Guest Bedroom: Going Black

THE DEXTER HOUSE We painted the walls of the guest bedroom black and let me just say...I love them!

The Grit and Polish - Guest Room Black Walls 4The Grit and Polish - Guest Room Black Walls

Going black was super nerve-racking!  It's just soooo dark.  An if you don't like it, it's not exactly easy to change.  But I'm so glad we went through with it.  Black feels crisp and classic and oh so cozy in our little guest bedroom.  The color is Benjamin Moore's Onyx, which we've used in the Dexter House before.  I'll let you in on a little secret...we used leftover floor paint on the walls in here.  I know, I know, totally not what you're supposed to do, but we had so much paint leftover after doing the floors last summer, so we just went with it.

For the wainscot, we used bead-board paneling painted in BM's Simply White, like the rest of the trim in the house.  We used 4' tall panels topped with a 1"x4" laid vertically and a 1"x2" laid horizontally.  We chose bead-board style wainscot to match the existing paneling in the bathroom.

The Grit and Polish - Wainscot Close Up

Let me apologize in advance for the poor lighting in the next photo, but I wanted to give you a peak at the bed and light.

The Grit and Polish - Guest Room Black Walls with bed frame 2

If you remember, I was debating over two different antique bed frames for this room.  Well we picked the 1800s rope bed!  The scale worked really well with the height of the wainscot, and, most importantly, this frame is just my kind of wax.  I heart it one hundred and ten percent.

The brass hanging light was a hands-on project.  I wired it up myself from parts I bought online (more on that later).  I'll be sharing the finished room with you as soon as we get a little sun around here and I can photograph it, so stay tuned!  In the meantime, you can read more about the design for this room here and the bed frame here.

Do you guys dig the black as much as I do...?



p.s. Have you guys heard about this book/treasure-map?!  Decipher Mr. Forrest's treasure map and you'll find yourself a whole lot richer!

p.p.s. A dark beauty on design*sponge.  The more I look for dark interiors, the more I'm loving them!

p.p.p.s. Easter is coming!  I'm loving this farm to table table scape (how stunning is the wood table itself?!)