Though this entire house is in want of painting, I told the kids I’d start with their rooms first. Miss K was first in line since she cares the most about what her bedroom looks like. I warned them all that this would be a slow process as I was able to find time to work on their rooms. I did not lie; I can’t believe we’re only now nearing the finish line on K’s. I always think I can get waaaaay more done in any given weekend.
We got K’s painted a pale lavender (Behr “Secret Scent”) fairly quickly and I got her yellow baseboards painted in a high gloss white.
Everything was pretty! Except for her closet. Pretty dreary, right?
Her closet is weird.
Well, her whole room is a bit odd. Wait, scratch that, the entire upstairs is absolutely nuts. I’m pretty certain whoever built this house had the builders do a lot of finagling upstairs.
It’s not exact… I started out trying to take measurements and get it right, but as soon as it became clear it required math, I just tried to eyeball it the best I could. For example, the ‘triangle’ area in front of K & B’s rooms isn’t quite that sharp, but it’s close. Your house should not require the knowledge of whatever this is:
It looks to me like they were doing a lot of space stealing because they wanted a bigger master closet and bigger master bathroom.
I have absolutely no idea how K’s bedroom was supposed to look on the original builder’s plans, but I’m pretty sure this isn’t it.
I’m not one to bag on older, out of date houses, and I always feel bad when someone bashes the former owner’s wallpaper or choice in carpet or whatever. This house is a little different since it’s had a long string of tenants who liked to spray paint things, and leave dried painters tape on all the surfaces (seriously, ALL the surfaces), but we’re looking at the house’s roots here, and I’ll tell you, I am DYING to go next door and ask for a tour so I can see what their upstairs looks like. If E were the builder it would have looked something more like this:
I mean right? K’s room could even still have a pretty sweet walk in closet behind the chimney bump out. Or, now that I look at it, a smart architect could probably flip the hall bathroom around to utilize that space in the corner better and extend the hall or something. Because madness. Is there a REASON we have to have seventy million angles everywhere? Is it fancier? Is there something I just don’t know about crazy angles? Does it make a house feel more expensive or something? It just seems like it could have been laid out better than a failed geometry experiment.
It’s not even well PLANNED. Like, our master bathroom shower door? Hits the vanity. And the sharp corners in B’s closet & the hall closet… they aren’t usable.
Right, so. K’s room.
After putting it off for weeks, I finally tackled it this past weekend. There is some kind of closet system in there, but whoever spray painted this ENTIRE house yellow didn’t bother taping off much of anything, so the laminate closet system had been sprayed yellow, too. And pretty badly. The two drawers weren’t functional, and I basically wanted to set the whole thing on fire and build something custom.
But even though a lot of y’all think I’m a bit crazy for trying to make a rental homey, I didn’t want to put in the time, effort, and money to build a custom closet in here unless we ended up buying the house. I decided to work with what we had. After I fixed the drawers, lined the shelves with cute contact paper, and got the whole (dang) thing painted, it was looking much better.
Yay! Makes me want to tackle our closet next, but the pantry & N’s room are next on the list.
There’s no door on her closet, so I’m trying to figure out a curtain situation that we can live with. Again, we could totally frame out and add a door here, and the owner wouldn’t mind, but there has to be a limit to what I do to this place even though I WANT so badly to give it all the love it deserves.
It’s a good thing her dresser fits in the closet as the awkward layout of the room doesn’t leave much room for one.
Here’s a shot from the doorway, though forgive the lighting, my Photoshop is misbehaving (anyone else with CS6 on Yosemite having issues?)
Things we still want to do in here:
- Build (or more likely, hack an Ikea bench) a window seat for the window niche. I can sew a cushion and some pillows for the top.
- Swap that light (or figure out a way to disguise it) for a twinkly chandelier of some kind.
- Make and hang the curtain in the closet doorway. The ceilings are high, and there is no header to the closet doorway, so we’ll custom make something to cover the whole doorway.
- K would like a desk for all of her art supplies and drawing, I think we can fit one in the corner with a bulletin board over top.
- She’d like a white bed like she had in our Idaho house before I had to convert her room into an office, along with a nightstand to match.
- She needs some artwork. I’m pretty bad at this part. And maybe some kind of bunting or pom-pom treatment in the window niche.
Well, that list makes it sound like I have a long way to go, but this will do for now. I’m off to get the paint out from under my fingernails.