Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Even Guest Rooms Need a Little Spiffing Up...

The smallest room in our house and the most unused room in our house is our guest room.

This room also has a pull down attic in it which leads to some sort of air conditioning something.  Not very pretty, but obviously necessary.

When we first moved into the house over ten years ago, I found a small scale bedroom suit at an antique auction that fit perfectly.

I recently bought a very simple white comforter at TJ Maxx for the bed and am happily using it until something else a little fluffier and maybe rufflier can be afforded.

Yesterday after Faith and I finished school, a few things started happening...

First, I walked by the guest room and took a peek in...
Then...
My heart started racing...
I started feeling a little clammy...
I got to feeling a little antsy...
And, yep, you got it...I had to start tweaking in the guest room.

Nothing real big, mind you.  This girl is on a budget, but I knew I had a few things I could play around with.

So here is what I did...

My first little project was to take an old shutter that I found on a sidewalk of a building being renovated and take all the slats out because they were falling out.  I also gave it a quick coat of Heirloom White spray paint.



I added a couple of the slats back in and got this neat little thing...



Next project was this frame that I had stored away in my attic waiting on something to be done with it...


This frame got turned into this that I love...



Do you remember my washtub?  Still LOVE it!



I decided to use a few pops of green just to fall it up a little.

I had an old velvet ladies hat that came out and made its little debut on the bedpost along with some pretty green pillow cases.  Can you see them tucked in the back?




I also layed my afghan made by my step mother on the little wooden rocker.  Not only does it add a little warmth with texture and color, but it can certainly be used if we do have a winter night's guest.



Can you see how dainty this little dresser is?  It fits perfectly in this size room.


Of course, part of the fun is seeing what you can do to your table tops. 

I played around a little with this and that and came up with this...


A little closer look...

The little green urn used to have a flower arrangement on top.  Not so pretty.

The cloche is part of a Precious Moments clock that my hubby gave me years ago that I don't really use anymore but would never get rid of.  And, the flowers were a little keepsake bouquet.


I love tucking little momentos here and there.

Can you see the little pearl earrings and the pipe ?

Those belonged to my grandmother and grandfather.

Sweet to me...



The little glasses belonged to my grandmother also.



Have to show you my metal cart again...on wheels, no less...

It sits at the foot of the bed with a couple of magazines and photos on top and a blanket and basket of guest "goodies" on bottom, just in case something is forgetton.



Now for the picture that I tried and tried to get and couldn't get the light to do right. 

(I  am such an unprofessional photographer)

This is an attempt at showing you the whole bedroom with good lighting...NOT.



Another try...



Small bedroom but filled with lots of things I love to share with people that I love...

Our family and our friends who are always welcome in our home.
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21 comments:

Chrissie said...

Your guest room looks fabulous. It is amazing what a difference the details make!

sissie said...

Hi Amy,
Your guest bedroom makes me want to move right in and stay. I love how you have added all the sweet memories of those you love. You thought of everything. That little dresser is so sweet and I love the rocker with the soft afgan on it.

I know that feeling that you get when you walk by a room and decide at that very moment that it's time for a redo. We just can't help ourselves!

hugs
Sissie

NanaDiana said...

Amy- You did a wonderful job! I would feel totally comfortable and at home in that room! I love your Gramma's glasses- I have my Grammas too...and the pipe. I love your smaller sized furniture-it fits perfectly and looks like it is in great shape.

What a creative idea with your old shutter and I picked up a frame that I was going to make into a blackboard and my daughter liked the picture that was in it so much I gave it to her~

I get antsy when Fall comes around too and always feel like moving stuff around. I am convinced it is a disease! Hugs, sweetie! Diana

Kolein said...

Is this where I'd be staying when I come to visit? Hahaha! Just kidding! I'm so rude and obnoxious! And I'm cracking myself up right now!!

What a friend! You don't hear from me in like, months, and then I show up inviting myself!!!

I LOVE your guest room, Amy!!! The shutter thing is grand! All the story trinkets are lovingly displayed. Honestly, I don't have that gene! But I like living vicariously through you!!!

The pops of green with the white are so natural and refreshing. It's one of my favorite combos!

And the pictures are beautiful. I like the different tones with the lighting or lack of!

You have that sweet creative touch! I love looking at all of your rooms!

xoxo
~Kolein

Janna said...

Your guest room looks amazing! I love the old wash tub. Thanks for visiting my blog!

Blessedmom's Simple Home said...

What a welcome and inviting room Amy! You've done a beautiful job. What's in the frame that the candles are sitting on? Is that an old ad? I love the feel of the whole room. The idea with the shutters is wonderful too :-)
Blessings,
Marcia

Becky C said...

Well, I just may have to be your next guest hehehe. I love the white washtub, I believe we could make a trade on something, heh? And the little special items just make this room perfect. Another great project!
Blessings,
Becky C

cityfarmer said...

my bags are packed ...
perty perty please!!

New Every Morning said...

How beautiful! I want to be a guest! :)

Sonya@Beyond the Screen Door said...

What a cozy guestroom! It looks perfect for having company. My guest get to borrow my son's room! The earring and pipe are precious. My grandfather smoked a pipe. That pipe smell sure takes you back!

Debbie said...

This is one of my favorite things that you have done yet. You did it all in one afternoon? Or did you just do the cool shutter and frame redo?

Love the family treasures that you set out. My beloved grandmother had a pair of glasses JUST like that. Must have been "the thing".

What I wouldn't give to have you come here, take a look at my stuff, and give me great ideas. I know... I could start a blog feature. It would be "What would AMY do?"

Farmchick said...

Hi~first off...thanks for stopping by my blog last week and for the comments too. :)

I LOVE your guest room...it looks so cozy and would make a guest feel right at home!

Hope you will stop by again...I will be back! :)

Alicia said...

Looks fantastic! Love the chalkboard!!

Okie Chic said...

Sooo nice!! I'm so glad you got the pillow and that I could give you Christmas in September.lol Have a good one.

Kristy said...

Yummy.
I feel some great ideas working up in my little head!!
Thanks for the inspiration!
Blessings ~

Ginger said...

Sweet! I love your tablescapes; mine look so forlorn these days.

ShayPorteous said...

Wow! Your room looks great. I love that urn and such a cool idea with the black board :)

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Creative Ambitions said...

Looks great Amy... love what you did with the shudder in the corner and love the washtub...

Kendra

Denise said...

Everything looks fabulous. I just love your sentimental family touches throughout the room. You really have a knack for tabletop displays. What a lovely retreat for your guests.

Becky@Beyond The Picket Fence said...

Love it and would enjoy a visit there! Thanks for linking up to Beyond The Picket Fence's Under $100 Party!

Jill said...

I'd love to be a guest in that lovely room! You've done a beautiful job "tweaking" it!