A couple years ago, this is what our room looked like. You can’t tell in these pictures, but the ceilings were just 7 feet tall.
The floors were original to the house, and over 100 years, the finish had worn off and a leaky roof and windows had caused water damage.
The original windows were broken out in several places in our room. Sometimes relatives would drive by and call my in-laws, “Does Nathan know that there are some windows out in his house?”
We contemplated fixing the plaster in our house. In fact, I spent a couple of afternoons with a bucket of spackling trying to fix some cracks before we decided to go all in and do this:
These pictures, people, are after we partially cleaned up! Nathan and friends knocked out all the plaster and lathe, leaving a mess that was 3-feet deep in our entire house. When the old windows were out and the new ones hadn’t been put in yet, they scooped all that mess out the windows into a tractor scoop that was raised to the second story of the house.
After the plaster was out of the house, it took several weeks of work to take out the old, low ceiling, and build a new, vaulted ceiling, rewire the room, and put in the insulation. We added a lot of new outlets and installed the new windows. Then, over our first married spring break, we spent a week learning how to drywall. It was about 30 degrees that week and the house didn’t have any heat. I hate getting dirty, we didn’t know what we were doing, we were dog-sitting an English Bulldog that attacked the tape measure every time I pulled it out, and did I mention it was freezing? Needless to say, that wasn’t the best week of my life. Or Nathan’s.
There are a lot of angles in this room, which makes cutting and hanging the drywall more difficult. Still, we laugh when we look back and remember that it took us 7 days to hang drywall in one room.
And now, for the “After” pictures. This time last year, I was painting these bedroom walls. It was so exciting to finally be painting, and I would run over here in the mornings before students and get some work done. The wall color is Shale by Martha Stewart mixed in a Behr paint, since only Martha Stewart colors exist now, not Martha Stewart Paint, if that makes sense. Ceiling color is two different colors of white (see, on the left, the darker white?) which we still need to fix!
I took these pictures this morning when the sun was streaming in and the windows were open. I always say that fall is my favorite season, but this time of year is definitely a close second.
I bought this cheap cubby from Target a couple years ago when we lived in an apartment, and I used it to store all my music. Now I store it in the bottom cabinets of my living room bookshelves, so this comes in handy for socks, swimsuits, underwear, tights, etc.
I got those sparkly candle holders at a garage sale last fall for $5.00. Thrift shopping for the win!
This is the view when you walk into our room. The wall color is quite a bit darker in real life. I think it turned out so light
because of all the natural morning light because my camera stinks!
I love this white bedding because it’s so washable and because it shows everything. That might sound weird, but I like to know that things are clean. It’s a little more work to keep looking good, but I didn’t wash my old tan and brown bedspread for about two years, and it looked great. Um, yeah, it was obviously good at hiding dirt. Same thing goes for wood floors. They are so much more work than carpet to keep looking clean, but then, I KNOW that they are actually clean.
This is absolutely my favorite room in the house- so peaceful and warm.