The Master Suite: Finishing

When we renovated the house we added a master bathroom and walk-in closet addition to the master bedroom.  We changed the entrance to the bedroom and added a second-floor deck directly off the bedroom accessed by French doors.

The architect’s plan of our master suite. (We reconfigured the bathroom.)

I love this space!

A plan of the second floor of The Glade, Master Suite at the top of the picture.

We have a number of tasks to finish before it becomes the serene, restful, uncluttered place I have always wanted.

1. Finish the inside of the master closet.

The master closet is progressing.

2.  Refinish the king-sized sleigh bed.

We’re planning to overhaul totally our sleigh bed frame.

3.  Stain the closet doors and add interior pulls.

The master closet doors as well as all the new closet doors in the house will be stained.

4.  Finish the bookshelves.

The bedroom shelves need finishing: face frames, baseboard, and cornice.

5. Have membrane roof material put on the deck and a railing built around it.

The master deck needs a stronger walking surface and a railing.
The back of the house on the left from the architect’s concept sketch. Note the railing on the upper porch.

6.  Hang curtains or shades.

Our master closet has a full size window which requires a covering for privacy.

7.  Get rugs for hall, closet, and bathroom.

The master hallway could use a rug.

8.  Attach and paint all trim.

Trim in the hall ready to be measured, cut, and applied.

9. Refinish tall chest or get rid of it if it is no longer necessary.

I’d like to refinish or paint my dresser one day but maybe I won’t need it anymore when the closet is finished.

10.  Paint and refinish reading chair or get a different one.

This little chair should be painted and the upholstery completed.

11. Get a stool for dressing table and refinish the dressing table.

My mother’s dressing table is in the master bathroom.

12. Sort through clothes and linens and get rid of anything no longer useful.

Until our closet is complete my clothes are relegated to the bed in the pink bedroom.

That’s a dozen major tasks which I will give us 3 years to totally finish.

Blessed Maundy Thursday. The Maundy, mandatum, mandate: “Love one another as I have loved you.”

Do you have a 2-year, 5-year, 10-year plan?


Author: Jo

Welcome to The Glade, where the second generation of renovations has just begun and the mania about our home, music and other passions fill our days and nights. We’re Charlie and Jo in the music world; Mary Jo and Charles to family; and JoJo and Charlie to each other. We are renovating a midcentury house in a Victorian historic district where we want to live there the rest of our lives. It's a 1946 house located in Maryland. We were married in this house. Thus far (pre-blog) we refinished cabinets, added a window seat (still working on the cushion), rearranged a wall in the guest house due to sink/vanity replacement, planted a vegetable garden, and other quick and not-so-quick fixes. So this latest zeal for construction is the result of my having lived here since 1997 and feeling a need to ready the house for the next chapter and beyond.

2 thoughts on “The Master Suite: Finishing”

  1. My guess is it won’t take 3 years because it looks like you are really cooking with gas now, as the saying goes. It’s good to give yourself a reasonable time line, though, so it doesn’t get too overwhelming. The closet is really coming along.

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