Grandma’s House: The Master Bedroom

I spent the past weekend (starting on Friday) back in my hometown with my mom and grandma, helping Grandma get her house ready to sell.  Since my grandpa passed away a few months ago, Grandma has decided to sell her home of 20+ years and has been recruiting family to help pack and prep the house for sale.

The master bedroom was on our to-do list this time, and over the course of one day, my mom and I painted the whole thing top to bottom – ceiling, trim, and walls.

Grandma’s room started out baby blue with a blue ceiling to match.  The color itself wasn’t bad, but the paint was 20 years old and needed a fresh coat.


Walking into the room, the first things you see are the bed and windows.  Opposite the bed is the closet and a built-in dresser and bookcase.  It’s hard to tell in photos, but the white paint around the built-ins, closet, windows, and baseboards was chipping and dingy and needed a fresh coat.


Mom and I started with the ceiling, which ended up taking us the longest of any painting we did in the room.  We had to do 2 coats, so we took a break between coats for lunch.


After the ceiling, we moved on to the baseboards and window trim.  Trim is my least favorite thing to paint, but in a room where we knew we’d also be painting the walls, it was nice not to have to be perfectly precise with where we got the trim paint.


Finally we finished painting the built-ins and window frames and it was time to move on to the walls.


The night before, we’d stopped by Lowe’s and picked out a nice sandy tan paint color. We had a gallon of the Valspar paint with primer mixed up, and would you believe we only used 2/3 of it in this huge room?!  The price difference between regular paint and the paint with primer was only $5, and it was worth every penny, in my opinion.


We didn’t get a chance to move everything back in since the paint was still wet when we left, but I think a fresh coat of paint and bright white ceiling and trim did wonders for this room.


The paint color is nice and light in person and makes the bedroom feel large and open.


Much fresher than the before, no?



I don’t talk about my work as a Realtor very often on our blog, but I have to say I’m so thankful to have a job that allows me the freedom and flexibility to help friends and family when they need it.  In this case, I was able to help out on a weekday (something I wouldn’t have been able to do at my previous corporate job) AND I’ll be able to help Grandma through the process of selling her home when the time comes.

I’m headed off on a showing appointment this afternoon, but I wanted to remind you to finish up your poufs and get those posts ready to join our Pouf-A-Long linky party tomorrow morning!  You can link up here at Welcome to Heardmont or over at It’s Great to be Home or NewlyWoodwards and see what your fellow crafters have come up with.  I can’t wait!


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