My guest bedroom looked more like a closet dumping ground after my step daughter and granddaughter moved out.
As a catch all room for every bit of unused furniture etc, I decided it needed a overhaul before my parents came to visit. The idea for the room came from a series of great pictures for black and white rooms, which I figured was something I couldn’t really ruin.
At the time though I was finding it hard to find the black and white duvet covers that I liked. (Now of course I have found at least 3 great sets. My best tip for finding things in Israel. Google Images. put it what you want in Hebrew and google image away. These all came up under סדינים שחור ולבן)
Also although I loved the look, I was worried it was a bit too severe for me. But I decided I would use that color scheme as my base and see where it got me.
First I redid the desk. I don’t have a picture of the before. But it looked something like this.
As I already showed you how I redid my daughter’s Formica desk, there is no need to repeat myself. I was especially happy with the hardware, that needed nothing more than a spray paint of matte black to look pretty classy.
The chair was what made me decide to break away from the plain old black and white. After I painted the chair white it seemed just kind of meh… Then I realized, because I had made seats for my dining room chairs, that I could make seats for any chair I wanted! (Hey, it was an exciting moment.)
All you need to do is cut a piece of pressed wood into the shape of the chair you already have! (Brilliant, yes it is true)
And staple on the fabric over the cushion. So simple. But when it was done it looked sort of unfinished. So I decided to add a pop of color, turquoise. My new favorite. I hot glued on some turquoise trim and now the chair looked pretty darn good.
Since I had some fabric left over I decided to go really hog wild (where did that phrase come from?) and redo the back of the boring Ikea bookcase. Well actually first I wanted to do something very simple, like paint stripes on the back panel.
But mine did not quite work out the same way. Frog tape can be purchased here, but it is super expensive. However regular masking tape doesn’t quite cut it.
Since that wasn’t working I needed to come up with another plan. I saw all these wonderful ideas with wallpaper, which I know exists here but have yet to find a good supplier.
On the other hand I had all this fabric. In retrospect I should have done this.
Which you can see how to do on Inmyownstyle.
But I did not read that pin before doing my own shelf. So instead I took out the back of the bookshelf and painstakingly cut the fabric to fit inside the backing leaving room to slide the back into the grooves and sprayed glued it onto the bookshelf back. UGH!!!! Nevertheless, despite my momentary stupidity, the bookshelf still looks good, just too way too long to do.
I recovered the hideous blue Ikea Ektorp Tullsta Chair
with a nice black cover for 50 $
And two great Ikea Pillows for 20 shekels each.
How cool are they? And I am almost on my way to having a finished guest room! I just need to do the headboard, and I have a really great idea for that which I am very excited to do. When I am done I will do the whole room reveal – yeah.
In the meantime seeing what can be done with a little wallpaper and some paint on some plain bookshelves has given me some interesting ideas for the other boring, sad bookshelves scattered throughout my house. Ikea hack beware – I am on the hunt.