Guest Room Progress

My body aches all over, but not for nothing. We spent the entire weekend painting every inch of the guest room - floors, ceilings, walls, and trim. It's amazing what paint can do.

I was a little nervous about covering up the hardwood floors with paint, but couldn't be happier with the result. After sanding, I primed the floors with primer (I use Zinsser Bulls Eye 1-2-3) using a roller brush. After that dried, I applied two coats of Benjamin Moore Floor and Patio Low Sheen paint in Soot using a paint brush. It could probably use a third coat, but I'm going to lay out the area rug first and touch up the edges as needed.

You'll also notice that the fireplace has gone on to a better place. As lovely as this rustic fixture was, it was in the way and it was dirty and it drove me nuts.

I'm a little sad to cover the crisp black floor up with an area rug, but it will bring in some much needed color to the room, plus it will buffer the noise and keep the room warmer in the winter.

I'm also looking into some colorful light fixtures and cords. The heavy lifting on this room is almost over - stay tuned for the fun parts ahead.

Pink Doors

Ever since I saw this home tour, I've had pink doors on my mind. I'm working to get out of my monochrome rut - both in my home and in my wardrobe - but I always gravitate towards black. With a colorful rug going into the guest room, I'm using this room renovation as an opportunity to play with color and see where it takes me. A step out of my comfort zone, but what could go wrong?

Probably the most famous pink door is the #thatpinkdoor in Palm Springs. In fact, it's so famous that the owners had to post a "no photography" sign in their front yard to ward away bloggers and media. It's some real pink inspo.

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Like the home owners in the Curbed article I mentioned earlier, I'm going to go with Sherwin-William's Haute Pink for the guest room door. If it goes well, it might make its way over to the bathroom door, as well, although this is color to be used in moderation.

Here We Go Again

After a brief home improvement hiatus, we're back at it. This time, we're tackling the front bedroom, which currently services as a guest-TV-storage-exercise-lounge combo room. This combo isn't working too well, so we took a hammer and crowbar to the parts that needed to disappear for good.

Saying Goodbye

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Step 1: tear away the silly bump-out closet taking up already limited square space. Step 2: see what's hiding behind the mantel.

We plan to use the existing tiny closet as a built-in book shelf and are currently figuring out exactly what to do with the part of the wall formerly concealed by the mantel. We've got some brainstorming to do here and called in a contractor for an expert approach on this front.


Painting the Floors

 Image via  Oliver Yaphe

Image via Oliver Yaphe

 Image via  One Kings Lane

Image via One Kings Lane

I've done it before and I'll do it again. Since the majority of the floor will be covered by an area rug, sinking money into refinishing the hardwood doesn't make sense for us right now. I'm looking into black-painted hardwood floors as continuation of the painted steps and landing I'm working on wrapping up. I'll be using Benjamin Moore Floor & Patio Low Sheen Enamel on this after sanding and priming the heck out of the surface.


Using Elbow Grease

The walls and trim need some love. With my favorite friend Ready Patch by my side, I started patching the cracks and filling the gaps. Once it dries, I'll sand before priming and painting.  These little details are the opposite amount of fun as demo work, but they make a huge difference. Tedious, but necessary.

I'll use Benjamin Moore Simply White on the trim and my very favorite Benjamin Moore Moonlight White on the walls.


Furnishing it

To keep the room as versatile as possible, we're looking into Ikea's UTÅKER Stackable Beds. They can transform into two singles, one queen, or an L-shaped couch quite easily, so they'll allow us to keep the room serving several purposes. So that it continue to serve as a storage space, we'll keep a dresser and such hanging out.

So that's the plan. I'm beyond excited to get this space working for us. Stay tuned for what is destined to be another adventure.

Guest Room Plans

Why wait until a single project is wrapped up before starting a new one? I know I never have and let me tell you that you can't run from unfinished business that stares you in the face every day. This is probably why people buy houses with more than two bedrooms - they can just close the door on mess and go hang out in a room that isn't in a constant state of chaos.

The dining room is looking pretty sharp and while browsing the interwebs for inspiration for one project, I came across lots of inspiration for other projects, particularly in terms of paint. These photos of soft pinkish/peachish walls led me on all sorts of Google searches for a name of the color I'm after.

Photo by David Leong

The peachy-ness of the top right photo made it a winner, so now I'm designing my house, this site, this life, around the color Snow Pa by Valspar. I haven't even bought the paint yet, but I've really hitched my star to this wagon. There's nothing like getting your hopes up when approaching a house renovation project!

Here are the plans:

  1. Girls to the Front! Poster by Steeltown Anthem
  2. Eyeball Sconce in Bronz from Urban Outfitters
  3. Kardemumma Plant Pot from Ikea (not pictured, but similar)
  4. Stockholm Rug from Ikea. We might also get the floors redone in there soon, but who knows. I also need to buy a rug for the dining room still, so we'll see where the rug budget takes us this month.
  5. Another poster! I don't actually own this one, but maybe someday I will!

Right now, I'm only planning on doing one wall in the pink and freshening up the rest with a coat of clean white.

I'm very excited to have this room transform from a catch-all pile room to a comfortable, light, user-friendly room. Come stay with us - it's gonna be great!