Now, that the floors and trim are finished in the farmhouse inspired guest bedroom, it’s time to move on to the fun part ? Now it’s time to walk you through my thought process in the design of this room. Let me go ahead and say that, yes, I do have a concept board for the room. It would certainly be nice to finish the entire project and purchase everything that I have chosen for the room as it is shown in the concept; however, there’s the whole limited budget part ?, which not only will make it take a bit longer to pull together, but will force me to come up with some creative DIY solutions (and some serious thrift store shopping).
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Now, I know that I have already shown the paint on the walls, but since I already had my concept competed, I thought I would go ahead and put a few coats up since I had the time. If there is one piece of advice I could give regarding design, that would be to never design around a paint color. Start with an inspiration piece, such as: a picture, a rug, fabric, a painting, a vase, etc. This is the place to start your design.
This is the photo that sold me on my inspiration:
I made this my jumping off point to begin my concept board for the room. Does it speak farmhouse to me? Not really, but the black, the white and that aged brass…love! To bring in the farmhouse element to this inspiration, I will be adding wood elements to the design. Remember, anything can serve as your inspiration. Never let the fact that something may not be your “style” stop you from using it as your inspiration. If you like the textures, colors and finishes, then by all means…use it ?
Of course, I’ve already shown you the floors which are wide plank plywood. And, to make it pop, a wide white trim for the floors, doors and window. This type of flooring was the most affordable choice for us, but it happens to look great too!
On, the south (window) wall, I will be installing wood planks stained with Minwax Weathered Oak.
My mind isn’t quite made up yet about the bed. Part of me wants to have a black wrought iron bed, but I also would like to use a bed that is stripped down to the raw wood. I will probably DIY something for a head/foot board or substitute somehow for the time being while I make up my mind. I have a few ideas rolling around in my head involving an old piano panel and a mirror—sounds scary, right? ?
Flanking the bed, will be two wall sconces. It has been hard deciding on the finish for these. Black is one of the colors in the design plan, but I would like to bring in more of the aged brass. However, that’s pretty steep on the price tag. But, I do love that aged brass. I think I see a DIY project in my future on that one ?
Also, flanking the bed, I will of course need two night tables. I would like one to be something like a vintage style table painted black (I’ll have to scour the thrift stores for this piece)
…and the other, I want to be more like a basket style trunk table.
At the foot of the bed, I would like to have a little rustic bench.
Under the bed, I want to bring in a kilim rug for a little bit more added pattern, texture and a pop of color.
There are two ceiling fans in this room. Ceiling fans aren’t always the best to look at, but with this room location (above the garage and literally at the roof), they are needed to help keep the room cool in the summer. I will paint the fan blades black, change out the globes/light bulbs and maybe bring in a little “Rub-n-Buff” on the blade brackets and fan motor housing.
For the “closet” area, there isn’t room for adding sliding barn doors, nor do I want to have bi-fold doors. I could use a standard interior door that opened up into the room, but that occupies precious floor space to allow for door clearance. So, I will be using a nice white curtain that I will hang from a faux beam.
Inside the closet, will be a chest of drawers that I painted black and then sealed with a white wax. The knobs were once brushed nickel that I painted brass, then aged.
For the living area, I want to really cozy it up so, I will bring in a small sofa for this area. I am leaning to the IKEA Ektorp sofa with a nice throw and some fluffy pillow. It’s a nice size for the area, easy to haul up the stairs since it comes in pieces, good quality and it’s quite a comfortable sofa.
To help with the cozy feel, I want to layer a sisal rug with a black and white cowhide rug.
For a coffee table, I have an existing industrial rolling cart table that once was in my living room.
Until I can get the inset storage shelf built, I’ll use this for housing the electronic equipment for the television
Whew, I believe that covers everything — at least I hope it does ?. This Saturday, I will start on a few of the DIY projects I have in mind for the room. I am quite excited about the end result. And, I can’t lie, I think the anticipation of it all is going to get the best of me. This is going to be a long process, but it will pay off.
Thank you for stopping by! I hope to see you soon. xoxo