Yay! Now we’re onto part two of our ‘Might As Well’ project aka The Master Bedroom Remodel.
Part one gave a brief overview of:
- ridding yourself of popcorn ceilings
- taking out yucky carpet
- removing an old vanity
- new sheet rock
Once we cleaned up everything, I began painting our bathroom. I started by ‘cutting’ the paint – basically, outlining the painting area.
The two colors I chose for throughout the master suite were found on this palette:
The darker purple-gray was used in the bathroom & vanity areas, and as an accent wall in the bedroom. The lighter gray-purple was used on the other three walls in the bedroom.
I chose the wall opposite of where our bed was as the accent wall. To line the corners I used this tutorial. It worked pretty well, but I will admit I rushed a little bit, so I had to go back and do some touch-ups.
Confession: I had a REALLY hard time picking out flooring.
The rest of our home has been upgraded to hardwoods, so we began with trying to match them. This proved to be nearly impossible & also, very expensive! We found two possible matches at a lumber place, but ran into three problems.
- The one that matched the most was on back order for a month.
- The one that matched the second best was more expensive & I was not really ‘feeling’ it.
- The lumber place we went to had a bad rep and I felt really uncomfortable buying from them.
Instead of making a rash (pressured) decision, I made my husband leave the lumber store with me. We went to my in-laws and talked it out. I had found some flooring I really loved at Home Depot, but it was holding me back because they didn’t match the rest of the house.
Thankfully, my in-laws knocked some sense into me by telling me it didn’t matter if they matched, what mattered was what I was going to be happy with at the end of the day.
That did it for me. We went to Home Depot and got this beautiful, dark laminate flooring. It is the thick kind so I was okay with the quality. PLUS, it was on sale!
(As a side note: we have to remodel our kitchen & I plan on using the same flooring – so there will be some ‘matching’.)
Putting in flooring is not hard, per se, but it does take some patience and finesse. The hubs tried to use brute force to make the flooring do what he wanted, but it outwitted him & I ended up doing most of the flooring myself. Once he saw I had a way with the laminate, he followed suit.
First, you need to put down your padding. We bought the mid-grade roll which had a thicker pad and was pre-taped.
Find your starting point which is probably a ‘top left’ corner. For us, we chose the doorway between the vanity area and the bedroom (for better or worse). We chose this because it was the separator between these two different areas and a board fit very snuggle under the trim.
It is very important to use spacers between the board and the wall. This helps keep everything even and tight, thus your boards won’t move around and you have to start over!
Work from left to right. This flooring was snap and lock, so make sure they lock into each other tightly. Once we go to the end of the room, we cut the board with a saw to fit snugly. Then we used the other end of the board (the part we cut off) to start the next line of flooring.
Make sure that your boards don’t line up the same every time, you want them to be different lengths at the starting point of each line. Every couple of line of boards, we used a mallet & board fitting (it comes in flooring tools & lines up with the ‘locks’ of the board so it does not break it) to ensure the boards are tight.
Continue until the room is finished! The last line of boards is the hardest as it is the tightest fit & may require cutting the boards horizontally to fit perfect.
Once done, nail down the trim, taking out the spacers as you go. Replace any air vents & you are done!
The master bedroom is still a work in progress. I want to add a sitting area in the corner and need to figure out where to put my cable box! But, I am absolutely in love with what we accomplished.
I hope these posts have helped you in some way – either by inspiring you to take on your own remodeling project or giving you some ideas on what to do next. Let me know in the comments below!