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Master painter gets master bedroom makeover

By Candice Olson
McClatchy-Tribune News Service

Bernie has been a member of my crew for years. He’s a meticulous master painter who has come through for me on more projects than I can count. When he and his wife, Christy, decided it was time to renovate their master bedroom’s en suite bathroom, I was delighted to help out.

Along with a stunning new bathroom, I decided to give them the gift of a bedroom makeover. The project included a fresh coat of paint for the dresser, an elegant new ceiling light fixture and new bedding.

The bedroom was huge, but the bathroom had a very choppy layout. There was a closet, vanity and separate room with tub, shower and toilet. The space was so dysfunctional that it was hardly ever used for bathing. The shower stall made a very handy linen closet, once some shelving was added.

By relocating the closet into the bedroom, we were able to accommodate a large glass-enclosed shower, a repositioned toilet and a single vanity for Bernie. On the other side of the room, we installed a cast-iron tub, which was high on Christy’s wish list, a corner storage cabinet and a single vanity for her.

Luxurious touches throughout the room bring out that spa feeling. Heated floors and towel racks, plush new bathrobes, monogrammed Turkish towels, French soaps and linen sprays completed the new retreat. A beaded curtain, reminiscent of a waterfall, hangs along the far wall for a big punch of style.

In the bedroom, we built a bank of closets with storage underneath. Mirrored cabinet doors reflect light and contribute to the room’s airy, spacious feeling. We painted the dresser with pewter paint and added crystal hardware for a touch of sparkle.

The king-size bed got a custom fabric headboard with brushed nickel nailhead trim. A pair of floor-length mirrors reflects the room’s classic elegance.

We brightened up the bedroom with recessed lighting and a semi-flush-mounted chandelier, with matching sconces on each side of the bed. A pair of ivory chairs matches the ready-made drapes.

By taking away half of the double door that led to the bathroom, we’ve gained not just a spacious bedroom, but an impressive bath as well.

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