Thursday, April 18, 2013

the little room...

I am sure you all have a spot in your home where "stuff" you don't know where else to put ends up.
In our house it is a place I call the little room.
It is in fact a little room in our master bedroom that would be a great walk in closet or even a master bathroom (if we stole a little space from the master bedroom).
Both options have never come to the top of our Fall/Winter project lists.
Can you hear Jim saying "Thank God"?!!
I have wanted to freshen the space up for a while.
I thought this would be a good place to try out a color palette I want to use in my bedroom makeover that I am planning for the Fall.
(After camping season which starts May 1st!!)

So, this past February, when we were up to our ears in snow, I dove in.  Here is the room after I emptied out all the junk...


This room held our laundry hampers, ironing board, file cabinet and a bunch of junk.  I also had some of my favorite works of art that my kids made for me over the years (can you see the dirt on the walls, yuk).   The colors were from when we moved in back in 1999.  I used to watch "Trading Spaces" all the time and on one episode they said to pick your room colors off of one chip ~ lightest shade on the walls, darkest on the trim, and the one in the middle on the ceiling.
I used this method for my master bedroom as well as the kids rooms, one was purple and one was blue.  What was I thinking?!
This was the last of the not so great paint color selections and I was very happy to see them go!

I did not want to spend a lot of money so I mixed my own paint for the walls, using a Martha Stewart gray I already had in an eggshell finish with some of the flat white ceiling paint.
I am happy with the color but when I do get to painting my bedroom, I think I will throw a quick coat on the walls in here.
I do not like flat paint on walls.

Not the best pictures (sorry for the glare), but you have to admit it does look much better...


The carpet will be fixed when the bedroom is done (or hopefully gone).  The hampers went back in and I got a new ironing board cover with my color palette...


I framed two of my favorite works of art...


Picked up a cute stool at the shop and brought the file cabinet back in...


I'd love a new lampshade for my glass lamp and maybe a (vintage) dressform in the corner.

I used a baker's rack to help keep the room tidy...


Picking up some boxes and crates that would look pretty holding some junk...


For now as a window treatment I am using an oops flour sack towel that did not work on a project I did for the shop.  It looks sort of cute!  I am thinking maybe adding a black and white ticking ruffle to the top (if I could sew).




I love my little room now and have been keeping it neat!
I am happy with the color palette and have been pinning lots of ideas for my bedroom makeover.
What do you think?

I am joining Common Ground for Be Inspired.  Debra has featured my post on our At Home With White Show from last week.  Thanks Debra and thank you all for stopping by!
Have a wonderful weekend!!

P.S. ~ Tomorrow is Jim's Big 5~0...Happy Birthday Handsome!


19 comments:

Anne said...

What a great transformation! LOVE that sweet curtain! Yes I too watched trading spaces that show was a hoot.Do you remember when Hilda covered walls with I think it was hay???? She had some wild ideas LOL.Happy Birthday to your husband.
xx
Anne

Betsy@My Salvaged Treasures said...

Love the color of your new little room. The oops window treatment is perfect!

Okio B Designs said...

Happy birthday to your hubby! What a cutie! =) And I love the gray. I'm leaning towards doing our livingroom gray. It's yellow now and dirty thanks to the kids. I'm ready to take the plunge and try something new. Once my hubby is better.

Jeanine

NanaDiana said...

I do like your "little room" as you call it. It looks so much better. It's nice to have things all neat and organized, isn't it? I can't believe it is almost time for you to go back camping again. I'll bet you are looking forward to it. Hope you have a good night- xo Diana

lynn said...

sweet little room, sandi:) hb to your husband!--my husband's 50th is next week!

Bente said...

Hi Sandi. The colors of the room is beautiful. Love it.

Happy Birthday to the BOSS.

Hugs

Burlap Luxe said...

Sandi, you havé à room to love.
Love it's calm of grey and natural.

Happy Birthday Jim
And Sandi indeed he is a handsome birthday boy!

Xox
Doré

Heaven's Walk said...

What a calm, serene, neat little room to work in, Sandi! Beautiful color! Looks so bright and clean! And a Happy birthday to Jim, too! :)

xoxo laurie

chateau chic said...

I like the color you came up with for your little room that looks very organized at the moment.
Mary Alice

Junkchiccottage said...

Sandi,
The room is wonderful. I love the color and the cute valance. Happy Birthday to your hubby.
Kris

Faye said...

I think it's a wonderful improvement and so much more fun to walk in there and iron on that pretty new cover. It feels so good to redo a room.
So many birthdays on the 18th and 19th! Happy Birthday to your hubby!

must love junk said...

Great job! I have a 'little room' upstairs that I need to get organized!
Susan

Jacqueline~Cabin and Cottage said...

I'd love to have a room like this! You did a great job! Hope you had a fun time with your hubby!

Cheryl Goode-MacKinnon said...

I love your little room, it now has big style....
Cheryl
zany-mayd.blogspot.com

Pat Cantwell said...

Sandi,
WoW!!!
What a transformation, dear friend!!!
I love to iron and if I had a space where I could keep the ironing board in the upright position...I'd move in!!! Gorgeous ironing board cover! The framed art work is such a sweet, personal touch!!! This is fabulous!!!
Fondly,
Pat

Petite Michelle Louise said...

your petite" room transformation is SO sweet! i love the 'frenchy" touches.....little changes...BIG impact! well done! you've inspired me to transform my own "petite" room (yes...i have a similar one!)(happy belated b'day to your jim!)

Artsy Chicks Rule said...

I love what you did with your little room. The oops curtain is adorable! Love it
Nancy

Cindy said...

It's adorable now! Seems to me like a calm, pretty, organized little cubby, that i would so go hide in if i needed a break from the world! I think the color on the wall turned out pretty, in fact i like all the colors you used!

Cindy

Susie said...

Sandi, I love the little room. You did a fabulous job on it. You husband looks nice with his boat.xo,Susie

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