Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Bedroom Renovation: Making Progress

It's been awhile since I've mentioned the renovation at Nate's place. But don't worry, we've kept at it. After completing the floor and walls in the living room, we've piled furniture into the living area to work on the most exciting part of the endeavor: the bedroom.

We have very few "before" photos of the bedroom - which just illustrates how eager we were to spruce it up. It was similar to the living room with dirty carpet and equally filthy "white" walls.

First on our plan of attack: remove the carpet. Fortunately, this one was installed fairly recently and the carpet pad was not glued down. (We're all about the small victories - and I don't think I have the patience to ever peel off another disintegrating pad.)

The guy who lived in the house before was not exactly handy - I'm even going to go so far as to call him an idiot. There's an ever-growing list of minor headaches from the previous homeowner: he left the top of the doorway bare because he ran of trim in the bedroom, and now we need to buy new trim for the room because we can't find the same pattern. He didn't cover the windows when he sprayed the ceiling with that god-awful "popcorn" texture. Hell, even the closet doors were hung upside down. Ugh.

The shining glory of the entire room is near the ceiling. Nope, it's not the ceiling fan circa 1980; it's the stenciled menagerie of woodland creatures.

The floor had a surprise of its own: there were two areas that had low-quality filler boards. These had to be replaced so they'd look uniform once the polyurethane was applied.

But all of the filler boards weren't parallel to the original floorboards; there was one portion that ran perpendicular to the rest.

Nate was able to fill in the holes with the aged wood from the "secret room" we discovered in the bathroom.

Once that was complete, it was finally time to paint. I had the paint color picked out months in advance.

A deep, rich navy. There was skepticism from everyone I showed the paint sample to - including Nate. But what did they know?

The stenciled critters were the first to go. (I've never seen Nate happier than he was at that moment.)

For those interested, the color was Ralph Lauren's Black Watch Navy that we had color-matched at Home Depot. (If you'd like the color formula, let me know.)

Isn't it perfect? I'm so happy with how rich the walls look - and how they recede into the background: a must in such a small room. (It's also the perfect backdrop for upcoming nautical touches.)

Nate did an incredible job with the floor. This is where he filled in the perpendicular hole. He spent hours chiseling the floor and creating those mini slats to make sure they fit as seamlessly as possible.

This photo is exactly why I love polyurethane. The glossy coat brings out the richness of the wood's age.

In the next few weeks, we'll install the trim and start decorating. We even have a new mattress coming!


  1. WOW! You guys did a lot of work. The floor looks amazing and I love that color - can't wait to see how you fill it up.

  2. wow!!! well done!!! nice job guys!!! I want to see the results, I bet it's gonna look brilliant!

  3. OMG!!! that is just BEYOND!!! girl, you and Nate should get a home improvement award!!! impressive!!! xoxo

  4. wow that paint color looks way better than i would have thought! and the floor is amazing - isn't it sooooo nice to see your hard work completed - you'll love it forever :)

  5. I love the color and the floors look great!

  6. Wow...job well done..sweetie!!! Love the rich colour of the walls and the wooden floor:) beautiufl:)

    Kisses and see you soon, darling

    Ps: I am having a really great GIVEAWAY later on today…hint?(something you can wear) so please join in !!!!

  7. That's a huge difference already Jessica. I love the way the floor has turned out. Can't wait to see the finished room! xx

  8. Floors and wall look great! look forward to the finished product!

  9. That looks great - what an awesome color that navy turned out to be.

    So you'll be incorporating the woodlands creatures back into the room, right? ;)

  10. It is looking fantastic. Love woodland creatures but not on a wall for sure. Can't wait to see it finished. Funny your'e doing nautical. I've got a nautical giveaway going on right now (but nothing for the room - sorry).

  11. Oh wow! I love that wall colour and that floor is shiny.:)SarahD

  12. Looks like a fun project... fun! the outcome is amazing... great color scheme.


  13. How fun!! It is looking amazing!! Keep up the good work :)
    xo Lynzy

  14. What a stunning transformation! Please keep us posted- this is fabulous!

    I love the floors and the dark paint. Sooooo pretty.

  15. I like the light wood with the blue walls!:D

    Looking forward to see the whole transformation!:D
    Beauty. Fashion. Interior Design.
    & Life According to Marie.

  16. Wow, job well done Jessica! The navy walls look so rich and go perfectly with the gorgeous wood floors. Can't wait to see the rest.


  17. The floors look just incredible lady! Ya'll are so handy!

  18. Oh I love the wall color! It's gorgeous! And is it wrong that I think the stenciled woodland creatures are adorable? LoL! :)


  19. Goodness, that looks so much better!!
    I hate the person who invented wall to wall carpeting.
    I like that you went dark and bold with the walls, they work so well with the dark wood.

  20. wow! love the shinny floors.

    we're refurbishing our room too.

  21. Ahhh it looks so good. I love the navy!!

  22. This is absolutely fantastic Jessica. You know I think I first started following you on one of these posts waaaay back when. The space is looking awesome and the two of you have done a tremendous job!! Can't wait to see how it all turns out. The color on the wall is really nice.


  23. You have nice color chooses i love all color.I seen all photos very good wall color and floor also thanks for share your moment...

    home renovations jobs

  24. I'm SO impressed Jessica! That's some back breaking work, and you two have done an amazing job! The floor looks gorgeous! Love the dark navy paint color, and am looking forward to seeing how the room all comes together! You must be excited, because now is the fun part! Decorating! :)

    Bren @ Chasing Beauty

  25. Love your paint choice! It looks great. And you really had the worst situation for the floors, but made the most out of it - good job!

  26. That floor is so damn shiny!! I love it!! Looks like it's all coming together...

    Glamourous Spirit


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