When I found my grain sack look tea towels and made a sham and curtains for my spare bedroom, I loved the look so much that I thought I'd keep the theme going with some special touches. If you haven't seen my 5 minute no sew shams & curtains, click HERE.
So I had my theme started. Also in this room is a shelf desk that I built about a year ago. The room is too small to hold much furniture but it had just enough space between the closet and the door for a shelf. I opted to install a wide shelf on brackets that I screwed into studs. The shelf is cut from a scrounged piece of maple plywood with a 1/4 trim added to hide the grain on the edges.
It worked like a charm! I had originally stained the desk to match the trim in the room. Here is a photo of the shelf desk after I had finished it:
This past month I painted all the trim in this room and painted the desk to match. Then I thought it would look cute with a grain sack stripe.
So I began by taping off the area for the first stripes.
I used a home made blue chalk paint for the lines. It's the same blue as the chair shown above. After the first stripes were dry, I taped off the line for the wider stripe down the center of the two skinny ones. I also painted stripes on the chair seat using the trim paint and painted the spindles white. I painted the grooves in the chair legs and upper supports in white to add the to striped effect and then outlined the edges in white to show off the detail in them - loving the grain sack theme!
For more details on how to build the shelf desk itself, click HERE. Now this all matches my chalk painted armoire!
I rearranged all the furniture in this space while I was at it. I have so much stuff that I needed a better layout to allow me to keep all my stuff (read HOARDER).
Um yep, this one works really well. Now there's room for two side tables and a trunk at the foot of the bed! I'm using a leather ottoman as one of the side tables (hardly the height of fashion, but I love this ottoman and don't want to get rid of it...). I have a tray that I put on top of the ottoman, so guess what? I painted it.
The tray has a piece of adhesive cork (shelf paper) in the bottom to keep things from sliding around. The tray was black to begin with so I only lightly coated it with the trim paint colour and then used more masking tape to add the blue line all around the center point.
So there you have it! My grain themed guest room is complete - and thank God that trim is painted. What a job and a half that was. Two rooms to go!
Hope you all have a fabulous week!
ps If you want to see how I created the antique effect on my armoire, click HERE