garden suite {the before}

well folks, no pretty pictures here today. just some tragic before shots. remember i mentiond i was decorating? i was delayed a week, but the madness is about to begin. i’m giving one of my guest rooms a little makeover! so onto those before shots … you ready?

so the garden suite, on of my guest rooms, consists of two rooms, the bedroom area and a sitting room. let’s start in the bedroom.

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all wallpaper will be removed (yikes, right?) the french door leads outside to a small balcony.

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more ugly wallpaper. old fan will be removed and replaced with a new fan. it’s also hard to tell in my pictures, but the walls are textured. can i offer some advice. NEVER wallpaper textured walls. i guess the folks that put it up didn’t plan on taking it down. it’s no fun.

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still in the bedroom. this door leads to the hall and will be covered with the bed and custom made (excited about this) headboard. i don’t like covering/blocking doors, but it will make the room much more functional. and it’s the only combination i can use two night stands.

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this is the sitting room. the bathroom is on the left behind the wallpapered wall, it separates the two spaces. the door that is open leads to the hallway and acts as the entrance to the room.

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the wood above the windows is the beginning of my new window treatments. (i got a head start before i started taking pictures). so excited to see how these turn out. details coming.

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again, the ceiling fan will go and be replaced with a chandelier instead of a fan. wallpaper will be removed on this wall. the day bed will go against the currently wallpapered wall. this wall is also going to get two amazing wall sconces i’m going to make.

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a small dresser and tv will go against this wall.

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so that takes care of all ‘the before’ stuff. this is essentially how the rooms looks as i’m typing this, minus some wallpaper. i’m painting the ceiling (white), the trim (as is…white) and the walls (a grey or really light yellow). i’m sewing all the curtains (3 sets), bed skirts (queen and twin) and pillows (a lot). i’m also making the headboard and two fancy/vintage sconces. plus some other fun art work. i have really high hopes of completing all, or most of this, by next friday. any encouraging words are welcomed. meanwhile i’ll be busy cleaning rooms, cooking breakfast, working in the shoppe, making baskets and all that other fun stuff.

there will be other projects (painting furniture … additional accessories … paint the bathroom) but these can come after the room is ‘finished’. the goal is to get it back ‘on the market’ asap.

so, i hope you’ll stay with me and i’ll do my best to share as much as i can along the way. and lets hope things move a little easier than my attempts to remove wallpaper from textured walls. oy vey.

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  • abby jenkins at

    How ambitious! Sounds like you have a lot of work to do. Can’t wait to see it all prettied up!

  • Wendi at

    I can’t wait to see how this turns out!

  • Pammy pam at

    I sooooo want to come stay in your rooms when theyre finished. Im in the philly burbs and wold love a getaway and meet up!

  • Gloria Fox at

    Looking forward to seeing the finished product and that headboard. Now, get busy! You’ve got a lot to do. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • ann @ my life as prose. at

    i’m looking forward to seeing this!! you are *very* ambitious!! but i’m always impressed with what you do, so i’m sure this won’t be any different!! ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Anonymous at

    Oy vey, indeed! Good luck, those rooms have great bones so the finished product will be amazing, I’m sure. Just found your blog and love it. It’s refreshing to get a man’s take on design and blogging!

  • Jeanie at

    Wow — all that and time to blog, too — I’m impressed. Can’t wait to see the finished product – you are really talented.

  • Stacey at

    Looks great with just the wallpaper gone! Can’t wait to see the finish product! good luck1

  • kpaints at

    OMG are you busy! I don’t know how you do it…I get pooped just reading the list! Love your ideas and can’t wait to see it all done!

  • Kristen (aka KC) at

    I can not wait to see what you will do with the rooms ๐Ÿ™‚ I am sure they will be lovely!

  • tale of many cities at

    smack in the middle of a room makeover myself, and totally missed my own {quick} deadline! so, my advice is to do it in your own time.. with no ‘finish’ date to give you stress! the fun is the process, so let go of the pressure. we’ll be here waiting to see your reveal.. whenever that is! love your ideas, and can see it now! {btw..i’m partial to the gray, using it as my foundation color throughout my downstairs.. so calm, & wonderful neutral!}
    good luck!!

  • Jennifer at

    You are a busy man, Michael! I have all the faith in the world in you – can’t wait to see the finished product! After your big redecorating project is finished, you should consider taking a much needed vacation!

  • Bethany Dirksen at

    It’s a lot of work, but you are going to feel AWESOME when it’s done. I bet you will go and just sit in there when you have a moment. That’s what I always do when I’ve just re-designed something.

  • Ali Richardson at

    SUPER excited to see how it turns out ๐Ÿ˜‰

  • Katy at

    you are gonna be one busy boy!! Looking forward to the reveal!

    Got my goodie package today – thank so much!! You inspired me to do a little giveaway too! I’m putting your name in the pot just cause!

    thanks again!!

  • pbrenner at

    Curtains, bedskirts, and pillows? You’ve obviously conquered any trepidation you had about the sewing machine ๐Ÿ™‚ Next thing we’ll be seeing you whip out upholstery and slip covers!! Looking forward to an awesome redec – and if you come across another painting similar to the hay painting, I’d LOVE to buy one – I have a view of hay fields like that!


  • Meadowlark at


    wait, you said ENCOURAGING.

    yeah…. um….
    good luck with this.

    You’ve got a lot ahead of you, but heck – yer talented and young, so maybe it’s not so hard. At least we know it’ll rock when you DO finish.


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