Loaded & Headed

Progress has been made in the guest/Handy Sammy’s room.  The shelves have been reconfiguredcurtains sewn, storage boxes made, storage needs assessed, and mini dresser refinished.  Taking the room from dark:Guest-Bedroom-Large-Window

To this brighter space:


Now to an almost finished room:


After clearing off the shelves, I edited the accessories, keeping only favorites and books.  Last week the shelves fully dried and I loaded everything back on.


Organizing books into genres, then arranged by color (ROYGBIV with white, gray and black at the end) makes it easy to find what we’re looking for.


Magazines organized by month in files at the bottom.


On the other side, Handy Sammy has four shelves (the vase, frame, and plant can easily be cleared) to store school books and papers, chargers, and his laptop.  A shelf at bed height also doubles as a night stand.


I’m guessing you noticed the blue headboard, too.  We thought about upholstering with a fun fabric, but the books and accessories on the shelves are already kind of busy for the small room.  And we didn’t want to lose precious space, even if it is only a few inches.  In this room, every inch counts.


Solid color seemed the best fit for the room.  I bought two yards of navy linen, brought it home and didn’t like it.  Too blue.  Then I heard our local Ace Hardware stores were giving free quarts of Clark + Kensington paint away one day only.  I chose a dark blue-green color (King’s Canyon), not knowing what I’d use it for.  Once I held the swatch up in the room, it seemed perfect for the headboard.  1/4 inch MDF is light weight and super thin, so I painted a few coats.  Ben hung it last night, covering the edges with pre-painted quarter round trim.


And he installed the second sconce we had ordered.


Making this little nook inviting and useful.


Next up, hang a light fixture.  Surprise, it’s a DIY creation I discovered yesterday.  Soon we will install crown molding, baseboard, and door trim.  Paint on the trim, ceiling, and walls (I’m STILL looking for the perfect color), we can call this room done.  Wow, this room is actually going quickly.

12 More Inches

Our guest bedroom (currently Handy Sammy’s room) is small.  Not even 10 feet wide by 11 feet long, including the foot deep bookshelf.  And it doesn’t get a ray of direct sun light, so it can be dark sometimes.

New-House-Guest-Bedroom April 13 2012

Add in furniture and fill the bookshelves and it’s one cluttered, dark little room lacking real storage and organization.


I found a pint-sized dresser, for more storage space.  But it took up valuable floor real estate.  And left a tiny walk way between it and the bed.


We had always planned to notch out the bookshelves, pushing the bed against the wall.  Spurred by the new dresser, we started a few weekends ago.  It took me an hour and five laundry baskets to clear off the shelves.Bookshelf-Contents-in-Baskets


We drew a quick sketch and talked about our plan and options.  And then Ben worked his magic and Sawzall.  It worked best for us to cut out the vertical supports, leaving the tops.


This allowed us to keep the shelves above the bed the same width and reuse the cut pieces as side supports.


The old shelves cut down to fit the narrower sides.


A new piece at the top framed out the bed opening.  To brighten up the room, we painted everything bright white.


For function, Ben added an outlet on either side of the bed, inside the bookshelf.


Sconces (these specifically, hung upside down, though I would have loved to have these if clearances weren’t an issue) replace the old table lamps, giving ample reading light while keeping clutter off shelves.


With the bed pushed against the wall, we gained 12 inches of floor space.


Obviously we’re not finished.  Here’s what’s still on my to do list:

Let shelves dry before loading contents back on

Find the right paint color (hence the Technicolor walls) – jeesh, finding a warm gold that isn’t too green or orange is tough!

Install new baseboard, crown, and door trim

Sew a bed skirt

Hang the headboard

Pick out an overhead light and install it