Guest Room Update

Hope you had a great weekend! We had snow again, about 5 inches, and really cold temps. It doesn’t look like Spring is coming to Chicago any time soon.

I have been working on my guest room for a while now and I still haven’t gotten to the point of putting color on the walls but I thought I would share an update on what I’ve done so far. Before I started this room, back in January, I shared my plan and mood board for this room.

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“Guest Room Update by Chatfield Court”

The first thing I did was prep the room, which required scraping all of the cracked caulk (which turned out to be most of it) and recaulking.

Guest Room Update | chatfieldcourt.comAfter all the caulk was done, I used BM White Dove in pearl finish, to paint the ceiling.

Then we Mr. Cยฒ had to move an electrical outlet from the middle of the wall to near the bottom of the wall.

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After the outlet was moved we ended up with a large hole in the wall, with another hole right next to it, that needed to be patched.

Guest Room Update | chatfieldcourt.comThis past weekend I painted my 4th coat of BM White Dove on the bookcase and doors. Ugh, I’ve learned that I don’t like painting woodwork and bookcases ;), but the end is in sight and the wall color is next.

I’ve also been working on a stool that I painted and recovered. Not sure if I will have room for it, but I’m going to try to fit it.

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And finally, this weekend we also sanded, primed and painted an iron bed frame that I bought at a flea market 2 years ago.

Guest Room Update | chatfieldcourt.comStill lots to do and I haven’t even begun shopping for any accessories, but that’s the fun part. I’m so ready to be done with this room. There are things scattered all over the house and the mess is driving me nuts.

Are you in the middle of any projects right now?


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  1. Shirlee
    Monday,March 3, 2014 / 10:07 pm

    I feel for you with having to paint several coats on the bookcase. Our woodwork is fir that has a red tinge to it and old school varnish. It took 2 coats of Kilz and three coats of paint and primer in one to cover it. If it was in good shape and not covered with years of paint from previous owners not knowing the value of taping off trim before painting walls, I would leave it alone.

    I feel like I’ll be forever working on our kitchen as every surface needs to dealt with, mostly with paint. It’s the prep work that seems to take forever and I’m really getting tired of filling nail holes and sanding.

    Looking forwards to reading about how you like the bold wall colour and seeing the room come together. ๐Ÿ™‚


    • Kristi
      Tuesday,March 4, 2014 / 1:57 am

      Wow Shirleen, sounds like you had your work cut out for you with the woodwork in your house. At least mine was already white, just nicked up from time. I know what you mean about having a lot to do in the kitchen but you will be so happy once you are done with it. I’ve left that room for last, but it is creeping up on me fast. It will take me a good while to do it all. Keep on going with your kitchen…you can do it!

      I start on the wall color tomorrow and I’m ready to see something other than white. Thanks for stopping by.

  2. Friday,March 7, 2014 / 12:02 am

    I love your mood board! I cannot wait to see the finished project! Wow! Tons of work. That bed frame is gorgeous. I love it! It is going to be the star of the room!

    I just have two small painting to hang up. And the task of decluttering my laundry room. And decluttering my living room. And decluttering my green cabinet.

    Basically, I need to declutter! : )


    • Kristi
      Friday,March 7, 2014 / 2:18 am

      Thanks Jenni! Sounds like you are going to be pretty busy decluttering. ๐Ÿ˜‰ I actually like to declutter. When I’m done I feel like I have been cleansed (does that sound weird?). Anyway, good luck. Can’t wait to see your paintings up. Happy weekend!

  3. Tuesday,March 18, 2014 / 9:00 am

    I think all the prep, caulking and painting is some of the hardest things to do. It looks fabulous and can’t wait to see more. Thanks tons for linking to Inspire Me. Hugs, Marty

    • Kristi
      Tuesday,March 18, 2014 / 10:29 am

      Thanks Marty! I appreciate your visit. ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. mrsben
    Wednesday,March 19, 2014 / 9:12 am

    Your room is coming together beautifully! I am sure it is going to be awesome. I like yourself am a DIYer so do hope you don’t mind me sharing a few tips:

    Re caulking: In event you have further projects you might wish to consider using a product by DAP called Alex Plus (Acrylic Latex Caulk PLUS Silicone) which is paintable and comes in a 162 ml tube. Unlike many other caulking products; the beauty of it is, it expands and contracts and is ideal for areas that have a tendency to do so. ie: Staircases, ceiling areas etc. Extremely easy to apply and with a quick swipe can be easily smoothed when wet. Oh should mention it has a durability guaranty of 35 years and I have to admit I have never had to redo areas over.

    Re primer and sanding metal: Unless the finish on the metal requires sanding (ie: flaking); one only has to wash it down with a solution of T.S.P. (is a granular to be mixed with water and comes in a milk-like carton) and prime it with a product called Zinsser Bulls Eye 1-2-3 Primer following Manufacture’s instructions. The latter is a product that I swear by and I use it constantly as I haven’t found a surface yet, that it couldn’t be applied to, all without the tedious prepping task of sanding. (ie: Plastics, Metals, Wood, Plaster etc.)

    With hope that these tips help you or your readers. Wishing you a beautiful day! โ˜บ -Brenda-

    • Kristi
      Wednesday,March 19, 2014 / 10:13 am

      Hi Brenda. Wow…some awesome tips! Thanks so much for sharing them. I appreciate the info on the DAP caulk. I will keep it in mind if my Stretch caulk fails. So far so good though and it was also easy to apply. As far as sanding and priming metal, some great tips there too. I haven’t painted a lot of metal, so any help is appreciated. The Zinsser Bulls Eye sounds like a great product and really, who doesn’t like to do less sanding? ๐Ÿ˜‰

      Again, thank you for reading and for sharing all of this with us. Stop in any time you have a tip.


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