I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving filled with friends and family! And now you’re all probably either hauling your Christmas decorations down from the attic or stating in line at a crazy Black Friday sale! Regardless, I hope you’re spending this bonus day doing something that makes you happy!
If you’re reading this blog, I’m going to assume you’ve been afflicted with a pretty healthy dose of the design bug, which will help you empathize with the insanity surrounding me re-doing my guest room.
A few months ago we had dinner at my friend Sarah’s house. Sarah has an amazing eye for design & I am always happy to check out her latest project.
Sarah had re-done the room that used to be her son’s. He is out on his own now, so she’d hit the point where it was safe to do with the room as she wished.
Sarah took out her son’s queen sized bed & replaced it with twin beds flanking a desk/vanity. I absolutely loved the room & the wheels in my head immediately began turning. We had a guest room with twin beds. They were pushed together to make a king, which is great for guests, but quite visually overwhelming in the small room on a daily basis. In addition, the room was orange. Yes. I said orange. And I really did love it 13 years ago when I painted it. But that phase has passed.
I mentally inventoried what we had in the house that could be re-purposed toward an economical version of this project. Should I use my daughter’s desk? She is away at school & will likely not be studying in our house anymore (nor did she ever really study at her desk anyway…) Should I keep the navy accents? What about bedding?
I decided to start with paint. After testing out several shades of gray & griege, I settled on Sherwin Williams Requisite Gray, which is the middle swatch in the above picture). I patched the walls, bought the paint, & set to work.
I bought an HomeRight PaintStick EZ-Twist Paint Roller Applicator at Lowes, one of those rollers that allow you to fill the handle with paint & forgo the paint tray altogether. Worth a shot, right? I cut in all the edges & got out my new roller. It was very difficult to fill initially, but after a phone call to the manufacturer, I got it going. I finished the first coat in 15 minutes. Nice. It did drip quite a bit, but I was ready with a wet washcloth, so that didn’t deter me. Second coat was complete in about 10 minutes. I’m liking my E-Z Roller!
Now would be a good time for me to mention that my husband was away for the week and had NO IDEA that I had been obsessing over this. I was feeling determined to have the room complete when he arrived home on Friday.
My friend Jill has a beautiful desk that she no longer needs. That’s one more ingredient off my list. Thank you so much, Jill, I’ve gotten LOTS of compliments!
I had already ordered headboards online, but I went to check out the Habitat ReStore & saw a set of twin beds that I cannot stop thinking about. I have no idea why I didn’t buy them when I saw them-I will be there when they open tomorrow! On their website I saw the perfect set of vanity stools, I wonder if they’re still there?
Good news! They were there, along with a giant mirror & 2 stools, one of which will pair with the mirror and desk and create a pretty vanity! Got a great deal on ALL of it and set to work to put it all together! bought white sheets and bedding, painted the mirror silver, added curtain panels to frame my navy roman shades, and found two pictures to bring the navy and gray combo into real focus…happiness!