August 9, 2012

Guest Room Inspiration and Help With Painting Over an Ugly Paint Job

I’m smack dab in the middle of cleaning out one of our spare rooms.   It’s my son’s old room but for quite some time now it has been used as a “drop zone” for everything.     Actually, I’m surprised Hoarders didn’t give me a call!!!     Where did all this crap stuff come from?     After getting rid of everything in the room, I still have plenty of stuff I just can’t part with.    The closet is about 1/2 way done so lots of the keep stuff will go in there.    I just ordered a mattress and box springs so I’m on a deadline to finish up for that delivery.

Here’s what I have in mind for the room:

southern living house 2012 098

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This was the bedroom I fell in love with at the Southern Living Idea house in Senoia, Georgia when we toured it back in June.     I’d love to have planked walls but doubt I can talk hubby into that.    But I will be using buffalo check pillows and curtains, buying white bedding and linen colored duvet & shams.      Also, I found this fabulous DIY headboard here and am going to try my hand at making one ..

 

drop cloth headboard

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They made a template for the headboard, cut it out and covered it with a drop cloth (one of my favorite go-to fabrics) and finished it with nail heads.

Now for the “ugly paint job” question….I have a bookcase (very cheap) and a french provincial 4-drawer dresser that I spray painted black a few years ago.    The dresser finish is too shiny.    My questions are:    what color should I paint the bookcase and dresser?     Should I use a primer before painting?     Just to remind you, here’s what the color scheme will be:

  • natural color headboard (made with drop cloth) with bronze nail heads
  • white bedding
  • linen color duvet for the foot of the bed
  • natural buffalo check curtains and 2 euro pillows (see inspiration pic from the Southern Living Idea House above)

Right now the  current wall color is a pale, pale grey and I really don’t want to have to repaint but I might have to….the wall color looks very similar to the one behind the headboard I’ve featured.   

Here are some ideas I like…..

chevron dresser

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grain sack dresser

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Then I would paint the bookcase a solid color.    But I’m not sure how these would work with my linen and cream bedding….thoughts?   

Now that I go back and look at the two dressers, I don’t think they would work.    I’m totally confused!!!!    I really don’t want to do just solid color because I wanted to do something a little different on the dresser.    I love that grain sack dresser though!

Okay, enough of these “!!!!” and not enough of these Light bulb(ideas)…..can you help a girl out?

41 comments:

Ron said...

Judy--- I love the chevron painted dresser. I would totally keep it neutral. I like light grays, grayish taupes, creams. I love your inspirations. xo

Cheri said...

Great inspiration photos and I agree with Ron, stay neutral and I don't think you would have to repaint the walls at all. Either dresser is great...have you tried using that chalk paint? If you did any accent color I would save that for pillows and candles. Can't wait to see it all finished.

Dixie Delights said...

Hi Judy - I'm using that same SL room as inspiration for my littlest one's big boy room. Since it's for a 3.5 year old, I'm bringing in a toned down turquoise as my accent color and I'm planning to paint his dresser duck egg blue. Not sure if that helps or not but I can't wait to see how your room comes together!! Amanda xo

ℳartina @ Northern Nesting said...

Judy I LOVE all the inspiration pics!! Can't wait to see it finished!

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

Great inspiration pictures, Judy! Your ideas sound lovely. I'd go with the majority and say keep the dresser and bookcase neutral. You could do the dresser in an antique white and do the drawers in a grey or beige, just to give it some interest.

Azaleamum said...

Chevron painted dresser hands down! Change drawer pulls too. Then paint the bookcase to coordinate One of the colors in the dresser. Fresh paint always helps walls.Just change to match the color of your euro pillows and window treatment. Good luck! You have more energy than me!

Kelly said...

I love that bedroom from the SL house! I noticed how they used a wicker trunk as a bedside table. So, what about a wicker dresser? That would add alot of nice texture to the room and coordinate with the brown checks in the fabric. Just a thought. You could try Pier One or World Market.

Pat said...

I also like the chevron dresser but also thought about doing the drawer in the taupe/grey hue as an accent. Be sure to post a pix of your finished room.

Linda@Coastal Charm said...

Judy,
You have some great ideas. As far as painting...use ASCP and you will not need to sand or prime your pieces, go with neutrals. I would paint the top/drawers one color and the body another color. When I paint pieces that way, they sell really fast. Take care and I hope you have a great week.

Blessings,
Linda

Kelly @ Talk of the House said...

Gosh 9 different comments from 9 different people. How in the world will you decide? If you are going to use that check fabric, paint them the darker color in the check. I loved the stripe dresser - but I would keep it in the neutrals. Liked the wicker trunk too. Hope you do the headboard. It is beautiful!

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