As we pick up our ongoing Old House Renovation Story, we’re once again standing in the Living Room near the front door. Renaissance Man’s Study is to your right. Across the room, to the left of the stairs, is the Master Bedroom.
The Master Bedroom
Even in these poor excuses for pictures, you can tell: This room was a mess! I’m not exactly sure the original function of the space, but it contains the house’s only existing fireplace – and it’s still coal-burning. We don’t use it. The (too) dark wood fireplace surround with its stained glass doors would not have been added in 1907 when the house was built, but it is quite old.
The floral wallpapered ceiling, 1970s paneling, and cheap “Tiffany” lamp left a lot to be desired for a couple wanting a downstairs Master Suite… and so the renovation began.
The paneling? OUTTA THERE!
Then, with a blank slate to work with, we took inspiration from the original plate rail in the Dining Room – the one we removed and turned into crown moulding for the bookcase in the Study – and designed Craftsman-style paneled walls. Our die-hard worker and I measured and calculated (and measured and calculated) to get exactly the right proportions. Then, to check ourselves one more time before purchasing materials, we laid out the design directly on the wall… then took pictures so we wouldn’t forget!
I absolutely love the way this paneling, the wallpaper, and a painted fireplace surround bring sophistication and visual appeal to the room! We’ll step through that doorway – onto what was once the original back porch – in a minute. That’s the way to the closets and the Master Bathroom…
But first, how’s this for a quick transformation?
In case you ever do this yourself – and in case you don’t already know – I should tell you… Coal-burning fireplaces are messy. The original wallpapered-then-painted concrete walls we found behind the old paneling felt oily. So did all of the woodwork in this room. If you’re going to paint the wood, you must clean it really well first THEN use a high-quality primer THEN use a high-quality oil-based paint. Otherwise, the paint tends to “slide off” rather than adhere properly. Yes, that’s the Voice of Experience you just heard…
So what do you think? Master Bedroom… Before and After
The Master Bathroom
This renovation will look familiar to some of you, but I’ll re-share for those who have never seen it – and to keep it all together on this trip down Memory Lane… before we put the house on the market.
For starters, you should know that sometime probably in the 1930s or ’40s our 1907 house’s original back porch was enclosed and a small “wing” added on one side. At the time of the addition, the room on the left was a tiny bathroom, and the room on the right was a small kitchen. It seems that the original homeowners added this on as an “apartment” which they rented out. The “apartment” consisted of this enclosed porch/kitchen/bath …
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Amaze Me Monday @ Dwellings – The Heart of Your Home
Mosaic Monday @ Little Red House
Metamorphosis Monday @ Between Naps on the Porch