April 24, 2010

Odds & Ends continued…..

Alright, now I’ve updated you on my dining room redo that is more like a kitchen/dining room reno dream, I’ll take a stab at the other projects on the list…

This little project has more to report!  At some point last year (August timeframe) our oldest daughter moved out and freed up a bedroom on the second floor for some creativity on Mom’s part – yippee!!  She has since moved back – sigh – but that’s another post for another day :)!!

Some inspiration. pondering and planning discussions with the labour half of this marriage and we had a plan.  My initial plan was only to paint the room, but after our “planning” discussions it turned into a bit more (isn’t that always the way???).  So painting the guest room turned into:

  • Close up the existing closet (which is between guest room and master) to be opened from the other side doubling the closet space in the master
  • Build a new closet in guest room with colonial sliders
  • Remove and replace existing ugly trim with colonial trim – which turned into new trim on the whole 2nd floor
  • Replace bedroom door with new colonial door – which turned into new colonial doors on the whole 2nd floor
  • Replace door handle – do I have to say it?
  • Replace the electrical outlets and switch – uh-huh, more of the same :)
  • Paint ceiling, room and trim

Although we are doing one room at a time, the first one seemed to take for-ever!!!

Right now it is 99.9% complete with only trim to complete on the hallways side of the door and furnishings.  Here are some pics taken through the process so far:


Looking in from the hall – the old closet door has been removed.


My “handyman” checking out the inside of the closet.


Ugly baseboard and the complicated wiring setup.  The cable wire comes up the register and is stapled around 90% of the baseboard in the room then goes through a couple of holes in the closet into the master where there is more of the same.  And we won’t even try to explain how the telephone wiring is done.  There are outlets in all three bedrooms, yet only the master works – huh???  And – to top it all off there is only one outlet on the main floor – and it’s on the wall in the kitchen.


Here is a shot of the closet closed in with the gyprock removed from the closet – YES – it was that colour INSIDE the closet???  And you can see the old interior door that we will replace.


New closet framed in and mudded – nice and large!


View from the hall into the room – wall is the side of the closet.

The colours I chose for the room are:


Benjamin Moore’s Silver Marlin for the walls (which reads a lot more blue green than on this screen).  In fact it reads very different on the walls at different times of the day – light blue, turquoise and sometimes lavender.  I LOVE it!!!


And Benjamin Moore’s Snow Fall White for the trim and doors.

I’d love to show you what the room looks like – but right now it’s a bit  messy.  That’s because it’s being used to store the tools while we complete the flip side of this reno (isn’t there always a flip side of your reno?) which is doubling the closet space in the master bedroom!  WOO HOO!!!  Now every woman wants more closet space right?  Uh-huh!  Right now, I’ve got my clothes in one and 3/4 closets, while hubby’s got the other 1/4 (hehehe) and has resorted to keeping his dress shirts in the basement, so they stay pressed and aren’t squeezed together is his 1/4 closet.  Not to mention the fact that these are closets from the 1960’s with the an old single hung  door making it hard to get to the ends of the closet.  I could go on, but I’ve complained enough – let’s get onto the good stuff.

Here’s a shot of the tear downIMG_2981 You can see the red-brown of the closet interior – yikes – I hope the spare room wasn’t entirely that colour at some point – that would have been depressing!  If you look closely on the floor level you see where the wall was removed (the pillow is where one of our puppies sleeps at night :)) and how the furnace duct is partially covered by the wall (???) which we really can’t do very much about, but it will be better exposed with the new closet.


To keep it uniform, hubby has cut away the rest of the hardwood  to the other wall and will install a diagonal strip of oak as the threshold between the room and closet. 

Now for the new closet doors … I was thinking of a three panel colonial slider door for the closet, with the middle panel a mirror, but I’m wondering if a bi-fold may be a better option – or  maybe something like this – I found this Sarah Richardson room over on Design Ties.


And once we decide on the doors, we’ll have to pick a new room colour – something a little brighter than the olive green that’s there now.  I’m loving the blue grays (as you can tell from the guest room colour), but will be looking at ALL palettes, which  may pose more of a problem because it’ll take me much longer to decide :(.

The work continues on the master closet … but today it was too nice and we got outside to do some much needed backyard cleanup.  I snapped a few pics (OK more than a few) while I was out there of my beautiful magnolia, who is having one banner year of blooms!!!

IMG_3006  IMG_3008 IMG_3009   IMG_3012  IMG_3014 

Hope you are enjoying your weekend as much as I am!


  1. Yay for projects on the go!! Looks like some really great progress is happening, and I can totally identify with you that one thing ALWAYS leads to another...and another! I love the closet doors in the example photo from Sarah's room, I think they would be so chic! Can't wait to see your finished closets.

  2. Wow, what a job, Donna! I've been there, done that, so I know all about projects like this. BTW, my oldest moved out a couple of years ago, but she's back now, too.

  3. Beautiful photos of your magnolia in bloom - they are gorgeous trees. Your bedroom makeover is looking good - I know how one things leads to another - remind me to tell you the story of the lampshade one day....

  4. You are going to love having the enlarged closets when they are done. What a lot of work, but so worth it. Gorgeous magnolia photos.

  5. Your magnolias are beautiful!! You take the best flower shots :-)

    Doesn't EVERY project lead to another project and another project and another project....?? ;-) Good thing your hubby is a handy guy!!

    Looking forward to seeing how both bedrooms turn out :-)


  6. Forgot to mention that I'm hosting a giveaway this week drop by my blog for an entry.

  7. I have always loved magnolias. Don't have one but today I must have seen half a dozen of them in bloom including yours on this post.

    Good luck with your room. Its a slow process but so worth it in the end result. Love the closet doors in you SR inspiration pic, actually love the entire room too!



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