I’ve realized that blogging continuously is hard and an incredible amount of work. Bravo to all of you who do this on a regular basis, even more props to those who do it weekly or even daily. It is incredible.
I haven’t posted since we moved in, which gives me a great opportunity to update on what we’ve done in the house thus far! I’ll focus on a few areas individually over the course of the next few posts. I’ll start with my favorite room we’ve began to transform: The Master Bedroom!
The Master Bedroom
Over the winter months we focused on the master bedroom. We removed all of the wallpaper, which was a feat in and of itself. After tons of paint samples, I was able to finally pick the color I wanted. Valspar Tomcat mixed in Clark + Kensington!
We were fortunate that the walls in the master bedroom were in nearly perfect condition. All were, with the exception of the north facing wall that received damage from the poor paint that covered a third layer of wallpaper, had minor nicks and gouges from 107 years of use.
While there was a particular hefty set of gashes in the west facing wall from what we can only determine was a terrible bedroom TV mount, we were lucky. Really, the longest part of fixing up this room was my inability to find a paint color that was as deep and moody as I envisioned in my mind, and actually doing the paint work itself.
In search of the perfect paint. L-R: Benjamin Moore’s Gravel Gray, Sherwin Williams’ Peppercorn, Valspar Tomcat, Benjamin Moore Black Beauty
I was finally able to find a color that was exactly what I was looking for. Gravel Gray was the closest in depth I was looking for, but it read too blue in the light. Cue Valspar’s Tomcat mixed in Clark + Kensington from Ace Hardware. It was moody and dark, and didn’t alter the ambience of the room in the least. We’re lucky in that we have roughly thirty square feet of south-facing windows in our master. Unfortunately the woodwork surrounding them has been painted white, which we will eventually restore now that it is beginning to warm up, but the crispness of the black against our originally stained woodwork is exactly the kind of balance between modern and traditional I was looking for. They compliment each other so nicely.
This is just the beginning though, as we begin to make thoughtful choices on where to go from here. For Christmas I received the beautiful Barclay Arc Sconce set in brass. We are going to measure out how far we’ll need to place them when we eventually buy a king size bed, and then we’ll attach them to the wall. Both nerve-wracking and exciting! We’ve also added the beautiful Oversized Metal Rods to our windows and some linen curtains.
Master Bedroom To-Do:
- Remove carpet
- Measure and hang sconces
- Hang artwork
- Hang bedside mirror
- Remove mirror off of closet door
- Strip and refinish window trim
- Refinish floor (eventually)
- New bed linens
- Buy our gray upholstered king size bed
- Push-button light switches and oil rubbed bronze covers
- New fan