Sunday, December 22, 2013

I Heart this Bedroom

I heart this guest bedroom.  

Hard to imagine that up until a month ago,
it looked like this...

Boring. Beige. No life whatsoever. 

It desperately needed a pop of color.

So, to start...
I wanted to give the room a CLEAN SLATE.
What better way to go... than with "Snow Fall" from Behr.
I know, I know... white? What? 
Normally I steer clear of white... but this room needed it.
It's in the basement, and usually is very dark. 

There wasn't money in the budget for new furniture...
So I had to re-use the furniture my parents bought in 1982.
It was their first set for their first bedroom.

I decided to paint the dresser and side table...

... and re-upholster the existing headboard.
(Just an FYI, I will be giving a tutorial on how to do this in my next blog post.)



The dressers took FOREVER to do.
I used two shades of gray.
I had to sand them, prime them, sand again, paint one coat, sand again, paint another coat, etc.
Make sure you allow yourself PLENTY of time.
(If you want to learn how to do it, I'll be blogging about it in a future post.)

Aside from painting the furniture and re-upholstering the headboard...
I also made ALMOST EVERYTHING you see hanging on the walls.
Including this picture.
I bought a giant canvas at Hobby Lobby, and painted on a chevron pattern with gray paint.
Super easy and quick.

The arrow on the wall used to be at my parents' old farm house.
I hung it on the wall with a cute knob from Hobby Lobby.
(My dad is sentimental, so anything to remind him of "home" is great.)

I wanted to make a necklace hanger (that also looked like artwork)...
So I had my dad build a "frame" out of old fence posts.
I did a "white wash" technique - but with gray paint - on the boards. 
I found these white mirrors at Target, nailed them in place.
Then, added some cute knobs from Hobby Lobby at the bottom.

Functional and adorable.

But, the star of this show... is THE HEART.

My dad and I used the same fence posts (that we used for the necklace holder)...
and secured them in a row.

I made an outline of a "heart" out of roofing nails...
 Found some pretty orange string, and started twisting it around the nails. 

The inspiration for the room came from the duvet cover.
It has gray, brown, cream and orange in it.
(I bought it at Target for about $65.)

When it came to accessories...
I found some cool finds.

The metal "&" artwork was from Hobby Lobby... on clearance!

I filled these clear, candle holders with NAILS.
(It ties in with the nails on the "heart" art piece.)

This bright, orange dish was on sale at Godman's for $5!!!
Deal of the day.

Scatter some orange picture frames... and an owl :)

All in all, I think the room turned out pretty great!

More blog posts (on how I did things) will be coming in the next week.
Hopefully you check back soon!