My 3 Monsters: {Guest Bedroom Project Reveal}

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8.02.2013

{Guest Bedroom Project Reveal}

Hello friends!  I finally got my act together enough to share the big, fun project that I worked on while my kids were away this summer and I CANNOT WAIT to show you how it turned out.  My friend Dee Ann recently had one of her daughters get married which left her with an empty bedroom.  {I dream of having a vacant bedroom one day . . .}  She wanted to turn it into a guest bedroom that would also be sort of an oasis/getaway spot for her, too.  I was thrilled when she asked me to take on the project!!

Before I show you the room, I have to tell you a little bit about Dee Ann.  We have served together in different capacities at church for years.  She has been a friend and a mentor and a fabulous example to me over the years.  I don't know anyone else who does as much for other people as Dee Ann does.  She cooks dinners, babysits kids, gives rides, sews, fund-raises, listens and encourages, like, 23 hours a day.  I hope she sleeps sometimes, but I can't say that I've ever seen her.  She is waiting for a kidney transplant right now and still does all those things I mentioned before as well as working as a pediatric ICU nurse.  This is a lady who truly deserves a beautiful room where she can unwind sometimes!

So, here's what I showed her as an inspiration board before beginning on the project:

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I immediately thought of using gray and white as the color scheme because it is so crisp and clean looking, but I wanted to add some pops of coral and some silvery-mirrory-sparkly pretties, too.  I wanted to do a cool accent wall treatment to add a little more architectural interest to the room and I have been really wanting to try my hand at creating a tufted headboard.  I had purchased those coral Anthropologie pillow shams a while back on clearance, but they just didn't look right in my house.  I knew they'd be beautiful in this room.  So this was the jumping-off point.

I'm terrible about taking before pictures of my projects.  I always forget, but here's a general idea {we may have already started painting before I remembered}:

Creating a beautiful guest bedroom at my3monsters.com
The bed originally sat on the wall with the window, but I felt like the room might flow better if we swung it around and put it on the wall next to the bathroom door.  You can see that the walls were white with blue trim and the furniture was wood.  All it took was two cans of paint and none of that was the same anymore!  I have a little obsession with painting everything I see . . .

And finally, here's what we ended up with:

Creating a beautiful guest bedroom at my3monsters.com
Creating a beautiful guest bedroom at my3monsters.com
We used a sheet of 1/2 inch MDF cut into 4-inch strips to create the grid treatment on the accent wall.  With all the measuring and caulking and nail filling and sanding and priming and painting involved, that was probably the most time consuming project in the room, but you just can't beat the major character it adds to the space. 

We used their original bed frame, but painted it white and built a tufted piece that attached right to the old headboard with a couple of screws.  The gray velvet {found for only $5 a yard!!} and the deep tufting added some necessary softness to the space and makes the bed an extra comfy spot to curl up and read.

The night stand was a piece that they already had in the room, too.  It was an oak ice chest style end table that didn't really fit the style I was going for, but I figured if we removed the door and all the hardware we could love it back into shape.  Some spackle in the screw holes and a couple coats of metallic silver paint were all it needed to fit right in and look brand new.  {I didn't think there would be room for a night stand on the other side of the bed next to the bathroom door, but there actually is.  Now I'll be on the thrift-store hunt for another piece begging for some silver paint . . .}

Creating a beautiful guest bedroom at my3monsters.com
At the foot of the bed is the dresser that they had in the space.  We just gave it a few coats of the same semi-gloss white paint we used on the accent wall to make it look fresh and new.  I am so jealous of that dresser -- Dee Ann found it at a thrift store for 99 cents!  Less than a dollar, friends!!!  It looks like a million bucks!  That mirror hanging above it was one of my thrift shop finds {$4} that I mod-podged vintage sheet music onto.

Creating a beautiful guest bedroom at my3monsters.com
I also found this lamp and lamp shade at the thrift shop. {$5 for both!}  The lamp was clear glass so I took it apart and sprayed the inside with Looking Glass spray paint -- it's a super reflective metallic silver that adds just the right amount of glam.  I covered the lamp shade in that pretty coral and blue print fabric with a grosgrain ribbon accent.

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I used more of the print fabric to make a honeycomb smocked accent pillow {just like the one I made for Sydney's room last year} for the bed.  I knew the duvet cover set I bought had two pillow cases in it and I was planning on using the coral shams I had so I took the polka dot pillow cases from the sheet set and sewed up some pleated ruffle pillows, too.

Creating a beautiful guest bedroom at my3monsters.com
My favorite thing in this room is probably the photo frame wreath above the bed {inspired by this one by Thistlewood Farms via Infarrently Creative}.  I asked Dee Ann to pick out about 20 of her favorite family photos which I scanned into my computer, scaled down to wallet-size, and printed in black and white.  After framing them all up I wired them onto a grapevine wreath and added a simple grosgrain bow.  I feel like every room should have some real personal touches and this was just the thing this room was calling for.

Creating a beautiful guest bedroom at my3monsters.com
For one last little touch of bling, I hung this mini chandelier pendant next to the bed instead of putting a lamp on the night stand.  We also installed a vinyl plank floor {that looks fabulous, if I do say so myself, and only cost 50 cents a square foot -- bargain of the century!}, put up new white wood slat blinds, and hung some custom art that I created using Gimp.

Here's one more look at the finished room, because I just can't get enough:

Creating a beautiful guest bedroom at my3monsters.com
What do you think?!  I'll be posting a few tutorials with more detailed instructions for some of the individual projects in the next few weeks so watch for that.  I loved working on this room so much I was a little sad to finally finish.  That just means I need to find something new to work on in my house . . .

I'll be sharing this project here:

10 comments:

  1. That looks awesome! Maybe you should come visit my house...

    And I agree, I don't think I've ever seen Dee Ann sleep. Or stop helping everyone else! My nursery girl is convinced that Sister Mitchell lives at the church just for her...

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    1. Thanks!! Give me a call . . .

      And, yes, Dee Ann is the PERFECT person to be nursery leader. {Not that she's ever done anything poorly.}

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  2. First of all I love the gray and coral combo! And the bed, oh my, the textures are incredible together. Great job! This is exactly what I'm trying to accomplish in my own bedroom!

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    1. Thanks! Mixing patterns and textures is my favorite way to add a warm, personal touch to a space. I appreciate the nice comment!

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  3. You never cease to amaze me. Though I know what you're capable of because I keep up with your blog, I still love every single thing you do a little more than the last time:) The room is beautiful!

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    1. Thanks Sarah . . . you're too nice. We miss you guys!

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  4. WOW! that is one gorgeous guest room. I love the different colors and textures on the bed. If you get a chance, please link up to the Suburbsmamam Sunday Linky Party going on now: http://suburbsmama.blogspot.com/2013/08/sunday-linky-19.html

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    1. Thanks! I'll be sure and check it out!

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  5. This turned out so great! I love the soft colors and board and batten on the walls! Super jealous! I would love if you would share this over at our blog hop! http://www.ablossominglife.com/2013/08/frugal-crafty-home-blog-hop-35.html

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    1. Thanks for the nice comment. I'll head over there now . . .

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