And then after the paneling and all the trim were totally removed, the floors were refinished.
It took us a long time to get to this room after this. This lower pic was taken on 10.3.15, and for the next year it looked just like this...with the bed just piled full of crap and no progress whatsoever. This is what a house with no storage space looks like! (When the DIYer in the house is a borderline hoarder, hugely pregnant, and gives birth to a stage 5 clinger.)
Then, we finally had some help with the kids in September of this year, and Shaun pretty much single-handedly put up the plywood for the feature wall we decided to do over the ruined drywall. I wanted to do a wainscoting wall rather than just re-drywall. We used 1/8 inch luan plywood, 1x3 pine boards for the outside frame and the inner cross pieces, and the standard 1x4 MDF boards for the base trim.
I was trying to figure out the easiest way to get the horizontal pieces evenly spaced, and cutting strips of cardboard to visualize seemed like the easiest way.
Before we knew it, the whole wall was trimmed and ready for spackle.
I know many people add additional trim inside the boxes to make it look more substantial, but for now, the simple look wins. And then after many hours of sanding....primer!
I also wanted to be able to use the orange tile print duvet we've used in our master in Wisconsin.
With the rug, bedding, and art on deck, I knew I had to tie it together with the curtains. I'm a huge fan of using curtains to marry other elements of the room that may not otherwise work out. I happened to be at World Market when I saw these beauties.
Target, which became my inspiration for the rest of the finishes in the room.
The black cords inspired me to incorporate black into the curtain rod. I fell in love with the acrylic rod at Ballard Designs, with black hardware. I thought about brass hardware, but black seemed to fit in best with the black rods and lights throughout our home.
Shades of Light in gold. But, it came with a brushed silver canopy that had to be changed. A quick spray with black and I liked it much more.
headboard on sale for $220! If you are looking for one, this is an amazing deal for the price and quality! Definitely check the sales, because it can go all over the place in price. I think it's well worth it at the list price of $300, though.
But back to the room at hand...I'm so in love with the way this all turned out!
The pendant lights look incredible, and give such welcoming light. I don't mind the black cords hanging down at all.
This room gets beautiful afternoon sun, and I look forward to hanging out in here with the kids, reading books and playing.
World Market. It's nothing special as far as looks, but it's solid wood, was on sale for $150, and the dimensions match the other one.
I got these coasters years ago as a gift, and I still love them!
CB2. Much better than the plastic round ones they replaced.
I'm so happy this room is done, and I'm also pleased to have done something so different from everything else I've designed. Here's a final before and after. Let me know what you think!