7.7.14

Guest room and Crib Head Board turned Shabby French

I am the biggest procrastinator there ever lived.  In college, no matter if it was a mid-term or a final or any paper, I always started at midnight the day of.  True Story.  The last day of my Literature final, a girl from my class came up to me after the test and said, " I just wanted you to know I think you are really annoying.  You never come to class.  I know you don't ever turn in your papers on time.  I really don't understand how you get good grades.  You suck.  Have a nice life."  That really happened.  And she was right.  I don't know what it is about me but I just work better under pressure.  I have not changed my ways since those days.  I knew for months that my parents would be coming in July.  For some reason, I just can not bring myself to turn the playroom into a guest room.  Partly because I have no extra budget to work on it.  Also because if any project involved me painting a room, I avoid it like a plague.  So of course two days before my parents were supposed to be here, I panicked and started on the guest room.  This headboard was the first project.  Actually it is not even a headboard.  It is a piece of Bella's crib that I saved.  Here it is in its glory...covered in stickers.



Like I said, I have not planned or shopped for this room.  So I had to use whatever scraps I have to make it work.  There were some extra Efex appliques I got from Maison Decor.   I cut them into pieces and used contact cement to put them on the head board.  Trust me when I was working on this, I kept kicking myself for not planning this out and having more appliques to work on.



I think you can probably tell from these pictures that my work hours begin after everyone is in bed.  Choosing the color is always tough for me.  I feel like there is this constant struggle between wanting to try colors and sticking to my grays.  Of course when you don't plan things ahead, you find yourself with very little options.  All I had were chalk paint® in Old White and a teeny bit of Paris Grey.  I painted it with Old White then realized the last time I visited Maison Decor, Amy was kind enough to send me home with Gilders Paste   Oh how I love that wax.  Gilders Paste is a wax based medium that can used to highlight or color.  It works as a perfect gilding wax.  I used Gilders Paste in Celtic Bronze to highlight all the details then went over it with dark wax.  It is not my best work but it will have to do for now.







This room truly is let work with whatever we can find in the house kind of room.  I have a queen size mattress but only a king size box spring and no frame...curtains became bed skirts...sheets became curtains...mix match bedding.






This mirror is truly amazing.  I think it make up for everything else.  I paired it with my beloved velvet French chair.  Every guest room needs a comfy seat to enjoy a book or two.





This little dresser brings a little formality to the room.  I realized I am running out of mirrors but what I do have is ridiculous amount of chairs.  I paired the dresser with two Victorian parlor chairs.



A few of my mother's favorites.


The guest room is the smallest room in the house but I like to think it is packed with character and charm.  The perfect place to put your head down and dream about the possibilities of a brand new day.



Love,
Victoria


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58 comments:

  1. It's beautiful. You have amazing taste and talent.

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  2. It's beautiful. You have amazing taste and talent.

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  3. Well Victoria, you may be a procrastinator but you are one heck of a good one!!! This is just amazing, I never would have believed that used to be part of a crib! So booooo on the person who said you suck!

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    1. Thank you, Victoria. It was a fun project. I don't like throwing anything away for that reason. Anything old can be new again.

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  4. You really do work magic when you're under pressure, Victoria! Beautiful guest room in every way. LOVE the headboard, and the dresser and chairs make such a pretty, comfortable place to relax and enjoy!
    Mary Alice

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    1. Thank you, Mary Alice. The dresser and the chairs are my favorites. I am going to be reupholstering the pair of Victorian chairs. I am itching to paint them but somehow feel wrong to do that to antiques.

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  5. You did great under pressure--so pretty!

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  6. Victoria, this is seriously gorgeous! If this is what you can come up with at the eleventh hour using pieces and parts, then you are a champion :)

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    1. Julie, Thank you! I had a hard time trying to figure this room out because it is so tiny. The girls and I are planning to turn it into a dressing room. That would be fun.

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  7. Victoria, I can relate to the procrastinator thing, but unfortunately I don't pull things off at the last minute as polished as you do. Your new headboard is amazing. Beautiful guest room all around. Kudos to you for a spectacular job.

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    1. Thank you so much, Sarah. The girls want to turn the guest room into a dressing room when my parents leave. So I am sure they will be more changes happening to that room.

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  8. I can so relate Victoria,
    I too work great under pressure, and do my best work at that rate of pressure.
    The room is perfect, and I love your style. It's truly amazing what can be accomplished with out a boat load of money....and most of the time the lack of money makes us that much more resourceful with what we have, what we are given, and what we find. These are the kind of pieces that wow us with your quick throw together design style!
    Your parents are going to be so proud of there daughter, and what a little 5 star room you have created for them :)

    Xoxo
    Dore

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    1. I really haven't bought any new furniture in years. I like to think I am helping the environment by only buying vintage things. : ) My parents are not fans of my style of decorating unfortunately. They like clean line minimalism. My father kept saying this is too much...too much...get rid of everything!! lol

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  9. What a great room design I can't believe you made that photo. I know my teenage daughter has been asking for a canopy bed for some time, so I'll forward her this post.
    bed-designs

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  10. You have such an eye for decorating that it is amazing!!! I love following your blog. Wish I had your talent and energy.

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    1. Thank you so much. I find creative energy to be the best kind of therapy. : )

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  11. I think it's gorgeous! It's more delicate than your first bed but every bit as elegant! The room is a proper guest room, I'm sure your parents will love it!

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    1. Thank you, Amy. I had to use the left over appliques from my French bed. I am sure if they noticed it yet.

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  12. Its really dreamy Victoria. You have such a beautiful style. You really have an eye for what you are creating. Can I come stay with you and your beautiful girls :) Your heart is evident in all that you do. You are beautiful in every way. xxo

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    1. Oh, Kerrie. Thank you so much for your sweet words! Can you imagine a shabby French B&B by the sea? That would be a dream.

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  13. Hi Victoria,
    You will have to show your father (Parents) all the books and magazines, show them they will see where you are coming from in your designs style. You are really an asset to the design trade when it comes to creatively creating with your boldness and gilded golds.
    I see where your parents are coming from, but I am sure deep down they so get and understand your free spirited design approach to all you create and the fun you are having doing so.

    I think just like you, save a tree by recycled....and if more people traded with friends and family members the pieces they did not want it would help the environment and our waste landfills. Not to mention keeping it so creative.
    I think you could be a contestant on HGTV. Creating from salvage with truly pieces unexpected with there previous use!
    Start doing some shows and selling off your pieces you have replaced with new loves. Your booth would be a big hit! :)

    Well, my dear all eyes are on your future designs :))

    Xoxo

    Dore

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  14. Clearly you work VERY well under pressure... great Transformation... I need you over at my House! *winks* You've made this Guest Room so Serene and Inviting... your Parents will definitely feel Pampered during their visit!

    Blessings from the Arizona Desert... Dawn... The Bohemian

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    1. Thank you, Dawn! I think when I have too much time to think about things, I can get very indecisive.

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  15. This is the most beautiful headboard!! I giggle at the stickers. One of my daughters was a sticker girl. Everything was stickered covered too!! But I looked and you added your trim without first removing stickers!!! Now, you were wishing you had more trim when you started but aren't you glad you had just that amount? It is so perfect. I absolutely love how it turned out. The mirrors, chest, chairs...all is beautiful!! Please feel proud of your artistic ability plus your ability to get this headboard done and get the book pages off the wall AND have the rest of your home welcoming as well. Great job!!

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    1. Thank you, Gwen. Most of my house is covered in stickers. I spend one day a week just removing stickers.

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  16. What an amazing transformation! Beautiful work!

    Gigi @ Old World Patina

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  17. Love the paint technique and colors!

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  18. Victoria, you are amazing! I would never in a million years know that was part of a crib. LOVE the bed, the blue chair. It is all AMAZING. Hope you parents have a lovely visit and enjoy the room. x

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  19. Was that wallpaper on the walls? You are a whiz of a decorator. Great room!

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    1. Actually the wallpaper is in my kitchen. It is a wall treatment I did using vintage dictionary pages. I like to cook and memorize words. : )

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  20. Stunning transformation! I absolutely love this room and the headboard is so beautiful!
    Jennelise

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  21. Doesn't matter how you get there Victoria, for your sense of style is undeniable and you always pull a room together so perfectly. Love that you put your gorgeous blue chair in that room too! It's the perfect welcome for a special guest.
    Thanks for sharing on Shabbilicious Friday. I'm delighted to feature your pretty bed and room make over at tomorrow's party.
    Hugs ~ Kerryanne

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  22. Gorgeous!!! And you painted right over the stickers? It's like the hidden painting that was found by scientists beneath the brush strokes of a Picasso. :)

    I so get you & how you work, Victoria. I once stayed up in the wee hours at college, slapping together an art project due the next morning, just trusting in intuition. That one ended up displayed in the college art department! He-heee.

    I hope you & your parents have a wonderful visit!
    xoxo,
    Lin

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    1. Thank you, Lin. I know I should have removed the stickers but at 11 at night, I decided to be lazy. : )

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  23. Oh my your headborad transformation is unbelieveable! I would love to have a gorgeous headboard like that!

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    1. Thank you, Lin. It is so easy to make. A little bit of paint and some appliques and viola..you get yourself your dream headboard.

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  24. What a stunning transformation! Your project will be featured at The Scoop this coming Monday night. Thank you for linking up!

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    1. Thank you so much, Suzy! I feel so honored.

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  25. Oh, Victoria. So beautiful! I just saw this, and I also saw you were featured at Kerryanne's Shabbilicious! I am in Italy with my daughter at a music festival and the internet is so spotty that I have not been able to read or respond that much on blogs! xoxoo

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    1. I hope you are having the greatest time in Italy. It is my dream to see the Sistine chapel ceiling.

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  26. Victoria,
    Everything you do is exquisite . I would never know you had any budget or time constraints by the wonderful things you create.i love your blog. Thanks for sharing, so inspirational!

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  27. Dearest GOD, I think we are twins.
    Could you send me your address so I can send out the gift card?
    I am having so many computer issues. We currently have three computers in "the shop". I am working off of one that was in the basement that i forgot we had...it was packed with my college stuff! LOL!
    Loving the bedroom!

    xo

    Andie
    andieiamwhoiam@gmail.com

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  28. that headboard was simply delicious, you certainly transformed it and made a wonderful guest room. Heather C

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  29. Brilliant job, made all the more brilliant by your timing and your need to use what you had lying around. Well done!! The headboard came out amazing. How did you get the stickers off? Or did you just sand & paint over?

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  30. OMG, this is amazing and BRILLIANT! I love that headboard! Great transformation!!! The girl who said you suck................HA!!! If she could see you now!!!

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  31. I had to write since one of my college papers was written while in the typewriter (before computers...sigh, I'm old;-)) and Emerson, Lake and Palmer were on the radio and I used the words, "...and still it doesn't make sense..." within the paper, vowing that I wouldn't prograstinate again, NOT. It is tough to be a prograstinator and I have no solutions. At least you accomplish things, I have begun to just plan and not do, so accept how you work, since it is successful.

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  32. Gorgeous gorgeous gorgeous!! Thank you for linking up at Feathered Nest Friday!

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  33. What a beautiful room! You did an amazing job with the headboard-it's lovely.
    Sally @cottagefix

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  34. Hi Victoria I just wanted to pop in and say hi and tell you that I was thinking about you. I know that you are probably knee deep in your garden blooms...enjoy every precious minute of it with your darling daughters. xx

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    1. Thank you so much, Kerrie. I haven't been gardening at all! My parents are visiting from Asia for two months and I am just busy entertaining everyone. My old desktop died and I haven't been able to blog at all because of it. I hope your summer is going well!

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