[january 2017 view down our master bedroom hallway]
I’ve been sharing a bit of our home renovation story here on the blog, but I feel like I need to back up just a bit and show more of what things look like before we get started. We had already done TONS to the place in the early years of ownership. We just sort of stalled out after removing hundreds of square feet of stubborn wallpaper (it was even over the woodwork, ceilings, and doors!), painting cabinets, replacing the original green shag carpeting, and astroturf on the balcony with tile. Since that time, we’ve just done a few simple projects like replacing faucets and a few light fixtures. Sigh.
I’m sharing a few “tour” photos through our master bedroom space in this post so you can start to get an idea of the space. Really, it’s just a walk down our hallway into our master bedroom walk-in closet and bathroom. (Mostly because all of the stuff we cleared out of the walk-in is currently stashed in piles in the room, and this is the area we’re currently focused on updating.)
Fast forward to this past year – and we just came to a point when we understood that we needed to change and reorganize things to better meet the needs of our evolving family. Both of our boys are now older, and that means they were finally ready to start letting go of a lot of their older toys, plus really wanting more designated space for entertainment and studies. That means big changes to their room.
[peek inside the master walk-in closet as we got started on things]
My husband, Andrew and I, are personally at the point where we’re all about less is more. We want less clutter, and more clean + functional design. So we started making a list. We love the bones of our space, the neighborhood we’re in, the location in the city relative to his work (I don’t have to commute, obviously), and the amenities that our homeowner’s association offers.
So, naturally we made the tough choice to start renovating the space versus looking to purchase a new home. Any time you choose to disrupt the space you’re living in, it’s tough. It’s meant lots of clutter and shifting things from one place to another while we work – but we’re starting to see big results, too, and that’s great for keeping us motivated to keep moving through the challenges.
[master bedroom bathroom sink – closet to the right]
We decided to start in our master bedroom, and work our way through to our sons’ bedroom and then the bathrooms and kitchen. My first post featured our adventures in removing the popcorn texture from our ceilings. Which is totally an ongoing process. We’re almost finished up with our walk-in master closet, and I’ll be posting the final images in the coming weeks along with a before and after. I’ve been pondering paint samples and flooring samples while planning how to rearrange things to fit what we most love and need in our spaces, and its been super exciting and fun.
[master bedroom bath – closet directly behind]
I hope you’ll join me as I post our journey – it’s a totally honest one. You’ll see the mess and clutter before, mishaps along the way, and what worked and didn’t for us, because I decided that as embarrassing as it is, I’d rather be real and show how we’ve changed and made things better than try to sugar coat things.