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:

Guest Room Antique 12 Tidbits&Twine


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



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  1. Painting that cabinet black was the single biggest chance in this room. It looks fabulous! I mean really really fabulous!

    1. User Avatar Tidbits&Twine says:

      Thank you so much, Teresa!

  2. Your guest room makeover is stunning. What a wonderful job pulling everything together….

    I’m so glad I have a math background…helped me to leave a comment. :) HaHa


    1. User Avatar Tidbits&Twine says:

      Judith – Too funny! Thank you for your kind comments.

    1. User Avatar Tidbits&Twine says:

      Thank you for hopping over from DIY by Design for for the FB like! I really appreciate your visiting and taking the time to leave a comment. :)

  3. Your guestroom came out beautiful! I love how you refreshed new-to-you objects – beautiful!

    1. User Avatar Tidbits&Twine says:

      Thank you, Delia!

    1. User Avatar Tidbits&Twine says:

      Thank you!! :)

  4. What a beautiful guest room! Your guests are never going to want to leave.

    1. User Avatar Tidbits&Twine says:

      Thank you, Kelly!

  5. What a gorgeous makeover. I love what you did with the craigslist find. The black makes it look so elegant. I would love for you to come and link this up to my Winter Blues Wednesday party going on right now. Hope to see you there. http://diybydesign.blogspot.com

    1. User Avatar Tidbits&Twine says:

      Thank you, Judy! I just linked up. Thank you for the invite! :)

  6. You did a fabulous job on the guest room. I love the lights, where did your hubby get them? All the details you added makes me want to come over and stay at your house!

    1. User Avatar Tidbits&Twine says:

      Thank you! The lights are the Madison sconces from Pottery Barn and they are still available {here}.

  7. Beautiful, beautiful, beautiful!!
    I had the same issue with Target linens that were no longer available & I found the name of the style, then searched them out & found a match (still in the package) on EBay. Great deal, too.

    1. User Avatar Tidbits&Twine says:

      Thank you, Bethany! I did look online but with no luck. :( So glad you had better results! Ebay is great for finding these types of things, isn’t it?!

  8. This is gorgeous, Kim! I love how that cabinet turned out. It looks stunning in black. The beds look great, too. I wouldn’t spend too much time cringing over the different striped sheet sets. I think they look fine and can’t notice much difference in the pictures. This makeover was well worth your time. It is a great room and one any guest would be delighted to spend time in!

    1. User Avatar Tidbits&Twine says:

      Thank you, Kathy!!! :)

    1. User Avatar Tidbits&Twine says:

      Thank you so much, Marty!!!! And thanks for hosting a fabulous link party!

  9. Wow, I’m totally smitten by your new space! I am so in love with that chest – what a beautiful piece! And the light fixtures are super cool. Amazing job!

    1. User Avatar Tidbits&Twine says:

      Kris – How sweet! Thank you! I had the light fixtures first and then added the chest so I was a little worried that they wouldn’t work together but I’m happy with how it turned out. :)

    1. User Avatar Tidbits&Twine says:

      Thank you! I hope you’re enjoying your project. :)

  10. Your guest room is beautiful….love the beds and the chest in the middle….you did a great job!

  11. Wonderful job! You’ve created a cozy space for your guests. My favorite thing, though, is that cabinet. It looks so pretty painted black!

    1. User Avatar Tidbits&Twine says:

      Thank you, Zenda!

  12. Wow.. that is stunning. The dark painted furniture is beautiful. And I love how you dealt with those closet doors. I have similar brass sliding doors and I hate them. Your new ones are so perfect for the space. BEAUTIFUL!

    1. User Avatar Tidbits&Twine says:

      Thank you, Kim! I am much happier having the white painted doors instead of the brass ones. Now if I could only remove all the brass from my bathroom…. :)

  13. Not finished yet??…your room makeover is fabulous….it’s magazine worthy…I love everything about it…the piece between the two beds looks great painted black…the whole room is just perfect…You did a great job.

    1. User Avatar Tidbits&Twine says:

      Sue – Thank you for your sweet comments!! I really appreciate it!

  14. This looks beautiful! I really love how the cabinet turned out–it really looks much classier in black! Any guest would be blessed to stay there.

    1. User Avatar Tidbits&Twine says:

      Thank you, Carrie!

  15. I love it! Your Craigslist piece is the perfect bold accent to the room! Great job <3

    1. User Avatar Tidbits&Twine says:

      Thank you so much!

    1. User Avatar Tidbits&Twine says:

      Jennifer – Thank you so much for your kind comments!

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