Guest Room: Still Working on It

Now that we’ve got a shiny new king-sized bed in our master bedroom, our guest room finally has a queen-sized bed. Can you believe we were making our guests sleep in a full?! Sorry, guests. Now, you get to enjoy a slightly-larger knock-off TempurPedic mattress. Was it worth the wait? It was, right?

Glitter and Goat Cheese - Charcoal Guest Room with Marbled Paper and Urban Outfitters Eyeball Sconces

Once we moved the bigger bed in, it became clear very quickly that our giant nightstands needed to go. We already had the round wood table on the left – it was actually in our house when we moved in – and we found the Target Threshold gold accent table that I’ve been wanting since February on clearance for $29.98! It was AWESOME. They also had most of the other brass/gold accent tables on sale, but I actually thought this one was the nicest-looking (read: least cheap) in person. I put an acrylic gold tray on top to warm it up a bit. The only thing that stinks about it is that it doesn’t camouflage anything: you can see all the cords on the floor behind it.

Glitter and Goat Cheese - Charcoal guest room with gold accent table and bronze sconces

As you can see, I haven’t “styled” either nightstand yet. They’re so small! I don’t know what to put on them. We no longer have room for table lamps, so we opted for wall sconces. After a lot of wishy-washying, I finally bit the bullet and ordered the Urban Outfitters Eyeball Sconces in bronze. I was really iffy about it, because they’re just a bit more modern than I’d like, and I don’t totally trust UO’s quality, but in the end, you just can’t beat $29 for a sconce.

Urban Outfitters Eyeball Sconce in Bronze on Charcoal Walls

I was pretty happy when they arrived – the bronze is just the right shade, and they’re surprisingly sturdy-feeling. Unfortunately, they come with a white cord, which is not cute. I copied Jenny Komenda (for not-the-first and certainly-not-the-last time) and painted the top portion of the cords the same color as the wall, and that helped a lot.

Urban Outfitters Bronze Eyeball Sconce on Charcoal Walls

I had plenty of extra Ashland Slate lying around, since I’ve used it on so many things (the guest room walls, the kitchen cabinets, and the Rast dressers). I opted to use my sample pot on the cords, since it was a) the easiest to open and b) the thinnest formula.

Glitter and Goat Cheese - Painting Cords on Urban Outfitters Eyeball Sconce

Glitter and Goat Cheese - Urban Outfitters Eyeball Sconce with Painted Cord

I moved our marbled paper above the bed, and I really like it there. Now, the bed itself needs some work. The ol’ Ikea Hemnes and toile duvet had a good run, but they’re not doing it for me in this room. I think I want to find a way to upholster the headboard with beige linen and brass nailheads – something like this.

Beige Headboard with Brass Nailheads

I’d like to replace the duvet cover with a solid white one, like this, and then bring in some color with shams in a large-scale floral. Maybe one of these?

Ideally, I’d pair those with my Ikea black and white graphic throw pillows, since I already own them.

Ikea Lappljung Ruta Black and White Graphic Cushion Cover

Is it cliché to mix floral and geometric patterns yet? I hope not, because I’m still into it.

We still have a light wood bookcase and dresser on the other side of the room, and something has to be done about that. The dresser is way bigger than it needs to be, so I’d like to replace it with something smaller. The bookcase is OK, but I want to give painting it a shot. It’s cheapy veneer, so I’m not sure how well that will go.

Maybe, some day, I’ll actually feel like I’m finished with a room! Any room! Just one?

Do you find yourself constantly updating the decor in your house, or do you finish a room and move on completely? What would you do to update our guest room?

DIY Ikea Succulent Bowl

I have a major thing for succulents these days. I started off with a few from Lowe’s last fall, and I’m now up to 14. I may have a bit of a problem. Don’t judge me.

Houseplant experts will tell you never to buy plants from somewhere like Ikea, but I’ve had decent luck so far. They have a ton of different succulents for $2.99 each! And when I spotted this striped bowl for $6.99, inspiration struck.

Glitter and Goat Cheese - Ikea bowl with small succulents

I picked up three different haworthias (Note: Do not rely on the label that Ikea puts on the plants. A lot of them are wrong!) and an $0.89 bag o’ rocks (not pictured).

I was feeling ambitious, so I decided I was going to drill a drainage hole in the bottom of the bowl. I bought a 1/2″ glass and tile drill bit from Home Depot, thinking it’d be really easy.

Glitter and Goat Cheese - Bosch Glass and Tile Drill Bit

It was not easy. It took me two hours (with frequent breaks) to get through the bottom of the bowl.

Glitter and Goat Cheese - Ikea bowl with drainage hole drilled in bottom

I do not recommend this. I’ve had succulents in bowls without drainage holes, and they’ve been fine. Just skip it.

But anyway, since I was being an overachieving succulent mom, I drilled through, and I also made my own succulent soil mix. Some more advice for you: Do not buy the pre-mixed stuff meant for cactuses. It is TERRIBLE. Gardening websites will usually recommend mixing regular potting soil with sand and perlite, but I skipped the sand for simplicity’s sake.

Glitter and Goat Cheese - Making a succulent bowl

Perlite is the white styrafoam-looking stuff you see in most potting soil. You can buy a bag of it for under $5 from home improvement stores or nurseries and add more of it to your potting soil to make it drain faster. I used a mixture of half potting soil, half perlite.

After I mixed up my soil and put some in the bowl, I dug the succulents out of their pots. Side note: I found a little albino piece UNDER THE SOIL in the roots of one of them. See it in the pot all the way to the left? Isn’t it freaky?! It looks like a white lobster claw. I don’t think it’s ready for sunlight yet, so I planted it in its own little pot and am keeping it in the shade to see if it wants to live. I hope it does!

Glitter and Goat Cheese - Ikea succulents

I tried to space them out enough so they’d have room to grow. Haworthias can offset (create little baby plants that will grow next to them), and I wanted to make sure they wouldn’t all end up choking each other.

Glitter and Goat Cheese - DIY Ikea succulent bowl before adding rocks

Finally, I added the rocks. Something finer, like gravel, might have been a better choice, but hey, you can’t beat $0.89!

Glitter and Goat Cheese - DIY Ikea succulent bowl

There are varying schools of thought on whether you should water succulents immediately after repotting them. I don’t have the bowl in a super sunny spot, and the days are getting shorter – plus, the potting soil was already pretty moist – so I’m not going to water mine for at least a week or two.

Glitter and Goat Cheese - DIY Ikea succulent bowl

So that’s my DIY Ikea succulent bowl, all for under $20! (Unless you count the drill bit. Let’s not count the drill bit.)

Anyone else love succulents as much as I do? Got any advice for keeping them alive and healthy?

House Tour: My Office, Dressing Room & Happy Place

I appreciate that my husband wants to be involved in decorating our home. I really do. But I have to admit that I was thrilled when he gave me free reign to decorate the office.

This room, on the front side of the house, was actually a guest room in its past life. It was peach, plain, and fairly unimpressive. But it also happened to boast the house’s one-and-only walk-in closet, so that put it in high esteem in my eyes.

Glitter and Goat Cheese - The Old Guest Room

Brad and his dad put in beautiful crown moulding, and I had no trouble picking a paint color. I knew I wanted a lavender-gray – feminine, but not overtly so. I ended up with Misty Memories by Benjamin Moore, and I absolutely love it.

So, this is the view of the room from the hallway.

Glitter and Goat Cheese - Colorful Office - View from hallway

The ceiling fan isn’t my favorite thing in the world, but changing out light fixtures isn’t super high on the priority list right now.

Quite a bit of my previous projects from the blog ended up in this room.

Glitter and Goat Cheese - Colorful Office - Shelving

Sadly, my no-sew suzani print curtains are way too short for these windows. They’re up there for now, but they’ll have to be replaced eventually.

Glitter and Goat Cheese - Colorful Office - DIY Glitter Art and Shelving

My DIY glitter art fits just fine, though. Thank goodness.

Glitter and Goat Cheese - Colorful Office - Gold Chevron Lampshade and DIY Glitter Art

You can see some of my abstract art rejects lying around the room. It’s like “Where’s Waldo?”

Glitter and Goat Cheese - Colorful Office - White Desk and Blue Shelving

Glitter and Goat Cheese - Colorful Office - White Desk and Chair

There are a few new DIY pieces scattered around, too. Expect individual posts about those, coming soon!

Glitter and Goat Cheese - Colorful Office - Black Vintage Vanity

Moving my vanity to this room has been win-win for the whole family. I can use as much lighting as necessary without waking Brad up in the morning, and I get plenty of storage space for my beautifying tools without cramping his style in the bathroom. Plus, putting on my perfume in this room exclusively means it smells amazing.

Glitter and Goat Cheese - Colorful Office - Black Vintage Vanity and DIY Gold Leaf Art

I repurposed a chrome over-the-door rack (formerly used for purses) to display our half marathon medals. I figured they deserved better than sitting in a nightstand drawer.

Glitter and Goat Cheese - Colorful Office - White Armoire and DIY Glitter Art

So, that’s the office! It may be my favorite room in the house. If we ever have a baby, it would have to be turned into nursery, and that, my friends, is enough to make me want to remain childless for a very, very long time.

Glitter and Goat Cheese - Colorful Office - Official Desk Cat

Josie is on board with that sentiment.

What’s your favorite room in your home?

Gray and Gold Rast Hack

WHOA. I can’t believe it’s been more than a month since my last post! I’ll be honest: We’ve finally reached the point where we can’t really justify spending any more money on stuff for the house. Consequently, I have nothing new and don’t have much to post about (though I do still need to finish the house tour). BUT – I did recently finish a furniture DIY that’s been a long time coming.

I’ll just dive right in and show you:
Glitter and Goat Cheese - Ikea Rast dresser hack - Painted dark gray with brass hardware

Over a year after purchasing two Ikea Rast dressers, I finally got around to painting them!

Let’s go back to the beginning. I got the idea for this project from Design Manifest. This was my inspiration:

This is what the Rasts looked like when I first purchased them, of course:

I spray-painted the toe kicks gold immediately while the dressers were still in multiple pieces. Then, Brad put them together for me, and I brought them into the foyer to use for storage while they were waiting to be completed. Remember?

Glitter and Goat Cheese - Ikea Rast dresser hack - before painting

For whatever reason, though, I never ended up painting them. And once we moved into our new house, they came along, still unfinished. Here’s a peek at how they looked on Thanksgiving:

Glitter and Goat Cheese - Ikea Rast dresser hast - before painting

I didn’t get motivated until right before we decided to host a Super Bowl party. It was the first time most of our friends would see our new home, and I wanted it to look good. So, I gathered my supplies: Kilz spray primer; a foam roller; and Sherwin Williams ProClassic paint in Satin, color-matched to Benjamin Moore’s Ashland Slate (the same color as our kitchen cabinets and guest room walls).

I already had all the hardware: Antique brass decorative corners from Hardware World, and brass ring pulls from Lee Valley (43mm x 51mm burnished bronze, to be specific). The decorative corners had to be glued on – I used a Krazy Glue pen – so my plan was to lacquer the dressers before anything permanent happened. Unfortunately, spray lacquer can only be used in temperatures above 55 degrees, and that wasn’t going to happen before the party. So, I just put the hardware on anyway, because I am the most impatient person on the planet.

Glitter and Goat Cheese - Ikea Rast dresser hack - Painted dark gray with brass hardware

When I do get around to lacquering these and have to tape off the decorative corners, I know I’m going to be cursing myself. But I’ll cross that bridge when I come to it.

Glitter and Goat Cheese - Ikea Rast dresser hack - Painted dark gray with brass hardware

I’m actually glad I didn’t paint these until we got here, because I love that they’re the same color as the kitchen cabinets. It ties the two rooms together without being too matchy.

Glitter and Goat Cheese - Ikea Rast dresser hack - Painted dark gray with brass hardware

There was just one snafu in this process: My gold toe kicks got kicked to the curb. Somehow, they got really dirty and stained and dark and gross over the course of the year. I could have re-painted them, but that would have required either taking them apart or taping them off, and I was just in too much in a hurry. Instead, I primed right over the dirty gold. They look nice for now, but I think I might like to goldify the toe kicks by hand at a later date. Maybe with high-quality acrylic? Or gold leaf? I just don’t know!

So, what do you think of my Rasts? Worth the wait? Should I goldify the toe kicks, or leave them gray?


House Tour: The Guest Room

I swear, I’m going to finish this house tour. Soon. There are only three rooms left!

At the top of the stairs, our master bedroom is on the left, and a short hallway is on the right. In a strange twist, the whole upstairs, other than the bathrooms and our bedroom, has nice, glossy hardwoods. Why couldn’t those be downstairs?!

Glitter and Goat Cheese - Hallway

At the end of the hallway, there are two smaller bedrooms and a guest bathroom. Both rooms are basically square, and they were just boring when we moved in. The room on the back of the house was set up as an office, but since it had the smaller closet, we decided to use it as a guest room.

Glitter and Goat Cheese - Move-in pictures - The office

It was very YELLOW.

Glitter and Goat Cheese - Move-in pictures - Office closet

I knew I wanted our guest room to be moody, cozy and calm, and I had my heart set on dark gray walls with a neutral color palette. These were my two favorite inspiration photos:

Glitter and Goat Cheese - Erika Brechtel's dark gray guest room via Small Shop Studio

Erika Brechtel’s dark gray master bedroom from Small Shop Studio

I tested three dark grays by Benjamin Moore.

Glitter and Goat Cheese - Benjamin Moore dark gray paint samples

From left to right: Ashland Slate, Englewood Cliffs and Gray Shower (all Benjamin Moore)

My favorite was Ashland Slate, but with only one (albeit large) window, I was a little worried that the dark gray would swallow the room. Obsessing, I sent pictures to my coworkers for opinions. One of them suggested some bright white crown molding and a picture rail to break up all the dark color. When I came across this inspiration photo, the heavens parted:

Glitter and Goat Cheese - Dark gray bedroom with white trim via Houzz

Scot Meacham Wood Design via Houzz

It was such a good idea! And lucky me – I have a handy husband who just happens to have a handy father. The two of them cut and installed the trim in just one weekend, and a week later, our painters added the charcoal gray and some glossy white trim paint. So, here’s what the room looks like now:

Glitter and Goat Cheese - Guest bedroom with dark gray walls and neutral color palette

The white curtains (which need to be hemmed), sheepskin rugs and accent pillow are all from Ikea, of course.

Glitter and Goat Cheese - Guest bedroom with dark gray walls

I don’t really like much else in the room. I don’t mind the quilt, which I got on clearance from Target years ago, but I ultimately want to replace it with a white pintuck duvet cover. I’m vowing not to replace any of the other bedding until I get our queen-sized bed out of our room and into the guest room, though.

Glitter and Goat Cheese - Guest bedroom with dark gray walls and white picture rail

The wood nightstands and dresser were Brad’s from his college bedroom, and while they’ve had a good run, I’m ready to say goodbye to them. It might be worth painting them, but they’re not solid wood, so I haven’t really decided yet. I’m not in any huge hurry.

Glitter and Goat Cheese - Guest bedroom with dark gray walls, and white picture rail and crown molding

I really, really love the wall color and the trim, though. It actually may be the sunniest room in the house, so the charcoal shade is never gloomy or overwhelming.

Glitter and Goat Cheese - Bright guest bedroom with dark gray walls and sheepskin rugs

It’s the room I spend the least time in, but I think some day it might end up being one of my favorites!

So, have I gotten close to my inspiration photos yet? Should I ditch the furniture, or paint it?