ONE YEAR LATER: Master Bedroom & Office

All this week I’m going to be posting before and after photos of the house, so keep tuning in to see what a completely different place we live in now!

Let me start by saying that the “before” pictures for these two rooms are particularly awful- at this point in touring the home I had already fallen in love with it and had stopped caring what the pictures looked like. Yes, I fell in love with the home in it’s before state.

Let’s start with the Master Bedroom before and now’s:

This was the view from the doorway of the room, which was originally shared by two preteen girls. It was actually pretty cute for them- crowded, but you could tell they had free reign.


The new view from the doorway makes it look like a completely different room. I think because our bed is on the opposite wall it really throws you off when you see it.


From another corner of the room you can really the bright, bright lime green of the walls. That was easy enough to fix with primer, but I had to sand all along that navy border to make sure the lines of it didn’t show through our new paint color.


I’m not crazy about our bookshelf, but it’ll do for now. I’m also getting used to the empty space on the right of the dresser, I don’t think I’m going to fill it in with anything.


THIS disastrous closet is still haunting me, getting new doors is definitely a year two project!


Don’t mind the “no trespassing” sign- we used that gate to cage in an inflatable T-Rex during a Jurassic Park theme party 🙂 Because we’re grown ups.


The room right next to the bedroom was originally the master, and we are now using it for Matt’s office. When we first moved in I thought we’d be able to get away with not painting it, but once it was empty we could see all sorts of dust stains and divets in the walls so it got the paint and primer treatment too:

This picture was taken from right in front of the closet (which you’ll see in the two “now” photos). We chose to use the other room as the master instead of this one because it seemed a little bit larger and the layout was easier to work with.


There’s still something that’s just …off… about this room- it’s too crowded in some spots and too empty in others. It’ll stay as is for a while because there’s more important things to deal with, but it’s definitely on my radar. So is that cat haired covered rug.

I don’t understand why these people don’t have closet doors, but I plan to start keeping an eye out at the Habitat for Humanity ReStore to hopefully get some soon.



What we’ve done:


Still to do:

  • Find and install closet doors for both rooms
  • Finish up wall art for master bedroom
  • Better organize and set up office
  • New curtains for master bedroom



And so that wraps up the week long ONE YEAR LATER series! I’ve left out the bathroom, basement, and yard for now but we’ll get back to them soon.

What’s your favorite room? Mine is definitely the kitchen!









3 thoughts on “ONE YEAR LATER: Master Bedroom & Office

  1. my favorite room (of yours) is definitely the kitchen. it’s so big and bright and welcoming!

    I agree about the office with something being off. I think it feels like it’s all shoved in one corner and the middle is just a wide open area. it doesn’t look bad, just feels … empty? that’s not the right word, but in any case, it looks so much better than before! great job 🙂

  2. Let me know how the door replacement goes. I need to replace the doors in our downstairs hall closet (which has become my coat / blazer / ski gear storage spot because the old portion of our house – aka my bedroom – has tiny tiny closets) but I’m terrified of the process. I have the power tools ready to go but I expect it to be a disaster.

    • Will do! We want folding doors for each room, and sometimes the Habitat Store has them already hinged to fold and you just have to then hinge them to the frame… sounds simple enough? I’m sure it isn’t…. I’m hoping to get it done in the next month or so.

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