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Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Guest Room Transformations

I recently redid our guest room on a very modest budget. I was able to keep the cost under $500 by buying the furniture on Craiglists, waiting for wall paint to go on sale and purchasing drapes at IKEA. Still, all these things put a big dent in my budget. When it came time for pretty little extras I really had to put on my thinking cap.

This is how the high ledge above my closet now looks.

Can you believe these are the same candlesticks? Tuscan is over for me so I didn't hesitate to grab a can of white spray paint.

I then grabbed my handy dandy tube of silver Rub and Buff. With Rub and Buff a little goes a long way. I find that using my fingers works the best to add shine exactly where I want it.

I searched for silver candles for 2 weeks to no avail. I finally went to the Dollar Tree and selected three white candles and proceeded to cover them in a simple sheet of scrapbook paper.

Right next to the candles I placed a box of greenery.

I actually found this beauty on a dumpster diving expedition. It still had its $60 price tag on the bottom. I then proceeded to snap the ugly lions paws right off.

Then came a coat of primer.
This was followed by an application of beloved Rub and Buff. It doesn't even look like the same box.
The same dumpster produce this little gem. It's front metal plate was coming off. I took it home anyway.

Again it was primer to the rescue. I then mod podged a strip of scrapbook onto the center.
The same sweet tube of Rub and Buff was used and resulted in a pretty little box that now holds some of my favorite things.
This painting was done by my mother when she was 13 years old. It is very special to me. But the frame was always a bit to "gold" for my taste.

Ditto for the antique wall sconces.

Thank goodness I still had almost an entire tube of Rub and Buff left. The white porcelain busts are of a boy and girl. They were found at Goodwill for $3.00.

~One can of white spray paint: $4 with a Joann's coupon.
~One tube of Rub and Buff: $2 with a Michael's coupon.
~A pair of white porcelain busts: $3 at Goodwill.
~Two wooden storage boxes: A quick walk around the 'hood on bulk trash pickup day.
~Candlesticks, Picture, and Sconces: All found objects in my home.
A room that makes me happy~priceless!
What is something that you treasure?


Mildred said...

What a lovely room Laura. I remember you and your daughter liked my Mother's purple decorated Christmas tree picture in the past - now you have the perfect room for a purple tree! I love the wall color and the beautiful painting done by your Mother above the bed. The accessories turned out so well; perfect accents for a room fit for a Queen! God bless you and your family during the holiday season.

Cindy ~ My Romantic Home said...

I love that you did the whole room around your mother's painting! It's such an adorable painting! It all looks so great! I love rub n buff! It's amazing how that can transform so many things! I really love the idea of scrapbook paper around the candles! I may copy that idea for my daughter's room!

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

This looks great, Laura! Love the way you transformed all those accessories to make them work. I just found 3 nickel {maybe} candlesticks that I had bought to possibly use for a client and I never returned them. I'm thinking of painting them black. I hope black spray paint will just cover them since they are a metal.

Jingle said...

You have some great makeovers there! I love what a simple can of spray paint can accomplish!

Rettabug said...

Lovely transformations, Laura! You do have an eye for things that can be made to fit in beautifully with your decor.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Lou Cinda said...

Awesome! Love the box!! It looks fabulous!

Have a Wonderful Thanksgiving!

Lou Cinda :)

Mary Ellen (megardengal) said...

Wonderful projects and room Laura

A very happy Thanksgiving to you and your family!


Six divided by two..... said...

I love your guest room redo!!!! I love the buffing that you did. Total transformation!!! Awesomeness at it's best!!!!

Shelia said...

Hi Laura! I love your pretty room and man, you do know how to use paint and that rub and buff. I've got to get some of that! Just lovely. Now you have a lovely Thanksgiving,
Shelia ;)

honeysuckle said...

You are very resourceful to find everything this way and to turn them into the look you want on a budge too. The picture is priceless and how nice to have a special place in your home for guests to enjoy!

Blondie's Journal said...

You did a wonderful and thrifty job with your guestroom, Laura. And I am going to see what I can use this Rub N Buff on!!


Reachel Bagley, Stylist said...

I love all these ideas. They're so simple I think I could even do it. :)

By the way, I saw you on the news with Stephanie at Blissfest and you looked lovely. I'm glad she got the chance to meet you.

Pia said...

I love this idea.

ceekay said...

Ok, I want to go dumpster diving with you! Everything turned out beautiful. I didn't think they were bad before you did your thing!!

Mimi said...

If I had to pick just one treasure of course it would be photos or all my scrapbooks!!! But and item, would have to be one of my music boxes!!!
Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family!!!!
great room re-do!!!!!

Lisa @ akawest said...

Everything looks so pretty. I especially like the lavender muffin tin. The room would be nice to just sit in when in a melancholy mood. It would make me happier, just to take it all in.
Happy Thanksgiving!

LiLi M. said...

I love how you did this again! Too bad we don't have the coupon system over here :-(, but still it's amazing what one can do with a little white paint!
Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family!

Terra said...

I am stunned by your creativity AND the modest cost for beautiful results.
My goodness, I admire your talent. I have talent too, in other directions, gardening and writing among them.
Isn't it great how we each celebrate each other's skills?