It has been awhile since I mentioned the master bedroom…remember the vintage door wall? You can see how we did it here. The door wall got finished, but the room never did, because we used it for storage for our master bath reno. (Here is the beginning of that, if you are interested.) Both of these projects got put on hold in order to finish the main floor, which is just a few drywall-patching jobs short of being done. I have heard many people assert that allowing your bedroom to be a dumping ground for leftover furniture and assorted junk is marriage-killing as well as an unwise lack of prioritizing your most important relationship (which they believe is either with your spouse or with yourself).
Those people must be in bed all day (watching Dr. Phil), and if that’s the case, they have a point. For the rest of us, though, the bedroom comes last because usually other people also live in your house, and those other people like having working restrooms and water that comes right out of the faucet rather than having to use the hose.
Also, it’s easier to have people over in the living room and kitchen than it is to invite them into your bedroom because the others are ripped out.
So that’s why our bedroom came last.
After we made the vintage door wall, we moved on to more pressing renovations (and everything is pressing when you have your kitchen, laundry, and bathrooms ripped out all at once). Except we changed out the black ceiling fan, which looked like a tarantula in the middle of the night, thanks to the shadow it cast on the tray ceiling. In its place, we put an ugly off-white ceiling fan we got for cheap, just to avoid night terrors.
So months and months went by before we decided to get started on the master bathroom (the most convenient way to get the construction materials out of the bedroom). Because we have to tile the floor in there first, we had to move the vintage cast-iron tub out into our bedroom. So we had to clean up the bedroom to make it fit, which helped us to decide maybe we should spruce it up at the same time as the master bath.
First, Dave changed out the off-white ceiling fan and installed a chandelier I told him I didn’t want in our bedroom. It was too small. After installing it, he agreed to move it to the half-bath downstairs. I have learned that while husbands should never make design decisions, sometimes it’s expedient to allow them to do it their way in order to make it plain to them that they should not be making design decisions. Now if you have a husband that will do it wrong and insist that it’s right, I don’t know what to tell you. You might have to fight a little harder on the front end. But for me, letting him put up the foyer-sized chandelier in our bedroom was enough motivation for him to move it to our downstairs half-bath. So there you have it.
But before he got around to moving it downstairs, we had an idea. It came from a side table we had. I thought maybe it should become a light fixture rather than a side table, and then good old Pottery Barn reinforced my decision by offering a very similar creation for a few hundred dollars in their catalog. So here’s the non-DIY version from PB (picture from their website):
So ignore the too-small chandelier that’s up there, and here is the “shell” of our DIY light fixture (from a gold table we got at Tuesday Morning to stage our last house):
What we needed was a little brass chandelier (meaning, cheap and outdated) to put inside the side table and we’d be in business. We know where to get cheap, outdated stuff, of course! Here’s what we found (ignore the crystals):
Yep, ReStore is the place to get that kind of stuff. With this chandelier (which was $40), we could take off the crystals, the things that hold the crystals, spray paint it a better gold that matches the table, and hang it up with a chain from Home Depot. This was Plan A. But, when we held it up, it looked like this:
Which left me thinking, where have I seen this type of light recently? Oh, everywhere expensive:
And there are many variations at each of these places. So Plan A is possibly being replaced with Plan B, which is painting the chandelier, putting the crystals back on, and hanging it with confidence, while the cutting-edge designers rediscover this apparently old favorite.
So that’s as far as we are. I’d love to show you progress in the master bath, but that’ll be another post!
Lisa Klapp says
I love the evolving nature of your new ideas!
Very inspiring — and elegant!