...but alas those days were gone and something needed to be done. First things first, we ripped out that rug! I cannot even show you what it looked like-my daughter would be mortified. Just suffice to say that it needed to go.
Once the carpet was out we ripped out the closet. The closet was an odd space with a closet within a closet. Gotta love old houses. My plan is to custom build something that will be open-leaving no room to cram stuff into. Everything will have a place!
Now, we work. First Mister patched all the holes in the walls and fixed some outlet issues. Then we turned our focus to the floor.....eww.
We have decided not to put a carpet back in the room. The bedrooms have hardwood floors but it's not what you think. The house is very old and when it was originally built it was built with the understanding that nice materials were used where they would be seen-downstairs in the living areas. In mid 1800's bedrooms were for sleeping so the floors got wood that had not been finished. They were hand sawn, funky sizes, some with cupping that had to be sanded down, ect. Also, there was the issue of a chimney stack that used to go right up through the floor. It had been patched over but not well.
When we finished daughter #2's room I stood back and just sighed as I looked at the quiet, peace inducing room in it's pretty shades of grey and white. On completely the opposite end of the spectrum is daughter #3. Mister let her choose her colors with little imput from mom. Yikes!
She chose Modest Silver by Valspar for three of the walls and ceiling. Okay, not bad....
The third wall and the interior of the closet were painted Pink Burst by Valspar. This photo doesn't do it justice. There is a twinge of yellow in it that gives it an ever-so-slightly, flamingo-peachy-orange-pink kinda hue.
The first coat of the pink was hideous! All the light pink and primer was showing through and it looked like a neon Pepto Bismol! Mister and daughter were trippin'! "You let her choose the color", I was quick to remind him. Then, I assured them both that it was only the first coat and that it would darken up with the second coat.
In addition to that when all the furniture, ect gets into the room the color will just be in the background. Press on.
The closet area was next. We were dealing with a small space so we need to make use of it wisely. I took pencil and my graph paper in hand and started drawing. This is what I came up with.
Because the wall slopes off we needed to custom build the shelves. I already had a hanging shoe rack so I decided to use that instead of having Mister build that too. That required that we swap the orientation of the open shelves and shoes.
The floors got two coats of Bleached Shadow by Valspar. It is the darkest shade of grey on the same swatch of her wall color. The trim and door was painted in the December Starlight also by Valspar.
Mister said "throw that away"....silly man! Now it is the frame for my girls pegboard. I screwed two blocks of wood on the back so that it stands out from the wall-necessary for pegboards.
Now, the room is ready for the pretty.....
Oh...I can't stand it! Here's a peek at the finished closet.
Craigslist finds, Ikea shopping, making due with what we had and Face Book Yard Sale sites are all part of a room on a budget. Come see the finished project next week!
And, Happy Thanksgiving!!!
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