Tuesday, August 6, 2013

It Started With Paint

I was flip-flopping.  Before moving in, the cornflower blue walls in the guest bedroom were just not going to work.  I'm not a "blue" person.. at least not that particular shade.  However, with boxes unpacked and the room starting to take shape, that cornflower blue was growing on me. I was making friends with it.  Well, long story short?  Some friendships just don't get beyond a nod "hello"!


Out came the paint brushes and a fresh can of Benjamin Moore, White Cloud.  I was going to take a leap of faith and try creating a soothing palate of neutrals throughout the house.  And the guest bedroom would be my first foray into creating a home void of strong colors. 



I wanted to embrace a softer ambiance... one that would work well with accessories such as this Anthropologie ruffled comforter.  In my eyes, strong color on the walls would only fight with this softer look.


The fireplace mantel that I painted and distressed would find a home here in this room, also.  Along with other pieces I did a makeover on.

Did you notice the bed frame in the first two photos?  It was my grandmother's mahogany twin bed.  Yes, you do have to say "mahogany twin bed" as grandmother was always proud of the quality of her possessions.  Tickles me to say the string of descriptive words many years after she has passed!  But I think she's beaming up there knowing that someone still appreciates her things!  Anyway, I wanted to bring it up to date by painting it Annie Sloan's French Linen.


Annie Sloan's, Old White, was dry brushed on the detailing really making it pop!


I love how this room is coming together!  It's so soothing and I'm pleased that I took that leap of faith into a world of neutrals.  And how does the whole room look?  Not done yet.  Just a few more details and I will give you the grand tour of this darling, little cottage room!   

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37 comments:

  1. I am so excited to see the room when it is finished, the fireplace surround and that stunning bed frame and the white bedding. it is gonna be incredible...I am a new follower of yours and I will be back again to see how the room is coming...stop over for a visit...

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  2. so pretty, I just love your bed and the wonderful paint technique, just had to pin it!

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  3. Oh, your grandmother's mahogany twin bed looks beautiful and that comforter is wonderful. I am glad the house is coming together.

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  4. This is exactly why I adore your home decor style! I would have left the blue and never painted Grandmother's Mahogany twin bed. However you have transformed them into such soft romantic shades of calm and I love them even more. This room will be pure bliss. Happy Creative Home Dear...

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  5. Gorgeous, Kadee. It is going to be so beautiful. Your grandmother's bed is amazing.

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  6. Oh my goodness...totally lovin' that paint on the bed frame. The Better Half and I always have a "spirited" discussion everytime I want to paint a piece of furniture of "good" wood. And I win :)

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  7. Kadee, I audibly gasped, when I read that you painted the bed! I love mahogany and cherry wood furniture - two of my obsessions! However, I calmed down, when I saw how beautiful the bed looks now. You did a magnificent job and I am quite sure that even your grandmother would love it!!! Can't wait to see the rest of the room!

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  8. Hey Kadee girl, I think I would have been going through the same phases. First not liking the blue, then considering it for a little while and finally painting over it with a neutral tone. The ruffled comforter is so pretty and I love your fireplace mantel and the bed. I'm sure the room will be gorgeous when you're done with it.
    Happy Wednesday :)!
    Hugs,
    Julia

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  9. Oh you inspire me so with your painting, Kadee. I can't wait to see your guest room with the Anthropologie ruffles.

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  10. I need to paint so bad,,,just can't make up my mind for the color of paint to use. Love, love Anthropologie, I could stay in their store for hours just looking around!

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  11. It is going to be just gorgeous! Can't wait to see!

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  12. Lovely, I can't wait to see it all done and put together! Love that bed! Love that fireplace! Love that bedding!

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  13. What a gorgeous job you did on the bed!!!!!!!!
    Cant. Wait. To. See. This. Room!!!!!
    XOXOXO
    Suzan
    ( queen of exclamation points obviously )

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  14. Wow Kadee, what a fabulous job. That piece turned out amazing. I have been thinking of painting my bedroom set which is currently dark wood and this color looks so good. The fireplace is just perfect.

    Janet

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  15. Hi Kadee, Love what you are doing to your room. The bed is gorgeous. Great technique. Love the mantel. Can't wait to see the finish!
    Enjoy and have fun.
    Hugs, Celestina Marie

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  16. Hi Kadee,
    Ohhhhhh this room is going to be fantastic. I see so many beautiful things already. The bed, the mantel and that beautiful bedspread. Ohhhhhhh I can't wait to see it finished. Hurry Up!!! I want to see it already!!!
    Kris

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  17. It is looking good! The bed is gorgeous.

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  18. Love the direction that this room is taking. Such wonderful elements, I can't wait to see the reveal! Thanks for you sweet comments. Following you now.
    Hugs,
    Patti

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  19. Can't wait to see the finished look. I kinda liked the cornflower blue, though.

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  20. Hi Kadee,
    This room is going to be so lovely !!
    What a beautiful bed....and that comforter!
    I just love the mantel!
    Great cottage room. Can't wait to see it finished.

    Hugs,
    Wilma.

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  21. I can't wait to see that color on the walls! I also inherited paint colors when we moved into our place almost two years ago. I'm not really a grey person {as far as walls go} but have both in our guest bedroom and main bath {which is right next to the guest bedroom}. I'm kicking around painting it after trying to live with it but not loving it. Love your comforter and the bed is gorgeous! It looks great painted, too!

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  22. I can tell already that it is going to be a beautiful room. Love that bed and fireplace mantel. I think you were right to paint the walls, as pretty as they were. The room will be more serene. Thank you for sharing it at What We Accomplished Wednesdays. Have a great weekend!

    Hugs,
    Deborah

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  23. Kadee, love what you done with bed!~can't wait to see the complete room!

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  24. I love how this is coming together, too...see what I've missed, being away! The room is beautiful - the bed ROCKS (love the white ruffly coverlet, too!) - don't work too hard...XOXO Tanya

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  25. Gasp.... that bed is fabulous--- you couldn't see the detail before you painted it and brought it out! Marvelous!!!

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  26. Hi Kadee,

    So nice to meet you! Well, the cornflower blue that you painted over is EXACTLY the cornflower blue I have on my bedroom walls! For me, the colour is calming and cool, and here in Greece, with Med temps, it's a haven for sleep. BUT...your BM White Cloud brush strokes promise airy ambiance! Gorgeous new details and textures on your grandmother's mahogany bed It's all looking fabulously French and dreamy from here! Awaiting the reveal...

    Poppy

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  27. Kadee! thank you for commenting on my linky...I am so glad I found your blog! I love what you did with AS paint for your bed. I also have to ask you...what flooring do you have in your MBRoom? It looks almost like seagrass...? It looks great. lmk as we are contemplating what to replace carpet with...(on a budget..)-aimee

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  28. What a beautiful room this is turning out to be. So peaceful and relaxing. You'll get guests that don't want to leave. You did an awesome job on the bed.

    Judy

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  29. You are so amazing! I love everything you do! How wonderful to have your grandmother's "mahogany twin bed". I am terribly jealous of your comforter though. I found a gorgeous duvet cover at Anthropologie last week but couldn't bring myself to pay full price for something my hubby said the dog's would ruin! I'm going to follow it online though in hopes that it will go on sale . . . SOON!

    Your house is coming along quite nicely dear Kadee.

    Big hugs and bunches of blessings to you,
    Patti

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  30. It's going to be wonderful, can't wait! Catherine x

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  31. Hello Kadee, so glad you stopped by - I am in that mood too - I'm working on my kitchen - the whole house is full of color and has beent that way for ten years - yep! We're amazed at how time flies. I, for one love blue - but am growing more and more fond of white - there is a wonderful serenity there. I'm tipping my paint brush to you as I get back to work - really LOVE the lines to the bed - gorgeous in French Linen! A treasure. I hope you have a blessed week!
    Kathy

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  32. Hi Kadee, the room is going to be gorgeous! Love the Anthropology spread and grandma's bed is a beauty. Love the color and the dry brushing. I am working on a guest room down stairs. Going with blue accents. Kind of wishing I had done all white. Oh well, too bad now. Not changing it. lol! Thanks for sharing with SYC. Can't wait to see!
    hugs,
    Jann

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  33. Your grandmother's bed is gorgeous! I have some of that color and will definitely be using it again soon. Love the way you highlighted the beautiful carving. She would approve!!

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  34. BEAUTIFUL!! I am a new follower! I just purchased some French Linen after seeing your blog- I absolutely Love it! Kelly :)

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  35. GORGEOUS!! What a beautiful job you did on the bed! Love the ruffled Anthro bed linens too! Can't wait to see the reveal!

    Happy weekend to you!

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