Progress Report: Spare Bedroom

The third bedroom upstairs is a completely spare room at this point.  It is on the front side of the house, so it has a double window that provides nice natural light.  Since the move, this has been our cat’s room, but I did decide to get my old twin size bed from my parents’ house to set up in here as well.  I’ve wanted to use navy in our house for a while now, and this spare room already had navy curtain panels from Pottery Barn Kids that were left by the previous owners.  It was the perfect opportunity to try it out.  I found the quilt, sheets and accent pillows at Steinmart – which gave me an accent color to go with the navy – coral.

I searched for inspiration pictures of rooms using navy in order to find a complimentary wall color.  Over and over my favorite pictures were of rooms in which the walls are a shade of white and the navy accents make a statement.  I decided to go for it and see how I liked it in my house – I’ve never not used color on the walls before.  I didn’t want the trim to look dingy or yellowed, so I had Sherwin Williams color-match the trim color which is Cottage White by Behr.  I sanded the jungle mural and put two coats of primer over it, then put two coats of the wall color up.

I painted the metal legs of a spare side table using Krylon’s Coral Isle.  I also used it to paint a frame I got from Goodwill – the navy chevron print in the frame is just wrapping paper I had already.  The lamp base, which was in the guest bedroom at the old house, is painted Rustoleum’s Deep Blue now and paired with a lamp shade from Target.  I found the polka dotted bin that sits under the table at Home Goods.  I’m stashing the few kids toys we keep for visitors inside.  On the other side of the bed, I painted a thrifted brass magazine holder coral and am keeping kids books from my childhood there.  I don’t have a desire to spend any more money on what is truly a spare room at this point, so it is a little sparse in here.

Eventually in this room, just as in the other two upstairs bedrooms, I would like remove the popcorn texture from the ceiling and add a ceiling fan.  Also, at some point the closet doors in this room were changed out for hollow core versions.  I would like to bring back the solid wood folding doors to match the other doors in the house.

Here is the before shot of this room:


Published by Leslie

I think Habitual Rearranger fits me well because I am never settled on designs, colors, or placement of items in our home. I drive Bradley crazy sometimes, but I keep figuring out new and better ways of doing things! I am not striving to be profound or an expert on anything in this blog. It is simply a way to keep a record of all of my adventures - home and life - for me to reference and also for my loved ones to follow along. I am a born and raised Georgia girl. I don't think I would enjoy living anywhere except the south. Bradley and I spent six and a half years in our starter home and are now in our forever home, a 1970s traditional two story brick house. I love getting into all kinds of projects around our house, and I try to document all the dirty details here if for no one else than for me.

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