Why haven’t I been blogging much? Because I’ve become obsessed with decorating my house. Today, I’m ready to show you all our guest room.
We didn’t really have anything in the budget for the guest room. It’s not used often, so putting a lot of money into it doesn’t make any sense.
We bought a new bed for ourselves (king-size, yay!), so my old American queen size bed went into the guest room. Also, Oliver’s old dressers and a wardrobe left to us by the previous owners of the house.
But first, the guest room before (previous owner’s decor, they left the futon and the wardrobe in the back corner for us):
It’s just a regular room, perfectly capable of housing over night guests, but in my opinion, not all that cozy.
I really wanted our guest room to be welcoming, despite having very little to spend on it, so I decided to paint the furniture. I bought two new paints and used two other paints that were leftover from other projects in the house.
The Wardrobe: Before
It’s a plain, cheap, but perfectly usable wardrobe.
I bought 2cmx90cm strips of wood at the local home improvement store, designed the layout I wanted, and cut them to size. I like knobs better than handles, so I filled the holes in the doors with wood spackle, then drilled holes for knobs. I lightly sanded the wardrobe, put on a coat of primer, marked out where the wood strips would go, then painted three very thin (that’s the key) coats of paint, then 2 coats of clear coat. I painted the strips separately, then glued them to the doors with wood glue. This seems to be holding fine, but I have some small nails just in case I need to nail them on (I had planned to glue, then nail, but the glue held so well, I decided to wait and see).
I had thought about getting some funky knobs from Anthropologie, but that wouldn’t really make sense to put that much money into the furniture in this room. I looked at the home improvement store, and even the knobs there were too expensive. Finally, I settled on some from Ikea that had the right price.
The Dressers: Before
A perfectly good dresser for a guest room (they’re Ikea Robin), but the tops were not in great shape. There were several water marks on each dresser.
The Dressers: After
I sanded down the tops pretty well to try to smooth out the water marks. These are made of pressboard, so I didn’t want to go at them too hard. I primed them, then painted three coats of paint and two coats of clear coat.
And finally, here’s the end product. What I think is a warm, cozy, inviting guest room:
The table lamps are from Habitat in Köln.
The metal decoration on the wall above the bed, as well as the overhead lamp, are from Maisons du Monde in Luxembourg.
The duvet cover is a Marimekko design from Crate and Barrel.
So what do you think? Are you working on any decorating projects?