Lisa’s Guest Room Makeover: Day Two

Remember my friend Lisa?


We started her guest room makeover a few months ago in one action-packed day (which you can read about here). Basically, we went a little backwards for the sake of usability. That day, we cleaned, decluttered, shopped, figured out a more functional layout and assembled the room.  Thus, the room could immediately accommodate guests.  This time around, we painted the walls.  Woo-hoo!   I’m that weird breed of human who loves to paint, so this was right up my alley.

The plan was to paint the walls a deep grey and Lisa happened to have almost a full gallon of Glidden’s Seal Grey on hand (which she’d used in her bathroom). So, we went for it.  Her boyfriend helped out immensely by moving all the furniture to the middle of the room. A task which would’ve taken us forever, literally took him minutes.  Conveniently for me, it was done by the time I arrived. (Bonus!)  He also helped us replace the furniture once we were done. And boy, were we glad he was there. I don’t think I was prepared to take on that beast of a piano again. Not that I was much of a help the first time around.  Anyways, I’m getting ahead of myself as per usual… Backtrack to ‘the furniture was moved to the middle of the room’ part…  And go… So, we removed all of the outlet covers and got to work. We opted not to tape off the trim and windows for the sake of saving time.  After many moons (and lots and lots of practice), edging freehand has become quicker and easier for me than spending forever-and-a-grandma taping only to discover unsightly paint bleeds later.

Here are a few ‘in progress’ shots…


I cut in and Lisa rolled. It took us about 3 hours from start to finish.

Once we were done painting, we decided to take on the piano bench as well…


The fabric on top had seen better days and the base was a bit scratched up and possessed more of a red undertone than the piano, so it didn’t quite mesh.  This little guy had terrific bones, though, so he was definitely worth keeping. We roughed up the base with 220 grit sand paper, then used Rustoleum Universal spray paint in Satin White, and gave this baby several thin, even coats….


We recovered the the cushion with some of the same fabric that I used to update this tray (sorry, forgot to take pics of this part)….


I purchased a quarter yard from Walmart for 99 cents and thanked my lucky stars that it was the perfect size to recover this small bench.  I utilized the same method for recovering this cushion that I described in detail when I recovered my eight dollar chair seats.

And here’s where we ended up….

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Cute, huh? I just love it. It’s quirky, fun, and brings some turquoise and feisty-ness over to this side of the room.

With our little bench complete, we reassembled the room, ironed the curtains, hung those babies up, and then I went mad snapping pictures.  And without further adieu, some before-and-after shots for your viewing pleasure:

The music side of the room started here….


After Day One (sorry for the smaller shots in this post… I forgot to shoot a few angles while I was there, so Lisa sent me these on her phone) …


After Day Two…

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Obviously the red painting had to go. It just didn’t jive with the rest of the room. This blue painting works perfectly though. And our adorable piano bench adds a punch of personality as well.  I added another quarter yard of  fabric as a makeshift table scarf for the storage bench to bring a touch of black and white pattern to this side of the room.  It balances the graphic bedspread on the opposite side really well.  We still need some artwork for above the storage bench, but that’s a project for another day.

The bedroom side of the room started here….


Day One…


Day Two…

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This side of the room stayed pretty much the same except for the wall color. But the deep grey tone makes all the difference. It really allows the curtains and bedding to pop and the room seem so much cozier in general.

Lastly, the dresser side started here…


Day one…


Day Two…


Again, only the paint color is different, but it sure complements the deep walnut dresser. We still need to accessorize and hang some artwork, but it’s definitely a step in the right direction.

Here’s a wider view so you can see how the room ties together a bit more…


And the obligatory, proud-of-our-progress shots…


I just love paint. It’s amazing how something so cheap and easy packs such a wallop. Anyways, we’re almost there, but still have a bit more to do.

So, for Day Three of this makeover we’ll be…

  • revamping this ceiling fan…


  • creating some art for the walls
  • adding some accessories

I’m not sure when we’ll complete these things, but we’ll get ‘er done for sure at some point.  And of course, I’ll post about it when that time comes.  So, does anybody else have painting projects going on right now?

Eight Dollar chairs… Part Deux

The other day, I made my first official by-the-yard fabric purchase. I went to Joann Fabrics in search of upholstery material to recover the seat cushions for our new dining chairs (see how I refinished the frames here). I was a little overwhelmed at first as I stood at the entrance and took in the endless fabric choices lining the walls and floor. After walking around a bit, I located the upholstery fabric section which is where I first laid eyes on this glorious sight…


It’s called Oslo Spice. And I absolutely fell in love. Hook, line, sinker. It’s modern, quirky, with just the right balance of bright and neutral colors. The small pops of white would tie in perfectly with my freshly painted chair frames, but it wasn’t too much white to where I would be worried about constant stains. Then, I looked at the price (cue the womp-womp)… $44.99/yard. And I would need 2 yards. Even with the 40% off coupon I had, that was still about 27 bucks a yard for a grand total of $54 plus tax for 2 yards of fabric. Figures that I would become enamored of fabric that I would never justify paying for. I mean, these are $8 chairs.

So, I walked around Joann in search of another option. To no avail. I just kept coming back to my birdie fabric and staring at it in despair. On a whim, I decided to check my phone to see if I could find the same fabric cheaper online. Which is when I found this…


$14/yard????!!!!!!! Shut the front door. So, I tracked down a sales associate and asked if they offer price-matching. And she said (wait for it)… YES!!! Oh, happy day!! I showed her the online listing and she happily cut me 2 yards of my beloved fabric and assigned it the total price of $28 buckaroos. Heck. Yeah. I figure it never hurts to ask, and this time it was so completely worth it.

So, I headed home in a haze of bliss with my sexy fabric in tow.

Now, it was time to recover. I think the trickiest part was determining which part of the fabric to center on the seat. I just played around with it until I liked it, then cut the fabric leaving a few inches of excess material for stapling.


Now for the fun part. I grabbed our staple gun and started in the middle of the top, stapled, then pulled the fabric taut and stapled the same spot on the opposite side on the bottom.


I turned over the cushion to be sure the pattern was centered. Then, I did the same thing with the left and right sides… one staple in the middle, then double-checking the front for centeredness.


Then, I just worked from the middle staple out until I reached the corner, stapling the top, then the opposite spot on the bottom, pulling tightly each time. Then, I repeated this on the left and right sides. The corners took a little experimentation. I just tugged, folded, and stapled until I had a nice smooth result. When I was finished, it looked like this…


I trimmed the excess, flipped it over and admired my cushion….



Then, I moved onto the other 5 cushions (which took about a week to crank out… Alas, I have a toddler.). When I was done, I took them into the backyard, laid them on an old sheet and Scotch-Garded them (again, toddler).

Aaaannnd drumroll please!! Here is the final result….

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I mean, how darn cute are they?? Seriously!! And a little “before” action for comparison…


And here’s a “before” of our dining area…


And here it is now….


We’re absolutely LOVING it. The chairs really perk up the area and make it feel more fun and casual. And I’m not gonna lie. I’ve totally made extra trips past the table just to smile at it. All that hard work was completely worth it. As you can see, we decided to only use 4 of the chairs at the table (five looked kind of busy). I stuck a leather chair at the head of the table for some contrast, and while I like it, I’m playing with the idea of replacing it with something along these lines….


…from World Market (And Target recently).  Or maybe this from Ikea…. (Which they also have in green…hmmm…)…


And check this out….


That’s a lily stalk from the flowers that Joey brought home in this post. All of his floral siblings went to the giant flowermart in the sky weeks ago, yet this guy is still truckin’ THREE WEEKS later. Yeah. I’ll have what he’s having.

Anyhoo, as for the other two chairs, we stuck them under the sofa table for the time being….


I’m not sure I’m totally digging them there yet. It just seems like a bunch of chairs in one small area to me between these two, the dining chairs and barstools, but we’ll live with them there for a while before making a final decision. I would actually love to see some kind of nifty upholstered (Or woven?) bench under this table one day. I guess we’ll see what [shopping] dreams may come!

So, here’s an approximate cost breakdown for these chairs:

6 chairs- $48
Oops! spray paint- $10
White paint- already owned
Primer- already owned
Fabric- $30 (estimated with tax)
Wood filler- already owned
Sandpaper- already owned
Shellac primer (for the two repainted chairs) – $14

Total- $102 (Or ~$17 per chair)

Not too shabby for six one-of-a kind chairs! Plus, once we sell our leather chairs, we’ll likely make this back plus some (which will then go into the next project… heehee!). Love you, Craigslist. Kisses!

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