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Guest Room Makeover 1

I have come to hate the word guest room.

It’s easy just pile stuff in there after a day of thrifting.  It becomes the room where all the early Christmas gifts land while waiting to be wrapped.

I’m ready for it to be a guest room and not a drop zone, here’s what I’ve done so far.

This guest room has been painted 3 times, another reason I hate guest rooms.  There’s no kid telling you what color walls they want.  When we first moved in it was an Off White.  I painted it Blue, then I painted it Khaki and now its:


Sherwin William Dover White

That’s almost where it started 9 years ago, but more white than off-white.


These are the panels that I ordered.

suitcase sidetable

I am going to make a side-table out of old suitcases.  Not these but some that I’ve had for a while.

I fight this internal battle, one side of me says just go buy new furniture.  But the reFreshing side of me says, use what you have.

And while most of this post is what I’m planning on doing, I’m sure that I will change my mind.


During our recent trip, to the Haven Conference, I bought this rug at Ikea.

Originally, I was going to use it in the man-cave, but it was too small.

I decided to use it in the guest-room, I love it.


This is not my headboard, but this one from Songbird was a big influence on the headboard that’s going in the guest room.

I bought mine from a guy on FB, it was very rough.  I cleaned it, painted it and sealed it.

It’s in the garage hanging out until we can get it in the house.

It’s heavy!

This is where I am with the room makeover.

Tell me what you’d add?  Yellow and gray and what??

Bedding colors?  other accent colors?

More reasons I hate guest rooms…

too many decisions 😉


  1. Debbie, I really like where you’re going and looking at the rug, I’d go with blue, too. I do relate to dropping things in a guestroom…I’m guilty, too. LOL! At least now, there’s room to wall and the comforter is in view. Major change came when we were expecting guests for the holidays. Trying not to let it get out of hand again. Can’t wait to see what you select for bedding…blue or yellow maybe?

  2. I like yellow and gray and white with a punch of blue. Share when you’re done!

  3. Blue would be my choice…but an accent of purple would work too. I’ve got storage problems with my guest room too…it’s so convenient to just put things in there. When you find a solution, please help the test of us! 😉

  4. Just go with grays and yellow accents! So in right now and it wont be hard to find those colors!

  5. Looks like a nice guest room to me, but after it’s done if you figure out a way to never have it be a drop zone again, share that info with me.

  6. It all sounds fantastic! I’m a big fan of blue and yellow, myself. So, I would pull the blue and yellow from the rug with your accents… pillows, wall art, etc. It’s a gorgeous rug, so draw your inspiration from that. That’s what I did with our bedroom. It all started with a rug… LOL! Can’t wait to see the end result! I know it will be perfect!

  7. It all sounds good. Maybe so pops of blue as an accent color.

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