A Cottage Style Guest Room

Another project from Laura’s house.
Laura and Alex have lots of guests come to stay with them and she was so sweet to want that room extra cozy. 
Laura and I admired a picture in Pottery Barn that featured a cottage bedroom – the wall was a chippy white wood.  I said — Let’s do that…
So here’s what that is:
1/2 inch plywood
(comes in 4 ft. 8 ft. sheets for $25 or less each)
I ripped the sheets into 8 inch pieces lengthwise and just had to cut a few inches off the length to fit above the floor molding.
I layed all the pieces out on my garage floor and painted them with a long broom handle attached to my paint roller.  I tried several colors and ended up with a white-ish grey.  The plywood is very rough so it was easy to get a distressed texture.  Once the paint was dry I sanded it down so it was smooth to touch – we don’t want to get any slivers.  Then I wiped the slats with Dark Walnut stain so that any bare wood would grab the stain and be dark.
One distressing trick with stain here:
Use baby oil to keep the stain liquid enough to move around where you want it.  I’ve tried glaze but baby oil works much better for me.
The only problem is that not much wants to stick to baby oil so… it’s the last coat.
We chose to do this one wall only just to see if we liked it.  It made that space very comfortable and special as you come around the corner into the room.
The sleeping nook…
I didn’t use any glue for these boards – just in case it comes down one day.  I just used my nail gun and tried to hit studs where I could.
Across from the bed sits a TV and chest of drawers.  On either side we put shutters once but I see these vintage garden gates made their way here.  I found these gates at a little “side of the road” salvage dumping ground where a cute lady was selling salvaged treasures that locals dropped off to her.  This was in Vermont.  I found it on the way home from a family vacation. We piled my car FULL of treasures that day.
I repainted these gates – they were brownish – copper?
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Liz @ the Brambleberry Cottage

The wood-plank accent wall turned out terrific, Holly! I love the finish you came up with. The whole room presents such a welcoming presence now. Thanks for linking to Time Travel Thursday again. Hope to see you this week, as well. ;)Blessings,Liz @ The Brambleberry Cottage

Chatty Chics

LOVE it! Can I come stay? So cute! Thanks for sharing at Savvy Southern Style so I could find you!MelodyChattyChics.comPS Would you come share tomorrow at my place? You could win a $5 Starbucks card!

Aimee - ItsOverflowing.com

Love it! Thanks for linking up! Check out my giveaway….XO, Aimee


Love it!! Right up my alley!

Fishtail Cottage

Loving your 'Cottage Style'….off to peek around your blog! So glad I stopped by! xoxo tracie

Eileen @ Cottage Beach House

This wall looks awesome. I love it. Really rustic looking wood. I can't believe you achieved that with plywood. That is talent! Great job.


Looks great Holly. Wish I had a room to decorate like that. My guest room is 'girly' and I am sure not comfortable for everyone.Well, we don't have many guests anyway.Happy 2012. Audrey Z. at Timeless Treasures.

Laura at Ms. Smartie Pants

It looks great, I love the wall treatment. I would love to figure out a place to do something like that in my house!

Leslie's Garden

So much to love here! What a wonderful room to welcome a guest to. How lucky to find the garden gates, they are a super touch!


Hi Holly,Love this wall you never cease to amaze me with your savy craftiness! Deidre~http://simplysimplisticated4.blogspot.com


Love the wall treatment! One of these days I will get brave enough to tackle a big project like that!!


This is so cozy! I love the look, and it is amazingly like weathered wood. Nice job!-Revi


Lovely Room! I love the color of the wood on the wall. The quilt looks so inviting too. Thank you for being a new \”friend\” Happy 2012 XO Cindy


So cozy and inviting. I could really relax as a guest in that room because it feels so warm and simple.♥Linsey

Ceekay- Thinkin of Home

The planks on the wall is fabulous…love that look and those gates too!!


Absolutely love!!! I had just talked with my husband about doing something very similiar just this afternoon. Can't wait to show him so he realizes I am not the only one!!!


I believe that is your trademark! Using reclaimed wood in every room in some small way. You did a great job on this room. That looks like it would take a long time to do all that, but well worth it! I'm so impressed that you (and not your hubby or hers) installed it! I'm not that brave. I think the quote above the tv is perfect for a guest room too.

Elizabeth (Blue Clear Sky)

Another pretty room at Laura's home. I love the planked wall and that ladder is so cute. Love the overall look too. You do great work!

Kim @ Savvy Southern Style

I love that planked wall. You did a fabulous paint job and nice to know about the baby oil if I ever need to use that trick. Very cozy room.