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Guest Bedroom Makeover On A Budget

Guest Bedroom Makeover

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Do you love a room reveal? Me too, and that’s what’s happening today. We painted the guest bedroom or as we call it when Sofi is here “the granddaughters bedroom” white. But no worries, you guys know me, there is still plenty of color in the room.

It was time for the bedroom to grow up along with Miss Sofi. The yellow we painted the walls many many years ago didn’t make a statement. It was too pale to be dramatic and it had too much color to be a soft shade of white.

White Guest Bedroom With Pops Of Turquoise and Ornage Makeover Before And After

Guest Bedroom Makeover Before And After

I decided on white walls and a whiter trim for contrast. The white walls are a blank slate and I can use any colors in the bedroom, changing the decor often…..as I tend to do.

Click here to see how I choose the right white paint color.

Guest bedroom in orange and turquoise is getting a paint makeover 1 This is how the bedroom looked before the makeover. guest bedroom ready for paint and decor transformation You can see the pale yellow walls and also all of the colors in the décor mix. I learned something about overdoing bold colors when putting the room back together that I will share later. empty a room completely before painting The first thing the JTS (aka Junktion Technical Specialist, aka hubby) and I did was remove everything from the room. We took all of the nails out of the walls and filled the holes with putty.We also removed the switch plates and took down the overhead light so we could install a ceiling fan. More on the ceiling fan in a later post. cutting in the ceiling when painting No room makeover is complete without painting the ceiling. I cut the ceiling in using a paint pad made for the process. You might notice the ceiling paint looks gray compared to the original white. I was definitely worried about that. The paint was supposed to be plain old ceiling white and it was after it dried. Maybe the paint is meant to look gray when wet so you can tell where you’ve painted and if that’s the case it works for me. painting the ceiling with a paint pole and roller The JTS rolled the ceiling. Using the roller is his specialty. cutting in the wall where it meets the ceiling with a paint pad Once the ceiling dried we moved on to the walls. Painting a room is a process and it’s best to start at the top and move down. I cut in the walls then the JTS did his thing. No photo of him rolling the walls. Sometimes I forget to stop and take photos in the middle of a project. how to use FrogTape when painting wall trim and window trim Once the walls were dry it was time to paint the baseboards, trim, and doors. I protected the walls with FrogTape® . I use FrogTape because I get crisp, clean paint lines and no bleed through.

FrogTape used to protect carpet when painting wall molding I used the FrogTape to protect the carpet too. I’ve tried getting paint out of carpet, not fun.

use painters tape around door knobs when painting doors
Don’t forget to wrap the door knobs with tape before painting the doors. We have paint on our door knobs from past paint jobs.

bedroom ready to paint using FrogTape to prevent paint from getting on walls and windows

Bedroom Makeover With White Paint

painting baseboards white 1 As I mentioned earlier…..work from the top of the room down. The white paint we selected for the trim is premixed and the sheen is satin. In the old days we always used semi-gloss for the trim. Not this time. I wanted a softer look. guest bedroom makeover using FrogTape and white paint Tip: Always remove the FrogTape painter’s tape before the paint dries. I usually wait no more than 10 to 15 minutes for the paint to dry. The white white paint for the trim is a nice contrast to the soft white we selected for the walls. I’ve noticed a trend lately to paint the trim the same color and sheen as the walls. Nope, I want contrast. important to remove FrogTape painters tape before paint dries 1 We had the vinyl windows installed a few years ago. Our house was built in 1965 and the old wood windows were drafty. I would hate to get paint on those windows. FrogTape is the only painting tape treated with PaintBlock® Technology which means the tape reacts with the water in latex paint to form a barrier against paint bleed.

bedroom after painting walls and trim white The guest bedroom looks so good with the walls painted white. Fresh and clean.


Guest Bedroom Makeover Before And After The JTS took a break while I put the room back together. I used the same comforter and pillow shams on the bed but bought a couple of new pillows in turquoise to change up the look.

orange and turquoise bedroom makeover with white walls



I fell in love with the bedding set at first sight. It makes me smile.

how to paint and decorate a guest bedroom with white paint and pops of color The wood frame is a salvage find and the hat has been in my junk stash for a while. turquoise and orange bedroom makeover with tons of bed pillows The Paradise pillow is solid turquoise on the backside and I can flip it around when I want more color. Guest Bedroom Makeover Before And After White With Pops Of Color In putting the room back together I let go of some of the colorful items. I never noticed how they competed with each other for attention. add a green plant to the bedroom for warmth Adding the neutral wood frame, hat, woven basket and other details lets the colorful bedding shine. white bedroom walls with pops of color for the decor I have to do something with the orange piece though. Too much color. I think I will paint the outside casing off-white. white curtains in the guest bedroom I kept the original curtains. After washing and pressing them (ugh) I hung them using new curtain clips instead of the ugly gold ones I had before. add personal touches to a guest bedroom It’s nice to add a few personal touches to the guest room. Guest Bedroom Makeover Before And After White With Pops Of ColorThe soft velour pillow and the cording on the “paradise” pillow adds more texture to the room. I love texture.

guest bedroom makeover with white walls and white ceiling

That hanging candle holder on the wall is from Candle Lite and I’ve had it for years. The curtains were Martha Stewart from Kmart and I bet they are 15 years old. I’m surprised they haven’t come apart in the washing machine.

before and after guest bedroom painted white Bye-Bye dingy yellow paint.

Paint bedroom walls white and add pops of color with bedding and wall decorGuest Bedroom Makeover Before And After

Find bedroom makeover number 2 here…..Navy And White Bedroom Makeover Reveal Before And After

What was your favorite part of the makeover? Are you ready to paint and redecorate? Leave a note and also tell me what you think about painting the orange piece of furniture. As always thanks for being here and have a great day, Kathy

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Author: Kathy Owen
Kathy Owen is the founder of the home decor blog Petticoat Junktion where she shares tutorials on painting furniture and upcycling thrifty finds into unique home décor. Her DIY projects have been featured on the Home Depot Blog, Plaid Crafts, Behr Designer Series, and in numerous magazines. Kathy’s newest website is HappyHomeDIY.com

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  1. Looks great and I always love seeing that beautiful quilt. I keep thinking how nice it would look in my turquoise painted bedroom, lol.

  2. I like your blog Kathy and the blue bedroom is my favorite because I’m not a fan of bright colors. That said, i would paint the orange and white cabinet turquoise and white. The turquoise pillows soften the look of that bright bedspread and I think you need some color on the side to balance the room
    Like you, flea markets, thrift shops, etc are my favorite type of shopping. I would rather save something from the landfill than by new.
    So, I’m a fan and will watch for more info from you.

  3. I’m a HUGE fan of white walls myself Kathy… that ‘s exactly what my bedroom and L/R are painted in. Love your room makeover and I’ll bet Miss Sofi does too. 🙂 have a super day.

  4. I’m definitely slowing down so I can’t imagine what I’ll be like in 10 years. You can get the cutting in pads at Home Depot, Lowes, and maybe Walmart. They are a time saver because I can’t paint a straight line with a brush. You just have to be careful because sometimes the paint will drip from the side. Maybe you can paint your room soon. Just do like the JTS and I and take your time.

  5. Sofi likes the room fine except she wants the Go Fish card game garland back up, lol. I smile when I look at the quilt too.

  6. I love the redo! Every time I see a photo of that orange print quilt on the bed I smile! It is so cheerful! I like the orange and white cabinet just as it is. How does Sofi like the new room?

  7. Kathy, the bedroom make-over looks great! The white walls are definitely an improvement. I think if you want to play it safe you could paint the little orange shelf unit white but I was thinking that a light to medium shade of turquoise to echo the bed pillows and the turquoise in the spread might be interesting. I would leave the louvered doors white. What do you think?

    I am interested in the little “cutting in” pads you used to do the edges of the ceiling and the walls. I’ve never encountered them and it looks so much easier than the way I’ve always done it with a narrow brush. Where do you find them?

    I am dying to paint my bedroom but I don’t know if I’m up to it. I haven’t been feeling well for a few months now and Summer may be gone before I get the energy. I have always done my own painting and I like doing it so I’m hoping my energy comes back before Fall rolls around. I’ve got ten years on you so I guess I should expect to slow down except that I’ve never been a real energetic person, so slowing down might mean standing still!

    Thanks for the show and tell.

  8. Ha! I think I sit down to much. I feel I don’t accomplish half what I used to. I will be 65 next week! Hard to believe.

  9. It looks very fresh and inviting. I would paint the orange piece of furniture white like the nightstand and then accessorize with a little bit of orange and the other colors in that beautiful bed covering.

  10. Your guest bedroom looks do clean and fresh
    . The new paint really brightened up the room!