Guest Bedroom/Home Office Update – Time To Paint!

While Kev and I have been up to our eyeballs in Christmas articles ( likes ’em early), Brian the Carpenter has been hard a work on the closets, crown, and base boards in Kev’s office/our guest bedroom…

It’s been so fun to see everything come together, and witnessing teachable moments  between he and his son (like the one above) has been absolutely soul-warming, too!

A few days ago they installed cleats inside each closet, and then nail-gunned MDF shelves down into each cleat…

(Note: our closet doors are only 14″ wide, but the shelves are all over two feet wide and deep inside each of the closets.)

After that, Brian added a piece of 1×2 trim to the shelf fronts, to make them look a little chunkier. He routed the top edge of each of them to make them look a little fancy-schmancier, too…

The next day, he built us a couple of bedside tables. Here’s a picture of each of them…

(Note: there will be a curtain panel between the window frame and the far end of each bedside table- hence, the space you there.)

He use more MDF and more routed-edge trim to create the tops and we got the old corbels a couple of years ago at Junk Bonanza in Shakopee, Minnesota. In my experience, corbels that big usually cost well over $100 each, but we got those babies for 15 bucks a piece. Score! The far end of each table is secured with an L-bracket, and once we have the bed in place, you won’t be able to see that area at all.

Once we get back from the Haven Conference, we’ll paint all the planks Roycroft Mist Gray, paint the trim Moonlight White, paint our headboard & footboard with a mixture of Annie Sloan‘s “Graphite” and “French Linen” colored chalk paints, and paint the closet doors ___________________.

We’re still undecided ’til the bedding gets here.

PS- Meet us over on Twitter or Instagram for sneak peek’s of the room before we have a chance to blog about them…

That’s a pic we posted of the Barnlight Electric ceiling light we’re using in the room. I love it so much I sort of want to attach it to a chain and wear it Flavor Flav-style around my neck. 😉

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  1. says

    Your flowers look beautiful in the first picture with the carpenter and his son. You should give us an updated post of your yard.
    Meanwhile, I am loving the guest bedroom and the little closets on each side of the bed. This room is going through a major transformation! Have fun at Haven… wish I could be there… maybe next year.

  2. Kari Korte says

    I was THRILLED to see your link for Barnlight Electric! I’ve been searching for a similar light for the exterior of our cottage garage ~ just love the vintage look of them. You earned them a new customer with your post! I adore your site and enjoy reading all that you post. Thank you for sharing your talents!

  3. Amy says

    I like the headboard. I know once it all comes together it’s gonna look pretty snazzy!

  4. says

    WOW I love the way the closets look, as well as the bedside tables! You are a design genius Layla (and Kev!) Cannot wait to see how it all comes together!

    Also, I think I’m going to steal the planked ceiling idea for our kitchen.. I’m a little nervous about the execution, but I cannot get it out of my head and think it would look beautiful!!

  5. Virginia says

    All I wanna say is “Yeah Boy!!” I am cracking up at the Flavor Flav moment.. It is a delightful light & would make an awesome accessory piece, body or bedroom. You could wear it to Haven, I”ll be laughing loudest!

  6. Josey says

    Layla – I love the room and the progress. What I REALLY loved about this post though was the Christmas reference! I’m already driving my husband crazy with the countdown (187 days!) but he says he’s so used to it that he thinks it cute since it’s been happening for almost 10 years now. I can’t wait to see those posts/articles/photos!

  7. says

    Looks really beautiful! You are hilarious!! Why don’t you guys go on HGTV Design Star and take that show by storm? You would totally win!!

  8. says

    Oh, I love how it is looking. Can’t wait to see the finished product. And I love how “the process” is just as fun for you as the end result. I love your style.

  9. says

    your flava flav comment had me rolling this morning. i love that light too and have been eyeing it, cant wait to see it all come together!


  10. says

    Love all the details in the room. Brian and his son have done a spectacular job. I am swooning over the closets and bedside tables. $15 corbels? I want to go junking with you!
    Your Friend,

  11. says

    This is now the second post I’ve seen mentioning Christmas, and I am way too excited about it! The bedroom is looking so great! I can’t wait to see the finished project!

  12. says

    Can’t wait to see it all done! The details are all amazing! And, I’m really anxious to see the furniture painted as I have a headboard and nightstands that I would like to paint, but have been indecisive about the color. Fun stuff!

  13. Pammy says

    Can’t WAIT to see this room finished!!!
    LOVE the corbels (what a steal deal!). Lovin’ the gray (been looking at a lot of gray’s for one of our rooms too lately), and LOVE the barn light – been looking for one of them TOO – for another room (just don’t want to spend much $, because I’m hoping to change up that room in another year or so).
    Great Job all around ~ hurry up and finish it already!!!! ;o)

  14. MK says

    Is there a special way to use that chalk paint? I am very interested in how you applied this on the bed. I am wanting to do something similar in my house. Also what was the mix of French Linen and Graphite? 50/50?