Saturday, August 21, 2010

Every room has a story…..

As some of you know, I spent some time in my youth in New England.

I have some very fond memories of weekends on the boat in the Sound, driving through quaint little seaside towns, and loving the feeling that came over me when I was near the ocean.

So when I first decided that I wanted to redo the guest bedroom, I picked out this beautiful blue (which is surprising because even though I love all things nautical, I’m not really a fan of blue rooms).

The color jumped out at me and invoked all those feelings from childhood.

A completely blue room would be tooooooo much for me. So I decided to do a board and batten treatment also.
Just for kicks, let’s take a little look at what the room was like before…..

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As often happens with spare rooms, this one became a “catch all”. It’s located right off the family room, so it’s easy to toss things in and shut the door and forget about it.

You can read about the painting here and here and board and batten here.

Most of the items in this room are gathered from throughout my house.
Pop-pop guest room

This is from my grandfather - “Pop-Pop”. It’s a Plank Owner Certificate from his time in the Navy. Pop-Pop is gone now, so I hang this in every house in his honor.

Plank Owners: Original Crew
The tradition of the plank owner reaches far back into history. As a member of the Navy crew serving on board the ship at the time of commissioning, the plank owner receives "a clear, free, open and unencumbered title" to a plank of the deck of the ship, thus signifying his participation in this special day. This privilege will not be given to any future member of the crew of that ship. More than just a title, crewmembers feel they have grown with the ship. When each was ready they came together as a team, the ship and crew at sea.

Here are my very cheap end tables, painted and looking nice and bright. I left the hardware as is – I think the old faded brass fits in with the room.

My father in law found this old, beat up trunk at an auction. It’s been in the basement for years, so I pulled it out and wiped it down. It’s very “distressed” (ahem) – OK, it’s a hot mess, but I love it…..

This dresser can’t stay in here, but it’s all I have right now. This was Brian’s dresser from his childhood and it too, is feeling it’s age.
Both of my children used it when they were babies and I never took out the drawer liners that my mother in law used for Brian (circa 1972)
Brian Dresser Guest room

I haven’t found any bedding that I love, so for the time being, a white down comforter and these pillow shams will have to do.


The collection of light houses is mine – people have given me every one of them and every picture on the walls were gifts….


And yes, that’s my JHU degree propped up in there. I really need to get a frame for it…..


I knew I wanted a round mirror in here and was lucky enough to find one for less than $25. It’s not gorgeous, but it definitely works.


I put out an APB for old wooden oars on Facebook and within ten minutes had a message from a friend that he had some he didn’t want and I could have them. SCORE!!


Ok, here’s the almost finished room……

The window seat which still needs its window treatment and seat cushion….


Hook for robes on the back of the door….

The oars, round mirror and too-small dresser….


Some of these were taken last night, which is why the light is different in every one….


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Well, that’s it for now. I definitely still have some work to do, but it’s at least livable now.
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Anonymous said...

Oh wow. I am loving where you have taken this room. I have never ever liked blue ... until lately. What's that? Your blue is gorgeous and rich. I agree with keeping the old hardware and I love that bedding and mirror. You've got the eye.

As for that coffee table. I'd love to get my brushes on it :)

Life in Rehab said...

The wainscoting is gorgeous, and you're right, it tempers that rich blue to perfection! Love the oars too, those stopped me in my tracks.

dee dee said...

Your room turned out fantastic! I love the board treatment on the wall, we did something very similar in my laundry room! Everything looks great!
Dee Dee
PS. my grandfather was a POP POP too, many of the items in my house were gifts from him and hold a special place in my heart!

Janae @ Somewhat Couture said...

I should start making fb posts asking people for some strange junk I am always hunting down. I love that old trunk!