I’m pleased to announce that the small bedroom project is done. A few decorating details remain, but it could take months for me to find the inspiration to fill in all of the gaps. I’m also making a patchwork quilt for the bed, but that’s become a separate project. 

First, let’s review how the room looked when I started, just after Seamus moved into his off-campus apartment.

A reminder of what the room looked like before I started.
Uncensored view of the small bedroom.
View from the window, looking out to the hall and bathroom.

Here it is now:

Quilt at the foot of the bed is an old crib sized one made by my great-grandmother.
Early 1800s chair, Ian’s old “Bunny” and Seamus’ “Mr. Gotch” and super lame tree. (Haven’t unpacked the Christmas decorations yet. So sorry, so sloppy.)
The shelves that I built 
1700’s mule chest that I found at a local antique shop and antique school map that I bought at a flea market in Buffalo a few years ago.

Bunny/air plant terrarium
Quilt top that I’m pretty sure was sewn by my great grandmother. It’s not quilted though.
Petosky stone (fossilized coral) that I found when cleaning out the room.
I assume it’s something Jon picked up when we lived in Michigan
because these are found in Lake Michigan.

I’m really pleased with how it turned out. My main goal was to brighten what had always been the darkest room in the house. Painting the floor and walls with warm white paint made a huge difference. I had no plan to buy all-new furniture when I started this project, but once I realized there was a way to fit a full sized bed into the space, things escalated. None of the original furniture remains and the new room is sparsely furnished with only three pieces: a bed, chair, and chest. All of these are antiques. The chest and chair are both over 200 years old and I think the bed is from the late 1800s or early 1900s. 

Here’s a list of everything I did in this room

  • Patch numerous holes in the walls and caulk gaps
  • Prune tree branch that had been blocking the window
  • Shim and support the sagging windowsill
  • Partially reglaze one of the window panes
  • Paint ceiling, walls, woodwork, and floor.
  • Buy antique 3/4 size bed and build a platform big enough for a full-size mattress
  • Build the shelves over the bed
  • Hang the peg rack on the wall next to the chest
  • Buy antique mule chest and Windsor chair.
  • Hang old school map that I had on hand – I attached it to dowels and used twine to hang the dowel.
  • Buy large mirror to lean against the wall.
  • Buy the houseplant and put together a simple terrarium with an air plant.

Still to do:

  • Finish the patchwork quilt.
  • Make a braided rug for the floor. 
  • Arrange the shelves a bit better
  • Make a curtain – I prefer bare windows, so my plan is to make a simple white linen curtain that can be quickly put up if someone is sleeping in the room, but will otherwise be put away.

The room is now clean and cozy, and while I have always been aware that white walls will brighten a room, I had no idea that wall color could have this much of an impact. I do have reservations about the white painted floor. I love how it looks, but the upkeep takes some effort. I used specially formulated floor enamel which has urethane in it for durability, but still I feel that the floor is fragile. It’s fine for a room that doesn’t get used often, but I really wonder how people with painted floors throughout the house manage to keep them clean and free of scratches.