The next room

For those interested in the rehab of Radiance Manor, here is the next project.  I have now moved upstairs!  John is working his way into the basement 😀

This is the middle bedroom.  It is going to be the guest bedroom, although no one wants to stay in it now 😀  It is also my practice room for guitar, but it really is not inspiring at all, I have to say.



Out of all the wallpaper patterns in the house, this one is the least offensive in terms of color and pattern, but it is in the worst shape of all the rooms.

I am not exactly sure what was going on here. At first I thought it was just patched paper, but it is layers of paper over the same wallpaper with what seems like drywall compound in between? 



The wall could be messed up under this, so it should be interesting anyway…

There was a roof leak (anyone remember the slate work we had done in the fall?) and some of the wallpaper had gotten moldy:



Then there is this, and I don’t even want to think about what happened here.



And then there is the red closet door because why not?


Of course, there is the other door.  



Sure no one wants to stay here?? Again, I have to remember that the reason we were able to afford this house was because of how poorly it was treated.  Poor Radiance Manor.

 I do practice in this room, but like I said, it isn’t very inspiring right now.  It does have a big bright window, though.


This picture was taken over a year ago when we were first looking at the house. I think it was one of the subsequent checkup up visits we did because I see snow and there was none when we first saw the house. I just can’t believe how much time has passed.

Anyway, this room should be pretty straight forward. Wallpaper removal – which has been really easy so far – then patch and paint.  New window coverings, painting the closet door, new light fixture and replacing the missing door handle.  Seriously – what happened to the door handle?? Still working on paint color ideas, but I am leaning towards a mauve or rose colored room.  Or possibly light blue.

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24 thoughts on “The next room

  1. Kim

    I have no doubt that the next time you post pictures of this room people are going to be lining up wanting to stay in your guest room!!!
    And, I’m sure that it will become a very inspirational practice room!

  2. Helen

    I think blue is easier to find things to go with but the girl in me would choose rose! Reading what you need to do makes me feel tired. My whole family room/office/bath downstairs need to be painted and looking at it last night my brain just said NO.

    But if you told me I had to spend 8 hours cooking I’d be all YAY! Different strokes indeed.

    1. Lori Post author

      I would love to cook for 8 hours, too. I wish I didn’t have to work and could do what I wanted all day LOL! I would be productive, that is for sure.

      I am leaning towards rose with maybe some gold stripes like I did in our bathroom remodel a couple years ago. That way it wouldn’t be too feminine for guests.

  3. Ali @ Peaches and Football

    What a pretty view out that window. That would be inspiring to me! It’ll be quite spectacular once your green thumb has started poking through the jungle in the backyard too.

    Why would you need a door handle? You can stick something in front of the door to keep it closed and then just tuck your finger in the door hole and pop it open again. Easy! 😉

    1. Lori Post author

      Maybe we could just put twine in the doorknob hole to open and close it – then call it a day 😀

      Eventually we want to replace all the doors upstairs since they put in hollow core doors. It makes me wonder what happened to the originals.

  4. Leah

    I’m always amazed at the dramatic paint colors people use throughout their homes. Since I only notice these things when we are moving and looking for something to rent the homes are empty and I wonder, “Did that really look good when there was furniture and decor up?!” lol

    And ditto the above…you’re bringing this home back to life…wonderful.

    1. Lori Post author

      I love lots of color, but it has to be a color I like. The previous owner’s style and mine couldn’t be farther apart!

  5. Lauren

    do you use any special tools for removing wallpaper??? you say it is easy so I was wondering how you go about it! thx!

    1. Lori Post author

      Well, I mean easy in terms of how the wallpaper was in comparison to the other rooms. It’s still tedious. You can use a scoring tool (called a tiger) to perforate the paper. Then either use a spray bottle of water (add some fabric softener if you want, but it didn’t seem to make a difference to me) or a wallpaper steamer tool on the paper. Then use a taping/putty knife to peel it off. If you have a vinyl fronted paper – which most newer paper is – it is easier to try to peel the top layer off in one sheet and then remove the paper backer with the above method.

  6. Kathy

    I bet I know what happened to the door handle…unruly teenager!!! Took mine off my kids door when he was acting out. LOL!

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