Like most of you, we have one of those rooms in our house that is the “guest-room-slash-office” space. I designed the room, on the main level, so that visitors, specifically our parents, would have a comfortable place to stay, with their own bathroom, and access to everything they may need without having to use stairs. But bevause guests are rarely here, it is also our catch all room, where I keep my craft supplies, our office odds and ends are stored, and a few miscellaneous items stay while not in use. It is also the home of a desk we were gifted from Hubs’ aunt and uncle. It’s a sturdy desk with lots of storage. Not too big, and not too small. Although we almost always sit with our laptops in our laps on the living room sofa, we are grateful for this desk that holds and organizes our paper stuff.
Unfortunately, it was not up to date, or very “pretty” by today’s standards.
We’ve been in our house for eight months now. I’ve had time to make the primary areas feel like home. It was time to attack this secondary space.
Thank goodness for chalk paint! I used two coats (plus an extra on the top) of Annie Sloan chalk paint in pure white. I did some light sanding on the edges and topped it all with a coat of clear wax sealant. It took two evenings to complete and I didn’t even have to move it to the garage. I just slipped some newspaper under the edges and painted right in the room.
Add some hardware from Target and we’re half way there.
I had some corbels that I’d originally purchased and painted (also pure white) for the mantle. But, for technical reasons, they didn’t work there. I decided to do a shelf above the desk and use the corbels there. I bought a 48″ piece of laminated shelving at the hardware store and sent Hubs in to find studs and make sure things were level and use fancy tools. (I cleaned the shower. Compromise).
Ta da! The shelf is securely in place and decorated. I love how it all turned out. I have lots of things that inspire me and carry meaning on that ledge: a picture of my boys, my dad, and Brittany, cards and gifts from friends and family, inspiring quotes, and…
…this! It’s called a hair receiver. Women used to save the hair from their brushes and collect it in this…thing, and then they would…make something out of it? I don’t remember exactly but my mom collects them and bought one when she was visiting once. I found a use for it as a holder for the push pins. Yay!
I moved the “Work hard and dream big” sign from the mantle here. It’s more fitting. I bought this and a few others from a local business called Otter and Fox. Look them up on etsy.
An old flour sifter from a friend holds colored pens and other writing utensils.
While redoing this space I decided the rest of the guest bedroom needed more attention.
Really all I did was buy a mint lamp, fold the quilt back to layer the bedding, and add some better matching pillow cases.
I’ve debated painting this room either a lighter gray than the main living areas or possibly a pale, buttery, yellow. But I really like all the light the white walls reflect, especially since this room is on the north side of the house. We’ll see if it stays that way.
And there you have it. Our guest bedroom slash office. I actually spent some time in this space while writing this post instead of on the couch. Ahh…