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State of the House: Second floor

By on January 12, 2015


Before we jump into our 2015 plans for the house, we’re reviewing what we’ve done so far in terms of home improvement, renovation, and DIY projects. Things definitely slowed down a little last year after Baby T came along – life with a newborn and a toddler is fun but exhausting! – but now it’s time to check up on our progress and think ahead to what we want/need to accomplish.

We already looked at the first-floor rooms here, so now let’s head upstairs to the second floor.


Stairs/Upstairs Hallway

New carpet over stairs | Rather Square

Stairs Landing Banister Progress | Rather Square

Completed!

Still to do…

General thoughts:

There’s a nice mix of projects on the to-do list for this space – small things we can do quickly and economically, and others that will take more time and money to complete. When we tore out the old red carpet, we were happy to see hardwood flooring and nice stair treads (see top photo), but at the time we opted for new carpeting on the stairs for a more kid-friendly surface. Down the road when the kids are older, we’ll definitely take that off and refinish the wood instead.


Toddler E’s Bedroom

Toddler Girl Bedroom | Rather Square

Moodboard for Toddler's Bedroom | Rather Square

Completed!

Still to do…

General thoughts:

The toddler’s bedroom is nearly finished, and we plan to post a room reveal once we’ve hung some art in there. One thing we struggle with (in this room and all over the house) is how to hang things on the plaster walls. It’s a little trickier than drywall, and we don’t want to damage anything or have artwork falling down because it’s not secured properly. We’ve been brainstorming ideas – install picture rails? or maybe build some shallow ledges to prop frames up on like these? – but please let us know if you can share any insights or experiences!


Toddler E’s Playroom

Curtains for the Playroom | Rather Square

Curtains in the Playroom | Rather Square

Completed!

Still to do…

General thoughts:

One of our biggest regrets is not having the playroom carpet replaced when we did the rest of the old carpeted areas of the house. Since it was different (and newer) than the red carpet that was worn and ugly, I thought we could just keep it as-is. But soon after we moved in, we noticed a distinct cat-urine odor in the room (from the previous owner’s pets) that we haven’t been able to get rid of by deodorizing or deep-cleaning the existing carpet. So now replacing it is back on our to-do list.


Nursery

How to Paint Fabric Drawers | Rather Square

Moodboard for Nursery | Rather Square

Completed!

Still to do…

General thoughts:

Like the toddler’s bedroom, the nursery decor is almost done except for some artwork and trim/door painting. I’d also like to put different curtains in here – the ones we got originally are too sheer and don’t block light well enough for naptime, even with blackout shades over the windows. Otherwise, we’re really pleased with how this room has evolved, and we’ll share the room reveal soon!


Main bathroom

Our Budget Bathroom Update | Let There be Light (Part 2) | Rather Square

Budget Bathroom Update | Rather Square

Completed!

Still to do…

General thoughts:

Since this is our home’s main bathroom (we’ve got one with a shower stall in the basement that we don’t use very much), it’s got to have optimum function to support four people on a daily basis. The budget bathroom updates we made last summer helped improve this room a lot, but down the road we’d like to do a complete renovation and modernize the design of this space as much as possible. And we also plan to add a half-bathroom on our first floor sometime in the future, so we (and our guests) don’t need to climb stairs when hanging out on the main level.


Master bedroom

Painting the Master Bedroom | Rather Square

Painting the Master Bedroom | Rather Square

Completed!

Still to do…

General thoughts:

I commented recently on Making it Lovely’s blog that John and I have been prioritizing the design of the kids’ bedrooms over our own. Beyond painting and replacing the carpet, we haven’t done much in the master bedroom since we moved in. But as you can see, there’s a very long to-do list! Everything from hanging art and replacing the red window blinds to refinishing the hardwood floors under the carpet and renovating the closet. This room is also the draftiest one in the house (due to some air duct issues and a general house-wide lack of insulation), and our electric blanket is only a temporary solution.


We’ve still got a lot to do up here on the second floor. Some rooms are much further along (like the nursery and the toddler’s bedroom) than others (sorry, master bedroom!).  But it’s a marathon, not a sprint, right?

We have a few more areas of the house to take a look at in our next post… stay tuned!

Check out our recaps of the first floor, basement, garage, and exterior as well:
State of the House: First floor
State of the House: Downstairs, outside and more

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January 12, 2015

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