Sunday, April 1, 2012
Open for business...
FINALLY... I can show you what I've been up to in my "new" guest room. For a small room, it seems to have taken up a large amount of my time... my free time that is. To be honest, it's not quite finished. There's a little corner of the floor that was patched that needs to be primed and painted.... There are no curtains or blinds... The closet needs a shelf or two... I need to hang pictures... I'd like to find a throw rug... I need to wax and buff a couple of things... BUT it's almost there.
Cady, our yellow lab, isn't sure why she's not being allowed on the bed just yet... but I wanted to get a few pictures before... well with dogs I think just "before" is enough explanation!
I moved my great-grandmother's old cedar chest into the room. On top a vintage laundry basket.... full of extra blankets. After all, there is no heat in this room.... does that scare you off?
The blankets are vintage, of course. A quilt, a fleecy striped blanket and the chenille spread... all from the local thrift store. Enough extra blankets to keep you warm even without heat!
And in the little alcove?
I decided to put my grandmother's little bench. This bench has been next to our back door pretty much since we moved here 7 plus years ago. It's been recovered once and then when that wore out I made a little slip cover. I plan to make a cute little ruffled slip cover out of this fabric... and perhaps a bit of something else that I may happen upon. I think it's just right in this spot... by the back door it just became a clutter/junk attractions most of the time... or a perch for the dogs to look out the window.
And on the other wall... the bed of course. Made up in another vintage quilt, a yellow daisy Hoffman chenille spread and a plain white matlesse spread on the bottom.
I painted the old white iron headboard with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in cream... it looks yellow against the white and aqua... which is what I wanted. I still need to find some finials for the posts.
And this little table? Also painted in ASCP, Duck Egg Blue. I added a vintage lamp, empty tilty frame and a cute straw handbag topped with vintage millinery fruits.
The other side of the bed? Well it may look vintage but this little cabinet is actually new, from IKEA. It was a close out cabinet so it was a good deal... well except for the putting it together myself. I'm embarrassed to say that I have blisters on my palm from wielding that screwdriver! I did have to ask for help with two uncooperative screws and the drilling of one hole. It started out a dark grey but it too got a coat of ASCP in Duck Egg Blue.
I love the cute little handles... and yes, I do realize that one is crooked. They aren't tightend up yet since I still need to wax and buff these pieces...
The larger oil painting on top came from my son's new house. I painted the frame since I didn't like the very dark wood it was... The light is vintage, just $2.99 from our local thrift store. I have a plan for a fabulous lamp shade... a sort of Anthro knock off.
A close up of the quilt and chenille spread on the bed... I love the yellow and aqua tones togheter...
And the new, old light... it too came from my son's new house. It was my payment for all of the painting I did over there! And this color is probably a bit closer to the true color of the room... more pale aqua than baby blue.
Tired, but happy to have a room that can finally be used.... by guests... with a door that actually closes... and latches...