Saturday, August 8, 2009

Finally! The Guest Bed Revealed!

It sure took me long enough, but I've finally got the guest bed finished and all made up. The painting was easy compared to the finishing touches. They took a lot longer than I expected! And of course, I'm still not really done, but close enough.

The before:

This was a bed from my grandfather's basement, one of a matching pair from when my Mom and Aunt were growing up. After I started prepping it for painting, I realized it wasn't actually a set! Somehow over the years, we'd gotten the headboards and footboards mixed up. So I have the headboard from the pair of matching beds, and the footboard from another bed. Oops! Still works though, and it's just a little more interesting that way!

Now, the after:

Here you can see what's not done - that sea of blank white wall is screaming for artwork, and these curtains are not staying... but there are a lot of completed projects showing in these pictures.

The bed is the obvious one. The nightstands are a junk store find that I painted roughly and fell in love with. The picture frame is made from salvage wood, spare paint, and extra hardware from hubby's shed. My best friend and I made a bunch of these for a craft show last year. The pillow on the bed is my first attempt at a removeable pillow case... buttons and all. And my favorite piece in the whole world - the couch that belonged to my great grandmother. It used to sit in her row house in Georgetown, and then it made its way to my grandfather's basement for many years. It got a quick revival with forest green fabric some years back, but still looked boring and dated. When I took it home, I decided to really make it mine! I did the painting and distressing, and then had a designer upholster it for me. Ok, enough blabbing, more pics!!!

Here you can really see the couch. I love how the blue-green coral in the fabric pairs with the paint on the bed frame.

Here's my pillow, close up. I'm so proud of it!

In this one, you can really see the homemade picture frame. This is actually my least favorite of all the frames we made, but I wanted to use these hazy, grainy pictures of my Mom and I at the beach on a foggy day, and this frame fit them the best.

One more, just for fun, because I can't contain myself! :)

So that's it! I'm so happy I was able to find bedding for it that wasn't made in China. And I'm so proud of the pillow too.

So what's next? Well, here's what I'm thinking. I've got this old gothic mirror frame, also from my great grandmother's house by way of Grampa's basement. I'm thinking of making it a pin board, painting the frame and distressing the heck out of it. Then I could put a poufy insert wrapped in delicious fabric, and hang it over the headboard. But I'm still brainstorming because I don't want it to get too busy. Here's what the frame looks like now. Got any brilliant ideas?

Meanwhile, I'm working on the curtain change. I've got some khaki and white coral patterned sheets that I picked up on clearance, and they were not made in China! I'm working on making those into curtains, and I think they'll be going up soon. I just need to figure out how much I want to embellish them first.

I can't wait to have a *the whole room is done* post! Thanks for looking!


Me & My House said...

Hey girlie! How are you? You know I am LOVING this room! We must chat! You are my new, new best friend! LOL! Let's talk fabrics, drapes,pillows, etc...message me...kay?

Roni said...

The room looks amazing K!!

Love the red movers sticker still on the mirror wait to see what you do with it! You inspire me!

Dulcecupie said...

Did you finish this frame?! I would love to see what you ended up doing with it! A peg board sounds like a great idea! probably cause I've been meaning to make one my self lol