Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Master Suite Renovation

I am super excited to share this diy renovation project with you guys!  In 16 years of marriage, we have had our share of diy house projects.  Our first home was an old craftsman style home in the historic district of our city.  Oh, how we loved this house!  It was before kiddos, ya know, when we had time to peruse Lowes and Home Depot and dream and diy to our hearts desire.  We did a lot of cool remodeling in that home, which I'd love to share with you one day soon.
But for now, lets get back to the present.  I jokingly told my husband toward the end of last year, that 2016 was going to be the year of the house for us!  Only I wasn't joking. 
You see, we have lived in our current home for 8 years now.  The appeal of this home 8 years ago was the backyard, the neighborhood, parts of the layout, and the fact that it had just been remodeled. It needed nothing to move right in.  We moved in with 3 children, 3years and younger, the youngest being about 4 months old.  You see the appeal of it needing nothing to move right in? 
There were things we dreamt about, ideas for this house for the future, that would make it more "us."  But the only thing we immediately did was paint over the seriously outdated wallpaper in the kitchen.  I just could. not. deal. 
Now, 8 years later, and older kiddos and we are seeing things we dreamt up actually come to life.....and it's AMAZINGLY fun!
I might also add that in 16 years of marriage, we have never had a master bedroom or our own bathroom nor have we had any privacy since we began having children.  Yikes!  No really, when they were younger, this mama loved the peace of our bedroom being right next to theirs but let's be real...the time for a bit of privacy has come.
And without further ado....let's see the before of this room.

Bifold closet doors, dingy paint color, indoor/outdoor carpet (why?!), and broken pocket door. The bathroom attached to this room was sort of a walk through, having a door that went through to the adjacent laundry room as well.
This room has been used for various things but nothing ever really "fit" the space. It was a guest room for a while, which I love having, but it really only got utilized a few times a year.  We are a family of 6 , that homeschools, in a 1600 sq ft home...we need our space to function for us on a daily basis. It was the "tv" room but that didn't work at all because with all of the doors in this space, you couldn't really arrange any seating.  Then it was my art studio/work space. 
Now, it's our master suite.

Please, won't you come in?
This door....I love this door. We repurposed an old pocket door, added some wood, a paint and stain treatment, and barn door hardware.

It feels so fresh and clean and peaceful, which is exactly what we were going for. I am just giddy about it!
Do you see that floor?  We wanted the floor to look like the old wood plank floors.  We purposefully did not putty the nail holes in each wood plank.  I personally love the raw look of things, the imperfections. 
We used a bit more expensive sheets of plywood...yep, plywood!  They are cut into 8in wide planks and then we cut them as we laid the floor to stagger them.  Next, we thinned some white paint and white washed each piece until we achieved the look we wanted.  And lastly,  two coats of polyurethane.
These lights are one of the my favorites.  They dim! I know, silly, but like a kid, I totally played with the dimmer A LOT when we first put them up.  I saw some pulley brackets online for lights like these and fell in love with them, but not with the price. true diy fashion, we used metal L brackets to achieve a similar and much more affordable look.

Can we talk about these closets for a minute?  These doors....oh goodness, I love these doors. Do you remember the before pictures of the bifold closet doors? These are the same doors!!! Check it out!

Yep. Pretty stinkin cool, huh?  I wish I could claim the ingenious idea but I can't.  I found it on Pinterest. I'll share more on the "how" later.
We built custom closets and every time I open the doors, the organization just sings to me! I've never had a walk in closet or anything like that and I am loving that everything is organized and right where I can see it.  The other fantastic thing about these closets is that everything is in our dressers...which means no clutter....which means my bedroom now truly feels like a place of retreat and rest.

A few custom art pieces I worked on for the space and I'm pretty happy with the result.  We could not agree on what to put over the bed and I was being super picky about anything we hung because the walls are so fresh and I hated to put a hole in them if we weren't absolutely sure!
I got out my embroidery machine, an inexpensive cloth drop cloth, and made a small piece with our anniversary date and this larger piece to go over our bed.  The piece over our bed, I just love. The words, "here by you I have no doubt" are song lyrics that my husband wrote...about me. *swoon*
I'll share details on those soon as well.

And one more custom piece that was just added.  I really wanted just small pops of this sea blue in the space; the glass vase on the floor, the paint on the wood in the piece over our bed, a candle on the night stand, the watercolor effect on the anniversary piece, but I felt like we needed something with a pop of color on our bed too, to pull it all together.
I love maps and globes so much. The color is just beautiful and it reminds that this world is SO big, that my Father is an amazing artist, that there's a whole world of people that need loved, and that I am actually a very small part of it all.  Puts things into perspective in a beautiful way.
So, I grabbed the same material from the same drop cloth and pulled out my paints and enjoyed an evening of creating. I really love how it turned out and can't wait to paint on some more fabric!

I'll post about the master bathroom next!  And I'll also post some more details on some of the diy projects. 
We've also taken out a main wall in our living space that I can't wait to share with you as well!
I hope we're inspiring you to take on some diy of your own!

-wood floor- plywood from Lowe's
-wood on closet doors- inexpensive pine wood from Lowe's, Weathered Oak wood stain, and black distressing wax.  Hardware-Amazon
-lights- Amazon
-custom closet- repurposed wood from the original closet; Super white paint from Sherwin Williams.


  1. Amazing job and such a great transformation! Perfect everything!!

    1. thank you!!! We are over the moon with it and so thankful!

  2. LOVE IT ALL!!!!!!!! Amaze balls!