Last month Jeremy and I made a quick one week trip up to our house in Connecticut to refresh the bedrooms in our 1st floor unit. This unit is incredibly easy for me to rent out. Maybe it’s the price. Maybe it’s the coziness of the place. I don’t know, but it’s easy. However, it has needed a refresh for a long time. We did the kitchen and living room last Summer. It was such a huge improvement and looked fantastic afterwards. The only problem was that it highlighted the dinginess of the bedrooms. We didn’t have time to do anything with them last Summer, so when an opportunity came up to do it between renters, I decided it was time!
The carpet was almost 20 years old as was the wall color. I guess I can be thankful they held up for as long as they did! I tend to have an insane goal list so these were only part of the project. Here’s what we tackled…
Scraped popcorn off ceilings
Painted walls, ceiling, and trim
Installed and painted new doors
Installed new carpet (hired that out to Sullivan & Son)
Switched dingy yellowed outlets and light switches for clean white ones
Installed new faux wood blinds
Hung table/lamp sconces on bed headboard
Refreshed with new duvet covers
Installed new light fixtures (hired that out as well)
These were my vision boards that I made before we got there.
I had to make some pivots and adjustments along the way, one of those being ditching the ceiling fans. This house is over a hundred years old, so the electrical is difficult to work with. We had an electrician come out, and although he was perfectly willing to install those ceiling fans, it would have involved cutting the ceiling to install a brace, then mudding and patching and painting. Basically there was no time for all of that, so I had to go a different route. I also ditched the tapestry in the full bedroom. It looked so dingy on the new wall color. My goal was to get rid of dingy, so I didn’t want to bring it back in! Here’s some before and afters…
And the after of the queen bedroom…
Before of the full bedroom…
And the after of the full bedroom…
Just like the kitchen remodel, we worked right up until we had to leave for the airport, but I absolutely love this kind of work and the design elements coming together!
Wall color ~ Benjamin Moore in Moonshine
Trim color ~ Benjamin Moore in Vanilla Milkshake
Queen bedroom wall sconces ~ Amazon
New duvets ~ Amazon
New lighting ~ Lowe’s
Carpet ~ Pebble Path in Berber
Artwork was sourced from various museum’s open source public domain collections