Today I’m going to share with you Reid’s bedroom and bathroom makeover, but first we’re going to take a step back in time and visit the remodel from our previous house.
In 2012, we remodeled our “Forever Home” and no surface went untouched. Bathrooms and kitchens were gutted, walls were removed, and flooring, windows, and doors were replaced. The remodel took an entire year and we lived in the house as it was being renovated.
We thought we would grow old there. We loved this house. It had character and it was our home, not just a house. It had beautiful gardens and landscaping and a big screened in porch to sit on while the kids played in the backyard.
But time changes most things and our cut-through street became busier and noisier, and there weren’t any kids in our neighborhood. So we put our beautiful forever home on the market…
….and it sold the first day….
…on a cold and rainy January day…
….with five counter offers.
So if we had been looking for a sign to tell us if this was the right thing to do, then I think those five offers were that sign.
We now live in what I have dubbed our “Ten Year Home”. We plan on living here until the kids go off to college and then moving to our sweet little farmland we recently purchased. This house is beautiful in its own way, but it has lots of updating that needs to be done and unlike the last time, we plan on doing it slowly. We don’t want to live in the chaos we lived in before and we don’t want to “lose” another year of our life while contractors and workers storm the house every day.
I have to admit it was hard going from our dream finishes to outdated bathrooms and such, but I see the positives in all of this. Our kids are thriving in this neighborhood. They have friends dropping by all the time, which I absolutely love. The greenway runs by our subdivision and we have a scenic drive or walk by the lake every time we leave the house. These things far outweigh having the perfect finishes in my opinion. Remember, I’ve had those perfect finishes and they improved the aesthetics of the house, but not our quality of life. Priorities. That’s what I have to bare in mind when I get impatient with our updating.
Anyhoo…On to the all of our new projects…which are happening at a snail’s pace by the way.
Our first room to be updated was our youngest son’s room. He was eight at the time and I wanted the transition of moving to be a happy experience for him. His room was very big, but also very bland. When we moved in, it was obvious this room hadn’t been painted in some time and on top of that, it was beige from top to bottom. The walls were beige, the trim and doors were a different beige, and then of course, there was the beige carpet to tie it all together.
The bookcase had belonged to my grandmother and was the original stained finish from the 1940s. I painted it a black satin to match the bed and chest of drawers.
Although Reid asked for red walls again, I flat-out denied that request. His former room was red and it took 4 coats of paint to cover the walls. This room was much bigger and I wasn’t willing to put that much time and effort into it, knowing he would want to change the color at some point… probably sooner than later! We compromised on a neutral wall color with red bedding.
We painted the walls of his bedroom and the adjoining bathrooms Expedition Khaki by Behr paints and the trim and doors were painted Bright White. White trim makes such a huge difference and you probably can’t understand that until you’ve changed from beige to white. The beige trim looked dirty and dingy even though it was actually clean. It’s the small things that make my heart sing!
My husband thought this was cute…which it was (kind of) until we tried to cover that dried paint. Don’t do this at home. At least don’t do it and let the paint dry! You’ll regret it. Even after a couple of coats of paint, we could still see Reid’s name!
After painting the walls, we took the bed outside, put it back together, and spray painted it with Rustoleum Black Satin. As you can see in the picture above, the new wall and bed color made a difference to the room, but it was still lacking that wow factor. So I started searching for fun sheets that a 9 year old boy would love, along with some fun printed curtains that wouldn’t overpower or contrast with the bedding.
So here’s the finale. The red quilt is from Pottery Barn Kids. It’s very lightweight and perfect for living in the south. If you live in a colder clime, then you’ll want something much thicker than this particular quilt. The sheets are from Tommy Hilfiger and I bought them new off of ebay since these are no longer available in regular stores. In the winter, I change the sheets out for coordinating plaid ones for a new look. The curtains are from Target. I’ve tried to talk Reid into some sort of decoration over the bed, but he refuses and since it’s is room, I’ve given in.
I let him choose his own wall decor and this is what he picked out. You gotta love boys! The skull came from Garden Ridge and the bulletin board was found at Marshalls.
A body pillow was wrapped in a flat sheet to add some interest and additional colors to the foot of the bed.
Blue and white curtains were purchased at Target.
The extra large wall clock ties in colors from the wall and the bedding. I loved the rustic look to it. It was also picked out by Reid during a shopping spree at Garden Ridge. The bookcase was painted black to match the rest of the bedroom furniture and the red and blue coordinating baskets were added to hold small toys. They were from Garden Ridge also.
This is the Jack and Jill bathroom. Red and blue Tommy Hilfiger towels hang from a rustic metal rack.
The gold faucet was replaced with an oil rubbed bronze faucet. Door hardware including hinges were also changed to oil rubbed bronze. The outdated 1990s mirror was trimmed out in a decorative frame which was custom made by Frame My Mirror. I love the richness of the mirror frame. It gives a designer look to an unsightly mirror.
We plan on doing a major overhaul to the bathrooms at some point in the future so this was just a bit of cosmetic work to hold us over until then. Hope you enjoyed it!
Over the next few months, I’ll be posting some before and afters of our first renovation and what we learned from it so I hope you’ll check back in to see the amazing transformation our old house went through.