You guys!! Today I’m tickled pink to share a big update on our kids’ bedroom makeover. If you remember, I mentioned a while back that we decided to do a full makeover on their room and adding an extra window was the first step. It was one of those things that pretty much had to happen because it was the darkest little room in the world. Really, even in the middle of the afternoon you’d need a light on to read a book. We talked and talked and talked about putting another window in there to give the space more light, but we were always too intimidated by the idea. I mean, putting a window in an exterior wall is kind of a big deal. But we finally made the decision to hire some help to get it done and I’m SO glad we did. It turned out even better than I had imagined it and I can’t wait to show you all how it looks. But first, we have to start with the obligatory before photo:
Eeeeeeek. I took this photo as we were emptying the room before the project got underway and it’s obviously not the prettiest thing. You can see how dark it is, but this picture doesn’t do it justice because I had the light on when I snapped this photo. And thanks to a giant tree outside the window on the left, it was the kind of room that never got sunshine. It was just a sad little space. I hated it and so did the kids. (And if you’re curious, that tape there on the wall was our way of visualizing where the window would go. It was actually super helpful.)
Here’s a progress shot of the window going in. The company we hired actually did a great job of keeping everything clean and tidy. I love this little “tent’ they built up around the window to keep the dust from getting in the whole house.
This isn’t the greatest shot, but it gives you an idea of what goes into cutting a window into an exterior wall. It’s a pretty detailed process and I’m so grateful that we opted to hire help for this one instead of trying to do it ourselves. This one was definitely out of our comfort zone! Here’s how the room looks now:
Quite the difference, right?! I still cannot believe this the same room. There is so much light! In fact, it was a bit tricky to photograph this area because it’s so bright. But I’m not complaining! That window was exactly what this little room needed.
I also wanted to do shiplap on this wall just to give it a little more pizazz. You know I like pizazz. And I’m so glad we did because it really gives this space a lot more character. I LOVE it, especially with the contrast of the black bed frames.
Obviously we still have a ways to go in here, but I couldn’t wait to share our progress. We’re still working on getting new furniture and we also have to finish painting the trim and doors. But in the meantime we set up the new beds and I just love how it looks, even without mattresses! Those beds were exactly what I wanted–just simple and classic. Anything big or flashy would have been too much in this small space, so I think these are perfect. Plus I got them for a heck of a deal, which is always a plus.
I can’t wait to get more work done in this room, but for now I’m pretty darn happy with how things are coming along. That window makes all the difference in this room and now I kinda wish I could put an extra window in every room. Kidding. Sorta.
While you’re here, you might want to drop by these other posts on our fixer upper projects: