Yikes, right? Obviously, the mural had to go. The bedroom is medium sized, but has low ceilings and is oddly shaped. I wanted to open it up and at the same time give it some personality and impact. The blue paint, even though it's light, does not open up the room the way you'd hope. And the low, angled ceilings make it look dark and gloomy. Just in case you missed the glow-in-the-dark stars stuck to the ceiling, here is a close up.
Of the two upstairs bedrooms, this one has the least amount of closet space. Since closet space is scarce in this house, I decided that this room should be the guest bedroom. I live near Myrtle Beach, so I expect to (more like would like to) have multiple guests in the future and I thought it would be nice to be able to sleep more than one person in this room. Lucky for me, the previous owners conveniently left two twin beds when they moved out.
In the unlucky column goes the framing around the windows. All three windows are in this condition. It makes me want to rip my hair out. Even though I love fixing this place up, I hate the part where I have to go back and fix all the stupid shit other people have done to it. After much debate, I decide to just leave the molding alone and reframe the windows at a later date, i.e. when I have the money to do it.
Now, for the fun part! Seeing some progress! I agonized over what color to paint this room and finally settled on "Tranquility" by Valspar. I like this color so much, I'm going to use it in the master bedroom, too. I think that it makes the room look like a little jewel box and I love it. I'm really happy about the decision to take the wall color all the way up the angled portion of the ceiling. I think it makes room appear taller and less crowded.
Although you can't see it in these pictures (which is probably a good thing, because it's not done yet, shhhh!), I painted the ceiling in Valspar's "Botanical Bath," which is a very pale green. I've never painted a ceiling before and I really like the effect. I'll post pictures that show the ceiling when I get around to replacing the flush mount light. Until then, you'll just have to trust me that it looks great. The trim color is Olympic's "Delicate White." I used the same color on the dresser and I'm going to use it throughout the entire house. It's slightly shy of pure white - just enough to take the glare off.
The best part is that all of the furniture in this room was free! The beds were left by the previous owners (I just updated the bedding) and the dresser, too. The bedside table was a gift from a friend's move. Both the dresser and bedside table were updated by yours truly. You can read about the Bedside Table Makeover here and the Dresser Project here (I'll put a link in when it's finished).
It's not perfect, but it is definitely progress! Here is what is left on the to do list for this room:
- Rip down the old molding around the windows, replace it with new wood and paint it.
- Window treatments! I'm thinking roman bamboo shades and airy white curtains.
- Trade out the old sockets (they've been painted over!) and light switch for new ones.
- Replace the outlet covers with new ones that have a satin nickel finish, which goes really well with the new paint color.
- Finish painting the ceiling! I really wanted to get it all done before I moved in the furniture, but things don't always happen the way that you want them to.
- Replace the yellow lamp with one that has a glass base and a white shade.
- Hang some art or a mirror on the walls. Really, my only big complaint about the room now is that it is a wee bit stark.
- Strip the doors of their old paint and repaint them to match the trim. This, actually, is going to be another project all on it's own, which I'll get to (hopefully) before the summer is over.
- Replace the ceiling light! I'm thinking of something like this to finish off the jewel box feel I'm going for.