Guest Room Updates

This guest room makeover has been one heck of a ride. Lots of long weekends spent DIY’ing, painting, and shopping and it really is starting to take shape.wood-wall-guest-room-diy-dutch-licorice

  • Stage 1: Install Wood Wall (Part 1 & Part 2…DONE!)
  • Stage 2: Paint Room (DONE!)
  • Stage 3: Install New Lighting (DONE!)
  • Stage 4: Build Fauxdenza
  • Stage 5: Hang art, swap out furniture, accessorize (our favorite part!)

The first part of the project went really well. Bridget & I set aside 3 days to get the wood wall done. We finished it in 5 hours. We set aside 2 days to paint the room. We finished it in 1 day. The light installation was another project that turned out to be more simple than expected. We kept beating all of our deadlines & were eager to move forward and complete the space.


With the ceiling light up, I still had to get our wall sconces installed. I knew from the start that this would not be a DIY project since it involved cutting into the drywall, installing 3 new electrical boxes, and rewiring everything.

hudson-valley-gold-wall-sconceWe were actually able to do it on the DIY show I produce here in Chicago (Weekend Workbench) which was awesome because I got to be a part of the step-by-step tutorial and learn how to do it the right way. (Once that episode airs, I’ll be sure to share the video here on the blog!)


And even though it was an advanced project that I won’t be DIY’ing any time soon, they sure do look pretty! I love the color, size, & shape of these sconces from Plus they look so elegant next to the dark navy wall. guest-room-wall-sconce-on

The sconces currently emit a golden light, so I’m looking for good LED bulbs that fit them to make the light a bit cooler. gold-wall-sconce-guest-room

Once I show you guys the fauxdenza, I’ll give you a wide shot so you can see exactly where they are in the space.

Speaking of which…I’ve run into a few problems with the built-in cabinet/fauxdenza. On Monday, I’ll be sharing the entire how-to from start to finish. But today, I wanted to chat about 1 small failure I ran into along the way.

I knew that I wanted to incorporate some sleek hardware on the cabinet doors, but couldn’t find any that I absolutely loved. Brass & gold hardware is popular right now, but there weren’t a ton of options that were in my budget (looking to spend less than $5 for each pull, to stay right around $30 total). So that’s when I had a brilliant idea to find hardware that I liked in silver & use rub ‘n buff to make it gold!


I picked up 6 silver pulls and 1 large towel hook to hang on the back of the guest room door. rub-n-buff

Then I ordered Rub ‘n Buff off of Amazon in the color “gold antique” and got to work! I followed the directions on the back of the tube, putting a small amount on my finger and rubbing it directly onto the hardware.


It was a very pretty gold color, but I couldn’t seem to get it all over the hardware and I especially couldn’t get it to go down into the nooks and crannies. So I did the best I could and let it dry, thinking I would just add another coat on the top to finish it off. gold-fingerIn the meantime, I got the gold liquid ALL over my hands. Like everywhere. It was not a pretty sight.

But, determined to make it work, I persevered and applied more Rub ‘N Buff to the hardware. Instead of giving it a better coverage, it became lumpy and created a gritty texture all over the sleek hardware.


I took to the internet, reading blogs and watching Youtube tutorials with hopes that someone had the secret to using Rub ‘N Buff the right way. But no matter what I did, my hardware was still a hot mess.

It was a big DIY fail. Instead of saving money, these pulls were unusable and I’d have to buy all new ones. Not fun at all, but just goes to show that not every aspect of a project always works out. You’ve always got to be able to roll with the punches and move onto plan B.

gold-hardware-anthropologieLuckily, after more searching, I found some really cool brass knobs from Anthropologie that were perfect for the fauxdenza. And the best part? They only cost $6 each. Not a bargain…but certainly less than other hardware I’ve seen on the market. anthropologie-knobsHere’s your official “sneak peek” of them up on the fauxdenza. brass-gold-anthro-knobs

I love them, and they look amazing next to the white and dark wood on the cabinets. Honestly, I like these ones even better than I would have liked the silvers ones turned gold. As for Rub ‘N Buff…anyone have any luck with the stuff? I’ve seen it used so many times in the blogosphere, but this was (obviously) my first attempt using it. What did I do wrong?!

towel-hookI also found this cool towel hook when I was at Anthropologie. I added it to the back of the guest room door for guest’s towels. I love the wood & brass together on the white.

towel-hook-anthropologieI hope you have a wonderful weekend! Finn & I are actually in Cabo for a couple of days on a trip for his company. I’ll be sure to have an extra daiquiri for ya 🙂



  • Summer Hogan

    Rub n buff is a mystery to me too! I have only gotten it two work on one thing because it had a pretty rough texture I think. You’re definitely not alone! Dying for the wood and brass hook and I love the knobs you found even more!

    • Well I’m glad I’m not alone!! I just could NOT figure it out and have no clue where I went wrong?! Ya live and ya learn I guess… maybe next time?

  • shawnna griffin

    everything is looking great! Have fun in Cabo!

  • Austin Schneider

    Man, oh man. LOVING all the brass, especially that brass and wood hook! Major heart eyes. 😉

    • Awww, you are the sweetest!! =) Have a great weekend.

  • Katie

    Those remind me of boat cleats! I like the look as pulls though.

    • Yes,I definitely see the resemblance too… thanks Katie!

  • Trang

    I’m definitely into the brass/rose gold/copper hardware right now. Going to bite the bullet on put them in my kitchen renovation cabinets. If it brings me joy though….lol.
    Have a great time in Cabo and yes, please do drink at least 1 daiquiri for me.

    • OMG YES! That will be dreamy in the kitchen, we are swooning over here!

  • Teran

    I’ve had way better luck with spray paint than Rub ‘n Buff. I haven’t done anything that gets touched constantly, but I’ve “sealed” it with clear spray paint, and everything seems to have held up fine. Here’s my go-to:

    • Good to know — thank you Teran!! (and I’m glad I’m not the only one)

      Have a great weekend.

  • T. Naomi McBurney

    Cool hardware! Not my color choice (I prefer silver) but I really like the style especially that hook. Incorporation of sleek hardware…check.

  • Ariela Gindi

    What ikea piece did you use for the fauxdenza?