Friday, October 8, 2010

Guest Bedroom Makeover

Here's another room from my home that I redid recently. This is my Guest Bedroom.



This is the Before Photo. At one time this had been our youngest daughter's bedroom, but with our oldest going away to school, there has been some moving around at our house. And this bedroom was empty, except for some junk that needed to go to Goodwill.



I bought this antique iron bed a few years ago and got a great deal on it, same deal with the cute French nightstand.



Here's a tip that I learned awhile back, as an antique dealer. You will often find these iron beds, that have funky rails like this. They originally came with a huge "springy coil" looking thing that lays across the metal rails, across the whole length and width of the bed. If you've ever seen one, it looks like something from a torture chamber! Anyway this giant "coil thing" acts as a boxspring and the mattress sits right on top. With out the "coil thing", there's nothing to keep the mattress and boxspring from falling off. You can easily make your own slats though. I made these myself, with some pieces of wood that I sawed down to fit the bed, and then I just screwed in metal L brackets on either end. The L brackets, keep the slats from sliding off. It works great!



After placing the slats on the bed, I added the boxspring and mattress and started to play a bit with the accessories. I couldn't wait to jump in with those! Next, I headed off to Ikea for the day to find some inexpensive bedding!


I didn't have a bed skirt, but I did have some super cute ikea towels. I used the towels along the base of the bed (at some point I will need to sew these, but I cheated here and just tucked them in for now, shhhh!). I think the towels were around .50 cents a piece, so it was a cute and economical solution!


Here's the finished room. The duvet and pillows were from Ikea, as was the paper lamp. The lamp was one that I had already, I just pulled it out of my basement. Everything else is vintage or antique.



I love the red Gerber Daisies in these vintage milkglass vases. I hope you like my guest room!

I'm linking this one up to:

Met Monday at Between Naps on the Porch

23 comments:

  1. Very pretty. I especially like the pops of
    red in the bedspread, bedskirt, pillow and
    daisies(my favorite flower)

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  2. A guest room any guest would love to spend time in. Love the wall color. Job well done.

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  3. What a charming bedroom! The wall color is a wonderful green and the red bed works terrifically well. I especially like the impromptu towel bedskirt -- that's very clever and a great budget idea.

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  4. What a relaxing and inviting guest room! Nice job! I think the bedskirt idea is terrific and looks beautiful.

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  5. Thanks so much for all of your kind comments on my guest room!

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  6. Antique beds are often taller, too, so using the towels for the skirt is really a great idea....you can get the longer length without the high price! You have created a restful and comfy room for guests.

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  7. I love the pops of red in the room! Very cozy! :)

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  8. So pretty. I love the idea of the towels for the bedskirt and the gerber daisies are precious in those white vases!

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  9. I love your bedroom. I love the throw cushion its so pretty! The gerbera's in the vases are gorgeous.

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  10. Thanks for the tip. I have an antique white cast iron head & footboard set but no coils (or side rails for that matter). Maybe I can fashion something out of 2 x 4's.

    It looks great!

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  11. Well not only are you savvy on the computer you also have quite an eye for decorating:-)

    Love the iron bed -I am always looking for a king size one on Craig's List --so far no luck but thanks for the tip about the slats

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  12. That turned out just gorgeous. Love the red splashes of color

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  13. so well put together Karen , you really have an eye for detail. Love the wall colour!!!

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  14. Kathy,
    Thanks for your sweet compliment! It's my understanding that they didn't make Queen or King size Iron beds in the old days, I've never seen anything larger than a full and I've sold many of these over the years. People were smaller back then! There are places that will convert them to King or Queen, but it's very expensive. You might find a repro bed in a King that might work for you though.

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  15. Love it! And the towels as bedskirt....genius! Vanna

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  16. Your guest room is so creative, bright and cheery!
    dee dee

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  17. Congratulations Karen, you have done a very nice piece, very soft, I can not wait to see more.

    Kiss of France, Miette

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  18. Thank you Miette!! Not as nice as your home, but I'm pleased with it!

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  19. Ummm. The word lovely is all I can think of. Absolutely lovely!

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  20. The towels as a bed skirt is such a cute idea.

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  21. une merveilleuse chambre qui sent la fraƮcheur ! j'aimerai beaucoup y dormir c'est certain !
    a marvelous restroom where I wish I could sleep in one of these days ;)

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  22. Wow! this is just what I wanted to do to my guest room.

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