Accessorizing a Room (Part 2)

Jamie's Diary

Hello again! If you’ve been following along, I’ve been converting my daughter’s old bedroom into a guest room. It’s been quite an adventure so far, from becoming an empty nester, to finding a new paint color, to deciding on a paint color scheme, to selecting the right shade of paint. My last entry was all about the struggles that come with accessorizing a room.

Well … the struggle continues!

The Keys to Accessorizing a Room

When accessorizing a room, it’s a good idea to start with a mirror. I already have that, so I ’m in good shape there. This might be easier than I thought! My mirror is large and will provide balance above the dresser. If you don’t have a mirror, the right piece of art could work as well. Just make sure it’s not wider than your dresser (but it can be smaller).

Another tip for accessorizing a room is to find something tall. When designing a dresser, the thing that makes it visually appealing is using accessories with different heights. For this, I looked in different rooms of the house to see what could be repurposed for this guest room. I found a tall vase, but you could also use tall candles, a lamp, or even an upright jewelry box. Shop at home first — you might be surprised what you find!

A pretty tray comes next, which will be placed in the center. This is low and long and fills up space. Perfume bottles and toiletries would fit nicely here. I’m still looking for the perfect tray …

Create balance with a few other accents — flowers, photos, candles, and books all work to create balance. This is where I went shopping looking for items that fit with the color scheme of gray, yellow, and purple. Michael’s had great flower choices, SteinMart had a few items as well, and of course, TJMaxx is always good for accessories.


Once I had everything, we came home and tried the items on. Version 1 had the mirror centered, but we wanted to add a chair to the room since it is a guest room. So we moved the dresser over flush with the mirror and filed in the empty space with the vase. Perfect!  

Then it was onto the nightstand. I tried a few lamps, but couldn’t find the right one. So we spray painted the existing one yellow. I, of course, tried a few SureSwatches first to make sure we picked the right yellow. It’s a little short but books helped create additional height.


When I was painting the lamp, I wanted to use a toilet paper tube to cover the socket while we painted it. My husband decided to help out with this part of the project. I was imaging an empty tube, but he had another idea. So, pro tip for you — find the bathroom with the least amount of toilet paper and use that roll!


Struggles excluded, accessorizing the room is coming along nicely. We are getting close, just need a chair and a tray and the room should be good to go. It better be — our first guest will be here in two weeks!

Until next time, happy painting!


Jamie’s Painting Diary is a series by SureSwatch inventor and president Jamie Peltz. It chronicles her adventures in painting — and in life — from finding accessories for a room to the trials and tribulations of a home improvement painting project.

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