Happy Monday! It is a happy one for me because I am still on staycation a.k.a still in my pajamas. I have a lot of vacation days to burn and that’s what I am doing. I could really get used to this. All of this time off has really got me thinking about how I manage my time and conquer home decor projects that are meaningful to me. There must be a way to leave the corporate grind behind and do this full-time. I have tackled some major furniture rehabs and holiday decorating as well…don’t worry I will share them all here.
The first project was 2 years in the making…
The guest room in Cape May is closetless. The home is really not that old (circa 1986) for it to have been built without a closet but sure enough this bedroom didn’t have one until now.
I have been passively looking for an armoire that could be painted to fit the room. The catch was that I was looking for a cheap one. Then I found this gem on the cheap. It was dinged and scratched. Perfect. I can’t help but to look at that shiny orange beast and cringe. I sanded off all of the varnish exposing the bare cedar to prepare it for a whitewash effect.
I’ve been in a coastal and driftwood place lately so that is where I got my cue for the color palette.
I used my new obsession – Annie Sloan Chalk Paint. I mixed 1 part Paris Grey and 1 part Pure White adding 2 parts water to create a greyish whitewash on the sides and front allowing the knots in the wood to show through. For the closet borders I only used 1 part water to thicken the whitewash up a bit. This gave me the look I wanted with the paint colors creating some depth. I lightly clear waxed the whole closet.
I love that the original cedar is still there. It is just limited to inside the closet and not shiny and all over.
Fortunately this little space doubles nicely as a home office. When the closet is not occupied by guest’s clothes, the shelf works as a computer desk. So as long as I have to work the corporate grind, I don’t mind doing it in my rehabbed cedar closet turned computer desk. Ryan keeps asking me why I would want to work in the closet. It seems like a good space to me.
I am liking how this room is shaping up all due to just a bit of paint. Remember the red nightstand? Well that sits across from the new closet.