Charming Guest Bedroom
A bland guest room is made into an inviting space akin to a cozy bed and breakfast.
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Marc and Stephanie Selnick's guest bedroom isn't at all hospitable for guests. They hope the design team can give the room a brand-new look that coincides with the rest of their house.
Host and interior designer Kristan Cunningham arrives to see the uninviting guest room. Currently, the walls are unadorned and white and the windows have no coverings so overnight guests are awakened at dawn's first light. The furniture is a matching set leftover from Mark's bachelor days and is no longer in the style the couple has grown into.
A charming bed-and-breakfast look is created in the room all under the $1,000 budget. Here's how:
- The white walls are painted a muted sage color to coordinate with the existing darker sage carpet. Design coordinator Dave Sheinkopf adds molding up high on the walls to delineate the walls and vaulted ceiling.
- Design coordinator Spencer Anderson makes a wooden headboard that is padded with pillows attached to the headboard with u-rings. He uses a piece of mahogany for the actual headboard and frames it out with redwood 1x3s. The surface is sanded and stained, then finished with two coats of polyurethane to protect the finish. Cunningham cuts two small pillows out of one 24-inch pillow and stitches fabric covers for both. She adds ties to the corners to hold them to the u-rings.
- Cunningham makes botanical art pieces to add interest to one wall. She gathers cuttings from her own yard and lets them dry a few days to make sure they don't brown. She sprays them with a clear acrylic finish to protect the color. Plexiglas frames are used as shadow boxes to house the mat board backing and clippings, which are hot-glued onto heavy-weight watercolor paper. (Cunningham gives the paper a hand-torn edge for a more casual look.) She also hand-letters the botanical name of each clipping and adheres it onto the paper.
- The design team meets up at a flea market where they find two rocking chairs for the room. They also purchase two drop-leaf tables and a small round table from a surplus store.
- The new window treatments give overnight visitors privacy and shield them from the morning sun.
- New bedding is in shades of gray, tan, cream and green for a calming addition to the beautiful new room.
Furniture — $573
- drop-leaf tables, small round table: Hotel Surplus Outlet
- rocking chairs: Rose Bowl Flea Market
Art and accessories — $144
- art supplies used for botanical art: World Supply Inc.
- Plexiglas frames: Target
- sheet set: Target — 60041713/cream
Window treatments and bedding — $142
- duvet cover: Home Goods — Cream/153555
- window panels: Bed, Bath and Beyond — Silkroad, 6871955525
- bed skirt: Bed, Bath and Beyond — 73253800743
- leaf window panels used for bolster pillows: Kmart — 03869816766
Lighting — $86
- three lamp box set: Bed, Bath and Beyond: 1929338071/ two table and one floor lamp
Wall treatments — $54
- wall paint: Benjamin Moore — Camouflage 2143-40
Project Total — $999
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