I was floored when I saw my face on the cover of the magazine!! Ack!
I am seriously still pinching myself.
In honor of the daybed being featured, I thought today’s Friday Five should focus on the guest room. The guest room was always kind of a forgotten room in our home. Or a glorified storage area. But since we have guests coming in pretty regularly – between grandparents and brothers and other family all out of state – we needed a functional and pretty guest room. Here are five DIY projects you can do in your guest room to make your guests feel right at home.
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1. A Comfy Bed
You knew I was going to start with the daybed, right?
I built this daybed because the room is narrow, and having a bed in the middle of the room overwhelmed the space. The daybed allows us to have a queen size bed in the guest room while still having room to move and use the room for other things.
2. Architectural Interest.
Our guest room was tall and narrow – kind of a wonky space.
To bring the ceiling down a bit and add some interest to the room, I added some inexpensive trim to the wall.
It was easy to do. I drew out the angles and measured (measure twice, cut once):
It makes such a difference in the room!
3. Pillows Galore!
I am the first to admit that I might have a pillow problem. We have tons of them! But I love making a bed comfortable with lots of soft pillows.
The green square pillows were just plain, inexpensive green pillows from IKEA. I customized them by gluing blue ribbon on them with fabric glue (I use Fabri-Tac – it’s the best!). On one, I glued the ribbon to the border of the pillow; on the other, I made a grid pattern on the face of the pillow. Easy and totally customizable!
4. Draw the Curtain.
DIY a funky curtain rod for your guest room. I made this one out of a wooden dowel and two tiling trowels from the Atlanta Habitat for Humanity ReStore!
I painted the trowels red with chalky-finish paint and then mounted them on scrap 2 x 4 pieces to attach them to the wall. A great way to upcycle some old tools into something useful and decorative.
5. Frame a Map.
I have a thing for maps and globes. Maps make for great wall art, because they are usually colorful and often free or inexpensive.
I got this map from a seller on a yard sale site on Facebook. Perfect for the guest room – “Vacationlands of the United States and Canada.”
I had this map framed professionally, but you could easily DIY this by finding inexpensive big frames at IKEA or a craft store.
So, there are my five DIY projects for the guest room! How do you decorate your guest room?
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