Monday, 6 January 2014

Our Second Bedroom: The Next Big Project

So every year we choose one big remodel that we'll be working on in the house.  Of course, we'll always have smaller projects on the go at any one time but to minimise upheaval, we try to concentrate our efforts if we're talking about ceilings/flooring/remodelling/dust/chaos to one or two big DIY jobs a year.

In 2010, the year we moved in, it was the living room.  In 2011, it was the kitchen.  In 2012, it was the dressing room and the cellar.  In 2013, it was completing the cellar and the start of the bathroom remodel.


This year, obviously our biggest priority is to get the bathroom done.  It was the project that should have been completed last year but well, it's spilled over into this year and so we have to - I mean HAVE TO - check this one off before we get started on the next one.  And we are both ITCHING to get started on this one so it'll give us the impetus to get that one checked off the list!


Have you guessed what the next one is? ;)

Our second bedroom had a cheap and cheerful makeover when we first moved in.  The walls were painted white, and it became part guest bedroom and part Wayne's office/games room.

Here's what it looked like back in 2011 when it was still quite plain but relatively okay...


The other side of the room didn't get much love really, because, frankly it was ugly with a cheapo laminate desk and big black everything... erghh.  I had to trawl through my old pictures to find these ones from 2010. Needless to say, the desk and office chair were leftovers from Wayne's bachelor days for playing his PC games.


We'd put up shelving in there too although it didn't stay this tidy for very long...


Now, it was fine for what it was - a quick fix while we got on with the rest of the house.  The red and white colour theme was really for Wayne as red is his favourite colour so I figured I'd do up the space so that he enjoyed being in there too.  (See how nice I am?)

Anyway, once we finished the man cave, Wayne no longer needed the "gaming" desk in here so we moved the desk out and got rid of that horrible chair.  The room remained simply a guest bedroom until it was called in for storage - as the 2nd largest bedroom, it had plenty of space and so it instantly became a crap magnet.

Well, the room has slowly deteriorated in the last couple of years with the bathroom remodel being the pivotal point in it's demise as we ended up doing work in there when the weather wasn't great and storing all manner of supplies since it's right next to the bathroom.  Note the no longer neat, tidy shelves... mmhmm.


Even though most of those supplies are now gone, it still looks like shit now, filled with things like small furniture we have no real use for and overflowing paperwork and bits and pieces.  For as often as we have guests staying the night (a few times a year maybe?), it seems like a ridiculous waste of good real estate.

It is also being used as 'Meisha's room'.  When she first arrived, we put her in there with her food, water and tray and her cat bed to keep her safe and out of mischief.  She still stays in there during the day while we're at work and when we go to sleep at night but she's getting old enough now that she doesn't need so much protecting and she'll soon be able to roam the house like Pablo does.  A whole room for a small cat?  I think you'll agree it's unnecessary.

We've already started with the remedial works - over the holidays, I donated 5 large bin bags of clothing, bedding and cushions to charity and we took a whopping 8 large bin bags of general rubbish to the tip. There's more clearing out to do but it gives you a good idea of just how much STUFF this room has accumulated.


Preach it, Billy.

Well, I'm happy to say the room is going to be getting a full makeover to turn it back to a guestbed/office but this time the office will be MINE!!  Whoop!!  At the moment, I do all my blogging in the dining room but it's not the most productive space and since I've taken on some freelance work as well as working from home on the odd occasion, it makes sense for me to utilise the space.


Here's the list of what needs to happen before anything else:
  • Rip out huge corner cupboard that currently houses the old defunct boiler and repair/plaster walls. We had a blockage in the fireplace cavity a few weeks back which meant we ended up with a lot of damp on the wall and in the cupboard. This has now been sorted but the smelly cupboard needs to go.
  • Rip out the old carpeting and replace (I'd love to refinish the wood floors in here but Wayne insists on carpeting in bedrooms so that was a non-starter.  You have to make compromises sometimes, eh?)
  • The ceiling is currently covered in swirly artex. This needs removing and the ceiling replastered. Coving needs to be installed where we rip out the cupboard.
  • Install a new light fixture.  The red one is fun but I'm kind of over it and it won't go with the new look.
  • Seeing as we're removing a cupboard which is currently used for storage, we need to install a better storage solution in this space.
  • When we do have guests, we want the room to serve as a comfortable guest bedroom.
  • When we don't have guests (which will be 95% of the time), we don't want a large bed taking up all the space.

These are the requirements for the new room:
  • Functional home office
  • Functional guest bedroom
  • Art studio (for me to paint - the room gets great light)
  • Sewing room
  • Storage cupboards for paperwork, bedding and all the small accessories that I'm not currently using but that I can still access when I do vignette refreshes around my home.

For the guest bedroom and storage side of things, the double bed is going and in it's place, I'm going to be sharing a GENIUS idea that one of my friends came up with so I'll be sharing her creation with you soon so you can see how we'll be creating our own version.

Of course, all my dreamy wistfullness over this room is naturally on the office and decor side of things.  I've never had a proper home office before so my head is filled with all the things I can do.  I'll be sharing some more of my inspiration with you in a future post!

Now, this is not a room that's going to be transformed overnight - it's a big overhaul from floor to ceiling and everything in between.  Can't wait for the ride?  Me neither!!

Now, let's get this bloody bathroom on the road already so we can begin, eh?


Don't miss a thing!


Image credits: 1 / 2 / 3  All others my own. 


12 comments:

  1. As a fellow Spare Room Crusader I will definitely be keeping an eye on this, for motivation more than anything. I too am guilty of having a 'crap magnet' of a spare room (although in fairness, we did just move in last summer), and I dream of having a well organised, functional craft room/office/guest bedroom.

    We can do this!

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  2. Wow, that red lamp is certainly an eye-catcher! How exciting to have another room to completely remodel, get your bathroom done quickly now so that I can see the progress you're making in this room ;-) Though I can pretty much picture what it might look like... xo

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  3. I can see how you would be excited to get moving on this room but I have a hard time believing Wayne is "itching" to get started! Maybe he's just a glutton for punishment? And since it has been Meisha's room, will she have to approve the plans? If she is like my cats, she will want to be where you are, so perhaps a little Meisha play/sleep spot should be included! :)

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  4. Sounds like a project you can both really get stuck into (once the bathroom is out of the way!) :) Looking forward to seeing what you come up with!

    We have a 3 bed house with 1 room as a Man Cave, and the spare as a guest room; although we have guests pretty rarely too, so also use it to keep our washing airer out of sight. Strangely, I've ended up making it the most fun room in the house; with a wall of maps, a faux-bird lampshade, an old school desk, a huge canvas I painted of Batman, and an educational poster about dinosaurs. I think I'm just practising in case we have a tiny person to share it with in the future... :) xxx

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  5. Love that quote!
    And I think you've done it in the right order. When you're doing up a bathroom you need somewhere to dump all the rubbish and tools etc. And now that the mucky jobs are done, you can give that room a little love :) Excited to see what you do with it! xx

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  6. Happy New Year Kimmy! And can't wait to see what you're going to do with the room! I'm sure it will be AWESOME! :-)

    Natascha XOXO

    p.s. My guest room often looks like yours as well hehe. It's where I put the laundry to dry when I don't have guests.

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  7. Exciting exciting, can't wait to see what you come up with! I'm just polishing off our guest bedroom/office space too, it's an easy one to let slide for a while I think. Good luck with finishing the bathroom too and Happy New Year me dears!xx

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  8. Now, as exciting as all this is, I am most excited by your mysterious GENIUS solution to a spare bed. I'm assuming it's not a sofa bed, you wouldn't be calling that genius after all. I loathe sofa beds - damn uncomfy things - so as we never wanted guests to suffer a rubbish night's sleep we stuck with beds but freely admit we are lucky to have the space. So I am very intrigued by this!!!

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  9. How exciting! I'm doing my guest bedroom up in the next few weeks so I'm intrigued to see your friends genius idea for the double bed - I think I'm going to plump for a day bed and trundle as, like yourself, I don't want a bed massive bed taking up the space when its rarely used. Can't wait to see your finished bathroom also - happy new year!

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  10. Looking forward to seeing how it all turns out! Your inspirational images looks great, how exciting!! x

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  11. Ooh hurry up with the bathroom then (it already looks stunning, can't wait to see it in its finished state!), so we can start ogling over your office makeover! I'm also excited to see the bed solution! xxx

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