Posts Tagged ‘Guest Room’

We have really big news around Guin’s Yard this summer:  we are officially jewel-tone-carpet free!  That’s right!  All this:

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is GONE.  We’ll have to show you what’s here instead in installments, though, because most of the rooms aren’t very “finished” looking yet.  When you replace the flooring in this many rooms (plus the family room), there’s a lot of moving STUFF from one room to another, and some of the rooms have emerged from their awkward mid-project adolescence more gracefully than others.  So we’ll start with some works in progress and some finished shots of the rooms that are well on their way.

So the process.

First we chose the carpet.  We used the same color in all of:  the family room, stairs, upstairs hall, and all 4 bedrooms.  We chose it using the guiding principal of “what will match my dogs the best?”


The final choice was “Treasure,” 2nd from top, right most column.  Shown here against our living room carpet which we like very much, but was discontinued since we put it in.  Otherwise we’d have just continued the same color.IMG_0780


We had the house measured, and the carpet ordered.  While we waited for the carpet to come in, we got the first two rooms ready for install, including:

  • emptying out the rooms,
  • ripping out the old carpet and padding,
  • removing the sliding closet doors and the doors’ track in the floor, and
  • de-glossing, priming, and painting (3 coats!) the baseboard trim.

We established a pattern over the course of about a month, where we’d prep two rooms on a weekend, and the installers would come during the week.  Week 1:  family room and green guest room.  Week 2:  Master bedroom, stairs, and upstairs hall.  Week 3:  Yellow guest room and office bedroom.  Week 4:  master bedroom closet, because the piece didn’t fit in week 3.  These were some mammoth work weekends, so we tucked the project into my couple of weeks of down time after my first half ironman of the season, and before I ramped back up (too much) training for the second one.

By the end of it, if neither of us ever saw another gallon of Sherwin Williams Pro Classic semi-gloss paint, it would’ve been fine with us.  Unfortunately that will not be the case:  we still have doors (lots of doors) and the trim around the windows to do.  Those will be projects for another day.  In the meantime, here’s a few pictures of the slog:

Green bedroom progression:

(Mostly) empty:


Green carpet removed:


Trim primed:DSC_0077and, sorry for the teaser, but that’s as far as I’ve got pictures of this one!  Since it was the first bedroom done, it was (and is) stuffed to the gills with stuff from all the other rooms while they were underway.

Master bedroom:  Before carpet was fully removed (edges cut away), white trim paint finished.


and down to the subfloor:


Hall and stairs:  carpet edges cut away for painting.  Note, this was a real problem when doing the hall and stairs, because we had to spend a few days like this with the carpet tacks exposed, and couldn’t close it off well from the dogs.  We ended up baby gating them in another part of the house, and at bedtime, we walked them straight up the carpeted middle on tight leashes.  Not fun.  At least it was short lived.


More painting:


And down to the sub floor for install day #2:


DSC_0111Obviously we didn’t take complete pics in every room, but you get the idea:  tedium!  Anyway, I am pleased to show off the first and most-put-together room after this whole adventure.  The family room:

DSC_0153This room admittedly looks the least different, since the old carpet was cream colored.  But it was not, I don’t think, particularly good quality carpet, and it didn’t look very good up close.  It was showing serious wear patterns, and Marcy sealed the deal as a puppy when she chewed 2 or 3 holes in it.  We are hoping this darker, more tan, more flecked color will do better.


DSC_0156Marcy asks you not to believe a word about this alleged chewing of carpet.  See this face?  This face doesn’t chew.

The family room is probably also the room where the newly white trim is least noticeable, because there’s so much furniture along the walls.  The door frames are noticeable, though, especially the glass exterior doors.  White trim blends into the door much better, which I like.  The trim is not substantial enough to warrant attention being called thereto.

Hopefully I’ll have pictures of some of the other rooms soon!




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Our second guest room has a real double bed now – no headboard, but box spring and mattress.

I look forward to eventually replacing the carpet – so much green! – but hopefully our guests are here to see us and not our carpet anyway.  This puts us to two guest rooms with double beds, plus the air bed that used to be in here.  Like I said in the last post, looks like time to host a party 🙂

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This will be a brief post, because this project is on the short list of those we opted not to take on ourselves.  Last week we hired an electrician to do the wiring for new ceiling fans in all four bedrooms, and wire the wall switches to control the lighted fans, rather than the outlets they previously controlled.

We put three identical fans in the master, spare, and office bedrooms:
We went with Hunter fans for their reputation for being quiet, and picked a low profile model since our ceilings aren’t particularly high.  I’ve never really loved white ceiling fans, but we went that way anyway because we wanted them to disappear into the ceiling as much as possible.

Since they were 52″ fans, we thought that would be a bit much for the fourth and smallest room (the guest room).  The guest room received the 36″ ceiling fan that had previously hung in the hallway over the stairs instead.

It hasn’t been warm enough to use the fans, except to verify that yes, they work, and yes, they’re quiet.  The lights have been nice, though.

Master lighting before: 

Master lighting after:

Guest Room before:

Guest room after:

I’m sure you get the picture.  From dimly lit to bright!

The office and spare rooms got the same treatment:
Obviously these two rooms have a little further to come toward anything that looks finished, but at least now they’re well enough lit that we can see what we’re doing, and what we have to work with.

On the floor in the green room, you can see a whole house fan that is soon to be installed – it will go over the landing/stairs, and we think it’ll be a much more cost effective way to cool the house in the summer when it’s not quite hot enough to need the central air.  The whole house fan was the reason we took the ceiling fan out of the hall to move it into the guest room.  In its place, we put this schoolhouse light:

We were looking for something semi-flush mount, that wouldn’t draw too much attention, was reasonably priced, and had a closed globe so it didn’t collect dust, etc. inside.  Sold.  And it actually looks great!  So win for amazon.com on that one.  Hopefully the whole house fan will go up this week.  Then bring on the warm weather!

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When I picked our bedding out, we were engaged (and armed with a wedding registry scanner), and had just signed a lease on a small house with white walls and hardwood floors:

Unfortunately, a couple years after that, we bought a house with carpet that just does not go:

We talked a good game about replacing the flooring throughout the house, but as our two year home ownership anniversary rapidly approaches, we’re no closer to new carpet, and I’m finally starting to think seriously about how to work with it rather than decorate in spite of it.

For whatever reason, our duvet cover wound up tossed in this room recently:

and dude! – it looked great!  So the wheels in my head started turning.  What if we move the guest bedroom furniture into this room, put our green & yellow striped bedding on the guest bed, and buy new green and blue bedding for our room?

It would be reasonably inexpensive, would keep most of what we have in use, and would work with, rather than fighting, the carpet that we’ve got.

It was a great idea, until I realized how hard the execution would be.  Just the right green and blue bedding is hard to come by.  Dark enough to go with the carpet, light enough to feel bright and airy… eep.

My first stab was this duvet cover from Target.  It’s not available in-store, but the website photo looked promising, and the price was great.

Above:  Liberty of London for Target – Paisley Duvet Set

Pretty, no?

But then, I did a little more searching online, and came across an ebay listing for the set.  The listing photos, which I suspect may be more accurate, show a different color that I didn’t like anywhere near as well.  So back to the drawing board.

I’ve been drooling over LL Bean’s Pincushion quilt, pictured in the ad below, for the last several home catalog mailings:


But alas… not only do they only seem to have the twin available on the website, but it’s a little more than I was hoping to spend, only to likely need to buy another, warmer blanket to go under it for the winter months.

Since LL Bean has so many coordinating items in the palette I’m aiming for, I perused a little more.  This comforter cover is pretty, but I’m not sure there’s enough blue or green to accomplish what I’m looking for.  The dark blue floor might sooner swallow the pattern up.

And so I continued my search…

Pottery Barn – Sydney Palampore (and it’s on sale!)

(but it might not pass the “no flowers” test…)

Pottery Barn – Sienna Paisley

(Very pretty, but would it coordinate with the dark blue floor?  I’m thinking not.)

I checked every other purveyor of bedding I could think of, or Google could point me to:  Bed Bath & Beyond, Linens N Things, Macy’s, Target, Walmart, Pottery Barn, West Elm, Ikea, Crate & Barrel, Eddie Bauer, overstock.com, amazon.com, and ebay, to name a few.  I found a bunch of stuff that I felt pretty uninspired by.  All of which led me to wonder if I should consider a Plan B.

The master bedroom was the first room in the house that we chose paint for, and I have never been especially thrilled with my selection.  It isn’t bad, but it was never quite what I was going for.  The shade in the green guest room (my second stab) is much better.

Every time I’ve suggested repainting the master bedroom, I’ve been met with a stinkeye of massive proportion.  We eventually reached an agreement wherein I would be allowed to repaint when we eventually buy a bedroom furniture set, and the room gets emptied out anyway.  It seemed like a victory at the time, but given that, like the carpet, bedroom furniture hasn’t cracked the top 10 list of priorities (nor have I found a set I must have anyway), I’m pretty sure I accepted an offer that my contracts professor would’ve shamed me for.

Leaving the Stinkeye Factor alone for the time being, what if… I moved all the green into the green guest room, repainted the room something in the gray/greige/taupe/blue family, and just embraced the concept of a blue bedroom?  That would broaden the option field considerably.

Crate & Barrel – Lindsey Paisley

I will inevitably keep brainstorming for a while, and keep adding ideas here, which serves as my best shot at getting all my ideas together in one place.  As always, the other option is to just leave it all as it is, and wait until we finally replace the carpet.  But what fun is that?

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This was (is) the last of the four bedrooms to gain a defined function.  It’s part auxiliary guest room, part ironing room, I had at one point thought of using it as a room to do yoga (with a door that closes — dogs and downward-facing dog aren’t friends), and it also has the distinction of probably being the “nursery… someday.”  We didn’t really own any furniture to go into it, nor did we have a solid purpose in mind – so it was probably the hardest room to decide on a color for.  We might not have painted it at all, except that the walls bore the remains of the tape that once held up a daughter’s pictures, and there were a few holes from (you guessed it) more plates, and some cracks in the sheetrock – so it looked well worn, and in need of a freshening.

So this was then:

Our sellers used the room as a daughter's bedroom

Somehow, in person, the walls looked a little more reminiscent of the Ecto-Cooler-drinking days of my youth.

At any rate, we considered using the rest of the yellow from the other guest room and our office (dismissed because 3 yellow bedrooms sounded like overkill), the rest of the green from our bedroom (dismissed because we didn’t looooove it), going with a totally different shade of blue (dismissed, unmemorably), and using the rest of the cream from the hallways (dismissed on account of being boring, despite being the obvious choice for practicality and flexibility in the future.

We ultimately decided to try out one of the two shades of green we were considering for the living room/dining room:

Privilege Green (SW6193)

Privilege Green (SW6193)

Coastal Plain (SW6192)

Coastal Plain (SW6192)

Creamy (SW7012)

Creamy (SW7012)

Opaline (SW6189)

Opaline (SW6189)

Filmy Green (SW6190)

Filmy Green (SW6190)

The greens on the left were candidates for the dining room below the chair rail (with creamy above), and on the right, for the living room (assume hardwood floors or tan carpet instead of the green).  We weren’t sure how “green” we really wanted the living room, though, so we figured that for lack of any other real plan, we’d try Filmy Green out on the spare 4th bedroom:

Ta-da! It's... pale green!

We have a few odds & ends in there now — so really, feel free to visit, at the same time as someone else even — this is, for now, guest room #2!

As for our reaction to the green, I love it for the bedroom.  If I didn’t think my husband would kill me, I’d propose repainting our room this shade, because I like it better than the ‘Gratifying Green’ (that was only moderately gratifying) that we chose for in there.  We still might – Guinness has already scratched the paint in our room by his bed with his toenails.  I’m finding that Behr paint isn’t holding up as well as the Sherwin Williams that we have in other rooms of the house!

DSC_0001I don’t think the living room will ever be this color, though.  For one thing, I think it might be just a little too green (although it’s hard to imagine how it would look without the green carpet).

For another, though, it turns out that I’m really undecided about flooring.  When we bought the house I was ready to replace all the carpet with tan berber and be done with it, but now I’m rethinking.  We find that we use the dining room a lot — anytime we have more than 4 for dinner — so it might be more practical to replace the dining room floor collectively with the adjacent kitchen (and hall), rather than the living room.  Hardwood, maybe?  Something wipe-able?

Since the green paints under consideration are all contingent on replacing the green carpet, and there’s no foreseeable consensus on that issue, I think we’re going to cave and just paint the living room creamy for now (possibly this weekend), to match all the other neutral spaces.  In anticipation of the paint job, we’ve spackled the copious holes in the walls from plate racks galore, and started repairing a crack under the bay window.  I think the green floors will be easier to overlook with bright, fresh walls while we ponder.

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The room was largely used for storage – not a particularly inspiring space.

and… After:

It’s a legitimately functional guest room!

We knew we wanted to have a guest room permanently set up in the house, because so many of our (mainly my) friends and family live far enough away that when they visit, they need to spend the night.  I wanted to have a bright, comfortable space for them to stay when they come.  Hopefully they agree that we succeeded in that mission!

Behr Song of Summer 340A-3

Behr Song of Summer

We painted the walls Behr “Song of Summer” (340A-3), in flat latex paint.  We were looking for something bright and happy, without being too overwhelming.  The color is a little bolder than I expected, but we like it just fine.  That’s good, because our office is the same color!

The hand painted Boardwalk deed is one of my favorite items:

I bought it for $1 at a yard sale during my first semester of law school.  I was a big yard sale connoisseur at the time, flying solo and furnishing an apartment entirely on my own for the first time.  I have fond memories of that time – I was new to the city, and found people to be kinder than I’d imagined possible.  When I explained to one woman what I was looking for (mostly pots and kitchen stuff), she took me into her kitchen and did a second comb-through for things that weren’t put out on the yard sale table, but she wasn’t using.  She gave them to me for free!  Some of them I still have, others I’ve passed on to the next student in line.  But I digress.

One of the other great things about doing this room was how much we were able to repurpose and/or buy really inexpensively, and still come up with a relatively cohesive room.  We bought new white sheets from Overstock.com, but all of the rest of the bedding had been mine during undergrad/grad school, and just needed a refresh trip to the laundromat.  The bed was bought from a friend who was moving, and no longer had a need/space for it.  The Hawaiian print valence and pillow cases were made by my mom back when I was in college.  We did the room in less than a gallon of paint, which we bought on sale.

Eventually, we’d like to hang up the beach patrol oars over the head of the bed.  For now, they’re tucked on the floor.  We’re still debating the best way to put them up.  A gun rack is definitely an option — but I’m a little nervous about the weight.  We’ve been having some trouble with sheetrock deterioration in the bathrooms, that has complicated replacing the light fixtures.  These oars are 9 feet long, and have steel shafts – weight is definitely something to be concerned with.  We’ll have to figure out exactly where the studs are, and if they’re not located in a useful place, consider hanging them from the ceiling…?

Also on the “eventually” list, is of course, new carpeting for this room, and if we replace bedroom and closet doors and paint the trim white throughout, we’ll do that in here too.  We’ll see!

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