Monday, June 21, 2010

Guest House Makeover!

Well folks, the guest room makeover is complete! However, it's too pretty. I really don't want any guests over messing up my bedding and whatnot. Insane? Yes. Kidding? Only sort of. Anywho, let's get to the makeover. If you want the background on how and why, read this first. I used my MaggieRose moodboard as part shopping list, part inspiration.


Unfortunately or fortunately my budget was teeny so I did a lot of "shopping" around my own house. I used my buddy Craigslist for a couple pieces and a few newbies for good measure. Let's get to the pics.



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After


Details: Maggie originally recommended that I paint that dark dresser white and move it to the side of the bed as a nightstand. Tried it, didn't fit. Then I remembered a sidetable that my pal LB had reno'd and sold to me that I still had sitting in the basement. Upstairs she came, already white. So I searched CL for a twin and was pumped to find one for $15 a few miles away. One can of primer and one can of spray paint later, I had two little matching nightstands.

I also remembered these storage ottomans I scored at Target years ago and had been using them as nightstands in our old guest room - now nursery. Love when I remember to buy neutrals so I can move them around. I thought they fit perfectly at the bottom of the bed and now store extra sheets, blankets and booze for those cold winter nights. What? My guests can't enjoy a nightcap?

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After



Details: This room features my very first DIY headboard. While Maggie's choice in fabric was awesome, I had to go with a cheaper option. I was going to use some nailhead trim on it too to gussy it up a bit but realized that you have to have it exactly even and straight for it not to look like crap. And since I have no patience for levels or rulers, that idea went out the window. And since I now needed something else to bring in some color, I used this green & cream fabric I scored on the cheap to Stitch-Witcherize some old throw pillows I had. Then I promptly thew them on the bed. I'm totally proud of both creations. Then I needed some artwork for the Ikea frames Maggie recommended, so off to the internet I went for some free artwork. I chose three different water lily scenes since they brought in the green, white and a bit of purple.

I picked up the lamp bases Maggie picked out and immediately fell in love with them. Since I was now using a brighter green accent color versus the sage Maggie picked out, I had to choose different shades. I went with these simple linen ones from Targ. Love them too.



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Details: The simple Ikea desk stayed put even though I hadn't planned on it. I wasn't finding too much in the way of awesome desks on CL so I decided it wasn't totally necessary at this point. I picked up this director's chair and canvas at freaking Lowe's for 15 bucks. You cannot beat that with a bat. Add a few accessories and we've got a spot to sit to do whatever it is my guests will be doing.

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Details: One of my favorite parts of the makeover was the window treatments. Maggie picked out a great option at Ikea but can you believe they were even a little expensive for my taste? I found these great wood look-alike vinyl shades at Targ for $12.99 each. The woodgrain up close is pretty freaking awesome. They were easy to install and definitely look a hell of a lot better than ol' whiteys up there. I also chose to keep the tall media shelf, mostly due to laziness. Add a few books & accessories plus a tiny slipper chair I scored on CL and you've got yourself a little reading nook. And who doesn't love a nook?


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After


Details: Finally I scooted the original dresser over to this area since it had nowhere else to go. I dug up some old Ikea artwork we had hanging in our old house and had been living in our basement and hung it up. Not the greatest looking thing but it'll do for now.

What do you guys think? I feel like I got a lotta bang for a little buck here. And it took me less than a month to do! Yay me! So obvs, since I can't sit still, I'm tackling the final project in this room. Behind the wall above is a powder room. A teeny, hideous powder room. It now feels embarrased being next to the hotness of the guest room. I feel it's pain. I'm gonna throw it a bone. Well actually, John's gonna throw it a bone since it involves painting and power tools, which I don't really do. And all of this before Blinky!

Here's the deets if you're interested...

Already Owned: Dresser, Bed, Desk, Brown Blanket and Quilt, Bookshelf, One Nightstand, Storage Ottomans, Various Accessories

Bought: Accent Chair $30 from Craigslist, Nightstand $15 from Craigslist, Blinds $12.99 each from Target, Director’s Chair $15 from Lowes, Comforter and Shams $25 from TJ Maxx, Throw Pillow Fabric $4 from Joann Fabric, Headboard Materials $40 from Lowes and Joann Fabric, Frames $9.99 each from Ikea, Lamp Bases $14.98 each on clearance from Target, Lamp Shades $14.99 each from Target, Accessories $30 from Ikea, Goodwill, One Sweet Find, Paint & Other Materials: $15



Grand Total: $302.88


I rule.

44 comments:

Kristen said...

Amaze-balls! Can you come redecorate my place?! Hope you are feeling good and staying cool in this heat! :)

Mrs. Adventure said...

Seriously love it girl, great job. I love the green pillows, director chair... the cute little & sign... oooh and those lamps oh hell EVERYTHING!

kp said...

OMG. Love. Excellent choices, it looks stellar.

I am going to need your help with, um, the rest of my house.

Also, what is the source for #5 on your moodboard?

Shannon said...

Awww thanks guys! Youse are the best!

kp - Looks like #5 is the fabric, which comes from here http://www.childressfabrics.com/browse.cfm/4,4008.html

Isrut said...

I love a nook! That looks awesome!

bethany said...

Umm...seriously? SERIOUSLY?!?!

Dang, girl. My jaw dropped-no joke. It looks stunning! You've got skills. Especially amazing considering you're straight up preggers.

You are my hero.

Emily said...

Not only do you rule, but the room is freaking gorgeous and your pictures are magazine worthy. Come to Colorado and be my bff?

Sarah Mahalo said...

Please start collecting things so I can stage my house.

Thanks.

Or email them to me when they come up on craigs.

Deepali Kalia Interior Design Blog Filling Spaces said...

Lovely space!

Kim @ NewlyWoodwards said...

You DO rule. And, I want your lamps. Seriously. Did you say where they come from? I need them. I have a serious lamp shortage.

Great job on everything. It looks like a different room. Love the slipper chair. Such great CL finds.

I'm on my way over to test it out. I want to be the first guest. I'll bring (virgin) mojitos.

Katie said...

This looks amazing. I might just move andy and i in without telling you we're there. meh. good job pup!

*claire* said...

wow!! that looks AWESOME! you've got some talent :)

Nicole Peterson said...

Saw this and my jaw dropped. Please come do my guest room too!

gobblesmom said...

wow. even though you are going to be a sahm, i definitely see some work in your future.
i know i would pay you to do that to my house!
you have a real talent - i cannot believe you did that for 300 bucks.

Jackie said...

It turned out great! I love how resourceful you were and found things similar to the plan, but that were more cost effective for you. Now your guests will never want to leave!

Freckles Chick said...

Yep.

Just peed my pants from the shock of this amazing transformation.

How about I be your next guest. I'll even watch the baby for the chance to stay in this lovely room. That CL accent chair is utterly gorgeous!!

::off to change my pantaloons::

Becky said...

I just found your blog through Maggie Rose - LOVE this guest room!

LizzieBeth said...

Shan this looks great!! It has such a great homey and cozy vibe.

After you are done cooking us dinner, JEGs and I will be spending the evening. How does the week of July 18th- 24th sound? Honeymoon in Chadds Ford? I think so.

LB

Melinda said...

Yes. You do RULE. That is so awesome. You sound just like me...I hit yard sales and clearance aisles up like mad in the summer time. Isn't it great? Well done sweetie!

Emily said...

Saw your makeover on YHL and LOVE it! Great work! Good luck with the powder room and the baby. :)

Candy (Mama Lion) said...

this looks absolutely amazing from the layout to the decor! its simple, neat, clean and elegant and u'd NEVER think u went "cheap" on anything. awesome job!! esp considering ur that pregnant. i was there just a few weeks ago and know how much harder it is - AND THE SUMMER HEAT. yikes.

*claire* said...

YOU'RE FAMOUS!! :)

Erin said...

Fabulous! I love your style! Now if I could find a chair like that on Craigslist I would be one happy girl...

Karen J said...

Just found you on Young House Love. Really, really, really nice - and no paint! Wow! You go with your "bad" self girl. Not over/under done at all. Too bad Craigslist Canada is not as inexpensive as Craiglist in the U.S. of A. Where online did you get those pictures?

Denise said...

i have to say, i really like your "voice" on the blog. it feels like home. Your room rocks and I totally want to be a guest ... booze in the storage cubes!!!

Johanna said...

dang! i love how you ended your post, "i rule".

love your makeover. serves me inspiration for my guestroom which needs to be done in a week until my guests arrive.

adrialien said...

Hi! I just came over here from Young House Love and I absolutely ADORE the ampersand on your guest house desk! Do you by any chance remember where you got it and how much it cost? Thanks!

April said...

How did you make the no-sew pillow covers?

MissHavoc said...

LOVE it! but HAVE to know what website you used for your artwork. etsy is just getting to exspensive!

Kat said...

Beautiful room! Can I ask where you got your free art on the internet? Thanks-- Kathy

Kat said...

Great room! May I ask: Where did you get your free art on the internet? Thanks--Kat

jen(melty) said...

great room! I came over from YHL and I can't get over how nice it looks!!! I love love love the throw pillow fabric and I'm also glad you didn't paint that dresser white :)

Jessica J. White said...

Excellent job :)
Hey where did you get the green ampersand on the desk. I love it!

jennette said...

wonderful!!! great job on the room! good luck with the soon arrival of your little munchkin!!

Sara @ Russet Street Reno said...

I love what you've done, and that you didn't paint! Amazing what some color and great lighting can do. I think I love you!

terra said...

I gotta know where the ampersand is from!!!

Really love this makeover...I never knew a white room could feel so warm, cozy, and inviting.

g said...

Beautiful and inspiring! Where did you get the tripod base lamps? I love them!

Linda said...

Love it! Especially the 2 pillows on the bed and the slipper chair! Maybe I missed it, but where'd you find the pillows?

The Keylors said...

Found you through YHL...GREAT JOB!!!!

Jenn from Much to My Delight said...

Wow! You did an outstanding job! I came over from YHL too and I'll be staying. Love your blog.

Tricia said...

You rock! Its beautiful!

Anonymous said...

I saw some similar lamps at Target the other day in Elk Grove, CA. The legs are wider and composed of 3 pieces of wood, but it's the same basic idea. I thought they looked really cool. Oh yeah, and they were $39 a pop.

Dee said...

I love this room! Where did you get the green ampersand on the desk? I love it! Also where did you get the green pillow fabric?

brooke said...

This feature on YHL was what brought me to your blog. And here I still am. I loved what you did with this space.

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