Tuesday, July 31, 2012

prettifying the guest room.


As  Si's arrival approaches (soon, right?? Hopefully!), I've been a bit of a mad woman about getting our house in order. First, because I know that we won't have the time or desire to do house projects once our baby boy is here. And also, we're expecting lots of friends and family coming to meet Silas and stay with us.

One of my big priorities was getting the guest room/studio squared away. It had become a bit of a storage unit for everything we didn't have room for, but we've slowly been purging and organizing. We bought a futon (long enough for my tall father-in-law to sleep on!), hung my studio shelves above my sawhorse table, and arranged the room in the comfiest arrangement possible. 

And then I set to work prettifying it. :) 

I bought this dresser on Craigslist in Hawaii and have always had dreams of painting it, but no time for it, yet. So, in the meantime, the round wooden knobs got a little makeover. I painted them in alternating floral and chevron patterns with my acrylic paints. They all got a coat of clear gloss enamel spray to protect the designs. I love how they brighten up the dark wood dresser. 


I also added some scrapbook paper to the bottom of this little tray. It used to have some country-esque design, but I painted it white. I thought it needed some color and the scrapbook paper did just the trick! 

The mirror, a $5 clearance steal from Target, also got a coat of "Cozumel" blue paint (from Behr). I don't even remember what color it originally was, but I must have painted it a dark shade of brown before the blue brightened it up! 


Have you done any fun projects around the house lately? 


   
  lindsay

33 comments:

  1. can i come over and stay there?!?! i will bring Austin and him and Silas can have a playdate!!! i love the details on the knobs!! :)

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  2. That looks fantastic, pretty mama! :) Nice work!

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  3. so cute! i love your style :)

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  4. I love the tray! It looks great, and the scrapbook paper is such a clever idea!

    My fiance and I have been working on a gallery wall the past two weeks, and I'm so excited that it's almost done! It was so fun to work on! I also just got done painting an old shelf a new color, trying to match the theme of our new apartment! :)

    Lauren
    http://laurensweetnothings.blogspot.com/

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  5. What a darling room! Your designs on the dresser knobs are so cute. What a great idea.

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  6. It looks great, Lindsay!

    Did you make that wreath yourself?
    It is adorable!

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    1. Yes, I did make the wreath! :) It's a foam wreath, wrapped in yarn and then I made the little banner/bunting with string and scrap paper. :)

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    2. It's great! From looking at the pictures I guessed the foam and yarn part. Now I hope to make my own version sometime. =)

      Thanks for sharing the supplies you used!

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  7. This is so adorable and inviting! The painted knobs on the dresser captured my heart! Your guests will feel right at home. You are seriously a creative genius!

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  8. i want to join sandy and come too! (wit magnolia!)

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  9. Would love to be a guest in that room! =)

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  10. ooooooo i'd love to stay there and cuddle with little si when he arrives :)

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  11. It's beautiful!!!

    Can I ask a question...how long did it take you to wrap your wreath with yarn? I started in on one and just couldn't get the hang of it! (I know that sounds soooo lame, but it was like I was missing a step or something?)

    :)

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    1. Hey Kristen! It took a LONG time to wrap that darn thing. I did it in several sessions while sitting in front of the tv. You're probably not missing a step, just keep going. It's kind of awkward and takes forever!

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  12. Lindsay, where did you get that Aloha sign, or did you paint it yourself? I love it!

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    1. Hi Trina! It's from the Swap Meet on Oahu. :)

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    2. Thanks! That sign is such a lovely reminder of the island spirit. We were in Oahu last September and unfortunately didn't have time to check out the marketplace, but we really wanted to! Next time... (we have a whole list of "next times!")

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  13. I love it!! Those dresser knobs look beautiful!! You are such a talented artist Lindsay!! xo

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  14. Love it, looks so good and those knobs are super fun!

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  15. Please come over and help me decorate. I want to shop wherever you shop.

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  16. So cute! I've done a couple little makeovers like that recently too. It's so nice to see a big change after doing only a couple small projects!

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  17. so fun & cute! love those little knobs. the pop of color is perfect!

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