Before & After, House / Guest Room, Rental Remedies

Guest Room “Reveal”

This spring we are making some big changes in our borrowed abode, including – *spoiler alert* – dismantling the guest room.

I never did finish decorating the room like I wanted to, but I did get it pulled together enough to comfortably welcome a few guests over the last year.  At the end of the day, having a comfortable space for guests to call there own is all that really matters.  Since this blog is my home diary of sorts, I have to share the guest room in its most final state – just for the sake of posterity.

The room is a small (10×8?) room, separated by French doors from the basement TV room.
Guest Room Final | The Borrowed Abode

There was just enough room for two twin beds, a small dresser that I found on the side of the road, and a chair.  While waiting to refinish it, I covered the very scratched top of the dresser with a piece of fabric.

Guest Room Roadside Dresser | The Borrowed Abode

The yellow paint around the window (above) and by the accent wall (below) is the mark of an unfortunate whim, when I thought that a mustardy yellow would look good on the walls.  Shortly after starting to apply it, I realized I’d made a mistake.

I was very happy with my blue and white Tempaper accent wall, and you can find details on the installation here, and my (unbiased & uncompensated) review here.

Guest Room with Temporary Wallpaper

The nightstand is a mid-century modern record cabinet that I scored at Goodwill for  $15.  The throw pillow covers are actually fakes – I threw them together just for decoration purposes using this trick from years ago.

Guest Room  | The Borrowed AbodeAs for the beds . . . oh I love how well the beds turned out, from rebuilding the too-tall footboards, to painting them, to upholstering the side-rails with chevron fabric.
Chevron Upholstered Bed Frame | The Borrowed Abode

In the end, I’m happy with how it turned out – especially considering I put very little work into it aside from the bed frames.

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9 Comments

  • Reply Ashley from The Kitchen-Sink Chronicles at 7:16 pm

    I’m kinda digging the yellow. And I’m gonna miss the wallpaper! But I’m also excited to see what you do next. Now, I’m off to revisit how you hid your litter box because if I find one more “present” in my bed because of the dogs I might lose my mind.

    • Reply Jane at 7:55 am

      Thanks Ashley! Oh my gosh. . . I know what you mean about dogs and “presents” from the litter boxes. I’m not sure if I covered the topic in full detail, but after I built a table to cover them, Ryan actually cut an MDF board to fit against the front legs of the table (used velcro to hold it on), then cut a little hole in the middle of the board so the cats could walk through to the litter box, but the dogs couldn’t.
      We recently moved them and got rid of the table, but now they’re in a little closet under our basement stairs. We cut the mdf board smaller and used velcro to hold it against the inside of the doorway. I’ll tweet you a photo later.

  • Reply Amy at 8:39 pm

    The room looks great! I can’t believe that awesome dresser was on the side of the road-great score!

  • Reply TKraft Art & Interiors at 10:52 pm

    OMG I love this room. So glad there are creative people in this world who think outside the box (springs) – reposed from FB

    • Reply Jane at 8:00 am

      Thinking outside the box(springs). I love it! 🙂

  • Reply Lauren at 7:41 pm

    I love this room. That accent wall looks amazing, would love to add it to my own home.

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