Sunday, January 8, 2012

The Master Bedroom

The Master Bedroom rennovation is finally finished!

I can't describe how amazing it feels to complete a room in an abandoned house and know that you-- yes, you-- did the remodel yourself. Or, in our case, hubby and I did the work together. But that's not the point. The point is rather simple. We, a couple with self-taught skills, completely rehabilitated this lovely room. How did we get from point A to point B? We weren't afraid to work.

Take a look at the room that became our Master Bedroom. We snapped this photo on the first weekend we spent at Sugar Creek, and I'm really surprised now that the room has changed so much.

Just as it's impossible to notice your children growing, it's almost impossible for hubby and I to comprehend the enormous changes at THE HOUSE AT SUGAR CREEK. This house has become our third child! We wash it, we scrub it. We paint and sand, we primer and seal. And what do we have to show for all of our hard work? We have one fantastic Master Bedroom, of course!

This past summer, hubby and I spent an afternoon sitting in this room. "We'll need to pull the nails out of the wood and fill the holes with wood putty, then sand and paint the walls," he said. I, being the chronic underachiever that I am (hey-- I have redneck genes!) tried to bargain my way out of the nail-filling portion of the remodel. "Oh, honey," I said. "Can't we just keep the nails in the walls and paint over them? The nails are historic, too!"


The process took two full days. This is an up close and personal look at the boards after we pulled the nails out of the walls. (Did I mention that there were HUNDREDS of nails? Because it's true.)

After an entire day of pulling nails, I began to procrastinate. Now I love the idea of taking an abandoned home and making it beautiful again. But it's one thing to WANT to restore a house, and quite another to actually stand on a ladder for hours on end and fill nail holes with wood putty. The days and months passed by, and we worked on other projects all over the house. And then it happened. I ran out of projects to occupy my time... or rather, I ran out of supplies to work on other projects... and VIOLA! The nail holes were filled. It was a long, tedious process. But we jammed out to the radio and promised ourselves that it would be over soon. Twelve hours later, this is what we had...

The next step was to allow the wood putty to dry and then sand until smooth. While I was sanding and beginning to coat the walls with primer, hubby began tackling his first ever historic window restoration. We assumed that it would take a full day to restore each of the windows. We were wrong. Two days later, hubby was still standing on his ladder with a putty knife in his hand. I have proof, for anyone that doubts his superb window-restoration skills...

After the window (notice that I did not say windows) restoration, we began painting the walls and trim. We went through three rolls of blue painter's tape, three gallons of paint, and then we began scrubbing the floor. Our wonderful historic architect (Lestar Martin) advised that we not refinish these original hardwoods. By sanding, staining and sealing, we would be removing one hundred and twenty-something years worth of history from these beautiful floors. I must admit that i had my doubts when Mr. Martin made this suggestion. I kept those doubts to myself, of course, because I trust his judgement completely-- but I was really worried UNTIL TODAY. Today we finished scrubbing the floors and actually applied the gloss sealer over the original, unsanded floors. Words are not really necessary. The photo speaks for itself...

After months of cleaning, sanding, filling holes with wood putty, scraping, painting, and sealing, we've learned a lot about ourselves and about life. Number one, there are things even worse than filling hundreds of tiny holes with wood putty. (Take restoring old windows, for example... a chore that's every bit as much fun as suffering through a stomach virus!) Yep, you heard me right. There are a few parts of this restoration that we don't "love" as much as others. But in the end, when you're standing in the doorway looking at your AWESOME "new" Master Bedroom, you realize that it's all worth the trouble. No matter what, hubby and I know that WE brought this bedroom back to life. We loved this room when nobody else seemed to see its potential. For hubby and I knew that beneath the dirt and the grime, a gorgeous floor was waiting to have her chance in the spotlight. We saw the beauty of the stained wooden boards long before we removed the nails and puttied the holes. And because of our quirky vision, today we feel like we're the luckiest people in the whole world.

And you know what's even better than knowing that WE made this happen? Our budget. Let me break it down for you.

PAINT: $75
FLOOR SEALER (on clearance at Lowe's): $20.
PAINT TRAY(s): $1 each, times three.
PAINT THINNER (for removing paint from window panes): $9.

So what's left to finish in the bedroom? New electrical wiring (through the floor), "new" windows made from the original glass panes, a nice new chandelier after the electrical wiring is installed, and central heat/air. But these items will be finished later, after we've restored each of the rooms in THE HOUSE AT SUGAR CREEK in the way that we've restored this one.

Thanks for stopping by... we're off to work on the "new" bathroom. You guys won't believe the difference in the room we're working on now. It's a more dramatic before and after than the Master Bedroom!


  1. Gorgeous! Your hard work really shows!

  2. Thanks, Amy! We're pleased as punch!

  3. I must say what an amazing difference. I know how hard the work was. We have been there & done that!
    We must make a trip to see it soon. Let me know when y'all go next time.....
    Lov ya,

  4. Great!! Love the color..and what floors are gorgeous!

  5. OMG!!!! What talent you have!!!! Can't wait to see everything finished. This is better than reading a good novel or watching a great movie!!!
    Keep up the good work!!!! Love ya girl, Nancy

  6. Thanks, y'all! I can't wait until we have the furniture, artwork, and curtains. It's going to be breathtaking.

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