|Guest Room Side|
When my oldest daughter moved out, this is what the room looked like:
I knew what I wanted to use the new "spare" room for, but I had no idea how to pull it together. This is what I had to work with in addition to the photo above:
|A yellow chair, an old file cabinet, a pink table, plus a fold-down table and a twin bed with a trundle|
The floor lamp and the fabric headboard were my inspiration. I wanted to go with black and ivory. Plus, I somehow started finding french-inspired items.
This room had pull down shades. They were ugly, and WHITE. They didn't match the other colors. I was too lazy to recover them, too cheap to buy anything new. So I got creative. I used a large piece of lace as a stencil, and spray painted ivory over the white. I used Aileen's Tack it Over on the lace to be sure that it would stay in place once I started painting. I've had a bottle of it for 20 years! And I STILL have some left!
|Now, they match!|
|Vintage family photos, old letters, newspaper clippings|
I wanted a work space that would be portable and lightweight. I painted the top of the fold-down table and decoupaged it with old family photos and copies of letters and newspaper clippings.
I bought a mirror to hang on the back of the door. I didn't notice it when I bought it, and even then not until AFTER we put it up. It was so cheap, it looked more like a fun house mirror when you looked into it! I didn't want to throw it away, but it was useless. Until I revamped it, anyway.
|Mirror revamped into a shelf!|
We cut 4 pieces of 2 x 4 and glued them to the bottom of the mirror. I covered the glass with scrapbook paper. This gave me room above and below the shelf to store photos and to work. The best part is that I didn't adhere the shelf unit to the table. I can remove it easily if I need more room for ....sewing. (YUCK!)
In a previous post, I gave a tutorial on how I made the No-Sew Sewing Machine Cover.
I plan to use the top drawer for general household filing. The bottom drawers are each assigned to my girls: One, Two, and Three. From the beginning of their lives until the present, I want to file all important papers, school records, memories, etc. Each of them will have access to their life records, in chronological order. BIG task! It will take me all year or more. That's why I needed an "office". I want to be able to shut the door if I make a mess and can't get back to it for a few days.
I don't like to sew, but I needed a sewing corner. This corner may never be finished. Imagine it with long shutters in the corner and a small stool..... (cute, huh?) But not a high priority.
|Rarely Used Sewing Corner|
My favorite part of the room is my file cabinet.
I rescued an old file cabinet from the garage. I sanded it and painted it ivory. But it was still ugly. I used the same lace technique as the window shades, and painted the drawers. Then, I distressed it a little.
|Close-up of the lace pattern|
|A-Z and One, Two, Three|
Here's what I have to work with:
|21 years of photos, homeschool records, and files|
And that's not all of it. I'll be here for awhile. At least I'll be working in a pretty space!