I love a good before and after room reveal how about you? I especially love it when it is my house! That means that we are making more progress with our fix-er upper! And although we are moving slowly now and doing one room at a time at the moment, each room is SO wonderfully great when it is finished! This is officially the first of the 4 bedrooms we have in this house! We still have 3 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, a kitchen and a laundry room to gut–just in case you were wondering what we have left to do! If you are wondering about BEFORE photos, check them out here and here! We have finished the large living room, dining room and sitting room. The eat-in space and the office area are also finished from this summers BIG renovations! You can see more of the photos of that process in my “house tour” and here, here, here and here!
I know the room isn’t perfectly decorated and perhaps a little small and pain, but I love it.
It is now our “temporary” master while we get to serious work on the upstairs next! We were hunkering down upstairs in an unfinished room since we have been in our house so it is nice to be in a finished room even though it is tiny!
It looks even smaller than the before photo even, but that is because we have a queen sized bed in the room when the post owners had a full sized bed in their red version of the room.
I know the before photo may seem like the room doesn’t need thatttt much work…. trust me, I said that at one time…
But when we discovered that the lovely red paint covered not one but TWO layers of old wall paper that would NOT come off without ruining the drywall behind it we knew we were in trouble. But to make matters worse when we did our summer renovations of our living space we discovered the worst of worst things you can discover about an old house–horrible electrical. Yes, it is the worst thing because their is officially no way to NOT tear down every single wall to get at it. And so bedroom renovations like this one become a bigger deal!
Let me take you through the journey we went through to get to the end result!
Step one, clean out the room that was acting as my temporary craft storage space.
Step two, demolition, tear down the drywall and tear up the carpeting. Then go through and take out carpet staples on the floor and nails on the studs oh and get rid of that dangerous old electrical work!!!
Step three, not pictured, clean out room, install new electrical, and insulation while we were at it and then clean up and get ready for the fun step.
Step four, the fun step, drywall! This is the ONLY part that we did not do on our own. Drywall, texturing, priming and painted white!
Step five, paint pre trim and flooring–painting is SO easy at this step!
Step six, install electrical lighting and covers for the walls.
Step seven, install flooring. This was a part we had though about hiring out as well… but we got brave and did it and turns out is was SO easy! Our flooring was laminate and it just clicked and locked into place, it was great!
Step eight, (not pictured) install casing and trim. My job with this step was to fill in the nail holes after the trim was up! Then we touched up the nail holes with paint.
And now we have ONE finished room! And I love it! New paint smell and all!
And now that we are moved out of our unfinished master upstairs, it means that progress will start really happening up there! The master and the nursery are up there… and they are VERY high on my priority list–I mean how can they not be now?! We have a July 14th deadline folks! And in reality I need to be up there decorating wayyy before that! The nursery that is!
And since this blog is all about real life and not just the pretty stuff, I feel I must share this last photo, the photo of the one unfinished part of the room…
Someday it will have doors and shelving and a normal rack for hanging clothing… but for right now, with this being our temporary room we got a little creative since we were tight on space and decided to stick a dresser in there and use a shower curtain rod supported by a couple of nails as my clothes hanging area. And you know what? It works great!
Not to bad for our first room renovation right?
Have you renovated before??!!
Do you understand the pains and the joys that go along with it?
Again to check out more of our renovations up to this point, check out the “home tour” here!