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Farmhouse Style Guest Bedroom Makeover Reveal (Wk 6 of 6)

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See our farmhouse style guest bedroom makeover reveal – styled two different ways! 


Can you believe it’s finally time to reveal our farmhouse style guest bedroom makeover

farmhouse style guest room makeover pin

In case you’ve forgotten, or you’ve been otherwise busy, we decided to tackle a simpler project this time around for the One Room Challenge. Last time we participated, we gave our kitchen a makeover in six weeks…and then didn’t do a One Room Challenge again for two years! Thus the easier to tackle in six weeks guest bedroom – especially since it is just Dean and I working on things! 

The Guest Bedroom Before

To give a quick recap of the project, let’s take a quick look at the ulgy before photo. Keep in mind this room has ZERO NATURAL LIGHT as you look at ALL the photos. It’s a tiny little room too. So, photos of it before OR AFTER aren’t going to win any awards! 😉 

If you remember from the first post, this room was already painted that two-tone grey color when we moved in. All we did was plop our queen-sized bed down and call it a day. It was not my intention to leave it this way for over two years – all while guests used it several times a year. But alas, life happens and it just wasn’t priority. (We did tidy it up when company was coming!)

In the first part of the makeover, we painted with Valspar Reserve paint and added faux board and batten

install faux board and batten

Then we installed the Renin barn door, to free up some space previously taken up by the terrible swinging door that was there before. 

Aside from adding farmhouse style to a room, barn doors can also add space. We reclaim floor space by replacing a traditional door in our guest room with a fun barn door

After that, we jumped ahead and added in some pretty white bedding from Amazon

affordable farmhouse style bedding pin

This past week, Dean fixed up one of the weird corners and we hung DIY drop cloth curtains to hide the other two weirdly-angled corners. 

drop cloth curtains on living room window, grey sectional couch, chandelier

I’m not sure that I mentioned it yet, but this makeover was specifically designed to be cost-effective and provide an improved space for our family and friends when they sleepover. It wasn’t meant to be a major renovation of the room. Nor were we aiming to truly fix any design flaws (such as crooked walls, weird angles or ‘meh’ wall-to-wall carpeting) that were here when we moved in. It was just a bit of a “facelift”, a prettying up of the space, if you will. 

Farmhouse Style Guest Bedroom Makeover – Styled 2 Ways!

Finally, after all the other cosmetic work, it was time to style the guest bedroom for its reveal! We actually styled it two different ways. I know, we’re weird. But really, we styled it the way we would have liked to have kept it first

Amazing Grace framed over iron bed

iron headboard tufted bench guest bed

While it was fully our intention to get or make new nightstands, in the few weeks we had, I couldn’t find any I liked, that fit the space and that were in our budget for this project. So, we made use of the old ones. The one with the door, was purchased decades ago at Crafter’s Marketplace in Pickering. The one to the left of the bed was made by Dean one weekend years ago to match the approximate size and shape of the original one. Eventually, they’ll be replaced as they’re not quite the right height (they’re a little too tall). But for now, they will do. 

guest room old nightstand

farmhouse style bedroom

My favorite parts of this look are a cozy linen-looking wingback chair and GORGEOUS tufted bench from Homepop. Just what I’d been dreaming of for a bedroom for months!

HomePop tufted bench in guest room

Guest bedroom bench with William Rae art

black mantel wingback chair

homepop wingback chair

be our guest corner

In reality though, the guest room is in the basement, far from any other bedrooms…and the linen closet. Which means we need to keep the guest bedroom bedding in the room. And while I’d love to use a tall armoire-style cabinet that would leave room for the chair and maybe even the bench, the fact of the matter is that the way the basement stairs angle at the bottom, means we can’t fit anything tall down here. So, a dresser it is! 

be our guest dresser

dresser and mirror

Also, eventually, I’d love to create some sort of insert for the faux mantel to make it a little less of a white hole. Lol. But for now, the pretty faux board and batten showing will do! 

faux fireplace mantel f scott fitz art

guest bedroom take 2

And no need to worry about where that lovely wingback chair and tufted bench will end up – they’ve already found their new home in our master bedroom! Watch for them in another post later!

A special thank you to our Farmhouse Guest Bedroom Makeover Sponsors:

Farmhouse Guest Bedroom Makeover Sources:

  • Board and batten walls – see tutorial here
  • Wall paint color – Valspar Revere Dove White
  • Barn door – Renin
  • Black Iron Headboard – Wayfair
  • Nightstands – old/existing
  • White task lamps – Ikea
  • Drop cloth curtains – see tutorial here
  • Amazing Grace art – William Rae Designs
  • White quilt set – Amazon
  • White pintuck comforter set – Amazon
  • White eyelet lace bedskirt – Amazon
  • Wingback chair – Homepop
  • Tufted bench – Homepop
  • Black fireplace mantel – DIY (no tutorial, literally made from scraps and painted black!)
  • Horse art – Homesense
  • F. Scott Fitzgerald quote art – William Rae Designs
  • Dresser – Habitat for Humanity Restore
  • Mirror – Homesense
  • Tray – Amazon
  • Rae Dunn candle – Winners
  • Faux flowers – Homesense 
  • Old books – from my Mother in Law
  • Cow skin rug – similar here
  • Striped throw pillows – Michaels (a couple of years ago)
  • Long-legged bird – Homesense
  • Topiary tree – Ikea
  • Letterboard – Homesense/Winners/Marshalls
  • Chunky knit blanket – made from a Mama Knows Luxury kit
  • Plaid throw blanket – Ikea (a few years ago)
  • Baskets – Ikea
  • Old books – thrifted
  • Wood bead garland – DIY here, or Amazon here

Amazing Grace

farmhouse style guest bedroom makeover

farmhouse style guest room makeover pin

So, what do my lovely friends, think of our new guest bedroom makeover?

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Student love

I found my style and was able to bring our small space together by creating a cozy and inviting home...

Danae C.

I loved the lesson on color theory, and also THAT YOU TOLD US EXACTLY WHAT ORDER TO DECORATE IN!

Erica L.

My ah-ha moment was when I realized how much time and money we have spent in the past couple of...

Cheryl P.

I love your easy process to determine my style. I've also learned that my style has changed over the years and seasons...

Sheryl R.

Your explanation of paint colors was the light bulb moment for me! Your explanation would have saved us from painting...

Pat Jensen