Three years ago, when E first moved in, we repainted our bedroom from white to blue. This was partly in an effort to make my house feel like our house, and partly because E needs color in her life. Unfortunately, the shade of blue we chose ended up feeling rather cold and it just didn’t work for us.
Meanwhile, our bedroom carpet had just turned 13 years old, and the teenage years are about as smelly for carpets as they are for people. In addition, no matter how much we cleaned the carpet, it was still full of cat dander, cat hair, cat spit-up, etc. We had put laminate flooring down in M’s room a year ago to replace his stinky carpet, and ever since we had been eagerly looking forward to doing our own room. But we wanted to repaint it first, which meant choosing a paint color, which wound up taking us several months and several dozen paint chips and half a dozen sample-size bottles of paint.
But we finally chose a color (you can see our test patches between the windows in the “before” picture here) and took advantage of M being away with my parents this week to move all our furniture into his room and the living room while we painted and installed flooring.
This is what was under the carpet: hard tiles of the sort generally found in schools. Many of the tiles were cracked or missing along the edge of the wall, so to level things we put down cardboard patches. Fortunately, we had an assortment of boxes handy, although we had to evict the cat from them.
Here’s the “after” picture. We absolutely love how it turned out. The color is warm, and it all feels so fresh and clean. The flooring feels so nice to walk on barefoot, and it doesn’t smell. It’s just beautiful.
And here’s an “after” picture after moving our furniture back in. I’ll have to make new curtains and a new quilt since the colors of the old ones clash. But the quilt is 19 years old and rather worn, and the blue curtains can go in the spare bedroom which currently has very skimpy faded curtains, so it’s not much of a waste. We also realized that some of our furniture — like the worn blue dresser I bought used 18 years ago, and the bedside table which E’s older brother had grown up with — look pretty ratty by comparison. And we also want a bedframe that won’t let the mattresses sag in the middle. But we are grown-ups with good jobs so we’re actually going to give ourselves permission to go buy a few pieces of decent bedroom furniture to go with our beautiful new bedroom.