Welcome to our guest room!
It's been beautified!!
It's already been used by several out of town guests, so if you need a place to hang your hat for the night and you're traveling through, give me a holler. I may or may not let you in. Ha. ;)
Here's a peek at how it started out... literally a "peek" in from the hallway the top of the stairs....
I'm glad the view when I peek in there now as I reach the top of the stairs is a little sweeter! :)
The walls were a nightmare. I'm sure the previous owners can attest, as they took most of the wallpaper off before we got possession and uncovered THIS! There were all sorts of gouges and peely stuff and I still don't know if it was red wallpaper or paint or WHAT. The steamer didn't take it off too well though, so we decided, it was going to have to stay.
Mom painted some leftover white paint on it just to "tone it down" until we did something with the room!
One day, my friend Maran came to visit from Chicago land and we decided it was a great day to rip up some carpet and begin to tackle this room!
She's always up for some of my craziness!
I'm not sure what happened here.... but I was kind of scared to touch it! Maran, she's a tough old farm girl from Iowa (like I'm supposed to be) and scoffed at the spot.
|How would I live life without this friend of mine?!|
My always-willing-to-help Tobin and Maran pulling out staples and tack strips....
The trim was a dingy off white, so next on the list was to freshen it up with some white semi gloss.
So my solution to the walls? COVER THEM UP!
With the most ingenious stuff every invented - bead board wallpaper! Yup, it looks just like wainscoting but it's wallpaper. And everyone that walks in the room is totally fooled!
My mom is the wallpaper queen, so during one of her visits, we tackled wallpaper. Good thing I had her, cuz I sure couldn't have done that by myself - if at all. Dude. That's not a job for the faint of heart. Even though this was really easy to use stuff since you didn't really have to match any crazy patterns! It did rip easy, though.
And now it's done! For now.
So some of this stuff has a story.
Like the trunk.
My mom found it in the ditch when I was about five years old by our house out in Iowa. She drug it home and I remember she drew flowers on the inside of the lid and each of us kids got to paint one. They're still there!
The nightstands are from a friend, who was trying to shrink her stash and gave them to me. I love how they match the bed so well!! I think they were originally a vanity, connected by a mirror in the middle, but cut apart.
You can read how I rescued the mouse-infested dresser and had to throw two drawers away HERE.
I haven't done anything to the hardwood floors besides give them a good cleaning. I don't think I'll feel like it for a quite a time, either. So they're going to stay in a "rough way" for awhile.
Yes, Mom, I know I still need to paint the door white! I'm tired of painting doors right now, too. There's always a door somewhere in this house to paint. I will be painting doors for the next fifty three years.
My wonderful Mama Bear found this bed stashed away in an antique store several years ago for me. I think she paid $200 for it. It's a beauty!
(See, I don't always paint wood!)
And the shams? $1 each from Saint Vincent De Paul's.
One of my favorite photos of my oldest cowboy:
Hope you enjoyed the tour and if you're traveling through these parts, the bed is always ready for guests! :)
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