When we found our new house we fell in love with the layout, the location, the extra space, the neighbors, the pool, and I could go on and on. What we did NOT fall in love with was this somewhat creepy guest room in the basement.
I mean no disrespect to the previous owners. They were fantastic and actually sold us their house when I put a note in their mailbox and kind of asked them to. 🙂 It’s just a basement bedroom. And basement bedrooms are well, creepy. That’s where the “uninvited guests” seem to gather, getting lost in the carpet and in the crevices where the carpet meets the walls. Also, our sweet little innocent dog thought that room full of carpet was her personal patch of lawn if you know what I mean. We had to keep the door to that room locked so that the dog wouldn’t help her self to a little “relief”.
Thankfully, I have a gift of being able to see the forest through the trees and I saw the potential for that bedroom. It has a door that exits right onto a covered patio and into the pool. Since it is a walkout, this room gets a fair amount of light. Speaking of the pool, all of our guests have to walk through this bedroom to get to the bathroom. It is also the only guest bedroom in the house. So, this spring before the pool officially opened it was time to get that room into shape for company.
The floor was Brooks’ idea. Brooks loves a painted floor. I do too, but I’m not the one that has to get down on my hands and knees and meticulously tape, stencil, and paint a pattern for three days. So, I try to be sensitive to the toll these projects take on his body. Since I’m the one blogging and posting all our projects I think people (all my friends) see me as a slave driver. 🙂 I just want you to know that some of this pain is self induced by Brooks 🙂 We chose to use Royal Design Studio’s Skylar’s Lace Stencil. We had this stencil on hand from a previous project, so the price was right. First, he pulled up the carpet and nails and sanded down the glue.
Then he cleaned the floor and applied two coats of Chalk Paint- Decorative Paint by Annie Sloan in Duck Egg Blue. Then he painted the Skylar’s Lace stencil in Old White.
He top coated the floor with Modern Master’s Dead Flat Varnish for protection. We also painted the walls in Sherwin Williams Worldly Grey and the trim in Aesthetic White. The headboard wall finish is a silver distressed foil.
So, after we brought all the furniture back in and added a couple of new lamps, we had a whole new room.
A room that is no longer the dog’s favorite. A room that we can now leave the door open and unlocked to and enjoy when we walk by. Who’s ready for a pool party?
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