Bedroom Conversion- Two Become One

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We own a modest home and when our kids grew up and left home we decided to convert their two small bedrooms into one larger guest room. In the process we got rid of the sheet rock completely because my husband is not a fan of it. The orange bedroom measured 9 X 10 with a single closet built "out" into it. The yellow bedroom measured 10 X 10 with a single closet built "into" it, both rooms had the same size windows so they would match up fine with the conversion.

First the dividing wall between the two bedrooms was stripped of sheet rock and the framing. The electrical wiring for that wall will be repurposed for the larger room's lighting.

Demolition Exterior Wall View

Just to note, my husband has many years of construction under his belt so this might be the sort of project that you might need some assistance with.

Here's the view from the other side where the kids bedroom entries were. Inside the closet there was hidden our air exchange vent, the unit was installed after the home was built and this was the only way to put the tubing in to connect with the air unit downstairs.

Demolition Interior Wall View

Here you are viewing the yellow bedroom that has the exterior walls covered with a white foam insulation. The closet was as I mentioned is a single built in one that will be closed off and opened on the other side to extend on the Master bedroom other words it's going!

Insulation Process Begins

We live in a cold Northern climate and heat conservation is a priority so the additional cost of the insulation will pay itself forward in our energy bills! The installation was done with a staple gun and cuts were made with a utility knife once measurements and markings were completed.

Exterior Walls Insulated

The corner pieces my husband custom created into a singular L shaped piece to be installed after staining and they would simply snap into place.

Custom Corners Waiting to be Stained

We are using these Pine Tongue and Groove boards that can be installed offering two different looks. Installation was carried out using a mitre saw and a finishing air nailer using 2" finishing nails.

We did a mock up and took a poll with friends to see what was the most popular, we went with option #2.

Wall Mock Up

The boards were all treated with a water based wood conditioner, easy to apply with a brush and dries very quickly and no odors! The next step was to apply in the same manner the water based stain we chose. As Pine ages it often gains an orange color cast to it which I dislike so the stain we chose was to match the boards as close as we could to their original color. It was by MinWax, an interior water based stain in the shade called Honeydew.

Note the closet and second bedroom door are closed in with the new wood, the entry to the former orange room will be the entrance to the new bedroom.

Boards were Installed after Staining

We chose a Walnut color laminate floating floor for this room and complimented it with a cream, tan and brown wavy patterned rug.

Wavy Rug and New Flooring

Remember the corner where the air exchange vent was? Look how pretty it looks now with those custom corners stained in a MinWax water based stain called Coffee!

As you can see my husband did a coffered ceiling as well that I'll share in my next post.

Melon Walls and Coffee Trims by Min Wax

Here is the final reveal after adding a matching brown door on barn style tracks. This room should be maintenance free now for quite some time since it's a guest room that won't see regular use.

Previous Orange Room

It's bright and airy and much more spacious to hang out and watch television in there or sit and read in the sunshine!

To see the coffered ceiling post go here

Previous Yellow Room
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  • Joanne Joanne on Mar 01, 2019

    Nice work! I love the ceiling light fixtures do you know where you got them ? Thanks

  • Per29942647 Per29942647 on Apr 29, 2019

    I have my mom's Particle board hutch. It's such an eyesore. Would this work on mine?

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  • Candida Candida on Mar 19, 2019

    My husband and I were considering doing this in our home. We have a simple three bedroom. Our master bedroom is too small for our king size bedroom set. Master and one other room is 10x12, while third room is 10x10. Would like to combine master with other 10x12 but there is a load bearing wall (and closets on both sides). The easier option would be to combine the 10x12 with the 10x10 room, but I would lose a (small) master bath. The other major problem is we are uncertain to financial loss going from a three bedroom down to a two bedroom if we ever decide to sell our home.

  • Dobi Dobi on Apr 07, 2019

    ya'll did a fabulous job! well done! transformations are so much fun...even if they are soooo much work!