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Thursday, May 30, 2013

Guest Post: Be Our Guest {Guest Room Makeover}


I'm sure some of you remember my mom who did the famous (well famous in craft land) burlap wreath tutorial. Well she is back again with another guest post below of their guest room redo. Apparently she was growing tired of my pink/coral comforter I had as a teen :)  I just love a before and after.

Our guest room was looking a little tired. This room was Emily's childhood room and nothing much had been done to it since she left for college. Her wicker bedroom furniture moved with her to her first apartment in Charlotte. So a combination of our old queen bed (we've graduated to a king) and part of another set took up residence in there. We hung a few pictures and used the same linens, but not much else changed.


The sweetheart chair came from my family and has been recovered several times.

 



As you can see, the room was in dire need of a make-over.



Now for the AFTER

Because the walls are blue, I wanted to go with a blue and yellow theme.

I had been looking for a yellow and white patterned duvet cover for months. The only ones that I could find had gray on them (gray is BIG this year). I could always make one from a sheet, but I was really trying to avoid that. Emily did some searching and helped me find a duvet cover and sham set from Sierra Trading Company. I hadn't ordered from them before so I wasn't sure what the quality would be like, but it was just what I had pictured. You know that picture in your head that you will "know it when you see it". Yeah, that one. The set was just over $100 and not a bad price. The set was exactly right, so now it was time to take care of the rest of the room. I bought a duvet from Marshall's for $60. 


I ended up going to Calico Corner for the chair fabric. I wanted something nice, but not too busy or fancy. We took the chair to a nearby prison that has a work program. They reupholster, refinish, and even build furniture there. The price and workmanship can't be beat. The price to have the chair reupholstered was just $65! Amazing, right? I decided to have them change the skirt from gathered to pleated and I love the clean look.




The lamp was found on the clearance aisle at Home Goods for $25. The little plate also came from HG and was a whopping $5. I bought the picture over the bed and the wooden plaque from Target. They were priced at $40 and $22.50. I used my Target card for an extra 5% off.  The sun print picture hanging under the plate was a freebie. It was originally a burgundy flower with a hunter green mat and gold frame (sorry I don't have a before picture). I painted the frame to compliment the wooden plaque, painted the mat a yellow to match the duvet cover (I just used regular craft paint for that), and printed the picture from Vintage Printable (I think).




I switched out the luggage stand with one from another bedroom. The wooden toolbox was a $12 purchase from Vintage Warehouse.




The throw pillows were added just this week. I used two pieces of fabric that I had on hand and bought the yellow fabric at Walmart. I made the pillow forms myself to save money. After putting the tucks on the yellow pillow fronts, I layed them on the bed. Even though it matched, the fabric was WAY too bright for the duvet. I really didn't want to have to go buy more fabric, so I resewed the tucks on the back side of the fabric. It's much more subdued. You really wouldn't know that it's the wrong side of the fabric. Oops, I guess that cat is out of the bag!



 I added a few knick-knacks that I had on hand, and the room is finished. In total, I spent around $350. I love the lighter brighter look of it.


I think my favorite part is that the redo was so affordable. And the prison really does an awesome job with furniture, etc. My mom has taken multiple things there to be redone/refinished/reupholstered. I just love the look of the room now! Although it was preeeetty awesome with Leo and Joshua Jackson poster everywhere when that was previously my room.

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