It’s a bit strange and funny to me that I’m writing a guest room reveal for a house I no longer live in! But, that’s my reality. I only managed to barely get the guest room done in time for Bob to take the pictures of our house for the real estate listing. And, then it sold in 5 days, and we quickly transitioned to packing everything up and preparing to move. So, I feel like I never really got to enjoy the pretty “new” guest room.
The guest room update started when I sold all the furniture out of it!! That’s one way to attempt to light a fire under me, considering I had a dresser sitting in the garage for nearly a year to redo for the room. And, surprisingly it wasn’t the first piece of furniture to get an update. I bought nightstands and gave them a new look first.
Then, I tackled the Craigslist dresser. I had procrastinated on it, because I wanted to strip the top and stain it, and that is my least favorite thing to do. But, it was oh so worth it after it was done. I think this is actually one of the pictures that Bob used in our listing.
Because when I posted about the dresser, it didn’t have a mirror above it or anything on the dresser. I found the mirror on a buy/sell group on Facebook and for $40 it was a steal. It is a very heavy and beautiful mirror. I know it is still sparse, but again this was the “staged” for selling look.
The final piece was the headboard. I had this headboard stashed in my work area for nearly a year, because I remembered buying it at a yard sale last summer for $10.
Yeah, its not very pretty! I originally intended to put fabric over the two main rectangle areas, but Bob overruled me on that one. So, it turned into just a regular painting project to update the headboard. I used Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in Paris Grey for the base coat and Old White on top. It was the same method as painting the nightstands, so I didn’t detail the steps in photos. I just am revealing that I am one of those people that paints from the can and am quite messy when I do it!! 🙂
After the painting was done, I took the headboard outside and sanded to smooth and distress it, and then cleaned it up and waxed and buffed until it was nice and pretty.
I really do love how it turned out. I thought the diagonal slats were so dated in the original, but it really gave it a lot of dimension after it was painted.
It’s quite a difference from the before.
I love how the room came together. It was a slow process, but I was determined to buy used furniture and make it all work.
So, overall, I think I spent about $140: $10 for the headboard, $60 for the dresser, $30 for the nightstands (it may have only been $15 but I can’t remember), and $40 for the mirror. I think that’s a great deal to give the room a whole new look. Let’s compare one last before and after.
Definitely much more current and brighter! I can’t wait to pull all my “new” furniture out of storage and have a pretty guest room in our new home later this year.
christine hoskins says
love your house and all the beautiful ideas you have used..In your guest bedroom you have used a pastel yellow throw on it. been looking for one to use in my guest bedroom. we just bought a new house and one of the bedrooms they have painted colbalt blue. not my color but trying to use what I have.. I have bought a white down filled bedspread and used 2 colbalt blue pillows pluse one white pillow. my question is, where did you buy the yellow throw? Thank you for sharing and love the pictures
Thanks so much for the lovely comments!! The yellow throw was a Home Goods purchase. I’ve seen similar ones sine then, but you never know if you can find it there again or not. Your bedroom sounds very pretty! Yellow would really set it off.