Friday, February 21, 2014

What A Difference! Master Bedroom

It was time to paint the master bedroom............actually, this was one of those projects that starts out as ONE project........and turns into MANY more.....
We were removing the old popcorn ceiling from the main part of the house.......and got a little carried away....but that is for another time...........

 Back to the master bedroom............We started by removing the popcorn ceiling - that is a big messy job, especially the way we did it. We decided to scrape the ceiling when it was dry rather than spray with water and then scrape. This resulted in a lot of dust...LOTS of dust - wearing a mask was necessary. We tried to do the scraping as evenly as possible so that the ceiling would still have texture.

On this picture above, you can see the popcorn ceiling - the bumpy surface....there were also sparkles in it. We scraped all of that - thankfully, we kept the doors shut, windows open with box fans blowing out while we did it and also covered the register vents with plastic to keep the dust as contained as possible............Then we had to dust and wash the walls of all the drywall dust......and patch the walls in places.


By the way, for those of you who do not know what "popcorn" ceiling is.......it basically has little balls of syrofoam or some such substance all over it, hence the name "popcorn".  It gives a real strong textured look and was quite popular many years ago. We have lived with it and been fine with it - decided to leave it due to the work........BUT it was so worth doing!!!!

With just the scraping of the popcorn ceilings - the room looked a bit brighter - it was surprising how much darker the ceilings looked with those "popcorn" pieces causing shadows and holding dust.




The ceilings also needed to be dusted........and dusted......and vacuumed.....and dusted. It seemed like there was a LOT of drywall dust on there.



First- we painted the closets a pale soft green - and the walls are a darker blue that almost has some lavender in it.







 I wanted to do something really different......we decided to paint the woodwork white and I wanted a darker blue color.........we put color samples on the wall in different places and left them for a couple of weeks before we started any of the job - this room doesn't get sunlight so I didn't want to make it dark and gloomy, but we wanted something different.  Finally we eliminated all but the color we chose.
 In the main part of the house, we painted the ceilings that we had scraped - and we loved the soft creamy white color, which reflected the light nicely. My artistic mind started running with ideas for this bedroom though and I asked my husband if we could paint a stronger color on the ceiling. He agreed, which surprised me, but he said he has learned to trust my ideas(usually!).  :)

This is the master bedroom and we have considered selling our house, so the main idea is to keep things "neutral".  "Hmmmph", I do not want to keep them neutral, but I also don't want to chase off prospective buyers if we move, so all of this was feeling risky - especially since money was tight and we didn't want to have to paint over everything if it didn't turn out right.


We really liked the color blue for the walls, but also felt concern that it may make the room too dark, but we kept on painting all around.....and the white woodwork really worked well with the blue walls. We loved it. :)  So, now for the ceiling.........I went step by step according to inspiration which didn't come all at once.  First, we bought some light/medium blue paint and painted the diagonal walls of the ceiling. I decided to go a little darker with the top of the inset ceiling, so mixed the diagonal ceiling wall with some of the darker blue wall paint and painted that in the top.

Initially, we painted the entire diagonal ceiling "wall" with the medium color, but found that it seemed to be a bit dull, so I had the idea to paint a wrap around part from the horizontal ceiling at the bottom and it worked. It is a 9" strip all the way around and it really made the ceiling stand out.








Using some stencils that I already had, I chose about 3 parts of it and did a repeating pattern in white, inside of a circle I had penciled in around the ceiling fan/light. I wanted to create a medallion look- without buying something. :)  


I used the same stencils and made a swag at each corner of the diagonal part of the ceiling.....and there is a small repeating line pattern that runs around the inside of the tray part of the ceiling. I loved it and was excited.....but was really pleased when my husband and family loved it.

Ceiling fan is put back together..........


The effect is charming - and romantic......


This is after the new carpet was installed.....



I had wanted to go for the "wow" factor in the changing of our room.........and we are so pleased with it.

I explained what we had done to our room to my builder brother and he said it was a mistake that amateurs make in painting. I didn't think so, but sent him this picture. I loved it when he agreed that it was nice and wouldn't detract from selling.






We lived without carpet in our bedrooms for several weeks, while we waited to be able to afford to buy it. It was a challenge and meant moving all of the furniture more than once, but it worked and we were really thankful for big and little area rugs.





This was a project that really turned out well - we still need to replace the old mirrored closet doors that don't work right anymore....and are saving money for that. The room is darker than it was before, but it does not, in any way, seem gloomy.........it is very inviting and appealing. I love having the smaller lamps and softer lights on.........but also the overhead light.

For cost, we bought paint for the walls, woodwork and ceiling. There were masks to use while scraping. The carpet was the most expensive part, but the carpet was probably 30 years old and NEEDED to be replaced so all of the bedrooms had new carpet put in. We also had to buy drywall mud for fixing chips or holes in the wall. All in all, this project took many man (and woman) hours, but the actual outlay of money was not very high for a completely new look.

Thank you for joining me...........after reviewing this again, I am wondering what other projects we might want to do! :)


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34 comments:

  1. Wow it's beautiful! What a nice big room! I'm sure it feels so much nicer with carpet in it now too! We have/had the popcorn ceilings. I still have three bedrooms with it. We should have scraped it off by now but we just keep painting it a fresh white each time I change the room. One of these days!

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    1. Painting it would still be better than the plain popcorn! We love the difference this project has made. :) Thank you for stopping by.

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  2. That is so pretty. I love the blue. It will seem like waking up in the morning and being greeted by the sky.
    Smiles, Dottie

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    1. Thank you.... it is darker than we had planned, but oh, how we love it! :)

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  3. wow great room...fabulous job of the ceiling and I love your bed!
    Glad you told us to get the popcorn wet! great tip and I will pass this along to our kids who have a big kitchen job ahead!

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    1. It is a large room - thank you for visiting.... this is one of those messy projects that is well worth doing. :)

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  4. I think your room turned out beautifully! We had those popcorn ceilings in our previous house and slowly managed to get rid of that awful stuff. The previous owner of that house had been a heavy smoker, so that popcorn acted like a sponge for all that smoke, making it an absolute necessity to get rid of it. We went the "spray-down with water" route, because my hubby wanted to add a nice texture to the ceilings. He paid his way through college doing drywall, so he knew what he was doing....lol! I was just the "flunky!"

    Thanks so much for visiting my blog and leaving a sweet comment!

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    1. Thank you for the kind words. :) Oh, yuck, a smoker in rooms with popcorn ceilings would really make a mess! Glad you and your husband were able to deal w/ it... Thank you for visiting. :)

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  5. This is so beautiful, i must have been really hard work but all worth it. Really nice...

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    1. Thank you... it was a lot of work, but it was worth it. :) So glad to have you visit.

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  6. The end result will be gorgeous- I lived through a complete home remodel/addition in 2011 and it was soooo much work (and dust) but we are very happy with the results.

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    1. It is..... the remodel phase and the mess are a lot of work! Glad you are happy w/ the results.... it is nice to make changes. :)

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  7. Oh this is gorgeous! I love the blue ceiling and white stenciling. We have a blue master bedroom also with dark furniture. We haven't attempted to paint the angled ceiling.

    Thanks for sharing this with my Small Victories Sunday linky! you're a very talented and inspiring homemaker! :)

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    1. Thank you......I didn't even realize it was possible to paint the angled ceiling, but when I found out it could be done, it just seemed like we SHOULD. :) It has become quite a focal point for our room and we love it. Thank you for visiting and commenting. :)

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  8. Oh, wow! This is just beautiful! What a wonderful job! I know it was a lot of hard work, but seeing the end result is so worth it. I love the purple color....I love dark walls and never find them gloomy, but I find them very soothing. You must never want to leave your room!!! LOL! Thanks for stopping by my blog...so happy to have met you.

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    1. Thank you.... We do find them soothing.... I was concerned they would be too dark, but the room really is a sanctuary for us. :)

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  9. Oh my, what a huge difference removing that popcorn ceiling made....love the blue color you chose! Such a soothing color for the bedroom and the end result is beautiful, must have been a lot of hard work:) Love the gorgeous bed! Thanks for letting us take a peek! hugs, Poppy

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    1. Thank you - it did make such a difference - much more than we thought and we wondered WHY we had waited so long to do it. :) God provided that bed for a great price at a garage sale and we just added our mattress and box spring... what a blessing. Thank you for visiting. :)

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  10. You have done a lovely job! I can't imagine the work or mess, but it is the outcome that matters :) Enjoying your blog so much. Thank you for visiting me (I try to return back comments), and hope to be back! Blessings!

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    1. Thank you.... and thank you for visiting.... so sorry I was so far behind on my comments! :)

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  11. Hi what a beautiful job you did with the painting and it looks so pretty. Thanks so much for stopping by my blog today and leaving the nice comment on my dry shampoo post. Have a nice weekend.
    Julie

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    1. Thank you.... and it is so nice to have you visit. :)

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  12. Such a pretty solution to a previous popcorn problem! Love the colour of blue on your walls; looks a lot like ours in our master bedroom, very calming. I especially am enchanted with your beautiful paint feature around the light fixture; so swirly and serene, perfect for staring at before slipping into the realm of dreams!

    Happy March 1st!

    Poppy

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    1. Thank you.... very sweet comment.... the medallion around the ceiling fan was just a few odd stencils put into a pattern around the fan- I was a bit nervous about how it would turn out, but so pleased that it did. :) Thank you for visiting.

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  13. What a lovely transformation. The blue ceiling and the white stencil create such serenity. Just beautiful. I saw you at the French Country Cottage link party. Ann Marie @ Iris Abbey

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    1. Thank you.... I was going for a romantic and calm sanctuary look and it seemed to work! :) Thank you for visiting.

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  14. I love that blue and you did a great job on this room. Thanks for linking to TTF!

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    1. Thank you........so glad you stopped by. :)

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  15. Looks lovely. Thanks for sharing.
    Sherry

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  16. I love the tone of the blue you picked! What a difference. Thanks for sharing at the party! Hope to see you again this week. Theresa @DearCreatives

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    1. Thank you... it took several days to choose that exact color - I kept taping up paint samples, then eliminated them one by one over about a week's time. Finally this is the one we kept being drawn to. :)

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  17. Why such beautiful detail. Absolutely gorgeous. I would love it if you would share this inspirational post at our WIW Linky party. I hope you can join us!

    Paula
    ivyandelephants.blogspot.com

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    1. Thank you...... I a m sharing it.... thanks for the invite. :)

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