Completed Bedroom Makeover

Apologies again for the lapse in posting — at least I have a new job to show for it, working with Habitat for Humanity as an Americorps VISTA member (the domestic Peace Corps).  Anyway, let’s cut to the chase.  Maybe you remember about 4 months ago when I was posting about a freelance project I was working on – a master bedroom/master bath renovation complete with secret bookcase door.  Well, good news — the bedroom is finished!  After 4 long months, we finally managed to pull things together.  The homeowners chose this scheme with a few substitutions –

I came up with these plans for the room in SketchUp, which I turned into construction drawings which the homeowners passed along to their contractor.

Now for the photos.

Before ^

After! New furniture, linens, framed photos, and goodbye 1970s wallpaper.

Before ^

After – A new wall and bookcase door disguise the allusive Virginia Tech Hokie themed “mancave” beyond.




Because the bookcase had to be placed off center in the new wall, my design incorporated beadboard and molding to create a relationship between the existing bedroom door and the secret bookcase door.  Together, it looks like one complete, intentional architectural feature in the room.  A beige paint on the back of the bookcase adds an additional layer of depth.  Here is the door closed.

And open!  The door was custom built with casters underneath, industrial hinges, and hardwood nosing that fits very carefully into framed opening.  Too cool (and all the homeowner’s idea, of course).

Simple, craftsman style furniture with oil rubbed bronze, set against a clean white feature wall – lovely.





I had to revise my initial furniture placement ideas, after realizing that the bed needed to be placed slightly offcenter to live underneath an existing ceiling fan.  Our vanity is up against the new wall.  The vanity itself was purchased from a local used furniture store, as was the chair.  Both were oiled to remove any scratches and darken the finish a bit.  I reupholstered the chair seat cushion, which previously featured a monkey print fabric, with a slightly patterned ivory fabric.


The shag green carpet has been removed, to reveal beautiful hardwood floors underneath.  They’ve been refinished in a medium stain.  A new laundry basket and photos arrangements assembled by the homeowner complete the wall nearest the bathroom.

Ta da!


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