I’ve been enjoying the catch-up posts and looking back on how much things have already changed, but I’m excited for a post in “real time” as we just hosted our first overnight guests! Chris’ parents came out for a long weekend and they got to break in our guest room, which we’ve been working on for the last few weeks but which literally changed between their first and second nights with us. We also celebrated Father’s Day with them and my Dad!
This room was previously referred to as “the (poop) brown room.” Here’s the room as it looked on closing day.
The carpet and baseboards were replaced when all the flooring was done, and we removed the blinds and curtains before we moved in, both of which helped immensely with the look and smell. In late May, Chris began tackling Phase I of the transformation from “poop brown room” to guest room by:
- Stripping the wallpaper border, removing the old air ducts/registers and old switch plates.
- Applying two coats of primer to cover the brown.
- Painting a coral accent wall (Pink Mimosa by Behr) and the remaining walls a light ivory (Cafe Cream by Behr).
- Cleaning the ceiling light and fan blades until they actually looked white again.
- Painting the inside of the closet coral.
The paint made such a difference! Meanwhile, I started on Phase II by:
- Picking out new bedding using Macy’s coupons and gift cards we had accumulated (free upgrade)!
- Finding two narrow, inexpensive side tables, a vase and some fun candles at Home Goods.
- Putting our existing hand-me-down chest of drawers, the antique bureau from Chris’ grandmother, and our headboard-less bed frame in the room. And then deciding to buy two new pieces instead.
Before we moved, we had been kicking around the idea of upgrading our guest room furniture from a double bed to a queen, getting a headboard and possibly a dresser, but never got to it. When Chris’ parents decided to visit, we jumped at the chance to really upgrade the room. We found a neat gray set with an upholstered headboard at Bob’s Discount Furniture. I’m glad I didn’t let the name put me off forever because we really liked what we found there!
Initially we were going to just get a bed to fit our double mattress to keep things easy and because the room isn’t very wide. But when we measured for a queen, it wasn’t that much wider (and we really wanted to bump things up anyway), so we took the plunge and chose this queen bed with storage drawers and the matching dresser with mirror. They really make it feel like a proper bedroom!
Phase III is still to come, but we can comfortably house guests in the meantime 🙂 Everything that’s left should be easier, cheaper and faster (fingers crossed!).
- Hang permanent window treatments (we got by for the weekend using tension rods and light green curtains from our old house).
- Paint the new closet door and refresh the door/window trim to match.
- Hang swing-arm sconces on either side of the headboard.
- Hang artwork and gussy up the bedside tables.