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2nd bedroom = Dressing Room

So far in the second bedroom, I have the walls painted a beautiful gray and I have purchased an awesome curtain for the existing closet.

Today, I’m going to finish painting the window, door, and closet door trim white and start dreaming of storage for outside the closet. Since both existing closets are overflowing and I already have an extra clothes rack and two dressers at capacity, I think some open shelving or storage is necessary.

But first, inspiration pictures!

via Creatures of Comfort

I love the idea of the dressers in the middle of the room.

via  At Home with Kim Vallee I like how the white makes everything look crisp, clean and organized, don’t you?

dressing room by california closets

via Kim Vallee again – this closet is from IKEA. I used to work at IKEA and lust over these dream closets.

stylish dressing room with a neat dream closet by ikea

The wall on which I am planning to install the unit is  9ft, 7 inches wide and 8ft tall. I just need to see how many clothes I have for long hang, mid-hang and folded shelving and then I’ll be designing away. Look for my preliminary sketches soon!


Update: Second Bedroom

So yesterday I was writing about how I was going to start with the closet. Well, that certainly backfired. Once I stepped in there to clean the walls and do the edging with a paintbrush, I realized that there were some surprises in there that needed to be addressed.  We have plaster walls and I guess the last time someone painted this house, they noticed a few cracks. Instead of fixing them properly, they taped over them and then painted over them. So, there are pieces of tape that are painted in all over the closet. 😦 This means we’ll have a whole lot more work to do in there before painting if we want to do it right. I apologize for the bad lighting in this picture, it’s the best I could do this close up.

Since I couldn’t work on the closet immediately, I decided to paint the walls instead. I’ve never used any brand of paint other than BEHR. Of course, I fell in love with a CIL colour (from a book, not a paint swatch). When the photo editor is working correctly, I will post the swatch for the colour.

The color was from the book and not a paint swatch, which made it difficult to color match it into BEHR Paint and Primer. So the Home Depot employee suggested I buy CIL Smart Paint; which is a paint and primer in one and costs 7$ less than the BEHR equivalent…

I will NEVER buy anything other than CIL Smart ever again. It is the most excellent paint! It covered the handpainted flowers and layers of sponge paint and stains in only one coat!


After only one coat:

Just think what it will look like after the second coat!

Painting myself into a closet

Today I am starting work on our second bedroom.   Both of the bedrooms in this house are tiny at only 8 by 10 feet. With one closet, one door and one window each, it is not a lot of usable space.  My photography skills are not that great and I can’t seem to take a picture of the whole room so you will have to see bits and pieces.

Since we moved in 2 months ago, this room has been the official storage and box room, as well as the storage room for all of my clothes.  Hence the mess in the next picture.

Here is the closet right now. I’ve already emptied out my clothes in preparation for painting.

The main problem with the closet is not the size, but the size of the door. It is only 20 inches by 75 inches although it is actually about 4 feet wide inside. This means lots of storage, but not a lot of accessibility. Since we converted the porch into the office and do not have out of town guests very often, we will be able to use the second bedroom as a dressing room.

The first step in the makeover is the closet. It will be painted white (the same shade of Popped Corn as in the Living Room) so the clothes are as visible as possible.




Number of paint cans to date = 11

I really wish a professional painter had been in the budget. The paint-covered hands and clothes are getting old. Alas, today is paint touch-up day. Not only am I painting the whole place myself, I am also a messy painter. This means I make even more work for myself by allowing mistakes like these to happen….

I also got the 2nd coat on the white shelves for the bathroom finished!

Photo Friday

I rewarded myself for all the hard work painting and renovating with some beautiful tulips. Although spring is far off, the tulips and the sunshine are making my day.
Have a wonderful weekend!

Bathroom Before and After

The bathroom is one of the first rooms we tackled in the house. How could we not, with all of that blue? Very few of the features in this photo remain. The toilet has been replaced, we have a new showerhead, the blue cubby has been removed, and the room has been repainted.

This next picture shows the brown door through the mirror, and… more blue!

These shelves were behind the door, completing the look. There was also a toilet paper holder and a line of broken hooks on the blue door.

The toilet paper holder is gone and has been replaced by a freestanding unit. The two-toned shelves are gone for now and are going to be repainted white.  The broken hooks were removed to make way for two new stainless steel hooks.

The one thing that is not yet completed in the room is the replacement of the trim. Please ignore the bare door frame and lack of baseboards for now!


I had forgotten to take a before picture of this part of the bathroom. It is sort of an open linen closet and is basically our only bathroom storage because of the pedestal sink. It was a little too messy to snap a full-on shot so you’ll have to make do with this one and look past the robes and towels. 🙂 

We have enough room to store our toiletries and towels on the upper shelves and we keep our laundry basket at the very bottom.

We decided to keep the mirror and the pedestal sink but installed an eco-efficient toilet and a new faucet.

Here is the new shower head and shower curtain. The whole look of the bathroom was transformed by paint first, and this shower curtain second. Can’t wait to see how it looks once the baseboards and door trim are re-installed.

Let me know what you think!

NO! Layers. Onions have layers. Ogres have layers. Walls have layers.

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Living Room – BEFORE

I apologize for the terrible quality of this photo…. we started working on the living room so soon after possession that this is the only true “before” picture I have of this room.  Note the dark brown ceiling, stained carpet, sponge-painted wall and overall beige-ness. Have no fear! When we’re done with this room, none of those features will remain.

The very first thing we did when we got in the house was get rid of that awful sponge paint. Not only was it painted this lovely faux finish, it was covering up some equally lovely metallic wallpaper. Covering up instead of replacing is a recurring theme in this house… They must have used tons of glue when putting up the wallpaper in the first place, because we’re still picking off pieces of glue 2 months later.

New colour scheme:

All walls will be done in Misty Surf, and all trim and ceiling in Popped Corn. New crown molding will complete the look someday soon.