Saturday, June 7, 2014

Makeover: Guest Bedroom Retreat

This week was a big week. I got one room pretty much completely started and finished. I decided to tackle the guest bedroom this week. Here are the before pictures. 

It had a "charming" wall paper border that matched the blue carpet.

The doors and trim all needed to be painted.

The walls were very dirty and the outlets and switches needed to be replaced. Don't worry, the water runs are from removing the wall paper border. We didn't have a burst pipe or leaking roof.

I started in the room by replacing the one light switch and three outlets. It went so much faster this time because I knew how to do it and what to do. I'm happy to report that they all work too! Yay!

The finished product of the new switch!

After doing the electrical work, I spackled the walls and ceiling. I wish I had taken a picture of all of the holes that got filled. Yikes! I then painted the trim, the ceiling and then the walls. I used the same Valspar Woodlawn Bedroom White for the trim and ceiling and then I used Valspar Woodlawn Colonial Gray on the walls. Its a slightly lighter version of the gray I used in the master bedroom. It's on the same paint chip, but my sister and I actually picked it out on a separate occasion and just happened to pick the same paint chip. I guess I am drawn to that color palette right now. 

I finished this room by hanging new mini blinds and some black curtains that I found at Lowe's on clearance. I don't know if anyone else watched the TV show American Dream Builders on NBC or if I was the only  one addicted, but after watching that I wanted the curtains to hang from the ceiling. I think that judge Nate Berkus commented every week about the fact that the curtains needed to be hung the whole length of the wall. I was determined to follow what seemed to be a curtain commandment. These curtains were about 4 inches shy of that goal, but there was a very large pocket with wouldn't you know, about 4 inches of extra fabric. I got out my handy dandy seam ripper and set to work. About 30 minutes later I had the curtains rehemmed and hung "correctly". I hope that Nate Berkus is proud. :)

I apologize in advance for the following pictures. I'm having the hardest time getting the lighting right with the window in the background using my iPhone for a camera, but you'll probably be able to get the idea of how transformed this space really is.  

If you're ever in the Dayton area, or if you just want to come visit us, well now you know how lovely your guest room accommodations will be.  Please do come visit! We'd love to have you.


  1. OK, We're signing up to try out the guest room!! Will look forward to trying it out....ASAP! Beautiful work you've done, once again.

    1. Thanks Kathy! We'll look forward to your impending visit! ;) Please do come for a visit some time if you can. I think that Tom has family nearby too right?

  2. It looks so much brighter! You have a good eye for decorating, Katie.