Friday, June 29, 2012

Be Our Guest

Ok, be honest, how many of you are singing "Be Our Guest" from Beauty and the Beast after reading the title of this post I know I am.

So I've shown you bits and pieces of the guest room makeover in this, this, this and this post, and now it's time to see how it all came together.  Overall, I was going for a boutique hotel-ish feel, and I tried to incorporate details that will make our guests feel comfortable.  Here is what the room looked like before...

It was basically a catchall-leftover furniture, baby items we weren't using yet or we were done using already, the ironing board, etc.  Needless to say, it was in need of some freshening up.  I started by painting the walls a light gray called Crushed Granite by Valspar.  I also painted the dresser white and added new bronze hardware. 

The gray walls and the white dresser provided the fresh, clean, neutral backdrop that I was going for.  I used all white bedding that used to be in our bedroom, and added a green pillow and orange throw blanket for pops of color.

I dressed each side table with a stack of magazines, a lamp, a DIY coaster and a plate for guests to catch their jewelry.

Opposite the bed is the dresser. 

I hung a white mirror off center and placed a tray underneath as a place for guests to do their make up, hair, etc.  I also sat a bowl there for extra storage.  The green plant and orange ceramic owl add color and texture.

Next to the mirror I hung a chalkboard so we can leave fun messages for our guests.  I bought an inexpensive frame from Ikea and painted the cardboard inside of it with chalkboard paint.  Beneath that on the dresser sits a water carafe and two glasses.

In the corner of the room sits a chair with a fun polka dot pillow.  It actually matches the desk in our living room but we liked the look of a mismatched chair there so this orange one has just been hanging out in our basement.

I placed an old chest that I bought months ago at a thrift shop in between the two windows.  It holds a wire basket with bath towels for our guests.

I wanted a big pop of color on the ground so I browsed Ikea's rug department and found one with bright stripes.  It was also the perfect shape and size for our dog Libby the space.

This is a bad picture, but how cute is Libby looking out the window? 

This orange tree guy is hanging out in the corner.  I'm not really sure what it is, I think once upon a time we clipped photos to it, and it's been in our basement ever since.  I like the funky shape and color so I brought it up.

So that's it folks!  How about a quick before and after before we call it a day?

It's definitely a lot brighter and happier than it was before, don't ya think?  The best part is that there were only a few things that I had to actually purchase for this makeover.  Most of the items came from the basement, the kitchen, the playroom, the closet...anywhere and everywhere, really! 
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