Feb 23, 2009

2008 Project #1 - Meta Monday

Take a minute to click on the birthday cake graphic at the top of my right side bar for details of my one year blog anniversary giveaway! I would love to include your name in the drawing on March 8!


In May 2008 our son moved out of our house into his own home. The first picture below is the nearly empty "Detroit Piston blue" room with black trim the day he left. Hideous! He came back for a visit a few days later and the room shown in the rest of the pictures was what he found. I wish I had had a camera to capture his face when he saw his "manly" room, now a pretty silvery lavender guest room! Though the room is still not decorated completely, the real work is finished.

First I primed the walls, then I painted them with lavender. The next evening I painted the white wisteria border. Hubby and I were finally ready to order new furniture! We found this white set with carved roses on the headboard, footboard, and mirror. I love it! While we waited for the furniture delivery, my husband and I spent hours one evening scrubbing the floor by hand and touching up any paint needed. Finally the furniture arrived and I loved it even more than I had in the store. Next, the search began for bedding. I decided on an all white down comforter, dust ruffle, and four large white pillows. I found a couple of gorgeous Vera Wang sheet sets in exactly the same shade of silvery lavender. Love 'em!

All that was needed to complete the room was window covering, some things to hang on the walls, lamps, ceiling fixture, and closet doors. I remembered two matching lamps that my mother-in-law had given me which matched perfectly in color and style. Perfect! I couldn't find anything I really loved for the window so I made a valence using the same silvery lavender satin. Then I bought long soft cotton Shabby Chic "dotted Swiss" curtains. I'm still not quite satisfied with the results. I'm thinking of making a second curtain in a coordinating muted print to go over the white...what do you all think? The closet doors were easy...Hubby installed a new double sliding mirrored pair. I am still working on finding things to hang on the walls. I bought two 11x14 inch frames with a 4x6 inch opening in black, because that's how they came, then painted them white. They have a pretty raised vintage looking trim. I found two vintage postcards in lavender to place in the frames. Love it. I hung a wide frame over the bed that has 6 openings - that are still empty! I want to press purple flowers to place in those openings. There's only one wall remaining to hang something. I know what I want to do - a vintage collection of my grandmother's items, all in whites and purples. I have been gathering items to frame but I'm not quite there yet. I'll post it when I'm finished. The one last remaining search is a chandelier for the ceiling. I painted the ugly faux wood fan blades white and painted a lavender design on, but it's a chandelier I long for! I would also like to cover a stool or a very small chair for the room so guests have a place to sit other than on the tall bed!

So that's one of my big projects of 2008. Who was the first guest to stay in my new guest room? CeeKay of Thinkin' of Home when she came to visit in October!



Do head straight to Susan's where you will find links to many wonderful Meta Monday posts! I can't believe how creative you blogging ladies are!

28 comments:

ceekay said...

Love that room!!!

White Iris Designs said...

Your room is awesome...you should be roaring!! LOL....I love wisteria..I have some growing on a pole in my front yard, one of my favs.
Thanks for your nice comments on the bridal show designs...come back later this week to see more.
Best wishes to your son on his upcoming wedding...such a great time in your life!

Bonnie said...

Kathy what a beautiful transformation! Great job. Don't you just love the white? I did that in our room this past year and I just adore the way white looks. It is so clean and restful and crisp looking.

I hope you are feeling better about your health issues. I know they can be very concerning. I am the same way...but you just get up, get going and get on with things and pretty soon you feel better emotionally too. I can hear you roar right now!

Scooterblu's Whimsy~Rhonda said...

I bet Ceekay enjoyed her stay in that room! It is beautiful! And the bed is GORGEOUS!!! Wonderful transformation! ~hugs, Rhonda :)

KATHERINELLEN said...

LOVE THE ROOM...IT'S PRETTY. tHANKS FOR STOPPING BY...THANKS FOR THE AWEET COMMENTS...mY FAVORITE VERSE KEEP ME GOING...hAVE AWONDERFUL WEEK..kATHY

grey like snuffie said...

WOW, I would think that would have been hard paint to cover up---those were some bold colors. It is beautiful Kathy...well done.

Heather said...

wow, what a beautiful transformation! i can totally picture his reaction, lol!

Liz said...

Hi Kathy! I'm not going to lie. I am not USUALLY a big fan of purple. But you did such a beautiful job on this room, I love it!!! It is so soft and dreamy. I would totally spend the night here. : )

~Liz

Marie Reed said...

Holy Moly! It is just breathtaking! What a makeover!

Maryjane - The Beehive Cottage said...

Oh Kathy the room turned out beautiful!!! Great job! Thinking of you!

Hugs,
Maryjane

Rechelle ~Walnuthaven Cottage~ said...

Wow, how far it's come! I really like that it seems to have a soothing effect and is so feminine!
Great job!

Neabear said...

What a contrast! No wonder your son was surprised at the change in his old room. You have done a great job with the transformation. Awesome! You go girl!

nikkicrumpet said...

You are amazing...I can't believe you created this beautiful room so quickly. I LOVE wisteria so it won me over in a heart beat!

mbkatc230 said...

This is beautiful! The colors are just gorgeous. Too bad you didn't have a picture of your son's face, it had to be priceless! Great post, Kathy

Cynthia said...

Kathy,
That room is out of this world lovely. I love the colors, the furniture, the lamp and on and on. My step-sons room needs a redo and you gave me some great ideas! Cindy

Stacey said...

That wisteria is to die for!! Your room turned out beautiful..you should be very proud.

Linda said...

That is simply beautiful - good job!

Chandy said...

So so beautiful! This room reminds me the Corelle "Wisteria" pattern that I am still hunting down. It became discontinued when I found the Shadow Iris back in 1996.

I love this post!

I can't wait for the giveaway! My son's bday is on March 8th. I hope I win!

Carolyn of What Now? Tablescapes

Danette said...

I cannot believe how beautiful this room is!!! That wisteria just captures my heart!!! My mother would love a lavendar room like this. So would I!!!
Can you come to MY house?
You are SO talented!
Danette

char72 said...

What a marvelous makeover. The room is gorgeous now. I just got a comment from Ceekay. She's lucky to be in your life. And you're lucky to have her in your life. You're both such neat people. I would say "cool" people, but I'm too old for that expression.
Have a great week.
Charlotte

Alice said...

Hi Kathy, please enter me in your one year drawing :O). My email is: kenoly2000@hotmail.com Thanks! Congratulations on making your first year. I love your description of how it all came together!

There is always room for you in The Shadow of the Cross. Feel free to visit anytime.

janet said...

kathy, this room is absolutely gorgeous and your painting is so beautiful, such talent!
hugs
janet

Momovthree said...

What a beautiful room, and certainly different! I can imagine how shocked he was, that must have been a laugh to see his face. Great redo!
~Michelle

Kathy's Red Door Welcome said...

This is my first time to participate in Met Monday. I love the lavender and the wisteria that is painted for a border. Your white chest is so pretty with it's bowed drawers and the bed, well, that's just lovely. I'm glad I popped by.

Blondie's Journal said...

This is really a guestroom that I would luxuriate in! The lavendar and satin combined are so elegant.

I absolutely love the wisteria~ I planted some around my front porch at the lake and I am so anxious for spring to come. I can't believe you handpainted it!!! You are truly gifted, not only with your creative ideas, but for your fabulous decor!

Happy Monday! :-)

Oh, and the furniture is beautiful, I love the detail!

xoxo
Janie

Heidi Pocketbook said...

Wow, that is one awesome transformation. I love it! I especially think the lampshade is gorgeous, and I'm impressed with your border painting.

Susan said...

I think your son's bedroom is beautiful now! Wait till my kids move out!!!! ;D

Terry said...

I love what you've done! Where did you find the bed and dresser? So beautiful!