I have a confession... We have lived in our home for 5 years now, and I am JUST now getting around to making our guest bedroom presentable. For the last few years I have been sharing images of our home on Instagram and Facebook and not once have I shared photos of our upstairs because, well, it's just not worthy.
We have lived here for years but all the while we have been trying to move back east, and because of that I kept making excuses on why I should wait, and thinking that there was "no point" in spending time and money upstairs. Well, a few weekends ago I decided there is a point. It was time. We have family and friends that stay with us pretty frequently and although I am sure they don't care what their quarters look like- I do. I wanted to be sure that when our parents or siblings come and spend a week with us, that they aren't just sleeping in a bed surrounded by 4 blank walls- which is exactly what this bedroom was before. Seriously. See embarrassing "BEFORE" photo below.
My starting point:
I know, I know... not too inviting, eh? Now, being that this was our guest room and wasn't being used TOO often, I didn't want to spend a fortune to update it. I knew we could make use of the current bed frame and nightstand, and that I would need to buy new bedding, window treatments, and possibly a new piece of furniture or two. But I was in luck... Driving home one day in the pouring rain, I saw a large amount of furniture out at someone's curb with a sign that said "free". Some in decent shape, and some not. I pulled over and started rummaging through to see if there was anything I could use, and low and behold there was! I loaded my SUV with two large man made shelves and a heavy oak bookcase while someone smiled and waved from the kitchen window. (I have no shame if you can't tell..) Here is what I left with:
For the rest of the room, I defintely wanted cute and stylish, yet affordable which is why I shopped my attic first, and then went to Ikea and Hobby Lobby second. I did a lot of running around and pulled this bedroom together in less than 2 days! I am the type of person that once I start something I want it done NOW. My husband has a love/hate relationship with that obsession of mine, HA! But in this case, I think it paid off.
Here is the finished product...
Where did I use the garbage picked shelves and bookcase you ask?
It's almost like they were made for this spot, don't you think? As I always say, a little paint goes a long way and nothing beats FREE!
The exact black and white framed print in photo can be purchased here!
Sources for the rest of the items are at bottom of post!
One more Before and After:
So, what do you guys think? A bit of an improvement? Would you stay here? Leave me a comment and let me know what you think!
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Happy shopping, friends! And remember, just because it's on the curb doesn't mean it's trash.
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