MMDH: Before & After Bedrooms
When we moved into our house, the place looked much different than it does now. The entire house was in need of a major refresh, but for whatever reason, we were crazy drawn to it from the moment we walked into the cat-smelling foyer. As I have mentioned, we purchased this home from an 80 year old widowed man who had lived here for 40 years. His name was Harry.... so perfect. The house was big for him to live here on his own, he had window air conditioning units in the two rooms he spent the most time in - his bedroom and the family room. He hadn't updated a lick of the decor since well before his wife passed away, but he really loved this house.
We dug right into projects the day of our closing. We tore out all of the upstairs commercial-grade carpeting and nearly industrial-grade rubber padding (Harry was luckily a commercial carpet salesman in his professional life) to find perfectly preserved hardwood floors. Other than what felt like thousands of staples that we pulled out one by one with needle nose pliers, this was a fairly painless and very rewarding first project. We had the floors lightly sanded and stained in a medium brown finish, which you can see by the photos was a pretty major transformation from the get go - slight upgrade from the 'blue bedroom' and 'pink bedroom' identities we were working with.
We moved on to paint, after flooring... and we had essentially EVERYTHING painted - ceilings, trim, walls, built-ins... speaking of instantly rewarding transformations. This was not an investment or timeframe we could take lightly, but was worth every penny to hire this work out and get it all done over the course of a 2 week period of time. We were not living in the house through these first two projects, which was a major bonus in making it all happen at once.
You will also notice that we had all new doors and hardware installed. We knew this would be on the top of our to-do list when we first walked through the house, as the existing doors were hollow-core and didn't at all go with this place. We had Jeld-Wen come in with their laser-cut program to fit everything perfectly into our existing door jams, so we could retain the original trim. I don't know if they still offer this laser cut program, but these doors are still in their 5-panel collection. It was a super streamlined and approachable process... and yet again, such an instantly impactful transformation.
Without any major construction needed for the bedrooms, these three initial projects got us to the perfect base we needed to add furnishings for our growing family. The Benjamin Moore wall colors we selected pre-kids have worked out through adding a nursery into the mix, transitioning my palatial 'dressing room' into a toddler room for Finn, and literally flipping our boy nursery to a girl nursery for Maizie (reversible rug did the trick on this one). We have been here for six years, and two kids later, we are just now starting to think about updating a few things in the kids' rooms... stay tuned for those plans!!