Our guest bedroom and bath have been last on my priority list. Dead last. Ever since we moved in. I've done small updates here and there but nothing drastic and certainly nothing worth blogging about.
We had Christmas gifts in the guest bedroom for the entire fall season so after I cleared everything out I decided it was time for a little sprucing up. My poor Mom has endured it's ugliness for way too long and I wanted to give her a place that didn't feel like a dungeon. :)
Here is the bathroom BEFORE...
I took this picture with my phone, sorry.
And clearly you can see the neglect... notice my falling shower curtain (which is the only cute thing about this bathroom... my sister gave it to me; it was one of her wedding gifts that was duplicated.)
The rugs are cheap. The artwork was leftover from a previous apartment, aka OLD.
I had NOTHING, absolutely nothing, on the counter top to make it feel homey or even bathroomy.
And to top it off, the color scheme in no way whatsoever matched the guest bedroom, which is connected.
Here is the guest bedroom BEFORE:
The walls are painted with el cheapo builder grade grayish sheetrock paint.
The quilt was a wedding gift, which I love.
There was no artwork. No personal touches. Nothing to make you feel comfortable.
(The lamp was my first update... like 13 months ago. It used to be brown with an ugly shade; I spray painted it the dark teal and added a Target drum shade.)
Those curtains were made by my grandmother and they are awesome.
That was another update about 9 months ago. They used to be in my dining room and there is a beautiful valance curtain that is supposed to be hanging over the vertical panels... but I was too lazy (for 9 whole months) to go and buy another curtain rod so that I could hang the valance up.
LAST on the priority list. But I'm sure you get that by now.
Anyone singing the U-G-L-Y song?
So... I started by buying paint. A pale yellow neutral.
Then... I decided not to paint.
Because I figured that eventually, if we stay here for a while, either Mary Ella or Sam will move downstairs to this room and we'll confine our guests to the couch bed. So instead of painting it, I decided to hold off and just paint it when I absolutely have to.
Then... I decided it'd be easier and cheaper to carry the turquoise/green/dark teal/dark brown scheme into the bathroom rather than bring the red/yellow/lime colors into the bedroom. Does that make sense?
So I scrapped the bathroom stuff.
(I still have it. Any takers? That shower curtain is super cute.)
I also decided, with the help of my HGTV friend David Bromstad, to bring in a new color. And I chose yellow. Because yellow is happy and this room needed lots of happy.
It's not perfect, but it's wayyyy better than it was before. Right, Mom? :)
For the bedding... I bought a cheap white down comforter at Ross.
The floral and striped pillow shams are from TJ Maxx but I've had them for years; they were in Sam's bedroom before it was a nursery. The yellow shams I found at Marshalls a few months ago.
The glass vase is from Ross; the white flower stems are from World Market ($3.50 each on sale.)
I am so glad I decided to bring in some yellow.
I painted the bird artwork on a canvas that I already had (actually painted over another picture I had painted years ago; the bird and branch idea was copied off of some art I found on Pinterest I think, and I changed the color scheme completely. I apparently did not pin this when I found it (story of my life!), but I'm pretty sure that's where I found the idea.
Here's the view from the bathroom:
(I hung the valance my grandmother made to go with those panels - doesn't it look so much better?)
The turquoise bed side table was a thrift store find; I've had it for years, actually, and it has probably been painted 4 or 5 different colors.
These yellow frames used to be brown. They are from Old Time Pottery; I think they're about 16x16. They came with an ugly print inside and they were $2.50 each on clearance a while back.
I covered the ugly print with a piece of white 12x12 scrapbook paper and then mod podged a tree design and a bird design onto the white paper using scrapbook paper scraps in coordinating colors.
You will not be allowed to look at this artwork up close if you come to my house; because up close it is DEFINITELY wrinkly and scrappy. But from far away, hey, who can tell?
And the BATHROOM...
Nothing ingenious about the bathroom redo, but I like it so much better.
Shower curtain and dark teal accent towels are from Home Goods (they have some KILLER shower curtains right now if you're looking.)
Rugs are from Ross. So is the soap dispenser.
The frames I've had for years, and I think I bought them at Pier One.
They are filled with some of our wedding photos.
The wire basket is from Home Goods and I need to get some wash cloths to fill it up.
But you get the picture. I'm just glad to have a space where my guests won't feel like they are prisoners!
And in case this post isn't already too long for you DIY/BEFORE & AFTER lovers, here is what we have done to the closet under our stairs...
It's a play area for Mary Ella.
I've told you before, our kids' bedrooms are T-I-N-Y. Super small. Barely enough room for a twin bed and dresser, much less toys and all that. So we moved all the boxed up storage junk to the garage and made her a little place to play. She calls it her "ClubHouse."
I'll admit, one of the reasons we did this is because she has so many toys with a bajillion tiny pieces: Pet Shops, doll house furniture, Zoobles, all the McDonalds toys she hoards, blocks (including her new "Blinkin Blogs" aka Lincoln Logs), etc, and between those toys and her kitchen stuff (which contains about a million pieces in and of itself), her room was getting OUT OF HAND messy. And there's nothing worse than having to pick up 800,000 tiny pieces and put them in their place. So this was a super solution and so far it's worked out great. She has a table where she can play and then the organizer and bins are right beside her, so when she's done with an activity she can put it up in its place before getting out something else.
Alright, that's all the re-doing I've got for you right now!
If you're still here, you're awesome. You win the shower curtain.