Guest Room. Done.

6 Apr

I love my guest room. I am thinking about going on vacation in the guest room. I’ll sleep in one bed, the dog in the other. I have visions of her wearing some sort of frilly lace cap and nightgown with four arm holes. Kind of like the big bad wolf, only little and cute (but still with her massive jaws of death, snoring away).

Anyway, I had the ceiling repaired (finally, this year, 2009) after the 2005 roof leak. I wanted to get rid of the dreadful popcorn ceiling and got a couple of quotes — my options included a coffered effect with eco-friendly masonite ($2400) or all-over drywall ($1700). Instead, I went with the fixing the popcorn and painting it ($260 for the fix, $30 for a bucket of paint and my labor for painting it). I think that the dark, flat green paint makes it recede a bit. 

The wallpaper was an e-bay find. It’s called “Roman Toile” and from some unknown manufacturer. Vinyl and prepasted (unlike most of the vintage unpasted paper I have
 used in the house, it was a breeze and much less messy to install – I almost felt like I was cheating!). I got a whole case of it — 12 rolls — for $252.00 (Free shipping). I just checked ebay to put a link to this seller, but found they’re no longer on ebay. Guess I got it just in time!


The fabulous beds (and Martha Washington bedspreads) were a Craigslist find from an old house aficionado in West Hartford, CT. They are gorgeous and I think the finials fit in perfectly with my urns and birds theme. 

Already had the other furniture, except for the perfect little nightstand from my friend Liz. The drapes are home-made (still need blackout liner because it is SO bright SO early in that room — it’s on the fourth floor, so nothing blocks the sun from beating down on it).

Have been reading up on what to have in a guest room, and find that fresh water, some snacks, and electricity are a must. I plan to add a radio, writing paper and stamps (maybe some Springfield postcards), and a couple of luggage stands. 

I LOVE having a nice guest room, and can’t wait to be able to afford a nice guest bathroom. Looking forward to some summer guests from Servas International!


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