Sunday, January 31, 2010

The Key West Bedroom

Hello, it's Franklin Cat again. Today I am coming to you from one of my favorite places. It is the Key West bedroom in my house. This white bedspread is one of the first places I slept when I was a kitten, and I still love it.

Below is a picture of what the room looked like when we started. White box, light fixture of depression, and industrial ceiling tile. Not to mention dark pine wood floors that had seen better days. Oh, and that carpet? Nasty. Just nasty.

Above is how the room looked when the renovation began. The ceiling tile is gone, and the ceiling is now blue.

The closet needed help. There was only one long pole in it for hanging clothes, and the doors were "ugh" brown.

Despite all these challenges, it all worked out. You can see below - paint, crown molding, new light fixture, and flooring really helped. We used Key West as the inspiration for this room. Can you see it?

The closet doors are painted as well, the money tree in the corner is very tropical, and the bookcase pays homage to Key West's literary figures, like Ernest Hemingway.

There will be a picture above the bookcase eventually. It will be of the Key West Lighthouse.

Below is the headboard we made out of old closet doors and some trim from Lowe's. The shell on top and the leaves are painted to match the wall colors.

The only missing element so far is the picture/s for this wall. They're going to be photographs of Key West that we took on our vacation, but they've not been framed yet.

I hope you've enjoyed the tour of the Key West bedroom. It's been a long, difficult renovation but I think it's been worth it.


Nance said...

I've never been to Key West but I'm liking this spare room. Is that a Craftman bookcase? My folks had one, similiar, when I was a child. When you are all done with the house, will you do another whole "walk through"? I would love to see it all in one piece.

Jason Burns said...


Key West is my favorite vacation destination. It's like a whole other planet. I love the mountains, but there is something about an island that is SO relaxing.

That is a craftsman style bookcase. I bought it at Staples. I have several of those in the house, of varying height.

I was thinking about doing a final walk through when it all gets done. That, and including a map of how the rooms are laid out. Maybe I can figure out how to do a virtual tour or something.

And we're now making plans for the kitchen - and have found some interesting ideas for the cabinets. You'll have to wait for that one.

Lanny said...

Nicely done. I caught a glimpse of the headboard in one of the first pictures, I loved it and was glad to see you feature it in a later pic. Aren't those crown moulding little corner thingies great, Dirt was glad he didn't have to mess with a hard cut and I like how they look.

Jason Burns said...

Lanny - yes, those corners saved us a lot of work. I only wish they made them for bay windows! Ours in the living room was a pain to do.

Glad you like the headboard. Like most things I've built, it starts out with a plan and evolved as it was built. Turned out good, though.

Nishant said...

I would love to see it all in one piece.

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