Guest Room/Nursery Diagonal Wall Paint Refresh

Our guest room was painted just a few years ago (and the color is a mix of several leftover paints, but I’d say it’s close to Benjamin Moore Smoke). And an occupational hazard of loving DIY and decorating is that walls wind up with tiny nail holes everywhere (they’re just holes! It doesn’t deter me from decorating and doing what I love when it’s such an easy fix). The walls also had some scuffs, etc. And well, with welcoming a grandson into our lives soon, I wanted to freshen up the guest room a bit and to add a few nursery details. So, time to freshen up those walls. 

Guest room before – not bad at all! But I want to freshen up the room, make room for a guest baby too!

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I really like the existing color. So I didn’t want to completely start over. I decided to add Valspar Sandstone Gray to the main areas that needed “freshened up”. How did I do it? By keeping the existing wall color on one wall completely and painting the opposing/opposite wall the new color. Then, the other two walls got a bit of a fun treatment. New color where I patched the nail holes, existing color remains on the bottom half where I didn’t have nail holes. 

Yes, that means a diagonal design. Simple. I am really loving the result!

How did I do the diagonal wall treatment? With…

Diagonal Wall Paint Design Tutorial  

  • FrogTape® Multi-Surface
  • string
  • thumbtacks
  • paint

Note: I tackled this project before sunrise (crazy!) but I couldn’t sleep (it does feel like a productive day when you accomplish so much before lunch). Anyway, please pardon the shadows in the tutorial photos. 

I attached string to the upper most corner of the wall with a thumbtack. Then did the same on the opposite bottom corner of the room.

Diagonal Wall Paint Design Tutorial

I used the string as a guide for placing my FrogTape. 

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I used my thumbnail to burnish the edge of the tape that would meet the paint. 

Diagonal Wall Paint Design Tutorial

Removed the thumbtacks/string.

Diagonal Wall Paint Design Tutorial

Then Painted the upper halves of the walls. Two coats. 

Diagonal Wall Paint Design Tutorial

While the second coat was still wet, I removed the FrogTape and allowed the paint to dry before re-decorating. 

Diagonal Wall Paint Design Tutorial

I repeated the same steps on the opposite wall.

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I really love the way I still have the original color but it’s updated, fun and freshened up!

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Guest Room + Nursery Makeover Reveal

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You guys! There is a new little grand child arriving in just a couple of weeks! #EXCITING! So of course, this first time grandma needs to convert the guest room to allow space for baby sleep overs. The before is pretty enough…

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It needed a good freshening up. And I’m sure that I’ll still be playing ‘doll house’ in this room, moving things around, adding a little something here and there but for now…it’s guest AND baby ready! 

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I started with a mood/design board to get a feel of how things would look, things I liked and things I already currently had on hand.

nursery design

And here it is…

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There’s still a bit of a to-do list:

  1. A new (used) dresser…of course I plan on giving it a DIY makeover (just have to find one first).
  2. Light fixture: I’d love to swap the existing for something gold.
  3. DIY wall art for above the headboard.
  4. Replacement casters for the portable crib.
  5. I’m thinking that the weathered green oar would be adorable mounted horizontally with some coat hooks.
  6. Of course you know me, there will probably be TONS of baby related DIY coming in the future too. 

There are fairy lights strung between the curtains above the crib. The arrow near the rocker has a battery operated lights and a switch. There are fairy lights hanging around the top of the bed frame. So plenty of soft “night light” after sunset. 

Do you spy the Young Living Aria Ultrasonic diffuser? Definitely a splurge but oh my goodness…this diffuser combines the latest in ultrasonic technology with a variety of useful features. The included remote lets you choose from a selection of soothing, built-in sounds or enjoy the multicolored LED lights. With the built-in speakers, you can plug in your own personal music player and enjoy the music of your choice. Diffuse some peace-inducing calming essential oils and it’s like a spa. I’m moving into the guest room! 

Sources:

  • Wallpaint color: Blue is a mix of paints (sorry), “white” is actually Valspar Sandstone Gray. Tutorial coming soon!
  • We already owned the bed.
  • Light fixture…installed 7 years or so ago so I don’t remember where we got it. It was originally black but I used some Rub-n-Buff to give it a patina’d look.
  • DIY A to Z book ends
  • Painted storage box
  • Framed felted deer head wall art tutorial
  • sheer curtains
  • DIY banner
  • Molded plastic Eames-inspired rocker
  • Vintage photographic print canvas set of 9
  • Safavieh Carla Rug (Joss & Main but sold out. I do have to say that the rug shown did not arrive in good/brand new condition however Joss & Main/Wayfair customer service was excellent. I paid for a beautiful rug (this was not a review/free item) and so a few days later, a new replacement rug arrived. I haven’t had the chance to empty the room, roll the original back up and unroll/install or see the condition of the replacement but fingers crossed that it’s “new and stain-free”~ I’m optimistic and pleased with the service I received despite my original disappointment.
  • Carousel Designs mini crib sheets (birch forest, grey raindrops, patchwork plaid). Birch forest shown.
  • Pinch pleated comforter from Target in gray
  • Megan Romo ‘Fair V’ Canvas Art

So what do you think? Quite a mismatched collection of styles, right? You know I love “eclectic” best. Now all we need is the baby. ;) 

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*This post is sponsored by Happy Crafters. Tutorial, experience and opinion is my own.  Check out all the supplies at Happy Crafters for inspiration for your next project. 

{Hospital} Bedside Table Makeover

One of the Lowe’s Creative Ideas challenges for September is furniture makeover…

Hospital Bedside Table Makeover tutorial

I just happened to score this little thrifty treasure from the thrift store…

hospital bedside table DIY makeover

for the low, low price of $3.99! A cute {hospital} bedside adjustable table in need of some TLC. 

I gave it a good cleaning then disassembled the parts. 

After taping off the casters, I gave it a few light sprays with a metallic gold spray paint. 

hospital bedside table DIY makeover

Once that was dry, I went back and forth on making a decision on the tray part. A shelf board would work. So would a serving tray. 

hospital bedside table DIY makeover

I went with the serving tray. I reassembled and used smaller wood screws to attach the tray to the frame. 

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Now it’s a convenient bedside accessory…

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I liked that it has a lip since the tray tilts forward. Great for holding a book or tablet. 

Hospital Bedside Table Makeover tutorial

Adjust to the table top position for a portable desktop, breakfast in bed or bedside, chair side or couch side table.

Hospital Bedside Table Makeover tutorial

Makes for a pretty side table too…

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What’s your latest thrift store, estate sale, flea market find? 

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I received a Lowe’s gift card to put towards this challenge. Opinion and above idea is 100% my own. More DIY ideas at Lowe’s Creative Ideas or follow Lowe’s on Instagram, Pinterest and sign up for the Creative Ideas magazine and app.

 

Eclectic Guest Bedroom Ideas

When I shared our family room and kitchen in the What’s Your Style Series, one style those rooms (and all rooms in my home) share is “eclectic”.

Visiting from the beautiful bedroom at Shabby Love? Welcome, friends!

When you do what you love, specifically on a small budget; thrift stores, flea markets, estate sales, yard sales and Craigs List become favorite sources for unique, eclectic decor. Our guest bedroom is no exception. 

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and a mix of old and new.

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Small budget? Wrap a canvas you already own with pretty wrapping paper to freshen up old decor. 

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Layer the bed with a folded top sheet topped with a throw blanket. Cat optional. 

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Eclectic: mismatched furniture, a mix of pattern and colors, collected-over-time gallery wall, DIY accents, a painted floor and flea market finds. 

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I’m in the process of planning a re-do on our other guest room/dressing room. Our master bedroom is a disaster since the day we moved in but always seems to get pushed further down the priority list. What’s your style and favorite bedroom in your home?

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DIY luggage rack and sprucing up the Guest Room

Lowe’s Creative Ideas challenge for November is sprucing up the guest room. So, it’s all ready for your visit! Pack a suitcase because I whipped up a pretty DIY luggage rack:

diy luggage rack  

Materials I used:

  • Three poplar 1in x 2in x 6 ft (they really measure 3/4 x 1-1/2 inch)
  • One 3/4 x 36 inch square dowel
  • 24″ by 16″ fabric
  • Twelve 1-1/4 inch pocket hole screws
  • Two 3-1/2 inch machine screws with washers/nuts
  • Valspar Spray Paint + Primer 

Tools I used:

  • Kreg Pocket Hole Jig
  • Saw
  • Sanding block
  • Iron
  • Sewing machine
  • Stapler

I cut the poplar and dowel as follows:

  • Two 25″ long pieces of poplar (tops)
  • Four 20″ long pieces of poplar (legs)
  • One 19″ dowel  (cross beam)
  • One 16″ dowel (cross beam)

Next, I painted my wood pieces. (You may want to wait until you have frames assembled. I had to do paint touch ups after assembly because of pocket holes.)

Using my Kreg Jig I  drilled pocket holes into each of the four legs on the 2″ end (2 holes each) and each end of both dowel rods. 

DIY luggage rack tutorial

Drill a hole into the each leg piece in the center on the short side (10″ down).

DIY luggage rack tutorial

Outside frame: Attach one 20″ leg to the 25″ top using two screws as shown measuring in 1 1/2 inch. Repeat with the other side.

DIY luggage rack tutorial

Then the dowel as shown.

DIY luggage rack tutorial

* My pocket holes are facing out. They’re more noticeable if they’re on the inside when the luggage rack is unfolded. 

Repeat the above steps for the inside frame piece EXCEPT attach legs 3 inches in on the 25″ top piece (or lay out on top of inside frame and make sure one set of frame legs fits inside the other for folding).

*This is where I’d paint the frames instead of beforehand like I did. 

Now, cross (sort of tuck) the smaller frame into the larger frame above the dowel. You may need to loosen the larger frame’s dowel a little to get it to fit properly. 

Insert the 3 1/2 inch machine screw into the pre-drilled hole through both frame legs on each side. Secure with a nut on the inside. 

DIY luggage rack

Cut fabric rectangle measuring 24 x 16 inches. Fold, iron and hem all borders. (My seam allowance is 1 inch on the short ends, 1/2 inch on the long ends.)

DIY luggage rack

Staple short ends to under side of top frame pieces (between legs). 

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All done!

Open and guest ready:

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foldable luggage rack tutorial

Folded and easily stored:

diy foldable luggage rack

More ideas to be guest room ready:

Add…

  • a variety of magazines to the night stand
  • freshly laundered sheets and towels
  • a comfy throw blanket
  • tissues
  • fresh flowers
  • alarm clock
  • easy access to outlet for chargers
  • extra toiletries

See more fun DIY ideas at Lowe’s Creative Ideas, follow Lowe’s on InstagramPinterest and sign up for the Creative Ideas magazine and app! I’m SUPER EXCITED that THIS PROJECT will be featured in the Lowe’s Creative Ideas digital magazine! Be sure to get the app and check it out! 

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*Disclaimer: As a member of the Lowe’s Creative Ideas Creators and Influencers network, I received a Lowe’s gift card to complete this project challenge, however the tutorial images, instructions and opinions are my own. 

Cottage Bedroom Before and After

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Dani from Seaside Shelter loves DIY and bargains. Our kind of girl! At Seaside Shelter (her blog), her objective is to share small ideas that will make a big impact on your living space. And she’s so good at it too! She recently finished a cottage bedroom makeover with an amazing reveal for only $335! Take a look:

bedroom before – boring, outdated.

bedroom before

Carpet was removed to reveal birch flooring which was refinished. Wow! Painted walls and trim really freshen up the space…

bedroom after

I love the green and navy accented with gold. Dani calls it “preppy cottage”. Perfect! There are a lot of DIY accents in this room. Pendant lights hang above painted nightstands to save on table space (great idea!) and the beautiful DIY upholstered headboard sports some gold nailhead trim…

DIY upholstered headboard with nailhead trim

Old nightstands get a new look with a coat of paint in a fun accent color…

green painted nightstand

And the stenciled wall adds interest and texture with a pretty pattern…

stenciled bedroom accent wall

Amazing budget with gorgeous results! See the cost breakdown, links to DIY details and more pictures at Seaside Shelter Preppy Cottage Bedroom Reveal.

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Meet:  Dani from

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The guest room in Dani’s house has been redone more times than any other room in their house. It has housed numerous guests, served as a home office, slept an infant son, housed two foster daughters and was most recently turned into a sitting/television/game room. Spring has arrived in Newport and Dani has lots of overnight company so as of last week the “round room” as they call it, is back to- and will forever remain – The Guest Room.
The biggest challenge in choosing a purpose for this room has been that it is round. The room is actually a turret with only the inside wall being flat. It’s good sized, 16′ in diameter, but without flat walls, where do you put your furniture?
Secondly, if you stand in the center of the room and speak, your voice will swirl around your head in the most awkward and uncomfortable echo (the office concept was short lived).
before
Details:
Dani took down the matchstick shades to make the wood a real focal point to create a clean, white backdrop.
DIY plank/pallet headboard.”drift”…
Shopping around the house is always budget friendly! The basket that held the kid’s video games now holds spare blankets for guests.
Antique ceiling tin accented lamp…
Hemp tie-back accent has a nautical feel and adds texture…
I LOVE Dani’s latest yard sale finds too!
before
beautiful after…
Get the details at Seaside Shelter Turquoise.
Beautiful, right? You can see more from Dani at Seaside Shelter. YOU MUST SEE HER HOME before and after. What an amazing change! I can’t wait to see more!

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Gray and Yellow Bedroom

Meet: Stephanie from

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Stephanie enjoys decorating her home and shares her budget friendly makeovers. Today she’s sharing a look at her pretty gray and yellow guest bedroom…

gray and yellow bedroom

The wall shelf and dresser were purchased at a local thrift store which donates money from each person’s purchase to a children’s hospital nearby. Both got a little DIY transformation…

DIY dresser and shelf makeover

$120 Room Makeover Details 

1. $30 thrift store dresser. Left over paint: Sherwin Williams Accessible Beige and Dorian Gray.
2. Wall color is a mixture of Accessible Beige and Dorian Gray- both by Sherwin Williams.
3. $4 thrift store shelf, painted  with leftover white paint from Sherwin Williams.
4. Yellow floral fabric from JoAnn’s on sale: pillow case, dresser detail and clip board picture hangers.
5. The gray and yellow striped curtains are from Hancock Fabrics and also were on sale for $5.00 a yard!
{headboard coming in the future}
6. The duvet cover and bed sheets are from Target….on sale for $15.00.
7. Frames are from Target ($4.00 each). Stephanie used Picasa to add some drama to them before framing and hanging them up.
8. Spray painted old end table/night stand.
9. The gray trays are from Target’s $1.00 section (x2).
10. $2.00 handmade tissue paper pom poms and $3 ceiling hooks to hang (Lowe’s).
11. Silver curtain rod and curtain rod clips were bought at Target.
12. Everything else used in this room was already owned, handed down or a gift.
See more pictures and details of this pretty room makeover and more DIY from Stephanie at

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DIY Show Off – Budget Friendly Guest Bedroom Before and After

First Floor Guest Bedroom: (THIS IS THE BEFORE.)

before

My desk is a farmhouse style table and I sewed a table skirt to hide the wires and computer hardware:

Here’s my chandelier too:
NOW (after) it’s a guest room! See the full reveal HERE.
Stripped of everything shown above:
Now after painting the floor, installing new baseboard trim, painting and mostly all thrift store, flea market and junk store finds:
painted guest bedroom floor meets painted guest bathroom floor
stenciled/painted floor:
still need curtains!
view from the dining room:
(thanks to Butch for installing the light fixture for me!)

Few updates:

ladder turned magazine/throw holder

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DIY Show Off – Dressing Room/Guest Bedroom Reveal

Dressing Room/ 2nd Guest Bedroom {Closet Organization}
Before (previous owner’s artwork)
This chandelier (free):
got a makeover:
In the guest room, we have this Pinecone Hill Genevieve bedding (celery):
Bedding:
Love the free chandelier in here…
 Closets Before had curtains for a few years – I hated the orange wood toned bi-folds that much!
 Painting shuttered doors.

Full post and dressing room details/closet organization here.

The closets also had a lot of wasted space.

Shelving installed!

After:

This one only had 1 rod for hanging clothes…

With the addition of two shelves in wasted space and an extra closet rod…

Accessory trays (secured to the wall with 3M velcro hangers) organize nail polish…

Easy Hang Closet Extension Rods double hanging space for boots shown above and pants/skirts as shown below:

A little seat for pulling on boots…

Two extra sets of bi-fold doors becomes a folding/dressing screen (attach with hinges in the center)…

Behind the screen…

A GoodWill found tiered candy dish holds favorite accessories…

Inspired by Martha Stewart, trim/molding organizes my shoes. Four 42″ pieces hold 24 pairs of my {heeled} shoes…

(See the trim/molding shoe storage how to here)

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French Cottage Bedroom Makeover

 Lee Caroline Art
Hi, my name is Lee and I’m fromAuckland, New Zealand, the country with 4 million people and 40 million sheep :)…I’m  aprofessional artist and adore interior design, crafts, cooking, fashion and I’m addicted to Houseand Garden magazines so much so that I have copies that go back to early 1970’s. I stumbledupon Roeshel’s gorgeous blog a few weeks ago and I’m so excited and honoured to feature asRoeshel’s guest post today.
Twenty months ago I returned to NewZealand from 14 years living abroad in Brunei, Qatar and Abu Dhabi. I bought a small littlecottage in a seaside suburb of Auckland called “Mission Bay”.  Its a wonderful location butyou pay a lot of money for property around this location and all I could afford was a boxy littlebrick house on a very tiny section. However, I knew that I could make this house really desirableand I am gradually working through it one room at a time adding character and making it feellike a home. Today I’m sharing the makeover of what was a very boring small master bedroom. My bedroom does have a little en suite and walk in wardrobe which is a great bonus,however I needed to do something to make my bedroom feel special.   
 

My favourite places on earth are Italyand France, with this in mind and the idea that I love anything French I decided to buy someold French shutters (yes from France!) and use them as a headboard. The shutters are duck eggblue which is my favourite colour for the moment.  Wallace Cotton a lovely homeware shop in Auckland, providedthe bedlinen for me to take some pretty shots of the bedroom once it was completed.  Iam sharing all my photos with you today including a before and after shot of the bedroom.The “before” shot was the previous owners’ look prior to me purchasing the property.

 
My design board
 
 My gorgeous pair of distressed French Shutters.
 
I added a sconce between the shuttersas I felt the gap was a little wide. However, I needed this space to balance the shutters againstthe width of the bed. 
 
 Paradiso quilt from Wallace Cotton
 Simple steel bedside tables that were originally bought for the living areabut didn’t look quite right. I think they are perfect in the bedroom.
 
I love the seersucker pillow for added texture
 My mother gave me this lovely Royal Albert cup and saucer I adore thecolour as I am mad about “duck egg blue”
 
 I used a lovely linen for the Roman blinds in a neutral beige and whitecheck
 
 
 
 
I hope I have brought some inspirationto you, a simple addition such as the old shutters can make a plain bedroom into a fantasyescape to France!  
 
 
Have a great weekend
Lee oxo
Poppy (my little Schnoodle)
poppy

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Budget Decorating – Better Decorating Bible

Suzy from Better Decorating Bible is sharing her beautiful bedroom today.  What I love about her room is it’s cozy feel and collection of pretty things that have special meaning to her.  It all comes together with a beautiful, comfortable, eclectic vibe.  Here’s Susan:

Here is my all-time favorite place to hang out – my bedroom. It was inspired by a bohemian, cozy style with a touch of French regency.I recently redecorated it from a sunny yellow color which was looking tired, and decided to keep the ceiling a sky blue color. To glam it up I installed a gold chair rail trim to complement the cream white walls and painted the door trim in gold as well.I love the lived in and well-traveled look as it’s filled with lots of antiques and art which all has a special meaning to me. I made my room functional by using an antique piano bench as a coffee table and having a day bed which doubles as a couch. This makes my room a great place to hang out and doesn’t feel like much of a bedroom.Everything was decorated on a budget and I tried not to invest too much since I move around a lot. Hope you enjoy! 
  Uber Chic Bohemian Decorated Bedroom  

Uber Chic Bohemian Decorated Bedroom  

What do you guys think?  I swear if I put all of those things together, I don’t think it’d look this planned or this pretty but she really has a talent for display and staging, doesn’t she? This room has history. Decorating can be as simple as rearranging everything you already own, not breaking the bank to buy tons of coordinating decor and still achieving a beautiful look.  The addition of the gold chair rail is a beautiful detail. I love it!

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Guest Bedroom Details – Sheers, Wall Art and a bonus entry in the giveaway

Welcome to Monday!  It’s going to be a great week, right? Yes! Yesterday, I moved the furniture around in the guest room (I promise there won’t be too many more posts about it!). It looks like my first thoughts on furniture layout are the best option so I moved the furniture back into place. Ugh! I know we still need curtains and I’m thinking along the lines of DIY since I’ll need at least 8 panels.  
Since the furniture is pretty much where it’s going to stay, I decided to start putting up some of my thrift store, garage sale and flea market finds – a little gold glam, tacky medallion, basket texture, distressed sunny yellow, Van Gogh print, blues, quote printed from TLC and the pretty DIY brooch wreath but it all comes together for an interesting display.
Nothing matches.  Nothing is new, just junk things and prints I’ve picked up and had lying around, definitely collected over time and I love how it looks grouped together. 
Still a few spots to fill in. More thrift shopping! 
blank wall before
now…
 The walls won’t be bare for long!  
Lalka has a few words to say… “I looooove this princess bed.” (She does love the bed but she loves following me around too. Or maybe she loves being in pictures?)
before

But I think something’s missing.

Me: When I was shopping at WalMart and picking up my Better Homes & Gardens products, I decided to browse around and look at other BHG products too. I actually saw a lot of pretty things.  I spied these sheers with gold swirls. 84″ long panels for $4.97!  What a great price!
Now how to get them to work with the canopy?  I cut off the tags and used the 2nd seam of the sheer panel as a folding guide and sewed a straight line to create a larger pocket. I didn’t measure anything but after one panel, I remembered to check to be sure the length would work and luck was on my side! 
I simply unscrewed the finial, lifted the beam and slid on panels.
I love the way it softens the posts and adds a little luxury. Wouldn’t filling in the whole thing be fun? Just like a big luxurious sheer fort.  Dreamy. For now, I’ll be a grown up and live with it this way. ;) 
Do you like how it’s coming along? I promise you won’t here a squeak or peep from me about the guest room for the rest of this week. I’ll be busy trying to catch up with each link from the parties last week ~ so many friends to visit!
Hope to pop in to see you!
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Don’t forget – Starting today, I’ll be over at True Value’s Ask the Blog Squad on Facebook. I’ll be hanging out there all week long.  Head over, “like” them, visit me and feel free to ask DIY questions this week and I’ll do what I can to help!  :)

Thanks so much to The Saturday Evening Pot for featuring my Christmas centerpiece in her 100 day Christmas Countdown (oh my…is it getting that close already?)!

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Guest Bedroom Reveal and $100 BHG Giveaway

Remember when I set that crazy ambitious one week time frame for transforming the guest room? Ready for TONS of pictures?  Don’t mind me, I just love to “show off”!  ;)
Before – early years
Before it was my office/craft room.  But it was always a mess. I moved that room upstairs so I can shut the door when needed and keep my project mess and work spread out.  The guest bedroom needed to be on the same floor as the guest bathroom
Here it is all emptied with baseboard trim removed and as you can tell, we tore out the nasty carpet when we moved in and moved on to other more important projects. 

My mood board was designed to include things we already had including thrift store finds. A mood board is always a great way to start a room makeover and helps to visualize and form a design direction. 
I painted the floor and painted an area rug look-alike (more details here)…
I painted the walls and installed baseboard trim as well as door trim around the bathroom door. .
Wall color is a mix of Dutch Boy “Lake Champlain” and “Aquamarine White”.
Trim = Dutch Boy Trim & Cabinet paint in ultra white.
The black chandelier + a little turquoise Rub ‘n Buff Turquoise by Bri…
And finally, the reward for all of that painting, I put the room together.
Thanks to Better Homes & Gardens, I warmed up the room for guests arriving this fall. I am participating in BHG’s “make your home guest ready for less” and was able to select $100 worth of BHG products at WalMart.com. I was pleasantly surprised with the beautiful products, great quality and big selection!
Swap out old dusty shades for new BHG tapered  taupe drum shades 
to soften light and add a warm glow to the room.
Seating area is a great place to curl up with a hot mug of mulled cider and a good book. (Or a cat!)
Add a BHG gold chenille throw and relax!
Sweet fall scents make me happy to be indoors when it’s chilly outside.
BHG Fleur de Lis wax warmer is a pretty creamy ceramic accent… div>
(and glass insulator turned votive)
Better Homes and Gardens Delectables Wax Cubes, Set of 4
Pretty and fresh new guest towels make guests feel extra special.
A pretty BHG peony decorative pillow is the perfect touch to a cozy bed full of bigger pillows.
Now the room is complete (minus a few finishing touches such as caulking the trim, filling trim nail holes and touching up paint), some DIY wall art and decor and curtains!  Okay, that doesn’t sound near complete but it’s come a long way! What do you think so far? I’m loving how it all came together!
BEFORE & AFTER
Before – view from the guest bathroom
Standing in the guest bathroom after and taking a look at the view now…
Before (see that unframed door)
After 
New door trim and wall space to decorate…
View from the dining room before…
View now (don’t worry, a curtain will be put back up to ensure guest’s privacy).
A much prettier view!
More happy views of how it looks now (with more DIY decorating projects coming up!)…
Lalka claims the room as hers.

Planning something with this wall but first I want to rearrange the room a few ways.
Another view of the painted floor…
And where it meets the painted guest bathroom floor…
THE ACCENTS
Flea market, thrift and junk store finds:  
  • wingback chairs $25 each
  • turquoise lamps $4.99 each
  • gold side table $10
  • awesome old trunk $15 
  • small walnut dresser $25
  • turquoise night stand $1!
  • accessories under $10:  painting above headboard, globes, vintage cameras, Van Gogh print, glass jars, small gold clock, old radio, old books, blue insulator turned votive, ornate gold mirror, ball of orange yarn, walnut caned chair, owl cookie jar, etc. 
I’ve added sheer panels (BHG) to the poster bed and started a gallery wall…

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Better Homes and Gardens Traditional Pumpkin Wreath on Twig Base, 18"
Sharing at this fun party! I know – it’s a guest bedroom but it’s so much nicer than our master bedroom that after our out of town guests leave, we might just ‘move in’! haha! Join me in linking up to:
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Roomspiration Master Bedroom Edition with Rachel at Just a Touch of Gray 
YOU MUST SEE HER BEAUTIFUL AND INSPIRING MASTER BEDROOM SUITE ~ inspiration for my master bedroom when the time comes!

Remember to check out Roomspiration Closets & Nooks edition today too at The Blooming Hydrangea!
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Thinking Ahead to My Next DIY Room Transformation

Once the kitchen is done – I’m going to rearrange two of the spare bedrooms.  The first floor bedroom is right off of the dining room.  It’s going to be my next project.  Right now that room is a craft/office area.  It’s always a mess.  It may or may not currently only have a path to the desk.  Okay, seriously…if I was sitting at the desk and you walked in, it’d take days to find me.  
It used to look like this.  Then the twin bed became my niece’s big girl bed and a tornado (not literally) went through and it doesn’t resemble this anymore except that the mirror with the broken scroll and curtains are still there.
We have a smaller extra bedroom upstairs with this beautiful poster bed in ivory…
That bed is getting moved to the bigger room on the first floor but I’m keeping my office there too.  It’s a blank slate.  Plywood subfloor.  Four unframed windows.  Tiny closet. A French door with sliding barn door hardware lead to the dining room…the door in the background shown here:
and there are doors leading to the laundry room and this bathroom:
Both the bathroom and laundry room open to the family room.

This room will be my first attempt at DIY wainscoting and framing the windows.  I can also either paint the floor like I did in the bathroom pictured above but depending on budget, I’d love to go ahead and get the dark distressed, wide planked bamboo we’re installing in the kitchen, dining room and pantry (2 more weeks!) and eventually the entire first floor..
Antique Java Wide Plank Fossilized Strand™ Bamboo Flooring
I snagged a beautiful lantern type pendant from Habitat Restore last year that’s going in here too! It’s similar to this PB version except a beautiful antique gold…

Gothic Outdoor Lantern, Bronze finish
What’s the color scheme you ask? (You were going to!) I know I’m using a creamy white and antiqued gold.  Other than that, I’m still gathering inspiration. I’d love to maybe use navy.  But I’m also leaning towards rustic reclaimed wood tones paired with the ivory and gold.   
Most of my other furniture will be from thrift shops, Craigs List or estate sales but for a desk I’m considering something along these lines…
Hooker Furniture Mélange Bennett X-Base Writing Desk
I love pairing rustic/vintage with sophisticated…it may not be everyone’s decorating choice, but I do what I love. 
Something like this is pretty…
American Drew Camden White Drop Lid Work Station
A desk armoire is a great choice too, especially to keep all of the ugly desk top computer components hidden when not in use. 
Home Styles Furniture Homestead Cabinet with Hutch in Distressed Warm Oak
This is the look I’d love to have…
Printmaker's Desk
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Do you have a home office combined with another area?  Any advice or pictures to share?  I’d love to see how it works for you!  

Decor Allure and the Basement PlayWorld

Do you have a finished game room/entertaining basement/man cave/kids’ playroom?  If it’s something in your DIY future, be prepared to be inspired.  Erin from Decor Allure just finished her basement makeover and it is a beautiful bright space that no one is ever gonna wanna leave!  1000 square feet of something-fun-for-everyone!  Grab a napkin, you’re going to drool!
Here are some highlights from her reveal but visit her “basement is finished” post to see the full details!


As you open the door to the basement this is what you see:

(No, the “no food” sign the kids made is not staying!  It was just up for our annual New Year’s Eve Family Party.  We had over 100 people and needed to keep the food to one level.)

The landing half-way down:

The vintage roller coaster poster I mod-podged onto a cheap canvas and the old wood tickets sign I made earlier (details here.)

Are you asking about that Ladder about now?  That ladder leads to my husband’s pet project and favorite part of the basement finishing.  It leads to a tube slide down!  Cool, huh?

My determined engineer husband twisted the top section and added an extension piece and made what I call “the death drop slide.” It’s very steep at the start, making it fast (perfect for our kids!) It does a zig-zag and comes out gently downstairs (you’ll see in a minute.)


As you turn the corner of this landing, you can see down the next set of stairs to the actual basement.

Straight ahead it the bathroom, to the left are the two bedrooms and to your right the main room.
If you turn to your right, this is what you see:

 We had a pipe that had to be soffited along this wall, so it made a perfect place for built-ins.  I pulled out a bunch of pictures of what I thought would work and my husband built it!

We found some lovely, wide crown moulding and some fluted trim at Habitat REstore.


Here you can see the almost-complete exit for the slide.  We still have a bit of mudding to the trim area and touch up to complete that.  We slanted the wall leading into the mai
n room to make a nice, wide entrance to the room.  The door lends access to the slide and should someone want to remove the slide, it would be easily done and leave a nice storage closet behind.


 


We threw down some furniture we had and I’ve since found the perfect smaller-sized sectional. I plan on slipcovering it and those red chairs with dropcloth.

The kids also love the swing from Ikea.  We reinforced some boards between beams and marked the spot before we drywalled the ceiling.  The air hockey table was a $60 score at a garage sale a few years ago and the $10 foosball wasn’t out of reach either!

I pulled together a collection of posters, maps and prints from a few places we’ve traveled to. My handy-dandy mat cutter made it easy to use some old frames from Goodwill and a few standard, cheap frames to frame the artwork.

Here’s a close-up of the moulding treatment we chose.



Alright, this is heading back towards the stairs and the rooms.


This is heading into the bathroom:


We chose to lay the typical square 12″ tiles off-set from each other instead of square to add more interest.  We really like how it turned out.







Now, we’ll head into the first of the bedrooms.  My oldest wanted an Asian feel to the room. This was her inspiration picture that we were going for:


And here’s ours so far.  We need some more accessories and such, but it’s off to a good start:



I made the upholstered headboard with nailhead trim (I’ll try to do a tutorial on it later) and made the bedspread.  We already had the artwork by VanGogh and just repainted a second-hand frame.




I found a very long $2 frame at a garage sale, cut a piece of thin plywood for the backing.  After painting it, I screwed on a kitchen drawer pull and hung a Japanese Obi we had from our stay in Tokyo.  It makes a fun art piece, yet does something much more practical; it hides the ugly electrical box that had to stay situated in the bedroom.  It’s on hooks for quick removal should we need access to the circuits.

Some wonderfully talented friends came over and painted these branches for us in a nice metallic paint.

On either side of the closet we placed some old Chinese screen panels:

 We’re on the lookout for a fun desk for her room, but it’s coming along.

Next door is our other daughter’s room.  She’s been warned that she’s the first to get kicked out when guests visit since we put a queen size bed in.

The headboard was found at a garage sale for $20, repainted the famous “Heirloom White” (we left off the footboard so it wouldn’t close in the room as much.)  It’s positioned in a bow in the foundation since this room sits right under the den in the front of the house, which has a bow window.


We already had these mini chandeliers from the girls’ old rooms.  They have very dim bulbs so they can be used as reading lights.  They’re connected together and put on a button switch attached low on the bed frame for easy on and off.  This very old, delightfully rough frame was found for a $1 and the bird print in the center was found at Goodwill.

On either side of the bed are these great old window frames I found on Craigslist.  We painted them gray and distressed them a bit.  We’re patiently waiting for some free mirror on craigslist or Habitat REStore to turn them into mirrors.  It’ll help reflect more light into the room.

To the right of the bed is a sleeping beauty print we had in
their old room.  The frame is a fun antique find for $5.


We’re moving in a slant-front desk and need to make some curtains, as well as look out for a few other accessories.
  
More pictures and details at her original post along with the paint colors she chose.  
Erin – it is fabulous!  What a beautiful and fun entertaining space!  The bathroom is gorgeous – love the tile and fixtures.  Lucky girls – such stunning rooms!   I see lots of fun family and friend get-togethers at your house!  Thanks for sharing all of your hard work.  Super job!

Before & Beautiful Afters at Casa Brasi

Amanda at Casa Brasi always has some amazing transformations to share (thanks Amanda!). Check these out!

Guest Bedroom Makeover
Before:

After:

Master Bedroom Makeover
Before:

After:

How to Distress a Dresser
Before:

After:

Want to see more? Click the links to see full details on each project or head over to Casa Brasi for more DIY and decorating inspiration. 

At Home Alterations

DIY Show Off reader, meet Mike and Katrina from At Home Alterations.  Isn’t that a great name for a DIY blog?  You know what’s better?  Their actual DIY and at home alterations.  You can see more (lots of DIY and before and after!) at their blog but here are a few of the projects they’ve mastered.

Costing just $634 and a lot of elbow grease, their kitchen went from this:

to this:

What they did:

  • tore up the linoleum and refinished the hardwood floors
  • painted the cabinets and replaced cabinet hardware
  • installed a space saving pot rack
  • painted the walls
  • DIY art

Full (and more) details and pictures here.  

Then, as if that wasn’t exhausting enough (they’ve only been in their home since the beginning of the year!), they did a guest bedroom makeover.  Here it is before:

Don’t rub your eyes.  You’re seeing the same room – here it is now:

What they did:

  • Sanded and re-stained and sealed the floor
  • Sanded the stars on the walls and repainted
  • Furnished/Decorated – using furniture they mostly already had and great bargain shopping
  • DIY art

Cost breakdown and more details here.

Mike and Katrina also entered their “Easter Bunny bathroom” into True Value’s Design SOS contest.  You can vote and view all entries at http://www.startrightstarthere.com/.  Mike and Katrina’s entry is #10!



Mike and Katrina – you’re doing an awesome job on your home.  I love your drive to DIY and get it done!  Thank you so much for sharing your beautiful transformations!  I think I can speak for all of us when I say – “Keep up the good work! We can’t wait to see more!”

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I was one of the bloggers selected by True Value to work on the DIY Squad. I have been compensated for my time commitment to the program as well as my writing about my experience. I have also been compensated for the materials needed for my DIY project. However, my opinions are entirely my own and I have not been paid to publish positive comments.

Shabby Chic Style Little Girl's Bedroom

You may have seen this but in an effort to spread the love (the love of beautiful DIY before and after) and for those who may not have seen it yet, I must share this beautiful transformation.  It’s from Becky at Tea Party.   Prepare to go “ooohhhhh” an “awwwwwe”. 

Here is her daughter’s bedroom before:

Here it is after.  It’s all in the details, right?  Teagan’s new big girl room is full of pretty details…

My favorite parts?  Did you see the gorgeous grain sack inset on the headboard?  All of the DIY art work?  How about the soft, peaceful color scheme?  What do you think? 
Check out all of the details at Tea Party.  Beautiful reveal, beautiful job, Becky!  Thanks so much for sharing!

A Guest Room Reveal at Songbird

When I saw this guest room reveal submitted by Marianne at Songbird...I immediately replied that I was on my way and never leaving my new room!  I would move into the guest room if this was in my home.  From the subtle stripes to the beautiful vintage feel, she did a wonderful job at creating a room that guests will never want to leave.  Here are some pictures from her reveal:

Guest Room20 copy

Guest Room19 copy

Guest Room49 copy

Guest Room24 copy

Guest Room9 copy

Guest Room42 copy

Guest Room50 copy

Guest Room2 copy

Now, it might be a small room but with the new colors, it’s fresh, light, airy.  It’s stunning.  I’m just sorry that there doesn’t seem to be enough room for you to join me.  :)  Read more details and see more pictures on her original post HERE.
Marianne – thank you so much for sharing your guest room makeover.  Not only is the room itself beautiful, but your attention to detail for your guests is just so sweet. I love the thought that you put into everything.  You love it.  I love it and I know everyone else (your sister included) will too.  Great job!