1.05.2012

Guest bedroom redo

I wasn't subtle about how excited I was am about our new nickel-plated bed. It dresses up our room to the point where in comparison I feel under dressed without at least some jewelry on. But I didn't realize there would be an even better unintentional consequence to go along with it: a far improved guest bedroom.

We hated the bed we originally slept on every night. It was a cheap bedframe with a cheaper headboard--all around bad news. But, it beat our old, frameless, headboard-less guest bed. We tried for a few months to pass off the guest bed as a day bed. But let's be honest, it was just weird. Since I'm not taking blame for it, let's point fingers at the zombie bees and move on.

Once we had the new bed, we suddenly found ourselves with a bit of extra furniture on our hands. And never ones to let good resources go to waste, we decided to see what could be done with it. The room is a bit snug, so we had to rearrange furniture. Sadly, this means no more desk by the window. Tear. But it's for the greater good or Mother Russia or something.

And now we have this:

The guestroom-meets-office
Our Crate and Barrel desk, in its new spot along the wall
The previously hated, but now-loved, bed
Art that we found at Rice's Flea Market in Buck's County, Pennsylvania
There are a couple things that I'm over the moon about in this room. First and foremost, it's a place where we've repurposed furniture from other places in the house. In fact, there's only one piece we bought new in the entire room, and that's the desk.

I also love that it's now a respectable room, with a clear focus. And all it took was a little rearranging.

Not bad for an hour or two of work, huh?

OK, here's the plan for the future of the guest room:

  • Paint!!!! I can't stand looking at these khaki-colored walls for much longer. I feel a little like I'm in a state hospital, where color is forbidden because it could upset the residents. 
  • Shelving--So necessary above the desk
  • Finish off the drapes. Don't look now, but those suckers are not quite done. But that's a post for another day...
  • Slipcover for the headboard
  • Paint the side tables

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