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Guest Room Reveal (ORC: Week 6)

I completely transformed an empty room into a charming Guest Retreat. You've got to see this space now, all the details are at DIY beautify!

It's Reveal Day, y'all!!

I'll be honest...the last 6 weeks have literally flown by...but in that short time I've completely redone a room in my home and today I'm sharing my Guest Room Retreat, in all its finished glory, with you!

Let's take a little looky back at where we started (I completely forgot to take a pic of the room when it was filled with junk, so this is more of a blank slate). Um, not so appealing, is it?

guest room retreat before | DIY beautify

I promise you it looks nothing like this uninspiring room anymore!

Let's start at the door, shall we? Welcome to my newly decorated guest room!

Take a look at that window...doesn't it look much bigger than the window I started with? Nope, no construction was involved; the window is the same size. To give the appearance of a larger window I hung my buffalo check duvets (that I used as curtains) as wide as I could go while still covering the edge of the window. This allows more light and gives the window more oomph!

I completely transformed an empty room into a charming Guest Retreat. You've got to see this space now, all the details are at DIY beautify!

An antique organ bench from another room was used here in lieu of a dresser. It's narrow but provides a surface for my guests to set something down on. I love how the rich wood tone looks in this space.

The mirror was a curbside find along with a few other pieces. I painted it with the same driftwood finish as the matching nightstand (they used to be glossy white). I love the texture and depth that these pieces bring to the room. You can see a peak of the nightstand in the mirror.

I completely transformed an empty room into a charming Guest Retreat. You've got to see this space now, all the details are at DIY beautify!

A chair was an absolute necessity, and I was able to squeeze this armchair in the corner. The woven seat adds texture and the soft ombre gray throw (found at TJ Maxx) means you can snuggle up and read, even on chilly days. I won the Florida postmark pillow cover on a giveaway; it's by Heather at Elliott-Heath Designs. She has a ton of beautiful pillow covers to choose from. I chose this one as a reminder of our 7 years in Florida, before we moved to this home in TN.

I completely transformed an empty room into a charming Guest Retreat. You've got to see this space now, all the details are at DIY beautify!

I would describe this room as neutral; however, I've managed to infuse color with creative accessories. This corner of the room is full of fun and functional accessories.

I completely transformed an empty room into a charming Guest Retreat. You've got to see this space now, all the details are at DIY beautify!

This antique window fills this wall nicely. Below it is the antique glass door knob hanger that I made and shared with you last week. The laundry bag was a fun TJ Maxx find several months ago...I was planning to use it in my Farmhouse Modern Laundry Room Makeover, but it didn't work out; I'm actually glad because it's perfect for this Guest Room and beautifully solves the problem of where guests should put their dirty clothes.

I completely transformed an empty room into a charming Guest Retreat. You've got to see this space now, all the details are at DIY beautify!

The lamp is new, but I added burlap trim from Michaels and a couple of handmade burlap flowers for interest. I also made the canvas and will be sharing that project soon.

I completely transformed an empty room into a charming Guest Retreat. You've got to see this space now, all the details are at DIY beautify!

Are you ready to see the bed? Remember that honey oak bed that I painted in Week 2 of this challenge? It's completely transformed! How would you like to sit here and be served breakfast in bed?

I can attest to how nice it is to sleep here; I've already slept up here once...you know, just to make sure it was comfortable and functional! I really like how the buffalo check pattern works in this space, both on the bed and the windows. As you can see, gray and beige work beautifully together, so don't be afraid to pair them in the same room.

I completely transformed an empty room into a charming Guest Retreat. You've got to see this space now, all the details are at DIY beautify!

You might remember the dilemma I had choosing the perfect pillows for the bed. I added the blue floral one and then found this sweet lumbar pillow at the Country Living Fair that I attended last weekend. The pillow has a feather insert and with the addition of handmade pom poms, is the perfect finishing touch!

I completely transformed an empty room into a charming Guest Retreat. You've got to see this space now, all the details are at DIY beautify!

Some IKEA lighting that we already had was reused as a bed lamp, but hung vertically rather than horizontally.

I found the small sunburst mirrors at HomeGoods and they add a little something pretty and textural above the bed. It's difficult to find the right accessory to hang about an arched headboard; you need to use something, but don't want to detract from the focal point of a beautiful headboard. I think these mirrors do the trick nicely.

I completely transformed an empty room into a charming Guest Retreat. You've got to see this space now, all the details are at DIY beautify!

Remember the turquoise dresser that was part of my Inspiration Board? Well, this room is small and the bed is big so that didn't leave room for a dresser. I brought that bright turquoise distressed look into the room by painting this awesome large shutter that was a curbside find by a friend. It became a colorful perch for magazines (doesn't every guest room need a stack of magazines?)!

A $5 turquoise stool from IKEA was repurposed on this side of the bed as a perch for a drink or book.


I'm thrilled that I was able to achieve a beautiful room in this small space, and stay within my budget of only $350 (including the mattress set) without losing any charm or function.

I completely transformed an empty room into a charming Guest Retreat. You've got to see this space now, all the details are at DIY beautify!

This Guest Room has soothing, restful tones as well as a few strategic pops of color.

I completely transformed an empty room into a charming Guest Retreat. You've got to see this space now, all the details are at DIY beautify!



I completely transformed an empty room into a charming Guest Retreat. You've got to see this space now, all the details are at DIY beautify!

It's a small space that received a large dose of charm and guest appeal in every little nook and cranny!

I completely transformed an empty room into a charming Guest Retreat. You've got to see this space now, all the details are at DIY beautify!

This giant moss ball was a Pottery Barn clearance find and was mounted on a mercury glass candle holder for added height.

I completely transformed an empty room into a charming Guest Retreat. You've got to see this space now, all the details are at DIY beautify!


I completely transformed an empty room into a charming Guest Retreat. You've got to see this space now, all the details are at DIY beautify!

Every guest room need fresh flowers, right? I opted for a hot pink African Violet from Home Depot to bring that raspberry pink color to this side of the room. I have had good luck growing African Violets, you can find my tips here. I upcycled a plain plastic planter by gluing rope around the outside of it. More texture!

I completely transformed an empty room into a charming Guest Retreat. You've got to see this space now, all the details are at DIY beautify!

Just a few more pictures...

I completely transformed an empty room into a charming Guest Retreat. You've got to see this space now, all the details are at DIY beautify!


I completely transformed an empty room into a charming Guest Retreat. You've got to see this space now, all the details are at DIY beautify!

Thank you so much for your encouraging words and support throughout the six weeks of this challenge! Your excitement spurred me on and helped me finish! This is the last picture, I promise!

I completely transformed an empty room into a charming Guest Retreat. You've got to see this space now, all the details are at DIY beautify!


Are you ready to pack your bags and come spend a week in my Guest Room?  This was a fun challenge and motivated me to get this room finished.

How to turn a junk room into a beautiful and restful guest retreat! All the details are at diy beautify.

I'll have two more room renovations in the coming months, including my office/craft space; make sure you're following along so you don't miss a thing!


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41 comments:

  1. Your room turned out beautifully! Your guests are going to love all the thoughtful details. That bedding is gorgeous and I love the other furniture pieces you chose too. Great job.

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    1. Thank you SO much Stacey! It was a whirlwind, but I'm so happy with the results. I appreciate your comments :)

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  2. Cindy, I love it! Love the buffalo check curtains, and your cool shutter mag rack. Looks very refreshed :)

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    1. Thanks Heather! Your kid's bathroom turned out amazing too, I enjoyed reading your posts!

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  3. So fresh and pretty!! Amazing transformation...well done!!

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    1. Traci, thanks so much! I checked out your son's room reveal and it is amazing!

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  4. It's beautiful! I think you are going to have a hard time getting guests to leave! That "sweet dreams" pillow is so cute! Great job!

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    1. Thanks Sam, I love that pillow too...and as far as getting guests to leave, haha I guess we'll figure that out once they've overstayed their welcome :) I love the driftwood finish you achieved on your dining set; the whole room is beautiful!

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  5. What a pretty room. I love your fabrics and the way you have accessorized the space. So inviting. Great job.

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    1. Thanks so much Marty, I think I achieved the restful, beautiful space I was after! It's so nice to hear you find it inviting!

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  6. Cindy, it's so beautiful! May I come stay with you? :-) Every detail is wonderful, but my favorite is the sweet dreams pillow. Such a great find!

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    1. Yes Bre, you can be my first guest...after my son heads back to College :) Thanks so much! It's nice to have my pillow 'splurge' validated, lol! I think it's great too!!

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  7. You did a wonderful job! I love all the little details to the room.

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    1. Thank you Erin, it was so fun to put it all together! Your powder room is gorgeous!

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  8. Please book my stay at your future bed & breakfast Cindy! Just beautiful! Love the flow of the details and the neutral color palette with the turquoise accents!

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    1. You got it Karisa! Thank you for your awesome comments! I must say that I'm pretty much in love with your gorgeous office makeover!

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  9. Love the organ bench used as a console and what a smart idea to use the duvets as curtain panels.

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  10. Looks fantastic! That bed is amazing. Great job!!

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  11. This is a beautiful guest room. Yes, I would love to relax in this space. Great job.

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    1. Thank you so, so much for being clever enough to come up with this challenge in the first place, Linda! It's just what most of us need to get our spaces finished. I think many of us have an idea of what we want our space to look like, and may even have some of the furniture and accessories already...it's just the daunting task of putting it all together. Knowing that so many others across the country are working on rooms at the same time makes it easier somehow! I hope to participate again!
      Cindy

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  12. Very nice! I love that you were able to make such a pretty room with such a modest budget. Beautiful!

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    1. Thanks Bettsi, I always have to consider budget...and it's always modest, and always a challenge! I'm happy I was able to create a beautiful room with a tight budget!

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  13. What an amazing transformation! A true job well done. I adore the color palette you selected. It feels fresh and fun. The six weeks went by so fast. I completed our entry, living and dining areas in a new to us 30 year old house. So, cheers to us! Have a wonderful week.

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    1. Absolutely, cheers to us! Thank you, I appreciate your comments so much, especially as I just checked out your space and it is just breath-taking!

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  14. It's so pretty Cindy!!! I still can't get over that bed! What a beautiful space for a guest :)

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    1. Aww, thanks Emily! The bed is pretty dang comfy too, hehe! I checked out your master bedroom makeover and love the whole serene space!

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  15. Cindy, I love your room...so very cosy and inviting :-). I laughed when you mentioned you slept there once...must have been really tempting :-). Good job.

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    1. Hey Delia, you're right...it was just too tempting...and I needed to know what it would feel like as a guest to fall asleep and wake up in that pretty space, lol! Let me tell you...it was lovely! Thank you for your sweet comments!

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  16. Beautiful guest room! So charming....great job!

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  17. Love this charming and wonderful guest room! Can I come over? Love the accents you added all around!

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    1. Thank you Vel...you are welcome to come stay awhile! Do you clean? LOL! Appreciate your sweet comments!

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  18. I love the peaceful and rustic feel of this room! I wouldn't mind having it to myself! You did a great job!

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    1. Thank you! I love hearing that I achieved the peaceful and restful mood I was aiming for! I appreciate your visit :)
      Have a great weekend.

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  19. Looks beautiful Cindy! I'm really loving the curtains and that console table! Thank you so much for linking up at the Pretty Pintastic Party...love to see you back this Friday.

    Deb

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    1. Thanks Deb, it's always exciting when a room comes together and it's better than the vision!

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  20. hmmm...I like the sweet dreams pillows and the thoughtful magazine stand over there. Its bafallo theme, but pretty neat, love the chair and pillow on it as well. There are very cool elements here too - the flower vase on rope textured container, the sun mirrors on top of bed. Its a sweet space. I have stayed in hotels before and even after paying money I can't expect so much comforts, only a person with a generous heart and do something like this for their guests. Your an inspiration for sure. There are lots of stuff in your blog thats interesting would surely be coming for more. There is a charm in things you make on your own, I can see that in your space. I hve seen quite a few home decor blogs and learning a lot from the enthusiasm and energy they have, in painting, sanding, lighting, putting tiles, doing the window casts, making cabinet spaces. You guys just rock!!...your post especially the arrangement of that tray for guests to have breakfast in bed reminded of this saying from Incredible India campaign - guests are - "Adithi Devo Bhava" so treat them well. I can see that value from the remake of your guest room. Goodday.

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  21. A little late in asking, but what color of paint is the actual room? Looking to redo several rooms and love your color scheme.

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    1. Thank you Andrea, the color is Mindful Gray by Sherwin Williams. I have used it all over my home, it is such a restful, neutral gray without any weird undertones!

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