You may remember that earlier this year I posted about getting a quote to have my wood floors refinished. The cost was over $6,000 to do the entire house. But to be truly honest, not only was it the cost that bothered me it was also the idea that we would have to move all of the furniture out of our house and store it somewhere (including a baby grand piano). Also, the quarter round on the baseboards would all have to be removed. I don’t care how careful you are doing that, you are going to break some. And you are definitely going to chip some paint, thus requiring the baseboards to be repainted throughout (by yours truly of course).
So after giving the matter some serious thought, Mr. Q and I opted to take our trip to Norway and Scotland instead.
Ironically both my BFF and nnK (that’s my neighbor across the street) did opt to have their wood floors refinished in the last couple of months. They both chose a matte finish (which is also what I would have done) and they both now have gorgeous floors.
So as I gaze at their beautiful floors, do I wish I had decided differently?
Nope! Our trip was amazing. We’ll have those memories forever (well, until the Alzheimer’s kicks in anyway).
best. decision. ever.
I don’t have much money left over after our memorable trip though, so I decided to do a budget DIY makeover in our master bedroom this summer.
I’m dubbing this project ‘mission possible.’ Because while I felt like the whole house floor refinish was entirely impossible, I think this one room makeover is certainly possible.
Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to hold me accountable. You really don’t have to do anything, just the action of putting my plan in writing and sharing it here will give me some additional motivation to actually get this project done (I hope). Also, feel free to leave occasional comments like “hey, what ever happened to the bedroom makeover?” As always, should I or any of my I.M. (interior modification?) Force be caught or killed, the Secretary will disavow any knowledge of our actions.
So let’s go over the plan, shall we?
I’ve been wanting to do a faux ship lap wall in here for some time now. Ken (amazing neighbor/handyman) has already agreed to help Mr. Q and me with this project. It’s just a matter of putting it on the calendar. I plan to do just the angled wall behind the bed all the way up to the ceiling (wall seen in photo above).
But first, I have to paint that wall white. The ship lap will be white also, and I don’t want any blue peeking through the gaps.
Although I think the current pale blue walls are pretty, I’ve grown a little tired of them. So since I’m painting one wall anyway, I might as well paint all of them, as well as the ceiling. I’m still trying to decide if the un-shiplapped walls will also be white, or possibly a very pale greige.
The framed vintage maps that are currently hanging on the walls are also going to go. Those white IKEA frames are just not doing it for me anymore.
but I think my pretty floral plates may stay in some capacity.
When we purchased our house 30 years ago (good grief, has it really been that long?), the downstairs wood floors had obviously been recently refinished while the upstairs floors had not. Thus, the floors in here weren’t in the greatest of shape to begin with, and 30 years of living has taken its toll.
As it turns out, nnK knows some college kids that refinish gym floors as a summer job. I’ve scheduled them to do just my upstairs floors at a budget rate. They may not do the same professional level work as the expensive guy, but it will most likely be good enough and for a fraction of the cost.
The last time I remodeled this room I was going through a phase. I liked the idea of combining antiques with modern, clean lines. Um, yeah. I don’t know where I got that ridiculous idea. But as a result, I have a shiny modern chrome ceiling fan in place.
That’s going to be replaced. I’m still debating replacing it with another fan, or just a light. Ceiling fans are so ‘out’ at the moment, but they are so very functional when you don’t have central air conditioning. And now that it’s the middle of July I’m realizing just how valuable it is to have a ceiling fan. Anyone want to weigh in on this subject?
I’m also planning to replace the current bedside lamps. I picked these up at a garage sale several years ago. They are really functional, and actually not terrible looking.
But I found some vintage looking wall sconces at World Market a while back that I love, so they will be taking the place of these.
Back in the day buying a matching suite of furniture for your master bedroom was the thing to do. Not anymore. Now the key is to mix and match. Over the last several years I have been slowly working on getting rid of each piece of my matching suite (I originally had bedside tables and an armoire to match my sleigh bed).
The bedside tables went first and I replaced them with a pretty table on my side …
and my grandparent’s spoon carved washstand on Mr. Q’s side.
They are about the same size and height and they are painted in the same shade of pale grey, all of which makes them perfect as mismatched bedside tables. So these two pieces are going to stay. The pale grey never worked that well with the blue walls, but I think it will be perfect with my new look.
The current cupboard that holds my clothes will also be staying (now that I’ve cured its bad smell), although I’m probably going to paint it. As much as I love the aqua and white combo, I’m going to be moving away from that color in the room.
I also plan to keep the chippy white stool.
Again, it’s the wrong color. Plus I’ve found an amazing replacement for it, here’s a sneak peek.
so you’ll have to stay tuned to see more on that down the road.
I have a plan in mind for the bed too.
It’s definitely time for the old cherry sleigh bed to go. Initially I debated just painting it, but Mr. Q really doesn’t like having a foot board. Then I remembered an idea I saw a while back and was able to find just the right supplies needed to make it happen via Craigslist, here’s another sneak peek …
This is another future post to look forward to!
The window treatments.
I’ve had many different treatments on these windows over the years. I’ve had wood slat blinds, bamboo roman shades, roller shades, fabric curtains on a rod, yada, yada, yada. I really struggle with window treatments. For the most part, I don’t like them. I would prefer to have nothing at all, but that’s just not possible in a bedroom that faces the street, as well as the house across the street. I’m sure nnK would prefer we have some kind of window covering.
The current treatment consists of three different vintage linens tacked to the lower half of each window. The functionality of this system is spot on. When I open the windows (remember, we don’t have a/c in this room), the curtains go up with them allowing for unimpeded air flow. When the windows are closed, the top halves are uncovered which lets in maximum light, and the bottom halves are covered which blocks the view of any peeping toms out there. I really love the trim around my windows too, so I hate to cover that up with heavy window treatments.
Plus, I also happen to have a really lovely view. Even though these windows face the street, they also face nnK’s yard which is this year’s winner of the Acorn Award, the local award for properties that go ‘above and beyond’ with their landscaping efforts (here’s a post I wrote about her water feature). As I frequently like to tell nnK, her yard looks amazing from over here!
Window treatments. Still a question mark. Any ideas?
So, Mission Possible starts next week, who’s with me?!