I married and became a first-time mom at the age of 45, two years later was told I was POST menopausal so I started this blog. You will find a mix of personal stories, humor and the most Luxurious and Higher-End Giveaways for us busy moms!
Welcome to Part III of the makeover I've been doing on our third-floor guest bedroom with the ceilings and slopes from hell. If you want to see what I'm referring to, check out Part I HERE and Part II HERE.
So far I've covered paint, wallpaper, window treatments and carpeting. Today I'm writing about furnishing a room with a small door opening that measures only 27" across when the door is fully open. Keep in mind the average doorway is 32" x 80" when it comes to moving furniture in and out of a space.
The first challenge was to find a comfortable, off-the-shelf chair that would fit through the door and still be affordable. Keeping in mind I live in a very small town with very few places to shop and no second-hand stores, I lucked in with this gorgeous number that just happened to be 50% off and 27" across at its widest point.
With a lot of effort and nearly needing a shoehorn, I squeezed it through the doorway without damaging it or the fresh paint on the door jamb. The lamp beside it was a fabulous find on an on-line local ad for only $30. Its height can be adjusted up or down to fit the ceiling slope.
The biggest challenge for me was deciding on what size bed would fit this difficult room. At first I thought I would be limited to a double bed under the window because there is only 24" of straight wall on the sides of the room. Then I discovered low-profile box springs at our local BRICK STORE! With a height of only 4", suddenly I had the option of placing the head of the bed under the slope and going as wide as a king if I wanted.
I opted for this queen Beautyrest Mattress with Low-Profile Box spring in a creamy beige which was being discontinued so instead of $2300, I paid only $1079 with delivery! A definite bargain and exactly the color I would have chosen to go with the room.
To customize the height, my dad made 6 hardwood blocks that I attached to each corner with two in the center to support the bed. It not only gave me the option of choosing the height and dark stain but looks much more designer than standard frames with metal wheels. Thanks Dad!!
And check out the two solid wood bedside tables from Sears that were on sale and the perfect height. They came with dark metal knobs but I like the look of these retro-inspired glass pulls better.
Stay tuned! Next comes the pretty and one more piece of furniture that is on order!!
If you checked out my post from May 6th, I published photos of a spare bedroom we have on the third floor where I'm currently in the process of doing a complete makeover.
So far, I have covered the blue walls (took four coats of paint!) with a nice creamy yellow shade and added this pretty wallpaper (was 50% off!) to the window wall:
I also added this super soft plush carpet (was $23 per square yard but they gave me a discount to $20 per):
Here's a peek of how it looks with new silk drapes (two panels for only $12 from a local online ad!) and a rich chocolate brown bamboo roller shade (also from a local online ad for only $10!). I've also had the carpet cut for a custom fit that leaves about a 2" border over the light beige tile floors. It isn't obvious in this photo but in person, it adds warmth and texture.
A simple design trick I did was to hang the blind about 12" above the top of the window to add height to the room and give the illusion of a much bigger window. When all four walls in a room are straight instead of slanted, you can achieve this same illusion by hanging display rails near the top of the walls or wall and then hanging artwork or photos.
In case you didn't catch my first post, here is how the room looked when I started.
Tomorrow a queen mattress and box spring is scheduled to arrive and the two end tables I ordered are waiting to be picked up.
Stay tuned, more photos of this amazing makeover are coming!!