Saturday, August 13, 2011

Before & after: guest room problem wall

My parents' guest room needed some help. One wall has a drop-leaf table to allow room for traffic and serve as a desk for guests when needed. It's also where the router and modem hang out, like so:

Other than being completely uninspiring, this set-up is annoying when the boxes are flashing lights in the dark. Dad had taken to covering them up with whatever was handy when guests came to stay. It was pretty sad, so I decided to put a few minutes into creating a solution for them.

This little desk organizer from Organized Living had outlived its usefulness for me due to color scheme changes and a few stains on the top and front.

So I just removed the drawers and put the router and modem in the empty slots, with the back of the box facing the room. No cutting holes for cords required (yay).

A friend of the family who passed away with cancer had once spent an afternoon painting with Mom and let Mom keep the watercolor she made. It is so charming and impressive for someone who had never painted before. I'd been meaning to get it framed but hadn't really had a plan for where it should go.

Now that I was focusing on the guest room, I realized the colors were pretty perfect for the space. A quick trip to Michael's got me this poster frame for $12.99.

It is pretty cheaply made, to be honest, but the look is good for the price.

Then I just added some flowers, a tray and a glass Mom already had.

It was a fun update in less than an hour, including the shopping!

I might have to do something crafty to break up the blocks of orange and black. But the parents like it so far.

Happy weekend, everyone!


  1. Looks fantastic, love the added color
    xo Cara

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