|Master Bedroom at Hello Lovely Studio’s Fixer Upper|
It feels so good to share a fixer upper update
with you since they have been few and far
between lately…that’ll happen when you are
racing to complete TWO DIY makeovers while
working full-time jobs!
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For this room, we had help from two sponsors
who provided product in exchange for
my honest opinions in these fixer upper stories:
Pacific Entries (alder doors and hardware) and
Stikwood (reclaimed wood statement wall)
|During mom’s chemo.|
Things have been nutty in fixer upper land.
I flew home from Arizona
on the red eye this morning, having been there
for weeks supporting my parents, both of whom
are ill, and I am relieved to report
both are making strides!
Things grew dark, and truly
we’re still longing for more light and more grace
as surgeries, biopsies, scans, procedures,
and test results keep rolling in, but
like the restoration of this fixer upper,
* hope springs eternal *
* beauty’s mysteries shimmer within brokenness*
And if you’ve been low, then you know what I know.
R e n o v a t i o n
p r o c e s s
and before something new gets born,
for a time, sorrow may cast a shadow
and DRAMA may stretch you.
I couldn’t even make it home to the fixer upper
this morning without high drama in the sky.
The plane containing me and my sister
tossed us so violently for so long,
air sickness bags, tears and fears
were in service from 3:30 a.m. til 4-something…
and we were just so grateful to have a hand to hold.
I think this hand holding when the strong winds blow
is maybe quite possibly everything, friends.
My husband and I are standing here hand in hand
in the home stretch, and look at me pouring
on the drama in a stream of consciousness
post about a silly bedroom formerly cursed with
mediocrity and peculiar inhabitants!
(Forgive me for the drama! Forgive.
It’s been a rough Valentine’s Day.)
So happy to finally reveal progress shots of the
master bedroom, and I even filmed
This room may never truly
be ‘done’ but is done enough for now…still to do:
-figure out how to
make the big TV above dresser
look less austere in the otherwise
benches at the foot of the bed
and at the window (at the moment
I have simply draped them
with a vintage Matelasse coverlet
I sliced in half (lazy slipcovers
the French might deem
acceptable in their effortlessness
-shop for vintage accessories,
-and replace the ceiling fan with
a beautiful chandelier.
|Master Bedroom in Hello Lovely Studio’s Fixer Upper|
Let’s take a walk down memory lane
to recall where we began in June of 2015
when we bought the 1 1/2 story cottage as a foreclosure
after real estate deals for 4 other fixers fell through.
We had sold our ‘done’ big house and sought
something half the size and price.
The master bedroom came with a few promising features
including its decent size, vaulted ceiling, and
a beautiful tree soaring next to the window.
What didn’t work?
*pet-soiled padding under cheap taupe
carpet the seller installed right over top
*large marred areas on the textured walls
from poor repairs creating lots of ugly
*Ill-fitting, papery-thin hollow core doors
*the worst door hardware we have seen
*crazy electrical configurations including
a wall with the light switches for the bathroom!
*2 small his and her closets, and the “hers”
was more of a panic room with absolutely
nothing in it beyond a laundry chute and
a lock on the door
*Art Deco sconces
*Walls painted the color of how the
carpet pad smelled (with me?)
*destroyed and undersized baseboard trim
|Where we Began|
Here is how we tackled this master bedroom
from the ground up:
We tore up carpeting and 2 layers of padding
We spent hours removing nails from several pads
We removed all baseboard trim
We upgraded all the electrical outlets
We installed new sconces
We painted the walls
We hired a master craftsman to install
wide plank white oak hardwood flooring
We installed new baseboards and painted them
We installed a closet organizer in the ‘hers’ closet
We added electrical to the ‘hers’ closet
We installed 4 new knotty alder doors and jambs
We installed new white door trim
We applied a water based flat finish on doors
We installed new oil rubbed bronze door hardware
We installed a reclaimed wood statement wall
We glazed our existing antique white furniture
with Benjamin Moore’s ‘Revere Pewter’
|Preparing the floor for hardwood|
|White oak flooring going in.|
|This is the catwalk outside the master, and we lived with it like this for a good stretch.|
|This room was our easiest challenge here at the fixer upper.|
|BEFORE with the doors that made me sad.|
|Another BEFORE shot to help you visualize the floorplan and closet placement (read: not ideal).|
|Knotty alder doors add so much warmth with the cool greys.|
|This mirror? It was warped like this when I bought it and takes 10 pounds off…
all bedroom mirrors should be designed this way.
|The former “panic room” with nothing but a laundry chute is now my lil’ dressing room
with a vintage dresser I painted, an old mirror I stenciled, and a beautiful new alder door.
|Do you need this French Poem Stencil I used for this project which took 10 minutes?|
|I love the egg door knob hardware so much.|
|Master bedroom BEFORE|
You can get a better feel for scale in this video we made if you have time:
|Wall BEFORE the Stikwood planks went up!|
|Let’s pretend you never saw this photo!|
|Stikwood planks (Hamptons) about to transform this beast into a beauty.|
|Wood plank statement wall with its beachy beauty AFTER|
|A glimpse of the master bathroom.|
|The reclaimed wood adds so much character and warmth.|
|Detail of natural white oak flooring.|
|Slipcovered chair and Paris Gate Lamp, Restoration Hardware|
|I love the woods outside this window!|
|His and Her closets|
|Detail of Stikwood wall and knotty alder door|
I owe a heap of gratitude to my sister Jo,
who assisted me with this photo shoot.
I could not have managed without her skills!
|Warmth with all the white.|
In a forthcoming post, I’ll create a comprehensive
list of resources for the whole house, and in terms
of the master bedroom, here’s the scoop.
Master Bedroom Resources
Knotty Alder Doors
Oil Rubbed Bronze Door Hardware
(Hemsley, Egg Knob Set)
Reclaimed Wood Plank Wall
5″ Wide White Oak Hardwood Flooring
(no stain – flat water based finish)
Finished on site by Oak Street Flooring
Antique Swedish Chandelier in Closet
Belgian Linen Slipcovered Armchair
Parisian Gate Bronze Lamps
Tan Cushions on Bed
Distressed Canvas Pillows on Bench
Teak 3-Legged Stool
Piu Belle Coverlet, Shams
Donna Karan Lined Curtain Panels
Decorative Oil Rubbed Bronze Curtain Hardware
Baseboards and Door Trim
Bed, Nightstands, Dresser:
Vintage Chris Madden, which I glazed
with a homemade concoction of water
and Benjamin Moore’s Revere Pewter (satin)
Lace Dust Ruffle
Vera Wang Sheets, Cases
Leaning Floor Mirror
French Wire Laundry Basket
Matelasse Bench Covers
Vintage Dresser in Closet
French Poem Stencil on Dresser Mirror
Wall Color: Benjamin Moore “White”
If you are still reading…wow…sweet and lovely,
Chance the Rapper on a wafflecone, I am so
thankful you are on this journey with us
toward completion–chronicling these adventures
has energized us and kept us accountable.
Thank you. Really. Thanks for tuning in.
More reveals are in the hopper, kittycats,
but I’d love to hear from you if you read this post!
Peace to you right where you are.
Thanks so much Pacific Entries and Stikwood
for partnering with me on this before and after
and creating such gorgeous product.