One of my absolute favorite people asked me if I could make over her guest room in time for a pre-Thanksgiving guest. Something I haven't talked about much on social media is that this fall was probably the worst health periods of my entire life. From the beginning of August until the beginning of November I was sick almost constantly. Sinus infection, stomach virus, another stomach virus, bronchitis, strep, and then sinus infection and bronchitis again. It was extremely hard to work as much as I was and stay on top of things. But, I knew that this would be an awesome room and great opportunity for me. Plus, I love my Julie!
We all have these rooms in our homes. The rooms where we put all the miscellaneous stuff and then end up not cleaning it out. We all have great plans, but somehow those rooms end up just being the place where we put all of the other bits and pieces that don't go with anything else.
Here is what we started with:
Something that both Julie and I loved in this space was the vintage painting. We decided to use it as a color starting place.
I wanted a restful cottage space and chose a bright white for the walls and kept the trim the darker shade. I went over one saturday morning and painted the room and then went back and did the second coat that evening.
This was a quick picture I took while the first coat was still drying. Already the bright crisp white makes the space feel so much fresher.
I also was refinishing some antique furniture to use in the space.
The piece above is gorgeous but really ended up being one of the most difficult I've ever refinished.
The piece below is one of my all time favorite styles and the finished product was gorgeous!!!!
Oh how I love this piece!
I went shopping with the painting in mind. You all know by now that if I can make something for a room I prefer to do that and have something custom. But, this was a tight time line and I figured that I could custom purchases to make the space still be a one of a kind room.
First, I framed family pictures for a gallery wall. I wanted the frames to look vintage and feel like they were the original frames for the old family photos.
I also made a little chalkboard for Julie to write their wifi password on for the convenience of their guest.
Next I used in-stock pillow covers. Below is what they looked like before.
This is the piece that gave me the most trouble. I actually stripped it completely twice! In the end I sanded it down and layered stains to get the look I wanted. I also painted these little lampshades. Both Julie and I loved the vintage shape with the marble and crystal lamps. I had no time to recover them so I did what I've done in my own home many many times. I sprayed the inside of the shade with a metallic paint. In this case I used chrome. Then I painted the exterior with several layers of watered down chalk paint.
I purchased new bedding, new curtains, bought and installed new curtain rods.
The short dresser works beautifully for a bedside chest.
The gallery wall worked out beautifully and showcases Julie's love of her family.
The bed is just so pretty, and I'm in love with that flower pillow!
You can see below, that I customized the gray pillow covers with pretty crystal buttons
The finished space is so cozy and warm while still being bright and airy. It's the most adorable guest space and I couldn't be more pleased with how it turned out.
Top to bottom, even with the whirlwind time frame, I am very proud of this space!