There’s this crazy thing that happens with your kids. You work really hard to raise them well. You feed them, love them, drive them to activities and, in our case, watch all their sporting events through high school and college. Thousands of sporting events in the snow, rain sleet and hot sun. Then when it is all done, they thank you for your love and dedication by leaving. They even take all their stuff and leave their room empty! Its so unfair. 😉
Of course I’m (sort of) kidding. It’s amazing to see your kids thriving and living on their own. Since one of ours didn’t come back after college, his room has been sitting empty for a few months.
We had plans to make it over this spring, but then we got an amazing opportunity to be in a local magazine. They asked us to do a project tutorial and we chose to build a headboard for the new guest bedroom. Of course since the room was going to be in a magazine I had to give it a really quick makeover.
This was all happening over the holidays and with a short deadline so I didn’t have time or money to do a complete overhaul. I chose things I could change quickly and after Mike built the headboard, and I found all the decor, we decorated this room in a weekend. The farmhouse style headboard really made the perfect focal point for the whole room.
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We didn’t have time to paint so we kept the room the same color, which is Pottery Barn Functional Gray. The nightstand and dresser have been our son’s for about 15 years, but were just a basic wood finish. I recently painted them black and distressed them for a more farmhouse look.
The linen curtains were a great find at homegoods. I hung four panels to make them extra full.
For inexpensive wall hangings I bought these printables for $5.00 and put them in some frames I had. These are from an etsy shop called Printable Lifestyle. I found this adorable galvanized shelf at homegoods and added mason jars with some lavender. The inspirational signs are from hobby lobby.
Mike made this distressed wood piece for something else and we hung it for a fun natural piece, I think I’m going to hang some flowers or a wreath on it somehow. I wanted a little pillow to match the botanicals and flowers around the room, and I found this perfect one at Homegoods! I love the green and pink together. The yellow ceramic pitcher is from Michaels and the clock is from Hobby Lobby.
The raw edge quilt is from Target and the lace pillowcases were 2 for $9.99 at Marshalls. The gray throw is a Nate Berkus design and is also from Target. As you can see, when the magazine came for the photo shoot, Zeus decided he liked the spotlight.
I’m very happy with the way the guest room makeover turned out, especially in such a short amount of time. As a mom of all boys it was so fun to get to add some feminine touches in the room. There are a few more things I would like to do. I would love to install crown molding, do something with that boring, massive white closet door and lighten the paint up a little.
The headboard is what started the whole project, and I’m in love with it! If you would like to see more detailed pictures or download printable instructions to build it, please visit our headboard tutorial post.
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