I finally reorganized our third floor that had sadly become a storage room. It took a lot of work but I am so excited to have our “mother in law suite” or “apartment” again!
Our third floor “mother in law” suite is the perfect place for out-of-towners to stay while they’re visiting. Come take a tour! We think you’ll love it as much as we do.
Today. I am sharing a room in our home that you have never seen before. We actually have an entire third floor that some of you may refer to as a mother in law suite. I call it an apartment. It has a large bonus room, bedroom, and a bathroom. So it works for just about anyone visiting us.
I think I have shared most of the rooms inside our home, so why have I not shared this room?
Because I have been too embarrassed to share it.
The Story Behind Our Mother In Law Suite
Our home always had a third-floor “attic”. But we remodeled about fifteen years ago. It went from one dark-paneled orange shag-carpeted room to a bonus room, bedroom, and bathroom. But then yours truly needed more storage so I started carrying extra decor and extra Christmas decor up to the third floor. And within a few years, you could hardly even walk around. So we never went upstairs.
I do have a reasonable explanation as to why this happened. When I started painting full time about eight years ago, I needed an art studio. So I converted our garage, which originally was a Carriage House, into my art studio. The only drawback to converting our garage back to my Carriage House studio was that I had to find somewhere else to store Christmas decor, boxes and everything else that we don’t need (or want) in our home. (Think of all of the stuff you. have in your garage. That’s what I am referring to.)
I decided to move all the “stuff” to the third floor.
This photo was actually taken after I had spent two days up here organizing.
But I was determined that it was time to get our “mother in law suite aka bonus room” back to a living space.
For the past few months, I have been slowly cleaning out the third floor.
But I did have help. My husband and son Michael were amazing as they carried a ton of boxes and took carloads of clothes and decor to the goodwill.
This project took forever. And about one hundred trips up and down two staircases.
And yet it was totally worth it.
Our third floor “mother in law suite” has three rooms which are a bonus room, a bedroom, and a bathroom.
Here is a peek of the bedroom.
It needs a rug and a headboard and a few other things but that’s ok as I am in no rush.
I took this photo standing in the bedroom looking out to the bonus room.
I even had the pinball machine repaired. In came with the house when we bought this home from Dave’s parent’s twenty-two years ago.
What about remodeling the decor? I do have some plans but I am in no rush. This is such an improvement that it works just fine for now.
Here are some of the items from our third floor suite.
I spent seven hours yesterday doing a deep cleaning of the entire third floor.
And I am so happy.
Here is a quick video tour.
So when all of this staying home is done, come visit me.
I have a great place for you to stay!