Guest room makeover on a budget.

My husband has been on my case to get ride of my thrift store finds and other nifties that are taking up space. I believe his exact words were “use it or loose it.” So when I set out to makeover this guest room I challenged myself to not spend any money on furnishings or accessories. With the exception of 1 gallon of paint and the DIY headboard I didn’t spend anything. I re-purposed, re-painted, re-used things from our old home and other rooms of our current home.

Without further adieu…

Guest Room Before.

Silly me, took “before” pictures after I painted this wall brown.

Imagine the true “before’s” as having a white wall.

This yellow cabinet is mine from when I was a child.


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Those curtains are actually X-Long Twin sheets hung by ring clips.

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(All “after” images from Michelle R. of Wondertime Photo. You’re the best M!)

Paint: Clinton Brown by Benjamin Moore
Headboard: DIY project.
Brown Bedding: Crate and Barrel (Purchased in 2006).
Green Trellis Curtains (X-Long Sheets), pillowcases, bedskirt (DIY): HomeGoods Summer 2009. Brand: Hillcrest.
Red lamp: Thrift store DIY project.
Canvast art: DIY project.
Asian silver accesory: HomeGoods.
Side table: Repurposed and repainted from IKEA.
Side table shelf: Estate Sale.

DIY instructions next week.



  1. GORGEOUS GORGEOUS GORGEOUS! I keep going back to devour these pics. Love the color palette. ADORE that designer-chic DIY headboard.

    You OWNED it!

  2. Freakin’ Fabulous! It looks amazing! It makes me want to do something similar in my guest room/office/storage space/dog hangout/junk drop-of….

    LOVE IT!

  3. Great job on the guest bedroom. I love the pictures that I am sure you painted yourself! It’s a nice touch. I can’t get over the trellis sheets and curtains – so cute!!!!

  4. OH man, that is seriously amazing. You have an incredible eye and can come over to do my house anytime!

  5. There was just a poll on Young House Love about whether you liked accent walls or not…. and this should be proof that they are great (when done correctly). The whole room in brown may have been to dark… and leaving the headboard wall white would’ve lost the impact of the amazing green headboard.

    Amazing job, great staging. The red lamp is perfect!

  6. WOW, I can’t believe you did this on no budget. It doesn’t even look like the same room. It’s beautiful!!!

  7. Um…WOW!! What a transformation! You did a great job decorating and just putting it all together! Again, great job! :-)

  8. Great job! I love the side table shelf!

  9. CAN.NOT.WAIT. until next week! (and when can I come and stay in that room??)

  10. Ah it looks LOVELY! Just as beautiful as your new blog look.

    Now when can I come over and hit some thrift stores with you!

  11. Well – this is beautiful. Love what you did with what you had. I am loving the side table/artwork/lamp combo. And the lamp….truly lovely.

  12. LOVE it! You did a great job – can’t wait to hear the DIY details.

  13. I love it! May I please book the room for two during the week of May 26th? hehe

    Amazing job Michelle!!

  14. Wowza. Love it and I love your new banner, so great!!

  15. Gorgeous job, and love the new design of your blog! Outstanding and fits your style wonderfully! Janell

  16. Gorgeous job, and love the new design of your blog! Outstanding and fits your style wonderfully! Janell

  17. Gorgeous job, and love the new design of your blog! Outstanding and fits your style wonderfully! Janell

  18. Gorgeous job, and love the new design of your blog! Outstanding and fits your style wonderfully! Janell

  19. Gorgeous job, and love the new design of your blog! Outstanding and fits your style wonderfully! Janell

  20. I DIE!!! What a beautiful job, your guest room is definitely going in my inspiration files! I couldn’t be more jealous of your trellis sheets, and now I’m dying to try out a DIY upholstered headboard. What a great job!

  21. WOW! It looks amazing… I esp love the tray-idea on the bed. Super Cute and can’t wait for next week!

  22. Wow! What a transformation! LOVE IT!

  23. WOW! Love everything! My husband and I are planning on doing a DIY headboard. Do you mind posting a tutorial, I love how yours turned out!

  24. I’d like to make a reservation for two….OK make that one…for your grand opening.

  25. Ok Michelle, you did it again. What I like about the whole makeover, EVERYTHING. The color scheme is so complementry of each color you used even the green clock. That little end table shelf is so perfect for that little space. The whole room is just adorable and simply amazing. That headboard is chic – everything put together is just stunning and pure you. Do not ever hide the talents you have!! Keep us inspired!

  26. I do not use swear words but this post brought me pretty close to it! That is one stunning room,wow.

  27. You did an AWESOME job on this!! I love the colors and patterns. Cute!

  28. I love it!! And I totally remember that yellow cabnet from when we were kids!! How fun!! :)

  29. looks fantastic! love those colors. diggin’ bedside side table/shelf!!

  30. Wow! Such a fabulous job you did! Looking forward to those DIY instructions next week.

  31. Michelle, when you get going on a project you really get going!! I am so impressed with the results. Love the green and brown combination. You should be verrrry proud of yourself Miss Fabulous DIY Queen! Kathysue

  32. Love it and can’t wait for those DIY instructions. Hope you are sharing the headboard how-to :)

  33. great job with those curtains!! they look great. and that headboard…..gorgeous!

  34. I’ve just died….

    …and gone to heaven! This is fantastic! complete eye candy!!!

  35. So great! Glad to have found your site!

  36. Ah-mazing! You really transformed that space.

  37. Holy gorgeous!

    You did a FABULOUS job on this makeover. And on a budget, too?! Wow! So impressive. :)

  38. This is seriously AHHHHHHHmazing. Love the trellis and the coverlet. Who am I kidding? I love it all. And I adore that you used what you have. You have awesome stuff!

    I love the shelf you used as a side table. Sooo cute! I want one now! :)

  40. It looks amazing!!!! I can’t wait to hear all the DIY details!

  41. This makeover looks wonderful! Love the deep browns and pop of silver from the statue on the bedside table. Using sheets as the curtains was very inspired as well :)

  42. You. Are. Brilliant.

  43. OMG, so fabulous!!!!! What a great job!
    Love the curtains/sheets, too!
    I love that trellis pattern.

  44. I can’t even handle how great this looks. I love every inch of it – great balance of clean and crisp with the more quirky or romantic pieces.

    Please feel free to come over to my house and do a project like this at any time 😉

  45. It looks amazing! Way to make your husband eat his words. :)

  46. Looks awsome!!! What an inspiration!!

  47. OH my gosh you are one talented lady! It really looks beyond amazing. And I have to tell you because it is so random- I have the exact same scholastic guided reading program box sitting right next to me right now in my (junk-filled) office. Ha!

  48. You rocked it!! Great job. I love it!! So what does your hubby think now?! 😉

  49. WOW! WOW! WOW!!! amazing! ‘nuf said!

  50. WOW! WOW! WOW!!! amazing! ‘nuf said!

  51. WOW! WOW! WOW!!! amazing! ‘nuf said!

  52. WOW! WOW! WOW!!! amazing! ‘nuf said!

  53. WOW! WOW! WOW!!! amazing! ‘nuf said!

  54. Love it, M! My favorite part is that headboard!

    And I made pillows out of those same sheets. : )

  55. ***Excellent*** It’s truly gorgeous!

  56. Girl you did the dayaum thing with this room.

  57. fabulous as usual! love the “curtains”, and i’m super jealous of your home goods!

  58. LOVE IT! I can’t believe you did it all without anything new. I love that trellis pattern…and that sassy lamp…and the headboard…and the brown wall….OK I love it all. Amazing job (like always).

  59. wow!!!! it looks soooo good!!! amazing!!

  60. It is absolutely AMAZING!

  61. I love the red lamp and the estate side table!! Well let’s be honest…I LOVE IT ALL!! You always knock it waaay out of the ballpark.

  62. Michelle, you rock :) xo

  63. You are absolutely AMAZING! I truly adore your decorating!

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  65. Awesome! Love the headboard. Are you thinking of putting anything above the bed or letting that stay the focal point?

  66. Awesome! Love the headboard. Are you thinking of putting anything above the bed or letting that stay the focal point?

  67. Awesome! Love the headboard. Are you thinking of putting anything above the bed or letting that stay the focal point?

  68. Awesome! Love the headboard. Are you thinking of putting anything above the bed or letting that stay the focal point?

  69. Awesome! Love the headboard. Are you thinking of putting anything above the bed or letting that stay the focal point?

  70. As I was scrolling down, I kept thinking to myself, “I just know she will blow me away and make me shake my head in disbelief.” Well, I was right, you did! I keep coming back to your blog because you do such amazing, magazine worthy rooms, and I still can’t believe most of it is a diy! I need a little bit of your creative juices in me as well! Kuddos!

  71. As always, you are amazing. I am loving the trellis sheets and the wall art. The headboard is to die for!

  72. Your style is SAWEET! I’d love for you to post how much the total room makeover cost. You are incredibly talented!

  73. oh good heavens. that is amazing! love the pop of red. and the side table makeover is genius. well done!

  74. Are you taking reservations? LOL! You are going to have trouble getting rid of guests.

  75. Love it – perfect guest room and even better you used many items you already had.

  76. amazing. what does your husband think?

  77. OH MY WORD! What a difference and it is gorgeous!
    I LOVE the side shelf!

    Happy Easter.

  78. BEAUTIFUL!! I really love green and brown. Great combo! The headboard kicks a@#.

  79. Love it all! Love the red lamp!

  80. WOW WOW WOW! I can’t wait to see the DIY instructions!

  81. Just gorgeous! I love the sheet idea as window treatments, I may be stealing this from you.

  82. Oh my goodness. You are incredible! I am seriously amazed by all that talent just oozing out of you. Way to go.

  83. LOVE IT! Amazing!!!

  84. No money, whaaaaat??!! That room looks like a million bucks! And I like that it is a little different color scheme than the rest of your home but still fits in great. Love your work…

  85. gorgeous! my jaw literally hit the keyboard. love the little green faced alarm clock. nice touch. pam

  86. Just lovely! Can I be a guest :)

  87. I absolutely love your blog. Your style is amazing. I may have already posted this very sentiment. But I just get so excited to see your new projects. Love love the headboard. (I also absolutely love your sunburst mirror and have purchased a few things to do my own.) Keep up the great work.

  88. Wow….all I can say is WOW! That room is just stunning, I just cannot get over the transformation!

  89. Really nice work on a budget! I love the striped pillows on the bed and the striped artwork on the wall. The headboard is goregeous too!

  90. AMAZING!!I love the entire room but the headboard is my favorite

  91. so insanely jealous of your trellis sheet find! i’ve been haunting my local tj maxx in hopes of a sweet score like yours…to no avail.
    the room looks amazing…i love the vignette on the side table–that red lamp is my favorite.
    so well done.

  92. That is gorgeous. Great job.

  93. What an amazing transformation. Stunning. I love that thrift shop lamp makover!

  94. AWESOME AWESOME AWESOME! WOW! What a great job! Such nice impact! I can’t wait for all the details of the project I will eat them up!!!

  95. Wow! That looks absolutely fantastic!!!!

    You never cease to amaze me. I have been a long time follower of your blog. You are so very clever! Would you like to come and stay with me for a bit, I could use your talent. p.s I’m in Australia :)

  96. WOW!! I’m a new reader and I LOVE watching you work your magic and use the talent God gave you. This is absolutely awesome.

  97. Love it all!

  98. What a fantastic redo. So chic and pretty. Love the trellis sheets turned curtains. I’ll have to check out the maker on those. Love the new blog look too.

  99. WOW! You are amazing! That head board is just fantastic. Great job!

    PS- Your blog looks dynamite>

  100. OH MY WORD!!!!! LOVE IT!!!!!!!!!! I am always so impressed by your ingenuity! Wish I had your talent!

  101. Oh my goodness that is incredible i love it! i have been looking for some inspiration for my guest room on a budget! i am going to get to work now!!! Thanks

  102. Ok when that magazine coming over to photograph…seriously such talent you have.


  103. LOVE IT! Can’t wait to see the DIY!

  104. AH! I passed up those same sheets (in blue) at my HG on clearance months ago. I didn’t have the vision you had!


  105. Absolutely gorgeous!! Thrifting is the best! Can’t wait to read your tips :)

  106. Love what you did! That headboard is so rad. That’s the best budget make-over I’ve seen in a while, thx for sharing:)

  107. what a great transformation!!

  108. WOWWWWW!!! i love thisssss! you’ve made me fall in love with interior design all over again! you’re awesome!!! can’t wait to see more of your projects!:)

    and super thanks for the DIY’s too!!! you’re a cupcake!:D

  109. Anonymous says:

    Hi michelle, let me tell you that I love the guess room makeover especially the headboard, I tried to do one myself with my hubby’s help but didn’t come out right because we don’t know anything about upholstery, so was a failed project, now I want to try it again after looking your amazing makeover, hoping that I’ll get some tips from you, I’d like to know how did you stapled the fabric on the two corners where you made the cut.

  110. Anonymous-
    The headboard was tricky trying to do the right angle cut outs on both sides. I cut one side of the angle and stapled it down then I realized I would have to sew a flap of fabric in order to cover the other side of the angle. Confused yet? It was really a matter of trial and error. Let me know if you have other questions.

  111. Oh my goodness that is gorgeous. Please come to my house and decorate my everyroom. I love this.

  112. Woe! You are a makeover before/after goddess!

  113. Okay, I know I’m late to the party on this, but I just discovered your blog and I have developed the biggest design crush on you! You’re home is so incredible that I almost can’t believe it. You have such perfect taste and style…so clean and elegant and GORGEOUS.

  114. LOVE the red lamp

  115. It was really beautiful. And what about the yellow cupboard?

  116. Joanna Gould says:

    Nice to hear your successful make over story! You inspire me, man! I’m planning to do a total makeover to my room (because finally, I own my room. My sister moved in to New York last week). Honestly, I don’t like the theme of our room. Very plain and I hate seeing the posters of Jonas Brother (my sister is a big fan of them, and she posts those all over our wall. Actually, it is fine for me if it is just one or two of them, but there are around 15 to 20 posters on our wall. They already look like campaign posters! I’ll keep the furniture and our carpet though because they’re still useful. Maybe I’ll hire a service for carpet cleaning in Ottawa. My best friend advised me that carpet cleaning (Ottawa-based) is good and trustworthy. Maybe I’ll paint the walls with light green paints.

  117. Esta foi a transformação de quarto mais espetacular que eu já vi na net! Vc é uma excelente decoradora! Ficou simplesmente lindo! bjs

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