This is our bedroom before we started working but after we emptied it of all furniture.
You can't really tell it here but the carpet is the grossest thing you could ever imagine. It was a light cream color originally, here you can see it's pretty much a disgusting color of brown. Suffice it to say, carpet and dogs just don't get along and I will NEVER have carpet in my home again. So, step one...remove the popcorn ceiling...
Um...yeah...that's a lot of ceiling. But, I went to Home Depot to get the paint I wanted to use on it afterward and also looked for any type of scraper to make it easier. Lo and Behold! They had the most wonderful device made just for scraping ceilings. It is a scraper with a metal box shape surrounding it. You attach a bag to it and the stuff from the ceiling falls into the bag for easy pick up. I really didn't care about making a mess per se because we were just using the carpet for a gigantic drop cloth, but it did make things nicer.
After a little practice and trial and error we finally got the hang of it. The trick is to lightly spray the ceiling with water before you scrape each section. Then the scraper needs to be held as flatly as possible to the ceiling. This is our trial ceiling because not many people will see it. I learned quite a bit so now when I tackle the rest of my house I will do a better job. As it is, I'm not unhappy with it, but it's not as even as I would have liked. We started scraping off all of the texture and then realized that it actually looked better to leave some texture on it, thus not removing it all. Oh well, like I said this was our trial ceiling. Now when I get to my living room ceiling I think we can make it look fabulous...and even!
The ceiling is finished and scraped off. I've taped off the crown molding at the top and I'm ready to paint.
Uh-oh...I was thinking there was concrete under the carpet. We weren't so lucky. Instead was the old formica type tile under it. Oh well, it won't be that bad, right?
It has this really serene color of blue along with the tans and browns. PERFECT! It would match what I already had that I couldn't change and also bring in a light and airy color. Then we went and got curtains to match!
Ah! So much better. After those 2 things everything just fell into place and it went from a nightmare of brown to the tranquil bedroom of my dreams!
So, there you have it! My new bedroom. I have to say, I'm totally in love with it now.
Now on to the next project...replacing the tile in the hall bathroom tub. Oh the joys of redoing our homes, one project at a time!
Hope this inspired you to tackle a few of your home decor makeovers too. Beauty is just a project away...