Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Bonus Room Reveal!

Finally, I'm ready to show you my Bonus Room. A year ago, this room was a blah dumping ground. 

It sort of stressed me out every time I was in this room. I wanted it to be functional, but also to be elegant, inviting, peaceful, and beautiful. (Not too much to ask, right?) So, one project at I time, I worked towards that goal.

Probably the most massive undertaking was planking the ceiling and making faux beams, which you can read about here.

Another time consuming project was making these built in bookshelves with cabinets at the bottom. You can read about that adventure working with the slanted ceiling here

On the opposite side of the room, I made this faux fireplace to hold and hide electronics. You can read about that here.

I added some doors to this IKEA cubby shelf to help hide clutter that couldn't be easily stored in a basket. See how I added a mirror- like touch here.

The chair by the window used to be a waiting room chair, which I reimagined (I have one more in my garage that I'm working on to match). See the transformation here.

I made this Murphy bed to keep our guest mattress at hand, but out of sight. To see how I fashioned a platform large enough to hold a double size mattress, go here.

I love my Harry Potter map project. To see where I got the fabric, go here

The piano bench was also a makeover project that used to be a coffee table, which I blogged about here.

I really feel like I achieved my goal. This room is now one of my favorites in the house. I come up here to read, but end up just staring at how pretty the room is.

Thanks for stopping by!  

Linking to BWT 4, Link Party Palooza, Remodelaholic November Link Party, Inspire Me Monday 85, The Scoop 196, 292 Inspire Me Tuesday, You're Gonna Love It Link Party, Sew Crafty Angel 94, Wow Us Wednesday, Inspired By You Link Party, Best DIY Project of 2015  


  1. Wow! What a difference! I love how this turned out. It looks very relaxing and homey now! Love the Harry Potter map!!

  2. So many awesome projects. I really love the fireplace to hide cords and the mirrored doors you added to the ikea cubbies. You definitely achieved functional with pretty and inviting.

  3. Wow! I remember each project as you completed them and now that they're all done it's amazing how much you got done and how nice it looks. Great work Emily! (Can I come and play guitar in it now or will that disturb the peacefulness?)

  4. wow, what a fabulous space! i love the built ins and the murphy bed! amazing job.

  5. There is no comparison between the before photo and the after! I think you really achieved your goal of making a peaceful and inviting room and more. I love the built in book shelves and also how you filled them! They look so much more attractive than the old shelves. I love the fireplace and how classy it looks. It is a great way to hide your electronics! The ceiling looks higher with the planks and beams and the choice of new fans works well with the new ceiling. The doors and baskets on your storage cubbies makes them look so much neater and inviting. The murphy bed is very nice and functional too. I love the whole room!! You are so talented and have such great vision and ideas. Thanks for sharing..

  6. Amazing job! You really transformed the room, and I'm still in love with that chair makeover I was honored to feature over at RoadKill Rescue! :) Thank you so much for linking up this makeover to our first Inspired By You link party at my other blog, Reinvented. :) We hope to see you back every Sunday Emily!

  7. Great job! You really are clever and ambitious.

  8. It all looks so awesome! The ceiling is just fabulous!!

  9. Looks fantastic! I really love that chair makeover, it doesn't look like the same chair at all!!

  10. wow, what a transformation. The planks and beams on the ceiling make all the difference. You really managed to pull it all together.