On a limited budget, I took a guest bedroom I was ashamed of and made it beautiful!
Does your guest bedroom make you avoid having guests? Is it out of sight and out of mind like my guest bedroom was? I think that guest bedrooms are often the room that gets the leftover furniture and home decor.
After years of my parents and friends visiting and me secretly being ashamed of the room they were sleeping in, I finally decided to dedicate some of my budget to making the guest bedroom beautiful!
The Before and The Ugly
Really, truly when I look at these pictures I can’t believe I lived with this room like this for so many years. It was dark and the colors were just plain boring. The bedroom was filled with items from old family rooms and bedrooms.
The paint on the walls even looked ugly to me. Why did I pick yellow? The room just wasn’t pretty in any way shape or form.
There was potential though. Sunlight streams in from the east much of the day, the carpet was neutral, and the drapes were white. Yellow paint, well I could make it work some how.
Everyone has a different view of what makes a budget large or small. I understand that maybe my idea of a limited budget may not match yours.
As I was planning out this room, I was as frugal as I could be in the process.
What had to go and was donated to a friend in need or the Habitat Restore:
- Picture over the bed
What I re-used:
- Drapes and Rods
- Some Accessories
- Sheets and Pillows
- Chair and small table are in the attic for another makeover 🙂
- Wall Color
The Makeover Items
In total, I spent under $2,000 to completely makeover this space and think considering how MUCH I purchased (and it included furniture) I did really well! HGTV call me 😉
Plus I saved up for this guest bedroom makeover. It was planned over 6 months spacing out the purchases along the way.
What was purchased:
- Queen Headboard
- 2 ea. Nightstands
- 2 ea. Wall Art
- 3 ea. Lamps
- Decorative Bedding
- White Duvet and Shams
- Bed Skirt
- Throw Pillows
- Accessories (I repurposed some too!)
- Paint from another project and free cabinet hardware from work
Every room has to start somewhere doesn’t it? Mine started with a piece of artwork that was sitting in the attic! Since my budget didn’t include re-painting the room, I had to find a color combination that would complement the yellow walls and work with the sand carpet.
When ever I start a makeover, it usually starts with one thing: a rug, drapes, bed linens, a color combination, fabric, artwork, etc.
The perfect colors were found in artwork of a bird tucked away in my attic and became the focal point of the entire makeover!
The Color Palette
Yellow, White and Sand were the base colors I HAD to work with and couldn’t change. Adding gray and shades of aqua from the bird artwork was just perfect!
Luckily, I had some leftover cabinet enamel in a beautiful shade of aqua from my master bathroom makeover click here to read Don’t Paint Your Cabinets White!
Repainting furniture to give a whole new look is one of my favorite and budget friendly things to do. This room had a great Bombay chest in it that I had for over 20 years and it was screaming for an update!
How I mixed the colors:
- White Drapes and White Base Bedding
- Gray Headboard, Bedskirt and Quilt
- Aqua Throw Pillows and Bombay Chest
- Teal Velvet Bench and Accessories
- Gold Lamps and Accessories
- Mirrored furniture to reflect all of the colors and natural light
- Shams with White, Gray, Aqua and Yellow
The Big Guest Bedroom Reveal!
Let’s walk through all of the beautiful details around the room, so you can see how I blended the colors.
The Bombay Chest Makeover
Here is the project mid-stream of the makeover and what the Bombay chest looked like before I painted it. Also, you can see how I mapped out how to hang two pieces of artwork next to the mirror (that was already in the room).
For how to hang pictures in a gallery wall or in a grouping please check out this article Create a Gallery Wall That Looks Like a Designer Did It!
Here is the chest painted Valspar (at Lowe’s) 5004-3B Carolina Inn Club Aqua that is also used in my master bathroom. Plus I removed the old dark hardware and added beautiful brushed gold hardware with white inserts to tie together the entire look.
The chest now looks like a completely new piece of furniture and I was able to repurpose the mirror and small pieces of artwork to make a more substantial grouping on the wall.
Plus the mirror helped tie all of the room colors together on the wall opposite the bed.
Before, I had the mirror hanging vertically and like it so much better hanging horizontally.
If you didn’t know, Home Goods is the most amazing place to find affordable home decor. The lamp, tray, white vase, and diamond paper weight were all found at Home Goods.
My parents usually stay for 4 to 5 days, so I thought it was important to add some seating in the room. It could be used for sitting to put on shoes or to drape clothes.
Luckily I found an affordable option in a gorgeous teal velvet that fit the small space and gave the corner new life!
One of my favorite looks is upholstered headboards, so that was the first piece of furniture I bought! The color was a beautiful dove gray velvet that set the tone for the other velvet items. The patterned bedding was so inexpensive and has two sides. I chose to use the gray pattern at the end of the bed and the colorful pattern side for the shams.
The bedskirt is the same dove gray and unites the bed together with the headboard for a nice gray foundation that if I am being honest, can be redecorated around easily 🙂 The aqua pillows on the bed work with the beach artwork and chest.
Mirrored furniture is amazing because it can brighten a dark corner and it doesn’t compete, but instead complements the room. I just love the nightstands I found with the gold accents. The wall is very narrow so I went with a smaller nightstand on one side, with a swing arm lamp for lighting.
The circle lamp was the BEST find at Home Goods. It was so affordable and I love the look in the room. Who can resist a geode? The colors in this geode were so perfect to pull together the dark teal and aqua.
My office is adjacent to this room and at the top of my stairs. It makes me so happy to look into the guest bedroom now versus averting my eyes! I literally will take Mick (the dog) into the room and lay on the bench to day dream.
Now I have a guest bedroom I can be proud of in my home!
I’ve gotten praise from my mom (the MOST important opinion) and my best friend from Atlanta. That means everything.
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