So back in June, my grandma flew out from CA for my brothers college graduation. I offered to let her stay with us since we have extra rooms rather than making her get a hotel like she always did with my grandpa when they came out to visit. It was a perfect arrangement. She would have the house to herself after Cam and I went to work for the day and then my brother and sister were able to play chauffeur for her. The only problem was that this is what our guest room looked like when we first made these plans.
Yikes!! I I feel nauseous all over again looking at this picture. It was my stash-n-go room, my-hide-it-from-hubby-room, my pit-o-death room. All of my craft supplies, decorating stuff and all sorts of other misc stuff went in this room, sometimes to be seen again, sometimes not. So after we made plans to have my grandma stay with us, Cam started to get on me to clean this room. But I kept putting it off because a) I am a world class procrastinator, and b) I would look at the room and cry because I just did not know where to start! So Cam would nag and nag and nag some more until finally I got around to it just in time for my grandma to arrive. And now, after a few more changes after she left, here is what the room looks like today.
Ahh, much better. I mean, you can actually see the floor! And the best part is that this makeover only cost about $145. So, here's the break down: Cam ripped up the old carpet to expose the hardwood underneath. It is actually in decent shape so we left it as is. I painted three walls a warm white and then the accent wall a deep purple in a gloss paint, so two gallons of paint I'll average was about $70. The duvet cover was one that I already had as was the rug. The pillows I bought from this etsy shop using a coupon code so I got all three covers for about $33 and the inserts I got from here for about $22. The curtains were from Walmart and were only like $10 for each panel I think. The head board (which I know is too small for the bed and needs to be replaced) is flooring from the as-is department from Ikea which I have used for other projects. The pictures above the bed are from one sheet of scrapbook paper that I had on hand and the frames I already had as well. The night stand is one of the nesting tables from my coffee table set. And the lamps were given to us by a good friend of the family.
Here's a closer look at the pictures above the bed. I really like the coral color against the deep purple.
The other project I did in here are the closet doors.
If you look at them in the right light, you can see a pattern stenciled on them. They were originally plain jane hollow wood closet doors, and I really wanted to wallpaper but in the interest of saving money I used what I already had. So I primed them, then I cut a gazillion lattice designs out of card stock using my silhouette (Cam helped a ton with this too). Then I laid them all out on my closet doors and taped them down. Once they were taped down I went over the entire door with polyurethane then carefully peeled the card stock and tape away. Now I will say that I like how they turned out for the most part but I would NOT recommend this. It took way more time than I thought it would and was a complete pain in the ass because the card stock didn't come up as easily as I expected either. So if I had to do this all over again, I would just spend the money and buy some wallpaper : ) Here are some other shots of the the doors.
The last project in here was a low oak dresser in the corner of the room from my mom that I didn't take pictures of (bad blogger). I primed it and now it's just waiting for color and new hardware. I'm thinking I'll it'll go a coral color but I keep changing my mind. Hence, why it's still not painted.
There's still a few other things left to do in the room like changing the light and headboard. But overall I have to think to myself it's not to shabby especially considering it's starting point.
So how about one more before and after shot, hmmmm?
So to answer your question if you were thinking it, what sort of sound does a clean guest room make? Silence, sweet sweet silence. No more nagging from hubby, and no more crying or temper tantrums from me (alright so there were no actual tears or temper tantrums in the remaking of this room but I did complain A LOT). And best of all, we actually have a place for guests to sleep!! Hurray for clean rooms!!
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