Guest Bedroom Refresh

Okay, I’ll admit it: the guest bedroom in my house is a dumping ground. My holiday decor lives in there, as well as just about everything else that doesn’t “have a place” in my current decor setup.

Well, for my first spring cleaning project of the year, I decided to give it a little refresh!

Honesty time: I’m totally giving this space a makeover for… my dog. Yep. It’s his favorite spot! We don’t get many out-of-town guests– maybe 2 or 3 a year. But my dog? That room is his JAM. It’s the best seat in the house (you know, if you’re into barking at the mail truck).

I still have a few more projects for my sweet little guest bedroom– ahem, dog bedroom– but here’s what I’ve done so far:

1. Updated the curtains

There wasn’t anything wrong with my old curtains, my style has just shifted! Now that I don’t decorate with as much color, these yellow and blue ones had to go.

The oldest farmhouse trick in the book: drop cloth curtains. They’re durable, inexpensive, and easy to clean. Mine are from Lowe’s and linked here, and you can find the hooks I have them clipped onto here (from Amazon).

drop cloth curtains
I like to hang my curtain rods higher than the top of the window, and then let the actual curtains bunch on the floor. This makes the room appear larger.

2. Exchanged the rug

I can’t get enough of this Abani rug. It’s vintage-inspired and exactly the pattern I envisioned for this space!

Rug Savings was kind enough to send me this beautiful rug from their Troy Collection. Their website has TONS of styles to choose from– check it out here!

3. FINALLY purchased a bed skirt + new bedding

Okay, that’s embarrassing. This bed has been in here for almost two years without a skirt– just nakey.

I love the look of this one from Amazon— and it was only $12!

Bedding is from Target and linked HERE.

4. Hung my first gallery wall

Phew! Why did none of y’all warn me about how exhausting gallery walls are?! I’m not too mad though, because I love the result πŸ˜‰

I’ve collected the chippy, antique windows over time, and finally decided to put them to use. Don’t know where to buy them in your local area? A quick Yelp search will clear that right up! I recommend typing in “vintage store” or “antique store” to find the ones closest to you that people like most.

All the picture frames– yep, every single one of them– are from Hobby Lobby. Rejoice, friends, Hobby Lobby’s frames are always 50% off! The black ones came in a 4 pack were only $7.50– they’re linked HERE.

My tip for hanging a gallery wall: buy some kraft paper and map it out before you put a single hole in the wall.

The example below was done VERY quickly and haphazardly. You get the idea πŸ˜‰

how to hang a gallery wall

Lay the paper over your frames/windows/art and cut it out in that shape. Use some painter’s tape and “hang up” your paper. This way you can play around with different designs without ruining your wall.

Metal hanging basket and greenery are both from Hobby Lobby. I laid my own burlap inside to hide the ends of the stems.

This project was a ton of fun– and there’s still more to go! Eventually the reading nook will be shiplapped, shelves hung, and lights replaced.

‘Til then, I’m going to slow down and enjoy how far this room’s come already.

Thanks for joining me in this “renovation”– just make sure you come back to see how my dog likes the final result πŸ˜‰


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4 thoughts on “Guest Bedroom Refresh

  1. Any chance you have a tutorial on how you made the valance for the drop cloth curtains… Looks πŸ‘

    1. It’s actually super simple! I just bought the drop cloth taller than my ceilings. I folded over the top of the curtains to the length I wanted and just clipped them onto the curtain rod! It makes it look like they were hemmed that way, but really I just folded them πŸ™‚

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