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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If you haven’t seen it yet, and would like to check it out, just click here to watch: Wood Wall Reveal.

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

    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)!


  2. 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.

  3. 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. :-)

  4. 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! 😀

  5. 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.

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