Master Make-Over

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The walls in the master bedroom had been covered in a floral patterned wallpaper that was just a bit dated and torn in a few spots. We spent several days steaming and scraping the walls to reveal the probable reason the former owners decided to paper the room in the first place. Under the wallpaper were several large well spackled cracks in the plastered walls and several others that the had probably formed since the paper had been hung. We then spent another couple of days spackling and sanding to prepare for the new paint. We chose Glidden Duo Paint and Primer from Home Depot in Cafe’ Latte (lighter color) and Aged Teak (darker color).

Master bedroom from hallmaster bedroom 3Master bedroom toward closet Master bedroom toward hall Right away we installed Insola white honeycomb cordless window shades from Bed Bath & Beyond. I knew that eventually I wanted to incorporate some animal prints in the decor and set my sights on either the window dressing or the bed for my pallet. I found a Master Bedroom 1beautiful leopard print window scarf on Amazon. Then began my search for window panels to go with it. I thought that I would go with brown curtains as a complimentary color but at the last minute chose to go with black panels instead. The leopard print has both black and blown tones, but as I saw it, the benefit of going with black panels was the ability to change from leopard print to zebra stripe to tiger stripe to giraffe print, etc. As you can tell, I love all of the animal prints.

For the bed I went with white sheets and a white quilt and brown accent pillows and a brown quilt for the foot of the bed. I think the look is very cohesive and gives it an upscale hotel vibe. In keeping with the animal print theme, we have a few safari animals scattered about the room. See if you can spot them.

We also installed a new ceiling fan and wall sconce as well.



Creating a New Space

There is a room upstairs that is approximately 5’x7′. It used to be an open air balcony that the previous owner had enclosed. The room is too small for a bedroom and has too many windows to make it a closet. It is a small space with a lot of natural light, just perfect for a small home office.

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The floor was a flat roofing material that was very flexible, so first we needed to lay some plywood to give the floor rigidity. Next we gave the walls and trim a fresh coat of paint. As you can see from the pictures, the walls are covered with the same aluminum siding that is on the rest of the outside of the house. When the painting was finished, we installed peel and stick tiles for the floor and a baseboard around the perimeter. Then we added a new overhead lamp since there was no lighting in this room, and we installed white window blinds to help control the morning and afternoon sun. Finally we finished off the room with a small desk painted a crisp white, a bookshelf also painted a crisp white, and an accent chair that can be pulled over to the desk for use.

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