This really wasn’t a “renovation”. It was just paint. Since we had used non controversial paint colors in the rest of the house, I wanted to do something unexpected in the little powder room. I was on a purple jag for awhile so thought this eggplant color would be nice. I’m glad we did it in such a tiny room because it was a pain in the butt. Dark colors usually are, so we chose the higher end Benjamin Moore Aura paint in Bonne Nuit (and the trim was Benjamin Moore Cotton Balls). It probably worked better than some cheapo paint would have, but it still took several coats. Anyhow, it came out nice!
Our 1911 Craftsman house in Colorado Springs was in pretty good shape when we bought it but one of the problems it had was wallpaper in every room that had been painted over. Normally this doesn’t really bother me (Mike can’t stand it). However, in some places the wallpaper was starting to come off the wall and looked terrible. If we were going to stay in the house we eventually would have stripped it all off. But that’s a major undertaking and not one we had the time and energy to do. In all the other rooms we scraped off the really bad parts and just patched over it then painted, which worked fine. But the stairway was another thing. We included the downstairs entry, the stairs, and the upstairs hallway in the same project because they were all connected so we needed to paint them all the same color, even though we did them all at different times. We knew we were not going to be able to do a great job on painting the stairway with it’s high high ceiling, so we chose a color that matched what was already there so that if it came out messy it wouldn’t show as bad. The color that matched the best happened to be one we had already used in the office, Old Prairie from Benjamin Moore. The trim is Benjamin Moore Cotton Balls. The light “fixture” is original, and they even sell new ones just like it for vintage homes, so we kept it.
We were very lucky when we bought our 1911 Craftsman home in Colorado Springs. The house was a foreclosure so it had some issues. But the people who owned it before us bought it when it really needed a lot of work. They did all the boring, expensive stuff like getting a new roof, furnace, some electrical, refinished the floors, and got the exterior painted. Then I guess both of them lost their jobs, the housing market crashed and they went into foreclosure, leaving us to buy a cheap house that needed pretty much only cosmetic work. We have a lot of mixed feelings about the whole situation, but right here on this post we’re just going to focus on the things we did. I had been following the house for quite awhile, seeing the price keep going down. I knew I’d want to buy it so I didn’t even want to look at it until it was within our price range. Once we did go inside, we were only in there for 5 minutes before we decided to make an offer.
The floors didn’t need anything except a good scrubbing, and then we were done.
This room is one of the reasons I wanted to buy this house. It was so charming with those neat windows overlooking the cute Victorian homes on the street. The direct sunlight was also a bonus, and look at the pretty floors.
We had hoped this room would be the “master bedroom” but the king-size bed just barely fit in the space and it really wasn’t going to work. We did end up spending more time sleeping in this room than the real master bedroom during our time here, for various reasons, tho.
We actually had several guests in the year we spent there, so it was nice to have a place for them.
When we first moved into our 1911 Colorado Springs Craftsman, we used one of the upstairs bedrooms as a dressing room. I have a glamour photography business and like having a dedicated room for the girls to get dressed and their hair and makeup done. But since we were going to sell the house we wanted to have a more mainstream floor plan and that meant using the bedroom we used for a dressing room to be an office instead. Luckily there was a small covered porch off the bedroom that would work perfectly as a little dressing room.
Lots of houses in Colorado Springs have small covered porches off the largest bedroom. They were for TB patients who came to Colorado Springs seeking “the cure” which consisted of, among other things, lots of fresh air. Some of the porches were open at first and covered later. Some were always covered but with lots of windows, which we think was the case with ours.
This was the only light in the room, and it had no electrical outlets, so we got an adapter for the fixture that had a couple of outlets on it. You have to have the light turned on to use the outlets, but since I only really needed the outlet for a hair dryer, it wasn’t that big of a deal.
I cut up the pink curtains from the other room and used them in here.