Progress Sweet Progress: Our Completed Master Suite

As with all of our completed projects, I'll take you back to where it all started: the day we walked through our home. When we first saw what is now our master suite, it was two smaller bedrooms. One of the rooms was "pepto-pink" and the other was "white-turned-yellow"... not exactly beautiful spaces. There was one full bathroom on the first floor that served all three upstairs bedrooms, along with the rest of the home. Both bedrooms had tiny closets. We instantly started talking about removing the wall between the two rooms and creating a larger bedroom with a walk-in closet and en-suite. We knew that adding another bathroom would bring both function and value to our home. Now you may be saying "But wait! You lost a bedroom?" There were no true bedrooms in our basement, and we plan on adding one to two egress windows to the basement to be able to create bedrooms. So as our house stands right now, we have two bedrooms and one full, one 3/4 bathroom. When we are done with our basement renovation, we'll be able to say we have 3 (or 4, depending on the cost vs benefit) bedrooms and one full, one 3/4, and a half bathroom. With the age of our home and surrounding homes in the area, I think it's safe to say that we're one of the only homes around with a true master suite, which will hopefully be a big benefit when we go to sell! Take a look at the photos below: this is what we walked into at the open house! 

The Bedroom

With this project, we wanted to create a serene space that would feel like a retreat in our home. I also wanted to add some character, which we accomplished by adding a knotty alder shiplap wall in our bedroom. We gained about 3 feet when we removed the wall between the rooms, so the bedroom is a bit larger and able to comfortably house our queen-sized bed, dresser, bedside tables, and a chair. 

Master Bedroom: Our Fifties Fixer Upper

In our bedroom, we had to skimcoat all of the walls and ceiling due to the plaster texture. There is a small dropdown in the ceiling where the closets were- the metal lathe and plaster and 2x4's used to frame the closet made it just about impossible to remove this. We framed it with crown moulding to make it seem as though it was there on purpose. We also refinished the wood floor, added trim and crown moulding, got new windows, and installed a new light fixture. Relatively speaking, this room wasn't terribly difficult to do (just very messy and time consuming with all of the skimcoating) and we're so happy with the finished project! 

Master Bedroom: Our Fifties Fixer Upper

The Closet

Master Closet: Our Fifties Fixer Upper

I wanted our closet setup to maximize the space we had and allow for storage of all of our clothes. After pricing out various systems, we went with the IKEA PAX system and I designed the layout for each side, making use of every inch of space it allowed us. We each have multiple drawers and shelves and plenty of hanging space. Above the hanging space there is a deep storage area that holds our "off-season" clothes and shoes. 

Master Closet: Our Fifties Fixer Upper
Master Closet: Our Fifties Fixer Upper

To create the closet we had to close in the door to the old bedroom from the hallway and build the walls separating the bedroom and bathroom. We skimcoated the ceiling but didn't have to do the walls because the closets cover them up. We did have to remove a window on the right side of the closet, but the bathroom and bedroom windows provide plenty of light when they're open. To make the closets feel more "built-in," Josh added moulding to the sides and the top.  I chose a glitzy light fixture to add some character to the space and found a vintage-inspired rug on RugsUSA.com. We absolutely love them- they're a dream compared to any other closet we've had! 

Master Closet: Our Fifties Fixer Upper

The Bathroom

Master Bathroom: Our Fifties Fixer Upper

Our bathroom was the ultimate labor of love and took by far the longest of any of the projects we've done. We created this space out of nothing- we had to run all new plumbing and electrical (that Josh did himself, other than the drains), change the size of the window (we made it smaller to accommodate a larger shower), build a shower base, skimcoat the walls, tile, paint, add all fixtures, and build a linen closet. To be honest, we stopped counting money on this room so I couldn't even tell you how much it cost. No matter what it cost, it was still so much cheaper than hiring out the entire project- it just would've gotten done a LOT faster had we done that! 

Master Bathroom: Our Fifties Fixer Upper

I wanted our bathroom to have a modern yet timeless, bright and airy feel. I chose a 10" black hexagon tile with charcoal grout, smaller 1" black hexagon tiles for the shower base, faux marble textured wall tile, and a white-gray paint, and chose chrome finishes on fixtures. To warm the space up, I brought in wood/wicker accents into the blinds, baskets in the linen closet, wastebasket, and decor. Of course, like any of the rooms in our home, I had to add some plants to give the room some life! To add storage since we lost some with the floating vanity, we knew we wanted to add the linen closet and then also chose medicine cabinets. We now have plenty of space for storage, even though the bathroom is fairly small.

Master Bathroom: Our Fifties Fixer Upper

We attempted to save money in any way possible. Our shower glass was an amazing find on Craigslist- I was just randomly searching and came across it, and it happened to be the exact same dimensions we needed. It retails for over $1000 and we paid $400 for it brand new, in the box. Our vanity retails for over $800 and we got it at a discount home outlet store for $300 because it has a tiny scratch on one of the handles. I waited until The Tile Shop had a sale and got all of our tile for 30% off. I got our sconce lights on sale on the West Elm website. I bought our paint at Sherwin Williams during one of their 40% off sales. Our shower fixtures came from Amazon and were multiple hundreds of dollars cheaper than similar name brand models. Other items were from IKEA and Homegoods. If I had to guess, all of those savings were close to $2000! 

Master Bathroom: Our Fifties Fixer Upper
Master Bathroom: Our Fifties Fixer Upper

Our new bathroom is truly a dream come true for us and we couldn't be happier. It's modern, clean, bright, and welcoming. The amount of work we put into it has definitely paid off and we are so happy with the finished product!

 

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