When we first moved into our house, one of the only rooms that didn’t need immediate TLC was the “master” bedroom.
But then we found the mold.
The house has had a mildewy smell since we moved in, but over the summer we started to really notice it; as things got hot, the mold and mildew grew happier. So Shawn started poking around a bit, knowing that the main source was the disaster that is the crawl space (the main reason for any of our grey hairs). But he also found that the master wall adjacent to the master bath had some black mold behind it. Needless to say, we moved out and into the lovely wallpapered guest bedroom, and the master become priority #1 (alongside all the other priority #1s: crawl space, putting the kitchen back together, getting Fios so we can watch TV and have real internet, etc). We really dove into the master bedroom project in December 2014, and finished the major things in February 2015. This past weekend we finally got curtains.
Here are the steps we (mostly Shawn) took to get from Point A to Point B:
- Move as much as possible out of the room. Move anything that can’t be moved out to center, and cover.
- Tear down these walls! We ripped out the wood paneling, nasty drywall, terrible electrical work, trim, closet, and insulation. This part’s kinda fun.
- Re-insulate. Shawn insulated the exterior walls, and I did the soundproofing. Yes, I did something! Since the house is small and open concept, we decided to soundproof the interior walls (adjacent to the hall bath and guest bedroom).
- Re-do all the electrical work. Before drywall went back up, my in-house electrician/lover rewired everything to prep for new lights, add outlets, add more switches for the fan and focal lights, etc. I did absolutely nothing for this part. Shawn was in the attic a lot. I ate snacks.
- Drywall Forever. This is the longest, most obnoxious part of the process–and that’s coming from the person who did maybe 1% of the work on it. Shawn hung drywall and re-screwed the ceiling into place, taped the drywall, mudded the drywall, sanded the drywall, mudded again, sanded again, mudded again. So my job was to hang the plastic to keep the sanding mess confined to one space. I wasn’t very good at my job. I also carried many objects to and from and tried to tidy up along the way. I was also bad at that job.
- Primer & Paint (and sand some more..). This is when the magic starts really happening. We finally started getting excited about this room. Shawn is great at painting, and I’m a writer, lolz. But I did primer the closet. The closet was really the place where I put in real work, and I think Shawn did that to me on purpose because it’s MY closet. I had to work for it. I also got paint on the floor.
- Add lighting, switchplates, outlet covers, and the fan. Go Shawn, go!
- Clean. I was finally useful! I filled 2-3 giant bags of trash and debris. I shopvacced (love that thing), swept, mopped, got on my hands and knees and scrubbed drywall and paint off the floor, moved stuff. I cleaned out the master bathroom, which had taken a beating from all the rinsing and moving and sanding.
- Build the headboard. All Shawn again. I should write an entire post about the headboard because of how magical it is.
- Move in! Furnish! We moved in before it was totally done because we have missed our mattress so much and it’s exciting to not sleep in the wallpapered room. Furniture list:
- Bed: Ikea Brimnes bed in black (we also have it in white)
- Bedding: Ikea sheets and pillowcases, Ikea grey blanket, Ikea duvet and cover (canvas), Target sweater blanket (white and grey)
- Desk and chair given to us by family
- Side tables: $35 tables from The Christmas Tree Store (good thing they were cheap; dog chewed on the corners the first month we had him)
- Dog: Calvert County Humane Society
- Move clothes in. This took awhile, but my closet is small and wonderful.
- Months and months (OK, about a year) after we finished the bedroom, we finally got curtains and added little details.
12. Next: Add window trim. Make closet door (it’s gonna be a sliding barn door). Redo floors (throughout house..) and then add floor trim.