Master Bedroom Renovation Challenge: [Stage 8] Floor Staining & A Quest for Wall Sconces

Catch up on the renovation progress! 

…When we last left our hero, Karl, he was floor-sanding the night away to finish before a deadline set by the floor stainers. Did he make it?

Yes. Barely. As in 3am, mere hours before having to return the sander at 7am and be home to receive the stainers at 8am. What a hero. :)

Being 8 months pregnant, I was staying a few days with my folks to avoid all the renovation dust and fumes and got the following pic and text from Karl mid-morning. It read, “which one?”

I replied #3.

He said good, because that was what the stainers were already using.

Ok then…Gotta say I sure am glad that Karl and I are pretty like-minded with colors and aesthetics!

The color on #3 is called Spice Brown, but Karl later told me that in the end they decided to do a half-n-half mix of #1 (called Golden Brown, same as our main floor stain) and #3.

Going back, y’all remember what the floors looked like that made us hit the panic button in the master bedroom when we took out the carpet:

…and after Karl sanded, took out the plywood, and scraped out car putty

Our master closet was much easier.

Here’s the result of Karl’s labors!

Amazing how great they look from before! (don’t give up on your floors!)

Very happy with how awesome the master closet also looks!

Huzzah for a non-splintery hall floor!

Note the difference between the non-finished stairs and the hall floor – so smooooth!

We used the same top-notch floor stain company and water-based stain as we did our main floor, so within 3 hours of the stain and finish being laid down we could walk on it in socks. Love it.

In the meantime Karl’s been busy putting the trim back, though there are areas such as where the old closet was and around the new door on the master-closet side that we have no trim available.

door trim we need to have reproduced on master-closet side

We’re in the middle of trying to find or make reproductions of the old baseboards and door trim, so that’s taking a bit of time. We do happen to live near Lancaster county though (Amish) and are looking into one particular wood-working shop we’ve heard good stuff about. Wish us luck!

We’re also putting the faceplates on the new electrical boxes and light switches, but we have a set of wires waiting for their wall sconces to finish completely.

Which reminds me…

If you remember back in the electrical stage when we installed fixtures to have wall sconces over our bedside tables I had posted pix of a few of the ones I was considering. They were all nice, however I was quickly finding that the average quality-looking wall sconce would mean hemorrhaging paying $75-150 for EACH. That was a tad bit too much for this thrifty chick to swallow.

Then recently I was killing time in Home Depot during the heatstroke time of the day (their store has A/C, our house does not) and found myself wandering around the lighting aisles. I saw a few wall sconces that I’d seen on the website and went up for a closer look.  Two of the lights definitely looked as cheap as their $17 price.

via Home Depot
via Home Depot


Then I saw another familiar light. Huh, not bad. In fact, I rather like it. Doesn’t look cheap in-person and has good reviews online…

via Home Depot – Hampton Bay 1-light Brushed Nickel Wall Sconce

But what’s the price?

Really? $30 each?!

I can do that!

Um…why can’t I find them on the shelf?

Inquiring with a HD employee, they found out for me that they were out of stock of them, and the next nearest store had only one in stock. Geh.

Going home I began a quest of looking up inventory at other area stores and found most either didn’t carry it anymore or had 1 left. Broadening my radius a bit more, I found a store an hour away that had…2 left! Huzzah!

I immediately did their “ship to store” and paid for them. They have confirmed they have them and now the sconces lie in wait for me until I can pick them up at that location. Lucky for me that I was planning to drive through that area this coming week for a little day trip with family!

Sadly it looks like they are perhaps phasing out this particular wall sconce, which is a shame because in my effort to track it down I saw it’d been reviewed on BHG’s website as a fave among designers for its look and price. So, if you’re in the market for wall sconces and like this particular one as well, I would say go nab it right now!

I can now soon present the “look” we’re going for with decor in the bedroom and master closet. We’re talking full-on mood board. ;) Subscribe to follow along as we get down to the home stretch!

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Master Bedroom Renovation Challenge: [Stage 5] Electrical & Drywall

Catch up on the renovation progress! 

Goodness, why does summer go so fast?! How can it be the beginning of July already?!

…and will we really get this master bedroom done before baby girl comes?

Progress has been steady though. If you’ve been following via Instagram, you’ve seen that as of last week we hit the drywall and mudding/sanding stage in the project (woooo!), and this week we’re into priming and painting!

Up until now we have been working off a list of things I haphazardly scrawled onto a piece of scrap paper that we need to do to finish the bedroom and the order in which to do them. However, this hasn’t been working for both getting things done on a tight timeline and meeting the demands of my OCD “must plan all the details” brain.

Therefore this past week I sat down and mapped out an actual calendar schedule and timeline of what needs to get done each week so that we have everything finished by Aug 8th.

Yup. Gone is the “done in 6 weeks” goal, but now we have a concrete schedule for each week that will ensure we’re still done in time. The things you learn while renovating, right?

I used Google calendar and shared it with Karl so that we’re both able to see it, and we went over it together to make sure it was feasible.

Karl was onboard with having the schedule as well to plan his week, especially as he responds better to anything on a screen vs. paper, hehe. With this schedule now as a guide, so far we’re making good progress.

The electrical got done last week; we’re rigging up outlets to go on either side of the bed, and a socket for wall scounces to flank either side of the bed over top of our nightstands. Here’s a setup similar to what we’re doing:

I’m still in the process of picking out the scounces – the only criteria is that they have an on/off switch on the lamp itself. Here’s a few of the ones I’m keeping tucked away as possibilities:

I’m not sure yet if I prefer the ones with swing arms or not…thoughts?

Two Fridays ago Karl and I got all our drywall supplies (date night at the hardware store ftw!), and last week Karl and his Dad hung the drywall!

For taping the seams we opted for this webbed tape – it’s sticky on the one side, taking out the step to mud the seams and then lay the tape over, then mud again. With this we could tape and get right to mudding.

For our mud/joint compound we got quick set that needs mixing but goes up nicely and drys fast without shrinking.

Karl’s Dad showed us how to mix it and get it to the correct consistency; you want it to be similar to cake icing with no lumps. Here’s a video of Karl mixing up a batch that shows the consistency you want:

You have to work fast because it dries fast, so be sure to only mix as much as you can trowel onto the wall in a 15-minute period. 

Looks so much better already! It’s really nice to have the room back to its original footprint without the added wall-to-wall closet taking up space.

Karl has since done a few rounds of mudding and then sanding smooth with the seams; letting the mudding dry each time takes awhile, but it fits well as Karl could do the next round each evening after work.

This past weekend priming and painting happened in the master, and this week we’re doing the same in the master closet. I’m aiming to do a post next week to show the newly painted rooms, and another with the mood board for the rooms.

As it turned out so well before in the living room with setting off the beautiful wood trim, we’re using BM’s Chantilly White from the Natura line again for both the bedroom and closet. The light color will also help make the bedroom look bigger, which will be a benefit as it is still a bit on the small side as far as master bedrooms go.

Can’t wait to share with y’all the progress as paint goes up! Be sure to follow on Instagram and/or subscribe to the newsletter to follow along!

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Master Bedroom Renovation Challenge: [Stages 2-3] Closet Demolition

Catch up on the renovation progress! 

Hi all! It’s been quite the week here! Our master bedroom project slowed down last week because of some prior events and trips, but things have picked up again over this past week with Karl working on it most evenings after work. Baby girl and I have been staying away because, well, Karl doesn’t want me swinging a hammer “in my condition”, and also just to be safe as there’s speculation of drywall dust containing gluten (crazy, right?!).

Gotta say, having to take a step back and not being allowed able to help with the grunt work on the house during this pregnancy is a bit hard for me. Yes, I’m able to sit back and let someone else do it, but I want to be able to put my mark on this house as well, ya know? For example, I like being able to walk through the downstairs and think “I sanded under that radiator with my bare hands and got bloody knuckles…I scraped that wallpaper until my whole body ached, but man, look at it now!”.

In the future as I think back to our master bedroom renovation I’d much prefer to be able to think, “I knocked down that wall”, but it’s looking like I’ll have to settle for, “I found and hung pretty pictures on that wall…”. That doesn’t sound quite as memorable to me, lol. Anyone else relate? Am I just weird? (nevermind, we already know I’m weird…)

Anywho, back to demo.

Most of the closet is now out, so by the end of the day tomorrow we should have the room’s “original” closet completely knocked out!

Here’s a quick recap of pix to show the gradual process over this past week:

taking out closet rods

The back walls of the closet were an odd and thin plastic surface, kind of like a shower wall. Very weird, but not too difficult to pull away.

Surprise, surprise…more plywood. Still have no idea why the past owner did this.

The past owner seemed to have gone to town with an overabundance of screws in the posts, so it took awhile to get them down.

Look! Original wood flooring! :) …that the past owner put screws through…ggrrrrr.

The closet’s header is simply a 2×4 and…you guessed it…plywood beneath drywall. That’s all coming down tomorrow, which I’m really looking forward to as I know the room is gonna feel so much more open once it’s out!

After all of Karl’s heroic efforts from this week, here’s what it looks like as of now:

p.s. – I couldn’t get any full pictures of the closet because of all the debris in the room, and I didn’t want to risk getting stuck by a nail or screw and then have to get a tetanus shot while preggo, soooo…this will have to do. ;)

Yay for progress!

After the closet’s demo is complete, we’ll be running some wiring and drywalling, mudding, and sanding the back wall of where the closet had been.

…and then comes what I’m so excited to see happen – primer and paint!

Stay tuned! Also, I’ll be posting on Instagram this weekend to show the header coming down, so follow along!

Have a good weekend, y’all!

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