This house is the first time we’ve had an honest to goodness spare bedroom. We like it when people come to stay with us. However it doesn’t happen that often. Perhaps because the room has never been very welcoming.
You saw last week that making over the guest room is one of my home goals for 2016. Today I’m ready for the first progress report.
Here’s a really bad photo to show roughly where we started. (We usually put sheets on the bed when we have guests).
The specialest features of this room were the stippled ceiling, ugly ceiling fan and pseudo wood paneling. And everything was dirty. Incredibly dirty, as is the norm for any untouched space in this house.
I’m almost ashamed to remember that we used this room as our bedroom up until about a year ago. When we scraped the ceilings after Christmas, the water running down the walls left brown and grey dirt tracks. So gross.
Despite its… specialness… this room is not going to be a hard fix. Here’s the to-do list:
Scrape the stippled ceiling Paint the ceiling, walls and trim
- Replace the light fixture
- Make window treatments
- Refinish the desk chair
- Strip the paint off the metal bedframe (and maybe repaint)
- Decorate and personalize
And here’s where we are so far.
Better, right? Even that paneling looks okay now that all of the holes are patched and it’s painted a pretty blue-green (Wythe Blue from Benjamin Moore).
We’ve obviously made really good progress, but despite appearances I feel like I’m only halfway. If I’m being completely honest, I’ve moved onto decorating (hanging pictures, adding the flowers) as a way to avoid starting on the curtains.
The finishing touches are usually the hardest part of any makeover, right? But if we truly want a hospitable room, we should give our guests the option of sleeping past dawn. Sigh. Curtains here I come.
Do you have fake wood paneling at your house? How about a guest room? What must-haves should I include in our guest room?