Room ReDo: Guest Room

As I wondered around JoAnn’s last night, I realized I needed a new project. I perused the shelves, managed to spend $12, but still left feeling…incomplete. The nursery is almost finished. I don’t have much time for knitting or crafting, so I don’t need many supplies on that front. Hmmmm.

Then, at 2:45am, it hit me. The guest room. Otherwise known as the Pit of Despair. If you’ve ever come to stay with us and we put you in there I apologize. It needs serious help. It’s always been our dumping room.

Family heirloom bedframe that only holds a full size mattress?  Stick it in the guest room.

Book shelf that doesn’t fit in the sun room anymore? Guest room.

Hand me down bedding that is still in good shape but doesn’t match anything? Guest room.

Coats that we are too lazy to hang up? Throw them on the guest room bed.

Drum set that used to be in the baby’s room? Guest room.

Filing cabinet and printer? Guest room.

You get the idea. Phew. What a disaster. Look.

And from the other side of the bed….

Soooooo, it’s time. I’m not looking to do anything major. I don’t have a lot of money to spend on this.

The carpet and paint are staying, as is the bed. But new bedding is a must. This room will hopefully house our second child one day, so I’m not going to bother painting it now and then re-painting for a munchkin.

The bookcases will either stay or be replaced with Craigslist/antique store finds. I have to have books, and there is NO ROOM anywhere else for bookcases.

The printer will probably stay. Again, there is no where else for it go. We don’t have an office, or even a computer area. We’re a laptop family. But that filing cabinet can go.

The drums can maybe, maybe be squished into the closet when not in use instead of stacked. But this house only has 1 closet in each bedroom. That’s it. No coat closet. No linen closet. Nothing. So the closets are packed. The vacuum needs to find a home in one of them too.

So, before:

And after:

Just kidding. But wouldn’t that be nice? This is an awesome room from the blog “whatever”  Check it out

What I love about this room is that it is pieced together with thrift store finds and homemade goodness. The duvet is two flat sheets sewn together. The curtains are also made out of flat sheets with fun panels added in. You can read more about this room here. It’s fun. Bright. Welcoming. I would like to stay there. Read a book. Take a nap.

Ok, to sum up. Goals for our new guest room:

  • New bedding
  • New curtains
  • Reading area
  • Bedside table and lamp
  • Something fun on the walls
  • A home (hopefully hidden) for the drums, vacuum, and printer

I’ve got my work cut out for me. I’ll be posting here each week and showing you what I accomplish. Wish me luck!

    • January 28th, 2011

    Oh man, sounds like I’ve got MY work cut out for me:) I’ve been wanting to make some new curtains, but we don’t need any…………..sounds like you may just have a helper, whether you’re looking for one or not.

    • mom
    • January 28th, 2011

    ah…a new project. what would life be without a new project. have a great time. it looks like a fun one. wish that i was around to help. i love a project too!

    • Shammie
    • January 28th, 2011

    We had a room like that after we moved into this house – ours was called “the place where our things go to die”. Your room name is better and takes less time to say.

    • Heidi S
    • January 30th, 2011

    I always loved that room on Meg’s blog! Eden’s has some similar things that I totally stole from her blog 🙂 Guest room looks great!

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