I wanted to share a project that Mr. Taylor and I worked on yesterday. Our master bedroom has been long neglected. We have lived on the farm for nine years now, and it is the one room that we have done absolutely nothing with. It is a really great space occupying the entire top floor of our home. It has wood slat ceilings, wood floors reclaimed from a grain elevator in Texas, and fabulous light from nearly an entire wall of windows and doors facing west.
I had been noticing wood walls and wood headboards for some time, most recently when a friend posted a photo he had found of a room done entirely in reclaimed wood. As we have never had a headboard that I liked ( we removed the old one and never replaced it) and as I loved the look of reclaimed wood, I thought that it would be the perfect solution. I should mention that I often feel like our room would make a fabulous tree-house. It is up in the trees with views of green from every window. Adding wood touches seemed the perfect fit.
So I had this idea and was talking to a friend a few weeks back. I had mentioned my idea and that I needed to be on the lookout for great reclaimed wood, when she asked me if I had considered looking in our barn. Uhm, no, as a matter of fact I hadn’t. But I did, the minute I arrived home. And holy dinah- there is some fabulous wood in there! So off three long planks came~
My husband was kind enough to cut them into the lengths that I wanted (he also removed them for me). I then sanded and cleaned them as best I could. When #1 was home last weekend he hauled them into our room, and there they sat, reminding me that I needed to get going on it! So, yesterday I decided that I wanted to get started.
First things first, we had to move a light on the wall above our bed that had never been in the right spot. Seeing as we were going to be covering the wall with wood, it seemed like a good time to make a bit of a mess, which we did. Once again I was grateful for having a husband who is great with things such as this.
Once the wiring for the light was where we wanted it, we laid out the beams in the order we wanted on the floor and then began hanging them, top beam first. It was definitely a two man job as we had to make sure they were level and those babies were heavy! We worked our way down until we got to the beam that needed holes drilled through for the wiring. After the holes were cut in the proper spots and the wire was brought through, that beam was hung.
Once all six were secured on the wall we attached the lights to it.
Next came the shelves. Before today, my husband kept a mountain (I’m not kidding- it was a mountain!) of books on his bedside. Do you see ALL of the books on the shelves? They were ALL on his bedside table. every. single. one. I had found a long heavy beam in the barn long ago and had saved it for such an occasion. I cut it in three- two 3 foot sections and one a bit longer- and we staggered them on the wall on his side of the bed. We used heavy-duty brackets as we knew they would be supporting a lot of weight, and were also restricted to where the studs were.
Finally, when making the bed up, I decided – finally- to use one of my French sheets on our bed. I have had them for quite some time (thanks to my darling Ange) and was always nervous to actually use them. However, she uses them every night on her beds so I thought why not? I ADORE the embroidered monogram as well as the weight of it. And, I feel special sleeping under it- I’m not sure why, but I do.
So, in one day we took our bedroom from boring to fabulous and I am so excited about it.
Have a wonderful week mes amies~