Hey, hey how was your Turkey Day? We had a good day with good friends and good food. The rest of our weekend was spent decorating for Christmas (me) and relaxing (you know who).

If you’ve been hanging here lately then you know I just finished my 2nd guest bedroom makeover (if you are new…Welcome! You can read about my 1st guest bedroom makeover here and my 2nd guest bedroom makeover here). I wanted to share a small extra touch I added to each room for my guests. It was so easy to do and it was FREE! Do you see it on the nightstand?

Wi-Fi Info in the Guest Bedrooms | chatfieldcourt.comWhenever our girls come home to visit they yell out from their bedroom…”Moooommmm what’s the password for the internet?”

I usually end up reciting it 2 or 3 times until they get it, it’s a really long and complicated password, so I thought I would print out our wi-fi info on some card stock and frame it for each room.

Wi-Fi Info in the Guest Bedrooms | chatfieldcourt.comI used Picmonkey to make a simple design and added our connection name and our password (which is blocked out for privacy reasons, obviously). Printed it out on card stock, cut it to fit and slapped it into the frame. 15 minutes to do both…so simple. You could be all fancy and colorful but I went with something super simple…that’s just how I roll. 😉

I’m sure they’ll find something else to yell about. LOL

Wi-Fi Info in the Guest Bedrooms | chatfieldcourt.comSince this project was so quick and simple I was able to work on my Christmas decorating. It was a balmy 45 degrees on Saturday so I worked outside on my front porch stoop. Here’s a peek.

Wi-Fi Info in the Guest Bedrooms | chatfieldcourt.comHave you started your Christmas decorating yet? What about your shopping? I’ve done some but I’m a bit behind.

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It’s finally done…my 2nd guest bedroom makeover is complete and I’m so excited to share it with you.

A pretty guest bedroom reveal including a fabulous DIY platform bed with tons of storage and barn wood shelves. | chatfieldcourt.com My first post on this room was way back in April when I told you about my plans and shared a mood board. Wow, 7 months…I can’t believe it took me that long to complete. I guess after 16 months, 4 room redos and tons of projects, this house redo business is starting to slow me down. We did do quite a bit of work in here though. I fixed the water damaged wall, installed a plank wall, installed crown molding, painted the ceiling, walls, doors (there are 3 in this room did I tell you that yet?? 😉 ) and trim, installed a new ceiling light, changed all the door hardware, redid a small cabinet with chalk paint, installed barn wood industrial shelves AND we built a platform bed. Phew…that’s a whole lot of work for such a small room.

Guest Bedroom #2 Reveal | Chatfield Court.comWe have three bedrooms in this house and this is the 2nd guest bedroom. Just like the other rooms, this room is pretty small with 3 doors and 3 windows. The door on the right, closest to the window, opens to the kitchen so we usually keep it open and use this room as a walk through to the bathroom and other bedrooms.

Ok no more yakking, here is the reveal. I had so much fun putting the room together to take pictures so I’ve loaded up the post and you will see some decor change in a few of them. Enjoy…

This is nearly the same angle as the before pic. I have nothing on the wall to the left of the door to the kitchen because the door is always open.

Guest Bedroom #2 Reveal | Chatfield Court.com

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Next post I’ll give you details and product sources. If you have any questions about anything you see, please leave a comment. I always read and answer every comment I receive. 🙂 Thanks so much for sticking with me through the last 7 months and with this pic-tastic post.

Check out a few of the projects we did in this room.

Adding barn wood shelves, using plumbing parts, in a guest bedroom. | chatfieldcourt.com

Barn Wood Shelves

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Easy to install DIY barn wood shelves.

Rustic barn wood shelves for any room in your house. A cheap and easy DIY project that would look great with industrial and farmhouse decor. www.chatfieldcourt.com

We are getting oh. so. close to finishing the 2nd guest bedroom. I’ve already shared the chalk painted cabinet, that got a little makeover, and the DIY platform bed that we built. This week though, it’s all about the DIY barn wood shelves that we installed.

I still have some work to do on the bed but this past week I turned my attention to the next project, filling the one large, blank wall in the room…the wall over the bed. I wasn’t quite sure what I was going to do with it, but when I saw old barn wood planks at the flea market, I knew that we could make beautiful barn wood shelves out of it.

The next dilemma was to figure out how to hang the shelves. I knew that I didn’t want traditional shelf brackets so I took a trip to Home Depot to look for a solution. Luckily I found just what I needed in the plumbing department. We bought a lot of bits and pieces home but ended up using 6 inch black pipe nipples, iron caps and floor flanges.

Barn Wood Industrial Shelves | chatfieldcourt.com

To put the brackets together, we just simply attached the iron caps to each nipple. Then the nipple was screwed into the floor flange, that was screwed onto the wall. We made sure that we hit a stud when we screwed in each flange to keep the shelves from falling on our guests in the middle of the night. Never a good thing. 😉

Barn Wood Industrial Shelves | chatfieldcourt.com

I come to find out, after we had it all hung up, that there’s a lot of folks using plumbing parts to hang shelves so my idea wasn’t so original. Oh well…I like them and they turned out better than I thought (and it was really easy to do) so I guess that’s all that matters. 🙂 BTW, we ended up spending $35 for the pipe fittings and $10 for the large piece of barn wood.

Barn wood shelves in the guest bedroom. | chatfieldcourt.com

A quick word of caution, you want to make sure you wipe down all the pipe fittings. They are really greasy and can make a real mess of your freshly painted walls (cough, cough…hubs).

Barn Wood Industrial Shelves | chatfieldcourt.com

Another project to cross off the old to do list. I wish they were all this easy.

What kind of project are you working on now? Easy or not so easy?

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Check out some other DIY projects we’ve done.

A DIY platform bed with tons of storage and wheels to move it around. Genius! | chatfieldcourt.com

DIY Platform Bed

A once dark kitchen is turned into a light and bright space with more storage and room to cook. Gorgeous! chatfieldcourt.com

Kitchen Remodel Reveal

A DIY mason jar lamp for a rustic farmhouse feel in the kitchen. chatfieldcourt.com

DIY Mason Jar Lamp

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I can check one more thing off the to do list for the guest bedroom makeover…painting a cabinet for the small, bare corner. There’s not a whole lot of extra space in this room and this corner is tight, right by the door to the kitchen, so I needed something that wasn’t too big and bulky to fill in this space. I’ve had this little cabinet for years and thought it would be a good fit.

Chalk Paint Cabinet | chatfieldcourt.comIt did need a bit of a paint makeover though so the door came off, the holes were filled and the paint went on.

Chalk Paint Cabinet | chatfieldcourt.comI knew that I needed to add a little bit of color to the room and I thought that this was a good place to do it, plus I could just repaint if I didn’t like it or wanted a change. 😉 I went round and round trying to decide what color and I finally went with my first choice…red. I also decided that instead of using latex paint, like I usually do, I would try chalk paint for the first time.

There is so much info online about using chalk paint and that is where I started. After watching videos and reading a lot of tutorials, I decided to use what was readily available in stores near me, Americana Decor brand in the color Rogue (in my area it’s sold in Home Depot and Hobby Lobby).

Chalk Paint Cabinet | chatfieldcourt.com

The only prep I did was to wipe the piece down really well before I started to paint. The paint was easy to use and went on without any problems, very similar to latex. I painted going with the grain of the wood and ended up doing 2 coats. The paint dried quickly and cleaning up my brush was very easy. I did let it dry for 24 hours before I put a top coat to seal it. Trying to decide what to use to seal it was a monumental decision for me, wax or poly. I watched videos, read articles and watched some more videos trying to decide. At one point I went to the store and bought about 5 different kinds of polyurethane and wax to try, which I never tried and took back.

In the end I decided to use the door that I removed to try an experiment…wax and poly. Just like I did with the cabinet I painted two coats of chalk paint and, after it dried, I applied 1 coat of satin poly on one half and 2 coats of wax on the other.

Chalk Paint Cabinet | chatfieldcourt.comI must have taken 50 pictures in all kinds of light to capture the difference. You can see the sheen of the poly on the right in the top picture and on the left in the bottom picture. You can also see the brush strokes on the poly side. The wax side was smooth with a slight sheen.

Chalk Paint Cabinet | chatfieldcourt.comBecause I didn’t like the brush strokes or the glossy sheen, I went with the wax (2 coats). At first I tried using a lint free rag, then a regular paint brush to wax it and ended up putting the wax on with the brush and wiping it off with the rag. Again, I applied the wax going with the grain of the wood and it did darken the paint, just slightly, when I applied it.

Chalk Paint Cabinet | chatfieldcourt.comI’m loving the cabinet and the color…we’ll see what it looks like when I bring everything else in.

Chalk Paint Cabinet | chatfieldcourt.com

Just my personal preference but I’m not sure I would use chalk paint again. It’s ok but I’m not sure the whole process was easier than using regular paint…waxing it was tough.

Chalk Paint Cabinet | chatfieldcourt.com

Chalk Paint Cabinet | chatfieldcourt.comHave you ever tried chalk paint and wax? Do you like it better than latex paint?

Chalk Paint Cabinet | chatfieldcourt.com

*I am not affiliated with any of the brands or companies mentioned in this post. 

 

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Our DIY platform bed frame for the 2nd guest bedroom, that we started a bajillion years ago, is finally done. It’s a perfect fit in this small room and offers so much more than sleeping space. It also has tons of storage and wheels, so I can easily move it away from the wall to make it.

I have to give major props to my mister because he did most of the building on this one. I designed the bed and primed and painted it, but he did all the heavy lifting.

DIY platform bed frame with storage before painting and after

If you are new here, we have been busy redoing our 2nd guest bedroom the last several months. I’ve installed a planked wall, made a light fixture, added crown molding and painted the ceiling, trim and walls. You can read about these projects here, here and here.

This is a small room, and a walk through from the kitchen to the back of the house, so a traditional full-sized bed wouldn’t work. We had a futon in here that we used in Florida for a similar type room but I’ve always hated the look of it so I begged asked the hubs if he would build me a platform bed frame.

futon in small bedroom

My original plan was to build a single sized bed but, after considering what my girls would sleep on if they ever brought their significant others home, a single bed just wouldn’t be practical. Because of this we decided to make it full size using our futon mattress (which is actually a really good and really comfortable mattress).

After looking at all the options for wood, we decided to use MDF (medium density fiberboard) to keep costs down. At around $35 a sheet, we bought 4 sheets, which was a lot less than the price of real wood. Because I’m going to paint it, real wood would have just been a waste of money.

wood supplies for DIY platform bed

I went with a simple design, just a platform bed frame with a bit of storage underneath and wheels. It’s essentially just 2 boxes put together and, since MDF is very heavy, building it this way made it easier to take it in the house.

While we were putting our boxes together, I changed the design plan a bit. I decided to frame out the one the end to add a little dimension.

DIY platform bed for a guest bedroom

The hubs attached pieces of wood inside the boxes for extra support to keep the wood from warping under pressure of body weight. He used wood glue and screws to secure everything.

DIY platform bed for a guest bedroom

The wheels were the last things that we attached. We used 6 wheels total, 3 lock and 3 do not. I won’t be able to lock the ones in the back, against the wall, so there was no point in spending the extra bucks for locking wheels.

adding wheels to a DIY platform bed for a guest bedroom

The circled wood pieces on the bottom of the one box are the supports to hold up the middle of the bed so it won’t sag.

DIY platform bed | chatfieldcourt.com

DIY platform bed | chatfieldcourt.com

Done with the assembly and ready for primer and paint, which was my job. I filled all of the screw holes and seams, sanded, primed and painted it with 3 coats of Benjamin Moore White Dove.

DIY platform bed with storage and wheels

DIY bed with storage | chatfieldcourt.com

It took me a while but it’s finished and I’m loving the results.

The mattress is from our old futon, so all we needed were a few pretty pillows and a fluffy throw.

DIY platform bed frame with baskets and wheels

I found baskets in the perfect size (similar hereaffiliate link) and added a couple of number plaques by simply sticking them on. 

A DIY platform bed frame with numbered baskets

A DIY platform bed with 2 numbered baskets and faux sheepskin hanging off side

To keep the futon mattress from sliding around, I used a rug pad (affiliate link) under it and it worked like a charm.

Now we’re ready for guests!

Edited: I’ve been getting a ton of comments and emails from people asking for the dimensions of our DIY platform bed frame. We custom made the bed to specifically fit our full-size futon mattress.

The length of the bed is 55″ and it is 76″ wide (with each box measuring 38″) and it is 14 1/2″  from the wheels to the top of the bed (height).
 
Hope this helps. If you have any other questions, feel free to send me an email or comment on this post.


Besides building the DIY platform bed frame we also did a few other projects in this room.

Check out these easy DIY Barn Wood Shelves and these DIY Faux Floating Shelves.

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Howdy hey. Hope you had a great weekend. Mine was spent sniffling, sneezing and some sleeping with the first cold of the season. I’ve been sick twice now in the last 2 weeks so I think I’m done for a while. 😉 Anyway…I’ve still been working on some stuff for the house but first I just wanted to let you know that I’m going to change my posting schedule. I started out trying to post on Mondays and Wednesdays and recently changed to Tuesday, Thursdays. I wasn’t liking that so I am going to go back to Monday, Wednesday and add Friday as well. I’m trying to find a good rhythm and hope that this will stick. Thanks for stopping by and commenting whenever I do post…I appreciate each and every one of you. 🙂

So I’m still working on the guest bedroom and ever since we got done with painting the walls, I’ve been eyeing the hanging orb light that I recently made.

A Light and Other Things | chatfieldcourt.comI still like it but I wasn’t sure if the color was right with the new paint. Then I saw this light…

A Light and Other Things | chatfieldcourt.com source

…and knew that it needed to blend in with the room more, so down came the light and after scraping, sanding and painting it, this is what happened.

A Light and Other Things | chatfieldcourt.comguest room white light 3A Light and Other Things | chatfieldcourt.comA Light and Other Things | chatfieldcourt.comI couldn’t get all of the coating off, whatever was put on it to make it look rusty, but it makes it look a little bit rustic and chippy and I think it blends in better with the room, even though it’s not completely done yet.

Another project I’m working on in here is this little cabinet I’ve had for years.

A Light and Other Things | chatfieldcourt.comA Light and Other Things | chatfieldcourt.comIt’s been sitting in the basement and I thought it would be a good piece to fill this small corner and it would allow me to add some decor to the room. It does need a makeover though, so I thought that I’d remove the door completely and paint the cabinet. The problem is that I’m not sure what color to go with. The walls are a very pale blue/green, the trim is white, the armoire is unfinished pine and the bedding will probably be white with some color in the pillows. I know I don’t want another white piece, but I kind of see it in red (do you see things finished that way to or am I totally weird?) but I’m not sure. I would love to hear what you think.

A Light and Other Things | chatfieldcourt.com

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