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This room started out as a space whose door was shut all the time.  My nephew had moved in with us for a short time years ago and that was his room.  When he decided to move back home my heart broke in half so I didn’t open the door for a long time.  I finally decided it was time to create new memories in that room and it was really cathartic to envision a new space for our family and the guests that enter that house. So 18 months ago I started that process.  Today it is complete.


It all began with a feature wall of grid molding.  That set the tone for the space.  That followed with a gorgeous gray color paint (Stonewall Jackson from Dutch Boy) on the three remaining walls.  I knew I wanted a soft upholstered headboard against the lines of the molding.  Unable to find fabric I liked at the price I wanted, I set out to paint, stencil and upholster a headboard.  That headboard also got me featured in Better Homes & Gardens magazine (May 2013 issue).


gray-stenciled-headboardSources: The coral pillow cases I found at Goodwill, the striped gray square pillows are from IKEA, the tan and coral lumbar pillow was a gift from my photo shoot from BH&G, that was from West Elm called Chevron Stripe Ikat Pillow (no longer available). The stencil for the headboard was the Angora All Over Stencil from Cutting Edge Stencils.

The only piece of furniture that was in the room prior to my revamp was the nightstand that I found curbside and painted.


Then I set to adding little details in the room.  One of my projects many of you loved that I did last year was my stacked end table shelf in the corner.


I decorated it with fabric covered books, shells and some gold animals I found on clearance at Target as well as some brass bowls that I found at Goodwill and painted silver.  I also created a sign that read “The ornament of a house is the guests who frequent it” to hang over the shelf.


In another corner I finally found a home for a chair that I literally spray painted three times and upholstered twice as well as the conversation piece of the room: my wood crutches lamp.


The little table I painted and stained as well that holds the tabletop succulents. (Pssst… the tiered succulent planter on the table is one of my Lowes projects that I will show you in August).  Oh and that lumbar pillow used to be on the bed and it was made from an old granny shirt I found at Goodwill.

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The last piece of the room I worked on was my favorite and the biggest splurge of the room: my serpentine dresser.


That art piece was swapped out for the wood shim starburst mirror I made.  I ended up spraying a couple of $6 lamps from Goodwill with some coral spray paint and adding new shades from Target (Threshold™ Lamp Shade Stitch Mod Drum).


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And there you have it!  Who wants to be my guest?  I hope you enjoyed my guest room makeover!  It has been a labor of love.  I DIYed nearly every aspect of the room and I am quite proud of it.


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  1. I am waiting for you to pick me up at Gate B3.. where are you girl? 😉 This room screams smiles! I love everything you did..totally digging that nightstands shelving– brilliant idea! The colors you pick are calming yet bubbly as well— well done balance! All together- high rocked this guest room!

  2. Your guestroom is beautiful! I love that you DIY’d most of it. Being a lover of fabrics, I REALLY like your stenciled headboard! It makes the whole room.

  3. I’ve LOVE to be your guest in that room, and we can craft in your awesome craft room! Seriously, the room is GORGEOUS! Great job as always. 🙂

  4. What a beautiful room! It all came together amazingly, and I love that pretty much everything was redone by you. It must make it that much more special! That crutch lamp makes me smile too…which is the opposite of what crutches do most of the time!

  5. Can I get on the waiting list to be your guest? I love the coral and gray combo! I may be using this color scheme very soon, if I can convince my husband that we need more “pink” as he would call it. 🙂

  6. I love your guest room makeover! The color combo is beautiful and I think anyone who stayed in that room would not want to leave! lol.

  7. Ha! So very true. And it definitely makes it more special that I poured myself into the space. I hope it does for my guests as well.

  8. Ok, you did it- I never thought if could happen, but you made me like “orange.” Seriously, this room is gorgeous- I love the coral and gray combo, and every single thing you did in the room. I’m so glad you didn’t paint the dresser- and this from someone who loves to paint furniture. You have my rusty wheels turning with ideas. 🙂

  9. Gosh I almost wish we still lived in GA, so we would have reason to stay with you? Seriously, the room is BEE UTE I FULL!!! The colors are exquisite, furniture is top-notch and I think you know this, but the crutches/lamp is positively my favorite piece!

  10. Beckie, this room is amazing! Oh man, I love that molding and that headboard! I can see how it got you a feature in BHG. Dutch Boy Stonewall Jackson was a great color choice. I’d love to feature this on my paint color blog, Involving Color. Let me know if you’re interested!

  11. This room is a “sigh” and a “smile”, which is exactly what I would do if I was lucky enough to stay there. The color scheme is so comforting and each appointment in the room is done with purpose, pleasure and comfort in mind. This room is the essence of creativity!

  12. I don’t think I’ve ever seen a foot board with a fabric head board. I really, really like the way it looks! Great job on the whole room.

  13. Thank you, Jena! I love the color too. I don’t mind if you feature it at all as long as you link back to my site.

  14. I love the way the room turned out; I’m pretty sure I would not have the patience to wait 18 months to complete a room! I usually move every 3-4 years! haha

    Is there any way you could change out the dust ruffle for either gray, white or coral? In the pics it looks blue, and to my eye it’s one of those “one of these things just doesn’t belong here….” things.

    You did great, Becky!

  15. Your guest room is quite charming! I am in the middle of brainstorming ideas to redecorate an empty room now that my daughter has moved. Quite the transition but this new phase allows my creative juices to flow. Because of your ingenuity, I’m ready to take a leap! Thanks for sharing…

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