Pictures of the master bedroom and adjoining dressing room on the second floor.
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Return to done in six months...
Here is the front corner of the bedroom, looking out over the street and park. New Marvin wood windows to be installed this fall. Dave successfully stripped the green striped wallpaper and the floral wallpaper from this room. We are considering replacing the window moldings, but may just try to strip them instead.
Here's the official "before" picture of the color scheme in the bedroom. We love love love this alcove area, and the arch above it is simply gorgeous. Can't wait to have this room done up right!
Standing in the middle of the bedroom, one can see through the open pass-through (between two closets) into the dressing room. We will be flipping the closet door here to the other side, so that it opens into the dressing room, which will be a nursery. The pass-through will be merged with the closet to the left of it (not visible in this picture) and turned into a large double closet that opens to the master bedroom.
Details of how tightly the wallpaper was attached to the wall. It involved a lot of scraping. Still need to do the dressing room.
Front right side of the bedroom. Stripping the wallpaper was tough, but Dave did a fantastic job!
Here's the current bedroom furniture setup. We are in the market for a beautiful antique furniture set, so this will be for sale once we find "the one". Stripping all the wallpaper in this room was tough, but not waking up to green stripes, pink walls, and multicolored floral prints was SO worth it.
Detail of the beat-up (and lead-paint encrusted) baseboards. We are ripping these out and replacing them with new wood in the same style. They will be repainted white in non-lead paint. For scale, these are about 8 inches high.
This picture is at the front of the house, post stripping the green striped wallpaper. Tracks for the old shelving still need to come down as well. The radiator can be seen behind the (temporary location of) the t.v. Since we need the wall space for a dresser/armoire (and turning the dressing room into a nursery), we will be removing the radiator and replacing it with baseboard heat along the front wall here.
Other than window treatments and installing a couple bedside sconces and other minor decorating, our bedroom is finally finished.
The wall color is Benjamin Moore's Jamesboro Gold and the trim is in White Dove. All new baseboards and trim have really helped pull together the room with crisp lines. The arch over the bed alcove was meticulously restored, and the tin ceilings were left in place.
Rug in the foreground and the nightstand are from Room and Board, while the iron bed in antique brass comes from Pottery Barn (matching sconces to be hung shortly on either side of the bed). Bedding is Calvin Klein Home.
This corner is where a closet and bookshelves formerly stood. We rocked over the closet opening in the master bedroom and switched it to open into the nursery, which was formally divided into a separate bedroom.
The fireplace and mantle were cleaned up and refinished in black, and the radiator cover was stripped of the peeling pink paint and refinished in a warm white. The tall chest of drawers is from Room and Board, while the Tiffany-style hanging ceiling light was a good find in the Bowery of NYC.
We are looking for an antique mirror to hang above the fireplace, and perhaps some botanical prints to go above the radiator.
The t.v., bins, and sidetable will find new homes once we finish organizing other rooms, but this is the front left corner of the room, taken from the bedroom alcove.
We are looking for a small reading chair to place in front of the radiator and corner window. My great grandfather's lamp can be seen in front of the fireplace here, and with the right glass shade will match nicely with our other furniture.
This is where there was a former pass-through to the back dressing room (which has now been made into its own room and became the nursery). We decided to eliminate the small closet (which stood where the chest of drawers is now located) and combine instead the pass-through and a closet that was part of the dressing room into a master bedroom double-door closet.