When it comes to interior design, most people think of me as a colorist. Fact is, I think of myself that way. But recently we needed to replace the flooring in our guest room, which is on the lower level of our home. After consulting with my good friend, interior designer Jamie Devlin, who works for CFM, we chose Mannington laminated flooring in a warm cherry color. The installers Jamie recommended were wonderful, and in a few days we had a beautiful, shiny floor instead of the black carpeting that had been there since we moved in 8 years ago. Trouble was, all our furniture was old and brown, so I was faced with the dilemma of too much brown wood, which forced me into DIY mode. I decided to paint my furniture. I can hear the gasps now–“Oh, NO! You can’t paint those antiques!” But, as you can see from the “BEFORE” shot, below, something needed to change.
So I painted the fireplace wall, and the armoire with the mirrored doors. The mantel had fallen off the wall a few years before, and my husband had moved out his old desk (where the Christmas tree sat). The loveseat and draperies stayed the same, but we moved the armoire to sit in front of the doorway to a storage room, since we can access it another way and never used the door. A new mirror (from Pier One) and a pair of chairs moved from the living room makes a great conversation area in front of the fireplace. Doesn’t the room look fresher now?
I haven’t been a DIY-er since the ’70s, so painting the armoire and the dresser took me days and days! I then decided to refresh the bed linens so I’d have an all white room. Here’s how the bed looked BEFORE:
You can see the brown dresser to the left of the bed, and while this room had its charm, I was really ready to lighten everything up. Also, the brass headboard had fallen out of style, so it got a coat of flat black paint. The old lamp went away, and a pair of vintage alabaster lamps from a local design shop were added to the mix since we often have a couple staying in our guest room, and I think each person deserves a reading lamp. New linens from Tuesday Morning and Macy’s completed this budget makeover:
Probably the best response I’ve gotten after this makeover is from my son, Tony, who said “Wow, Mom! This looks great! It reminds me of Anthropologie.” He then asked “What do you call this style?” I hadn’t thought about it, but decided that perhaps “Paris Flea Market” might describe the look. What do you think? I’d love your feedback in the “comments” space, below.