Hi.

I write about repurposing old things into new, home decor and sometimes stray into whimsy.

I kicked out my guests for a Design Room transformation.

I kicked out my guests for a Design Room transformation.

Not long ago, I had a guest room.  My whole life I had wished for a house big enough to have a guest room, and when we moved into our home we had many lovely people rest their weary bones in what I thought was the best room in the house.  As the years went by and my business grew there were barely any surfaces that remained free from work debris  (I think I will be vacuuming thread and batting well into 2015). Moving so that I could avoid working on every available surface in the kitchen and dining room was not in the cards. We decided to transform our guest room into my design room.  

 

I wish I had some "before" pictures to show you but the design room transformation was very sudden (frankly, I needed to strike while the iron was hot so I could get lots of free husband-and-son labor).  The only piece of furniture that I didn't already have was a desk.  The funds for the fancy pants Martha desk I wanted were tied up in gold bars in my Swiss bank, so one day while watching Nate Berkus, I was inspired:

 

 

I painted two sad-looking file cabinets that had held warranties from long-defunct appliances with primer and Painter's Touch Summer Squash spray paint (a great buttery warm yellow).  I bought a $25 plywood door and affixed heavy duty velcro to the top of each cabinet to hold the door in place.  It didn't completely look done, so I decided at the last minute to paper the drawers with some Laura Ashley contact paper that called my name in Marshall's.

 

 

The rest of my design room furnishings are pieces that I've bought from craigslist or inherited.  I haven't been able to decide whether to paint them or not, but I figure I probably won't ever be completely done with this room, so I have time to decide.

 

 

I was surprised when I actually ended up using my Grandma's writing desk for its intended purpose.  I'm not sure it was ever used for writing while she owned it. It's also another surface for me to cover with my favorite things.

 

 

I'm always on the hunt for new and different ways to store my remnants and necessary necessities, so when I saw these refrigerator drawers at a yard sale for $1, it was a VERY good day.

 

 

In the process of straightening and cleaning for this post I found a Better Homes and Gardens from 1968 which had several pages featuring the latest in DIY.  Guess what was featured?  Plywood door furniture!  I guess everything old is new again at some point.

 

 

 

I haven't regretted the lack of guest quarters yet..and friends, when you come visit, be assured you will be supremely comfortable in our super deluxe air mattress. Momma's gotta get to work!

I've linked up to these fabulous folks, come see the beautiful work and tremendous creativity out there!

 

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How my house became a home, my favorite DIY projects

How my house became a home, my favorite DIY projects