Guest Room Makeover Begins

I’m finally ready to start my guest room makeover. Yay!! I’ve been waiting for some time to get going on this.

Here are some before pics. Now don’t judge… it’s pretty green, and not in a good way. lol. I don’t think it’s completely terrible, but it definitely needs help. I’ll be working on this room for the next month or two, and I’ll post projects and progress along the way.


Here’s a pic so you can see the carpeting, which I’m hoping to remove.


This guest room has been this green colour for about 8 years (maybe more… time flies) and it’s sooo time for a change.  It’s been sort of forgotten over the years because we live in the country boonies and don’t get a lot of stay over visitors.


Our house was built in 1890 and has some quirky features, like a small door to the bedroom closet (the master bedroom is the same). Not quite sure what that’s about, but I find quirky things charming and hardly ever change them.

The inside of the closet is not a bad size, and you’ll see that when I give it it’s makeover.


The small green dresser was in my childhood room and has been repainted many times over the years. The gold gilt mirror was an auction find years ago for $50.


The antique dresser was a flea market find at $75. It still has the original hardware, which I love.


The five drawer dresser, and the triple dresser in the next photo are from John’s bachelor days and were painted green years ago when we were in an apartment and they seemed to go there fine, but have never been quite right in this house.


The antique typewriter is from the days when we owned and operated our own weekly newspaper in Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario. It was a gift from a supporter and it will be staying. We ran the newspaper for almost 4 years, and the box contains every issue.

We were seriously considering recycling the newspapers because that was 20 years ago now, but I decided to use them for a few projects instead. The naturally aged pages are quite lovely, and I have a few ideas for them that I can’t wait to try.


This is the only room in the house that has crown molding. I put it up myself a few years ago, and it made a big difference in the room.  I hope to install crown molding in every room as I do their makeovers.

The ceiling fan is staying because we don’t have central air, and this fan is an absolute necessity in the summer, and we quite like it. It’ll fit in with the new room just fine.


Now I know that emerald green is supposed to be the 2013 colour of the year, but I’ve had this green furniture for w-a-a-a-y too long and I seriously need a change. We rebels never follow trends anyway. lol.

This room is just 10′ x 14′, but there’s a ton of work to do.

Here’s the list.

-paint the walls
-paint the ceiling, if necessary (depends how wall colour looks)
-edit and makeover of remaining furniture pieces
-lamp makeover
-mirror makeover
-ceiling fan makeover
-closet makeover
-make window treatment
-make headboard
-new bedding
-new artwork and decor accessories
-remove carpeting

Whew! That’s a lot, but I’m so excited to get started!

Thanks so much for reading.

UPDATE: You can see the guest room after at the post entitled French Caribbean Guest Room Reveal.


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  1. After your wonderful craft room makeover, I cannot wait to see what happens in here. Please do not change the quirky door in the wall – I love that! I would dream of fairy tale creatures hiding behind it. I see a bunch of posts heading our way.

  2. How exciting! There is so many possibilities! Can't wait to see the end result. Enjoy the process.

  3. It is an exciting project! Very curious to see what you will do in your guestroom. Love the little door!