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?

26 Replies to “A Cottage Style Guest Room”

  1. 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.

  2. 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!!!

  3. 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

  4. 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.

  5. 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!

  6. 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

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