I can hardly believe we’re finally sharing the guest bedroom makeover reveal today as we end Week 8 of the One Room Challenge!
A HUGE THANK YOU to the One Room Challenge and media partner Better Homes and Gardens for hosting this bi-annual event where designers, bloggers, and influencers work to transform their spaces from top to bottom in 8 weeks.
This is our 7th time participating in the One Room Challenge. While we usually only have 6 weeks to complete a room, I am beyond grateful for the extra 2 weeks.
We had a TON of shipping and product delays this season and absolutely would not have been able to finish our space in time if not for the extension.
If you’re new to The Crowned Goat, welcome, we’re happy you’re here!
Just as a refresher, the guest bedroom has undergone lots of changes over the years. It went through an interesting shabby chic-inspired phase…
then I fell in love with neutrals…
I tried to make it a home office but as with our last ORC Guest Bedroom Makeover Reveal, the space just never felt quite right no matter what we did with it.
For years, I put off even finishing the room because I just couldn’t get a clear vision. But once we turned our outdoor shed into my office during Season 6 of the ORC, I knew almost immediately we would turn the room back into a bedroom.
But not just any bedroom would do.
I wanted the space to make you want to snuggle up with a good book after a long day as soon as you walked through the door.
And I’m excited to say, I think we accomplished that!
Antique Bed, Bed Crown, and Linens…
We’ve had this antique iron bed sitting in a closet for years and in Week 2 I shared how to add patina to a metal bed frame which changed the look completely.
My Mom is family-famous for creating “Princess and the Pea” type beds, so I ordered all the linens and she helped me put it together.
In Week 3, we found out the bed crown I had based the *entire* room around was no longer available and spent nearly 3 weeks scrambling to come up with something else.
We were running out of time when my bestie S (who also runs our website), suggested we check just one more time before we built our own.
As serendipity would have it, one bed crown was available, and we scooped it up immediately.
Unfortunately, the bed crown curtains were not delivered in the color I had ordered them, so we had to scramble again to come up with a quick and easy solution. By this time, it was Week 7 and I was just about panicked.
Our solution was to use multiple duvet covers from IKEA which worked out far better than I could have ever imagined!
The pattern looks much better than the solid curtain fabric I had planned to use, and it taught me a HUGE lesson in creativity under pressure too.
Nightstands, Lamps, and Accessories…
Speaking of which, the nightstand I was going to use next to the bed turned out to be way too modern for the curvy lines of the antique bed frame.
My Mom came to the rescue when she let me use the painted nightstand from one of the bedrooms at Bliss Barracks. I was pretty sure I was going to have to repaint it when I picked it up, but we all wound up loving the Cartouche Green, so we decided to leave it.
The bed frame, crown, and curtains are pretty ornate, so I wanted to keep the nightstands as simple as possible.
I found part of a horse bridle from Kensington Palace at a local antique mall while out shopping with my Mom for the ORC guest bedroom makeover reveal early on.
Both baskets are thrifted finds, the greenery is from IKEA, the books are from our Book of the Month list, and I’ll share the lamp makeovers soon.
For the other side of the bed, my Mom also let me use a small side table from her stash. The one we ordered is not set to arrive for several weeks.
French Country Dresser, Mirror, and Accessories…
The French Country dresser is similar to the one my Mom grew up with as a little girl. It’s been painted all sorts of pretty neutral colors, so I gave it a quick refresh in Week 5.
Then I topped with the DIY Anthropologie-inspired mirror we created in Week 6.
I usually like to keep surfaces as neat as possible.
My Mom found these perfectly patinaed books and made the flower arrangement. I found the vintage stirrups to use as bookends and we called it good to go!
This little seating area is one of my favorite spots from the guest bedroom makeover reveal! I don’t watch a lot of TV, but I love flipping through decorating books and magazines almost every day.
It’s going to be a great spot for morning quiet time too!
European Oak Inspired Desk, Slipcovered Chair, Art and Accessories…
In addition to neat surfaces, I’m also a big proponent of having a desk area in each bedroom.
I know it’s not always possible, but I can’t tell you the number of backaches I’ve suffered from having to sit on the floor to work or been distracted trying to type at the kitchen table because there was not a desk in the bedroom.
Truthfully, I had planned to use a completely different desk.
Using my Mom’s antique French inkwells and stand was not even on my radar until she brought them over. My sister and I were with her the day she bought it at an outdoor event from an 85-year-old man who was so sweet we wanted to take him to dinner!
The slipcovered chair and pillow cover are both from IKEA and the poster of Princess Margaret was delivered so late, it almost didn’t make the ORC guest bedroom makeover reveal post at all.
Guest Bathroom Progress Update…
The ORC is always a TON of work but I’m really excited about the way everything came together.
For those of you who know we’ve also been working on the guest bathroom during this time, we’re still running a few weeks behind. It’s getting there though.
Here’s a sneak peek…
ORC Guest Bedroom Makeover Obstacles and Opportunities…
I’m sure I say this after every One Room Challenge but these 8 weeks have been a total blur.
We’ve faced many, many challenges. The shipping delays alone set us back more than I could have imagined. I can’t tell you how many bags of candy I’ve eaten.
It took nearly 4 tries before we found the perfect shade of custom blush pink thanks to a Lowes employee named Terry that refused to give up!
We battled rain and windstorms that left us without power for hours, multiple days in a row. We had to deal with materials that were not delivered as we had ordered, paint fails when we were up against the clock, and some really difficult family news too.
But we also found new ways to rally, to push our creativity to the limit and I learned how to pivot and make decisions quicker than I’ve ever been able to make them before.
Normally, I struggle with analysis paralysis when it comes to my own home but in the words of my bestie S who has been unofficially promoted 😉 to design assistant, “Listen, Linda. This is NO TIME for indecision!”
ORC Guest Bedroom Makeover Reveal Thank Yous…
My Mom and sisters were also a HUGE help in keeping me on track!
My Mom worked out here for 2 days straight helping me bring together all the details. Both of my sisters called nearly every day to check in, offer advice or give a pep talk when needed.
They would tell you otherwise, but honestly, I couldn’t have done it without the love and support of these four fabulously creative (and uber calm) ladies.
Finally, thank you to all of you who encouraged us with your sweet comments, DMs, and emails. They meant so much!
There were a million times I wondered if we would ever make it through the drama when your kind words helped to keep us going and I’m forever grateful.
Don’t forget, there are so many fantastic rooms to celebrate over at the One Room Challenge! You can find additional reveal day makeovers for the featured designers here and the blogger and influencers here.
Guest Bedroom Makeover Posts You May Have Missed:
- Guest Bedroom Makeover Plans & Design Ideas (Week 1)
- How to Add Patina to a Metal Bed Frame (Week 2)
- Paint and Furniture Changes Progress Update (Week 3)
- How to Paint a Bathroom Cabinet Using General Finishes Milk Paint (Week 4)
- French Country Dresser Makeover (Week 5)
- DIY Anthropologie Inspired Mirror (Week 6)
- ORC Progress Update (Week 7)
ORC: Guest Bedroom Makeover Reveal Sources:
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- Paint – Custom Blush Pink Lowes
- Board and Batten Paint Color – Bistro White Lowes
- Bed – Antique (How to Antique a Metal Bed Frame post here)
- **Bed Crown – Amazon (also sometimes available online via Antique Farmhouse)
- Strandfrane Duvet and Bed Crown Fabric, Slipcovered Chair, Throw – (IKEA – no longer available)
- White Sheet Set, Ruffled Bedskirt – Simply Shabby Chic (Target – no longer available)
- **Blush Pink Quilt and Shams – Amazon
- **Nightstand Paint Color – Amazon (Amy Howard One Step Paint in Cartouche Green)
- **Curtains – Amazon (Premier Prints in French Gray) (the online fabric store I used is now owned by Amazon)
- Flowers – Hobby Lobby, Greenery – IKEA
- French Country Inspired Dresser – Americana Decor Chalky Paint in Primitive (post here)
- Mirror – DIY Anthropologie Inspired Mirror (post here)
- Princess Margaret Wall Art – All Posters
- Jubilee Teacup and Saucer – Gift (similar items here)
- Rug – Safavieh 9 x 12 (Joss and Main – no longer available)
- Vintage Books, Baskets, Ironstone, Accessories (not specifically listed) – antique malls, charity shops, local outdoor antique events