Sunday, June 27, 2010

Makeover - Cottage Bedroom - Before and After

I have now finished the makeover on the 2nd bedroom at the cottage.  All it needed was a fresh coat of paint and the carpet removed to reveal the original wood floors.  This little cabinet was bought for the shop, however, I just couldn't let it go.   

When we bought the cottage, It had been on the market for a long time and had been reduced a couple of times.  I think the place looked like a frat house and that is what put people off.  Here is the before shot of this room.
BEFORE
Behind that dresser is a sink.  Yep, in a 76 square foot room, they took valuable space for a sink unit.  WHY??????  You can see how the ceiling looks low because of the wallpaper border hung 6" below it.  You can also see the "nook" with the plywood cover.  If you look really close, you can see the creepiest painting ever.  Next to the bunk bed, turned sideways is a painting of a naked persons butt, with their hands tied behind their back with a snake.  Now if you were staging a home for sale, would you leave that thing around??? 
AFTER
Here's the room after.  The floor was quite nice, and an improvement on the carpet.  You can see the pylwood nook has been painted and a map installed over the wood.
There is 18" betweem the 2 beds, and this is the only way you can configure the room and still be able to open the door.  That nightstand barely fit.  I found these 2 hand sewn quilts at the local 2nd hand store.  Because they were quite colorful, and I didn't want this room to be cute, I painted the walls in Farrow and Ball's Cornforth White with Benjamin Moore's Oxford White trim.  I found 2 grey camp blankets in 2 different thrift shops which was lucky.
The bed frame on the left was a road find 15 years ago when my son still thought it was fun to go junk hunting with me.  It says Simmons Canada on it.  Since there is no closet in this room, and only 1 in the whole cottage, storage for linens etc is under the bed in Rubbermaid containers.
 
My daughter painted the picture above the bed here when she was in grade 4. 
 While I am not keen on this daybed anymore, it is in perfect condition, so I used it here.  It came from Ikea.  The little turquoise lamp is vintage and I had it re-wired.  You have to be careful with old lamps, sometimes the wires and plugs are in terrible condition. 
The quilts are made very simply with the prettiest floral rectangles. I bet someone saved old dresses and sheets to make these.
Looking from the day bed to the other side.....
An old caddy on the dresser holds books and odd Bits.  The old medicine cabinet is empty, but I thought renters may like a spot to stash their things.  I need to add several hooks on the wall to the left of this dresset to serve as a closet of sorts.  So that's it.  Une chambre minuscule. 

30 comments:

  1. Fantastic job Chania...youve done an amazing job at giving that room a fresh new lift...good skills! x

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  2. It's gorgeous - a massive improvement. I agree - it's amazing what renters or prospective sellers leave around the house!! That painting is seriously dodgy!

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  3. I really love the new look, Chania. I like the paint on the walls and I really prefer to see the original wooden floor. The ensemble is very warm. It may be a small room but it's comfortable. Good job!! xoxo

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  4. Very sweet...knowing how lovingly you have re-done this room, I would like to stay there.

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  5. The room transformation came out darling. Those floors are amazing. Can't believe someone would cover them up. I guess I am not surprised considering the "but" art on the wall. I laughed out loud at that one. Take care, Lori

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  6. Beautiful! You do such good work!

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  7. Looks amazing Chania. Total transformation and the one thing that made a huge difference was ridding that room of that dreaded picture. Your daughter is quite talented. I can only imagine what she paints now. I just love the old quilts and the blankets were certainly a lucky find. My favorite thing of all must be the little cabinet with the caddy on top. Perfection!

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  8. You've turned it from awful to charmingly inviting, and probably considerably increased the value of the house. That orderly and pretty look you go for works beautifully.

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  9. This is a sweet little room. It would make a perfect weekend getaway for a family with big or little kids. Thanks for sharing. The quilts are perfect.

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  10. This is so sweet, you did a great job on the re-do. I love the quilts...the whole room just looks so much better. Lezlee

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  11. Perfectly perfect in every way....love it!! xo

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  12. What a great job you've done with this room, just going to prove that big doesn't have to be best! I love what you did with the nook especially and those grey blankets are a touch of genius!

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  13. You've really made a great job of this room, and I LOVE those quilts.

    Sharon

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  14. You've done a lovely lovely job! Again!

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  15. brilliant chania, love the changes you made. and man, how crazy was is it having a sink in there?!

    looks brilliant, great job! jx

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  16. No - the little white cupboard that you bought for the store, must never be returned - it is perfect with the above, hanging medicine chest.

    I love the hues in the hand sewn quilts. What a find!

    What a remarkable change and a breath of fresh air. I love your choice of paint colour.

    Well done, Chania, great job.

    Love your Jam antics and the little square, box on your kitchen bench.

    Tracey at Velvetine Lily

    P.S: Thanks for your support re: my weekend of writing my book and getting down to business. I typed my little, heart out x o

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  17. Chania,
    What a difference, a cottage look can make!
    You really pulled that one off girl.
    I love that it has a quaint bungalow feeling to it. I think it's the quilts that really did it for me and that cute night table.

    Keep inspiring small and large spaces.
    xx
    Dore

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  18. Oh I love it! You are so talented. Those quilts are the perfect touch and you know how much I love that cabinet! I'm so glad you kept it, you can truly appreciate it. I cannot believe someone would leave such a poster up when they were selling the house! Have a a great week
    Janice

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  19. Chania, what a difference! Hooray for getting rid of the creepy and bringing back the cottage! I love the quilts, your daughter's painting, and all of the wonderful pieces of furniture and special touches throughout!

    Kat :)

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  20. The bedroom looks great Chania! Everything you have used just goes together so well! xx

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  21. Chania you've created a BEAUTIFUL & restful space....That floor is AWESOME & I LOVE how you've made a really eye catching feature of the previously 'odd' little alcove....CLEVER you....!!

    Cheers for now,
    Tamarah :o)

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  22. Chania, this room is gorgeous. I love the cabinet, the quilts, the blankets....you capture the cottage style so beautifully. I am really surprised though that you didn't hold onto the 'butt' painting! (Joking!!!). What on earth were the previous owners thinking -lol! I just love what you have done with this room my friend. Hope you have a fabulous week ~ Tina xx

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  23. Chania, you did a fantastic job. That room was really scary before. I love the patchwork quilts and the way you have tied it all together. Thanks for sharing.

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  24. Oh, I don't even want to imagine, the interest the previous owner had in that picture!

    Besides, that the room turned out well. How you managed to find two quilts the same is almost devine! It looks AUTHENTICALLY cottage!!!

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  25. We have a thunder storm pending so am trying to type quickly before my PC blows up. The before picture made my eyes water. The snake picture is worthy of an aerosole can of spray - no wonder they had to reduce the price. I love your makeover - fantastic. Your daughter's picture is very good - clicked on it to see the detail. I find your blog very inspiring.

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  26. Love it!!!! What a transformation, Chania! In such a small room. You did an amazing job and all fits so well in there.
    Hugs,
    Li :-)

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  27. How awful was that BEFORE! Love this room makeover, love how close the beds are actually. Incase your guests are a couple they won't actually feel 10ft apart.

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  28. I am dying to decorate a room with twin beds like that! Love it!

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  29. Awesome makeover...looks fresh and comfortable!
    Mary Ann

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  30. When I was about 2 years old, I liked to sit next to my Aunt Lois (born 1906) and play with the quilt pieces she was working on. Her favorite was the simple "post-card quilt" design you have on your beds, and her pieces were cut from the "good part" of worn out clothes, tablecloths, sheets, etc. Her template, of course, was an old post card. - - Louise

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I love to read each and every comment and are thrilled that you take the time to send one. Thank you so much. Chania