Rustic Cottage Guest Bedroom

Hope everyone is enjoying the summer!  I have been very busy with lots of moving and household projects, but have tried to take some time to relax, too! 
Summer is too short!
One of the projects I have been working on is a little makeover 
of one of our guest bedrooms at the lake!

Rustic Cottage Guest Bedroom- Thrift The Look- Itsy Bits And Pieces


This is how it looked when I last shared it...a tiny, but cozy room...
and perfect for the project I had in mind.

Rustic Cottage Guest Bedroom- Thrift The Look- Itsy Bits And Pieces


I'm joining with my fellow bloggers from the Thrift The Look Blog Hop!  

Thrift The Look Cottage Blog Hop


We choose a style (this time it is Cottage) and an inspiration photo. Then we get busy doing our version of the space with as many thrift store finds as we can!
A big thank you to Sarah of Sadie Seasongoods for setting this all up for us!


My inspiration was this photo...a Sign Inspired Guest Bedroom from Country Living!  So it's Rustic Cottage Style for me!
I love everything about this space and was very inspired by it! 
Of course the sign called out to this graphic loving girl...

Country Living Rustic Cottage Guest Bedroom- Thrift The Look- Itsy Bits And Pieces

I found these two signs at the thrift store for $2 for both. I always pick up framed signs when I see them...so great for sign making!

Rustic Cottage Guest Bedroom- Thrift The Look- Itsy Bits And Pieces

I gave them several coats of white paint to cover the old graphics, and painted the frames black, so they would match.


Rustic Cottage Guest Bedroom- Thrift The Look- Itsy Bits And Pieces

Then I used stickers to trace around for a pattern. I stick the stickers on cloth first, so they aren't as sticky...less chance of pulling off paint.  I made a Marble and Granite sign, like the inspiration, but changed the name to our town...for a little fun.

Rustic Cottage Guest Bedroom- Thrift The Look- Itsy Bits And Pieces

I distressed the paint when it was dry, for a rustic look.  

Rustic Cottage Guest Bedroom- Thrift The Look- Itsy Bits And Pieces

Finally, the signs were glued and screwed together...corner brackets from the craft store helped create the inspiration look, too.

Rustic Cottage Guest Bedroom- Thrift The Look- Itsy Bits And Pieces

It is sitting on a picture ledge I had found at a thrift store, too.

Rustic Cottage Guest Bedroom- Thrift The Look- Itsy Bits And Pieces

The linens were pretty in the inspiration photo...lots of matelasse!
Luckily I found a big bag of matelasse pieces at a garage sale several years ago (for $5!).  I started with a white coverlet quilt, also a thrift store find, and topped it with a matelasse throw, along with another matelasse throw at the foot of the bed.  I used two matelasse shams, and pillows I already had.  The striped pillow was from IKEA.

Rustic Cottage Guest Bedroom- Thrift The Look- Itsy Bits And Pieces

The matelasse gives lots of texture!  The inspiration photo had a lovely old woven coverlet with a beautiful pattern.  Alas I did not find a similar one...but I do have a thrifted table runner, that gave a striking, similar look!


You might notice that I painted the headboard and footboard black, too! The 80's oak piece was part of a matched set we bought years ago...the parts were separated and used for other projects over the years...so I had no qualms about painting this.  I love the look now!

Rustic Cottage Guest Bedroom- Thrift The Look- Itsy Bits And Pieces

Rustic Cottage Guest Bedroom- Thrift The Look- Itsy Bits And Pieces

Rustic Cottage Guest Bedroom- Thrift The Look- Itsy Bits And Pieces

Another element of the inspiration room was the stack of boxes!  I used boxes I found at garage sales and thrift stores over the years.  This wood one, received a wash of white paint and some letters.

Rustic Cottage Guest Bedroom- Thrift The Look- Itsy Bits And Pieces

For summer, I thought a touch of red would be nice in the room...

Rustic Cottage Guest Bedroom- Thrift The Look- Itsy Bits And Pieces

I used red geraniums in the thrifted jar... 

Rustic Cottage Guest Bedroom- Thrift The Look- Itsy Bits And Pieces


Rustic Cottage Guest Bedroom- Thrift The Look- Itsy Bits And Pieces

Rustic Cottage Guest Bedroom- Thrift The Look- Itsy Bits And Pieces

I stacked my boxes on two thrifted benches. 
The old plaster deer was a thrifted find, too...

Rustic Cottage Guest Bedroom- Thrift The Look- Itsy Bits And Pieces

The quilts, basket, and some of the oars were thrift store finds...

Rustic Cottage Guest Bedroom- Thrift The Look- Itsy Bits And Pieces

I decorated for summer...almost everything on the mantel top was a thrifted find.

Rustic Cottage Guest Bedroom- Thrift The Look- Itsy Bits And Pieces

Rustic Cottage Guest Bedroom- Thrift The Look- Itsy Bits And Pieces

I love this old gameboard...it was a garage sale find.

Rustic Cottage Guest Bedroom- Thrift The Look- Itsy Bits And Pieces

I added my husband's family farm plat map, and a pillow cover from where I was born...

Rustic Cottage Guest Bedroom- Thrift The Look- Itsy Bits And Pieces

An old 48 star flag...

Rustic Cottage Guest Bedroom- Thrift The Look- Itsy Bits And Pieces

Rustic Cottage Guest Bedroom- Thrift The Look- Itsy Bits And Pieces

Rustic Cottage Guest Bedroom- Thrift The Look- Itsy Bits And Pieces

Now,  I thought I'd show you how to get this look without the matelasse and table runner!  I simply used the white quilted coverlet, and layered another quilt at the foot of the bed. 

Rustic Cottage Guest Bedroom- Thrift The Look- Itsy Bits And Pieces

I used white cotton shams instead of the matelasse...

Rustic Cottage Guest Bedroom- Thrift The Look- Itsy Bits And Pieces

It gives much the same look!

Rustic Cottage Guest Bedroom- Thrift The Look- Itsy Bits And Pieces

I enjoyed this project so much...and love the new room makeover!

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I hope you'll stop by and see all of the other bloggers' fun cottage inspiration photos and inspired spaces!

Beach Cottage Decor by Sadie Seasongoods and Boho Cottage Decor by Little Vintage Cottage
Cottage Decor by Home to Heather, Rustic Cottage Decor by Itsy Bits and Pieces, and Industrial Cottage Decor by Audrey Would Vintage Home

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Until next time...

20 comments

  1. Linda sorry I am late, don't know how I haven't clicked on this I check your blog often.

    Anyway, first off love the sign great job. Love the old game board and the touches in this room. May have to visit and use the trunks for a bit.

    Cindy

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  2. You are amazing. I love your picture better then your inspiration photo. That sign is so neat too. Love how it all came together.

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  3. Country Living always has the best, and your rendition is a very close second! Pinned!
    Brenda

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    1. Thank you, Brenda! This kind of project is so fun to do...I get to thrift AND decorate!

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  4. Oh wow, Linda! I love everything you have done. All the pieces you've pulled in to create this look are so awesome... the 48 star flag, all the boxes, your DIY signs, and of course I'm loving the black makeover of the headboard/footboard. Your room is welcoming and just so beautiful, and the red geraniums are the perfect pop!! What a fun hop :)

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    1. Thank you! It WAS a fun hop and I'm loving the new space!

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  5. Linda I'm a little speechless! You took that one image and created an entire room! It's wonderful and I love how closely you picked out each detail - the brackets on the sign even. Gorgeous.

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    1. Thank you, Heather! I was happy to have a reason to finally re-do that room! And the brackets really do help to hold the two sign pieces together!

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  6. I really love your version of this. Love the sign, I have never thought of putting two together like that, it really makes a statement!

    Tania

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  7. You did such a good job decorating your guest room using your picture as inspiration. It looks wonderful and I love all of the vintage items that you used.

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  8. I absolutely LOVE every element in your new room - what a smashing idea to repaint new signs over old ones. I see the mass-produced signs at thrifts more and more so that's a fabulous idea. Seriously, WELL DONE!!!

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  9. Wow! That's some transformation! I love the way you combined the two signs (genius!) and the new touches of black are elegant and rustic at the same time. What a wonderful room.

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  10. All your details and textures are charming. Loving the simple scheme, so easy to pop up a bit of color in there with the change of seasons without changing everything!

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    1. Thank you, Sandi! I do love being able to change things up seasonally!

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  11. WOW! This is an amazing TTL post, same look same feel and a whole lotta clever tricks thrown in, this my friend is spectacular!!!!

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    1. Thank you, Laurie! I love these kinds of projects so much...I can't wait for the next one!

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  12. I love EVERYTHING you did here, Linda! Of course, you know I love old graphics, too;) What a perfect thing to design a room around. Great idea to paint over the home-store thrifted ones! Love all the vintage texture you layered in; those doggies are too cute! And the stacked boxes...be still my vintage-loving heart. So glad you had fun; you've got an awesome new room to enjoy now!

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  13. Oh my gosh you hit it out of the ball park with this one! Your sign is spot-on and the room is so quaint and warm and inviting! Love the painted bed as well. xo kathleen

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