Written by Stacy Geier, Co-founder of Artisan Renovation Consultants in Pinellas County, Florida. They specialize in assisting people through the overwhelming task of home remodel and renovation.
When we purchased this home we knew getting the desired results would take a little time. Our goal was to not incur any debt. In order to do this we have to stick to our budget as well as complete each project as we have the funds. I will write about this part of our journey in a later post. For now, I want to focus on the fact that since we knew we were going to be living in a construction zone for a while we needed to have at least one of our projects completed pretty early on. We chose our master bedroom. I’m so grateful that my husband suggested this as it truly has been our saving grace through some of the messier projects.
When we purchased the home, the master bedroom felt very much like a cave. The carpeting was a funky grayish color. One wall was covered with bamboo wallpaper. The window treatments were dark brown heavy curtains. It was definitely not what I would call a soothing master suite.
The first thing we did upon moving in was to tear out all the carpeting in the whole house. With the size of the yard and how much time we spend outside living in such a warm climate and having kids and pets we knew we didn’t want the maintenance that would come with carpeting. We then focused completely on the master bedroom. We took down the bamboo wallpaper that was on the one wall and then re-textured the walls and ceilings with a light knock down. Then we painted the walls a tranquil blue color called Babbling Brook by Olympic. Next we installed handscraped Manchurian Walnut engineered hardwood floors. I am so picky about color. It has to be just right. I was looking for something on the darker side with just the slightest bit of red undertones to it. I also love the look of a thicker baseboard. We chose a 5.25 inch colonial base painted in Dove White by Valspar.
Our bedroom furniture no longer fit with the overall vision I had for the room. We had purchased a high quality oak set from an Amish furniture store in Ohio back in 2003. It took some effort to convince Daniel that it was time to paint our furniture. He finally reluctantly agreed to paint it black and when he finished he absolutely loved it as much as I did. We replaced the wooden knobs with something a little more sparkly.
The final debate was what lighting fixture to hang. Daniel was not going to be denied his ceiling fan. This became the design dilemma for several weeks at our house. As much as we would both love to have vaulted ceilings it isn’t possible without replacing the whole roof. We need to stick to flush mount ceiling fixtures so that nobody gets their head whacked. We purchased a fan with a beautiful lighting element, however even though it said flush mount, it hung down so low I could bump my head on it. After much searching Daniel showed me a picture of a ceiling fan that was even better than the first. It matches the new knobs on the furniture and we’ve received so many compliments on it.
This room has become a comforting place of rest for both of us during this project. It has been the one room where we can walk in, close the door, and escape the construction zone. It is the one room we can call finished (at least for now).
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