Be Our Guest - Our Guest Bed Makeover

Friday, June 7, 2019

We are making the most of my returned energy and the bliss of late summer sunlight and cranking through some more big home projects. A few things we currently have on deck and are simultaneously tackling:

- Re-doing our brick patio: We are hosting a party in July for our friends' engagement, so we felt like it was the perfect time to re-do our mess of a patio and walkway. We spent a few days demo-ing, and are ordering our new stone pavers this weekend.

- Garage organization: This one just couldn't wait any longer. Our garage was so built up with junk we really needed to do something about it. This will be an on-going project, but we have a junk hauler coming for an initial load of cabinets and counter tops we removed from our garage today!

- Powder room makeover: This goes along the lines with this upcoming party. The toilet in here does not function properly, so we've decided to go ahead and replace it with a low-flow toilet, and take on a few cosmetic improvements as well. Right now, I'm working on painting the countertops with Giani granite paint (will definitely let you know how that goes), will be painting the tile floor, cabinet, walls, and installing wallpaper and a new mirror! It's a bigger project but my budget is $150 (aside from the toilet), so I am going to become VERY friendly with cans of paint since that is the quickest and cheapest way to change a space! I knew I've wanted to wallpaper part of this room since we moved here (more details to come) and I found the perfect wallpaper accent wall. I'm so excited to share how this goes! Stay tuned!

Aside from these immediate projects we're working on, I put my energy to use on re-doing our guest bedroom, a few weeks ago as well. We have a few house guests coming next week (Hey Alex, Meg, and Sean!) and I really just felt like our paint and water stained walls were not suitable for guests any longer. I knew we needed to do some improvements in here making it more cozy, so I got to work and I'm so glad I did!

Because this room sits at the top of the stairs, I knew I wanted it to be peaceful and serene, not too colorful. I already had some simple white bedding I knew I was keeping, so aside from paint, the only things this room needed were:

- Decorative pillow
- matching nightstands & lamps
- Phone chargers
- Fresh art
- Luggage rack
- Curtains

Here is a before photo from when we moved in:

Earlier this year we tackled: 
- Replacing the carpet (this room had paint splatter all over it) 
- Scraping the popcorn ceilings 
- Installing a ceiling fan 
- Installing window blinds

Because of scraping the popcorn, we had water stains and dirt marks all along the beige walls. It wasn't cute. We had a lot of other things going on, so painting this room wasn't a huge priority, but it definitely was not welcoming. 

Here's where the room was when I started getting to work: 

And then, I had my "hidden corner" which 100% became a junk collecting area. I had left paint swatches up on the wall for weeks... it was a mess. 

We ended up swapping out (and selling) a bed that had come for free with our last home and moved our old queen from our bedroom into this room. They were similar, but I liked my old bed better so made Spenser swap them out. It's almost hard to tell in the photos that the beds changed, but I know they did and I'm happier with it 😅

Here are the afters of this space: 



Overall I am so happy with how this turned out, and can't wait to show it to our friends coming to visit next week! It's going to be like a fun college reunion for me with my Big and Little from my Kappa Delta days and even more fun, 4/5 of us are renovating our houses DIY haha! I know they will appreciate all the hard work we've put into this space and we may even get their help on a project or two while they're here ;) 

(Just kidding, Sean!)

Paint color: Olympic Mountain Ben Moore 
Wall art: Free printables from Pinterest 
Bedding: Pottery Barn 
Decorative Pillow: Target (appears to be sold out!)
NC sign: Homegoods 


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