I’m never really a big fan of Mondays, as you may have gathered by now, but a Monday after the holidays might be especially rough. In order to ease the pain a bit, I figured I would pick up where we left off and finish giving you a look at our house in its current state & our plans for 2015. As promised, I’m back today with a tour of the 2nd floor (which I don’t believe I’ve ever shown you before) and a look at what has been going on upstairs and what is still to come.
When we bought the house, the carpeting continued all the way upstairs. We ripped it all out right away and exposed the perfectly preserved hardwoods underneath. That along with painting all of the trim and giving the walls a fresh coat of paint helped immensely in brightening this little area up.
As you get to the top of the stairs and turn left, you’ll see my step-son’s room and what we are currently using as my office (more on those later.)
But overall, things are looking a whole lot better then they did here…
To the right, you see the linen closet, full bathroom, and the master bedroom.
I’m in the process of hanging some artwork around the landing area, which explains the strangely low hung canvas and extra stuff leaning against the wall but I’m still sorting out those details.
We painted all of the doors, replaced the old doorknobs with nice new black ones for some contrast against the newly white doors and cleaned up all of the old brass hardware to maintain some of the original charm.
Here’s a similar view from before we got our hands on it…
So. Much. Better.
Plans for 2015: There’s not a whole lot more to do on the upstairs landing aside from hanging some artwork, finish painting the walls & ceiling, and replace the old light fixture.
Next up is the Master bedroom. We’re continuing on the theme of already having updated the basics (like painting walls, trim, and light fixture) but still needed a lot in the design department.
I’m still figuring out a few things, like our nightstands (we’re just using some filler ones for now), bedding, artwork, and all of that other pretty stuff.
You mike recognize that dresser from a project I did at our old house :)
It’s still a work in progress but it’s loads better than what is was before we bought the house…
Am I right or am I right? This room, in particular, is one that still has be saying “I can’t believe how different this room looks…”
Plans for 2015: A lot of the basics are done in here so far but I still need to do a lot of decorating. I’m on the hunt for some artwork and other decorative elements. I need to find new nightstands, (I’m thinking something reclaimed or vintage) with some additional storage. Lastly, I’m anxious to make a tufted headboard inspire by Jenny Komenda over at Little Green Notebook.
Next, we have the bathroom. This one needs a lot of work, so I’ll make this quick. We have plans for a full renovation at some point but until then, not much is going on in here.
I do find the vintage tile charming, and that’s not necessarily what has me itching for an upgrade, but the overall space (albeit tiny) could work a whole lot better with a few tweaks.
For now, it works just fine and it’s feeling a lot cleaner and brighter than it did when we first moved in…
Plans for 2015: While a bathroom renovation is definitely in our future, I don’t think that’s going to be happening this year. In the meantime, I’d like to refresh the space with some new accessories, replace the old medicine cabinet with a larger mirror that makes this tiny room feel a bit bigger and add some additional storage. Other than that, no big plans here for 2015.
Next up is my office. It’s a tiny little room at the top of the stairs but gets some great light and is a perfect spot for me to work on my design classwork and other projects.
We removed the doors, since it doesn’t really need to be a private area right now, and it helps to open up the upstairs landing a bit, making the overall space feel bigger and brighter.
It’s really just a mix up miscellaneous furniture right now but it’s a perfect space so put my drafting table, project supplies, and other storage for the time being…although it has become a bit of a dumping zone for odds and ends right now. For now it’s nothing special, design-wise, but it functions well for what I need it for.
Plans for 2015: I don’t have any big plans for this space as of right now. I’d like to spruce things up a bit with some artwork, maybe figure something out for additional storage, and replace the ceiling fan with something a little bit prettier.
Lastly, we have my step-son’s room. Right now we’re in the process of choosing a paint color (as you can see). He has requested blue so I’m still trying to finalize the color and figure out a game plan in here.
He is one seriously fun and creative kid so I just want to keep things feeling really playful and all “boy” in here.
Although all of the Christmas has been removed from the rest of the house, I’m having a hard some parting with this little cutie in the corner.
Plans for 2015: Up next on the agenda in here is to finalize a paint color and finish painting. That, along with a few other accessories and storage solutions, will have this room pretty close to done.
Well, there you have it! Now you have a good idea of the whole layout of the house, where things stand, and what is left to be done. Now I guess I had better get going… looks like there’s a lot to be done in 2015!
Happy Monday, folks!