Sunday, July 18, 2010

Artman's Bedroom Antics....Part I

Yup, it's that time again people....RENOVATION time!!!! This time I'm totally redoing my bedroom and I mean totally reshaping and reconfiguring the space and changing the look of the room completely, which is a blessing because it was truly a horrible room to be in, blech!

This is by far the most involved project I've gotten into yet and I figure It'll take 6 months or so before its done!

Ok so the first order of business was that I had to relocate my sleeping area....

Soooooo, into the dining room I go! How sad is it that with a few hours work moving stuff and hanging up some movie posters this little setup is 100 times more comfortable than my bedroom ever was! Yes, of course those posters are vintage!

Here's a "before" pic of the closet wall area which is where I'm starting. NO, I dont know what possesed me to paint the room that sickly gray color and put up that cheesy Wal-mart border when I moved in, but it got so I felt like I was sleeping in a mausoleum! The furniture is nice though.
Anyway, the closet was poorly conceived and not user-friendly at all. There was a ton of wasted space and no lighting.

The big problem with wall closets like this is that the stuff in the far left and right sides is hard to get at, hard to see and generally one ends up just piling junk there.

So the idea is to get rid of it all together and build 2 new smaller but more space efficient closets and open up that part of the room so I can put the bed there, which will in turn open up the rest of the room dramatically! Here's where the fun starts!

Party Time!!!!
The carpet is being replaced too.

Most of the drywall is being removed from the room because for one thing it was done very hastily and sloppy and also the original paint is not sound (i.e. is not adhered well to the drywall) I plan on wallpapering this room so I'd have to spend more time fixing those problems than I would just putting up new drywall instead. If you look closely you can see the back of my refrigerator in the corner behind the bare wall studs. I have almost 2 feet of wasted space back there and so I opened up the old closet wall which was adjacent to the kitchen. One of the closets I'm putting in is only using space robbed from that area and not impacting on the actual bedroom square footage at all!

Here I started framing out the bigger closet on the left. I'm also installing a slight dropped ceiling area, sort of an alcove, for over the bed with recessed lights on a dimmer and some sort of decorative wood paneling design to set it off from the rest of the room. Its gonna be nifty!
By the way, I've never done framing work like this before in my life!
Doubly interesting because this place has a concrete floor with radiant heat so I couldnt just nail new studs to the floor! Instead I had to use industrial strength sub-floor adhesive, but once that stuff is dry it's pretty much as if they were nailed down!

Test fitting the Bi-fold door for clearance, so far all is well! The 2 closets will face one another with the bed in between. This closet is about 40" wide and 2 feet deep and will be strictly for hanging clothes. The other closet will be only about 10" deep and have shelves for storing folded clothes, boxes of pictures etc. etc., it will be able to fit a LOT of stuff in there and all of it will be visible and easy to get at. Ironically I dont really need either of these closets, my clothes all fit in the bedrom set, but I dont plan on living here alone for the rest of my life *sigh*

Here's how far I got up to today, isnt it lovely? I'm going to be scraping the popcorn shit off the main ceiling and installing beams crossing both sides, sort of like a tic-tac-toe thing with recessed lights in each corner and one in the middle. This room was sorely lacking in adequate light but it wont be when I'm through with it!

next up, frame and drywall the smaller closet.


Ash, The Movie Geek said...

Neat room!

Lotus Flower said...

Wow what a project. makes your bathroom project look like peanuts! LOL its going to look incredible I believe just from your description of it. Nifty idea with putting the closets on either side of the bed. I cant wait to see the end result!

Artman2112 said...

Ty both for your comments!

Lotus - yeah this is way more involved than the bafroom, that was sort of a practice run for this one!

Pixie Drive-In said...

Oh jeez, I would love to do something like this, but it looks like a big project, and I definitely do not have the savvy to pull it off by myself. I'm not the biggest fan of my bedroom either. I can't wait to see what it looks like.

Oh, and thank you for your comments! If felt weird to post something personal on my blog, but I really appreciate the encouragement.

Artman2112 said...

Francy this is one of those "aquire the saavy as you go" type things! (hopefully anyway)
i have no blueprint or anything, just an idea of how i want it to look and i'm ironing out the details as i go along!