Thursday, February 21, 2013

Shabby Prairie Chic Remodel

I know you all have been waiting for this post, 
so there are a few more photos than normal.....
but SO worth a few extra minutes of your time, 
I promise!  
You're going to want to savor each and every one.

So, I'll wait while you go grab your second cup of java
(or depending on the time of day....a glass of wine)...

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Put your feet up.
Take a sip,
and think back to these Pottery Barn curtains from my last post.
(Not the pretty lavender floral ones on the left.
The plain linen ones to the right.)

They were temporary replacements for the ugly, plastic accordion thingamajig I dismantled last winter 
that originally served as the door to our guest room closet.

Welllllllllll........after once again being awestruck and inspired and totally in love with ANOTHER creative idea from my friend Tausha,

I copied her.

(head hanging low)

I did.....
(head hanging even lower)


Seriously, I can't help myself.
In my own defense, it seems that every time I turn around, she's creating vignettes in her beautiful home that make my heart pound and that little voice in my head say,
"I NEED to do that!"

(I'm assuming that you all have a little voice in your head, too?
Please don't tell me I'm alone in this.)

So, I'm giving all the credit to her.

(And saving a bit for my husband, too,
since he did most of the labor on our little project.

After scrounging through scrap wood planks in the loft in our barn and throwing them down to the main floor,
we gathered them up, 
and marched them down to The Husband's workshop.

Yes, that wood is sitting on our second rustic prairie table (read about it here) we just built that I need to paint and stain yet.  It will probably end up in my booth at Doster Emporium.

He got busy measuring and cutting...

and gluing...

and nailing...

(Now....don't get ahead of the story here.  Stay with me.)

he began to create my vision.

I was beyond happy.
Raring to go with my magic paint brush. 
Ready to make it all shabby chic and pretty...and barn-y.

After a coat of primer, two coats of flat latex paint,
and 12 hours of both of asking each other,
"Do you think they're dry yet....?",
we lugged my vision upstairs.

Here is what you see upon entering the guest room.

I'm liking it a whole lot.

Before we continue, 
go back up to the first photo and take another peek at it to refresh your memory.
I'll wait here for you...





This is what you see NOW when you turn around.

Oh, yeah, baby!!
Are you squealing with glee?
Better than a plastic door or linen curtains, wouldn't you agree?
(Sorry. Didn't mean to Dr. Seuss it.)

Because this is such a tiny little room,
we had to get somewhat creative as far as hanging these barn doors.
We couldn't use the heavy, duty barn door trolley rails that I really wanted.
So, we installed two simple by-pass closet door track systems purchased at Home Depot
for about $15 each.

By the way, I had a distinct moment of pure genius while standing in Home Depot 
(which I totally embraced, took advantage of, and bragged about all day long to The Husband
which resulted in numerous eye-rolling episodes).

I grabbed four large galvanized hinges,
had The Husband cut off the hinge part,
and screwed the remaining part at the top of the doors to give the illusion they were hanging from a barn door rail.

Yep, I can see you nodding your head and thinking,
"Genius idea!"

(And because I'm still in the bragging mode,
I give you my permission to steal my brilliant idea and use it for your own.)

We couldn't attach the door handles together in the center like I wanted, either,
because of the by-pass system.
So we installed them on each side instead.

I dug around in the basement and came up with a couple of old, black handles,
and swiped them with silver Rub-N-Buff
giving them a galvanized look.

A watercolor farm landscape my dad painted decades ago was pinned to the wall above
the dresser to complete the barn-like feel.

A second dream catcher was hung by the large one above the bed.

Lumber:  free
Two By-Pass Track Systems:  $30
Four galvanized hinges:  $20
Hard working husband:  free
Cost of my vision:  priceless

I think I'll be sleeping in here tonight.

I want to open up my eyes in the morning to THIS.

(Hope The Husband's okay with that....)

And now I'm thinking that a set of those sweet, rustic doors would look pretty nice in here ~
our master bedroom
where I can wake up to them every single morning.

Just a set on the left side....?
Or replace all of the mirrored doors...?


the wheels are turning on how to coerce The Husband into going along with THIS new idea.

~ Blessings...and sweet dreams ~

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  1. Laurie,
    Love, LOVE, L O V E the new closet doors in your guest room, dear friend!!!
    Give an atta'boy to your sweet husband!!!
    The hinges at the top are "pure gensis", indeed!!!
    Thanks for sharing this new transformation in your guest room!!!
    I adore the two 'dream catchers' hung together above the bed!!!

  2. Oh I just LOVE those doors!! Amazing!! I think they would look nice in your room to!!
    Love the painting that your dad did to.

  3. Oooh Laurie, I am in Shabby Prairie Chic Heaven!... when can I move in???... I love your barn doors and every single other inch of that room... just bellissimo!... xoxo Julie Marie (PS I am French, not Italian, but that sounded good!)...

  4. Oh my gosh Laurie - I LOOOOVE your barn doors! I am swooning here. :) The whole guest room is just jaw dropping beautiful. Enjoy! I know what you mean about getting incredibly inspired by a blogging friend and it just gets the ball rolling in the snow, lol! Tausha inspires me so much and you do, too!!!! Can you LMK what color and finish white paint you used on the doors? I am going to paint an old chunky legged pine coffee table soon and I am searching for the perfect white; I was thinking about BM Decorator's White, but I love the white you've used here. Love it all!

  5. Oh Laurie, the new doors are wonderful. LUV... luv them!!! You had me fooled with the hinges on the top. Genius !! Really... I was looking then reading. I'd like to wake up and see them first thing as well. **penciling in trip to Michigan on calendar :-)**
    Great job you ( and the Mr as well)
    Cheers, Gee

  6. Love your new closet doors! They are soooo pretty! Bravo to your husband for bringing them to life!

  7. They look fantastic!!! Don't you just love when your vision "works"? Great job. I say go for it in your bedroom too!! The doors, I mean. :D

    so, Cindy

  8. Oh.My.Word!!! so beautiful. Is this the bedroom i would stay in when i come to stay and just need some tlc?? I'm in!!

  9. Love your doors! Your home is so beautiful--I love everything you do. I have to say though--I am not so sure the hardworking husband is totally free..LOL. Love your post!


  11. looks great, laurie! i am as excited about the lavender as i am the doors--just dreamy.


  12. No wonder you are excited,they are lovely,as is the whole room. Lucky guests.:)

  13. They are beautiful, Laurie. You and your husband did a wonderful job and make a great team. I would sleep in there too if I were you.

    Doors all the way across for your room. My opinion..

    Wonderful photos also.

  14. Laurie I love the doors!!! Your hubbie did an outstanding job, (pat on the back) and I love how you've put the room together! Your touches are perfect and I like the additional dream catcher too. I think my favorite touch is the painting your dad did, the cherry on the ice cream sundae :) I can see those doors in your room too, would certainly make of a more cohesive look for the rooms ;)
    Thank you for such a lovely post dear friend.


  15. I think you are a genius! These are terrific!

  16. OMG!!! I <3 LOVE <3 your doors!! Beautiful job!! They would be perfect in your bedroom too!

    xo ~Brenda~

  17. They say mimicking someone is the highest form of flattery, and you've given credit so you're totally off the hook. And it looks fabulous. :)

    Visiting today from Thursday's Favorite Things.

  18. Great job and vision.......for the whole room. Loving those barn doors:-)


  19. Just beautiful Laurie
    I love how your room looks so sweet and cozy.
    Bravo to your sweet hubby for helping you with your visions.
    I hope you are doing well and have a great weekend!!

  20. What a great team you and your hubby make...those doors look beautiful!!! I want to sleep over :) xo

  21. You have outdone yourself this time, Laurie! The doors are just gorgeous! I would love to be a permanent guest! ;-D


    PS...can you tell me where you edit your pics?

  22. The doors are great Laurie! You guys did an awesome job!!!

  23. Oh Ya that Mr. did good didn't he! So did you my Lady, fab idea for the hinge idea they look great.

    I know what you mean about Tausha that chickie has got the look, talent and mojo for sure.I simply want to bottle her right up myself!

    I also Love, love that painting! How very special that is.

    I do like your mirrored doors and don't care for many but those are pretty nice.I think I would do one and see how you like it first.The Barn doors are Fantabulously Great though! Oh Yes please...Do enjoy! ~Cheers & Blessings Kim

  24. I've said it before, and I'll say it again. I'd love to be a guest in that room. High five to hubby for helping you realize your vision. Beautiful!

  25. It looks fabulous, Laurie! I love it! How awesome that your husband is so handy!

  26. wow - the whole room looks so airy and beautiful, those doors are genius!

  27. Oooh I love this room! You are so talented! The barn door closet turned out fantastic. I could move right in ;)

  28. OH. MY. GOSH!

    Genius, absolutely brilliant. WOW!!!!

  29. O looks great ...those doors are amazing !!!...happy weekend love

  30. These barn doors are great! You are really talented!

  31. Love to see your so romantic and inspiring creations ! Is your sweety to rent ???? Oh please ! I have a lot of shabby things to do in my French sweet home !
    xoxo from PARIS

  32. I LOVE LOVE LOVE your home ♥♥♥
    When I see something in Taushy admire it and it's always so beautiful,but I will come to you and always feel lightness,beauty,creativity and unbridled passion for creating and love of course!!!!Only with you I always bounces heart and say, "God, I must have "!!!!!!!!
    It's a beauty Laurie, I have to go now to show my husband what you have created long - want some pocket doors between the living room and kitchen, and thanks to you I know what!!!Thank you so much for such beautiful inspiration!!!!
    Hugs to you my dear inspiration,LOVE YOU♥

  33. Oh yeah that is way cool girl! Beautiful....gorgeous.... <3 .

  34. Beautiful, Laurie! I love them! They suit the room, too.

  35. ummmmmmmm..... could I make a reservation please???????????? I LOVE THE WHOLE ROOM.... AND THE DOORS???? Well... "Brilliant"... "Gorgeous"... ETC. ETC. ETC. !!! :) ... Your room is gorgeous just the way it is in my humble opinion.... Your mirrored doors look very high end and makes the room look gigantic!! BUT HEY..... who knows what wonders you may perform in there!!! Congratulations!!!

  36. Laurie! This looks marvelous! Beautifully done! I think you're room could easily have been added to Rachel Ashwell's new Shabby Chic Priarie book

  37. your blog is eye candy! so much white ... glad I did not spill my coffee!

  38. LOVE what you did adding those doors Laurie!! Wonder if I could get my hubby to do that...hmmm. :)

  39. Love love love! I will have to share photo's with my husband also. Great job.. Have a great weekend. I love your home!

  40. as always - simply lovely! it's like a breath of fresh air.
    thanks for linking up on the photo friday blog hop- hope you have a great weekend and we'll see you next week- fingers crossed. :)

  41. Beautiful beautiful beautiful!!!!
    I love how it turned! I love also your cute lampshade and Tausha's gorgeous dream catchers!

  42. Oh, I'm a new follower. I love this remodel and truely enjoy your blog. I found you through the Ladies Holiday Photo Blog Hop.

  43. I am back for more inspiration!... I emailed Shellagh about the pillow cases... yours are so pretty!... I thought about cream or ivory... or maybe even a dusty rose?.. I asked her to look at my quilt on my blog and let me know... thanks for referring me!... xoxo Julie Marie

  44. girl i was meant to see this. i've been wanting to hang barn doors on my studio forever! FOREVER! i've looked and looked for some without any luck. you just inspired me to make my own! dying. pinning this now. love you friend. it's all so gorgeous!!! oh and your dad's painting is lovely!

  45. Well done! I was smiling at thingamajig - thanks for saying that! & I can relate to the leather fringe purse - a blast from my past :) And my heart was pitter pattering watching the creation of the doors & seeing them so perfectly in your room! And your dad's watercolor is the icing on the cake. All of it such a treat. Thanks Laurie for sharing! God bless you both, xo

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  47. Oh,mylanta, Laurie... you deserve to be shouting from the rooftop!! I adore barn doors and have even seen them as separators between a dining room and the hall. They give such wonderful texture to a room... beautiful ambiance! So.... now all we women need is a husband handy with construction. What aisle of Home Depot are they in???!!!!

  48. Laurie, (I mean Genius) you are just ... AMAZING!!! Love the idea, way cool.
    The room is just gorgeous!

  49. Please give yourself a giant pat on the back - This room is stunning - right on the old prairie style target. Love the mirrors stacked against each other.

  50. You did a beautiful job on this bedroom!

  51. Just perfect Laurie!
    I can see your smile from here!

  52. Very clever! Love it!! I think they'd look great in your Master, too. :)

  53. Absolutely fabulous, Laurie!! What a huge difference the doors make! Just such a lovely addition, and even better that hubby saw it through for you!! That is truly priceless!!

    I think both mirrored doors need to be wood!! Go for it! I know the mirrors are almost the same as added space, but the wood is so cozy! Can't wait to see what you do!

    Have a lovely week, my friend,

  54. Whoa, those are so cool, so prairie chic! What a difference they make to the whole room. What a clever idea! And, your dream catchers add the perfect touch to finish it all off. Love the little painting too...


  55. Great job on the doors and the room is so dreamy and fresh! LOVE it! Hope you can stop by the enchanted oven to say hi.

  56. Oh my Gosh Laurie - they are absolutely gorgeous - and look so beautiful in your shabby ( in a good way lol )
    guest room!!!
    Now - where can I put those????

  57. keep on "bragging". You deserve it!!!!!!
    Great job, and copy-worthy.....

  58. My how lovely! Its definitely worth to replicate. Love the closet dearly and so as these pretty pastel madness. Got my eye on your next posts.

  59. Beautiful, he did a fantastic job there for you. I wish I had a handy hubby. Mine is an accountant and can't even put up a shelf LOL


  60. It's so pretty Laurie and I bet so nice to just be in there when the snow is falling and still feel light and feminine. Tashua is a very inspirational person I think, and I'm sure she is nothing more than completely flattered!
    xo + blessings,
    Anne Marie

  61. It turned out just beautifully! You could rent that room out for people who need to de-stress. So peaceful! I vote you do both sides of the doors in your room!

  62. Laurie, this is just what I am doing in my craft room. Or at least I hope. lol! I've given a pic to my woodwork guy. Love, love yours! Love the white color. Mine will be mustard for a pop. Hope I love them as much as yours. Thanks so much for sharing with SYC. I will be featuring you today.

  63. Very,very cool!!! You're a genius! I really thought they were hanging from the metal brackets like a barn door! You definitely need to do it in your bedroom! Pinning this! Thank you for sharing at Rustic Restorations Weekend!

  64. Very beautiful. I love the room. Thanks for sharing. Karie

  65. Just heavenly Laurie! Oh, to be a guest in that room and wake up to this sight! The doors came out beautifully - what an understanding and agreeable hubby you have. I don't blame you one bit for copying Tausha - I think we all get that urge when we visit her blog. Now everyone will indeed be copying your genius hinge idea, too.
    It all looks fabulous. I think you're in for another big project in your Master...I say replace both the mirrored doors - you're on a roll!

  66. These are fantastic!! Great idea.
    Thank you for joining Home Sweet Home!

  67. Fabulous!! I am so pinning this. It seems that we could take a standard 'ugly' door and dress it up with the cross pieces for a similar effect. Big hugs for such a stupendous idea!

  68. Laurie, you and your husband have done an amazing job of your guest bedroom make-over. I LOVE those doors and what a brilliant idea with the hinges.
    I'm featuring this post over on Shabbilicious Friday today.

  69. Yeah baby, you did great - they look beautiful! I want some myself. Your guest bedroom is so pretty - don't think anyone would want to leave! I've pinned the doors, thanks so much for sharing!!!!

  70. I'm having serious door envy...those are A.W.E.S.O.M.E! I'm pinning this as fast as my fingers can click. Thank you so much for sharing at "What We Accomplished Wednesdays." Have a great weekend!


  71. Love. love. love the doors! Thanks for sharing your beautiful vision! ~Kristie

  72. Oh so cute! And charming and wonderful!! You guys did an awesome job.
    Love it.

  73. These doors are breathtaking! What a transformation. And even though you think you are copying, I adore how you put your own spin on any idea that you decide to tackle! You and your hubby = awesome team! xoxo

  74. Wow! Breathtaking! You have such a wonderful way of decorating, I am in love with the style of your home! Thank you for sharing! The doors are exquisite, you would never have guessed that they were made from scratch! Warm regards! Vikki :-0

  75. Laurie those doors a wonderful and you are very lucky to have such a talented husband. I'm with you on putting them in the master as I'd much rather wake up to look at those barn doors than myself in the mirror. lol Thanks so much for linking up at Transformed Tuesday.
    Peggy~PJH Designs

  76. What a peaceful oasis you have created! Just gorgeous.
    I will be featuring you on this week's Clever Chicks Blog Hop, please feel free to grab my Featured Button for yourself!

    Kathy Shea Mormino
    The Chicken Chick

  77. drooling, drooling, drooling...and featuring you tonight for Knick of Time Tuesday! Thanks for sharing, Laurie!!

  78. Oh Laurie I am so loving this idea!! I have slider doors in the guest bed room and this would be a perfect solution to those ugly things!! Thanks for the great idea- love the hinge idea too!

  79. Stopping in to pin, these are fantastic!


  80. OMG Laurie! The whole room is pure genius! The closet doors are beyond cool! If only I could get Mr. Delightful to make me some closet doors like those. I'd love to get rid of my mirror doors. You rocked it with the idea for the rail system! Your home is pure magic and the dream catchers are the perfect finishing touch. Rather than order one for my bathroom, I think I may have to order one for my guest bedroom affectionately called "mom's room" I'm redoing the whole room. If only I could convince Mr. Delightful to paint the room white it would really be nice and bright. I'm heading that way Laurie. Headed for a calmer more restful color

  81. Laurie, I love, love, love your guest room! Your hubby did a great job and your vision was perfect! You guys make an awesome team! :)

  82. You have perfectly made you home with the color combination of white and pink. I just loved the combination. - Bespoke kitchen in Kirkintilloch

  83. This looks great! Fits very nicely in the room. I would love it if you joined and contribute your awesome posts at my link party at City of Creative Dreams, starts on Fridays :D Hope to see you there at City of Creative Dreams Link Party.

  84. Great ideas!!! Illusion can be a good thing :)

  85. What ind of hardware did he use?

  86. I have seen a lot of closet door makeovers but this one was just the one I was looking for to tie into my master bedroom makeover inspiration post. It's perfect! So pretty and fun. I can only hope when I tackle mine, they will look as beautiful. I linked my inspiration to this post. I hope that was okay.

  87. Hi Laurie. I know this project was done a few years ago. I only just found it, looking for a way to replace my bi-fold doors for our hallway laundry space. They are done! We can hardly open and close them anymore. I love your idea here, and it looks like it would work for us. Is there any way that you can provide the building plans for these? I have never made anything myself, but I'm sure that my boyfriend and I can accomplish this. Would you mind helping us out with the details? If so, you can email me at If not, I understand. Never hurts to ask! You did such a great job. Thanks for giving me the inspiration I needed to DIY! :))


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