9.25.2012

Guest Room: Gray Paint and All



 
Happy Fall y'all
I've been spending most of my spare time redecorating our guest room.
Isn't the new wall color just dreamy, like you want to sink right into that room and take a nap?
It all started out on a whim over Labor Day weekend.  I shared with you that I picked up some wood at Lowes and decided to do wall planking

I'll be sharing more of those details, but I gotta tell you, this wall has a lot of texture and after a little indecisiveness, was exactly what I wanted for this room.

In order to completely transform this space, I decided to sell the furniture set that I painted last winter.  Good bye and sold to the lady who picked her up off Craigslist.  Be warned, you can get some colorful people wanting your stuff.

In the meantime, I tested out some paint samples from Valspar.
This wasn't all that tough of a choice because I tend to like warmer paint tones and the muddy one in the middle is what I chose.

While all this was going down, I simplified and cleaned out the closets again.  All of them.  Don't ask.  I don't know where it all comes from, but I sold some at a yard sale (Thanks Dee) and donated the rest.
Clean house baby!

The boring builder window got a little pick me up with some trim.

The wire shelving was torn out and donated.  Good riddance.
The closet it a work in progress, but I'm installing deep, wood shelves in here for my linens and blankets. I didn't need a hanging rod since I have plenty of that sort of space in my other closets.  And guess what, I'm never moving, so who cares that there isn't a hanging rod in the guest room.  
Guests, You'll have to use the hooks that I have yet to put up.
The baby blue ceiling is now bright white and I was so happy to see it go buh bye.
 I hadn't trolled through Marshall's in a while and I wasn't expecting on finding anything, but hello chevron.  I scored this blanket and it goes swimmingly well with my new Premier Prints fabric.
 If you've followed me through the years, you know I have a poor relationship with any curtain, drape or window treatment.  Usually the height of the rod is all wrong, the curtain or drapes just don't say "wow, look at me". I've found that I am drawn to simple window treatments lately and plucked these out of the closet.  I ordered them from Pottery Barn eons ago and didn't really like them at first because they were off white, not white as the packaging said.  I never returned them and thought I'd eventually put them on eBay or something.  Well, what do you know?  They look lovely in the new guest room.  They pop off the muddy gray walls and soften up the space so it doesn't look dark and modern.  Can anyone say Smocked ten times fast?
Rounding out this past weekend, I decided to use what I had and had Hubs carry an old dresser out of the basement.  I loved the clean lines of it and the solid wood, but the dresser had seen better days.  My original paint job wasn't the best and there was a lot of original wear and tear showing through.  I also hated the handles.
I ended up prying them off giving everything a very distressed finish.  Very distressed.  And I put on some new glass knobs. I used some black and gray paint to give the edges a beat up look.  I used a little  yellow paint in spots so make it seem like the dresser was painted one hundred times and with multiple colors.  To finish it off, I gave everything a quick coat of white and waxed it all up.  At first, I thought I would just sell the darn thing because I just wasn't sure.  You know.  Old Miss Indecisive.  But then a wonderful thing happened.  Hubs put it in the guest room for me and my eyes went wide.  It totally worked in the space.  Again, it tones down that modern feeling of a gray room.
 So there you have it. Go check out the "old."  I'm ready to make some pillow covers with my new fabric and wait for my first guest!









9.07.2012

DIY: Horizontal Wall Planking Preparation


Send this gal to Lowe's for one thing (salt) and she comes back with a trunk full of wood.  Anyone else get giddy walking down the wood and trim aisle?  I swear I love it more than clothes shopping.
So I jumped in Labor Day weekend and decided to start a project with this little old cart of wood.  
 Do you know that half a dozen Lowe's workers asked me if I need helped while I was shoving this heavy cart down the aisles?  I told them I was exercising and I think they thought I was dead serious.
I had to bat my eyelashes at the lumber guy so he would cut me three sheets of 4x8 plywood.  At first he thought I was nuts and then asked me what I was doing.  In my nicest voice, I said I was adding planks to a wall.  He smiled and thought that was totally cool.  If he only knew what a pain it was going to be to cut my three sheets.

He had his thinking cap on though and cut the wood at 7 7/8 so there was no waste.  Each sheet yielded 6 planks.  The specific plywood I got was not real think, but not as thin as luan.  It was grade BC and was sanded.  If I was to do this again, I probably would get a better grade that is super smooth, but for the look I was going after, I'm pleased.
My salt and lumber (sweet smelling wood) were thrown into the SUV right after I texted Hubs a photo.  He just laughed with (!!!!) because this is not surprising to him at all.  I love this man who let's me try out all sorts of projects even if they sound a little hair brained.
 Once home, I sanded the boards down a little more and flipped them so the worst side was face up.  I primed them all with Kilz Oil Based primer and a roller.  I was afraid of some wood bleeding through so that is why I tried the oil.  My first time.  At this point, I really didn't have an opinion other than I though it dried a little more tacky than latex primer.  It could have been that it was humid out too.
 I don't know if I needed to prime the backs, but I just felt that I needed to.  If I was to do it over with the smoother wood, I probably wouldn't.  I let the rest of the weekend go while spending time with family and jumped back in this past week.  I ended up installing the planks in a completely different room than I intended.Yes my mind changes on the fly like that.  I'm glad I did though!  More to follow.
Did you tackle any crazy projects lately?  
Go into a big box store for one thing and come out with a cart full?