Guest Room: Befores and Middles

1 Oct

Moving on up the stairs…

The original stairs were white with a white railing, but as you can see, they were not in good shape.

We had no idea what the plan for these was.  Would they clean and paint them?  remove and replace them?  Then one day we showed up and there they were, shiny and new!  I like that they kept the bottom step (acutally I think they had to) and it’s original shape. 

Are you bored?  I am too.  Stairs are boring.

Here we have the guest room.

Guest Room Before

Guest Room Before

Guest Room "Middle"

The room doesn’t have a main wall or door yet.  They were removed when the work was being done on the ceiling.  Since the house is officially a two bedroom, the wall should be replaced sometime soon.  Although this seems strange, it was actually a summertime blessing in disguise.  We rely on two window units for air conditioning.  One is downstairs above the backdoor in the kitchen and works beautifully.  The other is in this room and cools the entire second floor.  Summertime in MD =  hot.  Man is it hot.   And humid.  So humid.  BUT with the window unit, and no wall, all of the cool air is free to blow around.  Score one for us! 

They did not replace the hardwood flooring up here.  If you remember from an earlier post, they restained and sealed the flooring. 

The bed frame is Ikea I believe and it’s your basic wood frame – which of course I plan on painting.  The bedding was mine from my old house and it is also Ikea.  They have some irresistable and inexpensive duvet sets. We don’t have a closet in here yet, but that’s also in the works.  For now, this is Todd’s “dressing room” and his clothes are all hung supermodel style on one of those moveable racks.   We installed the same faux wood white blinds in here as downstairs so that everything matches. 

The dresser is Todd’s and is quite possibly the heaviest piece of furniture in all the land.  I was near tears bringing it up the stairs…not because of how heavy it was but because I was so afraid of dropping on one of us (Todd’s head).   This will eventually match the bedframe and I think some pretty hardware is in its future.

The DIMPLOMAS.  Ok.  You guys.  I have been out of college for 4 years.   Todd has been out for 6.  Our diplomas have been covered in bubble wrap under our beds and in closets for that long.  The shame.  When we moved in, I swore the first thing we would hang on those pretty honeysuckle walls would be our diplomas.  Side by side in the guest room.

Just like God and Father Linnane intended.

I now present to you our first (and by far most expensive) pieces of art:

That’s about it for the guest room! 

This weekend’s plans are dinner at the famous G&Ms for crabcakes (sorry for rubbing it in mom!) and then we might be heading to the Fells Point Fun Festival. 

See ya next week!

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