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Saturday, January 1, 2011

Guest Bedroom Mini MakeOver

One little mini project is now complete! The overwhelming desire to freshen up individual rooms comes on me like a bad cold. One minute I am fine, the next I am feverishly searching the Internet for new quilts. That's what happened Friday as I was reading while riding to Hattiesburg. Husband was driving. (It just never pays to read a Pottery Barn catalog, that's for sure.)

Pictured below is my small guest bedroom. It sort of looks like a $49 a night motel room. Yikes! Things look much worse when they are photographed in naked light! How did I let this happen?
In its defense I will say, the colors are very off in this photograph. Everything is really much greener. (Don't know if that's bad or good.)

Below is the mini-transformation. I found the chenille comforter and shams and switched it out. It's much heavier than that color block coverlet and gives a little more "fluff" to the bed.

Light is an issue in this room...too much of it. Hence, the mini blinds AND the Roman shades. Once I had everything pastel in this room, and I was nearly blinded every time I ventured into the room so I decided to go darker. The walls are Dried Grass (Wal Mart) and it's a beautiful color...much darker and richer than is showing here. That color goes with every other color on the charts! (Doesn't it, Libby?)

The headboard and footboard were once a weird color...sort of a faux copper patina turquoise. Now it's a weird faux rust color. I painted it one night with a small brush and didn't even remove the linens. I sure must have been in a hurry for some reason. I do alot of my decorating like that.

I collect redware pottery...I know, I know...but you collect what you like and I'll collect my way. Once my husband took me all the way to Lancaster, PA to see Amish country and buy redware and a quilt. I took about $200 spending money with me. Well! That was a joke. I bought one redware plate by potter Ned Foltz and found a piece of an Amish quilt in a ragbag of junk in an antique store. The total...almost all my spending money. But I framed the quilt piece, still have it in my living room and I love my redware. See quilt piece below. (Don't know what that light spot in the middle of the photo is...professional photog, I am NOT.)

My point here was that this room is 1/3 Pottery Barn wannabe, 1/3 Primitive and 1/3 I don't know what I wanna be! (Side note on the Amish vacation: we didn't know you had to be in another gear to travel in the Blue Ridge mountains and burned up our engine...had to get a new car...we could have gone to Europe for what that trip cost us! And I never did get my Amish quilt.)

This is a small prim chair that I have loved for years. I hooked the little seat and back rugs for it. Below is a small prim felt picture I picked up at Stein Mart...wait a minute...Stein Mart is going prim? I don't know, but I purchased three of the pictures and I love everyone of them! All have places of honor in the room.

Below is my simplified bedside table. I was getting clutter heavy in this room...visual noise, I call it. I don't like visual noise, it makes me nervous and on edge. We certainly don't need that, do we?

Also see above the bed, the primitive Crazy Quilt piece I scored on Ebay. I use Crazy Quilt pieces often in my decorating. I love the colors, they remind me of the colors on old beat up train cars...I've told you before how I actually enjoy being stopped at a train crossing because I love the old blues, mustards, reds and greens of OLD train cars...nut that I am.

I'll end this mini-saga by saying that all in all I am pretty happy with the way things turned out. I'll do my tweaking (aka: fluttering or accessorizing further) later, but I got a good start today!
PS: Please, join me at Metamorphosis Monday, Amaze Me and Masterpiece Monday parties...see buttons on right side to attend! Lots of good ideas!


Libby said...

This is beautiful! And yes, dried grass paint is very versatile! You can make it appear to be many different shades of green/tan by simply changing the accessories in the room. I love it! It is some of the best decorating advice you ever gave me!!

Anonymous said...

Great makeover! I love how the striped comforter adds more pattern and interest to the room. The throw draped over the foot of the bed with a book on it is so homey and inviting!

Angela McInnis said...

Thank you, Megan. I've got some other ideas but with school starting I'm in a mad scramble to finish other things! And Libby, I wonder if I went one shade deeper on the dried grass if that would help...oops...here comes Hubster...mum's the word on painting!

~ Lyndsay The Kitchen Witch said...

I have a goal to re-do my master bedroom and our guest room this winter. I love your blend of styles and ideas and the colours you chose.

Nice to meet you and thanks for the inspiration.

Happy New Year!

Atticmag said...

Some very nice new touches you made. Great job! I'm going to repaint our master this spring among my many projects. Very inspiring to see all you ladies way ahead. Hope you'll stop by and see our newest kitchen. Jane

Nancy said...

Oh, those catalogs are dangerous. I always want to drop everything and redo!

Very nice results!!!

Tracy said...

Looks great! I do a lot of decorating that way too, I think because when the urge hits, I just need to go with it asap!

Carrie @ Dittle Dattle said...

ohh, I like the colors of your bedding and your wall art is so original!

I would be honored to have you add it to my blog party

Amaze Me Monday Blog Party

Bloggymom said...

Very cozy room.... love the colors.

Mary said...

Nice make over! I would love it if you would come and link up to my new link party,
Masterpiece Monday, at my blog, Boogieboard Cottage. The link is already up, I hope you can join the party!
Happy New Year!

Angela McInnis said...

Thanks, Lyndsay. I enjoyed your blog the other day! Hope you will stop by again. Jane & Bloggymom, check out that color, Dried Grass, at Wal Mart, if not for that project, maybe another. Mary & Carrie, I'd be excited to join your parties, thanks for asking! See you there.
Tracy, my feeling is "you gotta make hay while the sun shines!" Nancy, my husband always dreads when the mags arrive in the mail...he knows what's about to happen!

Mary said...

Thank you for participating in the very first Masterpiece Monday! I hope you'll come back again, it was fun having you share! Take care, Mary

Angela McInnis said...

Thanks for hosting the party! It was fun and I hope you will drop by my blog often! I love yours...will be following.
Thank you again, Angela


Erin said...

Great guest room!! I love the colors you've chosen...I'm a fan of the dark/rich colors. :)

Angela McInnis said...

Thanks, Erin. I hope to do some more tweaking, just ran out of vacation time! I am ok with dark colors as long as there is some light somewhere...old, can't see well anymore!lol Please, stop by again!


Carrie @ Dittle Dattle said...

You "AMAZE ME"! Thank you for linking up to the "Amaze Me Monday" blog party!!

Anonymous said...

Do you remember the name of the comforter set? I found one at a walmart and was going to pick up at another and can't find yet and don't know name. can you please help