Monday, October 15, 2012

Big Before & After: My Guest Bedroom

Over the summer, I shared my intention of making some permanent changes to our rental, all of which were permitted by our landlord. Today, I'm happy to report that my guest bedroom is happily redecorated, thanks in no small part to new shelves that my husband and I built!
Before you can appreciate the "after shots" (like the one above), I have to focus your attention on the 'before' state: a trio of shelves that weren't symmetrical or centered on the wall of guest bedroom. They were terrible. I don't know how I tolerated them for three whole years!
The shelves were too deep, so as a result, they cast dark shadows on anything below them.
I removed the shelves piece by piece all by myself one afternoon and I felt such pride!
My husband and I (with some very helpful guidance from my father-in-law Ed) installed two rows of shelves that ran from corner to corner and were 8" deep. I painted the shelves the same bone white color as the walls in the guest room. 
Here are the after shots!
What do you think?
It may seem strange for a renter to make permanent changes to her apartment like I did here, but I believe that every place my husband and I live is our home--whether we own it or not. I'm happy to have a special spot to display my collection of vintage pottery from our wedding, but I know the shelves will come in handy for whoever lives here after we move on.

Tomorrow, I'll be focusing on more details in the room, so please check back!
Who wants to stay over? You're all welcome!

16 comments:

  1. Oh, me, me! I would love to come stay. It is stunning, Ashley! Seriously, it looks like a spread from a magazine (well, we know you've had that already, but still). Well done!

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  2. This looks so bright and pretty - nice work, you two!

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  3. Wow! First of all, yay landlord for letting you do this!!! This room looks amazing! I'm a sucker for a great collection ;). Thanks so much for joining "The After Party" Ashley!

    René

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  4. Wow! So much better. Great job!

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  5. I love it! Your pottery collection is so beautiful and you have crazy good styling skills!! Great work and I can't wait to see the rest!

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  6. Ooooo. I love your collection. It could be in a magazine.

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  7. This is just gorgeous!!! I have lived in my home for three years, and it needs SO MUCH TLC in the visual department. i have no clue even where to begin! I am stealing that bookshelf Idea so thank you. but really...this is lovely!

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  8. Love it can't wait til my next stay.

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  9. Ashley, so brilliant! So clean and simple!!

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  10. Beautiful! You are so very hand, and I love the elegant sparsness of it.

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  11. Such striking silhouettes your white pottery makes against the wall. The new shelves are just the perfect touch to showcase your pottery. Yay for DIY and permanent changes. What an improvement over what was there before!
    Camille

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  12. Gorgeous, Ashley! Love your little touches - really gives your space some soul. Your photos are pretty great too! I'd love to know what camera you're using!

    www.chattafabulous.blogspot.com

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  13. Woah, what a great change! They look great!

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  14. LOVE it! I haven't seen milk glass/white glass displayed in such a gorgeous way. Really homey and creative.

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  15. I love the restful simplicity! Being able to feel at home even if you don't own the place seems SO worth it.

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  16. Wow - what a huge improvement! Looks great!!

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