H I P - H I P - H O O R A Y !
Back in January, Tec, my father-in-law and a handful of skilled laborers began tackling our previously empty attic space with the goal of converting it into a master bedroom and bathroom. (And when I say "empty attic," I mean that I'd never even ventured up there because the only way to peek above our ceilings was to climb a support beam in one of our closets that had a few 2x4 slats nailed to it, all tree-house-style.) A mere seven months later, I'm so pumped to share how the room has turned out! Below is a little bit about the process, but be sure to visit West Elm's blog Front + Main for more images as well as some of my tips for tackling a renovation of your own.
What did the space look like before?
The space that is now our master bed and bath was originally an unused and inaccessible attic. It was filled with 100+ years of insulation and coal. So the bright side to that craziness is that it was a blank canvas, right?
Why did you decide to renovate?
We'd gotten to the point where we either needed to find a bigger house, renovate or cope with what we were living in. The house was originally a 2 bed, 1 bath home and I was working out of the spare bedroom. Also, the bedrooms were set up with the one bathroom in the house between them, so anyone needing to use the restroom had to either go through our bedroom or my studio, which for the life of me I can't keep tidy. The tipping point for renovations came when my father-in-law (who is a Project Manager for a building firm out of Northern Michigan) was sent to Louisville to work on a home for about a year and a half. The stars aligned for us in Nashville; he brought his vision, knowledge and tools to our home and worked tirelessly as our foreman, counselor and (not so) hired help.
What was your renovation goal?
The goal of the renovation was to end up with a master bedroom and bathroom upstairs. Because we weren't entirely sure what we'd find when we got up to the attic, my father-in-law kept saying "We'll see when we get up there." Though this made me super nervous, we ended up having more space than we expected, allowing us to put in a tiny sitting space, a 4th bedroom and storage, storage, storage!
How do you feel about the outcome?
I could't be happier with how everything came together. I was already in love with our little home and the thought of leaving it always made me sad, so I'm forever grateful to my father-in-law and all the other skilled laborers that gave this ol' house a new life. Plus, now there's room for all my out-of-town loves to sleep together under one roof and that makes me the happiest gal in the world.
Now for the good stuff...
Paint Color on Walls and Trim: Gray Whisper by Dutch Boy
Prints Above Bed: Tec Petaja
Duvet: Target | Throw: brought back from a trip to Argentina ;) | Blue Throw Pillows: TJ Maxx | Cow Hide Pillow and Hardwood Flooring: Southeastern Salvage