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...




 

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20 comments:

  1. My bags are packed, the car is full of gas, you just need to send me directions and I'll help break your new guest room in. :)

    Love the aqua. I'm dreaming of aqua in our master bedroom. Aqua and raspberry. Your room is just beautiful. Full of vintage charm!

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  2. I love it!! The colors are so soothing, and all your special touches make it so cozy! That dresser is beautiful! I am ready to come break it in too!! It looks like your sweet dog is already enjoying it! :) xo Heather

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  3. Very nice, looks inviting/welcoming!

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  4. You did a fine job of making an inviting guest room! I have a room that needs made over from the bottom up too.. I like what you've done! ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

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  5. The room looks great! You pulled everything together so nicely and I love all the AS painting you did! Still loving that bedspread!

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  6. Beautiful...simple and cozy! I love the colors!

    XO,
    Jane

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  7. No, the lack of heat absolutely does NOT scare me off.....I'd gladly spend a night or two there! The room is so pretty, and I know you'll have fun choosing just the right pictures and accessories for it!

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  9. it looks very peaceful, love the doggie! :)

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  10. Your guest room is just lovely, and I wouldn't mind not having heat with those vintage throws on hand. You have some great pieces, but I must say the tables in that pretty colour are my favourite.

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  11. Oh, it is so welcoming...anyone would just love to pile on the vintage quilts and blankets and maybe a dog or two! You did a lovely job of showing your love to your future guests. xo

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  12. So pretty. That room looks just as a guest room should calm and clean but with interest and personality.

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  13. It looks so beautiful! I love the calm colors! Found you via Elizabeth & Co link up!

    -Bonnie @ Revolutionaries
    www.revolutionariesblog.com

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  14. I think that when word gets out about that darling room, you'll be overrun with houseguests! Its so pretty!

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  15. Oh, it's gorgeous! I LOVE the wall color, and all the vintage touches are so perfect.
    That IKEA dresser turned out so cute! It looks like something vintage, too. It's a great room, and no one is going to want to leave it!

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  16. All ready for guests that come for the wedding - you are so organised!

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  17. How pretty Chris! Love the softness and all the vintage touches! I'd love to come for a visit!

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  18. Wow! I love it....when can I book a night, or two or three? You did a beautiful job!

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  19. I am pinning this! I just adore it! Now following too. ;)

    ♥Linsey, via "Cowgirl Up!"

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  20. Looks wonderful Chris! And, nope, no heat doesn't throw me off. Nothing better for sleeping than lots of warm blankets and flannel in a cold, crisp room. : )

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