Category Archives: Bedroom

Spare Bedroom Paint Update

I painted the spare bedroom again.  All of the inspiration I had loved for bedrooms using navy accents had white walls, but the color I used to match the trim just looked yellowed with age.  I am in the process of repainting the entire main level and had purchased several test paints to find just the right color.  I decided to take one of the ones that didn’t work downstairs and use it in this upstairs bedroom.

The color is by Sherwin Williams and is called Knitting Needles, but because I had test paints at 100% and 50%, I mixed them together to make a 75% color saturation.  It was a little too cool of a grey for using on the main floor, but I thought it would work well in this bedroom because I am using a blue (navy) for accents.  I am pleased with how it turned out – it is a neutral that brings the room to life and it’s not too dark to compete with the decor.  Eventually, I would love to update the trim color in this room, but it wasn’t a priority on this day.

I also moved a spare pair of lamps into this room for the bedside.  I spray painted them navy.   For an entirely spare bedroom, it is coming along.

Before/After:

Spare Bedroom Update

Spare Bedroom 03.20

Since I last posted about our spare bedroom, I have made a few modifications.  After upgrading the guest bedroom to a queen-size bed, I was missing a headboard for this full-size mattress set.  I found a cute wooden headboard at Goodwill last July that I painted Coral Isle by Krylon.  I also switched out the frame above the bed for a tissue tassel garland from 2Berry Creative.

Full Headboard 03.20

I also made a couple of changes to the window treatments.  The PBK curtain panels had been left by the previous owner and I had put curtain rings on them so that I could hang one panel in the center of the two windows.  Unfortunately that made the panels puddle a little on the floor, so I eventually broke out the drill and raised the curtain rod a little – as well as widening it, to open up the windows a little more.  In December, I added roman shades to the window for a little more light control and privacy if we have someone stay in this room.

Before:
Third BR 0715a

Progress Report: Year 2 in Review

We started out year two in what we call our forever home by having four large pine trees and four large Sweet Gum trees cut down.  The pine trees were buckling the driveway and the sweet gum trees, in addition to their annoying gumballs all over the yard, were in decline and needed to go.  That project took two days and the cost came in at $2300.

Sweet Gum Trees

Pine Trees (1)

We also checked off a couple of boxes from our home inspection.  There were two vent boots on the roof that were cracked, so we had those replaced at a cost of $200.  Also, our electrical panel was an electrical hazard, so we had a new one installed.  At the same time, they added an outlet to our foyer and were able to get the stairwell light to work using the switch at the top of the stairs.  The electrical work came in at $1848.

Cracked Vent Boots(Cracked Vent Boots – No after pictures)

Electrical Panel

As our anniversary gift, we had sun tunnels installed in the den to allow more natural light into the room.  That upgrade came in at $1470.

Sun Tunnels

We had a few minor plumbing and HVAC repairs that came up – the repair costs came in around $550.  This included repairing a leaky drain in the guest bathroom tub, replacing a leaky faucet in the main floor bathroom, and replacing the contactor in the upstairs HVAC.

Faucet

Smaller projects around the house included adding curtains to the master bedroom and Bradley’s office.  I added chairs and tables to our front porch to make it feel more inviting.  Bradley changed out the fluorescent light in the kitchen for a new polished nickel track light.

Master Bedroom2

Office 0715b

Porch Chairs1

Kitchen Light1

We also moved the full-size bed into the spare front bedroom and put a queen-size bed in the guest bedroom.

Third BR 0715a

Guest BR 0715a

We continue to make progress pulling out unwanted overgrowth in the yard.  I was able to add more Daphnes behind the Drift Roses to the right side of the front porch shrubbery bed.  In front of the garage, I added two Miss Scarlett Illiciums on either side of the Gardenias.  My mom planted daffodil and tulip bulbs along the driveway as well.  Before we know it, we will have flowers popping up throughout the year.

Illicium

Looking forward into 2016, our big to-do list item is a master bathroom remodel.  We discovered a leak coming through the kitchen ceiling back in October.  It turned out to be our master shower pan leaking.  We have had several contractors out to get quotes on a small remodel, and we will begin moving forward shortly.  That renovation will probably exclude any other major projects around the house this year, barring any unexpected repairs.

I hope to finish pulling out the azaleas that are floating in the middle of the front yard without anything to anchor them.  And since I didn’t get to it last year, I hope to paint the shutters navy – December’s Eve by Sherwin Williams to be exact.

Spare Bedroom Update

Once we brought a queen-size bed into the guest bedroom, the spare bedroom got upgraded from a twin-size bed to the full-size bed that came from the guest room.  I liked the bedding I had chosen originally, so I was able to find it again in the larger size.  Since the bedding had never been used, I was able to sell both it and the bed on Craigslist.  The quilt is part of the Oasis line from Levtex, the navy polka dot sheets are by Hotel Collection from Steinmart, and the navy euro shams are by Izod from Kohls.  I’m still on the look-out for a headboard for the bed.

Third BR 0715a

Sadly, my aunt lost her battle with cancer in May.  She had stayed in this room when she and my mom visited earlier.  She gifted each niece and nephew with a choice of one antique from her house.  I chose a round side table and thought it fitting to add it to this room.

Third BR 0715b

Before:

Spare BR 0814a

Guest Bedroom Update

Early this year, after some health issues arose, Bradley’s grandparents moved to an assisted living apartment.  In preparation of renting their home, it had to be completely cleaned out.  I asked if we could use the spare queen-size mattress set they had in order to upgrade the size of our guest bed.  We had to purchase a new frame for it, but all of the bedding I already had was queen and full/queen, so there wasn’t much more expense than that to do the switch.

Guest BR 0715a

The layout of the room had irritated me since we originally set it up.  I had the bed on the left wall because that is where the switched outlet is, but I finally decided to put the bed centered under the small window and run an extension cord along the baseboard to plug in the bedside lamps.  The symmetry is so much better now.  I placed a mirror above each side table to reflect more light, though I didn’t measure well so they aren’t balanced very well.

Guest BR 0715b

I added some interest to the large blank wall by framing eight vintage sewing pattern envelopes.  The frames don’t necessarily match the look of the room, but they were stashed in the basement, so I pulled them out to try.

Guest BR 0715c

Guest BR 0715d

Before:

Guest Bedroom 0714