Bedroom Renovation Reveal

I truly apologize for how long this has taken. I am old and slow. But I love, love, love what all that slow, hard work produced. You might remember that my motivation for renovating my bedroom was some water damage to the ceiling. I gazed at the ceiling for a long time trying to imagine what I might be capable of doing on my own with a very limited budget. I ain’t no sheetrock hanger. Plaster work is waayy beyond me. Wood paneling with a nautical flair? Sure thing!!! wood paneled ceiling with exposed brass screws

I did find it very difficult to do this ceiling justice in a photograph. It glows and is so pretty. wood paneled ceiling with exposed brass screws

I have never liked my bed in its last location. But I had to get a huge, upholstered headboard out of my system so it had to go against a wall, not a window. It has always belonged where it is now. Gold leafing is messy, by the way. But it is a pretty had to stand in the closet to get this shot.golden-headboard


I found a vintage medical cart to use as a bedside table. I was looking for a small bureau (and tried to steal one from my mom) but when I saw this I couldn’t resist! 
my DIY gold leaf headboardbedside tablebedside-table-detailcupboard-goodies

Next on the tour is the wall to our right. I have always loved a big stack-o-books. I have seen these floating stacks in lots of cool rooms but the price for the system to do it was beyond me. I used L brackets.

DIY stack of books


Beside the doorway is a little table and mirror. And more books. I want you to know that I have a huge bag full of books I am taking to Powell’s Bookstore to sell. I was brutal in my editing!little table next to the door

And now to the west side of the room. Here is the best feature during the summer: the fan in the window.

fan in the window


A look at the other side of the leaf headboardvintage-lampshade-hoarder

I love my little art ledges. As often as I like to change things around they will be so handy.

I am happy with my new room. I just spent the week with a bad cold and so was in it for long periods of time. It was a balm to my soul. Why don’t you just come over and see it for yourself!


A Librarian’s Bathroom

Is it a bathroom? Is it a library? It’s both! It is a librarian’s bathroom. Actually, two librarians. My husband’s niece and her husband just finished adding a master bath in their craftsman home in Portland.  It is quite spectacular. Almost everything in it is custom-made for the space. The flooring and fireplace mantel were both milled from the houses original framing that was removed for the remodel. Just look at this light-filled space!a librarian's bathroomThe room has two skylights, french doors and a stained glass window. It is the definition of a light filled room. The stained glass window lives over the tub.stained glass window

Are you ready for more? You are not going to believe what one gets to gaze upon while reclining in a bubble bath.electric fireplace across from the bathtub

With the flip of a switch a crackling fire appears for your bathtime enjoyment. A little surprise is hiding behind the art….artwork hides bathroom cabinet

I know. Amazing. I am not done. Let’s have a look at the bathroom sinks, shall we?library-bathroom-sink-cabinetry

Jim and Juliet’s contractor repurposed an antique asian cabinet into a sink base. He also adjusted the doors so they can be opened with a simple push. The mirror is so great.vintage mirror used over bathroom sinksschoolhouse electric lighting

The shower is roomy with a skylight to brighten your morning. It has a bench seat and a cubby for storage.

skylight over the shower

One more treat for you. French doors leading to a balcony that is large enough for table and chairs. balcony off the bathroombathroom balcony

They repurposed vintage windows along each side for more light. Here is one side:side-light-vintage-window-in-balcony

Some darling signage happening:          vintage-raven-shoe-sign

Juliet chose a built-in tub because her cats keep her company as she bathes. They couldn’t perch very easily on a free-standing tub. Loretta the cat very kindly demonstrated. kitty-takes-a-bath

bookshelves in the bathroom

So there you have it: a librarian’s bathroom. If you are interested here is the contractor’s website entry.

Lighting: Schoolhouse Electric

Tub & Sink: Kohler

Toilet: Carmona

Faucets: Pfister

Cabinet door: Plywerk

Cabinet door art: Ted Davee’s “Crow Film”

Fireplace: Valor

Cabinet: Cargo



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