Sunday, November 16, 2014

Doctor Who Inspired Bedroom Makeover!

First things first: I'm a geek and a nerd but not in the sense that my house looks like a sci fi tv show set. I am a casual Doctor Who fan at best, and I don't like the most popular Doctors and I can only handle so many Tardis cat houses, Tardis refrigerators, Tardis dresses, Doctor Who themed weddings, etc. 

Francis is the Doctor Who fan of the Manor, and I really like this Exploding Tardis poster that came with him. I don't know anything about it, like if this has some sort of show significance, I just knew some day that it would look good over the fireplace in our bedroom. But I get ahead of myself. Let's back up. This is what the room looked like when we bought the house:


Is that a beautiful drop ceiling or what? Like sleeping in an office! I wish I had a close up of that wallpaper. It was tiny pink flowers, applied over UNSIZED drywall. Also, that drywall only goes as high as the false ceiling. Behold: 


Look how jagged it is in some spots, like they were just using any leftover drywall they could find.


Isn't this fun? Surprisingly, it only took 5 hours to pull down all the wallpaper. I'll tell you my secret: Mix hot water with the cheapest fabric softener you can find, like the $2 bottle from Walgreens. Score the wallpaper with a paper tiger, spray it down real good, and then leave it for 10 minutes. I didn't even need a scraper! I thought it would take weeks, and I panicked when we started on a Friday afternoon and were done by 7:30 pm, because it was late summer/early fall and I knew it would take a few weeks to get on the schedule with Carerra Plaster Restoration, our go-to wall and ceiling fixer-uppers (see: Master Closet Remodel). I forgot to take pictures after they finished and before we painted, but here's a before and after of the ceiling:

Photos cannot do this justice. The ceiling under the drop ceiling was a hot mess of cracks, plus all the wires from the frame, plus that ceiling fan situation. Oye. It was hideous, and we were staring at it for months before we got around to stripping the wallpaper. The new ceiling practically glows, I am not even kidding. It's beautiful, and sometimes I just lie on the bed enjoying the fact that I am looking at a normal ceiling for the first time in 3 years and 4 months.


It's a snowy, gray day today so it's hard to get true photos with natural light. The paint is La Fonda Spice, the inner curtains are these faux silk in silver, and the outer curtains are these Eclipse Thermal panels. We decided to be lazy and not repaint the trim, which is a dark raisin color.


The photo in the middle is a colorized photo of Elvis Presley with the King and Queen of Thailand on the set of GI Blues in 1960. Also, if you have a dog that prefers a crate, I highly recommend going with a wood end table crate. They just look so much nicer. We have two, one for upstairs and one for downstairs.


The duvet cover and pillow cases were at Costco a couple weeks ago for $19.99! I nearly fell over dead. They are SO SOFT. I am looking for suggestions on what to hang over the bed! I was surprised to find that of all the artwork we have in storage, none of it will work in this spot. The one and only Tardis is already in the room, so no Doctor Who suggestions. ;)

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