I know it’s been several months since I began sharing this project with you. I have certainly taken my time sharing new the details of each and every “find” that I decided to add to the room. I have really enjoyed focusing on each project that I’ve been engaged with for this room. It’s taught me to think “out of the box” and challenge my ‘creative side’ and do things myself. As some of you may remember this room was once my Son’s room, who is now beginning his Jr. Year at College. The room sat empty for several months at a time, and was left as a museum of his childhood while he was away. One day while cleaning it, I realized how horrible the carpet was and needed to be replaced. I then looked at the walls and thought those needed a fresh coat of paint…and the Ikea furniture had done it’s job well for fifteen years, but could probably be replaced with something else. After chatting with my husband and my son about the idea of transforming his room into a comfortable ‘Guest Room" and they were both supportive, the project began rolling. After selling the furniture to a friend, I painted one of the wall room the Restoration Hardware ‘slate’ color. It took me a few coats to get it right, and a few days of retouching the corners and ceiling of each color to get it perfect. But I love the contrast it allowed in the room and feel it helped tie all the colors I eventually brought into the room together. Next, began the process replace the carpet with hardwood floors. The hardwoods turned out beautifully and I am so glad we spent the ‘extra’ money on hardwoods to match the other hardwood in the house, rather than putting in another round of carpeting in. So much easier to keep clean and gives the room a little extra charm that I was looking for. During the painting and hardwood transformation, I began purchasing flea market and craigslist furniture for the new Guest Suite. Mixing in both new and used details just felt right to keep the consistency of the rest of the house. I tried to keep the pieces I found both simple and useful, yet full of character. I only brought home items that ‘spoke’ to my soul…I didn’t want anything that felt negative or dark in the room ~ I wanted everything to be comforting to any guest that visited and slept here.
The bed itself is the mail structure of the room ~ this beauty was from a dear friend that decided she wanted something different for herself and her husband…and after much thought, I decided it was the perfect fit for my new Guest Suite. The many layers of paint and colors in the bed frame gave me so many options to work with. I loved the grey’s and yellow’s that I could feature in the room. The bedding I found is all from Target’s Rachel Ashwell ‘Simply Me’ collection. The several pillow’s that adorn the bed are constantly changed out depending on the look I want.
Under the bed lays this beautiful antique woven rug. It brought some romance into the room, blending the hardwoods and the other accents.
My next prized item was the egg blue/grey pie cabinet that I found on Craigslist from a gal that was closing her shop in downtown Seattle. My husband picked it up and brought it home for me ~ as soon as he unloaded it, I knew it was the perfect fit for storing linens in the room.
Another fantastic Craigslist purchase was the drop leafed table that I painted myself with Annie Sloan Chalkboard paint. We had remove one side of the table to make the table turned desk more comfortable for our guests to use. The table top was left the original wood color to tie into the flooring in the room. Pairing the table with a metal chair from World Market, a Ballard Design wired basket, Pottery Barn galvanized small pail filled with Rachel Ashwell desk accessories from Michales hopefully helps our guests feel they have everything they need when working at the desk. Hoping to eventually have a Television hanging in the corner above the desk will free up the desk for our guests to set their laptops upon it.
Ruffles and Rust out in Snohomish is where I found the nightstand / dresser that can allow our guests to unpack their clothing during their stay. They also have the full use of an empty closet with hangers if needed. Also situation next to the bed is a wooden tool carrier that I originally purchased for our dog toys…but now holds fantastic magazines for our guests to browse through.
One of my favorite additions to the room was the Pooch Bed that I creatively made over to suite being in the Guest Suite. It was a super fun project for me and I really enjoyed seeing the transformation from start to finish. It sits on one side of the bed and is a plush spot for any one of our pooches to relax in.
I only have a few wall hangings in the room, vintage mirrors, Adeleide Hiebel blue bird series, Cottage Guest wooden sign, and a bluebird print, each and every one of these items comforts me when I walk in the room…as I hope they do any guest that stays.
Also hanging in the room is a dream catcher that I made using just a doily and a bunch of ribbon that I have collected over the past year. I love that this dream catcher was hand made by me and looks over my guests in hopes of sweet dreams.
The simplicity of the ‘details’ that are found throughout the room are well thought out to give our guests a calm feeling during their stay. You can click on the various items that I have individually listed to see the original posts if you’d like to read more about them…(below).
I put this basket together filled with all of the necessities I could possibly thing of that our guests may have left at home. Its nice when unpacking to realize you have something to get you through your trip without worry, don’t you think?
Below is the before and after photo’s of what a few thrifty finds and some paint can do to a room. I hope somehow I’ve inspired you with my project that I’ve shared with you ~ I still have a few more details I’d like to change, but those will come in time as I find the perfect items. Yes, don’t worry, I will be sharing!
To see where I am linking to this week – please check my “Cottage Links” label…xoxo, tracie
You can click on the various items that I have individually listed to see the original posts if you’d like to read more about them…(below). If I forgot something and you are curious about it, please don’t hesitate to ask.