Our son got married last weekend but he didn’t actually move out until the week before the wedding. Since he had moved home for this past year of college, his bedroom had become a dumping ground for furniture, books, and other random things that had been donated to him by some very generous church members. Basically he had a path through his room leading to the bed and to the closet.
I wish I had taken a picture of it before he moved out so you could appreciate the cluttered room we started out with. However, a battle with the flu that lead to full blown pneumonia for me just kept me out of the moving adventures leading up to the wedding.
Here are a few reminder pictures of the inspiration for our guest bedrooms.
Basically, after dealing with the flu and pneumonia, I had just a few days to get this room ready before our wedding guests arrived to stay for the weekend. Immediately we ran into problems with the bed.
Several months ago we purchased a second hand king sized bedroom set from a church friend who had purchased it off another “friend’ to help them out financially. At only $75 for the king bed, a large dresser, and an tall armoire, we got it for steal – or so we thought – and we felt good about helping someone out in need.
Last week,when my son and I tried to connect the bed rails and side rails to the headboard and foot board, we realized they were from a different bed and wouldn’t fit the frame. In fact we came very close to tearing out the brackets inside the headboard trying to make it fit. We realized that someone else had the same problem and it explained the damage to the foot board.
So, our “new” king bed with the large headboard and foot board became a waste of money if we didn’t find a solution – and fast!
To fix the problem I had to order from Amazon a new bed frame and a conversion kit to be able to use a headboard with slotted brackets and I had to pay extra shipping to get it here before the wedding.
Last Thursday – just two days before the wedding and one day before guests arrived I was finally able to build the king bed minus the matching foot board. The foot board was just too damaged to work with the new bed frame and rails.
Since I had thought this bed was going to have wooden side rails, I didn’t plan on using a bed skirt. Instead of spending more money right before the wedding date, I covered the box springs with a fitted brown sheet and made up the bed with sheets, pillows, and blankets. Our guests were family so they will love me either way.
In the end, our Guest Bedroom 2 is nice and comfortable, but it will be getting some updates in the next few months.
- First, I am considering changing out the sage green paint color.
- The old wall mounted TV stand will be removed (not pictured).
- New bedding is definitely a must.
- New art and accessories to match the new decor and paint.
- Drapery will be added.
- New side tables – or I will get new side tables for my Master bedroom and bring the matching table to the current one downstairs.
- New lamps.
This room will also be changed out with new flooring when we remodel the entire basement (hopefully in two years). For some reason this room is the only one in the basement with carpet.
I really don’t like matchy matchy furniture sets so the large dresser and armoire in storage will be sold on Craigslist in the next few weeks. My husband and I decided these two items were just too big for the room and not worth trying to get them down into the basement. Besides, a guest room is seldom used so why put such big items in the room just to collect dust.
I am considering giving these two items a painted upgrade before trying to sell them of course. Just can’t give up on a potential project when I see it!
“Wise men store up knowledge, but the mouth of a fool invites ruin.” Proverbs 10:14