As it often happens, an extra bedroom (if you are lucky enough to have one) usually becomes a catchall for unfit furniture and boxes with contents that have nowhere to go. With a little smart shopping and practical do-it-yourself ideas, you can transform your personal junk room into a guest suite that looks like a million bucks.
Such was the case for MyHomeIdeas Associate Editor Kim Turnbull and her fiancé, Aaron. But with a wedding on the way and promises of visits from friends and family, it was time to clean house: toss the boxes, buy a real mattress, and create a beautiful guest room.
Repositioning the bed against the larger wall visually increased the room size and evenly redistributed the floor space. A mattress sale put the blow-up back in the closet. To celebrate the grown-up purchase, they chose a new coverlet from Target and lattice headboard from a secondhand store. It’s no coincidence that the headboard is similar to Pottery Barn’s Everett Headboard. Designers often look to classic and retro styles for inspiration.
Dwell Studio Pansy Comforter Set
$79.99 – $99.99
Available at Target
Flower Pendant Chandelier
$149 (on sale for $99)
Available at Lamps Plus
A made-over dresser and mirror (along with new window treatments) turn this wall into a glamorous focal point. Taking cues from the colors and flower motif on the purple pansy bedding, a little Internet research yielded a whole bouquet of similar colors and flowers.
Wall color: Beach Plum by Benjamin Moore
Gold may be the new standard, but not here. This oval-framed mirror -- a hand-me-down from Aaron’s mom -- adds texture and sophistication to the bedroom with its fashionable floral carvings. All it needed was a fresh coat of purple paint to tie into the color scheme.
Tip: Not sure what accent color to choose? Look to the paint swatch. We chose this accent hue by skipping two tones down from the wall-color paint swatch.
Before: 1960s bureau with scratches and corroded hardware
After: Eyed for its simple lines, long legs, and vintage allure, paint perked up this piece. The front drawers were covered in of-the-moment wallpaper, and its status went from retro trash to modern chic. Even after paint, designer wall covering, a cut-to-fit glass top, and new satin-nickel hardware, the transformation still came in under $155.
Dresser color: Majestic Mauve by Benjamin Moore
Flowering Rose in Pink
$40 (per roll; we used one roll with feet to spare)
Available at Graham & Brown
Tips: To keep this wallpaper project simple, opt for a chest with flat drawer fronts void of any bevels or adornment. And one roll of wallpaper was more than enough to cover this dresser. Instead of tossing the remainder, use it to line the drawers.
The trend in designer window treatments is to hang the hardware above the molding and let the drape billow slightly. So why haven’t the big box stores caught on? These crisp white window panels were a great find, but even at 95 inches, they weren’t long enough. (Kim’s ceilings are more than 9-feet tall.)
To extend them and get a custom look, we trimmed the panels 10 inches and added a 2-foot band of color across the bottom. (We found an extra 5 yards of fabric in the remnant bin.) All it took was a straight cut (kitchen floor tiles work great as a measuring tool) and a straight seam on the sewing machine.
Grommet Top Window Panels $24.99 to $29.99 (each) Available at Target
Looking for an inexpensive pair of matching end tables with some style? We chose these black painted TV trays and topped them with custom-cut mirrors for a glamorous look.
Available at Target
Cut at a local glass shop
A trio of inexpensive ottomans provides seating and storage at the end of the bed.
Using polyester suede in a buttery hue (to cover the original red) extended the palette into a complementary color scheme. All it took was 1 yard of fabric per ottoman and a staple gun. Casters picked up at the hardware store and anchored to the bottom offer mobility and a contemporary edge.
Vintage Suede Sunshine Fabric
$8.98 per yard
Available at Fabric.com
Available at Wal-Mart
Tip: Like paint, never buy fabric without bringing home a swatch first. Local fabric stores gladly cut samples, and most online shops charge a small fee.
It’s no coincidence that we found a headboard in a secondhand shop similar to Pottery Barn’s Everett Headboard . Designers often look to classic and retro styles for inspiration. In this case, we just happened to be on the same wavelength. A little paint to cover the original dingy finish, and this headboard looks catalog ready.
Note: We used the same color on the chest and headboard: Majestic Mauve by Benjamin Moore . Not only did it tie the pieces together, we saved money by purchasing a single gallon of paint.
Many big chain stores offer mix-and-match lamp bases and shades. But that’s not the case at closeout stores. These blown-glass lamp bases and mirrored silver accents suited this modern romantic bedroom, but they were overpowered by the black shades that came with them. We found inexpensive, more subdued ones as replacements.
Graphic Flower Paper Shades
Available at Lamps Plus
Tip: Never buy a lamp shade in a store without bringing in your base. That’s a guessing game nobody can win. And if you order online, be sure to measure your existing shade to ensure a close fit.