Monday, September 3, 2012

How to Get Your Room Remodeled the Hard Way


This is what my house looks like now. But I don't mind.



Because this is what my bedroom looks like now.



Because this is what is no longer in my bedroom. As it has been since 1974. I had some dust in it. When I got sick in February, we stopped using our wood burning stove and The Engineer installed in floor radiant heating for this year.



When I got sick this time, he said, “This carpet has got to go.” Mind you, we've been planning to remodel our bedroom for 12 years. We've lived here 12 years. However, it always gets shoved to the bottom of the list because things like hospital stays and kids breaking arms and needing surgery and cars breaking down and gas prices going up and other urgent matters take the money we try to save. I haven't minded much. I just close my bedroom door when my mother-in-law, The Boss, comes over and hang a sign saying, “This room is not part of today's tour.” Not kidding. It's more important to me that my asthmatic boys got their rooms done the moment we moved in (we also have that wonderful “popcorn” ceiling all over the house...well, not in the boys rooms.) Yes, I have asthma, too, but didn't until a few years ago.

Once we had the carpet out, we talked about throwing down some rugs and towels and saving for the Pergo I'm dying for (maybe literally now that this illness has gone on so long) but we decided to just go ahead and do the whole shebang.

So we used this



To remove the HIDEOUS (look up at the empty room, you'll see it) wallpaper.




YellowBoy and Swissie had fun in here. We ended up choosing the lighter color for three of the walls, and the darker for the accent wall which will be the window wall. The colors are misty, foggy, bluish-grey with hints of lilac. I'm in love. And I hope, on my way to wellness. In a new room. 


 Here's some of YellowBoy's silliness. He'd written the Pythagorean theorem (good) but spelled it wrong (bad) so I made him re-write it (like any good math/English teacher would) and then he went nuts...







To ponder, for those of you who are in the “everything happens for a reason” camp: did I get sick so that I could finally get rid of the carpet and stop having these recurring asthma episodes that last for a month? Am I on my way to some semblance of wellness? I think so.

17 comments:

shelly said...

Yes. Have painting fun and get better.

Hugs,
Shelly

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Glad you're finally doing your room! It's scary to think how they built houses back then with so many elements that could make one sick.

JoJo said...

Feel better soon!!! And good luck with the remodel!!

Juli said...

Love the blue. We also did some remodeling earlier in the year, some that had been long put off but became necessary when all the roof seams gave out. :(

It's beautiful now... and also in a nice Shaker gay blue color.

D.G. Hudson said...

It's bad when your house makes you sick. We had to remove carpeting in our last house when we sold it. All those years I suffered too (allergies to dust, etc)was mainly from the carpeting and a little from our cat.

Good luck with the reno, and I like the cool colours too. Blue is soothing, IMO.

Brian Miller said...

ha then there is good that came of getting sick...and i know remodeling makes life seem rather unsettled so i hope all is back to normal for you soon..

Heather Murphy said...

I'm sure it will be much better for you without the carpet. That is the main thing in my house that I would like to do too, but no money to do it. In the meantime, my bottle of Folex and I have become very close :)

Jo said...

Miserable when its your home that makes you sick. That's the one place you want to be able to curl up and get well in.

Laurita said...

Getting sick is not good, but a new bedroom with future wellness is a pretty good deal. Here's hoping you enjoy your new room and feel much better in it.

Jenny said...

Getting sick is never good...

Getting a new bedroom is always good.

I don't know how those two can link, but I'm sending prayers for the first and a hooray for the second!

Lynn Proctor said...

good luck with this all and hope it will make you feel all better :)

Cold As Heaven said...

Knowing how to use the Pythagorean theorem is more important than to spell it right. But it looks better if you can both.

My son once had a math teacher who spelled mathematics with double t (before the h). Doesn't look good.

Cold As Heaven

mare ball said...

Looks like a lot of work, but you will LOVE it when it's done. I enjoy renovations every now and then...they give my life a sense of newness. I pray the makeover will help ease, or clear up altogether, your breathing issues. Surely, it will, :-)

J. Kwiatkowski-Schuler said...

I can't wait to see it all done! I have some carpet I'd like to see gone, too.

Arlee Bird said...

It's a heck of a way to arrive at a remodeling decision, but at least you got it done. Hope it helps.


Lee
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Andrea said...

Best wishes for better breathing!

House Revivals said...

Woo hoo! Finally something good comes from being sick! Can't wait for the final reveal :)