Tuesday, November 7, 2017

1960's Rancher to Cozy Cottage: The Bedrooms Before and After

While we didn't make big structural changes to the bedrooms in this house, we did update all the finishes and woodwork.  Gone are the old windows with their horizontal mullions.  Gone is the ranch molding, the plain luan doors and doorknobs.  Gone are the old light fixtures.

The bedrooms for the house are down a short hallway off of the living area.

Now, the rooms have beautiful finishes throughout.  

Master Bedroom - Before

Master Bedroom - After

New Lighting Changes the Mood of the Room!

Hallway Light Fixture
In the back bedroom, we made one major change.  Originally, the room had a small transom window on the far wall.  It seemed odd, because there is a big backyard with a lovely view that you couldn't even see!  So we pulled it out and and replaced it with this big new window.  

Framing the big new window
What a difference!  Now the room gets the morning sun streaming in each day.
Replacing all the woodwork, doors and door hardware also had a huge impact!  Farewell bland ranch.  Hello cottage style!

I love the bedding and styling of this room - so fun!  The Save the Wild pillow set the theme for the whole room.  
And as you've seen elsewhere in the house, replacing the ranch molding, plain white doors and doorknobs made a world of difference.

Back Bedroom Before - plain doors, knobs and woodwork
Back Bedroom After - all updated!
Quite a difference, don't you think?

Original painting - Earth Angel Arts
Light Fixtures:  Wayfair for Hallway (Centauree single light)  and Master Bedroom (Brooklyn 3 flush mount light)
Doorknobs:  Nostalgic Warehouse
Master Bedding:  West Elm Nomad Coverlet, shams and throw.  Homegoods pillow
Kids Bedding:  Furry throw, embroidered pillow and blanket - Pottery Barn Kids, Orange quilt & stuffed bear - Target, sunburst pillow - IKEA
Adventure Sign - Etsy
Hanging Light Fixture - Target, spray painted to match bedding
Hallway Mirror - LL Bean Home

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  1. Love it - it is so adorable!! You transformed this house into the cutest cottage ever. I am in awe as always - fantastic job! Oh, and just curious, did you guess the new family correctly this time? :)

    1. Thanks so much! Oh and I was wrong, once again! I wouldn't want to break my record :-)

  2. Small things do make such a difference. My very first home was a 1953 "ranch" which had all of those things you mentioned having replaced in this house. I really hated the horizontal mullions most. Wonderful transformation.

    1. Horizontal mullions is a style that doesn't seem to have caught on!!! This is the first time I've seen them in one of our projects. Vertical is so much nicer!

  3. What a lovely transformation! You inspire me! About to embark on our first home project (gulp). QUESTION (as I'm new to all of this): Please could you tell me about the bedroom doors and closet doors? What are they 'called'? Source? Many thanks.

    1. Glad the project helped provide a little inspiration! Those are usually called 2 panel doors. These are raised panel doors - but you can also get 'Shaker Style', which is a flat panel in the center. I ordered these from my local lumber yard, but you should be able to find them most anywhere that carries building supplies. Good luck!


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