Our Next Room Makeover

Hi, and thank you for all the sweet tweets, comments, and shares on our second episode for The Design Network!

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The Lettered Cottage | Wood Plank Wall

I started pulling things together for episode 3 yesterday and man is this one going to be fun! 😀 Remember Kathy? From my show intro…

The Lettered Cottage Show

…and this photo I blogged about a couple of week ago:


We were hanging out recently, and she mentioned that she had a room upstairs at her house that could use a little lovin’.

A little turtle dovin’, as Kevin would say. :-)

Well, you can’t live three houses down from me and say “I’ve got a room upstairs that could use a little lovin” without locking yourself into at least a full-blown design consultation with yours truly.

Those words are like the opposite of kryptonite to me. :-)

So, long story short, a full-blown design consultation led to plans for a full-blown room makeover, so I’m working on Kathy’s little room upstairs for episode 3. Here’s a (pieced together) photo of what the room looked like when she moved in…

Closet Before

It’s 9′-4″ wide x 10′-1″ feet deep, and it has the sweetest pitched ceiling. It was originally supposed to be a big ol’ closet, but there’s another closet in the bedroom this space branches off of, so we’re turning it into a hang out space/TV cave instead.

Kathy wanted to keep part of it as a closet though, so she had a contractor build a little partition wall to separate the front from the back. Here’s an updated photo of what the space looks like today:

Kathy Room Before

Closet Makeover | The Lettered Cottage

The walls (in these photos) are painted a dusty pear green color and the only items that are staying in the room are the sofa and TV. Here’s a close-up of the (gorgeous) sofa:

Khaki Sofa | The Lettered Cottage

I love the khaki/cream combo! So pretty! And since that’s the biggest thing in the room, we decided to build the entire new color palette around it, so we started the makeover yesterday with some of Sherwin-Williams’ Wool Skein-colored paint on the walls:

Wool Skein Paint | Sherwin Williams | The Lettered Cottage

Have you met Wool Skein? It’s like one of my favorite neutrals ever.

Wool Skein Paint

Here’s how it looks up against the sofa:

Wool Skein Paint Sherwin Williams | The Lettered Cottage

(That’s a screenshot of a video, so excuse the weird blue lines on the arm of the sofa!)

Not a massive difference (which always makes for a nice, easy adjustment when it comes to living with new colors!), but just enough to create a more monochromatic look- which is what we’re after in this space. Why? Because it’s not dark colors that make a space feel smaller, it’s contrast. Keeping (most) things in the same tonal family (with a few muted color pops here and there) will (visually) help this little, windowless room feel more spacious than it would if we used lots of contrasting colors. (And it’ll look so purrty, too!)

Wool Skein Paint | The Lettered Cottage | Room Makeover

After the walls were rolled, Kathy and I set out to find a previously-loved piece of furniture to use below the TV. We wanted something that would hide the TV components and cords, and something that would look nice from the hallway, too. You can see directly into this space as you pass by the bedroom out here:

Man Cave | Kids Cave | Hang Out Space | Lounge

So, after a yummy lunch at Green Papaya, Kathy and I headed next door to Eastbrook Flea Market in search of the perfect piece. We met up with Jenny (in the black shirt in the photo of above) and we had a ball looking around the place together. This guy didn’t come home with us, but oh how we wanted to rescue him too!

Antique Armoire Wardrobe | The Lettered Cottage

This guy did come home with us, and I think he’ll look amazing mounted on the wall at the end of Kathy’s sofa:

Accordian Sconce | The Lettered Cottage

Truth be told, I’ve had my eye on that accordion sconce forever, but never could find a place for it at our house. I’m so happy to know that it’s going to live down the street from me now- LOL! 😀

We saw lots of vintage dressers and cabinets…

Vintage Dressers

…but this long, low credenza was exactly-ish what we were looking for, to sit right below the TV:

Low Credenza Makeover | The Lettered Cottage

I say “exacty-ish” because it’s not quiiiiite the right height or finish. We need it to sit up higher, like these…

Vintage Sideboard | Gray | White

Antique Buffet | The Lettered Cottage

But that’s what power tools for, right? 😀 Once we’ve built it up a bit, I’ll work on giving it a facelift with paint.

Kathy also brought home this gorgeous (3′ wide) metal military trunk:

Metal Military Trunk

Strangely enough, it just happened to be sitting in the same booth that I used to sell stuff out of several years ago. I called my space “Tossed & Found” and I really enjoyed that little adventure while it lasted. (I decided to throw in the towel after a few months because I found it really hard to keep up and turn a profit.)

It was love at first sight when Kathy first spotted the trunk sitting there, but she wanted to think about it for a few days before she made her final decision. That was until she got up to the counter and found out it everything in my old booth was currently 30% off! 😀 Needless to say, Kathy snatched it up with a quickness, and I’m so excited to use it beneath the (modified) credenza when it’s all ready to be moved in there.

So there ya have it. One rustic-meets-refined room re-do, comin’ up! I look forward to sharing the process as we go, and the full episode about it will launch on The Design Network on Monday, December 2nd if you’d like to watch it unfold that way, too! :-)

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  1. says

    I love to watch your projects!! Wanted to let you know that I’ve had a hard time getting your pages to load lately. Any suggestions?

    • Layla says

      Thank you, Stacey! 😀 And as for the pages loading- I’m not sure. ? Maybe try opening it with a different browser? They load lickety split for me on Safari! :-)

  2. says

    Kathy is so lucky to have you decorating this room…it’s going to look outstanding. She is already off to a good start with that great sofa, and I am looking forward to seeing how you build up that table. Gotta say…luv the name of your old booth…”Tossed & Found” :)


    • Layla says

      Thank you, Linda! 😀 I’m excited to get in there with some goodies next week! 😀

  3. Jan says

    Oh I can’t wait to see the finished room. Do you mind telling me how much the credenza was that you bought. I’ll be in Montgomery during the Thanksgiving holidays and if reasonable I may try to hit Eastbrook Flea Market. Thanks.

  4. Bev says

    Can’t wait to see the episode :) Love the space, the military box is very cool !!! Where did the sofa come from ( ikea or pottery barn ) ?

  5. Donna Doble-Brown says

    Layla . . . . so excited . . . . can’t wait for the next episode! How fun . . . :)

  6. Melanie says

    Could you share if that is a sofa cover or did you purchase that way if so could you share where.<3

  7. says

    that’s funny…I started to go to Eastbrook yesterday but got caught up running errands and grocery store so didn’t make it but if I had seen that wall lamp we might have got in a tug of war over it! So excited to see this make over…I love her sofa!

    • Layla says

      LOL, Judy! Now THAT would have been a funny shopping trip experience! 😀 #TugOfWar

  8. Liza says

    In the photo of the painting supplies, I am curious about the metal “netting” -type thingy in the big bucket of paint. Is there a name for that piece? Where do you purchase it? Does it prevent you from having to pour the paint into a tray? Thank you very much!

    • Layla says

      Hi, Liza! It’s a roller screen, and it makes it easier to get the roller head covered with a nice, even amount of paint. You can find them at paint and home improvement stores. :-)

  9. Janine says

    Would love to know where the sofa came from – exactly what I’m looking for – and LOVE the color from Sherwin-Williams – great choice!!

  10. katie says

    Fun! Wish I was your neighbor 😉 I’m excited to see what you do with the too low credenza…I stared at the picture and can’t figure out what you’re gonna do! But you’re amazing, so I know it’s going to be awesome!!

  11. says

    You are off to an amazing start!
    I will be watching this one closely, as we are building a new studio and I will have my own 10′ x 10′ space with those same sloped ceilings.
    Love the tip about contrasting colors making a room seem smaller, I didn’t know that!

    • Layla says

      FUN stuff! I can’t wait to see what you do with your new space, too! 😀

  12. says

    That accordion sconce is fantastic! What a wonderful client you have. :) I’m now inspired to get myself on over to Eastbrook soon.

  13. Genny says

    Loved your room makeover video! I sure wish you lived a few doors down from me — I’ve got a lot of rooms that need “A little turtle dovin”!

  14. says

    So pretty! I love refurbishing furniture. I’ve done many projects over the years (my kids were amazed to find out I could use a sander and drill LOL)!


  15. lisa says

    i can’t wait to see what you do with all the great reclaimed goodies you have found! i like what she has in her bedroom area . love the headboard. keep up the good work.

  16. Patti says

    I hope you have room for that green floral chair in the before shot, it would go so nicely with the khaki couch. Love those pieces!

    • Layla says

      Hi Patti! I believe that chair belonged to the previous owner because I think that first photo was taken right before Kathy and her family moved into the house. :-)

  17. says

    Too bad I can’t follow you guys on tv, but I’m sure the show is great to watch! Kathy is one lucky lady to live so close to you and to be having a full make-over for her room… I can’t wait to see the final make-over! Have fun decorating Layla!!
    Hugs, Inge x

    • Layla says

      Hi Inge!
      My show is actually on a broadband network, so all the episodes are online at TheDesignNetwork.com! 😀

  18. Linda says

    Hello, First just love your new show a lot!!! The kitchen make-over was wonderful your so talented when watching you make it so easy to be invited in:) This room that your doing now can not wait to see what your up to next! Can you please tell me if your going to be using the owners aqua colored chair in your design ?
    I’m so happy for the both of you in your new journey I wish you the best in this and truly look forward to more shows.