Need a guest bedroom fast?
The holidays are here. And if you have guests coming into town, they will need somewhere to stay. Here’s how we quickly transformed a room of our home into a welcoming guest room in just one weekend.
This dingy room was used mostly for storage. Having just completed an exhaustive (and exhausting) bathroom remodel, we are feeling the need to bring order to the rest of our home…and worrying a bit about the upcoming holidays. My parents will be in town, and surely we could do better than offer them this…
How to create a guest bedroom in one weekend (The DIYers version)
We started by removing the nasty old carpet.
Wait a hot second. Didn’t I say this was a weekend project?!
Oh, it is. Yes, it is.
By the way, this was an all-hands-on-deck-project. Get those kids involved!
Check out that rocking 50s linoleum under the carpet. Sweeeeet, right?
While the flooring was out we touched up the walls, starting with filling in the 4,502 holes in the walls that have been added over the years.
…Then touching up all of the paint. Actually, we decided to lighten up the color, so this was more than a touch up.
Filling the holes before painting makes the walls look new. It’s a really simple way to completely refresh the look of a space. We went with my go-to favorite color: Sherwin-William’s Agreeable Gray, mixed to 75%.
Repainting the walls makes a huge difference, but what really puts it over the top is going over the trim work. Trust me, you don’t want to skip this step. In a few years or something we are going to move our kids to the bedrooms up in this area of the house, and we will likely redo the aging trim. But for now this made them look new again, even with a number of bangs and chips.
With the painting done, we moved to the new flooring. How did we recarpet in a weekend?
Carpet tiles, my friends. Carpet tiles.
What?! Those are carpet tiles?! Yep. We used tiles by EZcarpet in their Fossil Gray color. The tiles were SO easy to install, and the perfect answer for the upstairs space in our home. (You’ll be seeing these again in our next project!) They just came out with a new backer called EZcushion, which was surprisingly plush.
We were able to lay out the tiles in this space by evening, using no more than a utility knife and straight edge. Forgive the terrible photos.
The tiles are easy to cut to fit around trim, corners, and other obstacles.
After the tiles were installed we decided that it would be a real shame to do all that work and leave the boob light.
I hate boob lights.
We installed this gorgeous fixture from Kichler Lighting. It’s called the Kona Cay Pendant. But if you have eight foot ceilings and less than huge rooms, a pendant can apparently double as a chandelier. If you have read pretty well any of my room makeovers, you know I love me a good light fixture. (Seriously, they were crucial to the recent bathroom reno, the mudroom build, and the kitchen remodel.)
It seems fair to mention that the reason we were able to do this in a weekend is that we happened to already have this light on hand for another project. It actually looks better in this space, anyway. Obviously, if you plan to do a weekend update you are better off to plan it ahead a bit. Ours, by the way, was completely spur-of-the-moment.
After that it was just about making the room look all pretty. I actually took my time with that, and tried to use a lot of what we had on hand in order to keep costs down.
The Guest Bedroom: Details
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Hopefully this gives you some ideas for setting up a guest bedroom in your home!
Something old: The bed is an authentic civil war era Jenny Lind given to us by my in-laws. I love the character and am thrilled that we can use it.
I love contrasting the old bed with more modern bedding. This set was only $26.99 on Amazon.
The art work is a reclaimed wood mosaic piece I did a while ago. I lightly brushed with with some color to help brighten up the space.
I call the mosaic “Where the sea meets the mountains,” and it’s a depiction of the couple of years that our family lived on the Oregon Coast. Art with a personal touch is always a win.
The faux cactus is from Target, and basically blew my budget in one fell swoop. But it’s ABSOLUTELY EVERYTHING, amiright?! That curtain rod is made from a closet rod and dowels. It’s all about those details. Luckily, the curtains are another item we already had on hand. They were originally from Pottery Barn and are basically the most perfect white curtain in all the world.
I previously added a few large shelves to the closet, but went back and added some wallpaper to fancy it up a bit. A few goodies and sparkling water help add a luxurious touch to the guest room. And don’t forget the extra blanket!
Basically, I just may move up to that room.
The nightstand was $4.99 at Goodwill that was stained in a super heavy, dingy dark stain. An hour makeover gave it a whole new look.
Finally, the mirror hopefully makes this small room appear a little bigger, as well as lending a modern touch. There is one just like this (albeit a little bit more expensive) at Target. It’s also at Lowes, where I happened to have enough store credit to cover it. (#winning)
I think that’s it! Hopefully our super quick weekend guest bedroom project gives you the inspiration to set up your own guest bedroom in time for the holidays (or whenever).
A big thank you to EZcarpet and Kichler Lighting for their support in helping achieve this project. This really was an unplanned makeover that we put together on the fly last weekend. I’ve got an awesome project with more of the carpet tiles coming at you soon, so make sure you stayed tuned for that!