|Nice border. Made me feel like I was staying at Grandma's.
|white on white - not my choice of cheerful. The Navy memorabilia was not making the room "pop".
As this was the larger of the two bedrooms in this house, it was our master bedroom, so we wanted to make it nice. The first step was to rip out the teal green carpet.
And painted a lovely shade of blue. At least it looked lovely in the magazine ad for Benjamin Moore paint. When we got it on the walls, though, it was like sleeping inside a bottle of Febreeze.
Then there was the interim weird ugly furniture phase.
Before simply getting rid of the headboard all together and buying some bedding I liked.
But the room was pretty bad.
|TV trays made very functional bedside tables for 4 years.
And that was our newlywed bedroom for the first 4 years of marriage. We just turned off the lights.
Then a couple of years ago we put the giant addition on the house and moved out of this room to our new master suite. Since then, it has been an unwelcoming guest room. I must say I am sorry to those of you who stayed with us and had to sleep in this room. You must have felt like you were in a construction zone.
So this summer I got some gumption to fix it.
First step in the makeover was a headboard I made out of an old door.
|I cut it to queen-sized width and made a cleat for the top and braces for the side.
|There was some piecing to do.
|But it looked better once I added re-purposed trim as a top ledge, Bondo-ed the knob holes, and primed it.
|I found some miss matched furniture that I liked at a second hand store and gave them all a fresh coat of white.
Time for some hard core painting.
|But what color?
|Upon closer inspection of the floor, I could see that long ago it had been painted faux oak. That was common in the early days here in Utah.
|Now I was doing my own artistic painting.
|We settled on a beautiful shade of blue that makes the room calming and cool.
After paint, some lush carpet.
|Cream Berber with a faint yellow tint.
|We had the heater vent stripped of paint and Drew shined it up.
|And the doors would be refinished by Drew.
So the only thing left was to decorate!
|Re-purposed windows for wall art. The center one is the screen from our front windows I found in the attic.
|Heavy purple velvet drapes to shut out the sun for mid-day napping.
|And the headboard turned out great.
So if you ever find yourself in Salt Lake City, you have a place to lay your head.
Update January 2014: Finishing artOne winter day I finally filled in the re-purposed wall art, i.e. the old screen and window pictured above. When I was helping mom pack to move out of the farmhouse years ago, I found a box of postcards. Most of them were not written on, but a few were, and all were vintage. I strung them up and hung them in the vintage frames. How vintage of me.
|Vintage family postcards in window and window screen "frames".
|Most of the postcards were circa 1930-40, purchased when my grandparents when on a trip to California to send back home to my great grandparents. One that went through the mail is dated 1932.
Some of the pictures on the fronts are cool.
As cool as the fronts are, the back is where the good nuggets are. Sadly, only a few are written on.
|I smudged the addressee, but I will tell you that they were addressed to my great grandmother with my hometown and state only; no PO Box or street address and no zip. Fantastic.
|See below for translation
Dear Folks - Everything is beautiful out here. We are at Lea's ????? swing the town. Were at the ?Txocoder? - that's where you were - but we only saw one movie star & he needed a haircut. Love #####How precious is that! Another is great because it was sent in 1944 when they passed through Salt Lake City. It reads:
Dear Folks, We are in Salt Lake tonight - winter here. First waves struck - no trouble - lots of traffic. Hard to get rooms. Love a ?tor???? cabin tonight. Having FUNApparently, neither the traffic nor the weather has changed in Salt Lake City in 70 years!
What I really wonder is why were my grandparents on a vacation in the winter of 1944 while WWII was going on?
Anyway, if you come to visit, you will get to sleep with some pieces of history here.