Master Bedroom Reno {Mostly} Done

by Rachel Blackburn in ,

Michael has been busting a move on getting the master bedroom done, focused on getting it finished enough to move into before the baby came.  

He succeeded!  We moved in when I was 40 weeks pregnant.  

Luke arrived 4 days late.  It was very considerate of him to delay his arrival by a few days so we could finish things up.  Michael even had time to get the crib built...the night before Luke arrived.

There is still stuff to be done in the room, but we are living in it, crib and all!  We have a little more ceiling trim to get up {ran out - oops!}, door knobs to change out, paint touch-up in a couple of spots, a curtain rod to hang, curtains to hem, and the master closet to finish.  

That's stage 1 of the renovation.  Stage 2 will be awhile yet, and will involve expanding the postage-stamp sized master bath into the even smaller walk-in closet, plus putting some can lights in the master bedroom itself.  But that's a whole other project.

So, in 3 weeks Michael laid 2/3 of our room's wood floor, feathering in every row, sanded and finished the floor, skim coated, sanded and painted the walls, painted and put up baseboard and ceiling trim, framed out and drywalled a master closet, swapped out all the old outlets and switches for new ones, and lugged all of our stuff back in here.  All while watching kids 3 days a week and working at his urban design job 2 days a week.  

I married Superman.  

Here is the room before:

And after:




I'm really pleased with how open the entry to the room feels.  Michael and I were concerned that putting the closet there would make it feel too tight, but it worked out great.  The entry and the room still feel huge, and the whole room feels so much brighter with the new paint!

The ceiling is very low in this room.  There was the same vaulted beam ceiling above the original room, but when they did the addition they drywalled the ceiling on the old room and the addition so they would look the same.  That left us with 7 ft ceilings.  We will eventually put in can lighting to address the room's lack of lighting.  We carried the same trim, both baseboards and ceiling trim, in from the rest of the house to give a sense of continuity.  It helps a bit, though this room is still clearly an addition.  

The kids were real troopers while Michael worked on this room.  They love to help, so Michael let them skim coat inside the closet:

They had a blast.  

Now, we rest.  The garage is a bit of a disaster, so we're slowly going through everything in there in hopes of clearing out space to work in the garage.  After that, maternity leave will consist of playing with the kids, spending time as a family and finishing up the multitude of projects that we are in the middle of.  Hopefully that will include a finished kitchen, finished stage 1 of the master reno, finishing the baseboards in the living room and maybe even painting the exterior of the house!

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!