If you haven’t gone through my archives to read each titillating past post, well, I don’t blame ya.
But since 99% of you aren’t familiar with this space, I couldn’t help but whip out some oldie photos to help ‘splain the process we went through with this room. And just so you know…I am thrilled to be able to write a meaty home-related post. I’ve missed writing you, dearest reno post!
First of all, when we bought this house we knew withoutadoubtinoureagerDIYheads that one day we would finish the basement. We knew that this would NOT be our forever home. But since we live in a pretty decent school district and this would give our house a fifth bedroom, we knew that this would be the perfect home for a growing family while still being affordable. So we began to finish this space using it as sortof a guinea pig for our renovation skills.
It started off as a blank slate. The walls were roughed in but nowhere near finished.
First we drylocked the cinder block wall, then studded it out, insulated, reran duct work, ran electrical, installed drywall, mudded, painted, laid engineered hardwoods, installed trimwork, and finally my brother-in-law moved in.
Here it is from another angle:
Right after Torrey moved in, well, he moved right back out. He left his stuff for a while…so we stalled on incorporating decor. It kinda stayed vacant for a few months until this past February when we began brainstorming ways for us to make this a more usable guest bedroom.
I began the decorating process by ordering a duvet cover and some shams. Then we built a headboard from some 2×4’s and batting and leftover fabric…leaving it unfinished due to a missing slipcover.
We had a plan of sorts…wanting to place frames above the headboard and a sconce light next to the bed (under the bulkhead) as a reading lamp. Here’s my very hightech plan:
Well, I finished the headboard slipcover recently. Round of applause please. And yes, that means please clap in a circle. I will post how I sewed the slipcover later. Promise.
We also hung the pictures above the bed. It was the first project we attempted after Will was born. At the time, it seemed more impossible than a Houdini magic trick to actually do something around the house. It was like HEY WATCH THIS! WE ARE HANGING A PICTURE FRAME WHILE HOLDING A NEWBORN. IT’S UNBELIEVABLE!
The frames were from the master bedroom. They hung on the wall opposite our bed for a very long time. And actually they aren’t frames at all. They were cabinet doors from the clearance section at Ikea. For only $1 each I got the door which has a glass front and a little tiny knob. Then I bought custom mats from Hobby Lobby for the art (which was also from Ikea).
The chest was scored at a yard sale and originally a lovely shade of green. I used it as a shoe chest for a while in my dressing room. Now it holds bundles of fabric. I think it needs a new coat of paint…the bright white isn’t doing it for me in here.
We also pulled out the red elements of the bedding. It was just too much. The muchiness was overwhelming. Not exactly soothing. And we really wanted this guest bedroom to be a relaxing space. So instead I put a cream blanket on the bed and a woven pillow I bought at Pier 1 a little over a year ago.
I like how the texture of the accent pillow is similar to the woven-i-ness of the sidetable. Actually that is no sidetable. It’s a tv table. My mother gave it to me. Hence – FAH-REE!!! When I was diggin around in our ‘stash’ of stuff, I figured I would go ahead and put it in place until we find something a little more permanent. It definitely works because it picks up on the tones of the art above the bed.
I also decided that I wanted to incorporate a little bit of fish decor here. Like the little guy on the windowsill. Remember him? Yeah, I scored him at Goodwill a while back and he feels right at home in the window. His color is perfect. And yes…I may have started a fixation with fish that rivals my love for birds.
The other big project that we finally tackled was installing the closet doors. My boyfriend just followed the instructions and they were installed within an hour. I still have to touch-up the paint and install the knobs but I love how clean they look. Don’t you? I mean, this closet has serious storage space. And when I say it has serious storage space, I mean it will. Right after we install some shelving. That’s project #739274565 on my list.
In the spirit of keeping it real, I thought I would share the other side of the room. Yup. That’s the dresser in this room. At first we were going to put other dressers in here as we explained in a previous post. When it came down to it, this size dresser was just a better fit. It’s from the Pottery Barn outlet and we scored it for about $220. I know. Unbaconbelievable. Especially since PB still sells it online for full price. And yes, a dresser needs a tiered plate holder at all times.
So where do we go from here? Well, I definitely have my eye on some pretty specific changes.
First, my mother gave me some decorative shutters that I plan on putting up to spruce up the window area. I also bought a Pottery Barn sconce on clearance (you really won’t believe the price!) but I need to buy a piece to support the shade before we install it. I also have to sew a bedskirt out of matching navy fabric to hide the ugly metal legs on the bed. Lastly I am thinking the chest needs a fresh color. I photoshopped an option below.
Whew! I love posts like this one. Beefy.
What do you think? A definite improvement, right? And do you like the ideas I have for further improvement? Or maybe you have some suggestions? I love to hear more ideas. Like would a jute rug work? It would lighten up the floor….and give a little cush. Or maybe I should put up a big ole mirror above the dresser? Or paint the chest a different color than cream? Give me your notes friends. and your bacon. You knew that was coming 🙂