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Amazing Budget Friendly Guest Room Transformation

Guess what?  I’m back with yet another room transformation for you, and let me tell you, it’s a good one.  You won’t believe the before and after for this amazing budget friendly guest room transformation.

The guest room in our house was in desperate need of a makeover.  When we first moved into the house, it was my husband’s office, and I told him he could have free reign over that room.  It was his man-cave, so to speak.  He is a University of Texas at Austin alum, and let’s just say that the room reflected that…  Since life is often crazy, we never got around to repainting the room, even once it had become the guest room.  It was time, though.  Truthfully, it was way beyond time, and we have been on such a roll with redecorating lately, that I figured we might as well throw it in.  Because we have been doing so much, though, I really wanted to keep the cost relatively low.  By utilizing clearance sales and repurposing decor I already had laying around the house, we were able to make this incredible transformation happen.

Let me give you a little glimpse of what this room looked like to begin with.

Look at this amazing budget friendly guest room transformation. New paint and repurposed decor helped make this incredible change possible.Look at this amazing budget friendly guest room transformation. New paint and repurposed decor helped make this incredible change possible. Look at this amazing budget friendly guest room transformation. New paint and repurposed decor helped make this incredible change possible.
Look at this amazing budget friendly guest room transformation. New paint and repurposed decor helped make this incredible change possible.

Yikes, huh?  This room has gone through a number of furniture shifts over the years and had become a bit of a catch all.

I knew that I couldn’t make any major changes to this room right now.  I really just wanted to brighten it up with some fresh paint and new decor.  We had nearly a gallon of paint left from our master closet makeover, and so I decided to put it to use here in the guest room.  I bought just a handful of new decor items, and repurposed some things that I already had laying around the house. 

Here’s what I did and how it turned out.

Look at this amazing budget friendly guest room transformation. New paint and repurposed decor helped make this incredible change possible.

This past Memorial Day, Bed, Bath, and Beyond was having a bedding sale.  All of their clearance bedding was 50% off the clearance price, plus you could use a coupon.  So, I got this quilt and the matching shams for a steal.  Then, I went to At Home and picked up a few extra throw pillows to complete the look.  The stars on the wall had originally been hanging in another room that we recently redid, and they were a rustic, bronze color.  I simply gave them a couple of coats of white spray paint to brighten them up.

Here's a step-by-step tutorial for how to revitalize and repurpose an old window. It's simpler than you may think, and makes for a unique, farmhouse-style decor piece.

I found this window a few months ago up in our attic.  So, I cleaned it up, did a little bit of work to make it display worthy, and hung it up.  I really love the way it turned out.  (See how I did it here.)

Look at this amazing budget friendly guest room transformation. New paint and repurposed decor helped make this incredible change possible.

I bought the curtains for about $15, and I can’t believe what a difference they make in the room.

Look at this amazing budget friendly guest room transformation. New paint and repurposed decor helped make this incredible change possible.

This furniture actually belonged to my great-grandma, and I’ve always loved it.  I love the way that it pops against the lighter paint color.  Prior to this, it was just getting lost in the darkness of the room.

Look at this amazing budget friendly guest room transformation. New paint and repurposed decor helped make this incredible change possible.

This apothecary jar had been sitting in its box, brand new, in a closet for quite awhile.  My mom had picked it up on clearance and gave it to me ages ago.  I never got rid of it because I really liked it, but I never could find a place to put it.  Nor could I decide on what to put in it.  The painted pine cones were an easy and cheap solution, and now I finally have somewhere to display the jar.

Look at this amazing budget friendly guest room transformation. New paint and repurposed decor helped make this incredible change possible.

And yes, here is my daughter’s plastic kitchen…  When we found out that baby #2 was on the way, we moved my daughter out of her nursery and into a larger bedroom, which had been serving as a bit of a playroom.  That meant that we had nowhere, other than this room, for her play kitchen to go.  It’s not ideal, but it is what it is.  And it works for the moment.

The frames hanging above the kitchen were originally above the bed.  We replaced the photos that were in them with some of our favorite photos of our daughter.

And that’s the complete makeover.  Here’s a back-to-back before and after.

Look at this amazing budget friendly guest room transformation. New paint and repurposed decor helped make this incredible change possible.Look at this amazing budget friendly guest room transformation. New paint and repurposed decor helped make this incredible change possible.

When I showed my husband these photos, he said, “That’s not even the same room!”  Ha!  That was the hope, dear.  🙂

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17 Comments

    1. Thanks! It did make an enormous difference! I’m so happy with the room now. It’s so much lighter and prettier. Thank you for looking!

  1. Your room looks much brighter bigger and more modern now, but it did look nice before. Great makeover. The window with the wreath above bed has a really big impact. Love what you did.

    1. Thank you! I think the window makes a big impact, too! I’m really loving it. Thanks so much for taking a look!

  2. You’ve been so incredibly busy Amy, the guest room looks completely different and so much bigger than before too. I love the fact that your daughter’s kitchen is in there. It shows that it’s a real family home and not a showcase piece.

    1. It does look completely different! And yes, my house is definitely not a showcase. Plenty of real life happening here – like plastic kitchens, lego explosions, and now baby stuff everywhere. 🙂 Thanks so much for looking!

  3. The room looks so fresh and bright now! I love the pillows you picked out and the white stars to go with it all. Thanks so much for sharing at the #happynowlinkup!

  4. The room is entirely changed one from the previous. You know it is your hard work and love for your home that motivates you to make it more beautiful. Your guest room is ready to warmly welcome the guests. Keep up the hard work.

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