decided to change the master bedroom door. Before we had double doors (that were broken & from the 70's) We decided to get rid of the double door and put a larger single door:
(Framing up the door)
After all the framing was done, it was time for electrical & dry wall.
We decided to put in ceiling fans in our master & the new bedroom because in the summer, the upstairs gets SO hot. The way our house faces is brutal in the summer and all the bedrooms get so much late afternoon sun, so ceiling fans were a necessity (even though some people think they are a designer no-no, they are necessary for our house)
Here is our room with the dry wall up:
The door framing:
And, a view from the Guest Room/Office with the dry wall up:
Because we were adding a new door to the new Office/Guest Room and changing our bedroom door, we had to order 2 new doors. Our old doors were the original doors with the original hardware from over 30 years ago, so we decided that if we were getting 2 new doors, we might as well update ALL the doors in our house....
Our contractor tells us that he has some extra crown molding from another job & that we can have it if we want it. Free crown molding? We just need to pay for labor? Sure!
There was just enough for our master bedroom. But then we loved it so much we thought we would also have him put it in the new Office/Guest Room. And, while he's at it....go ahead and put it in the other 3 bedrooms and bathrooms. Oh, and we might as well get new baseboards to match.
Isn't that how all household projects work? :)
Our 10 year anniversary was in August & we had always planned on going back to Hawaii for our 10 year. But, since I was due 10 days before our Anniversary, we decided to use that money on the remodel & new bedroom furniture for our room.
Before I show you the After pictures, here are the before pictures of our master bathroom:
Shower/Toilet Area Before:
One of my biggest dilemmas with our bedroom was deciding on what color to paint our room.
I knew I wanted a greyish blue. Look at all the samples I bought:
After a few weeks of stressing about it, I decided on a color. Kevin painted the entire room.
It was NOT what I had envisioned. It didn't match the bedding I picked out.
But, I didn't want to have him re-paint, so I returned the bedding I bought and bought new bedding (which I ended up liking better!)
So, here is the AFTER of our Master Bedroom...it was completed a few weeks before Luke was born!
I love how it turned out.
Our room still has plenty of room, no need for a sitting area!
I got our bedding at Pottery Barn.
The coral pillows are from Target
As you can tell, my style is pretty simple. I don't like a lot of clutter....I like a clean, fresh feel.
*Please note...our room is rarely this clean. I took these pics after our cleaning lady came. Just keeping it real. Usually the pillows are on the floor & I have a pile of laundry/clothes in our room.*
Here are the AFTER pics of the Bathroom:
The changes to the bathroom were: Paint, crown molding, a new shower curtain, new art work & a new bathroom door.
We eventually want to re-do the shower/floor/vanity, but that will wait for another time.
Hope you enjoyed the tour!Stay tuned for AFTER pics of the Office/Guest Room!