Farmhouse Master // Getting To Work (ORC week 2)
THE FARMHOUSE We made some good progress in the master bedroom this week (week 2 of the One Room Challenge) and also uncovered more work. But let's start with the good. The carpets are finally up. Yay! Plus the drapes are down and the beige walls have been covered with white paint. Already it's looking one million times better in this room. And best of all, I'm starting to get a hint of the airy, historic feel I've been dreaming of.
So you're probably wondering what's going on with the floors. That's the bad news. When we pulled up the carpets earlier in the week, we found paint stains all over the hardwoods. We had a sneaking suspicion that these floors might be in rough shape (we found paint stains on the other bedroom floors too), but in some sort of unrealistic optimism, I was holding out hope that we'd find something better in here. Like maybe the previous owners had say, used a tarp when they painted the master bedroom.
Consider my optimism crushed.
As you probably guessed, we'll need to refinish the hardwood floors as we work on this room for the One Room Challenge. At this point, we're planning to move out of the upstairs for a week or so while we refinish the entire 2nd level floors, including the nursery and Wilder's room. It's going to be a big project, but it'll be worth it when it's done. Especially if the floors look a smidgeon as good as these:
Since our floors already had paint all over them, we didn't worry about protecting them when we started painting the walls and ceiling. I picked Benjamin Moore's Simply White, a color I've used frequently in our farmhouse. There is something so intrinsically country about white walls, don't you think? Plus anytime I thought about using a dark and sultry color (like that gorgeous green in Si's bedroom!), I'd go back to the wood moldings and dream about how lovely they would look with white walls. So white it is.
This is what week 2 of the One Room Challenge looked like for us, compressed into a few seconds:
We're off to Seattle tomorrow to hunt for vintage theater seats and whatever other goodies I can find. Hopefully I'll have lots of exciting progress to show you guys when next Thursday rolls around. In the meantime, I'm sharing videos on my Instagram Story, like this clip of me pulling up the carpets, which has already expired off of Instagram (you'll have to view this video in a web browser, so if you are reading this post via email, click through to the Grit and Polish!).
If you missed it, you can read about our master bedroom design plan here: week 1.