July 2, 2014

Guest Bedroom Reveal



Finally the day has come for my guest bedroom reveal. This room was once the playground for these two hardened yet irresistible room crashers.




Yes it is hard to believe that almost 9 years has passed since Michael and Grace took over the large bedroom on the first floor as their coveted playroom. And after all those years of use and abuse this was the final look they achieved in the space.




So much to show for such little time don't ya think? 




Through the years I learned to just close the door and adopted an "If I don't look it doesn't exist" attitude with regard to the playroom. But then a couple months ago something in my head just snapped and I made the decision to "take back" this rather large room and reclaim it as the new guest bedroom. 




So I began to work day and night, repairing drywall, caulking the window and door casings, moving furniture and painting the entire room. 




The hours were long and the work was intense, but in the end my efforts did payoff and the once run down and filthy room had been transformed into a beautiful, spacious and totally calming retreat for the future guests of 21 Rosemary Lane.




Lucky for me my dear friend Donna just purchased a cozy little cottage down at the Jersey shore and the previous owners left behind a ton of furniture including these two headboards, of which Donna was happy to have me take off her hands. I painted  the main frame of the headboard black and then stripped and stained the finials to match the room's dresser.

Here is the BEFORE.



With the exception of the decorative pillows and colorful shams which I bought at TJ Maxx, the rest of the linens were purchased from the Better Homes and Gardens collection at Walmart.




 Oh yeah the throws on the beds were a Home Goods clearance score.





Mr. Rosemary Lane and myself lucked out one day and found this beat up old trunk lying by the side of the road with a "free" sign taped to it. It now is a foot locker at the end of one of the twins.




Sometimes old items can feel like new when moved to another room. This was the case for our 12 year old living room area carpet. I just moved it into the bedroom and the carpet took on a whole new vibe.

The chair in the corner also found a new home in the guest bedroom. It was once in our master upstairs but got displaced when I redecorated the room back in the spring. This poor room-less chair fit perfectly into the style of this space and even got a new "His and Hers" matching pillow to boot!




The drapes in the room are nothing more than painters drop cloths with drapery rings hooked onto them. They were only around $10 a panel, this was huge in keeping the cost of new window treatments down.







I was able to save a few more pennies by refinishing a dresser and mirror I bought 3 years ago at a yard sale for $60. To see the "before" just click here.





The top of the dresser as well as the wall behind it are adorned with old family photos dating back to the 1940's.




In addition to the photos and flower in a glass bowl, I also added an antique camera Mr. RL and I picked up in a thrift shop years ago, b.k. (before kids)





And remember that old chair that came with the cat?




It received a makeover in the way of a new chair cover from ReStore for only $3, and a sparkly little black pillow to glam it up!




My goal as far as decor in the room was to give a bit of a nod to the mid twentieth century by incorporating the vintage color scheme of mint green and red along with old black and white photos as the room's artwork. A tropical feel was infused by using bamboo throughout the room while a touch of drama was created with the strong color of black furnishings accented by glamorous gold! 

And now I am HAPPY!

XO
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40 comments:

  1. Wow! The room is beautiful! Love the color and the way you put everything together so well. Great job!!

    I have a room that needs some attention because it's blah. You are making me want to paint. :)

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  2. Barbara, I found your blog recently. It's lovely. We share similar passions for decorating and travel. LOVE your new guest room!

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  3. Oh wow, this looks amazing. I am so impressed. I love that you have a room big enough for twin beds and the decor and linens are so beautiful. Great makeover.

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  4. OMG, Barbara this is gorgeous. You did a fantastic job. Lot so work, but look at her now! Party is starting now instead of 8.

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  5. Absolutely beautiful, Barbara! I love the colors and the pretty throws on the bed.
    xx,
    Sherry

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  6. What a pretty, cozy space! Love that unique trunk!

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  7. WOW Barbara what a makeover!! Absolutely beautiful...making my reservations today :-)

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  8. What a gorgeous room! I love your very honest BEFORE picture--I sure can relate to that! Ha! The colors are beautiful, and I am awed by your decorating-on-a-budget abilities. Fantastic job!

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  9. Oh wow, what a beautiful, calm and restful room! And a total transformation! I love the color, the luxurious bedding and the mix of wonderful finds. Great scores all around! Twin beds are always a great look. Nicely done Barbara!

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  10. Barbara, it is gorgeous! What a beautiful makeover!

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  11. Beautiful redo!! Luv your colour choice,

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  12. Barbara, I love it. What a difference some paint makes. It totally transformed the headboards and dresser. All the touches of color and photos are so perfect. Any guests coming to Rosemary Lane should feel so honored. Good, no, great job, my friend..Judy

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  13. What an amazing room renovation, Barbara!! I love everything you've done!! The colors are so pretty and serene; your future guests aren't going to want to leave. :) I love the bed linens, the pretty chair formerly in your master bedroom, the mirror, throws, and window treatments. I'm also loving the old photographs (our house is filled with family photographs) such a homey touch. You should pat yourself on the back now; you did a marvelous job!

    Enjoy your Fourth of July!

    Hugs,

    Denise

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  14. This room is incredible Barbara! I love each and every detail. You really paid attention to everything. The best part of your guest room is the savvy way you bought and gathered pieces for the room to make it just so beautiful!! I need you to come and help me!!!! Where do I make my reservations?

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  15. WOW Barbara, your really did an outstanding job on your new guest bedroom. Everything looks wonderful and I love the pretty aqua throws on the beds.
    Thanks for sharing your beautiful room.
    Mary

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  16. I love it, looks so nice, it all looks just wonderful and it is funny how something that you have had for a while looks brandnew in another room!

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  17. Your bedroom is amazing. The colors are so pretty, and the rug is perfect for the room. All of your details add so much charm, and make the room such a cozy retreat. Lovely, simply Lovely!!!

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  18. Barbara your guest bedroom is beautiful. I have been working on my master just finished my painting I really love the color of your wall could you tell us the color .I just might change mine no the Mr would kill me. Lol. Beautiful, beautiful job. Love reading your blog.

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    1. Thank you so much. LOL...I will tell you the color anyway. It is Cool Mint by Benjamin Moore paint!

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  19. Just beautiful, Barbara! Magazine worthy. xo

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  20. Your guest room turned out so beautifully!
    It is done in my favorite colour right now.

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  21. WOWWWWWWWWWWWWWWW! can I come be a guest!? Simply gorgeous. Every touch, every detail. So cozy and so cute!!

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  22. Love the linens -and that lamp is outstanding! You did a terrific job -thanks for sharing! Jennifer

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  23. Love the changes, so full of inspiration. fondly ~lynne ~

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  24. WOW, wow and WOW!!!Q I love everything in here! I can not believe this isn't VERY high end bedding! I am going shopping NOW!!! Love the colors and of course the touches of bamboo, one of my favorite things. Have a beautiful weekend!!~!

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  25. Barbara, love this color too! You turned this room into a gorgeous space. Love the bedding and the trunk was an awesome find! Thanks for sharing it with SYC.
    hugs,
    Jann

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  26. What a fabulous makeover! Love the chairs, the rug, and those throws are gorgeous. Also like the idea of the b/w photos you added. Great work!!

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  27. What a lovely room and amazing transformation. You did a great job. Your hard work truly shows. I love the color palette too.

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  28. What a beautiful transformation. You did a fabulous job. I love the trunk you found, and your colors.

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  29. You did a fantastic job! It's quite a huge transformation.

    Big Texas Hugs,
    Susan and Bentley

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  30. What a cute and pretty room! Love all the sweet touches! :)
    Have a lovely week! xo Holly

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  31. Absolutely stunning!! The color combo of white, turquoise, and pops of red is just so fresh looking. Your guests are very lucky! Jane

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  32. Gorgeous makeover...the room is just beautiful!

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  33. Oh, Barbara, it's gorgeous! Thank you for sharing. You will be a feature tomorrow at the Before & After Wednesday party at The Dedicated House. Hope to see you again at the bash! Toodles, Kathryn @TheDedicatedHouse

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  34. What a makeover!!! It looks great! All your hard work has paid off well! I love what you did to the headboards! I never would have thought of black!

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  35. Barbara,
    Oh what a beautiful guest room...love the bedding and that comfy looking slipper chair.

    Blessings,
    Linda

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  36. Hi Barbara, hopping back to let you know that I am featuring you at SYC tomorrow.
    hugs,
    Jann

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  37. You are the best at flipping a room! I loved your Master re-do and I love, love, LOVE your guest room. Every detail is superb! So now where do you live? 'Cuz I could sure use a little getaway this summer.
    Thank you so much for sharing and blessings to you,
    Patti

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  38. I'm loving the ruffled bedspread! Its such an awesome pop of color. So many awesome things to talk about in this room.

    Sarah @ Backwoods Babies

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