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Since Cian's nursery is now where the guest room used to be the "office" space on the first floor has become our new guest room. It's a much smaller space but perfect for a guest room (that doesn't get used all that much!).
After we moved all the furniture into this room it looked like this:
Actually this is a slight improvement on what it was like as I had already purchased the new headboard by the time I got around to taking pictures. Nonetheless, it's not exactly an inspiring or inviting room!
In brainstorming what I wanted to do with the room I knew that I wanted to add a bright pop of coral. I also knew that I wanted to keep the cost of this makeover to less $200.
Anywho, enough blabbering, I know all you want is to see the pics! How about I get straight to the reveal and then I'll backtrack with all the necessary deets?!
Remember the old dresser that I painted with the color Handsome by Velvet Finishes? Well the same line of paint has the most amazing shade of coral called Exotic. Once I saw it I just knew it would be the perfect color to paint those boring white Ikea nightstands. And whaddya know. I was right!
Because I was dealing with a shiny laminate - which paint wouldn't adhere easily to - I decided to take the extra step of using the READY product by VF. This stuff is basically a de-glosser and it prepares the surface to take the paint. I'd never used it before but I was extremely impressed. I just sprayed it all over the nightstand and let it dry for 30 minutes. Any excess that was left I just wiped off. Once again, no sanding or other prep needed!
Kellie from VF recommends using a good quality roller with her paints but I had such good results with my paintbrush last time that I went the same route. Again, the paint applied flawlessy and dried without leaving any brushstrokes. Because I was going for a dramatic color change, I ended up needing a total of 3 coats of the paint for a perfectly even vibrant color.
Another extra step that I did this time was to use the PROTECT product which is a polycrylic designed especially to leave a streak-free finish over VF paint. It's recommended to use it on tabletops, nightstands or any other piece of high traffic furniture. I used 2 coats to get a wonderfully shiny, resistant finish.
Once I had painted the nightstands I attached 2 new drawers knobs that I had spray painted gold. Aren't they the perfect finishing touch?
Originally I had been looking for a pair of gold lamps but I couldn't find anything that I liked or that was within my budget. UNTIL I came across these beauties at Target ON CLEARANCE for $14.98 each. I hadn't considered a wood tone but I knew that if I spray painted the silver trim pieces the same gold as the knobs that they would be perfection. Note: For some reason these lamps are back up to their original price of $44.99 - despite being on clearance only a few weeks ago.
I think the gold really warms up the wood and just does more for the lamp than the silver ever did.
Speaking of Target steals, do you like the headboard and x-stools? You won't believe that they're both another clearance find that I snapped up. The x-base stools were only $30 each (and are again available at a slightly higher price) and the Camelback Nailhead Headboard was reduced from $300 to $87 (now sold out but this one is similar).
How much did I end up spending? Let's tally 'er up!
Headboard $87 (Target)
X-Base Stools $60 (2 x $29.98 - Target)
Lamps $30 (2 x $14.98 - Target)
Throw Pillow $20 (HomeGoods)
Drawer pulls $2 each
Duvet Cover & Shams (Already owned - Target)
*If you had to buy the paint you would need to add another $19 here - the 80z container would be enough)
Everything else I already owned!
Total cost = $199! YAY! Under the $200 mark :-)
I hope when my parents visit in June that they will love how bright and fun this room now is! I hope you'll agree that it's a big improvement!
Have you tried Velvet Finishes paint yet? I really can't rave enough about all of the products. I'm just looking for excuses to try some of the other beautiful colors!