My guest room has received minimal attention since we moved in. I did scrape some tape and Mickey Mouse stickers off of the wall when we first moved in, and I also tore up the carpeting from the floor. Yes, there was gorgeous, shiny hardwoods underneath it. However, I simply dumped our daybed in the room and shut the door for months. Here’s a picture of it before we moved in:
Then, we threw a huge Oktoberfest party. About an hour before the event, I looked in my guest room and realized it was a mess. It had pale purple walls, a remnant from its days as a nursery. Also, I only had one piece of furniture in there, a giant day bed for visitors. Excuse the rushed camera phone pictures.
There’s nothing else to see because there was NOTHING else in the room: NOTHING on the walls, NOTHING anywhere. I decided to do a quick 1 hour, FREE makeover. I found a few pillows lying around and tossed them on the bed. I also had a 5×7 navy blue rug that was in my kitchen for a short time to toss on the floor. I found a few white frames that I hadn’t hung elsewhere yet. I have a TON of picture frames. I buy them cheap at thrift stores and spray paint them for some continuity. The closet in this room doesn’t have closet doors… yet. I had gorgeous floor to ceiling windows in our last apartment, so I have plenty of long curtains sitting around. I hemmed some blue velvet curtains quickly to place over the closet. This was my quick makeover:
The guest room sat like this again for a month and a half until the purple REALLY started bugging me. I barely even go into this room, and the purple was bothering me a ridiculous amount. I finally decided to do something about it though when my parents decided to visit for Thanksgiving. I gave myself a week to re-do the room and a $100 budget. The after:
Here’s how I kept to the budget:
PAINT: I had wanted an olive green for the walls, and I searched Behr, Sherwin Williams, and Benjamin Moore for a color I loved. Everything either seemed too dark for the small, dark room or felt too muddy. I had finally given up and decided that ANY color would be better than purple, so I stopped by Home Depot to check out their “Oops paint” section. My Home Depot sells any paint that wasn’t mixed to the right shade at a deep discount. It was my lucky day! Sitting next to an assortment of pinks and purples was a single gallon of the perfect olive/ grey color for only $8.10 (and no VOCs)! For success in the “Oops paint” section, I recommend that you have patience and check back frequently.
DRESSER: I knew the guest room needed a dresser. I was searching everyday at local thrift stores and Craigslist for an expensive dresser with character AND working drawers. I kept missing out on the best deals ($10 dressers are purchased FAST around here). I started feeling a little desperate and was ready to settle on anything. I ended up finding a 1950’s feminine dresser on Craigslist with a solid marble top for only $50. The interior was very clean, which meant that the dresser wouldn’t need to be aired out or fully painted. It was a laminate dresser though, so I had to prime it with my favorite primer that sticks to ANYTHING. Luckily, I already owned it.
REFINISHING DRESSER: Since it was such a feminine dresser in such a dark room, I decided to use a fun, bright color on it. I chose to repaint the dresser with Benjamin Moore’s All Ablaze. I live near an Ace Hardware that carries BM products, and I’m a frequent shopper (earning me Ace Reward Dollars). I had a $5 coupon that I applied to the cost of a sample pot, making the paint only $2.50. I already owned the brushes and gold paint for the trim.
FRAMES and DECOR: I already owned EVERYTHING that I used in this room. I know that not everyone hoards frames and pillows, but here are some tips that I use for ALL of my decor items:
- I buy all of my picture frames from thrift stores. If I want them to match, I paint them all a similar color. I have painted these frames black, gold, and now white. They’ve lived very full lives!
- I also never purchase art for frames. I use postcards from our trips (we love to travel), as well as personal pictures and items (I’ve framed a baby dress that my grandmother made me). If I want art, I make it myself. The abstract painting (which I wanted to make it feel modern like the rest of my home) is craft paint on leftover cardboard.
- I know how to sew, so I sew my own pillows. I rarely find pillows that I love in the store, but I always find fabric! I can control the size, style, and comfort of my pillows by making them myself. Bonus: They are ALWAYS cheaper than store-bought and usually more original.
- I also recycle A LOT. The large white pillows were not made by me. They are extra pillows from my outdoor patio project. I could have put them in storage, but I decided to use them in here so I could save space and money!
- I purchased the blue and white lamp at Ross. I once purchased a lamp from Goodwill that almost burned down our previous apartment. It burned out an outlet, and the electrician told me that sometimes happens with thrift store lamps. I don’t understand why or how, but I’ve decided to only buy new lamps from now on. I love perusing Ross and T.J. Maxx when I have time and patience. They have treasures at a great price!
WHITE CURTAINS FOR THE CLOSET: I’m embarrassed about this one. I really, really wanted to put in bi-fold closet doors in the room. I know, I know, THE HORROR! I’m aware that most decor bloggers are getting rid of their bi-doors in exchange for double hinged doors. However, this room is so tiny, and bi-fold doors have the benefit of taking up minimal space. I even found bi-fold doors that were *almost* the right size for the closet at a Habitat for Humanity Restore (buying everything new can make the project $300-$600). I already had some white Ikea curtains lying around not being used though, so it made sense to choose the simpler/ free solution.
DAYBED: I already owned the daybed, which I bought on Craigslist! It’s incredibly well-made and originally from Ballard Designs. I got it for a fraction of the original cost. It has a trundle underneath it for additional guest space. I made the skirt for it out of cheap burlap fabric. I fringed the edges to make it look like these curtains.
That’s it! It’s not the most perfectly put-together room in the blogisphere, but my bank account is happy! I’m also so glad to be rid of the purple!