bedroom makeover // progress report!

progress report for the bedroom makeover in my tiny historic house. we found 19 layers of vintage wallpaper, fixed drywall, and restored a shiplap ceiling! Read all about our renovation on jojotastic.com

It’s been a few weeks since I officially kicked off the bedroom renovation and –woof– so much has happened. I don’t even know where to start… if you’ve been following on Instagram stories, you know the gist of it: we started removing drywall and found… more paneling, then sooooo much wallpaper. 19 different kinds of wallpaper to be exact. Nineteen. And nothing quite prepared us for what we found on the ceiling…

(Brace yourself, none of these photos are edited or Pinterest-worthy at all!)

progress report for the bedroom makeover in my tiny historic house. we found 19 layers of vintage wallpaper, fixed drywall, and restoraged a shiplap ceiling! Read all about our renovation on jojotastic.com progress report for the bedroom makeover in my tiny historic house. we found 19 layers of vintage wallpaper, fixed drywall, and restoraged a shiplap ceiling! Read all about our renovation on jojotastic.com

We started by stripping paint off the window trim and removing the crown moulding. From there, it was demo time. Sean didn’t really trust me with a crowbar, to be honest.

progress report for the bedroom makeover in my tiny historic house. we found 19 layers of vintage wallpaper, fixed drywall, and restoraged a shiplap ceiling! Read all about our renovation on jojotastic.com

We found… #SHIPLAP. That’s right, the other Joanna’s favorite thing. I was really excited about this discovery because it felt like the perfect bungalow touch for the room. The rest of the house has been stripped down so much by the previous owners, that I’m always looking for ways to add more charm back into it. A white shiplap ceiling would be the perfect touch for this project! So we started removing the ceiling panels, scraping away even more wallpaper, and removing 1,000s of nails. Not gonna lie, this unexpected discovery just about doubled the amount of work we had planned to put into the room (and pushed back our timeline by 2 weeks).

progress report for the bedroom makeover in my tiny historic house. we found 19 layers of vintage wallpaper, fixed drywall, and restoraged a shiplap ceiling! Read all about our renovation on jojotastic.com progress report for the bedroom makeover in my tiny historic house. we found 19 layers of vintage wallpaper, fixed drywall, and restoraged a shiplap ceiling! Read all about our renovation on jojotastic.com progress report for the bedroom makeover in my tiny historic house. we found 19 layers of vintage wallpaper, fixed drywall, and restoraged a shiplap ceiling! Read all about our renovation on jojotastic.com

Originally, the plan was to simply skim over the existing walls to smooth them out. My drywall crew decided they were in such bad shape that they needed to come down and we had to start fresh. Sean and I did the demo work mostly because I wanted to swing a sledgehammer, but also to save some money.

progress report for the bedroom makeover in my tiny historic house. we found 19 layers of vintage wallpaper, fixed drywall, and restoraged a shiplap ceiling! Read all about our renovation on jojotastic.com progress report for the bedroom makeover in my tiny historic house. we found 19 layers of vintage wallpaper, fixed drywall, and restoraged a shiplap ceiling! Read all about our renovation on jojotastic.com

I’m so glad we decided to do the demo ourselves! I had no idea how much I’d learn about my house during this project, but it was amazing. Every day that we worked on the room, we found something different. The best discovery though, by far, was the October 1919 edition of Ladies Home Journal. It’s the only thing we found with a date on it and really helped to put into perspective some of the patterns of wallpaper we were finding. Sean’s sister happens to be an archivist, so she actually tracked down the exact edition of Ladies Home Journal and sent me a link to read the full article (read it here)!

progress report for the bedroom makeover in my tiny historic house. we found 19 layers of vintage wallpaper, fixed drywall, and restoraged a shiplap ceiling! Read all about our renovation on jojotastic.comprogress report for the bedroom makeover in my tiny historic house. we found 19 layers of vintage wallpaper, fixed drywall, and restoraged a shiplap ceiling! Read all about our renovation on jojotastic.com

After this process of stripping part of my home down to the bare studs, I’ve really developed a deeper emotional connection to this house. It really feels like home, more so than ever before. I’ve seen it’s guts and inner workings… I’ve corrected the awful things previous owners have done to it… I’ve selected quality materials and finishes that will do this 1908 bungalow justice. All I want to do is put the charm and cuteness and love back into this tiny bungalow. I’m so proud of all the work we’ve put into it (and I know my grandpa would be, too). By far, this is the most physically taxing project I’ve ever undertaken, but it’s all going to be so incredibly worthwhile.

progress report for the bedroom makeover in my tiny historic house. we found 19 layers of vintage wallpaper, fixed drywall, and restoraged a shiplap ceiling! Read all about our renovation on jojotastic.com

I honestly thought that stripping the wallpaper off the ceiling was the most physically taxing thing I’d ever done in my life, but that was until I started sanding it. This step of the process was absolutely brutal, you guys. I spent lots of evenings self-soothing with copious amounts of wine, ibuprofen, icy hot, and a fair amount of floor-crying. Sean was supportive.

progress report for the bedroom makeover in my tiny historic house. we found 19 layers of vintage wallpaper, fixed drywall, and restoraged a shiplap ceiling! Read all about our renovation on jojotastic.com

My best friend Danielle put together this quick video chronicling all of my Instagram stories. I asked her to do it so I could always look back at how much we did, but I thought you guys would love it, too!

progress report for the bedroom makeover in my tiny historic house. we found 19 layers of vintage wallpaper, fixed drywall, and restoraged a shiplap ceiling! Read all about our renovation on jojotastic.com

Lots of you reached out via Instagram asking for tips about homeownership and renovating a fixer upper, so here’s a list of all the posts I’ve shared so far:

Be sure to stay tuned. I’ve got lots more about this bedroom makeover coming your way!

Video by Danfredo Photo + Films.

  • Sophia Steenkamp

    Love reading the progress reports! Really looking forward to the reveal! Did you know about this free remodeling calculator https://app.mykukun.com/Bedroom-Remodel-Cost that estimates any type of renovation project based on your zip code? I’ve heard it is very accurate.

    • thanks for sharing that resource!

  • so good it’s been an inspiration to watch, personally am not a DIY person but the fact that people do it themselves is truly amazing you will be so satisfied with the out come. As we say in Italy tanti Auguri! xx

    • ahh thank you!! can’t wait to learn more italian from you this summer ;)

  • Julie Schoenfeld

    Awe the video is so sweet, I kinda got teared up, I’m so happy for you two!

    • I totally watched this video about 10 times and cried EVERY single time!

  • Caroline Van Natta

    That one image with like 5 different patterns of wallpaper is crazy! Were they just layered one over the other??? Glad you are able to put quality materials into your home and do it right. Excited to see the outcome!

    • Yup, just on top of each other! Crazy, huh. Can’t wait to share the reveal (hopefully soon!!)