Blue House Tour: Back Guest Bedroom

I’m so excited to finally be showing off our new-to-us blue house! This week, we’re continuing the tour in the back guest bedroom. The floor plan below has been updated with a handy little arrow pointing out exactly where we are in the house for this part of the tour.

blue-house_BackGuestBedromMuch like the front guest bedroom, we didn’t need to do much to this room other than clean and add a fresh coat of paint. Just as a reminder here’s what the room looked like when we moved in:

GuestQuarters_Before

The back guest bedroom is the top set of pictures. The room came equipped with hardwood floors, a decent ceiling fan and a window that lets in quite a bit of natural light. These days the room is looking a bit more like us.

BetweenWeekdays Back Guest Bedroom

Ahhh. Much better. Yes?

If you’ve been around here for awhile, you might recognize this furniture from the upstairs guest bedroom in our first home. This furniture is the furniture I grew up with (after the bunk bed phase) at my Dad’s house. I loved this furniture then, and I still love it now.

Quick tip: if you don’t like the look of a bed skirt but still want to conceal the area under the bed, buy your bedding a size too large. I bought a queen-sized quilt for this twin-sized bed. The quilt just barely skims the floor — eliminating the need for a bed skirt — and looks lovely. Plus, guests are able to double it over if they get cold during the night. It’s a win-win-win.

GuestRoomArmoire

In our last house we moved the armoire into storage while the house was for sale. It fits much more nicely in this room and boasts a ton of extra storage, which I’m finding I don’t need quite as much of in this house.

BetweenWeekdays Back Guest Bedroom Details

The Greek Key rug was a great find at Lowe’s a few weeks ago. The 5’x8′ rug was only $84! It’s gorgeous and so plush. I knew this room would need a rug, because the floors are pretty messed up in the middle of this room. There are deep scratches in the wood with black stains in the scratches. This rug works perfectly in this room. (One of my favorite bloggers also has this rug.)

The curtains and curtain rod are also from Lowe’s. I’m always surprised at just how much I love the product lines there. Allen + Roth proves to be my favorite, as I have many pieces around my home from that line, including the curtain panel and rug in this room.

BackGuestRoomNightstand

I’m really loving how well our furniture fits in this room. I was so worried about the size of the guest rooms when we were looking to buy this house. They seemed so small then. With our furniture in them now, I’m realizing that the guest rooms are the perfect sizes.

There’s still quite a bit left to do to this room. I’ll be sure to keep you updated along the way!

Source List:

Alarm Clock, Gifted
Bird Sculptures: Dollar Tree
Curtain Rod: Lowe’s
Drapes: Lowe’s, Allen + Roth Danbury Curtain Panel in Basil
Flowers: Hobby Lobby
Furniture: Gifted
Framed Michael Sowa Diving Pig Art: Kirklands
Lamp: Home Goods
Quilt: Belk
Rug: Allen + Roth Greek Key Geometric in Beige
Winged Pig: Kirkland’s

Paint Color: Montpelier Madison White, Valspar

House Tour: Downstairs Guest Bedroom

There’s only one room left on our house tour: the downstairs guest bedroom. I’ve blogged about this room before, but it has only recently been finished.

We purchased the bed about a year or so ago, but it sat without bedding for a long time. When we decided to list the house, I knew I had to finally make the bed.

Most of the bedding was gifted, but I did score a fabulous deal on the Pottery Barn quilt. I purchased it from a consignment store for only $80.

I also scored a DKNY pillow that was originally listed at $115 for only $14.00. Thank you Tuesday Morning! It’s the tiny rectangular pillow in both of the above photos. Does anyone else think it’s crazy to pay $115 for a decorative pillow?

Another challenge to this room was deciding what to place in my old cradle.

My late grandfather made the cradle for me before I was born, so it has great sentimental value to me. My mother-in-law very kindly loaned me Travis’ baby quilt to place in it. It was hand stitched by his grandmother, so it is also hugely sentimental. A stuffed toy helped fill in the negative space in the cradle.

Directly across from the bed is a small gifted dresser with a T.V. atop it from my dorm days and a quilt ladder to its right.

The quilt ladder was a fun DIY project. For a long while this was the only ladder we had. It was so unstable, that I wasn’t allowed to use it for climbing purposes. Last Christmas we were given a new ladder so I disassembled our old one to use for quilt storage.

I think it’s quite charming in a rustic, beat-up sort of way.

Speaking of rustic, beat-up charm, I literally pulled the nightstand from a trash pile a few months ago.

All it needed was a good cleaning and some furniture polish to spiff it right up. I think it looks really sweet in this room.

I also pulled the art pieces located in this room from the same trash pile.

I researched the prints just for fun to see if the were worth anything, but, alas, no such luck. Even though they were signed, they were still only worth around $7 a piece. I had them framed for about $30 each (if I’m remembering correctly) at Hobby Lobby.

I’ve loved watching this room transform into what it is today. I can’t wait to be able to better use this bed in a future home. As of right now, this room has not seen an overnight guest in three and a half years. This bed has never been slept on, and I can’t wait to remedy that in a new house.

This room is the last on the tour of our current house. I plan on showing you the exterior of our home soon, which will conclude the tour. If you’ve missed any rooms, click here to see each room in its entirety.

Source List:

Bed: Local Discount Furniture Store
Bed Quilt: Pottery Barn Matine Toile Quit in Navy, sadly no longer available in navy
Cradle: Handmade
Dresser: Gifted
Nightstand: Picked from Trash
Art: Picked from Trash, frames from Hobby Lobby

Paint Color: Autumn Fog, Valspar (left over from upstairs)

House Tour: Guest Bedroom

Welcome back to the tour of our current house! We’re hoping to sell our house this year, so a blog tour of each room seemed like a good way to remember our first home. We’ve already toured the living room, the eat-in kitchen and the office. Next up is the upstairs guest bedroom.

Many guests have enjoyed staying in this bedroom, which makes me feel like we did a pretty good job making it comfortable and inviting for our out-of-town friends and family.

The furniture is from a set I had at my Dad’s house growing up. It was my teenage bedroom suite — after my bunk-bed phase — that my Dad and step-mother surprised me with one year for Christmas. Needless to say, this furniture means a great deal to me. I’ve always loved it.

When we purchased our home, this room was very, very blue and very, very dirty.

We added the chair rail trim and gave the walls and ceiling some fresh paint. You’ll also notice the state of the floors when we bought the house in the photo above. Carpet was the best choice for us then, and we’re still loving it. I think the room is much improved.

One of the simplest updates we made to this room was removing the hanging string used to pull down the stairs to the attic. We replaced it with a wooden knob painted white. I think it really helped make the attic entrance disappear.

The drapery panels were a lucky find a few years ago. I scored them at Lowe’s for $3 each!

It took me a long time to realize why they worked so well in the room. My (then) 16-year-old cousin pointed out that the color of the damask pattern was nearly an identical match to the upper wall color. Is it just me, or are 16-year-olds smarter than they used to be?

In the interest of keeping it real, I’ll go ahead and show you what the interior of the closet in this room looks like now.

Yep, that’s it! At one time, this closet was jam packed with some of Travis’ clothes and a shelf he built for some of my dish overflow from the kitchen. (For the record, he has way more clothes than I do.) Once we decided to try to sell our home, we decluttered and put a bunch of stuff in storage. I’m hoping we’ll be able to pare down what’s in storage and get rid of some stuff when we move. I might even be able to part with some of my beloved dishes, but I doubt it. Just typing that sentence made me sad.

There are a couple of art pieces with this room that I’m pretty fond of. The first hangs outside in the hall. It’s the last thing our guests see before entering their room for the night. (It’s also the last thing we see before entering our room every night, too!)

Isn’t it fun? It was a Christmas gift from my Mom a few years ago.The door to the guest bedroom is just to the right of this fun little piece of art. It’s actually the only artwork in the hallway that leads to all of the bedrooms upstairs. The hall is painted the same color as the living room and kitchen, in case you were wondering.

My other favorite art piece is inside the guest room.

My in-laws bought me this adorable Michael Sowa Diving Pig print one year for Christmas, and I absolutely love it. I know it’s not for everyone, but it’s definitely for me.My husband is on the other side of the fence and thinks I’m a bit crazy for loving this pig so much. He just doesn’t understand. 😉

Quick tip: In lui of using a bed skirt, I simply bought the quilt a size up. It just barely skims the floor — eliminating the need for a bed skirt — and looks lovely. Plus, guests are able to double it over if they get cold during the night, which has actually been known to happen. I suppose this room is just extra cold during the winter months.

Since we’re still waiting for our home to sell, I’m sure we’ll be able to have many more guests stay with us in this room before we leave. We love entertaining and having overnight guests, and this room as served us — and our guests — well for nearly four years.

Source List:

Furniture: Gifted many, many years ago
Drapes: Lowe’s, allen + roth, sadly no longer available
Quilt: Belk, also no longer available
Framed Michael Sowa Diving Pig Art: Kirklands, no longer available. However, this can easily be found online.
Hallway Art, gifted

Paint Colors:

Above the chair rail:  Cliveden Gray Morning by Valspar
Below the chair rail: Somkey Olive by Valspar

Update: A new page has been added that lists the entire house tour. To see the entire house tour, click here. I’m linking up to Thrifty Decor Chick’s Sow Us Your Bedroom party.

Updating Tired Lamps

We had a pair of lamps in our bedroom that we bought at Wal Mart about three or four years ago for $10 each. We knew they were just a temporary solution, but the pair ended up living in our bedroom for way too long as far, as I’m concerned.

Lamp Before

When we began working on the second guest bedroom (read more about that here), I was happy to donate this pair of lamps to the room. Unfortunately, their dark bases just weren’t going to work in my navy-and-cream-inspired guest room.

I keep several colors of spray paint on hand, because you just never know when you’re going to need it. One of my stapes happens to be ivory. I gave the lamp bases a couple of thin coats of the ivory spray paint while being careful to spray inside all of the curves.

Before and After Spray Paint

Then I got some navy braided trim (to the tune of about $5) from Hobby Lobby. I cut it to size and then hot glued it to the top and bottom of each lampshade.

Easy as pie and cute as a button. Is it perfect? No, of course not.

Do I love it? Yes.

Lamps After

This is just one small step in the right direction for our second guest bedroom. What’s still on the list? Here you go:

  • Purchased a new bed with mattress and box springs
  • Moved old bed out of room
  • Sold old mattress and box springs for $25 in yard sale
  • Mostly cleared off the bookcase
  • Moved gifted dresser into space
  • Purchased/was gifted bedding
  • Update lamps that were also previously in our bedroom
  • Gift bookcase to my mother
  • Make bed
  • Paint walls?
  • Bring in fun accessories
  • DIY no-sew curtains
  • DIY wall art
  • Put something in the cradle. I’ll admit this one still has me stumped. Do I get a mattress? Or do something decorative? I have no idea.
  • Reorganize the closet
  • Bring a small TV in the room
  • Rearrange furniture
  • Refinish nightstands that were previously in our bedroom
  • Work in more storage for seasonal items
  • Move cedar chest from upstairs guest bedroom into space
  • Find chair(s) for a small seating area

(List originally seen here.)

In other second guest bedroom news, I finally cleared off the bookcase and gifted it to my mother, so strike that one off the list too.

What’s next on the list? I think I’ll rearrange the furniture to work in a small TV in the room. First, though, I’ve got to find where the cable plugs in. Wish me luck!

I’m sharing this post on Thrifty Decor Chick‘s Before and After party. Join me!

Second Guest Bedroom Updates

This is our second guest bedroom. It’s a bit of an eyesore.

This bedroom is located downstairs in the apartment, or in-law suite. We also have a full kitchen, bathroom and massive living room (currently the man cave) downstairs in the apartment. We briefly considered renting the apartment, but it didn’t make sense for us at the time. It still doesn’t make sense for us.

However, having an extra guest room does make sense, and nearly three years later, I’m finally ready to tackle making this a welcoming space for guests. It’s not going to be a quick process. I’ve had this room on my radar for a redo for about a year now.

Here’s what I’ve accomplished in this room already:

  • Purchased a new bed with mattress and box springs
  • Moved old bed out of room
  • Sold old mattress and box springs for $25 in yard sale
  • Mostly cleared off the bookcase
  • Moved gifted dresser into space
  • Purchased/was gifted bedding

As you can see, I haven’t accomplished much, but I will.

A Different Angle of the Second Guest Bedroom

What’s on the to-do list? In short, a lot. Here’s the breakdown:

  • Make bed
  • Gift bookcase to my mother
  • Paint walls?
  • Bring in fun accessories
  • DIY no-sew curtains
  • DIY wall art
  • Put something in the cradle. I’ll admit this one has me stumped. Do I get a mattress? Or do something decorative? I have no idea.
  • Reorganize the closet
  • Bring a small TV in the room
  • Refinish nightstands that were previously in our bedroom
  • Update lamps that were also previously in our bedroom
  • Work in more storage for seasonal items
  • Move cedar chest from upstairs guest bedroom into space
  • Find chair(s) for a small seating area

I have a lot of fun ideas for this space. I’m hoping it will be completely done by the end of the year. Purchasing a new bed for the space held us back from finishing it for years. Now that we have the bed, the rest should fall into place. I’ll keep you updated along the way. Wish me luck!

Update: Want to see how this room turned out? Click here!

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