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The bedroom remodel is substantially complete--which is to say, things that belong in the bedroom have all been moved back into the bedroom, and I've restored the kitchen and living room to order.

DarkEm's bedroom before work began, showing the ruined wood floor, messy paint work, torn up carpet, and a general incoherent mess

Panorama view of the completed bedroom project, showing all white walls and fixtures, black floor and ceiling, and bright accent colors
(It's a panorama shot--a function I just discovered on my phone, like, yesterday.)

Ten things I learned or re-learned during this project:
  1. IKEA furniture assembly starts out fascinating and quickly becomes exhausting.
  2. Have two power drills: one for driving screws and one for drilling.
  3. Invest in fresh, sharp, new drill bits.
  4. Have a friend/sibling/partner to help, ideally one whose dominant hand is different from yours--very useful when drilling and driving screws on both sides of a tight location
  5. Do nothing by hand that you can do with a power tool, and do nothing on the floor that you can do on a higher surface
  6. Trips to IKEA will piss you off eventually. Do everything you can online. Pay for deliveries. Conserve your strength and your temper!
  7. Ibuprofen is your friend. Your best friend forever.
  8. Plan everything, in detail. Your contractors will be blown away.
  9. There will be at least one thing wrong that you just go, "oh fuck it" and decide to live with it because you're too damn tired to fix it.
  10. Start percolating another project before you're done.

Bed, stenciled headboard wall, wardrobes
The main thing.

Wardrobe doors open, showing interior drawers, fittings, and lights   Storage closet doors open showing interior shelves and lights
Clothes to the left of me, storage to the right...The lights come on when you open the doors. Plenty of space for everything.

Small storage cabinets behind the door, glossy white cabinet doors;  Small storage cabinet doors open, with books and stuff inside
Shallow cabinets behind the door.

A view inside the headboard cabinet showing electrical and USB outlets
Inside the as-yet-unfinished headboard unit: six electrical outlets and four USB ports

A view of the black ceiling, showing large black light fixtures, a black ceiling fan, and some glow in the dark stars
Looking up: large and small light fixtures*, ceiling fan, and the glow-stars I've managed to apply so far.

*For those keeping count, the room contains 14 light fixtures. They're all LEDs, and, collectively, they use as much electricity as two incandescents used to. Fiat lux, baby.

I return to my online life tomorrow, and will start getting caught up with everyone. But now, Penny Dreadful, then sleep.

Crossposted from Dreamwidth, where there are comment count unavailable comments.


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Apr. 30th, 2014 03:04 am (UTC)
*bows to you*

You are the MASTER. That bedroom looks divine, like a place to sink into and not come out for daaaaaaays...or until you get really hungry. All your hard work really paid off. Thanks so much for sharing your remodel porn with us. ;D
Apr. 30th, 2014 04:11 am (UTC)
Remodel porn! LOL. I hadn't thought of that. Happy to share. :D
Apr. 30th, 2014 03:07 am (UTC)
Very Nice!
Apr. 30th, 2014 04:12 am (UTC)
Thank you!
Apr. 30th, 2014 03:39 am (UTC)
Wow! You did a beautiful job! I'm impressed. Any kind of home remodel will drive a body to drink, in my experience.
Apr. 30th, 2014 04:13 am (UTC)
It's always stressful, physically demanding, and more expensive that you thought, isn't it?

I'm pretty pleased with the outcome in this case.
Apr. 30th, 2014 05:45 am (UTC)
Oh wow! Looks amazing!
Apr. 30th, 2014 06:05 am (UTC)
Thanks! It's a great relief to have it (mostly) done.
Apr. 30th, 2014 06:08 am (UTC)
Can you post a photo of the tree wall at some stage?
Apr. 30th, 2014 06:16 am (UTC)
It's fairly visible in the second "after" picture in this post, but here's a shot of it right after I finished stenciling it, before electricals, flooring, or furniture were installed:

The apparent blurring across the middle is the peculiar effect that direct light (from late-afternoon sunshine, in this case) has on the interference blue pearl powder. It turns the beige into a cool blue-white. It's really interesting stuff.
Apr. 30th, 2014 06:30 pm (UTC)
Just lovely.
Apr. 30th, 2014 06:35 pm (UTC)
Apr. 30th, 2014 07:14 am (UTC)
Fantastic! It's vey impressive. I particularly like the lights in the wardrobes; so cool. And the way everything is inch-perfect. Shallow storage behind the door is neat, too. You should feel very proud -- wallow in it! And give yourself time to recover.
Apr. 30th, 2014 05:57 pm (UTC)
Inch-perfect: that's me! It's a nuisance of a mental characteristic to have much of the time, but in this case it has served me well.

My recovery time has commenced. Leisurely day today, meet with friends tonight, trip to the beach on Friday...back to retirement-as-usual!
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Apr. 30th, 2014 05:57 pm (UTC)
*takes a bow*

Thank you, thank you!
Apr. 30th, 2014 12:59 pm (UTC)
SO inspiring! Love your 10 lessons too!
Apr. 30th, 2014 06:29 pm (UTC)
Thank you! Today I can think of an eleventh lesson: take time off afterwards!
Apr. 30th, 2014 10:51 pm (UTC)
Wow. Just... wow.
Apr. 30th, 2014 11:01 pm (UTC)
I was thinking of you and the so-elegant decor I've caught glimpses of in pictures of your kitties in your Paris apartment. I was enjoying the startling contrast between our respective and very definite styles! Isn't it wonderful to be clear about these things?
May. 1st, 2014 04:19 am (UTC)
Congratulations! It looks AMAZING and very true to what you described.
May. 1st, 2014 04:26 am (UTC)
Thank you!
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