Its really been a long time coming to share our Master Bedroom remodel. The remodel began nearly three years ago, just before I was sick and had surgery. Today I’m sharing the master bedroom demolition phase.
We moved our mattresses into my dressing room during the construction, thinking it would only be for three months, at the longest.
The Inspiration for our Master Bedroom….
The Charmer has four bedrooms, two down and two upstairs. The decision to move our bedroom upstairs was so we could use the two downstairs bedrooms as a guest bedroom and the other a combo office/craft room. When we had our office upstairs it seemed like we were out of touch with what was happening downstairs.
The upstairs has dormer ceilings, and the inspiration photo turned it into an asset. This was my biggest concern.
The Charmer was bought after a divorce, and my Mom came to lived with me soon after, this was her bedroom. It was a difficult time for me financially, and there was very little money to do any kind of remodeling. Paint was about all I could afford.
Also when we started the project taking photos were not a high priority, so please excuse the photo quality.
Remember when mauve was the “it” color? Yes, the eighty’s. All photos of the bedroom aren’t the best quality and the room appears smaller than it is. But I guess in relation to larger homes it is small. The bedroom measures 13 1/2″ x 13 1/2″. I’ve often wonder why bloggers don’t’ provide room dimensions? The dimension help me figure out if I could pull it off in my room, to use a gauge, could it work or not?
The door to the room is on the right side, and a window directly across from it. Both opposing walls have an open bookcase on the left and a small door opening that opens to each attic space. Mom’s bed was placed under the upholstered headboard on the wall (I know, but she liked it).
As hubs started taking down the ceiling fan I started to wondered how much higher did the ceiling go up? Before the kitchen remodel, there was also a lowered ceiling. Once the ceiling was opened it made a difference in how our kitchen nook looked.
So I did what any crazy woman would do to find out how tall the ceiling was! After grabbing a metal pipe I forcibly shoved it up through the ceiling…
I began ripping down more and more of the ceiling….until it was all down! It opened the ceiling by nearly two feet. My C threatened to stuff me up there and close the ceiling back up! Funny, really funny!
This was very labor intensive work, the walls/ceilings was “cement board”, which consisted of 1/2″ cement with 1/4″ drywall on top.
It was a bi..h tearing this down, really hard to break apart. We used electric saws which barely went through it. The dust it produced was horrible, a really messy job. It was very difficult work, and really slowed us down.
After the ceiling was ripped down we started on the open bookcases.
New electrical was run in the ceiling, and three new outlets were installed. Then we insulated and dried wall the ceiling back up..
In the long wall (wall opposite of headboard) we opened the wall up to create a built in cabinet look…
which was dry walled in…
Working on a budget, we used an existing dresser we had. I wanted a larger one, but the electrical outlet on the wall would of needed to be relocated. The Charmer was built with gas lighting, and upgraded to electrical some years later. The electrical wiring is wrapped in cloth, so whenever we do a project, a large portion of the budget goes to upgrading/adding new electrical work.
The carpeting and padding was cut up and removed with all old existing trim work (baseboard, window and door trims) since it wasn’t quality wood. The new trim will replicate what is downstairs.
Next the finishing work will be shared, and then the reveal.
Doing the post made me tired just thinking about how hard a project this turned out to be.
Have you tackled any projects that turned out to be more difficult then you expected it to be?