I know this is not a Christmas post - but I thought I would share with you my recent $87 Guest Bedroom Makeover.
Over the Thanksgiving Holiday, I had a houseful of guests for four days. This room had been a mess for about a year, and desperately needed to be revamped.
(Isn't amazing what incoming guests will make one accomplish in a short period of time?)
The room, over the past eight years since we have lived here, has been used as on office, a Toddler room when my son and daughter-in-law were in Iraq and Mr. Grits and I kept our grandson, Cole - and then back to an office. Lately though, it has become the "I don't know where to put this so just stick it in the guest room" room.
(yea, we all have one at one time or another, huh?)
It had a futon, and although it was a pretty one in a Sleigh-bed style - nevertheless it was a "futon." We sold the futon, and so started my journey of "Use What I Had Decorating."
The room was already painted a nice grey-sage color.
(Nope, I don't even have an inkling of memory what this color is called - sorry)
The wood blinds were already in place, as well as, all of the other furniture pieces. There is a lovely armoire out of sight which now encompasses our "office."
We had a beautiful, antique bed we purchased in Belgium , and we had planned to use that bed from the start, but we decided last minute to use a Queen-sized bed - so the antique, full bed was put back into storage. (I need a bigger house!) That meant a trip to the Thrift store for another bed or headboard, and $40 later I walked out with the one you see.
(I see some Chalk Paint in my future. *smile*)
The other major cost was $40 for two chocolate-chenille panels. They are too short, but with company coming in less than 48 hours I had to make due and "let it go." (Another 2012 project added to the list) The other $7 was spent on (2) Queen-sized pillowcases.
Once the bed was in place, it was just a matter of adding the linens, shopping the house for accessories....and here ya' go!
My $87 Guest Bedroom Makeover.
The plaid "table skirt"is simply a leftover curtain panel from the Master Bedroom.
At first, I thought I wanted only two panels for the corner windows, but after seeing them up - I want to add two more. I have another plaid panel (aka table skirt) so I plan on simply sewing a panel of fabric at the bottom of the too short chenille panels. I am also thinking of replacing the (just a little too stark) white wood blinds with some rattan ones. (That 2012 Project List just keeps growing)
The side table consists of an antique glass/pitcher set bought in Europe and a stack of vintage books with my Waterford clock. See the small leaf dish filled with stones....?
... this was a gift given to me by my sweet friend, Jeanette, when we went to California to visit with Kathysue at Good Life of Design. It is filled with found stones we collected on the beach at Carmel. I love the little bird feather I found in the sand.
Here we are on the beach at sunset. It was mine and Jeanette's first time seeing the Pacific Ocean in person. We were like little girls when we dipped our toes into the very cold water. And speaking of toes.....
(hee hee - just had to share.)
Okay, back to the bedroom....
This is the chest at the foot of the bed.
(sorry about the blurry picture)
Again - it's a solid piece of furniture, but its just screaming for some Chalk Paint - don'tcha think? :)
On top, I have a few pieces of my collection of Brown & White Chintzware I have collected here and yonder...
...and a tassel hanging from the lamp which encompasses the color scheme.
The chair by the window, which you can see a glimpse of, was Mr. Grits' Mothers. It sat in her guest room, too. I am reluctant to recover it because it has the same fabric from when we inherited it. So, instead, I used a spare Euro sham wrapped and tucked on the seat as a mini-slipcover.
So there you have it. Not magazine worthy by any means - but for $87 I am quite proud of the efforts. I look forward to seeing it evolve from how it looks now, to how I have it visualized.
And before I go....I know everyone is up to their eyebrows in Christmas decorations - but I just wanted to share a few pics of the last remaining Fall leaves in my yard.
I bid farewell to my blessed Autumn.
Thank you Lord for the spectacular show this year.
Thanks for letting me share....Barb