Guest Room/Office Reveal. It’s HERE!!!

December 8, 2011

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Back in September, we started turning this former tortured teen’s room into a guest room and office.   Last week, we put the finishing touches on it and today–we’re turning it loose to all of you.  Of course, we are still dreaming of a bookcase and some cozy desk chairs (right now we are just using the spare dining chairs we had on hand) and the room will continue to evolve over time, but for now–we are loving the way it all turned out.   So here it is. Be kind.  We’ve worked hard. 

Huzzah! On the office side of things, we scored a gorgeous glass-topped desk in the Ikea as-is section.  Originally we planned to build a desk the length of the entire wall, but when we saw this desk, we both loved it–and the idea of sitting closer sealed the deal for me.  

We moved the shelf and letters, that were in our bedroom, above the desk.  It was a better fit for this room.  A bulletin board and/or calendar will hopefully find its way to the space between the desk and the shelf eventually.

The prints above the bed from A Vintage Poster really set the tone for the color scheme of the room.  I found that huge, green bolster pillow at Ross for $8. The curtains are actually a dark, velvet, navy blue. They look really luxurious in real life and the bamboo blinds (50% off from JCPenney) bring the warmth of the stained concrete floor up to the windows…plus, we are total suckers for bamboo blinds.

Speaking of warmth on the floor, the graphic, 100% wool rug from Rugs USA fits in perfectly with the clean-lined look we were going for.  And the extra, faux sheep skin is a little added softness on the ol’ feet when our guests get out of bed.

There it is.  All of our hard work over the past few months.  Starting with the worst room in our entire house:
Staining the concrete floor under the gross carpet:
And finally, putting in the furniture and accessories that make it a guest room and office:

Now accepting overnight guests.  :)

For the live action version, check out our last video on True Value’s facebook page.  We’ll be back next week with outtakes.

What do you think?

  1. Erin says:

    What color stain on the floors? Looks amazing.

  2. domain says:

    Remarkable things here. I’m very happy to see your post.
    Thanks a lot and I am taking a look ahead to contact you.
    Will you please drop me a mail?

  3. […] online classifieds too. I’ve sold my old glass-topped desk and lamp that lived in our last office/guestroom. I sold the rug that used to be in our old guest room too, that I recently put in the reading room […]

  4. […] loose. Then it became the catch-all room. In our last home we only had room for a full-sized bed in the guest room and that bed ended up in this room (can you see it under there?).  Since the other spare room (the […]

  5. Kelli says:

    Beautiful. What color did you paint your walls?

  6. meaganbriggs3 says:

    Me me me!!!!!!!!! I want to stay there and just stare at everything!

    It is perfect. Totally you guys. And that floor. To. Die. For. I wasn’t so sure about the floor before because I had never seen it before, but it is the perfect fit for this room!! HOLY COW. Love everything.

  7. Julie and I truly commend you and Chris for all of the hard work, I’m inspired too! It’s so clean, modern, and welcoming. What an accomplishment, I would just lay down on that bed and soak it all in if I were you!

  8. Victoria Bradley says:

    This is completely amazing and inspiring. I’m most impressed with the floors — they’re beautiful! You’ve totally got me planning projects… great job, guys! (Now when can I stay there?)

    P.S. You should have a guest book in your guest room.

  9. WOW – hard to believe it is the same room. It looked straight out of a horror movie before. Looks great now.

  10. The color we have is “Pecan” and it looks like they are clearanced even more now. Score!

  11. Kathryn Cruz says:

    So gorgeous! Thank you for pointing me in the right direction for bamboo shades JCPenny is really affordable. What color shade did you buy? I love it!

  12. ablondesdiylife says:

    This room transformation is fabulous!! You did a great job!
    I would love it if you linked this up to my party!!

  13. Elaine says:

    beautiful! Looks great :) – linked over from ‘better after’.

  14. breanna_cross03 says:

    It looks so great!!!! Love glass top desks :)

  15. Courtney Mac says:

    Love, love, love it! Especially all of the touches of gray. Well done and congrats!

  16. Melanie says:

    Wow, what a difference. The paint on the wall was so strange before.

  17. Tanya Getty says:

    I love it! Just the pictures make me feel calm, I can’t even imagine how relaxing the room feels. Congrats on a job well done!

  18. Nataley says:

    oh my. it looks fantastic! you guys are the bomb!

  19. We found those in the ikea as-is section, grouped with a whole bunch of mis-matched bedding.

  20. Erica5868 says:

    Amazing! What a great room. Your hard work definitely paid off. :)

  21. Jen says:

    Love it! I’m so excited about the stained floors, what a great idea. Where is the bedding from, specifically the shams?

  22. Kristine says:

    Amazing Job!!! So impressed. I love the rug and posters above the bed. also love the lamps on the wall. it looks inviting and comfortable! amazing

  23. Patty says:

    Aaaaaaaaaaah. Mazing.

  24. Thanks so much Emily! And thanks for tagging along for the ride. It wouldn’t have been nearly as fun without all of our readers aka support system.

  25. Emily Bufler says:

    I love it! I just watched the True Value video first because I hadn’t realized you updated the blog. You guys did such a great job!! Thanks for sharing every step of the way. :)

  26. The room looks great! I love that you used a drum for the nightstand… that’s so creative!

  27. KyAnn C says:

    It looks amazing!! The floors are beautiful and I love the decor! :)

  28. I can’t believe how amazing this looks. It may be one of my favorite rooms in your house. I was thinking how cozy it would be to wake up and put my feet on that rug. And then you wrote about that. And then I knew, for sure, we are going to be friends for life.

    This looks beautiful and you guys need to pat yourselves on the back. I love it all!

  29. Strong work indeed. Well done.

    Hey, where did you get those lights by the bed? Love them.

  30. I was about to ask the same question! *loove* the shams. Will have to do some Ikea-stalking =)

  31. Wow, amaaazing transformation! I love it, you guys did an amazing job!

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