Bedroom Reveal – Completing the New Guest Bedroom Unisex Redesign!

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I’m so excited to finish the new guest bedroom reveal! My old country girl design and library just wasn’t right anymore and this room needed attention badly. It needed to grow up, become more unisex and also become a lot more comfortable for any guests or friends that might stay. It all started with a new far more grown up paint color called Flannel Gray by Valspar. From there I tackled the challenging furniture layout and now moved on to the final touches, design and completion.

With the bed, desk and end table feeling rather girly I knew, even with the more masculine paint color, that I would still have to add some more rustic touches to balance this room out.Fortunately I had a stash of wildlife prints and artwork that seemed perfect for the job. ( Check out how I framed a couple of those prints with barn wood here.)

Besides the prints for artwork I also had an old sled stashed in my workshop for AGES that I found out in the barn. I hung it above the stained glass window flanked by two pictures I took many years ago out in Itasca State Park. I like how their black frames tie into the black rocker and black decals on the furniture.

I kept the girly walmart curtains on the windows but I also gave the windows real blinds so guests can actually close them if they want to. I loved the sheers I made over the stained glass window that looks into the living room but that wasn’t going to cut it anymore.

I purchased blackout curtains but I didn’t want them covering the window all of the time either so I installed a long enough curtain rod that the curtains could sweep all the way, to either side of the window, totally out of the way any time.

The ladder worked hung on the wall beside the window and I thought tied in with the look of the sled and the two prints I framed in barn wood. On the ladder I hung something quite special to me: the afghan my mom started and never finished over 30 years ago – I’ve always loved it and I think it works great with the wall color.

I filled the cedar chest my Grandparents’ made for me with extra blankets and a pine storage crate worked great for holding extra towels. The crate even fit like a glove in the bedside table and the chest doubles as a surface to set a suitcase as well as an extra seat too.

Most people today will be bringing at least one (if not several) electronics with them whenever they stay anywhere. So, I decided to add a charging station to the room too.

I purchased a desk power outlet and simply cut out the top of my little desk with my jigsaw and added it in. BAM – so handy!

When I first designed this room during the renovation back in 2014 I had actually planned it to be my office (see what that looked like here) so I had wired up the closet for a modem, printer etc. Which meant the top of the dresser made a perfect spot for a television.We hooked up one of Lodi’s TVs and Wii so guests can access Netflix or, if they feel like a late night game of Mario Kart, they can certainly do that too lol. There is still plenty of room for clothes hanging as well.

Last but not least I also added a full length mirror from Amazon over the back of the door. Besides the crate of extra towels I also purchased a little basket for guests and filled it with toiletries.All in the entire makeover rang in at about $300.The reason it cost so little was that I had all of the furniture and bedding already and I think that’s why I like this room so much now. It feels sweet and familiar to me because: Of course it does. All of the furniture here is either mine or Lodi’s.

This room gives me an immediate feeling of comfort when I step in here now. It doesn’t go one way or the other when it comes to girly or manly instead I think it just goes its own way. It is a “new” room but I don’t think it feels that way at all.And I really really like that.To me this room feels broken in, many-times-washed and comfy – like that perfect pair of jeans.When I set out to grow this space up I didn’t know exactly what I was going to end up with but I love how it all turned out. I think any guests are going to be totally comfortable staying here.

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  • Lisa West Lisa West on Jul 21, 2020

    Looked great.

  • Paula P Paula P on Aug 10, 2020

    Was .that room originally a sun porch? I ask because of the window that faces your living room

    • GrandmasHouseDIY GrandmasHouseDIY on Aug 10, 2020

      Originally that window was the front window of the home. Twenty years after the original home was built this portion was added as a screened in porch. Fast forward sixty years later and I enclosed it to make this room :)