A HALF DONE ROOM: Making the Best of a Room in Transition
When you buy a house that needs work in every room, it’s inevitable that you need to prioritize. You can’t do it all at once, unless you want and can hire an entire team to do all the work for you. Brad and I aren’t rich and we enjoy doing the work ourselves. So today I’m going to share a room that has served many purposes during our renovations, but it is a good example of how we renovate. Many rooms remain in a temporary stage for a while. Giving us time to decide exactly what we want to do and to acquire the things we need to complete the room. Then of course there are the things that I just change my mind about. Sometimes you come across something you want to use in a room that was never part of the original plan, in fact it is so much better than the original plan. When I had my interior design business, I always encouraged people to never completely “do” a room at one time, because sometimes you end up with a room that has less personality. I encouraged the use of temporary pieces of art that could later be traded for that special thing you find on a future trip or that you receive as a special gift.
This room we initially called the Yellow Room because the walls were buttercup yellow. Very imaginative, don’t you think? Apparently, I thought the room was so unremarkable that I never took a single picture of it before we started working. Some of the trim in this room was painted white, some was painted blue. The floor was painted a reddish brown color. At first, it didn’t matter at all what the room looked like because it’s first use was to store trash that we collected from other rooms in the house while we waited for the dumpster to arrive. Then we called the room the Trash Room. Our creative trend continued!
In the room’s next incarnation, it became the Tool Room.
We kept our tools in here and used open floor space to paint trim before we installed it. The only furniture in the room was an old rickety metal shelving unit that I found in the attic. It was nice to have a room to paint long pieces of trim in. Much better than working outside and getting bugs in my paint job!
Then one day everything changed. I made the journey to IKEA and found an oversized print that I had to have for our Berlin home. I quickly discovered that in a house with so many windows, I had very few walls large enough to accommodate my new piece of artwork. It was time to make the tool room into a real room. First I ripped out the cardboard ceiling. I am not kidding, the ceiling was cardboard ceiling tiles stapled to firring strips.
It took me all of about 15 minutes to get that ceiling down. Then we put drywall up on the same firring strips. Brad spackled the cracks in the walls.
Then I primed and painted.
We stripped and stained the floors. You can read all about that adventure here.
We hung the picture and now the room is called the Wave Room. You can probably see why.
I still have big plans for this room. I need to change the tile insert in the fireplace for obvious reasons.
We need to redo the trim for two reasons. One to match the rest of the first floor and the other because what’s there now is a mess! We still have to fill nail holes in the crown molding that we put up and get the last coat of paint on it.
The room has a door that I hate, so I am going to change that out soon!! The trundle bed will probably get moved to the last bedroom when we finish that one, so there will be furniture changes. I’m not in love with the curtains, so they will change one day. But most of all I need my piano in here. Then we’ll probably change the name of the room one last time. Following our ever so creative trend, we will probably call it the Music Room.
Here is the room as it is…….for now.
Hmmm…looking at these pictures, I better think about the lighting too!