Mar 28, 2012

Where Our Guests Sleep

It's been a while since I did a post about The office/Guestroom, so I thought I would take a minute and do a few updates. A while back I did a post about our "alternative" window treatments and how we finally replaced them in the Office/Guestroom (you can read that post here) Then I told you about the free makeover we gave our desk. So now I'll fill you in on the other side of the office - the guestroom part.

This is what we started with... kind of.

Originally it was a sea foam green color, but we just went crazy and painted the minute we moved in. It's a light gray color called Granite Dust from Valspar. If you're looking for a pure light gray color, I highly recommend it. We just picked it because we didn't know what the heck we would be doing with this room, but it worked out really well (shout out to my mom and sister who helped me paint this room a while back!).

So anyway, we painted it and then it looked like the above picture for a LONG time. We knew we wanted a guest room, but we only have two bedrooms and we didn't want to have a room we never used. So we decided a pull-out couch would be more appropriate than a giant bed. 

If you're an avid blog-reader, you might recognize that the couch is actually the same one that John & Sherry of Young House Love had in their old office/guestroom (different color of course!). That wasn't on purpose, but I think there are probably a limited number of affordable full-size pull-out couch/beds out there. This one is by Rowe and we got it at Dane Design in Oklahoma City. It's actually really comfortable (yes, I have slept in it - when Eric was peeved sick).

Eric made this frame out of baseboards and gorilla glue. Underneath is a cork board so we can use pushpins to mark where we've been.

I'm pink, Eric's blue and yellow means we've been there together. The day that we put all of our pins in, we ended up looking and talking about the map for a couple of hours. The world is so big, ya know? So many places to visit... someday. 

This is what the room looks like when we have visitors. The ottoman becomes a bedside table and there is an area on the bookshelf for another one.  It doesn't look like it, but there is actually plenty of room all around the bed.

So that's that. Nothing fancy or awesome, but it's still a work in progress. I want to eventually paint the bookshelves (they've been in Eric's family for a long time and I painted the backs yellow a few years ago). The bedspread and the lamp are a leftovers and should probably be replaced. But it works for now and it is a far cray from when we first moved in!


  1. Lovely! If you'd like to add an African pin to your map, we are headed back to Uganda in September & have room on our team... ;)

  2. Oh my word I LOVE the map idea! We have wanted to do something like that for a long time and we might just have to copy that now! And it seems like an easy DIY!! Hope you're doing well Ashley!


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