The Finished Guest Bedroom, Vintage And On A Budget!

The guest bedroom has been a project I've been working on for months.  When we moved into our new house at the end of April, we knew we would need to get our guest bedroom done ASAP.  We had been on vacation with one of my longest and dearest friends, Tara and her family to Mexico and while we were there, had talked about the whole family coming to visit at the beginning of August.  I had a deadline and I knew I needed to get this room finished so they'd have a place to sleep.  I hurriedly started to get the room ready, but then got a reprieve when unfortunately Tara's family's plans changed and their trip was cancelled.  Once this happened, the guest bedroom was put on the back burner......for months. It became another dumping ground for things without a home. 

When I first started working on the room, I had an idea of what I wanted the bed to look like.  I wanted a reclaimed wood headboard for the king size bed. I did some research and found a place locally that sold reclaimed barn wood.  We went and checked their options out and found just what we needed to get the bed project underway.

Here's a pic of the fun place we bought the wood.

I didn't get a picture of all the wood they had...lets just say they have a wonderful selection!   I want those guys doors!  This place has so much selection they recently move to a larger building a few doors down. It's old wood and 'stuff' heaven! 

We ended up buying reclaimed cedar fencing boards that were once home at a farm.  The boards were cedar, which is great because, bugs don't like cedar and it doesn't smell old or musty at all.  We brought the wood home and it was a family affair getting it all cleaned for "project reclaimed wood headboard"!  Hunter scrubbed the wood with a wire brush and soapy water, while the hubby and I sorted through the pieces we wanted to use.  

I thought I had pictures of the in-process steps, but unfortunately I don't!  I can tell you one thing for sure....this project was very easy and simple.  All we did was attach two 1X2 boards to the studs in the wall.  We measured out where we wanted the headboard to go and then drilled the two boards into the studs.  For each fence board we cut off the ends with a mitre saw so all the ends would look similar.  Once we were done, we took them upstairs to the guest bedroom and attached them with screws to the 1X2's attached to the studs.  This headboard is sturdy and isn't going anywhere!

Here's how it looked when we were part of the way done. 

We got the head board done and then it sat and waited for a few months before I got to work on the rest of the room.  It was the project that ended up on the bottom of the 'to-do' list.  We knew we weren't having guests anytime soon, so why rush?  

You usually only see the pretty finished room pictures on the blog,  so here's a special treat for you!  Here you can see how the room looked for a very long time before it was finished.  It was a huge mess and that meant it sat with the door closed most days.  Which is sad, I love the light in this room.  

Don't you want to sleep in that cozy bed?!  HAHAHAHA

This last week, I made the guest bedroom my main priority.  Not because I'm expecting guests (I wish!), but I just really wanted to vacuum and dust this room and finally get it organized.  It was starting to bug me having this room not done and hanging over my head.  

 In the pics above you'll notice a difference from the next pictures, other then the fact the room is a bit more organized and the bedding is different, the headboard looks different.  After it was done, I kept looking at it thinking, "Hmmm this needs something."  I wanted the wood to have a bit more uniform look so I thought about white washing it with some paint I had on hand.  This week I went in and applied some watered down American Paint Company Paint in Home Base to the wood.  I just wiped it on with a wet rag, then pulled it off with the same rag....easy! I like it a lot better now.  

Here's the guest bedroom done and ready for some guests!  

Now before you think I went out and bought everything just for this room, think again!  I only bought a few things brand new like the dust ruffle and the two white shams on the bed.  The other items I either already had or bought vintage.  My goal for this room was for everything to be as inexpensive as possible.  

One thing the room will be getting in the VERY near future is new paint on the walls.  This is that same cardboard box color we have all over the house and are slowly removing one room at a time.  As I'm writing this, our painter is here painting our offices...thank you Edward!!!

One this side of the room, I wanted to give our guests a place to do their hair, makeup, or do some work.  I think it's important to have a space like that in a guest bedroom.  I found this adorable porcelain top table/desk with chrome legs at a local Goodwill for a whopping $6.99!!  Can you believe that?!  The table is in just about perfect condition too!  All it needed was a good cleaning.

This cute little chair, I also found at Goodwill for $2.99.  It was beat up and needed a paint job, some wood glue and filler and some new fabric on the seat.  I painted the chair with some Deco Art Chalky Finish Paint and some Annie Sloan soft wax.   The fabric on the seat  is another bargain. I bought the fabric, which is actually a drapery panel from Target for $5. I was lucky enough to get 2 panels in this grey color and one in the same fabric but cream.  

The reclaimed fence board with the hooks I purchased at a thrift store for $8 and hung a herringbone throw from Target on one of the hooks.  The art work is from an estate sale.

For inexpensive artwork above the table, I used embroidery hoops and framed some fabric I had leftover from other projects.  The embroidery hoops were about $.50 each from Goodwill.  This is a quick, easy and inexpensive way to add some interest to your walls.

I like to buy old tarnished silver tea pots to use as vases around the house.  I just love how they look full of fresh flowers.  This one I found for $1 at a thrift store.

The mirror was another Goodwill score for $3.  Every guest bedroom needs a mirror, right?  The Eiffel Tower, the books and the silver vessel are all estate sale finds.  

This cabinet I've had for a couple of years.  I bought this cute little secretary desk from an estate sale for $25 in Connecticut.  It was a terribly ugly high-gloss country blue before I painted it with some Chalk Paint™ by Annie Sloan in French Linen.  I upholstered the inside of the cabinet with some yellow and white fabric and added new handles.  I added a distressed number on the front for fun.  Hunter picked out the number.  Once the walls are painted a new color, the cabinet will pop off the walls a lot more.  

The cabinet works as a display place as well as a place for guests to store some clothes in the drawers.  When a guest comes, I will take put towels and toiletries inside the desk part that folds open.  Then they can use the drawers for their clothes or hang them in the closet.

This little folding side table I bought last year at an estate sale for $5.  All I did was clean it up a bit and I left it the cute green.   The owl lamp I bought a few years ago at Home Goods and the owl vase on the bottom shelf of the table is from Home Goods as well.  It's from Jonathan Adler.....He's an amazing potter!

The clock, the little plate and silver box are inexpensive vintage pieces from assorted estate sales.

The bench at the end of the bed has had a couple of different looks.  This is an old bench we've had in our master bedroom at the foot of our bed for years.  I reupholstered it using one of my drapery panels from Target.  I like how it's a place for guests to sit down and put on their shoes and I love how it ties the room together.

The pillow covers I made from the drapery panels I bought from Target and other fabrics I had leftover from other projects.  Their all the same fabrics I used in the embroidery hoops.

The mirror was a clearance score from Home Goods for $10.  I felt like the headboard needed a little bling in the middle.   It's like a little headboard crown, don't you think?

One of my favorite things to do in any room, is mix patterns.  I like to take several fabrics and make them work together.  I guarantee no one else has this same set of pillows on their bed!  

The duvet is from West Elm and was in our master bedroom for the spring before I moved it to the guest bedroom.

This side of the room is all vintage as well.  The painting of the girl I found at a thrift store for $2 and the other pieces of art were also found at flea markets or estate sales.

The cute little mid century modern yellow vinyl chair I bought at Goodwill for $6.  It was so dingy and gross, but after a very good scrubbing it now looks great!  The pillow cover is made from another $5 drapery panel from Target.  The little side table I bought for $2 at an estate sale.

I'm SO happy this room is done!!!  It feels like a huge load has been lifted from my shoulders now that one more project is off my 'need-to-finish' list.  I like how sunny and cozy this room feels. I love going in this room and lying on the bed to read a magazine.  The light is perfect during the day and it's a good sized room, but still feels warm and cozy.  The bed in here is a king size bed and there's still a lot of room to move around.

I hope this helps to show how easy it is to take lots of miscellaneous pieces, purchased at different times and places and put them all together to make a beautiful room on a budget.  Just because you're reworking or even designing a room for the first time, it doesn't mean you have to go out and buy everything brand new or spend a ton of money.  With a little bit of work and patience you can put a room together that is unique and looks collected for very little money.

I'd love to hear what you think.  Do you enjoy putting vintage pieces together?  Or do you like to buy everything brand new?  I want to hear from you!

Thank you for reading!


  1. Gorgeous room Melody. My favorites are the mirror and the fabrics. Love how you have carried the fabrics and colors through out the room. Pinning.

  2. I love mixing vintage with new. The fabrics are so nice and using the embroidery hoops is an idea I will be using. I would have been jumping up and down if I found that adorable desk. Love it all. Great job!

  3. I love it. I am currently doing my son Zach's room. It will be one of my first blog posts. If I can get the room to look 1/3 as good as you do I will be so happy. You did an amazing job on the room. I love your style x

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    1. You're always invited!! You have a standing invitation at the Smith house :-)

  5. Well, that's lovely! Good job! Like you, I did my spare room with "existings" and only bought 2 new bedside tables (because the room needed them and I couldn't find any I liked to upcycle) and a small bookcase with a drawer at the top to put a pile of books and a TV on. Other stuff was shopped from round the house -and everyone likes it.

  6. I love it all!! It is my kind of guest room :)

  7. I just love it! I love how much light comes in that room too! Gorgeous as always my friend!

  8. Oh I just love everything about this room - you knocked it out of the park, lady! For real! I love everything about it!

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  10. I love the patterned material! Great room.

  11. I LOVE this room, Melody! And I'll come stay in it anytime you're feeling the need for guests ;) There's so much to love here, from the headboard to the desk, and I especially love how you've mixed so many fabrics and patterns! And those embroidery hoops! Ack! Love :)

    1. Thank you Emily! Feel free to come for a visit anytime :-)

  12. I love this room so much, it makes me want to go redecorate my own guest room! From the beautiful headboard to the wall art!, I love it!

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  15. Ah! What a finish. So,beautiful guest room decor ideas you spread over this lovely white page. The items you added in the room surely made it so elegant look. Adding ceder board was a brilliant idea. Besides the other items like cabinet with plate, silver box, owl lamp, table, art word and what not were perfect collection to make any guest happy. The bed also looks rarely cozy. Love your creativity and innovation. BTW what if I want to add the pampas grass idea in such type of guest room? Perhaps pampas grass decor will bring more beauty enhancement? Thanks for your wonderful project to share here.

  16. I am currently doing my son Zach's room. It will be one of my first blog posts. If I can get the room to look 1/3 as good as you do I will be so happy. You did an amazing job on the room.grow tent heater

  17. very fascinating project you dropped here for us. I always get inspired after each tour to your super decor world. Recently we bought a house and started decorating. Vintage is one of the best platforms to pick up our home items too. For some items we also try to make search online to grab new home decorating ideas. The guest bedroom ideas you spread over the page was completely fabulous. Love it surely. BTW do you think velcro bed skirt can enhance the beauty of any bed?