How I Turned Our Blah Tiny Guest Room Into a Bright, Trendy Master Bedroom

June 5, 2017

One of the many things I am thankful for in my life is that my husband and I generally are on the same wavelength when it comes to making decisions together, including the spaces we cohabitate in. I have always loved small spaces, well curated nooks, beds that perfectly fit into alcoves; so when my husband and I spent a night in our guest room when we were deep cleaning our master bedroom, I shouldn't have been surprised that we both decided we liked the really tiny guest room better. We had a roommate in the guest room all winter who just moved out in March, so we were starting from scratch design wise. We knew a few things about what we wanted and needed though.


Budget: $125 (this felt super spendy for me, but so worth it!)

Inspiration: A super bright white Air BNB bedroom we stayed in last year, and these two amazing bedrooms I found via Pinterest.  



Goals: Since we live with a toddler it was extra important to us that the room to be a bright, clean, airy, and stylish retreat for us. We added some really trendy accents like the geometric copper DIY light fixture and the cactus Ansel Adams print, because it's honestly nice to feel a little hip when you're slogging through parenting a young kiddo, and those are elements that will be easy to change out if we feel like they are dated later on. We needed more clothing storage, since the vanity and small closet weren't quite cutting it for two people, despite our small wardrobes. We also wanted to maximize the space as best we could while making sure we each could get out on our own side of the bed. 


Here's the befores as early in the process as I remembered to take them. The bed had previously been wedged into the corner immediately to the right when you came in the door, but that only left space to get out on one side of the bed. Since we were going from a california king to a queen sized bed, we didn't have any matching bedding. 

The work: (this paragraph contains affiliate links, so I can get paid a tiny bit for sharing with you) The first step was painting the walls bright white, and freshening up the already white trim. I ordered a white duvet cover, pillowcases, and a new fluffy comforter, to give the bed the crisp but cloudlike feeling of the all white bedding at the Air BNB we remembered so fondly. We ditched the bedframe and gained about 5" more clearance at the end of the bed, and I created a wall mounted headboard with 1/4" luan and 1" pine. We swapped out the vanity for the dresser from the same set (it had been in our son's room.) I painted a shelf, plant pot, and picture frames with a light green paint I custom mixed from our existing paint leftover from other projects. I created our custom pendant light with this fabric covered cord pendant with an Edison bulb and dimmer, and a copper wine holder I found at HomeGoods. The throw is clearance from HomeGoods as well. I sewed new covers for some blah old throw pillows we had laying around from $1 bandanas I found at the Christmas Tree Shop. I replaced the black and white graphic curtain with a lighter white curtain with a coral print, also from the Christmas Tree Shop. And now finally, the big reveal!



 So, maybe since it's my header image it's not the most suspenseful reveal. But man oh man, do I love my new room, and so does my husband! There's nothing like a fresh, clutter free space to help me unwind. I couldn't be happier with our move out of our old bedroom, even though everyone thinks it's bananas that we gave up a california king for a room that could only fit a queen sized bed, but that just goes to show every project needs a plan based on the goals of the people who will be using the space, not just convention. I can't wait to share with you the transformation our old bedroom underwent to become our guest bedroom, office, dressing room, and family media room.





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