One thing leads to another!

In trying to get my guest rooms all spiffed up, I decided maybe I should paint the closet also. I thought “oh! it’s just a closet , not that big, it won’t take me that long” etc, etc. Of course you’ve got to take the stuff out, then paint it, then clean up the paint mess , then put everything back!  Once I had everything back in I ran across a painted wallpaper tutorial on that darling Emily’s blog.  When I saw her tutorial I thought “hmmm, that is pretty cool, where could I do that?” I tried to talk myself out of it – but my mind just would not let go of how cool the closet would be!

Just getting started! Oh dear me – this is a bigger project than I thought it would be.

Making progress! Seriously………………what was I thinking? Although I do like how it looks, I still have about 90% more of those little do-dahs to paint.

Ok – I must be a glutton for punishment. But no turning back now!!

Ta-Dah!!!!  I know that that blues in these 2 photos don’t actually match but the bottom picture represents the color best which is Comfort Gray by Sherwin Williams. Comfort Gary actually looks like a green on the paint chip – and blue on the walls!

Guest Bedrooms – hanging the new chandelier

As I mentioned in my last post about one of our guest bedrooms, one of the last things to do was hang the chandelier I had ordered.  My sweet husband did hang it for me ( for us ) but it had to be done on his schedule. I like everything done “yesterday” and he likes to do it when the time is right. After being married 35 years there are some things ( not all things) that I have learned to just wait! It’s hard – don’t get me wrong! But, ahhhhhhh, our men are so proud of themselves when they do stuff for us, so it is better not to be cranky with them wanting it done yesterday. Hope you ladies out there are faster learners than I have been.  OK – back to the chandelier!

This is what was in the box. I got it from Overstock and it said “some assembly required”. I am surprised it did not require me to do some soldering also.

That is the box on the left that all that stuff come in!! You can imagine what I was thinking. But, it only took me about 30 minutes to put it together – even with instructions that were almost comical!! You could tell the instructions had been copied over and over! Not even printed professionally.

 

 

The fan had to come down! With our four poster bed it did not allow the fan to operate and that was just fine with me! I do love to sleep under fans but this particular fan lacked in the quality department. It was just plain ugly!

 

Just waiting……………..

Ta Dah! Oh my goodness – it works! That was a relief!

And at night time.  Plus I needed to put a cord cover on the chain since we had to swag it over to center it over the bed. I found the neatest cord covers that have zippers in them. Very slick!

 

Although it does not look like it in this photo – the chandelier is centered with the mirror which makes a lovely reflection.

 

 

I will probably end up getting another chandelier. This one looks nice enough but to me it looks cheap. Although I did save quite a bit of money I feel if I had spent what I wanted to it would be more of a show piece. But for now……….the ugly fan is down and sparkly lights are up. Anything would of been a huge improvement! As they say……….”You get what you pay for” ….ain’t it the truth!!

 

Guest Room Lamps

I am doing several posts regarding guest rooms.  This one has to do with the lamps I used in one of my guest rooms.  If you remember from my last post these are the lamps.

 

 

I actually found these lamps sitting on a driveway at a garage sale. They cost me a total of $5.00!  Hey – what could I lose?? Do  they not just take your breath away they’re so gorgeous??

 

 

I told the gentleman I really didn’t want the shades – and he was a bit shocked! So I left with the shades because I did not want to hurt his feelings. I did rack my brain about how I could get all creative with them  and could not come up with anything earth shattering – so they ended up in the trash.

I  went to my little paint container and took out whites, cream and gray paints. I would paint one layer and rub it off – then do it with the next color.

 

Keep adding paint and rubbing it off.

 

 

This was my desired look. Paint is so forgiving – if you are not liking an application you can always add another coat.

 

 

 

 

I used some shades I had on other lamps that won’t be used in this house and added a tassel that I had also. Total cost for these lamps was $5.00 – well plus the paint I already had on hand.

I hope you like these lamps and will be on the outlook for some that you can just spiff up!!

Guest Bedrooms

When you move into a new home you just can’t go out and buy all new furnishings – or at least I can’t.  Actually it would be silly to do that. Here is how I took what I had and made it work in our new home.

We moved from Texas back to our home state Oklahoma last year. I guess it was time to move because I had totally redone the entire house in Texas. Please, dear reader, do not assume that because the house was redone that it was finished.  If I live in a house it will never be totally finished.  I am quite capable of always seeing something else that needs to be  spiffed up!! Otherwise I feel life would be boring!  It’s just how my brain works. I know there are other people like me – and you know who you are!!

Ok – let me get back on the subject as to why my post is about guest bedrooms. My plan when we moved was that our queen bed would go into the quest room – and we would get a king size bed.  My husband did not understand why I would want anything bigger than a queen. Well, “because you snore” is one reason. So, after 35 years of marriage he comes home to a king size bed. Sometimes it is easier to ask for forgiveness than to ask for permission.

Here is the master bedroom before in Texas. Now most of what is in the photo has been moved to our guest rooms in our new house. Oopsie – I fibbed……….those lamps are still in our master now! Actually those lamps were my mothers 40 years ago – they were a lovely gold back then! They are your basic column lamps that really has never gone out of style – but oh-dear-me you should of seen the shades on them back then. They were a gold drum shade that – and I am not joking- as tall as the lamp itself! Those shades will never come back in style. Or I doubt they will.

 

 

I know – that bed looks like a double doesn’t it. I can assure you it is a queen size. Maybe it is the angle of the camera when the picture was taken.

Here is the same bed in one of our guest rooms.  The room when we bought the house was a bright yellow and the window treatments were mini blinds with a valance. Ugh!

 

 

I used the same bedding we had in our master but used the pillows off of our living room sofa we had in Texas.  I got the velvet drapes from Pottery Barn which is where the velvet duvet came from also. The bamboo blinds from Home Depot.

Here is a photo of the pillows below on the sofa in our old home.

 

Even the sconces from the living room are now in guest room. I can not remember where I got them but I know I dry brushed gold on them.

Even the night stands were in our sons room. I am on the hunt for new night stands because these are in serious need of repair. I have several ideas to refinish them much, much darker – I just need to get in the mood! That may be my first fall project if it ever cools off around here. I picked up the lamps at a garage sale for 5 bucks and refinished them and used the shades from lamps I am not using.

 

 

This dresser used to be in the master – the lamps were in our old guest room and the plates had bee stuck in a drawer. I always liked those plates and now they have a home! The bowl in the center is a treasure to me……my  Aunt Pearls. It is as lovely as she was.

 

 

I have one more thing that is needed in this guest room…………and that is to get rid of that hideous fan. We can not even use the fan because it hits one of the posters on the bed. I ordered a chandelier from Overstock and it did say assembly was required but I never imagined this much!!!!

 

Hopefully, with my fingers crossed my husband will put up the chandelier. But I doubt it because he is a big believer in hiring someone who is supporting their family. I see his point but I just trying to say some money!