Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Guest Room Progress

This poor tiny room gets overlooked all the time. It easily turns into a storage room where we throw everything we don't have a place for and shut the door...and forget it. See what I mean?

I recently rearranged the room and added some new touches. I tried my best to get good pics, but it is nearly impossible to do so with light coming in though the blinds. This is what most of the pics came out looking bear with me.

The bed is now under the window (which still needs window treatments...I'm on the prowl for cheap sheer curtains.)

I am quite proud of the side table. It's my first attempt at repainting furniture!

This is what it looked like before when it was in our living room:

It took 2 coats of leftover paint from trim in our house and 1 coat of polyurethane. I used sponge rollers as suggested by Chris at Just a Girl and now agree that they are the only way to go when painting furniture. I distressed some of the table for an aged look, although a lot of it doesn't show up in these pics. Sorry...once again the lighting made it really hard to take pics. I also turned the table sideways by the bed for a bit of a different look from when the it served as an end table.


I like the look of the brown wrought iron of the lamp and this basket against the white in the room. The basket is from Southern Living at Home, and it's filled with magazines for guests and my favorite lotion to share!

I made the burlap pillow by covering an old pillow we were no longer using with burlap and adding our last name initial in twine.

The shelves hold my Willow Tree collection, special shells from my favorite beach, and other meaningful trinkets.

I made the chalkboard using a large frame we were no longer using. I spray painted the frame white and distressed the edges and spray painted the glass with chalkboard paint.

This darling wire bird basket holds my baby blanket made by my great aunt. And the old jar holds my husbands collection of wheat pennies.

As you can see, the other side of the room still needs work! And while it is hard to tell in the pic, there is much more floor room with this new layout. Now our friends with kids can fit a pack n play in here when they come to visit!

I won't do much more to this room as I hope to someday turn it into a room for yet another member of our family. But for now, I am much happier making this little place a brighter, more inviting room for our beloved guests.

This post is part of "Show Us What You're Workin' With" at Me & My Bucket  "Show and Share Day" at Just a Girl. and "Transformation Thursday" at Shabby Chic Cottage.


Amanda @ Serenity Now said...

What an improvement already. :) I have the same SL@H basket, and I never thought about putting magazines in there. Great idea!

Nikki@ Cheap Like a Birdie said...

Ohh I adore the magazine holder and the saying on the chalkboard!
BTW thank you so much for stopping by and becoming a new friend! I should probably be fair and say my "heirloom white" is actually by Krylon because I COULD NOT find the actual Heirloom White anywhere!

Megan said...

It looks really good! I love the side table and pillow, so cute.

Amy @ said...

Looks very good especially that side table, good job on the painting.

alice said...

Well it looks like good progress. Good on you!
Thanks for stopping by and leavinga sweet message.
smiles, alice

McCarthy Designs said...

Your guest room looks great, definately an improvement from the before and I love your welcoming touches for your guests! xx

Stephenie from Decorating Addiction said...

I like all of the small touches you added. Love that you put your baby blanket in there, love the chalkboard, love the penny collection of your husband's. We are re-designing our guest room right now too. It's hard b/c it also serves as our office, so I am struggling with the computer situation. We found some great sheer curtains at Target that really brightened up the space. I'm not sure how you are with a sewing machine, but you could also make some. Good luck! I can't wait to see the finished room.

Alisa said...

love the painted looks so nice! your room is looking great!

Leanne said...

I love the side table painted white and turned. It looks great. Thanks for coming by for a visit.

Meg said...

I love so many elements of your room! The pillow is so pretty and special, the chalkboard is a perfect added touch and I looove that white table!! Can't wait to see more pics!

Ashlee said...

Wow! You did a great job. The room looks wonderful.