I’m so excited about this room makeover! Our guest bedroom has been a sad repository for orphan furniture, spare decorative objects, and a mattress on the floor (apologies, overnight guests!) for too long.
I’ve always known I wanted to do something really fun with this room, since our most frequent overnight guest is my adorable little seven year old sister. So while we don’t have any kids of our own yet, it was fun to pull together a kid-friendly guest room that hopefully grown-up guests will also enjoy!
This month, my friends at Ace Hardware challenged me to design a project around their exciting paint color collaboration with OPI Nail Lacquer! They’ve just released three new OPI color collections at the Paint Studio, pairing OPI nail polish colors with coordinating Clark+Kensington shades.
I chose to work with The Natural collection, but I’ll admit, I was a little stumped by the mix of neutral shades and bold, saturated colors. It took me a few restless nights (um, seriously) of color wrestling to land on my plan for the room.
You might recall that I’ve really been loving warm caramel/camel colors lately, and my friend Ashley just did a gorgeous guest room makeover featuring 2/3 walls, so I decided to combine the two, painting the room Alpine Snow (1 gallon interior flat was just enough) and using Adobe Horizon (1 quart interior flat) for a 2/3rds accent wall behind the headboard.
Alpine Snow is a wonderful white – not too warm, not too cold! Maybe my new go-to white wall color? Heads up – there’s also a Clark+Kensington color called Alpine Snow (it’s a very pale periwinkle), so just be sure to specify that you want the one from the OPI collection.
(And you know what? I just realized I never took a “before” photo… Bad blogger! Just picture a pretty small bedroom stuffed pretty full of random objects with walls painted a not-so-pretty taupe.)
Once I had the wall colors decided, I was surprised to find how many accessories I already had that pulled in the bolder hues in the collection. This #thriftscorethursday needlepoint pillow brought in the royal blue of Work of Art and the orange of Blazing Orchid. I’m telling you guys, the thrifting life really pays off!
I’ve had the little campaign nightstand for a few years now. I painted the drawers fronts Mimosas for Mr. & Mrs. – I love the way the peachy pink pairs with the newly-polished brass hardware!
The vintage eyeball lamp was also an old thrift score. It actually was already yellow when I bought it, but it was a terribly uneven spray paint job that was chipping off everywhere. But I did love the retro shape in yellow, so I stripped off the old paint and painted it yellow again. Naturally. Need Sunglasses?
It really was crazy how many pieces I already had on hand. Or maybe a little embarrassing? Or maybe just perfectly fitting that the room that served for so long as the stash for my hoarded treasures ended up adorned with so many of them. Yeah, let’s go with that!
I purchased only four things for this entire room makeover: the two vintage sheets I’m using as curtains, the vintage ship’s wheel clock, two mini frames that I filled with vintage butterfly illustrations, and a curtain rod and clip rings from Target.
I wasn’t sure exactly where I was going with this design, but a loose theme began to emerge…
The “Nautical Naturalist”
A room with a color palette fit for a Wes Anderson set: a little bit nature, a little bit vintage, a little bit world traveler on the high seas (a la Charles Darwin’s voyage of the Beagle; yep, I’m pretty nerdy).
Does it make perfect scientific sense? Perhaps not. Is it whimsical and fun? Absolutely.
My one regret? I have yet to find a vintage pair of binoculars to set on the nightstand.
Seeing everything come together was so rewarding! And so was my slim budget for the space – everything in the room was either thrifted or repurposed, gathered over time. While I don’t recall exact purchase prices for everything, I know it all comes out to under $200!
And I know one little girl who’s very excited about her next sleepover at big sister’s house!
It’s truly amazing what a new color palette can inspire, isn’t it?
If you need some inspiration for your next project, my friends at Ace Hardware are here to help! One lucky reader will win a a $100 Ace Hardware gift card to get you started on your next project!
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Good luck you guys!
|I couldn’t be more excited to be a member of the Ace Bloggers panel this year and to partner with Ace on this post! Ace Hardware provided me with the materials for this project and I was also compensated for my time and this post. All opinions and positions expressed here are my own and do not necessarily reflect those of Ace Hardware.|