Guest Room by Thanksgiving

Inspired by the current One Room Challenge (ORC) hosted by Linda of Calling It Home, I am jumping in, a little late, to participate.  The guest room:

I am going to post updates weekly on this space.  I’ve had this project in the works anyway with my in-laws coming for Thanksgiving…so I hope committing to a weekly post will be the blog kick in the pants I need.  The photo above is the current state of the guest room.  “Wait, Angela, didn’t you finish your remodel, like, a year ago?  What’s the dealio with the dust and stuff.”  Oh, you, (heavy sigh), yes, you are right: what is the dealio, House?!?  The house is raging against me, doing all it can to prevent me from getting to the fun, pretty endeavors I so desire.

We discovered earlier in the year that the paint on the basement floor needed to be removed.  Poor prep, poor adhesion.  Chris saved our day by sanding all the paint off–not a fun job for him.  Before we redo the floor finish, Chris is also working on deadening the sound coming through our guest room ceiling.  Hopefully soon I’ll be on my knees decorative painting 1200 square feet of concrete–want to come help?

In the meantime, here is the plan:

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I’m building the room around this bed I found on Craigslist.  This is the half-photo listing of the bed when I found it:bed

The bed is still thanking me for saving it from its forced marriage with Grandma Pearl.

Unfortunately from the half-photo I could not tell that the “brass” finish is rubbing off–it can’t be saved.  But, really, that just gives me the perfect excuse to powder coat that bed in red.

The candle holder stands in here for the bed, on a frontrunner rug from Pottery Barn.  I will probably use the pillows (Soleil Bleu Laguna) from our ranch living room.  And, the rope settee from the ranch guest room will also make an appearance.  The gorgeous hand-painted velvet pillow on the bottom is an art pillow I found in Tetbury, England, on my September biking trip.  I love how the chartreuse and purple play in.  But!  I’m trying to be more low-key here than our last circus guest room, which also was a finish-before-Thanksgiving challenge back in 2011.

What probably won’t be done in time is the entry space to the guest room.  It is an awkward basement hallway that we enclosed to the guest room for a sitting area and the guest closet.  www.tphblog.comI don’t want to rush and settle for the furniture here so I’ll just clean it up and be patient for the right pieces to come along.  A daybed would fit perfectly on the left, in front of the door to our mechanical room, and offer additional sleeping for a guest’s child.  I have plans to cover the door with something decorative yet easy to remove for access.

The guest bathroom will just need a good cleaning and the floors redone…then the fun, finally!

That’s it for today!  I’ll post on Fridays about the room’s progress, and you can follow the official ORC participants on Linda’s blog.  Catch me on Instagram in the meantime.  Happy weekend, y’all!


  1. Michelle says:

    Can’t wait to watch this happen! Love the sound/looks of it.

  2. Looks like you’ve got great plans for this room. I love that your not part of the “official challenge” and yet…entering in. I’m inspired to do the same. By the way from what I can see of your shower and built in shelves…I’m thinking your bathroom is going to be fabulous.

  3. YOu have no idea how excited I got when I read powder coated in red. Dream plan. Can’t wait for more.

  4. OOOH! I am SO excited that you are letting us in to see!!!!!! did I mention…. I am EXCITED!!??

  5. Wow! Can’t wait to see it all come together. Beautiful bones and beautiful pieces to fill it with is a winning combination. 🙂

  6. Brenda says:

    That bed is going to be fabulous. Love the pillows (I’m a big fan of re-using/recycling) and getting an eclectic mix. Looking forward to seeing what you do!

  7. Wow – that bed. Your taste is epic. So wonderful.

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