Thursday, April 19, 2012

Before & After: Guest Bedroom Project

I don't know about you but for me, the best part of a project reveal is seeing the "Before and After" shots.  Sure, it's easy to ooh and ahh over pictures of a pretty room but there's something about seeing a truly unfortunate "Before", which my guest bedroom most certainly was, that makes the "After" so much more dramatic.

It's been a while since I first posted my frightening "Before" shots (I still can't believe I put these images out into the internet for the world to see!). I apologize for the happiness-sucking brownness that I'm about to inflict upon your eyeballs.

Behold, my shameful past:


On one hand, I do have to give myself props for finding the most realistic shade of poop brown ever known to man. 


So. Much. Better.

A little side-by-side action:

Both nightstands (which I already owned) underwent transformations as well. 

Finally (with a little nudge from my friend Kate) I came to my senses and realized navy blue was the right color all along.


And oh, the drapery.  The drapery! The boring brownness! The horror!

The ultimate neighborhood watch in action.
I know it's a little hard to see but trust me, there's just a whole lotta brown going on. 

I found a really great navy  and white modern trellis fabric and sewed my first ever fully lined drapery panels.  Not only was it a million times easier than I imagined, the panels came out beautifully and no sewing apparatus were thrown across the room in the process. Always a bonus when sanity is maintained.

This photo is the most realistic representation of the color.

See how the bottom of the panel just baaaaarely kisses the floor?  That's what you want. Unless you're purposely pooling a luxurious puddle of fabric, which also looks absolutely gorgeous in its own right.

Such a dramatic change, don't you think?

Next week I'll go into a little more detail on how I designed and transformed this room from a brown, boring blob with no energy or design direction to a fresh, airy space that any guest would love. And, I did it all on a really, really small budget. I'll also be sharing some of my sources, splurges and biggest steals.

Have a great weekend!

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