Room By Room No.1

Our Guest Bedroom

Throughout the coming year or two or three or four I will make an attempt to document our family's progress in renovating our home. But wait, is it even possible for us to remain in one house for four years? We sincerely hope it is even though we have no proof! May our sojourn at this dwelling break the record.

First up is the bedroom set aside for overnight guests. I always feel so rich when I live in a house that actually has an extra room for this express purpose! It is by no means completed, but the basics have been done to give it a facelift. 

Here is what it looked like when we first came to see the house over a year ago. 

Empty and ready for a good scrubbing

After installing new windows; removing several wallpaper borders that were layered on top of each other; painting trim, doors, and walls; then moving in the furniture, this is the new look!

Entrance from the landing 

We have so many lovely hydrangeas planted around the house so I put them in bouquets that last all winter long!

Who doesn't enjoy flipping through photo albums...

I tried my hand at a bit of homemade art! The supplies were all readily available and it was a really simple project. 

1. a piece of wood approximately 1" x 7" x 42" 
2. paint it tropical green
3. rough it up with sandpaper
4. put 1 1/2" masking tape all around the perimeter of the painted surface
5. add several coats of chalkboard paint inside the border created by the masking tape
6. remove tape
7. grab a piece of chalk and create your own design

I love how removing the masking tape took a little more of the green paint off the edges of the wood!

Another project was the new headboard for the bed. I took two shutters that had been removed from the outside of the house awhile back and scrubbed (all the crusty filth and old wasp nests that seem to hang onto outdoor shutters), painted, and distressed them…

…then had Julian help me screw them onto the wall above the bed. He is a great help with that screw gun! We used a level to make sure they were hung as straight as possible.

Our guest room still has plenty of green splashed about, as you can see, but it's not painted onto the walls this time. That is what I had done in previous dwellings, albeit in a much lighter shade!

I've become enamored with white, white, white for walls, ceilings, trim, and doors, for several reasons. It's fresh and clean, plus it's ever so easy to work with because I don't need to worry about keeping a straight line between trim, walls, or ceiling when there is only one color going on every surface.

I do use several sheens, though. I like satin or eggshell for the walls and semi-gloss on the trim and doors. The radiator has gloss white spray paint. The ceilings are not replaced yet but those will pry be done in flat white paint whenever we finally get the drywall up.

The white walls and green headboard add zest to a tired and faded set of bedding!

I found this lovely matelasse' bedspread (in the basket below) at a local yard sale and didn't open it fully before buying. It's torn in one place and has a few stains I can't seem to wash out, but all folded up and ready to be used for an extra layer of warmth, it still does the trick and looks beautiful besides!

The room has a large closet in the corner. How I love all the storage in this place!

The desk still needs a chair. Perhaps I'll find window coverings some day…no worries, roller blinds do the job for now! We will remove the carpeting and refinish the wood floors underneath, but for now, we have a renewed guest bedroom!

"No man, when he hath lighted a candle, covereth it with a vessel, or putteth it under a bed; but setteth it on a candlestick, that they which enter in may see the light." Luke 8:16

This song, by Chris Rice, has been circling through my mind…

"There is a candle in every soul
Some brightly burning some dark and cold
There is a Spirit Who brings a fire
Ignites a candle and makes his home

"Carry your candle run to the darkness
Seek out the helpless the tired and worn
Hold out your candle for all to see it
Take your candle go light your world."

I pray that our home is a candle to the world all around us!