Sunday, October 14, 2012

Before & After: Office/Guest Room Redo

Do you have a junk room in your house, a place where you throw everything and anything that doesn't seem to belong anywhere else?
Does it look like this?
before after office guest room redo

Or maybe this?
before after office guest room redo

Or even worse, THIS?
before after office guest room redo

Ohhh, this just got REAL. I'm literally airing my dirty laundry! Okay those are clean, but still...

Our office-slash-guest room is our dirty little secret of the house. It's a sad sad place to spend time. You can't even walk through there without fear of stubbing your toe or tripping on something. Over the years it's gotten so bad that I've migrated into the family room or dining room to do most of my office work. And forget about guests staying in there. When we do have overnight guests, they sleep on the couch downstairs or in our son's room, which means he sleeps on the couch. Well not anymore!

I had a friend of mine visit from the east coast last month and it was just the kick in the pants we needed to get this room cleaned out and spiffed up before she arrived.

Wanna see it now?

before after office guest room redo
Yeah, I could work in here now.

Here's what we did:
  • Took everything out of the room and got rid of a ton of stuff or moved it to the garage. The garage is another "junk room" area that we'll have to tackle someday...
  • Replaced moldings and trim to match the rest of the house.
  • Replaced doors to match the rest of the house.
  • Took out old wall heater and repaired drywall.
  • Updated the ceiling light fixture.
  • Painted the walls with the same paint color as our master bedroom and powder room.
  • Replaced the bookcase that was falling apart with a new one. The new one is just a basic white bookcase from Ikea and I used some extra grasscloth I had to line the back of it just to give it a little more interest.
  • Kept the old dresser that was my mom and dad's since they were first married. I like the mid-century-modern feel of it and all the storage in it. I sometimes think about painting it, but I think I still like the finish on it. I think. 
  • Put in a bed. It's actually not even a real bed - its a great air mattress I found with one of those memory foam toppers on top. It's so comfy that I'm keeping it in there longer term, but if I have a big craft project and need more room to spread out, I can always deflate it and give myself more room.
  • This isn't a big room and I don't have a need for a desk that takes up so much of it, so I replaced the oversized desk and chair with a smaller desk and chair from Ikea. Come to think of it, most everything new in this room is from Ikea.

These are a few of my favorite things:before after office guest room redo

I already have ideas of rearranging this room again because in reality we don't have a lot of overnight guests and we really don't need that bed in there all the time. For now though, I'm just enjoying my clean uncluttered office!


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  1. What a great transformation! I love the beachy theme!

  2. I love it!! We have a room like this....what a great transformation!!

    1. Thanks Helen, and thanks for stopping by! I'm glad I'm not the only one with a junk room. Next place to clean up - the garage! Scary. :) Sharon

  3. I have a room that I'm trying to convert to a guest room / office. I love how you did it. I'm intrigued by the air mattress / foam topper. Can you sit on it like a day bed? Things I'm loving: Love the ceiling light fixture. LOVE the mid-century modern dresser that belonged to your parents. Love the desk and chair. Love how it all coordinates. The entire look is well put together and very inviting.

    1. Hi Kimberly, thanks so much! Yes, I'm able to sit on the bed like a day bed, it has held up well and I've had it pumped up for a month. Here is the exact mattress I bought:

      The memory foam topper I purchase separately and here is the link for that:

      The ceiling light fixture looks even better in person because it has a textured weave to it that you don't see in these pics. I got it at Ikea for only $39.99! Here's the link so you can see an even better pic:

      Thanks for stopping by and taking the time to comment. Good luck with your own room! Sharon

  4. Your "new" guest bedroom is really inviting and you still have a nice desk and storage to server as an office. Beautiful colors and I live the desk chair.
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  5. What a gorgeous space!

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  6. what a gorgeous and amazing space! it's so clean and bright and i love the bedding!

  7. what a transformation
    you've worked in here

    the room now looks
    bright and pretty and welcoming

    perfect for anyone visiting
    (though they may never leave!)

    thanks for sharing
    at Fridays Unfolded!


  8. now that's a room transformation. bet you don't miss the pants hanging the doorway!

  9. I love it all. I recognize the new light fixture. I have these on my list for my hallway. I absolutely love, love, love your wave wall mural. I love anything that reminds me of Hawaii. So glad I stopped by!

    1. Thank you, I'm glad you stopped by too! :) Sharon

  10. Gorgeous! You do go all out for guests! :-) Turned out to be such a pretty and inviting room. Thanks so much for linking on Busy Monday!

  11. You did an amazing job. I will be featuring this tonight at my Fall into Fall party that opens at 8pm EST. Please stop by and pick up an I've Been Featured button. Thanks.

  12. This is such a beautiful room! So light and airy! I wanna come stay :)

  13. I love before and afters! what a big difference in the room.
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  14. Looks so peaceful and restful. Love the color choices.


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