This is the guest room I've been working on the last few months. You can read about it HERE. It's pretty obvious what's missing.
Last night I came across this ad on Craigslist
Twin Pamero shop Head Boards - $40
2 Twin headboards. Excellent condition. Bargain price $40.00 for the pair. Originally over $100 each!!
I have been checking CL for headboards on and off for a few months now. Since this is my beachy room, I was looking for wicker or white wood. I even considered using wooden shutters (they have gotten too expensive!) This was the first ad I was interested in enough to email. I was very happy to wake up to a response this morning saying they were still available. I made sure to ask if this was a non-smoking household. You can read HERE how I learned that lesson the hard way! She assured me it was and this afternoon my husband borrowed our friend's truck and we picked them up.
I had my husband hang the art work high enough for a future headboard even though I had no idea what we would wind up with.
I'm happy with the color of the wicker too. Now I don't need to paint the little chest I'm using as a nightstand. I like the contrast with the wall color ( I call it buttercream although it doesn't look it in these pictures-rainy day here!)
Am I done with this room now?
Not yet, but I'm getting close!
You didn't think I was going to end this post without spewing out some advice did you? Not a chance!
First off, I think we all watch too much HGTV and think that our rooms/houses/yards have to be completely finished in a weekend. That's just not being realistic. I am a firm believer in living with a space first and seeing how you use it. You may prefer the look of a sofa and a few chairs but in reality a sectional just works better for your family. That delicate Victorian outdoor wicker furniture with the pale pink cushions looks so pretty in the magazines but do you want your son and his friends eating popsicles on it or your daughter out there with her colored markers? Or even worse, your 6 foot something husband sitting on it, drinking a beer, all sweaty after he's mowed the lawn? The best rooms are a combination of beauty and function or in this case, two outdoor areas! One for you with your pretty wicker and one for the rest of the family!.
Second point I want to make is not to rush out and buy every piece of furniture you need like you're a contestant on Design Star! Most people have a budget and would be wise to wait for a good sale or even better yet, wait for the right thing to come up on Craigslist (see above!). Slow down people, your house isn't going anywhere! I have no choice but to follow this advice since my husband usually reels me in with that whole budget thing! Don't you just hate that?
My last point has to do with Craigslist etiquette (if there isn't a book about this, there should be). When someone has priced something reasonably (as these headboards certainly were) I just pay the full amount automatically. If I think something is priced high or I've had to rent a truck to pick something up, I have no problem negotiating for a better price. I like it when Craigslist transactions benefit both the buyer and seller. Let's have everyone walk away happy!
I will be joining the fun at the following parties...
Overflowing with Creativity at It's Overflowing
Seasonal Sundays at The Tablescaper
Spotlight Saturday at Classy Clutter
Show and Tell Saturday at Be Different, Act Normal
Saturday 7 at Positively Splendid
Masterpiece Monday at Boogieboard Cottage
Sunday Showcase at Under the Table and Dreaming
Met Monday at Between Naps on the Porch
Nifty Thrift Tuesday at Coastal Charm
Your Cozy Home Party at Cozy Home Scenes
You're Gonna Love it Tuesday at Kathe with an E
Transformation Thursday at Shabby Creek Cottage
Saturday Night Special at Funky Junk Interiors
Creative Blogger's Party at Homemaker on a Dime
Newbie Party at DebbieDoos
Tutes and Tips not to be Missed at Home Stories A to Z
DIY Project Parade at DIY Showoff
Wow Us Wednesday at Savvy Southern Style
Show 'n Share at Southern Lovely
Rustic Restorations Party at Homespun Happenings
Pinspired Rewired at Southern Lovely
Tutorials, Tips and Tidbits at Stone Gable
Grace At Home at Imparting Grace
Furniture Feature Friday at Miss Mustard Seed