• October 31, 2011

Bungalow Bedroom Renovation


Bedrooms, Before and After

Our bedroom is finished! Out of all the rooms we have completed, I am enjoying this room the most. It feels so nice to finally have a little haven, a place to rest, after basically camping out for all of these years. Why didn’t we do our bedroom first?

The room was in awful shape before with peeling wallpaper and holes in the walls.

This room was my home office for years. How did I ever work in here? Lets face it, the room before is not at all inspiring.

The bedroom feels very warm and inviting now.

I framed and hung artwork over the bed from a printmaking course I took while in college.

I am in love with the little closet we had built into the dead space behind the wall. I like that the closet feels like it has always been here.

Our contractor did an amazing job building the door and matching the trim with the existing trim in the house.

This room was missing baseboards and some of the original trim.

New baseboards and trim were installed, replicating the rest of the trim in the house.

These windows were salvaged. We had added them to the house when we worked on the exterior. They needed some attention.

The windows are now working smoothly.

Open bedroom door and closed bathroom door.

Closet door, bedroom door and bathroom door.

The armoire survived being pulled through a second story window and is just slightly worse for the wear.

The bedroom ceiling has been repaired. The plaster was filled with numerous cracks. I’m just glad to say good-bye to the hideous ceiling fan!

Closet before and after. The elfa closet system is working out well.

Paint Color: Dunn Edwards called Chocolate Milk (DE6059); Restoration Hardware Empire Rosette sleigh bed; Crate & Barrel Jules accent table; West Elm organic cotton sheets; West Elm Lexington quilt and shams; Overstock silk curtains; flor tiles rug; Restoration Hardware fan; eBay ceiling fixture; etsy table lamp; sarah & bendrix artwork; Luke Stephenson love bird prints; artwork above the bed is from a college print making course; elfa closet system; and last, but certainly not least, our contractor Juan Reyes 626.793.7091

Comments { 19 }
  1. Kari

    Wow – it looks fantastic! It’s hard to believe it’s even the same room.

  2. Jen

    I love it! It looks so peaceful and inviting! It’s kind of nice that you left it for one of the last projects, because you’ve had a lot of time to develop your tastes and turn it into something that is truly “you”. Our bedroom was one of the first projects after we moved in, but it wasn’t until a few years later that I knew what I really wanted – I had to edit it a bit.

  3. Heather

    Thanks for the nice comments!

  4. Sharon

    Looks beautiful. Congratulations!

  5. Elissa

    beautiful! I love the little closet in the knee wall, it looks original!

  6. cristina

    Wow! You guys are truly amazing! Your taste is impeccable. Stunning!!

  7. Alexandra Mihaescu

    Hi, we just bought an old house as well and we’re redoing most of it. I have a question about the old plaster walls…did you guys just patch up the holes with drywall or did you use traditional plaster? We’re still trying to figure it out before we dig in. I would really appreciate some tips!

    • Heather

      Hi! Congrats on your new house. It was a combination of both. The larger holes were patched with drywall and skim coated with plaster. The smaller holes were filled in with plaster.

  8. 26brick


    Check these links for lime plaster info (as well as purchasing). I’ve been using PA Lime works premixed Ecologic mortar (type F, which = fine sand) for fixing my plaster walls. It’s hydrated lime and sand and can be used as a mortar or plaster — just add water (slowly — you can add too much very quickly), mix well and apply (there are instructions on the site). Whatever substrate you put it on needs to be wetted first (damp, not dripping wet) so it doesn’t pull moisture out of the plaster before it can cure.

    Once you apply it to the wall/ceiling, etc, the lime needs to be lightly misted several times a day for a day or two to assure a slow cure (don’t let it dry out).

    It takes some trial and error, but you’ll be using the real thing.

    Good luck.





    • Heather

      Thanks for sharing all this great info!

  9. Maria

    Heather, I have been following your blog ever since we bought our 1916 Craftsman 4 years ago– and yes, I read all the old posts as well. So happy you finally have a bathroom and bedroom that work and are inviting. We learned from you– a lot left to do, but I insisted we start with the bathrooms, kitchen, and bedrooms. Now that we have reached the finish stage (the contractors have done their part), the bathrooms are the farthest along, and what is in the bathrooms, kitchen and bedrooms is incomplete but attractive, functional, and there to stay. Thank-you for sharing– including what you would do differently.

    • Heather

      Thanks for your sweet message. I am glad you were able to learn from our mistakes!

      For anyone starting a restoration here is my advice. Oh, and we did the exact opposite of what I am about to suggest…If only I could have known then what I know now!
      Once all the structural issues are secure (roof, foundation, etc), I recommend to anyone going through a renovation to start with the utility areas of your house first…kitchen, bathroom, laundry room. This will make enduring a complete house restoration, while you are living in the house, so much less stressful. Next on my list is your bedroom. It would have been wonderful to have a had a clean, quiet place to rest in and escape to.

      If you have children, I would change the list and make completing their rooms my number 1 priority. They deserve to be able to get away from all the craziness and construction.

      Well, maybe one day soon I will get my long awaited kitchen remodel…there is always next year. :)

  10. JBanker

    Wow! The bedroom looks SOOOOOO good now! Well done!
    We, of course, are doing our slow work in opposite way of what you recomend… But the dinning room and living room are already torn apart so we gotta go this way. I just finished breaking down an old chimney so I guess I deserved to rest my eyes on your beautiful new bedroom and feel a bit jealous… :)

    • Heather

      Thanks! It sounds like you are hard at work. I can remember the feeling when we were in the thick of it, with the house completely torn apart, just this awful feeling that we were in way over our heads…and that the dining room would NEVER be finished…oh, that first big house project! You get through it and the end result is so worth all your effort. I remember how amazing it felt to get the dining room and living room done. For the first time we could see what the house was going to be like…someday…when we got it all finished.

      Good luck! Hang in there. The end results will be so worth it.

  11. Audrey

    Stunning! Love the paint color!

  12. Nancy

    Heather, You’ve done such a great job! Your room definitely feels very Zen. Congratulations on another room well done.

  13. Chris

    It looks fantastic, you have done an amazing job there – the bedroom looks so cozy and peaceful and inviting! Our place has only made slow progress since you last saw it (some curtains, chimney insert to keep out the spiders living in our closed-off chimney, new windows in the garage) but we finally have quotes for the foundation work, so I can start to think ahead about replastering and wall colours. Your pictures have already give me several new ideas!

  14. Teresa

    I am the proud owner of a 1919 2-story bungalow. Your bedroom looks pretty close to ours in dimesions, but looks more airy and inviting. Might I ask what the dimensions are?


    • Heather

      hi! Our bedroom is around 11′x 13′

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