I initially wanted to do one post with both rooms, but have since realized each room deserves its own time to shine. So without further ado, I give you the guest bedroom.
This color is so much worse in person. It's this bright baby blue that screams, "A toddler used to live here!"
...and not to mention nasty carpet in the bedroom and in the bathroom. I want to know who thought carpeting a bathroom was ever a good idea. So gross.
Joel started out texturing while I tackled priming the built ins, trim and doors. That included filling in knicks and holes, sanding everything down and cleaning all the surfaces with a damp rag. Then I applied 2-3 thin even coats of Kills Low VOC and moved on to helping the Mr. with all that texture. Next Joel painted the ceiling a nice crisp white while I started to clean up.
Then we let things dry over night.
The following day we ripped that nasty carpet out prior to painting. I'll spare you the horrors of what was lurking in that carpet pad. Let me just say, it was scary. Really scary.
After recovering from the trauma of pulling up old carpet, I painted them trim while Joel started painting the walls. We chose Martha Stewart's Artichoke Heart and had it mixed in the Behr Paint and Primer in one and let me tell you - that stuff is where it's at. One coat. One coat people. That was all. Then we were ready for new floors.
When it came to picking out carpet, we were just ready to do it. Immediately after wrapping up painting, we went to Lowes and found a fairly inexpensive Smart Strand Mohawk looped carpet we liked and without research just took the plunge. Being the crazy, type-A, we-have-to-research-everything planner that I am, this was difficult. But we were on a time crunch. I didn't have time to second guess or overanalyze and it worked. And also I happen to still love the carpet we picked.
I didn't have any artwork on hand, so I cut out some squares from a couple of paper grocery bags and doodled a poem we read at our wedding on one and a favorite Beatles lyric on the other. I used frames we received as wedding gifts. It works for now until I find something more permanent.
Spoiler Alert: You can see part of the bathroom. This is all you're getting for now though.
The bookshelf was another $15 thrift store find from last year. I sanded it down and painted it but am thinking of repainting it a softer color. The painting and the chair are also - don't be shocked - old thrift store finds
We hung some gray curtains from the inside of the closet to avoid dealing with the doors. it's easier than messing with those squeaky bi folds. We did keep the doors though. Someday we plan to sell this house and you never know what someone else will prefer.
And there you have it. Our guest bedroom is mostly complete. I'm still considering painting the bed frame a fun color, or even just an Oil Rubbed Bronze and am looking for more permanent artwork and perhaps a compact chest of drawers for storage, but for now, this does the trick.
Just let us know when you're ready to come over. We'll provide the wine and a cozy place to sleep.