It’s room reveal day! From blah to functional and inviting guestroom! Who would have guessed that when I’m quiet, I’m doing projects behind the scene? Well, I have a little secret. I’ve been working hard to update our guest room, guest bathroom, and kitchen simultaneously for the past two weeks. I know it’s crazy but once and for all, I want to get these projects done before the summer starts, my birthday, our one year anniversary in this house, and the list goes on. Enough reasons for me to push harder and during these times when I have to remind myself that I’m just one person and I couldn’t do magic to turn things around quickly as much as I wanted to.
GUEST ROOM REVEAL FROM BLAH TO FUNCTIONAL AND INVITING
Today, I’m so thrilled for our guest room reveal. On the last week blog, I talked about the plan I have in place for our guest room. Because the walls are painted with Sherwin Williams Morning Fog (SW-6255) which is in my opinion too dark for a small room, I decided to add an accent wall which is lighter to create an illusion of a bigger space. I used a peel and stick shiplap wallpaper. I was a bit worried since it’s my first time to do this. What if I’d mistakenly positioned it. .. Initially, I thought it would take me about two hours to complete the job; but no, I finished it within an hour. It’s that easy! The finished look is sleek and clean.
Before and After Photos.
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Did you spot the difference? The furniture! I can say that this project success is due to the furniture makeover. I painted the bed, nightstands, and 4-drawer chest with white as well as the mirror. The makeover process was a bit of a pain though considering the prep, the painting, and the drying time after each application. It took me two days to get the finish look that I wanted. Will I do this kind of project again? Of course! There’s something about the furniture makeover. It has a special place in my heart. It’s incredible how ugly old furniture can turn into a beautiful piece that everyone would love seeing its beauty and shine. I intentionally leave the luggage rack with walnut finished to maintain balance in the room. The white paint has been helpful to make the place more spacious.
Let’s talk about the white linens and accent rug. Since I want to give each of our guests the feeling of staying in a hotel and feeling at home at the same time, it just makes sense to provide comfy linens and pillows. Going an extra mile to make their stay relaxed is worth it. The items don’t necessarily have to be expensive. But if it is, that’s when proper planning takes place. Buy things when it’s on sale.
GUEST ROOM MUST-HAVES ITEMS
*Linens and pillows (of course, mattress as well) – Comfy linens and pillows in a guest room is a form of a warm welcome. Give each guest the feeling of luxury of a hotel and feeling of comfort of a home at the same time.
*Tray with water bottles, snack bars, chips, etc – Always put yourself in your guest’s shoes. Some guests can initially feel uncomfortable asking for these items or find it in your fridge. A great host anticipates these needs beforehand.
*Fresh flowers – Perhaps fresh flowers are the best way to utter a warm welcome in silence. Nothing can top having those in a room.
*Luggage rack – An absolute must-have! A luggage rack is not expensive at all. If you love DIY, you can make one and show your masterpiece. Bottom line is your guest will thank you for being thoughtful.
*Mirror – Don’t we all need a mirror? Whether removing makeup or putting it on the need for a mirror is real. So, make sure to have it in your guest room.
*Alarm clock – It’s always good to have it available. In case your guest needs it over using a cell phone to set an alarm.
*Chair – Another absolute must-have! In our guest room, the bed is a bit high (well, at least for me- a 5’2 short person!) so sitting on it while putting on or removing shoes is painful.
*Books and Magazines – Have best selling books or magazines available in the guest room. Your guest may like reading before going to sleep or whatever the reason may be, at least it’s there.
*Lamps on both sides – Whether you are welcoming a single guest or a couple, having lamps are essential. Perhaps they like to read before bedtime or needs the light to sleep. You’ll never know. Just make sure its accessible.
*Indoor plant – I like the indoor Philodendron plant. It’s practically no-fail houseplant. It’s easy to grow and looks great in every room. And oh, make sure it’s out of reach of children and pets since this is considered a poisonous plant.
Our guest room finished look made complete with a simple and easy on the eyes wall art, sheer curtain panels, and throw blanket. Nothing is extravagant in any of the items. My goal is to make this space minimal yet incredibly spacious looking, sleek, clean, and dominated by white with a mix of shades of blue. I’m happy with the result, and therefore, I’d say this project is 100% finished. I may make simple tweaks, but I’ll make sure to share it with you.
What projects (big and small) are you working on in your house these days? If you stumble to a few challenges for a specific project, where do you get inspiration to fix it and move forward? Please leave your comments below.
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