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Decorating on a Budget – Guest Bedroom Makeover

Getting Creative and Thrifty to Decorate a Guest Bedroom

Our guest bedroom was pretty much just a bed for a long while. Finally I decided that I could at least make it pretty for guests, but it had to be done on a budget.  If you’ve priced bedroom furniture lately, you understand what I mean by sticker shock from price tags. Most of what I could find was way out of my league.

However, I did have a bed frame that was given to me. My grandma had a dresser, bed, and nightstand sitting in her old farmhouse and offered it to me years ago.  It just needed a good cleaning and sanding and it was perfect.  I knew I wanted fresh white bedding and happened to find some  online at Target during a sale. The pillows are clearance finds.  The only furniture that is new are the tables beside the bed. I found those on a major sale at Wayfair. The lamps are from Goodwill for about $5 each.  (Pretty much every lamp in my house came from Goodwill).  I spray painted these with Valspar gloss blue spray paint and added Walmart shades.

Goodwill lamps before….
Goodwill lamps after!

Craigslist Ugly Duckling

But every room needs storage. This is where I knew I would have to buy second hand. I needed a dresser but definitely didn’t want to spend much on something for a guest bedroom.  I also needed a small enough dresser that I could fit into a corner.  Then this girl appeared on Craigslist for $50.

Ignore my legs in the mirrors!

Definitely not the most attractive girl in the room at first.  Kinda dusty and no shine.  But…it was in perfect shape.  One thing I always test before buying furniture to makeover is the drawers.  I am not skilled at repairs yet so it can’t need a major facelift.

Anyway – now to make her pretty.  I removed all the hardware, took the doors off, and used one coat of Zinsser spray primer.   Two coats of satin antique white paint and water based polyurethane and she was done.

I found a rug from Wayfair – it’s an 8×10 and I got it on sale for about $80 at the time.   The curtains are inexpensive sheers from Amazon.  I believe they were $9 per panel and the clips and rod are from Target.

Yard Sale Trunk from a  friend


The sunburst mirror is a DIY that cost next to nothing. It was made from wood shims and floral rings using a tutorial I found on Pinterest.  I stained each shim using Minwax Dark Walnut before assembly.

DIY Sunburst Mirror

The “Vintage” sign is made from an old piece of scrap flooring that I painted and stenciled.  I bought the chain from Ace Hardware for about $1 and used D rings on the back to hang it.

The pink flower pic is courtesy of my cousin (who is an amazing photographer).  It’s an old flowering quince plant at the farm.  She sent me the link and I had an 11×14 made for a few bucks at Snapfish.

The chair in the corner is another hand me down from my Grandma.  There were two just sitting in her farmhouse for an eternity collecting dust.  She kindly said I could have them – one is in this room and another is in our room.  They aren’t my favorite choice of fabric, but there are just too many memories hiding in those chairs to recover them.

Hand me down chair


And finally, the blue embroidery birds are a DIY also.  However, this was a complete fail on my part.  One of my coworkers had recently made one and hers was amazing.  Can’t be that hard, right?  Wrong.  I used more old flooring that I stained with Dark Walnut and glued them together with liquid nails.  The tacks are from Hobby Lobby and the idea is to outline the shape and then weave the embroidery thread around the tacks.  It’s hard to see in the pic, but there is a long wire across the bottom for the birds to sit on.  Ummm – Didn’t quite turn out that way – Mine looked like two lopsided fish that were sitting on a wire.  I finally threw in the towel and my sweet and talented coworker magically turned my fish into birds.

DIY art
Birds, not fish.

And that’s pretty much it – Throw in a few pretties to the dresser and tables (including a goofy pic of brown dog), the  H&I are made using a stencil on yardstick in Wal-Mart frames, the clock is from Target, and BAM – guest bedroom on a budget.

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8 thoughts on “Decorating on a Budget – Guest Bedroom Makeover

  1. I love the blue of the lamps! I saw a chair just like that at the thrift store recently and I loved the shape of it. #HomeMattersParty

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