A Simple Thrifty Guest Room Refresh


Greetings Friends! I'm curious, what's your method for completing decorating projects in your home--within several days or over a longer period, like weeks or even months?  Most of the time when I tackle a project, I'll confess it's with a specific time frame in mind. It may take longer than I anticipated, and I may have more than one project going on at the same time, but overall I am a very start-to-finish type of girl. Depending on the task, it could be hours or a few days, but I usually finish within the week. However, this year I adapted a more relaxed approach when I decided to refresh a guest bedroom...


Simple thrifty guest room refresh



It wasn't really an intentional decision and I'm sure I was partly influenced by the overwhelming task of putting the room back together when my house flooded last summer. Back in August, I opted to stain the concrete, rather than replacing the ruined carpet. Once the floor was refreshed, of course one thing led to another, but this time on a smaller scale. Fortunately, the wall paint wasn't damaged and since I still liked the colors, repainting wasn't necessary but I was ready to update the bedding. While I always love floral patterns, it was just time for a change. Here's the bedding before:


Simple thrifty guest room refresh


The color of the accent wall behind the bed is the exact shade as Heavenly Blue morning glories and Youngest Daughter chose it when she was still at home. I wanted to keep the same color palette, but just lighten things up a bit.  I pictured bedding with a dreamy feel and after hunting everywhere, I finally found just what I envisioned from Better Homes & Gardens at Walmart. Even better--it was on sale! Incidentally, I found it back in the fall, just before Cecilia B.'s visit.  


Simple thrifty guest room refresh


Next I brightened the curtains--I found this pair with a yellow quatrefoil pattern at Homegoods for under $20 and added some breezy sheers from Big Lots. What a difference! I don't think I've ever shared the pretty vintage bed frame in this room. It was one of the first big furniture pieces I brought home from thrifting, about eight years ago. No makeover was needed and the white and brass pairing is perfect. 


Simple guest room refresh


The coordinating yellow pillow was also a Homegoods find and I found You are my sunshine at Tuesday Morning, just recently.  The bedding, pillows and curtains are new purchases that complement and refresh the room's existing decor; simple changes I added over a period of months. 


Simple thrifty guest room refresh


You've seen the thrift store bed frame, now I'd like to show you the rest of the room's furnishings. I often share that 90% of my decor is thrifted, and as I surveyed the room I realized every single piece of furniture was discovered either at a yard sale, thrift store or estate sale, collected mostly before I began blogging--sorry, no before photos. I painted and recovered this estate sale chair in toile. Did you notice the long toile pillow on the bed? I found it at a yard sale after I did the chair.  The needlepoint pillow on the chair was thrifted too ;) 


Simple thrifty guest room refresh


I upcycled this vintage estate sale vanity for Youngest Daughter's twelfth birthday and then inherited when she moved out on her own. 

Simple thrifty guest room refresh


More thrifted treasures include a vintage luggage rack piled with a collection of quilts, scored at yard sales and thrift stores.

Simple thrifty guest room refresh


Some of you may remember this $5 wicker dresser, I found at a yard sale last year. All it needed was a fresh coat of white spray paint and new knobs but I added something special inside too. The blue and white china pieces and even the mosaic tray were, yep--yard sale finds! 

Simple thrifty guest room refresh


Last but not least, a favorite created from two yard sale finds. The $3 frame was really a mess but I saw potential with paint, and it sure cleaned up nicely.  The lovely cross stitch was .25 buried in a basket full of fabric, but well worth the hunt! The message really resonates with me. 


Simple thrifty guest room refresh




My Thrift Store Addiction


Simple thrifty guest room refresh



My Thrift Store Addiction



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11 comments:

  1. You have found some wonderful treasures. I love that toile pillow. Everything came together to make a very welcoming guest room.

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  2. That sunshine pillow is just the sweetest and perfect for summer!

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  3. You are the Queen of thrift and I bow to your genius!

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  4. Your guest room refresh is lovely. I love blue but adding the yellow made all the difference in your guest room. Love all your thrifted treasures top.

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  5. So charming and fresh for the summer. Have a wonderful holiday weekend.

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  6. Beautiful room Cecilia. Love the new bedding.
    Hugs,
    Audrey Z.

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  7. What fabulous finds, Cecilia! The yellow and blue color scheme is timeless and so pretty. You really got a steal on those curtains, and I love the fluffy white bedding.

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  8. Cecelia,
    Love this sweet room. What I really adore it that chair and the fabric on it!! Stunning!! I have been working on my new Sitting Room, former guest room. I can't wait to finish it. All I have left now to do is to paint my fake fire place and do a bit of sewing......
    Thanks so much for all your visits!!
    Hugs,
    Deb

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  9. The blue and yellow combo is perfect. I really love this look and always have. The Sunshine pillow gives the room a current pop of pretty. :)

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  10. I love how you pulled all of your amazing finds into a very warm and comfortable room. Anyone staying in your guest room will never want to leave.

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