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Sunday, January 19, 2014

My Italian Guestroom Makeover

A while back I blogged about my inspiration for a guestroom makeover, "An Italian Villa Retreat".
Hence, that is part of the reason I have not blogged in awhile. 
I have been quite busy redecorating my guest room.
I have a few more finishing touches to do I am currently distressing some shutters I hope to put up next week! But here is my handy work so far!
I am quite happy with the results!
 First I tested TONS of paint samples to see if I wanted to go blue or creamy yellow...
I finally chose a creamy yellow...but it looked so dull....
After painting it, I knew it still needed something...so I asked my mother-in-law for help!
My mother-in-law is a professional faux painter, and she showed me how to do a simple aging technique with this block stippler brush!
 1 day later, and some exhausted arms...
Below is a stock photo of the quilt I bought for the room..."Mansfield Park" from Kohls.
Next, I needed to update the closet. While it is a guest room I still want it to be useable space for me when guests aren't here. So I decided to turn it into a transitional desk space for me!
First I painted it "Tame Teal" from Sherwin Williams.
Then I had my husband cut shelving for me, which I then sanded down and distressed with two different shades of stain to give the boards an aged look.
It was easy to install the shelves because the closet had a built in closet system so I could adjust shelves to my preferred heights!
Added some books, flowers, wrought iron accents, Italian wine bottles, and tah dah!

 I found this cute little frame at a garage sale, distressed it, and added a cute Italian picture.
Now I can sit at my lovely little desk and enjoy views of Italy!
 My next step is to paint a view of the Italian countryside for my new guestroom!

Now I am dying to visit Italy! 

~ Elle