Archive | June, 2013

Master Bedroom {small stuff}

13 Jun

The number one thing Andrew and I keep in mind while doing home projects: resale.  We don’t want to do anything that would make someone not buy our house someday.  At the very least, we need to make sure a project that is “out of the ordinary” could be reversed.

With that in mind, one of the projects we plan to do, room-by-room {not all at once}, is to switch all of the electrical outlets from cream to white.  It’s not just a personal preference thing.  There are two resale reasons we’ll be doing this:

  1. New homes have white outlets.  While our home isn’t new, the more we can update it ourselves, the more we’ll see the return-on-investment someday.
  2. All the molding and trim in our house has been painted white, so it’ll look more cohesive when the electrical switches match.

Bonus of this project: it’s cheap! You buy can buy a 10-pack of outlets for $15-20, which should get you through more than one room…probably two.  The covers are even better: less than $4 for a pack of 10.  Same goes for light switches.  Obviously if you were to do the entire house at once it would be spendy, but doing is slowly makes it more affordable.

Here’s what we started with…

{light switches + ceiling fan remote}

{light switches + ceiling fan remote}

Yep.  The ceiling fan remote is mounted on the wall.  Pretty snazzy.

The process of replacing the outlets and switches is super easy.  Just put the wires on the new outlet where they were on the old one {in a nutshell}.  If you’re looking for a bit more direction though, Young House Love has an excellent picture tutorial.

Here’s what we ended up with:

{cream cast-offs}

{cream cast-offs}

And the final result!

{new white outlets}

{new white outlets}

You might notice that a former dimmer is now a standard “on/off” switch.  To be honest, there are wayyyyyy too many dimmers in our house.  The former owners really enjoyed ambient lighting…so it made sense to make it a normal switch.  No loss to us {ambient lighting is what the fireplace is for ;)}

A few other small things were finished while we were doing projects in the master bedroom. We painted the vent grates on our ceiling to match the paint color on the walls and ceiling…

{painted ceiling vents}

{painted ceiling vents}

…and we also painted the window blinds.  WHAT?!  I know, it was painful for me as well.  I was totally against the idea.  But this is how we inherited the room:

{blinds - before}

{blinds – before}

Ugh.  Same color as the walls!  I was willing to just throw-up some curtains and call it good, but Andrew took this project on himself.  He took off the plastic panels, laid them down in the garage, put a couple coats of paint on them…

{Andre painting the blinds}

{Andrew painting the blinds}

{painted blinds}

{painted blinds}

Once they dried, he reattached them.  I have to admit, it was worth the trouble.  Now our blinds at least blend-in to the room.  Eventually we’ll replace all the blinds, but for now, it was a free fix.

{blinds - after}

{blinds – after}

Those are all the small things we completed while in the midst of our bedroom reno.  Sometimes annoying, but always worth it.

Now our room looks like this:

{master bedroom - current}

{master bedroom – current}

{master bedroom - current}

{master bedroom – current}

Quick note: our blue side lamps were an AMAZING find at a garage sale a few weeks ago, both for $40!  What a steal.

This concludes our master bedroom reno.  From here on out, it’s all about the decorating!  A few items on my list:

  • Switch-out ALL light fixtures {I’m not a fan of ceiling fans…plus we have AC}
  • Furniture, furniture, furniture–it’s a huge space to fill
  • Hardwood floors someday!
  • Replace the fireplace grate
  • Replace window blinds
  • Add curtains
  • Retile the fireplace surround
  • Make a headboard

Hope you’ve enjoyed seeing the progress we’ve made in our bedroom!  Soon to come on Go Our Own Way–the wet bar project!

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