Grab your coffee or tea and get comfortable because this post is a long one.
My only “baby bird” (aka Daughter) left the nest a couple years ago. Because I had absolutely no direction whatsoever on how I wanted to redecorate Daughter’s vacated bedroom, the room sat untouched for about 1 1/2 years.
Uhhh…and just between me and you…I was also kind of waiting to see how she would adjust, financially, to living on her own. It’s a cold, cruel, and very expensive world out there these days, ya know?
I know it’s customary to show “before” photos of the project for “Metamorphosis Monday” but this makeover occurred about 8 months ago…before I became a blogger. If you had/have kids, you can probably imagine what it looked like anyway…messy. Then, to make matters worse, it became my temporary “dumping ground” for anything and everything I didn’t know what to do with while I was redecorating all the other rooms in my house.
Anyway, once I made the decision to start redecorating, I had two primary goals:
1. move the computer out of the dining room into Daughter’s old room and …
2. get the treadmill out of the storage shed and set it up in there.
Beyond that, I was stumped. I had absolutely no ideas about how I wanted the room to look as far as style, decor or colors.
Then, one day while browsing through a Ballard Designs catalog, I saw this desk/hutch combo and fell in love.
Since I’ve gotten into Cottage Style, I’m preferring the lighter, brighter look of white painted furniture over dark woods but there was something about this desk and hutch that spoke to me.
Oh, can’t you just hear all that shelf space calling out to be decorated?! Yeah, I thought so! Me too. And NOT with ugly, functional “office stuff”!
With the desk decision made, I needed to focus on some of the other elements of the room, like wall color and bedding.
I’ll be honest…yellow is not my favorite color…at least when it comes to using it in my house. I always love it in other people’s homes, but not mine. So guess what color I decided to paint the walls in this room? Yep, yellow! A pale, buttery yellow. Go figure!
And once I decided on yellow walls, it seemed only natural to use blue and white bedding. Toile maybe? It was then that a French Country Cottage look was beginning to come together in my head and finally emerge as my decorating direction.
Next, I started hunting for a chest of drawers and a nightstand. A two-tone finish was my goal…wood on the top (to coordinate with the desk) and white painted bottom (to keep the small room from becoming too dark with a lot of dark furniture).
The photo below was my inspiration for the finish but not so much for the style. I was hoping to find something less boxy and more curvy.
I found almost exactly what I wanted advertised for sale on my local Craigslist…a matching French Provincial chest and nightstand…only $95.00 for the two pieces but, as you can see, they were not two-tone.
Ahhhh…but no worries. I knew that was easy enough to remedy with paint.
Nightstand after painting, distressing and adding new iron hardware…
So here are the final results with close ups and purchase info on some of the little details in the room.
All photos (above and below) should enlarge when clicked on. Maybe. Hopefully. If I did this right.
Paint color: Waverly Collection “Soft Cream” (Lowes)
Yellow matelasse shams, square pillow & coverlet: J.C. Penney’s catalog
Blue & yellow floral sheet set: Goodwill
“Brighton Toile” blue & white matelasse floral/stripe coverlet: Linen Source
“Brighton Toile” blue & white stripe dust ruffle: Linen Source
Blue & white candle lamp: LampStore.com $70.00
Set of 7 hanging plates with ribbons: eBay $22.00
Framed prints: Goodwill $2.00 each
Sunflower arrangement: HomeGoods (?? $18-20.00 maybe)
French Provincial chest & nightstand: Craigslist $95.00
Blue pitcher: Goodwill $2.00
Schaub Select Rustica Collection Matte Black Bail Pulls: MyKnobs.com $9.19 each
Blue & white oblong tray: I first saw one of these on somebody’s blog and then found one for myself on eBay. $10.50
Blue & white plate: TJ Maxx $3.00
Blue & white candlesticks: Goodwill $2.00 each