Incorporating Custom & Store-bought

Recently, I had the pleasure of redesigning two guest bedrooms in clients Jerry and Rachel’s beautiful home.  Two of their three daughters had moved out, leaving behind empty rooms.  My only direction was “I want them to look finished.”  They often have out-of-town guests and wanted these rooms to be a comfortable home away from home.  Without any restraints, I was really able to play around with what I wanted to do.

While they were willing to repaint the rooms if necessary, my goal was to work with what was already there.  By simply adding accessories (both custom and store-bought) and a few stand-out furniture pieces, these rooms came together perfectly!

Note:  I took before photos of both rooms before I got started.  However, they (along with several other important photos) were lost in the death of my last phone.  Just visualize that they were both a blank slate with nothing in them but mismatched end tables and mattresses.

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Room ReDesign – After

This was my favorite room of the two.  The pale yellow walls were a color I had never really worked with before.  But when I saw this beautiful quilt (from Target!) I knew I had to have it.  I paired it with coordinating curtain panels and throw pillows.

Room ReDesign - After

Room ReDesign – After

This cute little bedside table was for sale here at the shop by Amy of Sirpilla’s Shabby to Chic.  Unfortunately, its mate sold the day before I decided to use it.  Therefore, I’m still trying to come up with a plan for a table on the other side of the bed.  The lamp base and shade were both, again, from Target (in fact, almost all of the store-bought items were from there!).  The wooden bowl and books were from a thrift store – an inexpensive way to find accessories.

Room ReDesign - After

Room ReDesign – After

Since the other bedside table didn’t match for now, the lamp base was too low.  I used more thrift store books with pretty bindings to raise it up.  I arranged a trio a white porcelain vases on the table as well.

Room ReDesign - After

Room ReDesign – After

Actually, I’m a really big fan of items in threes.  These cute little vases sit on the dresser that was already in the room and match the beautiful quilt perfectly.

My favorite part of the whole room, though, is the awesome king-sized headboard that I custom made.  The bed didn’t have one to begin with, so I knew that would be a must.

Custom Built Headboard for Room ReDesign

Custom Built Headboard for Room ReDesign

I’ve done several upholstered headboards in the past, but an all wood one sounded intriguing.  Here’s a look at a headboard I did a few years ago for a client:

Upholstered Headboard for Client

Upholstered Headboard for Client

I also suggested she paint that beautiful stencil in the same color as the wall only high gloss instead of satin.  It made such a subtle yet beautiful difference. :)

So for this bad boy, I hit up Home Depot’s lumber yard and picked out pine tongue and groove boards.  Using a large piece of plywood and two sawhorses as a table in the driveway, I arranged and connected the boards before drawing the shape and using my jigsaw to cut it out.  Using scrap pieces of 1×2’s, I added braces to the back to hold the whole thing together.  After a bit of sanding on the edges, I used a dark walnut stain on the entire piece.  Because it was pine, the knots and imperfections showed through a bit, which I love!

Custom Headboard for Room ReDesign

Custom Built Headboard for Room ReDesign

The two boards on the outside edges were kept long and extend to the floor as legs.  The center boards extend to just below the top of the mattress.  I used large D-rings (one on each side) and hung the headboard on the wall like a picture frame.  At the bottom, I used drywall screws and drilled right through the “legs” into the wall on each side to secure it.

Room ReDesign - After

Room ReDesign – After

It just makes such a statement!

For the second room, I was unable to get an overall After picture.  But I did take a few closeups of the pieces I worked on.

Custom ReDesigned Dresser

Custom ReDesigned Dresser

This dresser was painted and lightened up and is now used as the TV stand.

Custom ReDesigned Dresser

Custom ReDesigned Dresser

There’s that trio of vases again. 😉

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The only real request that they had for the rooms was something for guests to put their suitcases on.  Rachel was worried about anything that could be scratched or scuffed by the hard plastic of suitcases, so I incorporated something with upholstery.

Custom ReDesigned Bench

Custom ReDesigned Bench

This bench used to be a coffee table.  I removed the wooden top, added high density foam, a layer of batting, upholstered it with coordinating fabric, and reattached the top.  The base and legs were painted to match the above dresser.  It sits at the foot of the bed as a perfect place to put your suitcase.

Custom ReDesigned Bench

Custom ReDesigned Bench

I had every intention of making bedside tables for this room, but when I found this pair of Pottery Barn tables on Craigslist for a great price, I couldn’t resist.

Room ReDesign

Room ReDesign

I just really liked the simplicity of them, as well as the pairing of metal and wood.  The lamp base was originally brass.  I silver-leafed it by hand and added a store-bought shade.

And that’s it.  It’s been a long time since I’ve done a room redesign and I had a lot of fun with these two.  I used to find it daunting when a client would say “I don’t care what you do.”  I felt like I needed a starting point.  But after experience and being around furniture and home decor so often, I’ve found it to be a lot of fun.  A lot has to do with looking at other rooms in the home and taking cues from there.  It helps to see how the client decorates on their own and which way they tend to lean with colors and style.


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