Final Stages

The guest room renovation needed a few more things and after a long debate we decided to do a floating bookshelf in the room. This offered us some extra space for the things we couldn’t bear to part with in the ‘great purge of 2012’.

We bought these shelves at the Container Store.


Next came the hard part, Math. There was an easy template for these shelves (bonus) but we wanted them spaced like a real bookshelf. I will not add the pictures of us moving and then removing them when the math was wrong. DSC_1750 Then drill and add the hardware. This is where you will figure out that like most things in this house, the wall is not flush. So you might want to take 20 minutes to find something to make the shelves flat. A small suggestion is to add a nickel (your denomination might differ) behind the mount on the bottom. This will stop pesky problems like things rolling off the shelve. DSC_1752

Then slide the shelves onto the mounts.DSC_1753

Stand back and bask in the delight that the room is almost done.


End is in sight

The guest room renovation end is in sight. We managed to clean out the closet and install a closet organizer.

Just a note: Trying to plan a closet system at the Container Store with a 4-year-old was perhaps not the best idea.

After we purchased all the little pieces we were off to read the 23 easy to understand steps.

Overall the process was fairly easy or it will look like that based on the pictures.

For this step you will actually need to determine if there are studs in the wall and then when they are poorly spaced buy a drill bit to put the wall anchors in. And when that doesn’t work you will drill directly into the wall just to be finished with it. Which ultimately, was the correct way.

We installed a few shelves to start and are still working on the spacing. The modular nature of the shelves are great as they can change based on my crafting needs.

With the closet organizer installed I was finally able to start organizing all the crafts stuff and put it all away. Next step finishing the cabinets.

Longest Renovation Ever

I feel like the guest room has turned into the longest renovation ever. Our lives keep getting in the way of completing the room and the mess upstairs is starting to look like an episode of Hoarders. So I have been trying to do what we can to keep moving. So I can keep my sanity.

I was extremely happy to start my first painting with my daughter. Our first of what I hope become a lifetime of collaborations.

We uses:

  • A 48X36 Canvas
  • Frog Tape
  • Brushes
  • Acrylic Paints (as many colors as you want)
  1. I started by painting a base coat over the whole canvas. 
  2. It took 2-3 coats to cover to the bright gold I was looking for. 
  3. Then take the frog tape and make a pattern. I was going for a “Glam Stained Glass Window” effect. So I taped triangles and selected a few complimenting colors to paint with. Make sure to press down on the tape to ensure you get a good seal on the tape since you will be removing it to create those crisp lines.
  4. Start painting. Each triangle took 2-3 coats of paint depending on the color. 
  5. Once the painting is completely dry carefully remove the tape. I had to correct a few lines which I did with a small paintbrush.
  6. Hang and enjoy!

Stand back and enjoy the small victory that I am one small step closer to finishing the room.

Guest Room Renovation Update

The room is finally moving forward.

Finally. Applause, Applause, Applause.

Through the sheer force of will of my sister-in-law I was able to pack up the room in a matter of hours.

I have loaded most of the things into the closet to clear space in the room. Which makes it feel like we have been robbed.

As a bonus I also sold some of the furniture in the room so technically I have made money on this renovation thus far.

I have decided to paint the room all white and bring in the color through a large painting I plan to do and the bed linens. I am installing a fauxdenza, like the one featured on The Brick House, along the far wall in the room. I am also attempting to teach myself a piece of 3D Design Software called SketchUp to do the design for not only this room but the rest of the renovation we want to do on the house. Wish me luck on all accounts.

The Guest Room/Office – Project Two

Even with 24 useable hours in every day there is bound to be something that falls through the cracks. My dirty little secret is my guest room/office. It has become the room in the house I ignore as I walk down the hall. I had good intentions. As my mother always told me “The road to hell is paved with good intentions.”. Guess where I arrived?

Over the years my ‘good intentions’ have turned into a room full of unfinished craft projects, clutter, and unrecognized vision. I have the ubiquitous “junk room”.This is where it stops. I am embarking to take back the room and make it into a useable space for crafts, an office, and a guest room I can be proud of.

Here is what I am starting with:

  • A Desk
  • A Bed
  • A Closet
  • Bookshelves

A desk that has no workable space and shelves cluttered with memories and mismatched things.

A closet so full of things, ‘tetrised’ in there. Removing one scrap of paper the whole thing would collapse.

My bookshelf complete with the remnants of college curriculum. Books never read. The complete Harry Potter and Twilight series, more dirty secrets. It is important to note the craft projects spilling from the bin on the floor. Yet another failed attempt to organize the room. Also I will finally have to find a better place for the front part of my daughter’s crib and the long since used baby gate. How did I let it get this bad?

Finally, the bed, that is too big for this space. It did fit years ago…..

Let’s start making some lists.