September 21, 2010

My Sister's Room

Well, today I'm going to brag a bit - about my sister.  I have a really talented sister.  Well, I actually have 3 of them, but I'm talking about my little sis.  If you've been reading for a while, then you probably feel like you know her.  If you're new to my blog then you get to meet her today.

She can take junk transform it into something awesome.  That's how her bedroom renovation came about.  I got a call several months ago when it was snowing like crazy.  It went something like this:

"Cheri, I just found two giant solid wood doors on someone's curb!"

"Really?"

"Yeah, I'm going to take them home."

"How are you doing that?  Don't you want to wait till the blizzard is over?  Where are your kids?"

"There's in the car with me.  I already hoisted the doors onto my car?"

"How are they going to stay on?"

"I don't know.  I'm hanging on to them with my arm out the window.  They're really awesome."

She's nuts.  It's the good kind of nuts, though....like cashews or almonds.  Anyhow, here are the two old doors she was talking about.  She painted them light gray and roughed them up a bit.


There were two knobs already on the door that's the headboard.  She found and added a few more.  I think it has a ton of character.  She's gone with that hip mustard yellow and gray color scheme.  (They don't own the home they live in, so the walls aren't the light gray that she'd probably paint them.)


She made all sorts of pillows to bring in the gray, mustard, black, and white.  The only in the very middle of all the pillows had all the colors she wanted in it except the yellow, so she painted yellow over the top in select places. 


Her husband made the night stands, using THIS tutorial at Knock Off Wood.  The lamps are from Target.


On the other side of the room she has this awesome dresser.  She bought it cheap, sanded and painted it, and bought really cool knobs and handles for it.


Here's a close-up of it.  Aren't those knobs cool?  I wish I had a before picture of the dresser.  Let's just say it wasn't pretty.
 

The art is from this post.  The yellow urn houses our great aunt's ashes.  Actually I'm totally kidding.  I was teasing her about that when she bought it.  I actually love it. 


Fun room, huh?  I made her this yellow pillow and you'll get a tutorial for that one next week.


That's all for today.  Feel free to tell my sis what you think.  She'll be reading the comments for sure.

Thanks for dropping in.

ADDENDUM: Many of you have asked how she attached the doors to use as a headboard and a footboard.  She drilled holes into the doors and bolted them to the bed frame.  On the headboard, because it needed to be higher, she used 2x4s like stilts.  She bolted the 2x4s to the bed frame and bolted the door to the 2x4s. 

66 comments:

Kris @ everywhereorange.com said...

Love the bedroom!!! I love the use of the doors and the color scheme! really makes me want to finish my bedroom!!

Mommafo said...

I keep making that, "UH" breathy sound. Like, "UH, that is so cool!" "UH, Look at that!" How old is she? Were the doors already painted that color? Where does she live that she drove with two doors on top of her car, hanging onto them?? I am just cracking up at the thought. Very cool room. :)

Alicia Phillips said...

I agree she is one talented lady!!! Your family has def. inherited a creative bug. The room is beautiful!

Mommafo said...

I just caught that she painted them herself.

Also, she was TALKING ON THE PHONE while holding onto the doors? And driving???? LOL!

Sky said...

I am in love with your repurposed doors. Amazing! I love the eclectic but structured feel you've created.

McKenzie said...

Super cute bedroom! That was a really creative thing to do with the doors.

connie said...

Amazing, just amazing. She is so very talented. She should really be putting these talents to use and re-doing other peoples homes. She does it so well and very afforable.

Simply Mommy said...

Love the room and the gray and yellow theme! To bad there's no pic of your sister holding onto the doors while driving and talking on the phone...lol...that would have been hilarious! I'm still laughing at the mental picture I'm getting :0)

Kelley said...

I wish I was so lucky! I slammed on the brakes of my Subaru the other day when I passed a gold velour couch from the 40's on the curb. I was going to figure out how to get it home, but the frame and feet and details I wanted were destroyed.
I love the headboard foot board idea!

Bridget said...

I love it! I have a couple old doors I've been hanging on to for something like this but lacked the inspiration. The colors, well everything, just perfect. I know what the hubby is going to do this week ;).

Merja said...

WOW! Love how she's used the doors, I would have never thought of that myself, very creative. And adore the yellow pillow!! Can't wait for the tutorial! :)

Steoger Fam said...

I love it! Scriptures on the night stand are a nice touch ;)

Tori said...

Knock off Wood is now http://ana-white.com/

I love that website.

Christie @ A Lemon Squeezy Home said...

I love it Cassie! Love the urn comment:). So funny! Everything looks great--love the doors on your bed. Seriously, I would have liked to see that! It all looks great. I'm excited for that pillow tute!

Carrie G said...

Totally envious. Great room. I love the doors as a bed. Great creative minds, you two!

jasonandlisa said...

What a woman! I love how she got the doors. Beautiful colors too.

Leca Unplugged said...

Wow lil' sista-- you rock! I've been getting the itch to paint some furniture-- it looks amazing! Genius with the doors as a bed. I'll have to look into that myself for the Rugsters bed. I love the color scheme and the pillows are out of this world! Ah.maz.ing.

candicem said...

Wow... love the doors as bed head and footboards! I actually have a door waiting for this re-purpose myself!

Leca Unplugged said...

Oh and nice job with the end tables Coco. I love the dresser's pulls. The clear is super cool. (and nice to see that you are still reading your scriptures-- or at least using them in your decorating scheme.)

BreeZ's Creations said...

I'm a new follower and I enjoyed meeting your inspiring sister. Thank you for sharing her awesome creativity, the room is totally cool! The yellow adds a really nice touch!

Char @ Crap I've Made said...

LOVE it! Also? Besides being talented, she's hilarious!

Rhadonda said...

Oh my goodness!! Jaw dropping amazing. I have always wanted to do something like this and she totally nailed it! And the pillows and everything. Wow. Look forward to the pillow tut! You girls are awesome. Thanks.

Michelle said...

I've got to get more courageous. I would NEVER have the nerve to load doors onto the top of my car, but those are just too cool to have left behind!

Rachel said...

I love the door. That's a great idea to put more doorknobs on it too! The bedroom looks great.

Marissa said...

Love the doors! I would have totally carried those home in a blizzard, they are just that good!

Just Rhonda said...

LOVE it!!! Love the color scheme too.

Tasha said...

Wow. Beautiful. Love the story of getting the doors. She has a beautiful decorating eye. Love her whole room. Glad you are bragging about her again. I love seeing the things she does. Your whole family must be filled with amazing amazing people!

Ashley @ The Hillside Home said...

So creative and full of character. LOVE it. :)

Laura B. said...

LOVE IT! Seriously, beyond fabulous! I'm totally loving the grey/yellow color scheme right now.

You Magill girls are too talented!

Justine said...

She is so creative! I really wish I had a sister like her!

Just Better Together

Jenny said...

Very very very very cool! I love the extra doorknobs!

McKell said...

oh i'm in love! she has my exact same style, seriously!!! i would do my room like this if i could. love LOVE it!

Rachel @ Mr.Onesock said...

Awesome room! And I love, love, love the doors! I admire your sister's determination in getting them home!

Kathy - mom of many said...

Nice combination, that gray and yellow. I'm leary of bringing used wooden things into the house for fear of termites, but maybe that's not a problem in your area of the country. Very cute pillows too, and good job on the dresser and night stand.

Mama Stacee said...

So I have several doors and would love to make a head board as well as a foot board out of them. How did your sister attach them to her bed frame? I need ideas? I've seen attaching to the wall but I'm not fond of that??? Is there pics of that?

Mistylynn said...

I could so live in that bedroom. YUMMY. PS I think your sister and I have had similar dresser make overs. I think my dresser was her dresser's cousin.
http://mistylynnwhat.blogspot.com/2010/04/and-dresser-to-match.html
Have a great day and I love the yellow!
Misty

Mandi said...

Your sister is my kind of woman!! Wait- is this the sister I know?

Baby.Got.Craft said...

those are the colors of MY bedroom too! Thanks for some new, great ideas!!

rhr said...

I like yellow pillow...Everything are very nice...thanks

Queen Snarfy said...

Way cute! Such talent!

JenMarie said...

Ok, first of all, I'm hee-hawing at how she got the doors & that she was on the phone telling you about it! Priceless. Next, it looks beautiful! I would love to see a tutorial on those stinkin' awesome pillows!! :)

Bride.Paper.Scissors said...

I LOVE this! It is so cool when you can take something old and change it into something new and fabulous! I really like this color scheme and it makes me want to decorate my bedroom with these colors too.

EHC said...

Very cool decorating style. I get up in the morning and shut the door to my bedroom so my little guy doesn't invade and destroy. But then I forget how B.O.R.I.N.G my bedroom decor really is until it's time for bed, then I wish I could make decorative transformations like this happen! I have to admit it sometimes keeps me up at night, thinking of the things I could do :)

brookie said...

you sisters are amazing! and you crack me up all the time! cheri and leca, when are you going to convince cassie to blog too? love being your followers...you brighten my day.

Sabra said...

I LOVE IT! Really, really love it. I need a headboard, and well, a whole new bedroom. I may use this as inspiration. Though I would be hitting my head on those knobs all the time, I bet. I have no grace.

dana said...

ooooo. that room is gorgeous!
Love the style and colors.

Little Feet said...

Oh my goodness, looks so great! Love the doors and I am in love with your dresser. I have my parents old bedroom set (dressers & side table- not the bed. ick.) and want to paint them...I just can't decide on the color. Love the gray.

Becci said...

Wow- that's REALLY amazing!!! I am super crafty but NOT in the home decor area, I am just in AWE! We also need a headboard.... but we have a Cal King. Is this a Queen size bed??
Great dresser, love everything! :)

Charity Donovan said...

So cute! Love it!!!

Patti said...

Cassie, you are amazing! I love what you've done with your room and I remember hearing about the doors - they are awesome. And Chris..... when the heck did you learn how to build furniture??????

kelly said...

adorable! good job, cassie.

cassie, you're also part of the reason i cut my long hair off! your hair is so cute.

Spock & Yoda said...

You girls are both amazing. My sister-in-law is just like that, she's like Midas, but crafting gold. I think of excuses all day to go next door to her house just to look at it. I just wish I had that touch! Thanks for the inspiration!

Katie said...

Ahh! I am dying thinking about her driving around hanging on to those doors on top of her car in the middle of winter. That is SO something I would do. We must be kindred spirits! Do her kids roll their eyes at her crazy schemes like mine do?:)
I love the finished product. I have been in love with this color palette for a while now, and never had the courage to do anything about it. She may have just given me the nudge I need. Thanks for sharing.

Stephanie Rose said...

Yellow and Gray...sigh, my FAV! I dream about coming across incredible finds --- still waiting for it to happen though! Glad she grabbed them! They look wonderful!

SteFay said...

Crazy that she just saw this random stuff and did something amazing with it. I'm forever seeing random stuff, but can't think of anything to do with it. Wish I was as creative as your sister!

Camille said...

Wow! Now THAT is a room you could get some sleep in, my disorganized clutter is driving me crazy! Awesome photos, they all look like they're from a magazine. So impressed!!

I Am Momma - Hear Me Roar said...

Her bed is a king.

KristenB said...

The fabric she painted over is what I used in my baby boy's nursery. =) She is talented and so are you! I love your blog.

Madame Samm said...

I have got to get out of here...lol
I have no idea what this is all about ..but you have gotta to love a woman with a pile of kids in the car...holding down doors on her roof and making a fabulous bed out of it...I want a sister like that ...
I am an only child, my parents are long gone, sew I don't think that dream will come true...adopt me...
I can be the calm one..lol...the one who cries at all of your adventures...lol.. I know...!
goodbye ..blessings madame samm

Allison said...

awesome idea! good job having your scriptures by your bed...the hunger games is a really good book too! :)

ladydazy said...

Breath taking, love it all!!!

Emily said...

I just followed the link over here from howdoesshe.com and love the pillow and your sister's room. I have to know how she mounted the doors that she used as her head board and foot board though! I've had two old doors in my basement for the last 6 months with the intention of using at least one of them as a head board but never having figured out how to do it. I'd love some advice. Thanks!
emilybybee@gmail.com

The Dye's said...

Hey, I just thought I would share the link to the Modern night stands your sister's husband made. I love Ana's work.

http://ana-white.com/2010/06/furniture-plans-modern-nightstands.html

Callie said...

Sorry not to bombard you with questions from me today. I just read the tutorial about the cute pillow your mom made for this room and saw the link to the room makeover. What a talented family you have! How did she attach the headboard and footboard?
Thanks
Callie
callie_c17@hotmail.com

Jennifer said...

How did she actually make the doors head/foot boards? Like, how did she secure them to the base?

Jennifer said...

heres my email: jenbar030@yahoo.com

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