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How I Remodeled A Guest Room For Under $15

Guest Room

My husband and I were elated to purchase our first home in 2009 but as new, first time, homeowners it took us a while before we furnished all three bedrooms. In 2010 we used part of the federal stimulus package we received (for first time buyers) to purchase a King size bed set for our master bedroom. We moved the Queen bed, which we had been sleeping in for three years, into our guest room. I feel that I should mention that our guest room is the smallest room in our house (second to the closets, of course) and having such a large bed rendered the space useless for much of the time. Overnight guests stay so infrequently that the wasted space has become more and more noticeable over the last year or so and I started to realize how our misuse of the space might impact potential resale value in the future (who wants to have to worry about a bedroom re-do when you’re trying to prepare for a move?!) so I finally decided to do something about it.

My good friend Mindy (hi!) is coming in over the weekend to stay with us and I knew I eventually wanted to get that guest space remodeled but I wasn’t sure I’d have the time before her trip. So I asked her, “Theoretically speaking, would you be more comfortable in a room that had a larger bed but no room to move around or a smaller futon bed but room for suitcases and space?” Her answer gave me the green light (and inspiration) to go ahead and move forward. Here’s what the space looked like earlier today:

It's Always Good To Be Back In A Queen

In case you’re wondering…yes, that is the entire room. Even though Tobias Funke would say, “It’s always good to be back in a Queen”, when the bed is the only item you can fit into a room, it’s probably not worth keeping. So we listed it on a local classifieds group. All together (bed, mattress, box spring, and the complete bedding set) we were asking $200 and were fortunate to find a buyer who was interested in picking it up this week.

When we listed the bed, I started perusing Craigslist for either a daybed with a trundle or a futon bed. I went back and forth on which one would be a better bang for my buck but ultimately found a great futon that could either be used as a little couch or a twin size bed. The previous owners took great care of it and were asking $75. I offered $60 and we picked it up Memorial Day weekend. While my husband was waiting for our buyer to pick up our old bed this evening, I ran to Target to grab everything I needed for our guest room fix. I gave myself a budget. Ultimately I knew I wanted to come as close to breaking even as I could and I’m pretty happy with how close I came. Take a look (details below):

Guest Room Makeover

I am a sucker for Target clearance, can you tell!?




My Target Purchase Included:

  • Twin Sham $9.99
  • Twin Comforter $19.99
  • Sheets $10.48
  • Towels (2 Bath) $9.98
  • Towels (2 Wash) $5.98
  • Orange Vase $7.48
  • Accent Rug $24.99
  • Wall Mirror Set $17.48
  • Table Lamp $17.79
  • Yellow Picture Frame $3.48
  • Bookcase $21.99
  • Candle $5.99

Total $155.62 (plus $60 for the futon) I used a coupon yesterday for $10 back when you spent a certain amount in the baby department so I applied that towards today’s purchase bringing the total down to $145.62 plus tax. Making my grand total (before tax) $205.62. Less than $15 over budget!

Small Guest Room

I brought in some old goodies for the white bookcase and knew I wanted to make it into something a little bit more unique than just a twenty dollar shelf. So I took an old Arabic alphabet poster my husband was asking me to get rid of and nailed that to the back of the bookshelf. Then I added some great books, pictures, and various other accessories to the shelf to give it some character. We moved a small television into the room so that the space will double as a den when we don’t have guests.

Bookshelf with character

Bookshelf for Guest Room


Functional Guest Space

What I love most about this space is the function it now serves for our family. You don’t need a lot of room to have a great space and by incorporating those personalized details, you can transform an otherwise boring piece of furniture into something more interesting and beautiful. I couldn’t be more pleased with how the room turned out. If you’ve been considering a room re-vamp but didn’t think it was in the budget, I hope this helps inspire you to complete that project you’ve had on your mind.


Guest Room

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Welcome Home: The Entryway (Part One)

Since my husband and I purchased our first home four years ago this summer, we’ve been thinking of ways we can give our space a little more personality. My husband has been tasked with finishing the basement (which is taking significantly longer than either of us could ever have anticipated) and I’m working on several small projects upstairs. So far, I’ve completed a mini kitchen transformation and a living room re-do. Most recently, I decided to tackle the entryway to our house. It’s the first area people see when they step inside and it’s the first impression people get when they come over to visit. I don’t know why I put it off for this long but I’m so happy that I decided to do something with the space.

We own a split level home (meaning when you walk in the door you have the option to go to either the lower or the upper level of the house) and so we have a very large (multi-story) wall right when you walk in. Up until a few days ago, we hadn’t done much with the space. To be entirely honest, I was a little intimidated by it but I had a clear vision of what I wanted the space to look like whenever I got around to working on it. I have always loved canvas prints but I’ve never ordered a custom one because they tend to be a little expensive. I happened across an Amazon Local deal that offered them for half the regular cost and so I figured I would take the opportunity to try it out.

Before I show you what it looks like, I want to take a minute to talk about my experience using Canvas Focus. I’ve purchased things through Amazon Local before and had always had good experiences with their vendors…until I ordered these prints. To make a very long story short, I ordered five canvas prints back in November with guaranteed delivery by Christmas.

Three of the five prints that I ordered arrived on December 14th and I was so happy with how they turned out. When I went online to check on the status of the remaining two, I couldn’t get any information. Their online system is appalling. You can’t see information about your order and they don’t provide tracking/shipping information for their customers. You would think, given the price of their products, they could do a better job at allowing their customers to track their orders. When I called to check, Canvas Focus told me that one of my two prints had been delivered (it hadn’t). They couldn’t provide me with any information about where my product had been shipped. I was told by the associate who “helped” me that they would re-print my order. I exchanged several emails back and forth trying to get information about my order with limited (at best) and un-helpful responses from Canvas Focus.

After Christmas (read: after the date of guaranteed delivery) I finally got an email from their production department about the other print. Apparently, they needed approval from me for the picture before they could send my order out. We got that squared away but I was still waiting on the missing order. I called Canvas Focus again and was told that the agent who had helped me a couple of weeks before hand never bothered to submit the paperwork for my reprint but I was assured that it would be taken care of and that I would receive my order at some point in the near future. At that point, I also inquired (again) regarding the whereabouts of the missing package. The associate told me it had been delivered to someone in Florida.

Not once did anyone offer me anything other than lip service. I was never contacted by anyone other than the production department and there was never any follow-up from Canvas Focus. It’s not that I expected them to do anything special for me but I was shocked that a supervisor never reached out to me and nobody ever apologized or tried to make it right. Having said all of that, if you’re reading this Amazon…I would think twice before contracting with this company again. I know I won’t be ordering from them in the future. Now for the good part…the pictures!

Welcome to my home!

Canvas Print Art

Canvas Art

Canvas Photo Art

Canvas Photo Prints

Canvas Prints

Canvas Wall Art

Wall Decor

I got the two white shelves from Target for just under $30. Despite my negative experience with Canvas Focus, I am so happy with how this project turned out. It’s nice to finally have an entryway I can be proud of.

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The Kitchen: Final Pictures

It’s been a little while since I posted about our kitchen makeover  (you can find the other posts here and here) and I promised pictures of the final product. Well…here you go! You may notice the cream-colored curtains that replaced the purple curtains from previous pictures…they’re now in their new home in the living room (more on that tomorrow). I actually really love the cream color, I think they brighten up the room.

Decorated Kitchen

Kitchen Makeover

Kitchen Makeover


Kitchen Decor

No Sew Curtains

Before I sign off, I want to talk about these “curtains”. They were SO, so easy to make. When I found the fabric (which is an oblong tablecloth from Target that I got on clearance for under $6) I was elated because I just love the color. I purchased two of them (one to use on the table and one to use for the window). To do this, you’ll want to buy a small tension rod. The one I bought (in the bathroom section) works perfectly for our window and it was $5 at Walmart. The rings have a clip on the end of each that help to hold the fabric in place. I folded the table-cloth in half and hung it on the curtain rings. It’s cute, functional, and inexpensive. The whole window treatment cost less than $20. I think the privacy is priceless.