Michigan has a lot of great educational opportunities - so my friend will be moving here and living with us while she goes to grad school in Detroit! Thus began operation Make the Bedroom Livable. Since moving in, it had become a dumping ground for all of my crap that I needed to sort through and make sense of. The original goal had been to convert the bedroom to a workroom for my art. Seeing as how it never happened, this became a perfect opportunity to convert it to a bedroom and workspace for her instead!
Originally, it was a blank canvas. It was painted the color "Creamy Mushroom" by Behr. The registers in the room were scuzzy looking grey/brown with rust and paint stains. There were gaps between the trim and the wall. (This is an old house after all. With over 100 years of settling and adjusting, not everything is going to stay in perfect place. Overall the room just looked...uninviting and not exciting.
I decided a dark purple accent wall was just what was needed, so that's what happened! All the other walls became one shade lighter of the original color. Painters caulk was used to seal all of the small gaps between the trim and wall. All trim was a dark, uneven brown. It's now a bright white!
I bought a silver curtain rod on clearance at JoAnn's for 5 bucks! Curtains will be coming soon - once I find ones that don't look stupid, of course.
This week, we will be installing an entire wall of shelving. I purchased "project" pine boards from Lowes and Home Depot. We stained them a dark walnut and applied roughly 5,839 layers of oil-based polyurethane to seal them and smooth them out. It took a week, but it was worth how nice they look now. The hardware was pipe I sprayed a metal midnight black color. We found an inspiring photo on Pinterest and rolled with that design because it fits perfectly for the space and what she's going to need.
I need to still finish spraying the futon metal that same color I sprayed the shelving pipe. Once that's complete, we can assemble it in the bedroom.
As part of my cheap nature and love of getting bargains, I found a dresser on a Facebook resale group for 35 bucks. That will be going in her room in the closet. Considering that the closet is a solid 4-5 feet deep, it will fit in the back nicely and save space in the actually bedroom space.
Photos are on their way once the project is complete!
My "New" House Blog
I've never purchased a house, haven't a clue what I'm up to, but I still plan on doing home improvement projects that reflect my personality and sense of design.
In keeping with my need for record-keeping, all of my achievements and mistakes will be broadcast here (preferably more achievements and less mistakes). Hopefully this will offer insight to those trying to do what I've gone through!
I came from a family that valued education. (For the record, getting a degree in design was not part of that "value in education" piece.) I pursued my degree anyway and now am pushing towards my dream of becoming a craftsperson, using the house I'm buying as a practice run!