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Friday, June 3, 2011

Guest Bedroom | Our New Home in Concord | Refreshing a Guest Bedroom


Before : Guest Bedroom
As I've mentioned, we have several house guests coming to visit over the Summer - the perfect excuse to refresh our guest bedroom.

As guests rooms seem to do, ours had filled itself with the 'extra' stuff that we didn't have a place for anywhere else it the house.

I had put some old bedding on the bed, without much consideration how it would go with the wall color, and the furniture consisted of a black desk and chair, and an old table that used to fit in our living room.  I felt like the room was too dark and heavy.  I wanted the room to feel like the room from our hotel in East Hampton - light and fresh.
 

I painted almost everything in the room white, except for the black iron bed and drapery rods.  I think that too much white can seem blah.  The black contrasts with the white and actually makes the room feel brighter.

For bedding, I like to keep the palate bright and white.  Two large down euro pills, two standard pillows and one accent blue pillow with a hemp trim.  I always use all white sheets and pillow cases (and towels!).  Colored linens just don't feel as fresh to me.  I dress the bed with a lightweight duvet in a white cover, then I put a heavier down comforter folded at the foot of the bed in case they get cold.


I painted this once black desk a fresh creamy white.  I thought I was over my all white furniture phase from the shabby chic trends of 2000, but it was the only thing to do on a shoe-string budget to makeover the room and make it feel fresh.


The room completely changed when I added the white upholstered chair from our old dining room.  It filled it and made it feel cozy almost instantly.   


I got out my light grey/almond spray paint and gave this once black painted chair a new look and a stack of fresh towels.


The bedside table (also painted a creamy white) has a photo of Peaches, a handmade bowl we received for a wedding gift from Mike's parents, a framed sketch of Seaside where we got married, my gold engraved confirmation Bible and some hydrangeas from our yard.  You might recognize the lamp - it was once brass in our old bedroom.  I used the same paint as the chair - they sit in opposite corners of the room... talk about balance!

14 comments:

  1. Looks so fresh and stylish! You do such a nice job painting everything..is it easy to sprat paint brass lamps? I would be afraid of drips.

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  2. Room looks fantastic. So clean and fresh. I'm loving the grey color of the chair and lamp. Will you share what color that is, please?

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  3. Love it all! Your blog is inspiring me to get into DIY projects. Please keep posting on all your little home transformations :-)

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  4. Cindy - the paint worked great on the lamp. I use long, sweeping spray strokes that allows the paint to go on in thin coats.

    Brook - I believe the paint is Almond... but I need to look to be sure! I'll get back to you!

    Kiswenson - Thanks! It is a slow, but steady process. The next one I'll share is my "domestic office"... or where I keep my cooking gear that doesn't fit in the kitchen, cleaning supplies, crafting supplies and ironing board. Stay tuned!

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  5. Ok, thanks, I'll keep checking back. Is it Rustoleum brand?

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  6. Jenny- do you mind sharing where the striped duvet cover is from? I love it.

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  7. Shauna - The duvet is from Pottery Barn. I got it a couple of years ago, but I think they still have it!

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  8. Jenny- did you ever find the name of the spray paint color and brand that you used on the lamp and chair? I'm dying to use it on some frames! Thanks

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  9. Anonymous10:18 AM

    I'm with Brooke...would love love love to know the official brand/color of the spray paint. I just did my lv rm, dining, kitchen remodel and have a few ideas to use it on. Any assistance would be greatly appreciated! Kim

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  10. Anonymous2:54 PM

    Hi Jenny What is the color for the guest bedroom walls it's so beautiful?

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  11. Anonymous2:30 AM

    Hi! Just wondering where you found the fabulous iron bed? Love its simplicity and elegance with its rounded headboard and straight footboard.

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  12. Anonymous10:46 AM

    Hi! I'm new to your site! You have great decorating taste. Can you tell me where you got your slip covered white chair? I would love to buy a few for my keeping room. ♥ Buffie

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  13. Jenny Steffens Hobick6:28 PM

    Buffie - I made the slipcover and covered a random chair I found at a discount store!

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  14. I too would like to know the name and brand of this wall color, please!!!
    Looking for a soothing color with light green undertone, I love the way this one looks.

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