Master Bedroom Reno, A Week In

by Rachel Blackburn in ,

Michael has been busting a move getting our bedroom done.  He keeps eyeing my belly and then diving right back into the renovation of our room, spending every spare second and pouring all {literally all} of his energy into getting this project done.  I'm so proud of him.  

Just so you can see the magnitude of what has been accomplished in the last week and a half, here are some before pictures:

View from the back of the room, right next to the sliding glass door to the backyard.

View from the back of the room, right next to the sliding glass door to the backyard.

From the doorway to the bedroom.  The wall to the right is the one with the second layer of wallpaper.

From the doorway to the bedroom.  The wall to the right is the one with the second layer of wallpaper.

This was last Wednesday:

From the back of the room.

From the back of the room.

From the doorway to the room.

From the doorway to the room.

This was yesterday:

From the back of the room.  New closet is going in!

From the back of the room.  New closet is going in!

Michael has done amazing work.  There was original flooring in about 1/3 of the room, which he had to feather in with the new  flooring, which takes forever and a day.  It's hard work.  He also sanded the walls to prep them for skim coating.  Then he built a new walk-in closet.  He let me help with the drywall, and I'm kind of proud to say I hung drywall at 38 weeks pregnant.  Scoring and snapping that stuff is satisfying!

Tomorrow Michael will finish sanding the floor and probably will put a coat or two of the polyurethane on it.  Hopefully that can be finished Friday afternoon and then Saturday night and Sunday can be spent finishing drywall, skim coating, sanding and painting the walls.  Next week we are hoping to be back in our room.

That is, if baby doesn't come first!


by Rachel Blackburn in ,

This week's blog post was supposed to be about diy butcher block countertops.  

Supposed to be.

Instead it will be about how at 37 weeks pregnant I innocently suggested to Michael that we remove the {really nasty} carpet from our bedroom so that things would be cleaner for the baby, a decision that sometime Sunday morning morphed into renovating the entire master bedroom.

I fully admit we may be crazy.  Granted, we re-did the living room at our Altadena house {wainscoting, paint, crown moulding, etc.} when I was pregnant with Emmy, but that was at a safer 35 weeks pregnant and while Michael wasn't working outside of the home.

We've been working on the master bedroom here and there since we moved in last year.  Michael had to make some adjustments when he turned the old linen closet into the hall closet.  I've spent time off and on over the last few weeks removing the wallpaper in there.  We did the last of the wallpaper Saturday night and discovered that the previous owner had left a layer of {pretty hideous} gold and black wallpaper under the layer we removed, but she painted over it.  Some of it was peeling up, but most was firmly attached, so we left it.  

This week Michael is working as hard and as fast as he can to install and finish hardwood floors, build a walk-in closet and drywall, mud and paint the whole master bedroom.  

I have an amazing husband!

Here is where things are at as of tonight:

It's coming along!  Considering this week is crazy busy - Monday Michael took the kids to the children's museum, last night I had a baby shower, tonight Caden had his school spring concert, tomorrow is our anniversary and Michael has to go into work on Friday, he has made amazing progress.  

Fingers crossed this baby stays put until at least 40 weeks so we have a week to rest before he or she arrives!

Sunroom Before/After

by Rachel Blackburn in ,

When we started the kitchen renovation, it never occurred to us that this would be such a long, drawn-out project.  Things dominoed and we worked on the living room, dining room, kitchen and sunroom all at the same time.  Half our house was torn up.  Since this turned into a very long project, it's been nice to celebrate the big and little victories along the way.  

Today we celebrate that the sunroom is essentially done!  It's been a journey.  The only thing this room didn't require was wallpaper removal.  We took down a load-bearing wall, demo'd a bunch of wood paneling and a closet, removed a window, upgraded some insulation, installed hardwood floors, drywalled the whole thing, painted, fixed outlets and light switches and installed a ceiling fan.  

It feels AMAZING!




Still to do is a little paint touch up around the skylights and changing out the door hardware.

Michael worked really, really hard to get this done.  It involved a ton of drywall work, which is definitely NOT his favorite thing to do.

We went from a room that felt closed-off, dingy and dirty to one that feels huge, fresh, clean and inviting.

Having the kitchen and sunroom in one space makes it feel so airy and open, and it's a great place to entertain.

Even though the room is clearly an addition, we tried to make it fit a little better by bringing in trims found in the rest of the original house.  Windows were trimmed like the old ones, the same trim went around the top of the wall and the same baseboard was used.  We also painted the doors gray to match the character in the rest of the house.  It helped a lot!

It's hard to say how long we spent on this room or how much it cost, because this is rolled into the larger kitchen/sunroom/living room/dining room project.  All we know is that we got the best deals we could and did it as fast as we could.  We had a some family help with this room too, which was wonderful.

Sometimes you need to break a big project down into baby steps.  There came a point in the reno that we decided to just focus on getting this one room done so that we could live in it while we worked on the last bits of the kitchen and living/dining room.  And it paid off!  It's so relaxing to sit in the sunroom now, and it makes the whole project feel less daunting.

We'll post more pictures when this room is fully decorated.  We have plans for a custom entertainment center/toy storage area, and the room definitely needs a rug and some art, which will probably happen after the kitchen is finished.  

For the time being, we will enjoy it as it is - FINISHED!