Friday, May 14, 2010

Bedroom Makeover

I am breaking out in a dance (I will spare you any pics of this) because our bedroom makeover is almost complete. I am so excited and completely thrilled.

Our home was built in 1950. Things were very different in those days and homes were not built with the storage and function of homes today. One of the worst things was the closet space. Two of the bedrooms had the closets outside of the room. The rooms are also very small but we make do. Adding on was a thought but the cost was too high and we live near an airport that is constantly scooping up houses and tearing them down for a proposed runway extension sometime in the future. We are in no way attached to this house and if they must scoop us up, so be it. In the meantime, we would like our living space to be more functional and comfortable for us.

Our bedroom was one of the worst rooms in the house. It had not one but two doorways. One was an archway right off the front door. I know what you're thinking, what privacy, how wonderful. I have hated that from the first day we moved in, six years ago, and have wanted to change it. Hubby and I do not have the know how to build a new doorway nor could we afford a contractor so we improvised.
Here it is shortly after we moved in. See how little our son was. He's so big now. Sorry to get sidetracked, he's just too cute to pass up. That open archway near the front door not so cute.
A friend gave me some old shutters and I made a bifold screen that I used for some privacy in that doorway. Although it was vintage and cute in it's own way I hated it there. It was always in the way.
Here is the opposite of the room. How romantic~it opens up to the kitchen. Again, no door. What were these people thinking?! Yes, they used it as a bedroom, too. If we had the space this would have preferable been the dining room but that's for a different post. On this side of the room, we added a curtain for some privacy. UGH!!! Hated it!!!!!
My brother volunteered, without any arm twisting, to help us close off this room and build a closet. I was almost jumping out of my skin with excitement. We have worked on this for many hours on his one day off a week. It has been tiring and difficult at times. When you work on a house built in the 1950's there is sure to be many surprises!!!!

We cut out the archway, actually he, only to find that it was framed in metal. Trying to cut through it caused the plaster to come falling down all around us and we had to patch it up with sheetrock to make it beautiful. Doesn't it look wonderful?! He did a great job and I love that we now have a door. AAAAhhh!! The little luxuries. The entryway has also been cleared of the coatrack and the coats can all fit in the closet, opening it up and making it much neater.

This wall is where the door is and around that corner on the right used to be the other opening but now... (below is my grandmother's hope chest from Portugal-love it but it needs some help. Still trying to figure out when I can do to it.)

it's our new closet. No more opening into the kitchen. We closed it off, and yes I did work on it so I can say we. LOL

Inside of the closet~

The other side of the closet. This is my side of the room. I am feverishly looking for new night stands. I do not like ours. I hope to find some at the thrift store that I can make over. Wish me luck. I also need to neaten up that mess on and around my nightstand.

Some finishing touches I picked up at Kohls. Can't wait to put them up.
Loving this new room. Totally thrilled with how it came out. I actually helped my brother frame the walls for the closet, I plastered for the first time ever, and there was and still is lots of painting. We are almost there.

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Christine said...

Brothers are wonderful aren't they? He did do a great job. As for the nightstands, do you have room on the wall to just hang a nice sturdy shelf? If would eat up less floor space and give you a place for a lamp and the usual basics. I love trolling the thrift stores too - my new fave past time :-) Good luck!

Adrienne said...

How beautiful! It's so nice to have a place that feels peaceful and yours - looks like you accomplished that ~ your brother deserves (several) dinners - haha!

~ The Jolly Bee ~ said...

A little haven for you! You have got to be so pleased. It looks lovely.

CT said...

Wow! that is great work! hehehe! it is awful living when your resting quarters are not to your pleasing... it really does affect the quality of rest and of overall feeling like it's your own room. glad you have such a wonderful bro! :D

Queen of Dreamsz said...

Hi Ruth,

YAY for you!! It's always so exciting to get these projects completed. These 1950's homes are a real treat to decorate...the home we sold in north alabama a few years ago was custom built in 1953..thankfully it had no arched openings..although I do like them at the appropriate yours were NOT!

Anyhow it had the typical LONG hallway that all the bedrooms and bathroom branched off of....what a huge waste of square footage it was.

Thank goodness we evolved to some "out of the box" thinking through the decades..LOL

Thanks so much for coming over to my blog and letting me know you had been's always good to hear from you.

Have a wonderful day,
Stephanie ♥

sara's art house said...

Wow! It looks good! So relaxing and calm. Good job!!!!!!!!

Kelli @ RTSM said...

Your room makeover is amazing! I can't imagine not having doors to my bedroom, and I'm sure you are really excited about finally getting some doors! I like the letters from Kohl's...I have a W like them hanging in my living room!

Holly said...

You did a marvelous job on this makeover. You know what is funny...I need that arch you have there - we have 2 arches and there is a third door way that needs an arch to match. We have a crazy daughters room is in the middle of the house with doors to both hallways.

You did a beautiful job and should be very proud. Thanks for linking to tickled Pink.

stitching under oaks said...

looks great Ruth...I love a good sprucing up! I'm not sure why, but your blog isn't uploading your new posts in my dashboard. so glad I stopped by to see all the fun stuff you have going on! Have a great day!

jenjen said...

So pretty -- I love that blue-green color. It's about the same shade as my bedroom!


Shell in your Pocket said...

Your white molding is wonderful! enjoy..
sandy toe

ALVN of WhisperWood Cottage and Junkologie said...

So awesome! What a difference with the new door and closet!! I look forward to seeing what you find for nightstands...

Sheryl-lyn said...

That is just lovely!! There is nothing like a sparkling new room and paint, and new make one happy!! Enjoy the sense of accomplishment. XO

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