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Guest Room Makeover Starts With A Blank Slate

There’s something exciting to me about starting with a blank slate when decorating a room. When the room contains nothing more than windows, the floor, and four white walls, the possibilities are endless. I can choose a contemporary, traditional, country, Victorian, mountain-casual, or any other style, and together with colors and textures, create a room that reflects my personality and makes family and guests feel welcome.

In this case, the room in question is Swan’s Nest’s upstairs south bedroom. It’s my final large-scale interior project in the years-long restoration of our 1898 historic home. The room required extensive ceiling repair during our initial restoration, and since we had to remove all the upstairs lathe and plaster walls, which had considerable damage, to install updated wiring, heating, plumbing, and insulation, the guest room was sheetrocked.

The remaining guest rooms were mudded, textured with a beautiful, free-handed swirl, and painted a soft buttercream, but from the start, I envisioned that this particular guest room would be wallpapered. The walls feature a lovely cove, a small nook with a window overlooking the mountain peaks, and a window seat I designed to take advantage of the gorgeous view. While the room would have been perfectly lovely with painted walls, I knew papering them would be in keeping with the Victorian era of our home, and it would accentuate the room’s architectural design.

So, come along with me during these next weeks as I transform this blank slate into a light and airy, but cozy guest room. I’ll begin by lightly sanding any rough spots on the sheetrock, carefully wiping down the dust, and then applying a thin layer of wallpaper primer to the walls. Once it dries, I’ll be able to apply the wallpaper. Then the really fun part begins – adding my decorative touches and personal style to this very special room. I’ll photograph the process and share highlights with you in my blog as I make progress. Let’s get started!