From the looks of it now, you’d never know my girl’s room was once a kitchen.
Whaaat? That’s right. The “before” is a kitchen. The “after” is a bedroom. Now that you’ve seen the “after”, let’s look at a few “befores” (I don’t know why I am obsessed with putting “before” and “after” in quotes, but go with it).
Crazy, right? Can you believe that wall of photos? Those were magazine tear-outs! A wall full of them! And adhered with whatever was the 1960s version of Mod Podge. I am pretty sure this scary room alone deterred many a buyer. But not us because we’re crazy like that. I’d like to blame this house purchase on pregnancy brain, but it has turned out so well for our family I am happy with whatever made us buy it. How about a few side-by-sides to show each angle in the “before” and “after” states?
And now for a little backstory. This is the very first room we worked on after moving into our house. That’s because I was 7 months pregnant when we moved and so having my girl sleep in a bedroom instead of a kitchen was a major priority. We just plowed ahead by removing all the kitchen stuff, carpeting the floor, texturing and painting the ceiling and walls, removing a ceiling exhaust system, closing off a doorway that connected this room to the master bedroom closet, removing all the plumbing, patching, painting, texturing, decorating, baseboarding, and much more. Luckily, my husband did a ton of the work, but I am in charge of finishing (paint, floor, décor, etc.), which means I finished this room about five seconds before my girl was born. Well, more accurately, we finished everything two days before I went into labor and my mom came over and hung up the pictures on the wall while we were in the hospital. After a few recent updates, here we are now.
We love that we have three bedrooms all upstairs instead of two bedrooms and a kitchen. And I’m pretty sure our girl is happier sleeping in a bed instead of nestled up to a stove. Anyone else love looking back on how far a room has come in a short time? Or take out a kitchen to create a bedroom? So fun to go from ugly kitchen to bright and happy kid room – I like happy rooms.