Master Bedroom Facelift

We’ve finally decided it’s time to make some changes to our master bedroom.  I’ve never loved the room – it’s been on the “must renovate” list since we moved in 8 years ago, but it’s funny how you can just go blind to how bad something looks when you see it all the time.  Anyway, I’ve finally had enough and so has Chad – it’s time for some updates.

Our room is actually a pretty large space, although it’s laid out in a way that makes the furniture arrangement a little awkward.  The first room (where we have our bed) would have been a bedroom when the house was built and then the second area (with the couch, elliptical, and a bunch of other random furniture) was once a sleeping porch.  Around the corner to the right is a dressing area with a couple of closets.



As you can see from the pictures, the room is clean and functional, but that’s really where it ends.  It’s time to make some changes that will actually help the space to feel intentional … and pretty.  So, where do we start?

Well, right away, we agreed the carpet needed to go.  It’s stained and worn and green floral – enough said.

Next up were the lights – or rather, fans.  They were rusting, had warping fan blades, and made a loud buzzing sound when they were turned on.  They were past their prime and it was just time to move on.

We also thought it would make sense to give the closet / dressing area a bit of a refresh since it included an old built in vanity cabinet with a cultured marble top (but no sink) and medicine cabinet with lights – the whole thing just felt a little weird and dated.


A really old/bad picture of the closet area. Someday, I will learn to take proper “before” pictures!

And, reaching even farther into the archives, here's a picture of the closet area (wallpaper and all) from the day we moved in.

And, reaching even farther into the archives, here’s a picture of the closet area (wallpaper and all) from the day we moved in.

We think the previous owners probably got a lot of use out of this space, but we’ve never found it very functional.  A dresser in this location seemed like a better fit for the way we use the space.

And then there’s the paint.

A picture of the bedroom when the paint was new. Sherwin Williams Sand Dune.

A picture of the bedroom when the paint was new.

We actually painted this room this color (Sherwin Williams Sand Dune – SW6086) shortly after we moved in, but I’ve never loved it.  We have the same color in a couple of other rooms of our house and like it there, but, in person, it’s always had a weird pink/peach vibe in the bedroom that I just haven’t been able to get over.  We’ve also had a number of cases where we’ve had to touch up the paint and the left over paint we had wasn’t a good match, so the touch ups stand out like crazy.

Case in Point: Can you spot the touch ups around the thermostat?

Case in Point: Can you spot the touch ups from when we installed the Nest?

Anyway, I figured we might as well update the paint color at the same time as the rest of the work.

So, that’s our list – carpet, lights, built-in dresser, and paint.  I’ve put together a Pinterest board where I’ve been working through a bunch of ideas to settle on the things we think will work out best.  (You can follow along here.)  Of course, these updates will most certainly make our hodgepodge of furniture, lack of window treatments, and mismatched bedding look even more terrible, so I’m sure this first round of changes will lead to the need to actually decorate the room, too.  Regardless, though, I am excited to finally make some changes and (hopefully) have a bedroom that is actually pretty by the time we are done!

With any luck, today was the last day we will be living with a dorm size refrigerator in our entry way!

After posting last week about our refrigerator troubles, we decided to try reaching out to Sears via Twitter to see if they’d be better able to help us via that channel … and they were!  After providing our information so our account could be reviewed by a “member experience manager”, we heard back yesterday that we’d been approved for a replacement refrigerator … and it’s being delivered tomorrow morning!

While the last four weeks have been full of frustrations in getting the refrigerator fixed, we’re so, so happy that the end is almost in sight.  I, for one, am looking forward to buying whole gallons of milk again!

Refrigerator Shopping

We started some refrigerator shopping this weekend to replace the one that died on us a few weeks back.

Our primary criteria is:

  • Counter Depth (since the fridge is located in a walk way and a standard depth one makes things feel tight)
  • Black (to match our other appliances)
  • Cabinet no taller than 69″ (since our upper cabinet is hung a little lower than some)
  • Water & Ice through the door

We also prefer a french door style refrigerator with bottom freezer.

You wouldn’t think this would be all that difficult, but there are seriously only 3 fridges out there that meet this criteria … and none of them are ideal.

  1. The newer version of the Kenmore Elite fridge that just died on us after less than 4 years.  Unless Sears provides one for free as a replacement for the broken one (which would be great!), we’re not so excited about spending money on another of these for obvious reasons.
  2. A Samsung, which we ruled out before even looking at because there are basically no Samsung repair technicians in our area other than Sears Home Services.  Again, we’re not so excited about that for obvious reasons.
  3. A Kitchen Aid.  This one is just ok.  I’m not crazy about the stainless steel handles on the black fridge, but I could get used to it, I think.  The bigger thing is that the ice maker takes up a huge chunk of real estate inside the fridge and there’s also no spot for a gallon of milk in the door.  I just don’t think I’m willing to pay a premium for such a small amount of usable refrigerator space.

So, today, we shifted the search to black, counter-depth side-by-side refrigerators.  There seems to be a few more options available for side-by-side, but choices are still pretty limited.  I guess no one likes black?  I’m not sure.

Anyway, as of right now, we’re looking at this GE.

We figure it would do everything we need and, although I prefer the french door style over side-by-side, this one actually has more cubic feet of refrigerator space than the Kitchen Aid, plus none of that space is used up by an ice maker, so I think we’d probably find it more useful overall.

Anyway, that’s were we are as of tonight.  We have some more research to do and we’ll probably stop at a couple more appliance stores to see if we can actually see any of our options in person before ordering online.

In the meantime, Sears has responded to my last blog post requesting our information so they can “review our account”.  We are still awaiting their response.  Hopefully they will stand by their product and do the right thing in supporting their warranty.

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