Welcome to my guest bedroom in our old house. You now have a taste of the finished product; wait until you see the before…
First of all, this post was published on Curbly…
so head over there to check out all the details of where I got things and how I did it all.
- Carefully take off all the trim and label (entire upstairs: DIY)
- Remove the radiators. We would have kept them if they were awesome and ornate. They were run down, huge (commercial size in a residential home what!!!), leaking, and taking up vital square footage in the entire house. (This was a whole house part of the project: DIY)
- Completely gut plaster on exterior walls. To save money we decided to keep plaster on interior walls. (whole house project: DIY)
- Revent upstairs existing HVAC unit to only service upstairs. We installed another system in the basement to service the downstairs. (whole house project: Call the Pros)
- Cut sash weights from 100 year old windows and insulate sash weight cavity with foam and spray foam. (entire upstairs Project: DIY)
- Upgrade electrical (whole house project: Call the Pros)
- Fire block the exposed framing. Our house walls hadn’t been opened up since 1917 and we have balloon framing so to get our house up to code we had to fire block. (Upstairs project: DIY but still had to be checked by inspector)
- Insulate the exposed walls (entire upstairs project: Call the Pros)
- Install new windows (Entire Upstairs Project: Call the Pros)
- Patch the floors. (entire upstairs bedroom project: DIY/with the help of a friend)
- Install Drywall (entire upstairs: Call the Pros)
- Restore Trim (entire upstairs: DIY) We painted the Trim Benjamin Moore Simply White with Advanced Paint
- Re-Install 100yr old trim (entire upstairs: DIY)
- One last coat of paint for installed trim (entire upstairs: DIY)
- Paint the walls. We used Benjamin Moore Gray Owl
- Refinish existing wood floors (entire upstairs: DIY) We used Varathane Gunstock Stain because it matched the original stain.
The black and white starting point was a rug DIY made out of carpet tiles from a carpet warehouse.
Again, since the room might transition I didn’t want to make an expensive bed purchase…well, I always want an expensive bed purchase so let me rephrase that….I didn’t NEED an expensive bed purchase. I used a headboard I had upholstered 7 years earlier and upholstered a box spring ( that we owned) in the same upholstery fabric and then added legs. There you go… bed for about $50 (not counting the headboard).
My Favorite Things About the Room:
- The Classic Black and White Rug is washable, soft, and can transition with the room.
- The curtains. I love pattern and these were a fun way to add pattern.
- Room Versatility: I do like my pink floral duvet from world market but I can easily switch it out with a Kantha quilt, solid quilt, or geometric duvet and I can have a new vibe quickly…without having to change anything else.
- The bedroom scones. They are brand new from a box store, but by adding vintage shades from the Architectural Salvage store I got something custom.
Overcoming Room Quirks:
- The room is narrow. I think a guest room should have a desk so your guests can get ready there or do a little work. The only way to do this was to make the desk a bedside table
- The room has only one option for queen bed placement. I will have many options for a twin bed or crib but there was only one wall for the queen without blocking windows that go to the front of the house. This brings me to my next quirk..
- Light fixture wasn’t centered over the bed. I am okay with that when it is super far off but where the bed set it looked “just a hare off” which was annoying. I solved this by using a swagged fixture. I chose an inexpensive, light weight fixture that blended into the ceiling. In a twin bed configuration this fixture can go back to hanging directly from the middle of the room and work well without much ceiling patching.
- The plumbing door on the bed wall. It was kind of an eye sore but you will see it is hidden by the desk and storage basket.
What is left to do:
(The photos don’t show everything you know…)
- Install a new window in the closet. (oops missed that one on the window order)
- Make the closet more usable
- Restore the room door and closet door (strip down, paint, and re hang)
- Install door hardware (restoring the original glass knobs like these)
- Install wall of hooks like this, this, or this on the wall (not pictured) behind the room door. Painted the same color of the wall.
We love this room but we love our guests more. I hope we have created a room where they love to stay.