I’ve been wanting to start a recurring segment called Room by Room where I take you on a tour of rooms (not just at my house) and showcase great decorating ideas, paint combinations, unique furniture, lighting, etc. I have been busy the last couple weeks working on this guest room makeover and I just finished it up last night so I thought this would be a great opening segment for Room by Room.
This is my newly refinished guest room….
This is what is was before. Bleh. The after picture just got a lot more impressive didn’t it? You can go ahead and scroll back up if you need another look.
This was the very first room I painted when Curt and I got married (over 8 years ago). Actually it was the very first room I had ever painted. I always wanted to paint my bedroom growing up, but I could never convince my mom to let me. Once, I almost got her on board with a pale yellow. She even went to the paint store to get it, but came home with a can of white. We spent that saturday painting white on already white walls. Lame. So when I first started painting my own house I made some painting mistakes. Obviously. I first painted this room a dark country blue. Then, fairly recently, thought that if I sponged gray over the blue it’d lighten it up and look a bit better. I guess it did. But only just a bit. We have a friend who is going to be staying with us for 8 weeks starting saturday. I figured this the perfect opportunity to get my butt in gear and turn it into a lovely guest room that someone would actually want to stay in. And it’s always nice having a deadline to ensure that all those annoying odds and ends get finished up. Confession: I have a room that I painted over 3 years ago and it still doesn’t have molding around the door. Maybe I need to invite someone to come stay there?
I was a bit leary of painting a wall black at first, but after I got a few rolls on I was in love.
Curt and I are total Disneyland geeks. These are some pictures we’ve taken while vacationing there and I love them! They look great on the black wall too.
Here’s the bed before. And yes, that’s a stuffed Mickey Mouse from Disneyland welcoming guests to slumber.
We got the bed from IKEA years ago. It was untreated and begging for some paint. I picked a yellow in semi-gloss and love how it accents the room.
And here’s the bed now. Isn’t it inviting?
I had these black pillows just sitting on a shelf in the closet so I dressed them up a bit.
I ripped the carpet out of the window seat and Curt put in a nice wooden seat I painted white. I want to make a cushion to go here, but I need to find the perfect fabric so I may be in search of that for awhile.
The little knobs on the pull cords for the blinds had been chewed apart by a little schnauzer who shall remain nameless. I have a whole mess of crazy beads and thought they’d be a good replacement.
I may do this to all my blind pull cords just because they look to great! Thank you Zoey. Oh wait, you were going remain nameless. Oops.
The hanging light was once in the green room but got muscled out during whimsy week. But it found a home in here and looks fantastic! And what room would be complete without a map of Disneyland?
Now I know you’ve been waiting for the chandelier makeover so I saved it for last.
I would like to introduce you to one of the ugliest chandeliers that ever was. But if you can look past the ugliness it has some amazing detail and features. I got this little beauty for a whopping ten dolla! When I showed it to Curt he thought I was nuts. He didn’t think it could ever be anything special.
Even with just primer it was looking better.
And here is the black beauty!!
Isn’t she amazing?!
I love how it all turned out! Last night, after I finished, I just sat in there and looked around for quite awhile. Isn’t that the best feeling?
Thanks for joining me for the first segment of Room by Room. Many more inspiring rooms to come. Stay tuned.