Several years before my daughter was even born, I made a trade with my neighbor at a garage sale for his old entertainment center with the intent of converting it into a changing table system for a future child. Years later, that's exactly what I did. It has been a great addition to her nursery and has taught me to always think outside the box and even down the road a little too.
Almost 40 years ago we converted a discarded chest of drawers into this doll house for our daughter. It remains in our home for grandchildren to enjoy. I saw this idea in a magazine about
the time a neighbor placed an old chest on the street for garbage collection. The one drawer that still existed was retained at the bottom for storage of extra furniture. Some of the furniture in these photographs was mine (1940's). Other pieces were added in the 1970's for our daughter and some later than that. The drawer keeps the assortment available for redecorating. During its early years, Santa with his sleigh and raindeers sat near the chimney at Christmas.
PHOTOGRAPHS SHOULD EXPLAIN THE RESULTS:
The top of the chest is an attic room. The front side of the roof is built in two pieces and hinged so that the lower portion can be lifted. It is held in place with an attached wooden prop (see photo). The roof is made with latticed wood strips, the chimney is painted with a brick design and trees and flowers are painted on the outside walls. For the floors we used carpet scraps for the bedrooms and the bathroom and a Formica scrap for the kitchen. My husband cut tiny pieces of wood and created a parquet floor for the living room. There are doorway openings between the rooms and a movable staircase. We added wheels for obvious reasons.
Sister-in-Law was moving in, and we needed to pack the 10'x10' bedroom with tons of built-in storage! We decided to DIY a custom closet kit from scratch to maximize storage and give her enough space to forgo a dresser! Mission accomplished!
A home can often be dated by the presence of oddly angled walls and ceilings. So a simple way to modernize may well be to remove these relics of a bygone era.
The master bathroom suite shown here was outdated, with angled walls, a vaulted ceiling and a trapezoid window high up above the bath. A separate toilet and shower room made it seem crowded.
This homeowner wanted their ensuite bathroom to be a luxurious personal oasis that they could escape to. They requested warm, natural materials, better light, a larger shower and a more functional space, the first move was to drop the ceiling to a flat 9ft height.
To overcome the loss of light from the trapezoid window, we added windows behind the tub and the vanity. These help to bring in more light and give a view of the woods outside the window.
The flow was improved by removing the wall separating the toilet and shower from the rest of the space. Instead, a panel of Lumicor acrylic with prairie grass embedded in it and wrapped in a maple frame, provides partial privacy for the toilet. Lumicor was chosen because it obscures the view while still allowing light to flow through the space. The rearrangement also resulted in extra space for a larger shower enclosure.
Originally a set of his and her closets was accessed from the bathroom. These were combined to make a single large closet, and an angled closet wall was made straight. A second closet was positioned in an unused corner of the bedroom, and tall cabinetry for storage of linens and toiletries was built into the space created where the angled closet wall had been removed.
The owners wanted the bathroom to have a feeling of Zen-like calm, and to bring the outdoors inside, so we have used organic materials as much as possible.
Maple was chosen for the vanities and tall cabinetry, the mirror surrounds and framing around the toilet partition. The wood complements the warm, brown tones of the travertine slab countertops and travertine tiles in the shower, around the tub and on the floor.
We converted a first-floor office/guest room space into a luxurious and dramatic master suite over the span of three years. We didn't actually set out to have our bedroom on the first
floor, but after having two kids 18 months apart we were running out of upstairs real estate.
We gutted the room down to the studs and removed peel-and-stick vinyl tiles to reveal hardwood underneath, refinishing the floor ourselves (as well has hanging drywall and such). We tore down some closets that blocked access to our eventual master bathroom and rebuilt some in a different location. We added trim and wallpapered an accent wall and painted our dresser all to coordinate.
We wanted this space to be a reprieve from our often chaotic lives as young parents to a special needs child, among the regular grind of family life. I wanted the space to feel luxurious and opulent while maintaining function and reflecting the calm and relaxation I hoped to enjoy in there.
The biggest issues we faced were building the new closets (they appear very small but actually aren't) and honestly, coordinating everything with the bathroom while still very much living in the space. So time and budget were always a factor, as were my two pregnancies and a broken leg last year. Luckily, we have friends and family who have lent us a helping hand more than once to help us have a space we love.
I know when many people see it they're put off by the all-black scheme. However, we love it (and an all-black room is super awesome to sleep in for sure) and it's honestly one of those things you have to see in person. I feel like every time I enter the room I'm travelling to a posh hotel somewhere that just happens to have all the amenities of home. ;)
I do not like looking at appliances or TV screens, they just don't do much for our décor. I had an inexpensive TV cabinet with book shelves on either side. It was too deep for the new
flat screen, SO! We took apart the old cabinet, threw away all except the 2 bookcases which are now attached to the wall. I had a long table and took it apart to use the back edge which is now the curvy top of the cabinet we pieced together for the new TV. The bottom of that table is now the table for the TV cabinet. I bought 6 little legs from Home Depot to use to get the cabinet up off the top of the table so a small sound system (you don't see) could be under it. The doors are nothing more then 4 frames, some hinges and the same fabric I used in other parts of our master bedroom. I use the bottom shelf of the table to store bedspreads and other items I sometimes use.