I need to catch you up! A lot has changed in our house over the last week or so. I mentioned in the Cardboard Chandelier post that we got the wild idea to swap our downstairs guest "suite" with our upstairs "tiny-bedroom/walk-in closet/catch all" room, and I'm so glad we did.
Originally we used the interesting downstairs of our home as a guest "suite", we thought it would be SO cool since they would have their own level, bathroom with shower, patio, entrance.... the works, right? And I love how it looked, it was definitely cute:
Our main source of heat is the upstairs wood burning stove. So even when it was toasty upstairs, this room was frigid. OK, we thought - easy - get a small heater. Problem #2: No door. That staircase interestingly enough leads straight upstairs into the living room. With no door. Heat does NOT stay put.
Then the last straw hit - did you know basement (and basement like places) don't smell good? I never knew. I don't really understand these spaces. I've never had a basement or similar, and this was driving. me. insane! It's a moist, earthy smell that would only go away if the dehumidifier ran 24/7, which it turns out, only works when the temperature is over 50 degrees - so the heater would have to run 24/7 as well. Hello energy bill! For a space we're never in? So one morning we just caved in and realized, why in the world are we fighting to keep this a guest room, when we wouldn't even sleep down there? And the switch began.
Here's the old upstairs room, you can see how cluttered and all around not cute it was:
Shur-Line Paint Edger and I'm sure every hardware store on the planet carries it.
So there you have it. We've started in on another room, and while I love how it is now... our end goal will be to have the room slightly nautical, but not strictly or over the top because it's small. Just the suggestion of the beach, not the whole beach itself. The colors will be along these lines: Blues, Navy Blue, White, Light Grey, and of course some hints of Red. I see a lot of pillow covering in my future...
Since it was getting late we started by "shopping" around the house (and closets!) for matching accessories and found quite a few things. These were solid white frames that we scuffed up with a sanding sponge in 5 seconds:
Then I found a bunch of random things in the right color range, that are waiting for a shelf project to finish (here's the shelf project!) so they'll get a good home.
Guest Room Ideas. Oh wow - sneak peak! See that blue table in the shot above? Yep - if you look in the earlier shots it was brown. We just finished that up too... see the tutorial here! Here I'll show again:
Any wild home projects in your near future? I'd love to hear about them!
Keep the projects rollin' friends...
It's Party Time,