Guest Bedroom Reveal!

Man it feels like I've been working on this room for ages and if you follow me on Instagram you've seen a few sneak peeks already! Tons of work was done earlier this year but it has taken a while for me to get my butt in gear and get the finishing touches and last DIYs finished. But it was worth all the work and waiting because I LOVE this room!

So before we get to the pictures, a little background. This room used to be our daughter's nursery/toddler room, and is our second smallest bedroom. We knew that down the road we could move her into our larger guest bedroom, giving her the space to grow up in while converting her room into a guest bedroom. Almost 4 years after she was born we made the switch. Here's what that room looked like as the nursery:

Butter yellow walls, painted dresser & the change table that my mom used for me when I was a baby!

Butter yellow walls, painted dresser & the change table that my mom used for me when I was a baby!

I had a lot of fun designing this room when I was pregnant. We didn't know if we were having a boy or a girl so we went with a butter yellow on the walls and owls as our theme. There were many DIYs in that nursery including embroidered wall art, DIY book shelves (not shown) and a handmade owl mobile above the crib. 

Just after she turned two we switched the crib out for a double bed, nixed the change table and rocker and bought a new dresser. Pretty much everything else stayed the same. It was time for a change, but I'll get to that in a different reveal later!

Meanwhile, this is what our guest room looked like before the switch:

A beige and boring room full of hand-me-downs from other rooms.

A beige and boring room full of hand-me-downs from other rooms.

The guest room was painted a boring beige right before we moved in to cover ugly green walls—ultimately that was all that was ever done to it. We used our old queen-sized headboard and mattress from when we upgraded our bed to a king. The black metal side table was left over from my university days and the wooden one was a thrift store find that was meant to receive its own makeover that just never happened. Also in this room was an antique dresser, the glider from the nursery and a wooden blanket box. And the most inexplicable thing is that even though we had artwork in our basement that we didn't have room for elsewhere in the house, we didn't even try to hang some of it in this room. We just put the required furniture in this room and at least had somewhere for people to stay when they visited. Ready to see what it looks like now? Remember, we moved the furniture into what was the yellow room shown above.

KA-CHOW! What a stunner!

KA-CHOW! What a stunner!

SO much better than before. This room is now intentional and thought out, not just thrown together and it shows! And guess what? All of the big furniture that we already had in the other guest room is STILL in this room. Can you believe it?! The comforter, bed, headboard, dresser, side table and lamps are all the same as the ones in the before picture above, just redone!

And the biggest and BEST change to this room (and the whole upstairs) is the new wall-to-wall carpet we had Alexanian install earlier this Spring. I wrote a post about sustainable carpet earlier and that post details the carpet choice we made. The "silver lining" grey works perfectly with the blush pink colour on the walls. Here's another angle.

Other than a Lack shelf from Ikea, all of the furniture in this room was reused from the original.

Other than a Lack shelf from Ikea, all of the furniture in this room was reused from the original.


Sources:

Walls: Dulux LIfemaster in Potion Pink A0464
Carpet: Mohawk SmartStrand® FOREVER CLEAN™; Style: Enduring Qualities (possibly renamed Statement Maker); Colour: Silver Lining
Bedding: Comforter and shams, Ikea Sommar 2016 Striped coverlet (no longer available)
Euro pillows: IKEA GULLKLOCKA cushion cover in grey with IKEA FJÄDRAR insert
Side table: IKEA LACK wall shelf in white
Bed skirt: This one in white
Lamps: Bought at Wicker Emporium. They don't have them anymore but they have similar ones. 


DIY Projects:

Headboard: This headboard was purchased at Bombay Company back in 2005. As you can see it is very tall and very dark. My husband can attest to the numerous occasions I woke up screaming in the middle of the night convinced the headboard was either going to fall on me, or eat me. In the picture above, we actually have 2 box springs under the mattress to make it have the correct proportions. In the new room we chopped about 6" off the legs and got rid of the second box spring. I then painted the frame of the headboard white and wallpapered the inset with this faux grasscloth wallpaper. It looks and feels surprisingly real but given most of it is hidden behind pillows there was no point in spending money on real grasscloth.

Dark and heavy headboard goes light and a little beachy.

Dark and heavy headboard goes light and a little beachy.

Side Table: Same old black side table that I've had since university. I painted it gold using this spray paint and now it looks fantastic! I toyed with the idea of replacing the glass top with a solid top, but after the paint when on, I was convinced it didn't need it.

Removed the finial underneath and sprayed it gold and this side table has a whole new look!

Removed the finial underneath and sprayed it gold and this side table has a whole new look!

Box Valence: This is what I am most proud of in this room. The roman shade was switched out for a roller blind back when this room was still my daughter's. The light grey blackout shade suited the new room perfectly which is great for guests too, so I kept it. I had always meant to put a box valence above to hide the roll but...LIFE! I never got to it, until now. Take another look.
 

The golden goddess of box valences!

The golden goddess of box valences!

I had my husband build a box using 1x6 and 1x4 knotty pine from the hardware store just a little larger than the dimensions of the window and then I went to one of my favourite stores, Lee Valley and bought a roll of brass shim stock. Luckily my window is 66" wide so the 100" roll was enough. I only had about 6" left over. Once the box was built I used a foam brush to coat the wood in No More Nails and then I slowly pressed on the sheet metal. I lined it up with the top edge and then folded it over the bottom edge. A little tip here if you want to make one yourself, WEAR GLOVES! I forgot I was working with sheet metal and it wasn't long before I had sliced both of my index fingers while smoothing the edges. A couple of bandaids later and only about 15 minutes, I had this beautiful gold box valence!

So that's my new guest bedroom! Only my parents and my in-laws have stayed in the room so far but they both said they loved it. I peek in almost every day and smile. This room definitely makes me proud!

Up next will be the reveal of my daughter's new room. There were some even bigger changes and DIYs in that room so stay tuned!