This post is a collaboration with FrogTape® as a part of the 2018 Paintover Challenge. You can now vote for your favorite makeover, and FrogTape will donate $10,000 to the organization of the winner’s choice! Details at the end of this post.
Our Tree House guest room has come a long, long way in a short, short time! If you’re just joining in, we were asked by our friends at FrogTape® to take part in their 2018 Paintover Challenge, in which 6 bloggers have a budget of $1,000 + a few rolls of FrogTape® to makeover a room of their choosing. To mix things up, each blogger was assigned a different theme created by the challenge host, Taniya Nayak, and we were given Oasis. Oasis is described as both sophisticated and exuberant by blending lush greens and metallics; think: a soft, neutral backdrop with a punch of the unexpected.
Our design plans showcased mostly white textiles with a big splash of deep, dark green. In our last update, we used paint to elevate the entire feel of the room, and today, we’re excited to share the reveal with you! As a reminder, here’s what the guest room looked like a few days after closing on Tree House:
Earlier this year, we added beadboard to the walls (to mimic the beadboard ceilings!), and we decided on a handful of new pieces for the room – a handsome bed, this clothing rack and a new, smaller ceiling fan. Those changes brought us to our starting point, here:
The installation of beadboard added so much structure and interest to this tiny room, but that addition didn’t really shine until we painted the walls above a black-green. To keep things from feeling too heavy, we scaled back on the rest of the color palette, opting for accessories and bedding in bright white, cream and pale blue. Our Tree House guest room looks very different today! Psst: Every last room source, including paint colors, are at the bottom of the post.
When we decided on such a bold paint color, we knew that our highest chance at success for the sharpest paint lines would be with the help of FrogTape®. We used FrogTape® Multi-Surface (the roll of bright green tape we’ve all come to know and love!) to keep our beadboard walls and ceilings protected. There’s always that moment when we’re holding our breath before peeling back the tape, but we shouldn’t have been worried. Our lines were clean, sharp and precise, something that even the most steady hand wouldn’t have been able to achieve.
For years, we’ve been searching for a reason to use these Audubon bird prints (they’re free to download and use!), and we always thought Tree House would be a great candidate. When we were assigned Oasis, we thought, now’s the time! Scott is a huge bird nut (like, he needs a bumper sticker that says ‘will stop for bird sightings’), and we both loved that these prints would add a nice touch of nature. It was incredibly hard to narrow down our favorites, but our only rule was to choose native Michigan birds (although we did throw in one wild card). The brass frames pull out a little more yellow in the green, warming up the room.
We knew we needed end tables, but because this room is just barely 8′ wide, they’d have to be small. When we found these, we both agreed they’d be perfect for the space! To stay within our budget, we chose one with a shelf and one without. Both tables have a small drawer – the perfect spot to safely stash small jewelry, chapstick or other knick knacks during an overnight – and we added a small antique ceramic knob to each (salvaged from an old cabinet during our mudroom demolition). We also rewired the sconces with cloth cord, and I framed a vintage photo we found at a local salvage shop. The image reminded us of a scene we might see while exploring the dunes in town!
The opposite side of the room is quiet and fuss-free, and we love how understated the black casement windows look with those shiny brass latches. You’ll also notice we did opt to leave that exposed elbow of ductwork unpainted. Because it’s connected to both the green wall and the white ceiling, it didn’t make sense to paint it one color or the other, and I’m learning to live with it – ha!
You might remember that we removed the closet from this room because it was stealing space from the bathroom on the other side of the wall. Because of this, we added a small clothing rack for guests to hang items as they wish, and as a simple design element, we beefed up the shelves on the bottom with plywood. We like how the plywood makes the rack feel visually lighter in the room, but better yet, it provides additional strength, too.
We are so happy with how this room turned out! It really does feel like a peaceful, yet fun, oasis for our Tree House, for our guests and for us (because we’re totally going to sleep in this little cocoon ourselves from time to time!).
When budgeting for any room, we do our best to stay low where we can, but we absolutely prefer to invest in quality whenever possible. This experience was an especially fun challenge knowing that one of the parameters was staying within the $1000 budget we were provided. At the same time, we were determined not to settle for something we didn’t love, and I’ll admit that it was a fine dance between deciding where we could splurge (the end tables!) versus where we’d save (the rug!). To stay within our allowable limit, we hunted down promo codes and took advantage of any sales, and we also shopped from lesser used or forgotten items around our home (i.e., pillow inserts, extra throws, trim paint). Here’s how we used up every last cent + an additional pesky $9:
The $1000 Budget Breakdown
8 x 10 Jute rug: $150
2 – Floating end tables: $250
Pair of sconces: $100
Cloth wire for sconces: $30
Brass frames: $135
White frame: $21
Striped sheets: $41
Lumbar pillow: $34
2 – Throw pillows: $40
Eyelash coverlet: $66
Duvet + shams: $80
Vintage vase + planter: $2
Total = $1,009
Thank you for following along on our fast paced, Oasis-themed guest room! Now, friends, it’s time to vote. You can vote for your favorite makeover for a chance to win a $1,000 Visa Gift Card, starting today through June 1st. You can vote once a day, and every vote will count as an additional entry in the sweepstakes for the Visa Gift Card. But here’s the very best part -FrogTape® will donate $10,000 to the organization of the winner’s choice!
We’re hopeful to make our donation towards One Tail at a Time, a Chicago based all-breed pet rescue that is working towards a no-kill Chicago through adoption, community outreach, assistance and education. Not long ago, we designed their first brick and mortar Adoption Center, and their goal is to open a second location for more pets looking their forever homes! We’d love nothing more than to do our part towards making that happen.
We’d encourage you to view and support all of the makeovers for the FrogTape® Paintover Challenge. It has been so fun and inspiring to see how everyone has taken their theme and budget to create the most stunning spaces!
wall color: Sherwin Williams Jasper | beadboard trim + ceiling color: Valspar Ultra White | window color: Sherwin Williams Black Magic | clothing rack | jute rug | queen bed | linen duvet + shams | striped sheets | ivory eyelash coverlet | white (folded) coverlet | wool plaid throw, vintage | green velvet pillow | taupe velvet pillows | sconces | black + white cloth wire | floating bedside tables | white frame | brass frames | wood + black hangers | Audubon bird prints | casement window locks | planter + vase, vintage