Master Closet Turned Dressing Room Reveal

Renovating the master closet and converting it into a dressing room has been a true labor of love for us! This renovation was just part of the overall Master Bathroom renovation, but it had a few small items we still needed to complete in order to consider it 100% done! I’ll take you through a quick photo before and after but if you’re interested in seeing more of the renovation photos and details check out my links at the end of this post.

This was the view into the closet, there was a door off of the master bathroom which is why I consider it a closet before but a “dressing room” now. My side is the first left, hubby’s side is behind mine with the most natural light (he has a tad issue with determining whether clothing is black or blue Disappointed smile)

Original closet

This is the totally unusable dormer window area, with a separate light switch for what purpose I do not know.

Original closet

This is my hubby’s side of the closet, have I mentioned enough how I hate wire shelving!

Original closet

Another shot of my side of the closet with the door that lead into the unconditioned storage space.

Original closet

Original closet layout plan

Original closet layout

Renovated closet plans

Dressing room plans

So this is our new view through the master bathroom into the new dressing room. When I was originally designing this space I was concerned about not having a door on the closet (not sure why now), so I did design the walls on either side of this hallway to be able to accommodate a future door if that was what we wanted. I can tell you with absolute certainty though I would never put a door here! I love all of the natural light that pours into the bathroom from the dressing room windows and the overall open feel of the whole design. By the way we installed a high quality exhaust fan in the bathroom that has allayed any fears about moisture I may have had.

Renovated closet into dressing room off of new master bath

My closed wardrobe area that I have setup for my “delicates” and jewelry. Clearly I have a ton of unused space, but I don’t really have anything else to store. I love it though! The doors I painted to match the IKEA brown/black color of the cabinet.

IKEA Pax wardrobe in renovated closet turned dressing room

My hanging area for dresses, skirts and long items. I love the solution we designed in order to hang the closet rod on the inclined ceiling.

Slanted ceiling hanging space in renovated closet turned dressing room

Slanted ceiling hanging space in renovated closet turned dressing room

My custom pull outs for shoes and additional storage for purses etc.

Custom built-in shoe shelves in renovated closet turned dressing room

Custom built-in shoe shelves in renovated closet turned dressing room

We used heavy duty metal closet rods from Home Depot for all of our hanging. They are very pretty and extremely strong!

Slanted ceiling clothes hanging space in renovated closet turned dressing room

My hubby made this simple hanging cabinet for my boots, but I also keep a few sweater items on top.

Custom hanging boot cabinet in renovated closet turned dressing room

More hanging space here, with custom wood tops I stained and attached to the brackets.

Renovated closet turned dressing room

Now for my hubbies side of the closet. Again using the heavy duty metal rods and custom cut and stained wood tops.

Renovated closet turned dressing room

Renovated closet turned dressing room

My husband built this small cabinet I designed to fit in this otherwise unused space.

Custom cabinet for renovated closet turned dressing room

A nice space to charge phones and decorate!

DIY shelf space for renovated closet turned dressing room

Renovated closet turned dressing room

Oh how excited my husband was when he learned he had plenty of room leftover in this cabinet for new shoes!!

IKEA Pax shoe storage in renovated closet turned dressing room

Still lots of empty shelf space!

Renovated closet turned dressing room

We custom made these dividers for his sock drawer, love them!

Custom made drawer dividers for PAX wardrobe drawers

Renovated closet turned dressing room

An just because Chewy is so nosy and cute I thought I would share this photo with you too…

Renovated closet turned dressing room with cute Schnoodle

Cute Schnoodle - Chewy

Our dogs really crack me up!

Anyway I hope you enjoyed my little tour of our completed dressing room! We are loving every square inch of it and are thrilled at how well our design has worked so well for us!

Thanks as always for stopping by and I hope that you all have a Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah and a wonderful New Year!!!

Until next time…

K

PS as promised other closet renovation posts:

Closet part 5

Closet part 4

Closet part 1

DIY Custom Built Organizer for our Ikea Pax Wardrobe

If you follow me on Instagram you may have seen some of the updates we have completed on the Master Closet / Dressing Room. I’m not ready to show the final reveal as I am currently in the process of spray painting the Ikea Pax Wardrobe doors, but I should be done soon!

So we decided to add three Ikea PAX brown-black wardrobes to our closet rather than building a custom setup. We already have plenty of hanging space, but my hubby needed some additional drawers and shelves for things like shoes, socks, underwear and I wanted they’re cool jewelry organizer.

Ikea Brown Black PAX Wardrobes in custom closet

We chose to buy one of the 14” deep cabinets for his shoes, but the 24” deep one for all of the organizers we wanted that aren’t available in the more shallow cabinet. I love the insert and drawer options that are available for these wardrobes, but they are missing some options I’d love to see them add at some point. I thought I could find a simple drawer organizer that would work for us, but no one seemed to have just what I was looking for so I designed a simple, no fasten system for the drawer and we built it and painted it to match the cabinet.

This really easy and simple project that consist of: 1/2 birch plywood, 5mm Poplar plywood, some white birch veneer tape.

Uniquely Yours or Mine!: Easy DIY custom Ikea Pax drawer insert

First we cut the 1/2” plywood to height and width and then I adhered (with an iron) the veneer tape to the top edge of the board. After the veneer had cooled we trimmed the veneer and sanded the edges. Then using our table saw we ran the boards through 3 times, moving the blade out a little each pass to cut about 1/4” notches on each board at the desired locations.

Uniquely Yours or Mine!: Easy DIY custom Ikea Pax drawer insert

We then placed the boards in the front and back of the drawer and measured for the length of the dividers. We then cut the 5mm plywood to length and width and sanded all of the pieces with 220 grit paper.

Uniquely Yours or Mine!: Easy DIY custom Ikea Pax drawer insert

I spray painted all of the pieces with Benjamin Moore Advance Satin black brown paint that I had custom matched to the Ikea black-brown color perfectly! I took one of the shelves from the wardrobe to my local Benjamin Moore Store and had them color match to it, it was a little bit of a process to get it just right, but they did a fabulous job! I had looked and looked online for a formula or a color someone else had found already, but there was nothing that truly matched it that I could find. I am a HUGE fan of Benjamin Moore paints and their stores, they seem to employ very knowledgeable “paint people” and if need be I can call ahead and have my paint mixed and ready for pickup when I get there… just all around great customer service! I use Bluegrass Paint & Decorating here in Louisville, but when I lived in Richmond I used Virginia Paint Company.

Here is a picture of the Ikea Black-Brown paint formula (the formula is for a QUART) for those that may need it, created in Benjamin Moore Advance Satin paint Base 4.

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The front and back slotted 1/2” plywood pieces are only held in place by the tension of the divider pieces which allows this system to be easily removed or changed around if necessary. Love me some organized drawers even if they’re not “mine”!!!

Uniquely Yours or Mine!: Easy DIY custom Ikea Pax drawer insert

Hope you are all enjoying some nice Fall weather and as always thanks so much for stopping by…

Until next time!

K

My Newly Raised and Organized Kitchen Cabinets

So you may know we went through a kitchen cabinet overhaul where we raised the original cabinets to the ceiling and added an additional open cabinet to the bottom of the original cabinets…

DIY raised kitchen cabinets

This setup works extremely well for the way we want our kitchen to function! The everyday dishes and glasses are in the open shelving area where they are quickly and easily put away and retrieved. The original raised cabinets are now setup for basically anything that doesn’t fall into the everyday category. However my 5’5” frame can only reach the first shelf in the old cabinets now so this is the main issue that was taken into consideration when I was re-organizing the shelves.

This most likely might sound a tad anal retentive, but I started with a list (because who doesn’t love a good list) of the different categories of items I had to organize, for example…

  • wine glasses (why do I have so many… OMG I am such a lush Embarrassed smile )
  • Casserole dishes
  • Storage containers
  • Everyday dishes
  • “Fancy” china
  • “Fancy” water glasses
  • Misc. drinking cups

Anyway, you get the point… I think I had about 15 line items that I needed to deal with and rather than start to randomly put the items away and then decide I needed to move them or that I forgot something I created a very crude cabinet diagram and worked on placement of the items by numbering each line item and then placing that number on the cabinet they were to go in. It took a little more upfront time, but when I went to put everything away the job went very smoothly.

Just some of our many, many wineglasses… also all of our china fit on the top 2 corner cabinet shelves, you know the shelves you always loose stuff in anyway!!!

DIY raised kitchen cabinets

I mean the cabinets almost look bare, maybe I need more ice cream bowls…

DIY raised kitchen cabinets

This entire area (top and bottom cabinets) is dedicated to drinks, coffee, soda stream, tea etc.

DIY raised kitchen cabinets

Our one display area in the kitchen, which I love and hopefully I won’t have to clean too often…

DIY raised kitchen cabinets

And look we even have the new range hood installed!

DIY raised kitchen cabinets

I can’t even tell you how much I love my new ceramic knife holder from Williams & Sonoma… it is super cool with its Kapoosh insert and I think it looks way better than the traditional wood knife block!

Ceramic knife holder from Williams and Sonoma

By the way remember the time I totally broke the glass stove top to pieces…

Broken glass stovetop

Well come to find out you can just replace the glass, which my hubby and I did as it is totally a DIY job. Yes, I would have LOVED to have purchased a new top, but finding one that fit the exact dimensions of the granite opening proved to be impossible very difficult. The Jenn-Air glass replacement top I bought online and it cost just a tad over $300, about 1/4 of what I would have had to spend to replace it.

I organized the cabinets based more on how often I would need to use the item more so then where I would use it. So for example all of my china and extra wine glasses went way up on the uppermost shelves. Where it would make sense for most people to have their casserole dishes near the oven (where ours were originally) I put ours in one of the base cabinets near the island because we use them quite frequently. I still have quite a few empty shelves, but everything is put away and I have only had to get the step stool out once in 3 weeks so I think the setup is working great so far!

As far as finishing the kitchen I just started spray painting the cabinet doors so once done the kitchen will be finished… whew hew!!! I took a few weeks off, some due to weather, but quite a bit due to procrastination on my part… but I’m getting it done now and if I never have to paint another set of kitchen cabinets I will consider myself a lucky girl!!

Thanks for stopping by!!!

K

Renovated “Princess Suite” bathroom complete!

I’m so excited to finally be able to share the final results of our daughter’s bathroom with you! This bathroom is in her bedroom, some people would call this a “Jr. Suite” or “Princess Suite” which is what I prefer.

A little throw back to when we purchased this house and I know this may not look too bad to some of you but those are boats on the curtains and the wall paper pattern is gold rope, not our style at all.

Bathroom before renovation

Off with the wallpaper, out with the flooring, blinds, mirror and light fixtures!

Bathroom mid renovation

In go the wall planks, granite vanity top, 1” hexagon black and white floor tile!

Bathroom mid renovation

This renovation was a pretty easy (at least compared to the Master Bathroom) remodel. The final cost for the remodel was $1,340, which for us was a very good investment of our time and money.

DIY traditional black and white bathroom renovation

DIY traditional black and white bathroom renovation

DIY traditional black and white bathroom renovation

BTW I love this shower curtain! It’s from Bed, Bath & Beyond and has a mesh top which allows the light to filter into the shower area and it also has a built in curtain liner (just below the mesh) that snaps off!! I customized the curtain by sewing the teal band at the bottom, but the quality of the curtain is great! I also installed the rod just under the crown molding which makes the height of the room feel like 10’ instead of 8’… don’t know how but it does!

DIY traditional black and white bathroom renovation

Blue painted bathroom ceiling

DIY linen bathroom cubby

Polished chrome vanity pulls

Filled with succulents and moss, this planter will get plenty of light I just need to remember to water it!

Adding plants to the bathroom

Greatest Expenditure

The granite vanity top, including sink, at $410, but well worth the investment!

DIY Black granite vanity

Greatest “Time-Sucker”

Hands down the winner for this category was by far the floor, from demo, to layout, to installation it was a shit-ton bunch of man/woman-hours that I’d rather have spent doing just about anything else, but the finished product makes such a dramatic impact that I will try and forget the pain… kind of like childbirth I guess I don't know smile

DIY black and white 1" hexagon mosaic floor with flowers

Biggest Impact

The floor of course! It just sucks that it also won “Greatest Time-Sucker” too… we chose to use a low profile aluminum transition strip from carpet to tile here so as not to distract from the tile itself.

DIY black and white 1" hexagon mosaic floor with flowers

Most “Fun”

Making the café curtain was the most fun for me, it totally wasn’t hard and it makes such a cute statement in the room that I so enjoyed installing it too (because that was a BREEZE)!

Privacy sheer curtain for the bathroom

Favorite Tool

Sorry guys, but this one is a tie between the nail gun (compressor type) and the hammer drill, without either of these this project would have been much more difficult to complete and I probably wouldn’t have demoed the floor!

If My Budget was Limitless

If money was no object I would have taken out the tub and linen nook and installed a large tiled shower in their place. I would have also installed a frameless rolling shower door and I would have clad the walls with a white subway tile, but the floor I would have done in a 3” hexagon similar to the master bathroom. I also would have replaced the vanity with a taller one with better storage options. And while I’m dreaming I would have hired out all of the contracting work, just saying that’s the no fun part for me I’d much rather design and decorate but we can’t all be that lucky Crying face Still I’m glad we could do what we did, both physically and financially, we’re very very happy with the end results, but a girl can dream right?!

Thanks for taking this little renovation trip with me!

Until next time!

K

Princess Bathroom Updates

Well I’m happy to say that we made pretty good progress on the “Princess” bathroom the last few days or so… unfortunately it was a beautiful weekend here in Louisville, KY this past weekend and we basically spent it inside working on the bathroom Crying face. However, my Hubby was not complaining as he was the one cutting all of the wood outside so he would much rather it have been 70 degrees than 50!

So the first thing we did was install the under mount sink and faucet on the granite. We chose to install these while the granite was upside-down because otherwise we would have had to remove the drawer runners and quite honestly this was just the easiest way. The process is as follows: align the sink over the whole appropriately, mark on the granite the sink placement, remove the sink, put down a bead of granite caulk, replace sink and attach hardware… easy-peezy just a little nerve racking! The faucet install was just a matter of following the included instructions, which was also easy and made much easier with so much access! We let this sit for 3 days before we installed it.

installing undermount sink on granite

We reinstalled the baseboards and started our planking leveling each board as we went. We are using the same process and V-groove planking and bead board we used on the other girls bathroom.

installing wood wall planks in bathroom

We didn’t finish all of the planking (explained below) but I went ahead and primed and got one coat of paint (BM Decorator’s White) on what we did have installed.

installing wood wall planks in bathroom

We had to take a pause here in the planking because the new sconces haven’t arrived and I want to place the mirror and dry fit the sconces before we decide where to install the new junction boxes for them.

We installed the granite and backsplashes which was as easy as applying a bead of silicone caulk in the top edge of the vanity cabinet then placing the granite on top and ensuring levelness. The backsplashes are adhered to the wall with caulk as well.

honed black granite vanity top

This is my SUPER fast mock up of the mirror and sconces… I’m hoping I like them as much in person as I do in the photo!

vanity mirror and sconce mock up

I also found a few items for the bathroom that I’m excited to mix in! This cute little hanging basket from World Market!

copper hanging basket from World Market

These baskets from Target for the little linen nook.

basket for bathroom toiletries from Target

And this fun canvas print from Joss & Main that brings the bedroom colors into the bathroom. I just love the whimsical feel of this piece!

Mad Hatter deer art for the bathroom

I’m hoping to get the sconces before the weekend so we can finish the walls up. The floor will be the last to put in place and I’m soooo not looking forward to it…

Thanks as always for stopping by!!

K

Master Bathroom Final Reveal

So the Master Bathroom is D-O-N-E, as in there is nothing left to do and we love it, it’s perfect for us and most importantly I’m very glad it’s finished!

So the photo below is a view from the bedroom into the bathroom, the top of the walls are painted Benjamin Moore Stonington Gray (same as the bedroom) and the wainscoting is painted Benjamin Moore Decorator’s White. The new recessed lights are all LED in a daylight temperature as we like our bathroom to be nice and bright! You can get a glimpse of the closet at the end of the hall which is painted the same as the bathroom, but the lighting is a soft white which is why you see a color difference, crazy right?! And “yes” we love the engineered wood floors in our bathroom and have had no issues with them at all!

Master Bathroom Renovation

I installed all of the board and batten myself and let me tell you it was no fun… a ton of sanding, caulking, painting, design layout etc. went into this project. I chose to use pre-primed MDF boards in standard sizes and I just love the final look, very upscale and traditional. If you’re curious each wall panel was configured based on the length of the wall vs. each panel being the same size and then you end up with an odd sized panel at the end… I only had 2 small walls where the panels look larger than the rest of the panels, other than that the panel size differences between the walls are very insignificant.

Board and batten walls in master bathroom renovation

The mirror is from West Elm, but the original wood frame was much lighter than I thought it would be. I darkened the frame by wiping on a coat of Dark Walnut stain, super easy and it only took a couple of minutes. The color of the frame is now very close to the color of the wood floor.

Grey vanity, white board and batten walls, master bathroom renovation

Two sections of this vanity I purchased off Craig’s List months ago, but my Hubby made the curved shelf piece at the left end to finish it off.

Grey vanity, white board and batten walls, master bathroom renovation

The vanity top is honed White Mountain Danby marble from Vermont, it’s beautiful with loads of grey veining and it has a hint of blue/green to the white. It was more expensive than the Carrera marble we were originally considering, but it is supposedly more dense and honestly I just couldn’t resist all of the beautiful veining… The installers did a great job installing the vanity tops and shower curbing too!

Honed White Mountain Danby Marble from Vermont

The drawer pulls are polished nickel and I painted the cabinets and tub apron in Benjamin Moore Wickham Gray which is a very light gray with blue undertones. I chose to spray paint the drawer and door fronts, but I brushed the cabinet frames. I used the BM Advance line in Satin and it was fabulous to work with and left virtually no visible brush strokes.

Custom painted vanity in Wickham Gray

I really wanted to replace my tub with a freestanding pedestal tub, kind of like this one… isn’t it gorgeous?!

Parisian® 1

But the $4k-$8k in additional cost to replace the original tub just didn’t make sense for us Crying face… I do really like our corner jetted tub, it’s deep, fits perfectly in the room and I use it all of the time, but I still dream about the tub above…

Custom trimed corner jetted tub, board and batten surround

The light over the tub we made with products from the Color Cord Company and it adds a little interest and light in that corner… the lights are spaced perfectly so I can stand up in the tub without hitting any of them.

Master bathroom renovation in shades of grey and white, with engineered hardwood flooring

Here’s a Before and After comparison of my vanity area for you… the original builders really loved their mirrors didn’t they?

Master bathroom renovation in shades of grey and white, with engineered hardwood flooring

On the Hubby’s side of the bathroom we used this cabinet (1 of the 3 cabinets in the set we purchased off Craig’s List) to create his vanity.

Original part of 3 part vanity

He deconstructed the original cabinet so we could use it as two pieces and then added a new unfinished sink base cabinet from Home Depot in the middle to make this one of a kind piece… I think he did a fabulous job!

Custom vanity in master bathroom renovation

We were going to make new doors for the center cabinet, but decided to install a removable back and shelf instead. He didn’t need the storage space under the sink and I really love this look! The inside is painted Benjamin Moore Black Iron, which I have also used in many other places in our home.

Custom vanity in master bathroom renovation

The faucet is a chrome American Standard “Town Square” faucet, all of our faucets and shower heads are from this suite. We prefer the ease of a one handle set, but it is hard to find one that is not too modern looking so I’m really happy with traditional look of this suite.

Honed Mountain White Danby marble from Vermont

The Before and After of this vanity area.

Custom vanity in master bathroom renovation

The water closet is no longer for showering too! We installed a new American Standard VorMax toilet and decreased the overall size of the room since there was no longer a shower in it. For privacy we added this solid core door on a barn door track. The door is painted the same Black Iron as the vanity cubby.

Barn door in master bathroom renovation

This is now our view of the bathroom from the new closet area… we still have a few cabinets to make before I can share the closet makeover… The runner is Dash & Albert, but I did cut and sew one end in order for it to fit the space exactly.

Master bathroom renovation in shades of grey and white, with engineered hardwood flooring

So much better right!? I will tell you that while this was not an inexpensive renovation, we did figure the renovation costs into the offer we placed on this house and because we did so much of the work ourselves we saved thousands! The total cost for the closet and bathroom remodel was roughly $20,000, here’s the breakdown:

  • Barn door & toilet = $464
  • Closet = $450
  • Dumpster rental = $180
  • Electrical = $618
  • Flooring = $2,000
  • Vanity mirrors = $523
  • Shower (complete build) = $7,466
  • Vanities (inc. sinks & fixtures) = $3,290
  • Walls & insulation = $4,773
  • Wood trim = $720

Of the $20k we spent roughly $11,000 was spent on contractors for shower glass, marble installation, plumbing rough in, framing, blown-insulation and sheet rock installation and finishing (items we felt were best left to the professionals). One of our contractors flips houses and when he was here he said that this job was about a $35,000 remodel job if we had hired out all of the work so I was very happy to hear that!

Master bathroom renovation in shades of grey and white, with engineered hardwood flooring

I so hope you enjoyed seeing these pictures and following along with this renovation! If you have any questions or comments please leave them below!

By the way we will have the closet finished by the end of spring, there’s not much to do but build and paint 4 cabinets but I want to spray paint them so I’m “waiting” for warmer weather! In the meantime we are renovating another bathroom, but this one is small and on a much leaner budget!

As always thanks for stopping by!

K

To see other parts of the renovation: Master Bathroom Remodel Part 1, Master Bathroom Renovation Part 2, Master Bathroom Renovation Part 3, Master Bathroom Renovation Part 4, Master Bathroom Renovation Part 5Master Bath Flooring Progress, A Tale of Two Dormer Windows, Building Knee Wall Cubbies, The Evolution of a Walk In shower

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Another Dormer Window Nook Update

I PROMISE this is the last dormer update you’ll see from me (mainly because it’s the only one left  Winking smile) So we have been working on this little space for a while and to be honest it’s not technically complete, but it will probably stay in this state for a while until I’m ready to get back to it… honestly that’s the way it is sometimes! As you may remember I have already renovated / updated the two other dormer windows in the master bath and closet, but this one is in the “Princess Suite” which is our middle daughter’s room. Again it was just a long hall to a seat destination, not very comfy but it did have a little storage.

This is the picture my hubby took during the walk through inspection.

dormer window before

At this point I have already painted the nook Benjamin Moore’s Teal, which is quite a lovely very dark color that coordinates beautifully with her wall color which is Benjamin Moore’s Sagebrush a totally soothing spa like green/blue/grey… I want to envelope myself in this color it’s so perfect!

I have also made a window shelf with vintage wood brackets and a blackout Roman shade for her as she loves sleeping in pitch black and lets face it at 20 years old she doesn’t want to wake up with the sun!

Dark teal painted dormer window

I had measured the length and width of the dormer and determined it was the perfect size for a twin size bed and what a great place to curl up and read a book (Cassidy is an avid reader) or maybe if you have a friend come over there is a place for her to sleep. It is also a great place to watch the deer in the backyard or just enjoy the scenery.

So rather than remove the existing set we just added to it, much easier in the long run and no need to make a big mess…

First we added 2×4’s, screwing them to the studs with 3” screws after ensuring they were level both front to back and side to side.

How to DIY build a platform bed in a dormer window space

Then we added cross braces in order to support the plywood platform.

How to DIY build a platform bed in a dormer window space

I was very concerned about screws not being able to withstand weight so we used these hanger pieces to add additional bracing and support

How to DIY build a platform bed in a dormer window space

We added 3 cross braces in total, feeling like that should be plenty of support.

How to DIY build a platform bed in a dormer window space

We added a 3/4 plywood top, which will eventually have pistons installed on it so you can access the area for storage, but for now is just sitting on the 2×4’s.

We then built a box out of MDF (using the Kreg jig and pocket screws) and nailed it to the sides of the end 2×4’s. This area is right near the outlet and we thought it would be a great charging station area for cell phones, iPads and laptops.

How to DIY build a platform bed in a dormer window space

We added MDF around the face of the box, caulked, spackled and added back the baseboard molding to the space.

How to DIY build a platform bed in a dormer window space

It took about three coats of teal to cover all of the raw wood, had I primed it with my grey tinted primer I’m sure I could have done it in two. Also, I added a little trim to the front just to jazz it up a bit and that was it!

DIY built platform bed in dormer window area

A nice place to store books and show off collectables… and collect dust if I’m being honest…

Blackout Roman shade with shelf above

Throw a bunch of comfy pillows and a blanket here and it’s such a cozy spot!

DIY built platform bed in dormer window area

I hung up a charcoal drawing self-portrait my daughter drew in high school. She’s a very talented artist I just hope she keeps it up!

DIY built platform bed in dormer window area

DIY built platform bed in dormer window area

Like I said it truly is a great chilling out spot, the kids used it a lot during Christmas break for watching movies and napping (the shades are blackout). The mattress pad that I have on it I bought at Ikea for about $100, it’s foam and comes with a cover and is about 3.5” thick and it’s pretty comfy. I have temporarily wrapped it in a twin sized white duvet cover, but I will get around to making a real cover for it eventually. Like I said we still need to add the pistons on it that will allow easy and safe access to the storage portion, but since we don’t need to store anything there it’s on the backburner for now.

We have three dormers in our home and for each one we have customized it to work for us. I understand why the contractors build little seats in dormers to make them seem useful, but for us I’d much rather have a space we would really use, not just something to fill the void… So what do you think? Have you done anything awesome to your dormers? I would love to know what other people are doing too!

Thanks for stopping by!

K

A Tale of Two Dormer Windows

Well, believe it or not we have parts of our master bathroom & closet remodel complete! They are just a very small part of the total renovation, but hey I will take what I can get! So basically the dormer window areas are 100% complete, these are the two windows over the garage area as shown below. The window on the right is in the closet and the one on the left is in the bathroom.

Domer windows

These are the original plans my Hubby drew up before we moved in, you can see the dormer areas effectually created a 8ft long “hall” in each of the rooms. It was a lot of wasted and unused space, plus they really bothered the heck out of me.

Bathroom and closet plans

Let me start with the bathroom window makeover as it was especially annoying to me… I mean who puts a window seat down an 8ft. long bathroom hall. Just stupid and serves no purpose whatsoever. Would you sit here? What reason would you have to sit here? I just don’t get it…

Before dormer area

See what I mean? Obviously we removed the brown wallpaper (again people, why?!) and removed the stupid window seat (and the door to nowhere). You see, I had a plan for this space… and it’s going to be mine… all MINE!!! (can you read that sentence in a sinister tone, not sure how to make that come across just right in print Annoyed)

In progress dormer area

While I couldn’t make the “hall” any shorter without affecting the amount of space in the closet (nope, not making the closet smaller)I could however make the destination worth the “trip”! First we installed a floating vanity top. Nothing fancy, just smooth plywood with a 1×2 plywood face on the front edge. It is attached to wood cleats which are attached to the studs in the walls for extra support. Then I painted the wood the same color and sheen as the window trim (BM Decorators White Semi-Gloss) . This area is going to be my makeup/getting ready space. Also, you can barely see it, but my Super Awesome Hubby installed an electrical outlet on the left (smart right?) and a junction box for a sconce on the right.

Adding floating vanity top to dormer area

We also cut a big ‘ole hole in the wall on the right for a built-in area to house the laundry basket (this dormer is right across from the shower so it’s a very convenient space as well).

Using knee wall space for built in

Here is the “box” almost complete, I will have a how-to on this project that I will be posting soon for those interested.

Using knee wall space for built in laundry basket

Now for the finished project… my vanity area! Look at all this wonderful light I get in here!

Custom built in makeup vanity in dormer window space

I recovered the vanity stool and made the valance using the same fabric. I also spray painted the stool blue, it was originally black and just really didn’t have the “feel” I was going for. I do so love it blue and with the sheepskin rug draped over it, it feels and looks luxurious.

Custom built in makeup vanity in dormer window space

You’re also getting a sneak peek at the Board and Batten I installed. It’s only in the bathroom and it was a HUGE pain in the ass project but it really adds so much to the room. Plus the new engineered flooring that has made me so happy as well!

Custom built in makeup vanity in dormer window space

What do you think about my swing arm light? It’s perfect for getting additional light just where I need it and then I swing it back up against the wall and out of the way! Plus the color is divine…

swing arm light for vanity makeup area

Here the finished nook for the laundry basket. I was originally planning on adding a shelf in there above the basket, but I put that on hold because I want to wait and see how I use the basket before committing to the shelf idea… but it looks like I’ll have plenty of room for one if I want it.

Built in laundry basket space in knee wall

So now onto the closet dormer area.

Here is the sad BEFORE, again 8ft long wasted space, we really couldn’t utilize this space at all.

dormer window space before

Here is the “hall” now greatly diminished, by 4ft. to be exact, you can see the original footprint of the walls painted on the subfloor. Look at how much light floods into the closet now!

dormer window space in progress

This is just after the drywall crew came in and did their thing. Yup, we made use of the rest of that unused knee wall space, on both sides!

dormer window space in progress

These niches are about 2ft deep each and make the most of not only the unused space in the knee walls but of the (now) little hall.

dormer window space in progress

But did we stop there, oh no we did not! My Super Awesome Hubby (SAH) made and installed fabulous pull out drawers. They have full extension, under mount slides that are also soft close. Listen, these slides were not cheap at $20 a pair, but they will hold up to 75lbs. per pair and they open and close as smooth as silk… they were worth the extra expense in my opinion.

Dormer window space built in shoe shelves in knee wall

Dormer window space built in shoe shelves in knee wall

Plenty of room for shoes & purses!

Dormer window space built in shoe shelves in knee wall

I even have some empty shelves to fill Party smile

Dormer window space built in shoe shelves in knee wall

I also wanted some low profile handles for the drawers (I was concerned about jabbing myself on the handles, yes I factor in my clumsiness when decorating) and had settled on the idea of leather pulls. I couldn’t find anything that I really liked or if I really liked them they were $$$$ (of course right?!) so I decided to make them. All 16 of these pulls cost me $57 to make (not including the special end punch) and I absolutely adore them! I dyed the leather hot pink to match the drawer liner and they’re a pretty close match if I do say so myself. FYI all of the materials I purchased from Tandy Leather and are readily available online or in the store if you’re interested.

DIY hot pink leather drawer pulls

The other dilemma I had was what to do with the bottom of drawers. I knew I was going to have shoes in them and I wanted the shelves to remain in good shape, but I also wanted to do something fun, you know jazz it up a bit! My final solution was vinyl fabric, yes I said vinyl, this hot pink vinyl fabric was less than $8 a yard and I only needed about 3 yards. So not only was it more economical than contact paper, but it feels and looks like leather and lays in such a way that I didn’t even need to attach it in any way to the drawer bottom, it’s just laying in there all nice and purdy…

Dormer window space built in shoe shelves in knee wall

Did I mention that my SAH also added an outlet in the dormer? I’m going to eventually use the space for charging my phone & iPad. I had originally planned for a floating wood shelf here, but when we did a dry fit for it I didn’t like the way the shelf blocked the light from the window. So I found this great glass shelf online, it will hold more weight than I will ever need to have there (over 50lbs.) it really helps complete the space and gives me some room for jewelry, display items and maybe even a plant!

Floating glass shelf in dormer window area

My one and only Derby hat and a sun hat adorn the right side while on the left is a wonderful mushroom watercolor my very talented oldest daughter painted me for Mother’s Day.

hat wall decormushroom watercolor

So these dormer window areas went from bothersome to beauties and I cannot be happier with both the way they look, but also with the way they function!

As always thanks for stopping by, I’d love to hear what you think about the spaces!

Until next time!

K

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Master Bedroom Complete, YAY!!

Just typing that the master bedroom is complete makes me smile! It’s been a L-O-N-G five month journey and to finally be able to check this renovation off of the list feels pretty damn good. I know some of you may be thinking “jez why did it take her 5 months to finish a master bedroom remodel” and you’d be totally right to think that, but the MB was just part of the renovation which also included the upstairs hall, master bathroom and closet. The renovation of the bedroom included replacing the carpet with wood flooring, reinstalling the baseboards and adding shoe molding, painting the walls, painting the trey ceiling, adding a chandelier, moving and installing a new HVAC thermostat to the room, making Roman shades and replacing the blinds. Some of the projects were easy (painting walls) some of them not so easy (replacing the flooring), but I’ll share with you the before and after so you can see the progress we’ve made!

This the room prior to us moving in, very vanilla and those SUPER heavy brown/gold drapes were just disgusting (although very well made 13 years ago) and they had to go! I’m also not a fan of a ceiling fan, I have allergies and the damn things just move dust around and dry me out, so I knew the fan was going and soon…

master bedroom before

This is how we had the room setup for a time, it just felt too cluttered and full to me, I think I am really leaning toward a more simple feel. Plus after moving this last time I really would prefer to have less “stuff”. Also, it’s hard to see, but that carpet was N-A-S-T-Y, even though we had it professionally cleaned it was 13 years old and on it’s last legs as well.

master bedroom before

Does this wall look familiar to any of you? Maybe you have one (or two) at home as well? That’s 6 different samples of paint colors… it took us forever to agree on a color. My Hubby likes more blue whereas I would have preferred more grey, he won this round in case you’re wondering Sarcastic smile

choosing paint colors for the master bedroom

This next photo is my favorite part of the room, the painted trey ceiling, I was concerned that it would be too dark, but it’s perfect! The color is the same as we painted our dining room (Benjamin Moore Old Navy) and it’s a perfect dark navy blue. At night with the chandelier dimmed it’s very romantic… The chandelier is from Home Depot and the bronze color works perfectly with our bedroom furniture… and it has just the right amount of bling.

Navy Blue painted trey ceiling in the master bedroom

My view from the bed… I had a hard time getting this picture without the dogs trying to photo bomb wondering why mom got back in bed…

The walls are painted Benjamin Moore Stonington Grey, which does pull more to the cool side of grey, sometimes it will look more purple than blue.

Navy Blue painted trey ceiling in the master bedroom

It’s overcast outside today, but I got a break in the clouds just long enough to get some natural light in! Can you see those gorgeous wood floors? Man do I love them!

Master bedroom remodel / renovation

And I found the perfect spot for my Craig’s List chair score! The rug we picked up from the Ballard Design outlet store for less that $300! Did you know there is a Ballard Outlet near the Ikea in Cincinnati, which is only 1.5 hours away from Louisville? If you can you should check it out, it has awesome deals!!! Master bedroom remodel / renovation

I really didn’t want a rug at all (again with my stupid allergies), but our Weimaraner was sliding all over the floors and click-clacking on them at night walking around so this purchase was basically for him and also so I didn’t kill him… seriously this face!

Weimaraner face

I did make the Roman Shades, I don’t have a tutorial to share as they are a little jacked up, but they look pretty good right? The are outside mount and lined with blackout fabric, I basically never pull them up as I like my bedroom as dark as possible when I sleep. The fabric is Dwell Studio “Pantheon-Admiral” in I just adore it!

I also replaced the old blinds with these bamboo ones. I really love the filtered light and view I get when these are down during the day.

Custom Roman shades Dwell Studio Pantheon

Master bedroom remodel renovation

So now back to the bathroom remodel… we’re in sort of a holding pattern waiting for the marble to become available for us to choose for the vanities and shower curb. However I am starting to put my clothes back into the closet/dressing room so that’s super exciting and I’ll share some pictures with you soon!

Thanks as always for stopping by…

Until next time!

K

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