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Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Thrifty Guest Bedroom Makeover Reveal

Yip-Skip!!!!!  My blog is back to normal and all fixed.  Man that was such a trying and stressful ordeal.  I hate having any kind of tech problem, this stuff is way beyond me, but praise the Lord there are those out there that thrive on it.  I am so grateful for their knowledge.  Now back to all the stuff that's been going on since I can blog again.

Sometimes you really aren't planning on doing a room makeover at this time, it is something that is on the back-burner for later.  Then one by one all the pieces just seem to fall together until all of a sudden you realize that you have a room just about done.  That is exactly what happened with our Guest Bedroom.

If you guys have been following along this room had become the Guest Bedroom With Left-Overs & Weird Stuff.  Everything that hadn't found a home somewhere else in the house wound up here.  My buffet was being used as a dresser and a file cabinet was the nightstand.  It was clean and a good bed, but really sort of not pulled together at all.

Then while I was out thrift shopping hoping to find a chest or console table to use on the patio, I went into Hotel Liquidators and there was the perfect headboard and for only $29.50.  Now I didn't find a chest or console, but for that price, I just had to buy the headboard.  Great shape and was something that I could redo.  Refinishing the wood frame and upholstering the insert were things that I felt like I was qualified to do.  You can see how I made over this headboard here and here.


Well, from there things just sort of fell into place all by themselves.   I found some fabric that I liked for the headboard insert, and I already had all the stain necessary to redo the frame of the headboard, so that soon was a done deal.   I thought why not go ahead and set it up in the room.  Before I could do that I found two more pieces that really pulled the room together.

Here is the reveal, I love this room now.  It looks so grown up and inviting and looks like I had a plan, even if it was a "by-chance" plan.  I love how the headboard turned out.  This is a small room so there is only room for a full size bed.  That is fine for one and becomes really cozy for two, but it will have to do for now.




I chose a taupe with cream dot for the headboard fabric.


I love this color because it goes really well with gray or brown.  I already had gray shams so I bought a gray quilt at Stein Mart for $24.95.  I have a brown one that I put in the closet for now, but I can change out whenever I want to.






I found this great chest that I am using as a nightstand at a used furniture store called J&K.  It is one of my all time favorite places.  The finish on the piece coordinated perfectly with the finish I put on the headboard.  I really love the detail on this piece, the hardware is stunning and who couldn't use some more drawer space.  This piece is made by Crestview Collection and similar pieces in their line usually run around $300 to $400.  I couldn't pass it up for $79.00.



I just shopped  the house for the lamp and tabletop accessories.



The drapes are a lovely sheer cream on cream embroidery that I found at Tuesday Morning.  95" long and only $19.99.



On another trip to J&K I found this dresser.  It is a piece by Henredon with beautiful inlay's on the drawer fronts.  What a fabulous piece for $99.00.   Everything else is from my stash and things I already owned.


I love the fabulous inlay on the drawer fronts and the hardware is stunning too.  With this piece, the room totally came together.


It's a small room, but now I feel like it has some character.

I think this room proves that with a little thrift shopping and keeping your eye open for pieces that would work together you can have a fabulous Guest Room for pennies.



Cost Breakdown - -
Headboard - Lumber Liquidators - $29.50
Fabric for Headboard Insert - JoAnns - $22.00
Gray Quilt - Stein Mart - $24.95
Nightstand - J&K Used Furniture - $79.00
Drapes - Tuesday Morning - $19.99
Dresser - J&K Used Furniture - $99.00
Lamps, Bedding, Accessories from my stash - $0.00
Total - - - - - - - - - -$274.44


Now I am still looking for a console or chest for the patio, but I am sure I will find one in due time.

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Tuesday, June 27, 2017

380th Inspire Me Tuesday

I am still having difficulties with my blog.  I have a genius tech support working on fixing my problem, so at least I am back up and running, so please hang in there with me.  Thanks so much.


Welcome to the 380th Inspire Me Tuesday.  Wow, so many wonderful DIY projects going on all over blogland.  It's hard to choose just a few, so check out everything from last week.  These caught my eye.

I am in the process of trying to makeover my guest bedroom, so naturally this one caught my eye.  Love the farmhouse style that Concepts & Colorways shared the breakdown of how to achieve such a gorgeous room that Kim at Savvy Southern Style designed.


I love a really unique DIY project and this bench is definitely unique and oh so fabulous.  Check out how Pillar Box Blue made it.


Slightly Coastal shared her amazing dining room makeover.  It's hard to believe how different this look in the before and after.  She went from ok to Stunning.


Here's another amazing before and after.  Sincerely Sweetpea put some of her DIY skills to work transforming her rental kitchen into a dream.

Ok, let's see what you have for this week.


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Monday, June 26, 2017

Guest Bedroom Headboard - Upholstery

I am still having problems with my blog, but please hang in there with me.  I have an expert working on it and things should be back to normal soon.  Thanks for being so patient with me, this is so stressful.

Choosing fabric for the guest bedroom is fun and difficult all at the same time.  I love our new house, however like any home it has it's challenges.  The previous owners had new carpet installed before they put the house on the market.  It is really nice carpet, just not my color choice.  Nothing really bad, just a little dark for me.  It is a tweed with specks of black/brown/cream in it, and somehow reads a little on the chocolate side that tends to have a bit of red in the right light.  I tried a few different fabric samples to see what might work and finally decided on light and bright.




All of these would work with the carpet and are colors that I really like.  I decided that since this is such a small room, I would go light and monochromatic.


I chose this taupe/gray dotted fabric.  It goes well with brown and with gray and that is what I wanted.  I can change things up and not be married to one color scheme.  I already had some dark gray shams, so that works too.


I was trying to find a place that wouldn't impede traffic to work on to cover the headboard insert.  The middle of the living/dining room seemed my best bet. haha  Doesn't everone do an upholstery makeover in their living room by the front door?

I had everything all layed out.  The red leather cover that was on the insert had a small piece of foam attached to it, I didn't take that cover off, in fact I wanted more padding, so I layed it down on a thick piece of batting and cut around it so I could start stapling it on.  However that particle board they used was so hard I couldn't get a staple to go into it.  Not sure what kind of staples they used, but I tried a hand stapler and my electric one and nothing would penetrate that board.  I even tried a nail and I couldn't get it to go in either without bending.  So back to the drawing board.



A trip to Lowes and I had a piece of plywood.  We traced the outline and cut out the design, then I covered it in two layers of batting.  Now to do the fabric.


You guys have all seen a million tutorials on how to pull the fabric tight working from top to bottom and side to side.  I didn't take a bunch of pictures, it's the same process you have seen, so I just got busy and started stapeling.  You can see how the batting is pulled around and stapled, the same thing applies to the fabric.   If you really need to see a step by step, you can check out this simple tutorial here.


Ta-Da all done.  I love it.  It turned out great.  I am really happy I chose this fabric, it is going to be a good one to work with.  The pattern is subtle, but just enough to be interesting.


Now to make a dust ruffle.  I found a really pretty gray and cream floral pattern that I think will be pretty for the dust ruffle.  Maybe give it some interest with some kind of trim too.


Ok, I need to start sewing when I have 5 minutes to spare.

So what do you think, gray or cream comforter?


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