ORC: Guest Room Makeover Week 1

April 6, 2016


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Hey everyone!! If you’re new to Love Your Abode, welcome! I’m so happy you’re here. I’m excited and a bit terrified to share that my guest room will be undergoing a dramatic makeover for the next 6 weeks. I have never posted pictures of our guest room because honestly, there isn’t much to show. Since we house many guests, I decided it was time to finally tackle this room. What better time than joining in the One Room Challenge right?! The ORC was started by Linda at Calling it Home.  Every April and October, 20 design bloggers participate in this challenge to transform one space. It’s not a competition but a way for the designers to share inspiration and sources. Along with these designers, all other guest bloggers are welcome to participate and join in the challenge with their own room makeovers. It’s a great way to push yourself to finish that one area in the home that you’ve been wanting to complete. 

For me, this is our guest room. Our guest room is located on the main floor just off the main family room and full bathroom. The room naturally becomes a catch all place for random things since it’s on the main floor. Once in a while when Jimmy works from home, he uses the guest room as his office and for conference calls. The walk in closet used to house all of my craft supplies until a few months ago. I cleaned it out when we thought my parents were moving in with us. My dad was diagnosed with cancer and thankfully, he has fully recovered! Since he is physically well, they decided to stay in their home. I think God just wanted me to make my closet into a prayer closet! Anyhow, I would love to create a comfortable guest room for our friends and family who visit us.

Are you ready for the BEFORE pics???? 


This room is a hodge podge of unmatching furniture. We have our old queen headboard and footboard, antique desk with a missing handle, ugly office chair that Jimmy loves, wicker furniture, and an antique dresser from our in laws. It has functioned well for some time now but I really want to cozy it up and make it beautiful and comfortable for all our guests. Instead of it being the room where we compile all of our old furniture, I want it to be room that welcomes people in who stay with us. I believe our home is a safe haven and retreat away from the world and I want to carry that same sentiment right into the guest bedroom.  


One of the big changes will be to paint over the yellow/beige wall color and make it bright white. I’m envisioning a white bright, neutral room. I’m also getting rid of the builder grade, “boob light.” I’m not making that up. It’s really what most people call it. Thanks to Lighting Design Company, I’m getting a gorgeous chandy in here! It’s going to be a showstopper. When transforming a room, designers always place lighting at the top of the list. 


Look, I didn’t even make the bed for this picture! I’m truly keeping it real folks. The kids love coming in here and playing on the bed and in the closet. I’ve had that stool turned into nightstand next to the bed forever and it was probably my very first painting project more than 10 years ago. 

I’m taking part in another challenge in May and restoring a piece of furniture with some chalk paint provided by Velvet Finishes. Since I’m on a budget, I’ll be keeping this head and footboard and updating it with some paint just like I did with my master bedroom furniture


I’ve already moved that printer into my office and will be switching out this desk with another one in the house. Instead of donating, I’ll have to find another place for this ugly office chair. Yes, I love my husband and sometimes that means compromising. ha!

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This antique dresser will receive an updated look with some paint. 
IMG_0760-1Extra chairs need to be removed and I’m waiting for a comfortable accent chair provided by Lamps Plus. Yes, they sell decor and furniture too!

Here are some inspiration pictures I’ve gathered together. If you have pinterest, be sure to follow along with me here. I’m dreaming of a guest room that is true to my style which is a rustic modern glam. 


Master bedroom by my Instagram friend, Bree at Z Design at Home. I love the neutral tones of this room. 


I pinned this one because I’m thinking of moving the bed against the window. Most people think to place the bed away from the window but depending on the size and layout of the room, placing it against the window can be a great option. 


I love this neutral bedroom by another Instagram friend, Jennifer at Decor Gold Designs. I love all the added textures in her bedroom. A white, neutral room doesn’t have to be boring. It still exudes warmth with thick, cozy linens like this one


Here’s another beautiful, neutral bedroom from Chocolate and Creamz.

I’ve got my work cut out for me as you can see! I’ll be posting every week and linking up with the ORC to showcase my progress. I’ll also be sharing the sponsors who have partnered with me as well as the sources to all the products . Be sure to check out all the other makeovers going on during the next 6 weeks too. 

If you’re new to Love Your Abode, you can check out a few room makeover links I’ve completed.

As always, thank you for reading! 

*EDIT: Here’s Week Two, ThreeFourFive and the Final Reveal.


Consequently, faith comes from hearing the message, and the message is heard through the word about Christ. Romans 10:17

This post is also linked up with Poofing the Pillows, Decor to Adore, At Home with Jemma, White Spray Paint BlogPieced Pastimes, and the Inspiration Gallery

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