It occurred to me lately that the guestroom pictures I have up on this site don’t reflect the current style of the guest room.
This is what it looks like now:
I apologize for the harsh light but this was the only time of day I could find to take this picture…it’s been a busy day.
It used to look like this:
I liked the red and white scheme for a while but decided I wanted something a little more grown up. Also, the bohemian sheer curtains were pretty but didn’t block any light…kind of the opposite of what you want in a bedroom. So I bought some ticking stripe fabric and clipped it up for curtains (just before my parents came to stay for a couple of weeks).
There are some framed pictures in the chair that I haven’t gotten a chance to put up yet…
I picked up this little mid century nightstand for $5 at a neighbor’s garage sale. I moved one of the old lamps from the master bedroom into this room.
This room is getting a little closer to where I want it to be. but there still needs to be a lot more COLOR added. I do like having a base of neutrals and adding colors on top of it. Unfortunately the budget doesn’t really allow me to go all out shopping for accessories, haha! Which brings me to my next point…
I sometimes wish I had unlimited funds to decorate, not necessarily to buy expensive stuff, but because it would be so much easier to get things consistently looking “my style”. Our current style is much more about finding thrifty deals, making them over, using what we have, building our own, etc… I sometimes wistfully think about HOW I would decorate a room if I could make it all over completely. It’s totally unrealistic, haha =). But on the other hand, there’s also something really cool about looking at the great things we’ve found for a song, and seeing how everything in our home has gradually gotten collected or created.
Like that mid century nightstand — I mean, it’s definitely a high to find something that cool at a garage sale for five bucks. Or for example, look at some of the really awesome things that Chris has created, like the rustic DIY dining table, or the industrial chandelier, or even the lamps that I just spray painted. If we had an unlimited budget we never would have found/created those things. So…I guess frugality begets creativity. And the real fun is in the process.
I mean, sure, it would be fun to go to Restoration Hardware and buy everything to furnish my house, but then… my home would just look like a RH catalog.
It’s easy to compare your home with others (especially all those gorgeous blogs out there) and wish you had similar things, but at the end of the day it’s more satisfying to use your creativity and the ingenuity you never would have used otherwise, right?
Plus, what do you do when your home is DONE?
This week has been kind of exciting. Lots of thinking, researching, and discussing my professional future. Nothing has been decided for sure yet, but I’m starting to be ready for a new challenge and I’m getting pretty excited thinking about it.
Anyway, there was a little more progress on the bedroom makeover.
I DIY-ed a couple of glossy navy blue lamps to bring a little more navy to this space. As you may recall, it looked like this after I added some Greek Key trim to the curtains:
The current bedside lamps were a little small in scale and were getting a bit lost next to our king-size bed and generously-sized nightstands.
So I decided to make over a couple of trophy lamps that I had picked up from the Habitat Restore a while back. They were $5 each, new, and I’m pretty sure they were overstocked from Walmart.
There was nothing wrong with the oil-rubbed bronze finish but I wanted something less traditional and more fun in our bedroom.
I taped off the light sockets and cords and gave the lamps several light coats of navy blue spray paint.
Then I let the lamps cure in the garage for 2 weeks to ensure that the major part of the off-gassing occurred before we brought the lamps into our room.
I am really really happy with how they turned out. I think this is one of my favorite spray paint projects to date. It helps that I’m getting better at spraying lightly and evenly and I’ve learned not to spray paint on a windy day =).
The glossy navy finish actually makes these cheap lamps look way more expensive.
The lampshades are just $10 shades from IKEA but I’m thinking of adding some ribbon trim to the edges.
The new lamps are more appropriate in scale to the room (please ignore the crooked duvet!).
From run-of-the-mill to glossy and glam =). What do you think?
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Yay I have an office chair!
Remember this handsome guy? I called him my grandpa chair:
I really wanted to keep him but sadly his arms didn’t fit under my newly refinished desk. But I really loved this guy’s midcentury features, the shiny leather next to the walnut wood, the tufted seat, and the fact that he was in AMAZING condition. Fortunately I was able to sell him for a decent price to someone who I think will appreciate his awesomeness. Now I imagine him living a comfortable life in hipsterland surrounded by his midcentury peers.
ANYWAY, back to my new chair. I couldn’t find a cute office chair that didn’t look too “office-y”. This office area is in our bedroom and we only use it for household stuff, so I didn’t want it to get too businesslike and potentially stressful. I ended up choosing the Lydia dining chair from World Market.
It’s a nice neutral steel gray in a lovely soft velvet so I think it’ll go well anywhere in the house if I decide to move it later. I’m going to make a more poppy, colorful cushion to go on it to bring in more color.
I like that it’s kind of a more feminine shape, which is kind of what I’m going for in the bedroom.
The nailhead trim makes it a little more interesting from the back, since that’s the first view when you enter the room.
There’s not too much going on on the desk right now, which is just how I like it.
Oh and you may have noticed the closet doors are back on after having been newly painted bright white. I need to get some cute knobs for them now.
This view is nice too:
I guess baby approves.
I’m actually really glad I was able to sell the old chair and use the money toward something that suited the space better. Oh, and the new chair was 15% off and I had a $10 reward that I used on it so that really helped to alleviate any buyer’s guilt too =).
Here’s a quick and easy tip…
I bought Baby Brownie an easel chalkboard from IKEA (it’s only $15!) and with it a box of chalk. I’m sure I’m not the only one who hates the feeling of chalk on my hands so I devised a quick and easy way to protect my hands from chalky dryness AND protect the chalk from breaking.
I only thought of this after, but if you start wrapping at the end and finish wrapping near the writing tip, you can peel back the tape as the tip gets worn down. I should have realized that earlier.
I feel sort of silly sharing this cause it is so simple, but hey…why not?
In keeping with my New Year Resolution to provide timely instructions when promised (wink), here are some diagrams so you can build your own wine rack like the one Chris made me for Christmas.
The baby is going to wake up any minute, so I’ll keep this as brief as possible.
First decide how big you want your wine rack to be. Ours is about 31 x 23″ and 3.5″ deep. We used redwood fence pickets which are about 5.75″ wide with a small (0.25″) gap between them.
Drill the holes for your wine bottles using a hole saw — ours are about 2.5″ in diameter.
Assemble the frame of the wine rack. It’s basically just a box.
Add 2×4″ pieces behind the holes. You can play around with the placement of the 2x4s but they seemed to work best for us when they covered about 1/2 of the holes.
Of course, different bottles have differently-shaped necks so we varied the placement of the 2x4s somewhat to accomodate different bottles. Again, just play around with it with a few sample bottles. Nail the 2x4s in from the sides.
THEN, add an extra 1×2″ strip of wood on the bottom of the 2×4″ piece. I don’t have a photo of this but here’s a diagram. The second row down shows the placement of the strip a little clearer (it’s cut down short in the diagram but you’ll want to make it full length, like the others). This makes the angle of the bottles steeper so they stay held in when the rack is mounted vertically on the wall (a feature that isn’t needed in A-frame riddling racks).
From the front it’ll look like this:
Then assemble the front of the rack.
We used a 15-gauge nailer and finish nails for our nailing. The great thing about finish nails is that they barely show after being nailed. A hammer and nails would work fine too, it would just take longer and the nail heads would show (in that case you probably wouldn’t want to nail on the front face of the wine rack).
Sand down the wood using a belt sander or rotary sander (or you could do this step before assembling, up to you) and put a protective finish of your choice on it. We used a homemade Danish oil mixture (1 part boiled linseed oil, 1 part oil-based poly, and 1 part mineral spirits). The redwood looks really good once it’s sanded down. Hard to believe they’re fence pickets!
Here are a few more diagrams for clarity:
Hope that helps! Again, this wasn’t a super precise undertaking, and you’ll want to tweak the measurements to suit your own space, but you get the idea =).
Enjoy a bottle of wine once you’re done to congratulate yourself for all the hard work!