I have an update to show you. I am going to spill the beans early and not wait for a final reveal post. Don’t get too excited though, the room is still a mess, this is not a pretty post – but my vision for it is becoming clear.
I know I kept you hanging a few weeks ago when I told you I was making over my daughter’s bedroom since we no longer need to keep it a bedroom.
I have seen many empty nesters turn unused bedrooms into glamorous closets – which would be fun, but it would only be for me. I wanted to turn the room into something Ed and I could both use and enjoy.
The room is going to be very simple - not a lot in the way of decor since I am turning it into…..
….for lack of a better term -a fitness exercise room. I don’t want to call it a gym since I want it to be more of a Zen-like space. The total opposite of my Studioffice where there is lots going on. I would like it to be a retreat for body and mind.
Right now Ed and I work-out in the basement. Our basement is nice, but there is little natural light and no fresh air. This bedroom is perfect – lots of space for my Pilates Reformer, Ed’s Nordic Track and weights and maybe a Stairclimber or Eliptical if I can find an affordable one – plus two nice size windows that bring in lots of light and fresh air.
I am at the not-so-fun part of DIYing the room this week. It is work, and I am sporting a few new blisters on my hands from pulling up carpet tacks. I just keep at it because I know in a few days, I will be rewarded with seeing my vision for the floor come to life.
The carpet had to go, but the entire upstairs carpet needs to be replaced. If we move, I will replace everything with new carpet. If we stay, I will get wood or vinyl that looks exactly like wood. For now, I ripped the carpet up in the room and am just going to paint the subfloor in a refreshing color. When the time comes to cover it – it will be easy, nothing to take apart. Carpet, wood or vinyl will be able to go right over the paint.
One project I had fun doing was spray painting the HVAC vents white. I didn’t have to go outside to do it since the sub floor has spray paint all over it from when the builders painted the room 20 years ago.
I was hoping to find a photo on Pinterest of a home gym to show you what I have in mind, but there were not any that inspired me. I do know that the room will be light and airy, will have mirrors, music, and maybe a flat screen TV, but only to plug in fitness DVD’s that we use in the cold months when we can’t get outside to exercise.
Now it is time to get back to pulling up the rest of the carpet strips and staples…stay tuned.