I’m finished with the quick and cheap guest room update. I wouldn’t consider it a makeover because all I really did was repaint the walls, upholster the headboard, rearrange the bookshelves, and swap a few furniture pieces. Add in a few accessories and voilà, new room. For a full walk down memory lane, here’s the room the day we got the keys to this house:
Good starting point, but it was dark and drab. I quickly unloaded the books and accessories on the shelf and we pushed the bed against the only wall wide enough for a queen bed. Not at all better.
To add another foot of usable space opposite the bed, we carved out a little nook in the shelves, adding sconces for a cozy space. A larger window, white paint, and color cheered up the room tremendously.
Almost three years after finishing that, it didn’t flow with the rest of the house. It’s not that I didn’t like the room, it now felt chaotic and cluttered. Not wanting or needing to completely overhaul the room, I devised a plan to shake things up while toning it down. All for under 100 bucks. Ready to see it now?
I always say this, but paint offers the most bang for your buck when changing a room. For only $25 the room is calmer, but still has color. After comparing swatches, I settled on Thicket by Benjamin Moore, color matched at Home Depot. It’s a mid tone green with subtle brown undertones, making it soft.
Another easy change that cost twenty dollars was the upholstered headboard. Two yards of natural linen fabric, batting, and a staple gun covered the old painted panel. Better yet, it took two hours, tops, to knock it out.
I adore the softness and texture it adds.
Changing the bookshelves might be my favorite update though. More on that soon.
For another $20, I got a cream and gray stripe cotton throw from TJ Maxx. Using more of my Fab.com credit, I chose a light rose Pendleton wool pillow. Yet another fast way to add texture and pattern to the room without committing to anything drastic.
Shuffling furniture from different rooms was another free way to change the mood of the room. Previously, a petite mid-century dresser sat against this wall. I love it, but it always seemed just a tad small.
Moving my grandpa’s old dresser up from the basement took only a few minutes.
Just a few inches wider and taller, it fills out this side, but still leaves breathing room.
Perched atop is a small lamp, a few accessories, and what may be my favorite new houseplant. This Rhipsalis, found as a hanging plant at Home Depot, thrives in low light. Perfect live greenery for this north facing room.
Oh, here’s another tip. When artists include art on business cards, don’t throw it away. Cut a small chunk of trim to size and mount the card to the front. Tiny little art to settle in.
Years ago, I received an old oak chair from my great-grandmother. After sanding the peeling finish off and replacing the seat cushion, it’s a piece I love.
It still has plenty of character, but the wood tone against the green wall was too good to pass up. A stack of stripe towels are guest ready and in sight.
The bird, tree, and feather gallery wall is still my favorite collection/grouping.
Even better, it covers up the old sconce boxes, so you’d never know they’re behind there.
So that’s the story on the calm and nature inspired guest room. Even better, it cost about sixty-five big ones.
13 thoughts on “Guest Green”
Love it! It looks great – and the price of freshening it up can’t be beat.
Thanks, Barbara H! Its always fun to see how little money but big impact a project can have. 🙂
I agree- it looks beautiful!
Cozy! My kind of guest room!
It’s definitely more cozy now. And I love it. Glad you agree!
Oh, I really like this!! It gently whispers “summer afternoon”.
Ha, I didn’t think of it that way, but it feels totally right. 🙂
I love it! I think the difference is that you were aiming for masculine before since your friend was staying there/the new changes make it seem like an airy retreat. Lucky guests!
Sara, that’s SO true. Making the room what I want versus something for someone else is totally different.
Love it! Please tell me where you got those towels! I’m totally into navy and stripes. Thanks.
Thanks for the love! The towels are from Fab.com. Here’s a link to my gray ones: http://fab.com/product/wrapper-s-delight-fouta-grey-462569/?ref=sr-p15&pref%5B%5D=search%7Ctowel&pos=14 Here are some similar blue ones: http://fab.com/product/wrapper-s-delight-fouta-blue-462573/?ref=sr-p16&pref%5B%5D=search%7Ctowel&pos=15
Thanks so much!
Being able to see the transition between how the room used to look to what it does now is amazing.