There are two bedrooms in the “Little Brick Cottage”, a front bedroom off the dining room, and a back bedroom off the kitchen. This is the front bedroom being transformed. Let’s start with some before pictures to remember it by:
When we first bought the cottage the front bedroom was lavender walls with green and lavender window treatments and green shag carpet, all from the 1970’s and had the 4 decades of wear and tear and age and dirt to prove it.
That closet doorway didn’t have a door, and wasn’t even big enough for a standard door to fit in.
Here is the bedroom with the carpet ripped out, revealing the maple floor underneath. We did have to refinish the maple, but still what a wonderful find!
This is the doorway to the front bedroom from the dining room, it too had no door! And actually the doorway was so off-kilter that it had to be taken apart, cut the wall straight and then the old trim patched back in on the dining room side, and new trim installed on the bedroom side.
You can also see the old window treatments, they were very nice quality in their day, but falling apart from the years of hanging there.
And see how the maple floor needs to be refinished? The old pad left behind part of itself.
This was the bedroom having a rough day. The windows were replaced, and the old window trim had to be replaced which caused some of the loose plaster to give way as well.
But brighter days are around the corner…
Here is the new closet, now with a door, and new trim around it. We did the same farmhouse style trim anywhere we had to replace it throughout the house, like I showed you in the living room. (Notice the little door stop on the top hinge?)
The family that is renting the cottage from us requested the pink color for this front bedroom for their daughter. I gladly agreed, and it turned out perfect for her and her cottage-y white furnishings.
The floors turned out gorgeous. They don’t look new, but wonderfully clean and patina-ed. I love it when an updated antique building still maintains the character of age, but also feels clean and not dingy.
I painted all the trim in the cottage this same white. I painted the radiators white in the two bedrooms too.
The feel of this bedroom has changed so much from what it was to what it is now, by tearing out the old and sanding and cleaning and painting. (Plus replacing the windows and electric) to bring it to this absolutely darling room with a very unique curved wall detail.)
I love this room and the overall ‘sweet-ness’ it just seems to exude.
Here are more posts featuring the little brick cottage renovation projects:
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