The Scenery House

You Have to Start Somewhere – The Second Floor

April 30, 2017

I shared the listing photos of the first floor of our house last time and I’m back to show you the second (and third!) floor of our house, just as we first saw them.

This is the landing. And as I mentioned last time, the entryway/staircase/hallway walls were painted white when we first saw it but isn’t it nice to know it used to be this color? Dried flower arrangement on a door – the perfect touch. More chairs! From this view, you can see the smaller of the 3 bedrooms and the door to the 3rd floor.

This is the smaller bedroom and one that belonged to a teenage girl. It has two small square windows which are very cute and painted white. There are, of course, two kinds of window treatments on these windows. Oh yeah, and peep that chair rail.

Next is what we are affectionately still calling “the green room.” This was a boy’s room with a light space theme. The boob lamp on the ceiling has a great space design that glows in the dark. Our guests have been loving it.

This leads us to the bathroom. THE BATHROOM. Girl. Patterns on patterns on patterns in here. The toile shower curtain matches the 2nd layer of window treatments matches the sconce shades matches the skirt that was GLUED onto the original pedestal sink. When we moved in, the toilet had been replaced along with the shower curtain which now matched the wallpaper exactly. Oh, did you notice the wallpaper? Did you notice the border on top of the wallpaper? And lastly, because the more I stare at this picture, the more I remember: the shower curtain rings were covered in black ruffle covers like tiny scrunchies.

This is the main bedroom, which is pretty huge. There is more chair rail in here which I ripped down during our first weekend of ownership. Very fancy in here like a bed and breakfast. So many window treatments and so many cobwebs behind them.

Here’s the other side. The wardrobe is placed in front of a space that used to be a fireplace. There’s a nice bit of closet space in here plus a walk in closet built into the space above the sunroom. You can see the ensuite bathroom here and more tiny rugs leading to it. In this shot it looks like the original windows were still in place but were replaced with cheap vinyl windows when we bought it.

This leads us to the 3rd floor which runs the full width of the house and is finished. It has an exposed brick chimney and 4 small windows.

Here’s the other side. This is a great space despite the shiny walls. The unfortunate thing is that the former owners kept their cat up here and it didn’t take the move very well. The whole floor has a terrible cat pee smell, even after we removed the carpet and scrubbed the wood floors underneath them. I’m not sure if refinishing or painting the floors will help remove the smell. I have great hopes for this space as either a big extra bedroom or a photo studio space.

And that’s it for the listing tour! Through all of the extra stuff (so extra), I hope you see the amazing potential we saw, still see, and keep finding more of.

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  • Reply Trish May 2, 2017 at 6:08 pm

    Hi – I’m not sure this is helpful, but I had the same issue with cat pee smell when we moved into our place. I used a product called Odor Xit (I got a big, concentrated bottle on Amazon) and sprayed the subfloor. I sprayed it quite generously and then painted Kilz odor-blocking primer over the top after it dried. It did the trick. Good luck! I love the blog and am excited to see your house progress!

    • Reply thesweetbeast May 2, 2017 at 6:11 pm

      Ooo thank you! I will totally give that a try – bleach hasn’t worked and goodness, that whole space is unpleasant. So glad you like the blog! :D

      • Reply Kat February 20, 2018 at 1:11 pm

        Bleach is an amonia, as is cat pee, so it actually makes cat pee worse! White vinegar is the thing to get rid of the smell, (never heard of Odor Xit – gonna check it out!), but painting might be your best bet. Seal that horrible smell in.

        • Reply thesweetbeast February 20, 2018 at 3:52 pm

          Daaaang that is HELPFUL! I had no idea we were just making it worse with bleach. We gotta give white vinegar a try or the Odor Xit. Likely we’ll just paint or possibly replace if we need to!

  • Reply Alexandra June 12, 2017 at 3:34 pm

    I came here via Design Sponge, and I am SO glad I did, because that bathroom alone is simply priceless! :D

  • Reply Kiki June 13, 2017 at 5:32 am

    Oh my gosh…… I’m still in awe and speechless of that bathroom. I live in France – the land of the Toile de Jouy – and I love it – but goodness me, too much really can be too much. I nearly lost it when I read about the ruffled covers on the curtain rings :)
    But on the whole it is a glorious house and a very generous distribution of great rooms! You did well buying it!

    • Reply thesweetbeast June 13, 2017 at 10:15 am

      Thank you so much! That bathroom was truly something – so visually assaulting! The ruffled ring covers were really the icing on the cake.

  • Reply Jessica June 13, 2017 at 10:42 am

    Wow. Just wow. Someone had a serious pattern fetish. I cannot believe shower curtain ring scrunchies exist. Seeing these before shots really illustrates the vision required here. You’ve done an amazing job stripping back the floral prints to reveal the natural beauty.

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