Two posts in one day! A guest room mini-makeover (finally!)

So, if you follow the blog, you know I have been very busy with the photography side of things lately.  But, I have still been spending some time on the house when I can.  The guest room has never had a headboard in the 20+ years of my marriage.  We have always managed to have a guest room through many moves and many houses, but never a headboard.  Here is a before pic of our current guest room:

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It has a comfy king-sized bed (per my dad’s not so subtle hints) and a nightstand and dresser and it’s own bath.  Just about everything a guest could need!  But, as you can see, no headboard and the dark brown bedding doesn’t coordinate with the style of the rest of the house.  I came across the plans for a DIY headboard on the site  She has plans for just about anything you could want to build for your home, and they include shopping lists and directions easy enough for a girl to follow.  However, I still asked the mister to build it for me! He has all the experience with power tools, and I lack patience!  Here is the headboard during the construction phase:


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So at this point it was all put together, but obviously needed to be finished with some paint or stain.  I’ve really been into gray lately, so I used one of my favorite colors of Annie Sloan Chalk Paint, Paris Grey.  Thought I had I photo of the can, but I can’t seem to find it amidst all the senior photos!  Anyway, here is what the headboard looked like after a coat of Paris Grey:


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I liked the knotty and uneven texture of the boards, but it still seemed a bit flat and uninteresting to me.  So, I used a small amount of Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in Graphite (almost black) mixed 50/50 with water and then dry (very dry) brushed the darker color over the whole thing.  It really made the texture more evident and gave a depth to the color.  Of course, then I had to run out to my very favorite store in the world (Home Goods/Marshall’s) and purchase a new duvet set to go with my new headboard.  You know how one project always leads to another and another and another, right?  So here is the final product in the room with it’s pretty new bedding:


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Wah-la!! Grey and yellow?  LOVE!!!  And can you see how the darker paint really added a lot to the head board?  Well, I wasn’t finished yet!  Because, did you catch a glimpse of the night stand from the first images?  Yucky!  Here is a closeup:


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Once upon a time I really liked this painted nightstand, but now I was OVER IT!  So, back out to the garage and after a quick coat of ASCP (Annie Sloan Chalk Paint) in Old White, you can’t even recognize it as the same piece!  A new glass drawer knob and here she is:


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I know, right?  So adorable!  Now, I am dying to replace that brown artwork and paint the larger dresser in the room (which you can’t see in the pics).  I’m thinking of yellow for the dresser!  And, I just may have to commission my daughter for the artwork.  I’m thinking something light and fun like this:


So adorable!  This image is from The Land of Nod which specialized in children’s rooms, but this art just makes me feel happy!  So, if darling daughter will paint something similar, it will be in the guest room soon.  Don’t tell the hubby, but I’m also on the hunt for a different light fixture as well.  Like I said, one project leads to another… :)




2 thoughts on “Two posts in one day! A guest room mini-makeover (finally!)

  1. Love. It! What a difference the headboard makes, and yes the darker paint made it pop!! The side table….fantastic makeover! What a talent you are. <3

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