Well, so much for getting our guest room makeover done before Thanksgiving, but better late than never!  While I had the best of intentions and a solid plan for getting the room redone in just a matter of weeks, a broken set of custom-made closet doors set the project back by several weeks.  If you read the original post, you’ll know that my guest room was really more of a storage room for art and other wall decor that was no longer in use.  In all honestly, it was a pretty sad place for guests.  At any rate, I’m so glad to have this project finally done!

Our guest room is a small, rectangular room with a small window and a closet – pretty much just a plain box.  Here’s what it looked like BEFORE:



After some planning and some work, this is our guest room AFTER:





I’m so happy with how my Craigslist furniture came out once it was painted black.  Remember this cabinet?



I think it looks much more sophisticated now painted all black.




And I had the *best* time styling the shelves!  I even found a use for one of my small vintage clipboards, using it to hold a picture of my sleeping baby boy.






My husband bought these sconces for me a couple of years ago when I initially started planning the guest bedroom, but they have been sitting in the closet all this time.  It’s so nice to have them installed, giving guests some task lighting for late night reading.  {They swivel so that they can be positioned as needed.}



And I love the vintage tungsten-filament bulbs.  :)



When it came to decorating above the bed, I knew I wanted to hang something but struggled with what exactly what to use.  Then I remembered this IKEA frame that I had purchased a while ago for a craft project and decided it would be the perfect thing!  I created a few pieces of chalkboard art and placed it in the frames with the glass removed.  Right now they say “His” and “Hers” but I made a couple of other pieces with different sayings so I can change up the look according to my mood or the season.



I kept the comforters that I originally had and added a second set of sheets.  Unfortunately, the ones I had originally purchased from Target were no longer available so I have two different sets in the room.  It wouldn’t have been practical or budget conscious to buy two new sets when I already had one that was fine, but a little part of me flinches just a bit every time I see these two different striped patterns.  :)



Remember these brass beauties that were always off the track?



The old closet door has been replaced with paneled bi-fold doors that are much more practical for the space.



Since there were no longer mirrored doors in the room, I added a full-length dressing mirror.  I love the carved details!



We also finally added overhead lighting, a much-needed improvement!



I decided to use sheers on the window since they overlap the glass a bit and I didn’t want to darken the room.  They are really more decorative than functional anyway.




And now for the chair.  You might recall it used to look like this:

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I used a vintage hemp linen sheet I had purchased at the antique faire and applied a graphic transfer to the center of the seat area.  I then used upholstery tacks to attach the linen.  Here’s a look at it now. {Post about the chair upholstering process and why I love the result, even though it’s not perfect, coming soon!}




And when the cabinet top is pulled out to create a work surface, the chair can pull right up to it creating a small desk space for guests.





The room isn’t quite finished yet as I still have a few details to add here and there and like every other room in my house, I’m always moving stuff around.  But at least now my guests have a much nicer place to stay when they come for a visit.



Many of the items were things that I already owned, but I’ve listed the sources for everything (new and old) that I could remember.

  • Wall Paint Color: Sherwin Williams Nomadic Desert SW6107
  • Trim Color: Kelly Moore Swiss Coffee
  • Headboards: Craigslist finds painted with Maison Blanche chalk paint by Heirloom Court
  • Cabinet: Craigslist find painted with Maison Blanche chalk paint by Heirloom Court
  • Chair: Craigslist find painted with Maison Blanche chalk paint by Heirloom Court
  • Wall Sconces: Pottery Barn’s Madison Glass Pendant
  • Light Fixture: Ballard Design’s Carriage House Chandelier
  • White Wall Frames: IKEA’s UNG DRILL Frame
  • Chalkboard Art Background: Foolish Fire
  • Comforters: Target’s Simply Shabby Chic Heirloom White Comforter Set
  • Sheet Sets: Target’s Threshold Grey Stripe Sheet Set (no longer available) and Tommy Hilfiger’s Vintage Plaid Sheet Set
  • Accent Pillows: HomeGoods
  • Mini Boxwood Wreaths: Decor Steals
  • Vintage Trophy: Antique Farmhouse
  • Vintage Pharmacy Jar: Elsie Green
  • Framed Vintage Print: Elsie Green
  • Framed Dog Print: HomeGoods
  • Gray Oval Basket: HomeGoods
  • Silver Side Table: Target (no longer available)
  • Full Length Floor Mirror: HomeGoods
  • Curtains: Pottery Barn’s White Linen Sheer Drape



I hope you enjoyed the tour!
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  1. Just curious what you did with that sweet little cabinet that was in the Before photo.
    Really ingenious to recover the chair so it can be used as needed in the space.

    1. User Avatar Tidbits&Twine says:

      Hi Terri! I assume you’re talking about the two drawer chest that was under the window? I ended up selling it because I just couldn’t find another place for it. That was one of my favorite HomeGoods finds, though!!

      :) Kim

      1. Just curious what you did with that sweet little cabinet that was in the Before photo.
        Really ingenious to recover the chair so it can be used as needed in the space.

        I would have hated to part with that, but I know what you mean about not being able to find a place for it. I moved here (Las Cruces, New Mexico) with a beautiful Heywood Wakefield desk I could never find a place for and I ended up selling it to people who had other HW pieces and loved it.

  2. What a lovely transformation. I think this is exactly what a guest room should be: welcoming and relaxing.

  3. I like the makeover of this bedroom and got some great ideas to decorate the guest bedroom. Thanks for sharing.

  4. Linda Leach says:

    Can you tell me where you have the screens on the cabinet doors.

  5. Linda Leach says:

    Can you tell me where you have the screens in the cabinet doors.

  6. Paula Henry says:

    You are very talented and I’ve loved everything I’ve seen of yours. Great eye for design and for detail.

    1. User Avatar Tidbits&Twine says:

      Hi Paula – Thank you for your kind comments! I really appreciate it. :) Kim

  7. sarah camden says:

    What is the color of the cabinet? Wrought Iron?? Cheers.

    1. User Avatar Tidbits&Twine says:

      Hi Sarah – Sorry for the delay! Yes, it’s Wrought Iron. :) Kim

  8. Heirloom Court did a fantastic job on the painting! Made your room pop, gave it depth, interest and pizazz! As a designer I’ve had her do projects for me. Her work and color choices are always perfect! Nice room!!

  9. LOVE this. I know that you used Maison Blanche chalk paint for the cabinet and furniture… but could you share the exact name of the color that you used?

    1. User Avatar Tidbits&Twine says:

      Hi Kacey – Thank you! It’s Wrought Iron. :)

    1. User Avatar Tidbits&Twine says:

      Thank you, Jeannine!

  10. wow, what a fantastic makeover, there’s so many things to love here!! I’ll be featuring you today over at Common Ground. thanks so much for joining in!

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