Submitted by: Maple Leaves & Sycamore Trees
This is the stairwell going into our finished basement. It's now closed in.
And this angle-shot is now where our new master bedroom is located.
The walls are Ben Moore Revere Pewter (eggshell finish). The trim, wardrobes, and barn door are Ben Moore Dragon's Breath (semi-gloss). The ceiling is painted Ben Moore Titanium (flat finish). That's the same color as our living room. I wanted all the colors of our house to flow. And I'm all about calming, serene colors these days:) The ceiling is the lightest shade of blue/gray. It's nice and subtle.
I get lots of questions about the barn door. That's definitely one of my favorite features of the room. For those who are new, I found this door for sale alongside the road. When I saw it, I literally made a U-turn right then and there and pulled into this guy's driveway. The house from which it came, was being torn down and the owners were selling random things, among them, this door.
You can see what the door used to look like here. I was asked what hardware we used. Well, this door actually used to function in between the wall as a pocket door (in its former house). Back in the day, when you wanted to close off your parlor, you'd simply pull the door shut from inside the wall. And when you wanted one big open space, you slid the door back, and it fit snugly into the wall. The track it hangs from was covered up I suppose by the ceiling originally, but of course we wanted our “barn door” to be a focal point in the room thus we hung it on the wall as opposed to inside the wall. The track came with the door and after discussing with our neighbor (thanks, Jim!) how we were going to hang it, he suggested we simply bolt the track right into the studs. Easy enough! (well easy for me to say–that door is solid wood and HEAVY and it was just Mitch and his Dad who installed it.) Mitch actually screwed a board into the studs (it's painted the same color as the wall) then bolted the track through the board into the studs. He used 5″ bolts. That puppy ain't goin' nowhere! I just left the original hardware (pretty sure the handle isn't original) on it since I loved the patina of it. The lock part doesn't work, but originally, you could lock the pocket door shut when you closed it.
Next up: our wardrobes. This was a design decision that was made pretty early on. You wouldn't believe how many people tried to convince me to build a walk-in closet. Okay, it was like three people, but still. I knew we couldn't make a walk-in. The layout of the room would not accommodate one. Plus, unless it's a WALK IN (you know what I mean…like an entire room), I really didn't care to have one. We had seen some wardrobes at Ikea that we liked. At least until we saw them in person. So then we decided to call our cabinetmaker, and have him build some for us. I think it was a great decision. We love how they look and function.
The space in between the wardrobes was totally based on this little dresser that I found at an antique store. I loved it the second I saw it. Mitch went back and bought it for me. I think it was a Christmas present (that I didn't know about!) one year. So I knew I wanted that little guy in between the wardrobes to break up the cabinetry. We found the electric fireplace on line one day (it was on one of these one-day sale websites) and it was the perfect size. Love the modern touch it brings to the room.
The bedding is made up of mostly second-hand finds. The greenish blue blanket on top is Ralph Lauren that I got from GW, the comforter at the foot of the bed is from Pottery Barn that I got at a yard sale. You can read about the Ralph Lauren blanket here. And the Euro shams I picked up at the PB Outlet.
What do you think? We love the way it turned out!
Kathleen, I think it turned out beautifully! You and your husband did an amazing job on this. Thanks so much for sharing it with our readers! Here is a link to her bedroom post if you wanna check out more.
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