Scott and I have been hard at work renovating our almost 130-year-old house for well over two years at this point—and I mean hard. Weekends and weeknights are dedicated to most things home, including everything from painting walls and tiling floors to refinishing our favorite vintage finds (to name just a few!). To this point, we’ve spent the majority of time nursing the love back in to our first floor, and, as a result, the second floor continually has been put on the back burner.
Until recently, we haven’t minded the second floor neglect as much. Our friends and family have a warm and comfortable place to visit on the main level—we’re really the only people who see the second floor. On the second floor, we have a master bedroom, my home studio, a modest laundry room, and a full bath that we turn a blind eye to. After finishing our kitchen renovation toward the end of last year, we promised each other that our next project would take care of those second floor rooms— and, in turn, us—that have been so plain for so long. Ready to see?
This is our bedroom. Oh, bedroom, we have paid you no attention at all! It used to be a kitchen for the second apartment, and in more than two years, we’ve done nothing but pull out the old cabinets and plumbing and set down a bed. There are a couple of thrifted dressers and a clothes rack to hide exposed pipes! We have grand plans for the space—a built-in closet, a new bed, and a cozy rug—but one of the biggest changes that has taken place is on this back wall.
Our bedroom is at the back of the house, so the door used to go to a fire escape for the second apartment. We have future plans to remove the fire escape—it’s no longer needed for its intended purpose—but for now, we’ve at least completed step one: get rid of the door.
Windows! Light! Our goal was to let in as much natural daylight as possible, but ideally, we’ll be perusing Bali Blinds for shades to keep the early morning sun at bay. We worked with a contractor who installed a wall of windows to instantly transform the room.
Now that their job is complete, Scott and I will tackle the trim work, the bedroom painting, the closet install, and the new lighting—the list goes on! We have our work cut out for us. We’ll need to create window jambs from scratch, lay down a sill and build out the interior molding.
This large job aside, the view walking into our bedroom has already improved tenfold! Windows really change everything, and we are giddy about the possibilities ahead.
The best part? We’re looking forward to sharing this process with you, too. We already ordered our samples from Bali Blinds (we’re thinking of Bali Tailored Roman Shades, although we haven’t counted out Bali Natural Shades or Bali Solar Shades), and in the meantime, we’ll share a tutorial about how we outfit the windows. Of course, we’ll need an extra-deep windowsill for our two cats!
We’ll be back soon with a progress report! Stay tuned.
For more fun info on Kim’s renovating, check out her blog Yellow Brick Home.
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