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I can’t put into words what I feel about this bedroom remodel. I’m so excited that I get to share it with you. For those of you that live in old homes, you’ll definitely understand. Our house was my husband’s grandmother’s home. It was built in 1933, a true Depression Era house. When we moved in as newlyweds in 1990, we were renting it so we really couldn’t do anything to it except live there and we actually moved in on top of all of her things, furniture, and all, we just relocated as much as we could to a spare bedroom.
Then when we were expecting our first daughter just a few short years later and we were able to buy our home and were finally able to start some renovations. Over the years, we’ve been able to paint and remodel every room in the house, except one, our bedroom. How crazy is that? For 30 years we’ve lived in our house and I can’t believe we never got around to getting rid of the ugly mint green paint. Believe it to not, when we moved in, our entire home on the inside was painted this mint green shade. I mean everything! The walls, every door, every moulding, and every cabinet was 1950’s mint green! I guess we were too broke and too busy having a blast raising our kids and enjoying being a family to notice.
But now our kids are adults and with the pandemic and being stuck at home, the last holdout had to be done. I couldn’t look at that paint color anymore. About two years ago, I started designing how I wanted this room to feel and look, meaning anything but green. My husband is good with any color, even pink, so I had every color of the rainbow to choose from, except green. I decided to do white walls with accents of navy, pink and gray. His favorite color is blue and mine is pink and the gray will tie them together nicely. My theme is definitely minimalist farmhouse which is perfect because this land used to be farmland and I’m a farmgirl at heart.
I started working in our bedroom in October by taking everything down and patching holes. I had no idea the things that were needing to be fixed. They were strategically hidden behind mirrors and furniture. But that’s an old house for you! I even had to rip out the tape where we had removed a door and start all over again with mud and new tape. This bedroom makeover has been an adventure! We also found out that one of the floor joists was broken, so that will have to be fixed at some point too. So far this has been an all-girl project, even putting the new Ikea bedroom furniture together, but I draw the line at going under the house to fix anything. My husband can take that one!
Today, I’m getting closer to being done. After a five-month pause, I’m finally back at it. The puttying and sanding are done. I’ve had to do two coats of Kilz 2 Primer to cover that awful green paint (I’m sure it was pretty back in the day.). Thankfully I only had to roll one coat of paint and it has taken two coats of paint to cut it in around the trim. We chose to go with Behr Swiss Coffee for the walls. It took 5 samples of different whites to make up my mind. Who knew it was going to be so hard to decide on the perfect shade of white? I lived with swatches of white on my walls for about 6 months trying to decide on the perfect shade. But we finally found it! Swiss coffee is white with a hint of a gray and an almost yellow undertone. But it has made my room feel so cozy and inviting. The trim will all be Behr Decorator White. I have started doing all the trim in our house the same and it really fits with our house and makes it more cohesive.
I can’t wait to get it finished and share all of the projects that we’ve been doing for this bedroom. We still have the floors to do, and we have to fix the broken floor joist. But I’ve been busy DIY’ing some of the artwork and even painting furniture. I will also be sharing more of our home improvement projects, like our daughter’s Boho Bedroom makeover, so stay tuned!