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DIY Affordable Guest Bedroom Makeover in 8 Weeks

The One Room Challenge is back for another season and guess who is participating? You guessed it. Me! For the next eight weeks I will be transforming the 2nd guest bedroom upstairs. I am beyond excited to share my plans with you and to update this blank canvas and add some visual interest. If you recall, this is not my first time participating in the One Room Challenge. Over the years I have transformed five spaces in less than 40 weeks time and each time I get a little more ambitious with my project list. This time will be no exception. So sit back, relax, and enjoy the show while I tackle this bedroom makeover!

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What is the One Room Challenge? 

First things first, for those of you who are not familiar with the One Room Challenge or ORC as it is often referred to, it is a bi-annual event hosted by Linda at Calling it Home and media partner Apartment Therapy where bloggers, designers, and content creators are challenged to make over a room in eight weeks and provide weekly updates. I’m not going to lie, it’s a bit stressful at times, there are often tears and many curse words, but it is always totally worth it! The best part is it keeps me focused and committed to completing a room makeover in a timely fashion. 

My Past One Room Challenges

Before I dive into the bedroom makeover I am addressing this time around, let’s talk about my past projects. Last time I participated I built an entire room from scratch, for wine. That’s right, I built a wine cellar in a dark corner of my basement. This one is going to be hard to beat, but at least I have a full cellar of wine to get me through this one, right?  

Before the wine cellar I fulfilled my childhood dream and built a bunk room for fun! This room is definitely one of my favorite rooms in the house and of course includes a swing, because why wouldn’t it? 

On a more practical note, my ORC before that was a much needed family room makeover where I added a cable railing, almost went missing over paint, and finally fell in love with my massive 70s fireplace

On my second One Room Challenge I made over the backyard and unleashed my inner desire to build things! My outdoor sofas and matching dining table were the gateway projects to a whole new world for me. 

And for my very first ORC I helped my mom upgrade her kitchen by solving a skylight problem, painting the cabinets and building an island from stock cabinets. 

Fall 2023 ORC Bedroom Makeover

For this One Room Challenge, I will be upgrading the other guest room with a brand new look and I will finally address the giant elephants in the room. Carpet and popcorn ceilings I am looking at you. This is the starting point. 

Garrison Street Design Studio - DIY Affordable Guest Bedroom Makeover in 8 Weeks

Overall it isn’t completely tragic but to me it feels pretty flat and lacks that modern boho vibe I am into these days. The neutral tones in here are definitely not terrible but some simple changes will have a major impact on the overall room look. 

DIY Bedroom Transformation Plans 

First on the list, the popcorn ceilings. I hate them and they have got to go! Luckily this is the very last room in the house with them and I will never have to scrape popcorn ceilings again! If you were here for the home office makeover, you know how that ceiling went. But I learned my lesson last time and will not make the same mistake again. 

The carpet. There are no words to express how much I despise carpet and how gross it really is. The prior owners had a bunch of kids who were apparently never supervised with markers. The hope was to rip out the carpet in the first few years of living here, but 11 years later here we are. Better late than never, right? I will be adding new wood floors that match the hallway that have been sitting in my dining room for two years now….true story. 

Garrison Street Design Studio - DIY Affordable Guest Bedroom Makeover in 8 Weeks

With the new flooring, the old baseboards will also be retired. This is the last room in the house with these and I won’t miss them. Although the closet baseboards came in clutch for my front door update. Yep, I stole the trim from the closet for another project, because who was ever gonna know? 

Garrison Street Design Studio - DIY Affordable Guest Bedroom Makeover in 8 Weeks

Along similar lines, the new door that was installed when I made over the hallway will finally get trim added! Afterall, it’s only been two and a half years, haha!

Garrison Street Design Studio - DIY Affordable Guest Bedroom Makeover in 8 Weeks

The ceiling fan. I will admit, I chose this fan 11 years ago, but it no longer fits my style and the way I see it, it has served it’s purpose. So the fan and ceiling light will be getting an upgrade. 

Garrison Street Design Studio - DIY Affordable Guest Bedroom Makeover in 8 Weeks

The bedroom furniture. While I do not plan to buy a single furniture piece for this room, that could change over the next eight weeks. But the plan at the moment is to update the existing dresser and night stands with a fresh coat of paint, new hardware, and maybe a little something extra. To be continued….

Garrison Street Design Studio - DIY Affordable Guest Bedroom Makeover in 8 Weeks

An accent wall. If you follow my designs, you know I often add an accent wall. They create a focal point in the room and have a huge impact for not a lot of money. At the moment I am not sure if this will be a batten wall, a slat wall, or a shiplap wall, but there will be one and it might be a dark color 😉 

The bed. While I do like the headboard and it went well with this look, it’s a bit too farmhouse for my final design plan. So I will be building a brand new DIY headboard and bed frame! And after the bunk bed build and our bed, I am hoping this one will be fairly easy, but famous last words, am I right? 

Garrison Street Design Studio - DIY Affordable Guest Bedroom Makeover in 8 Weeks

The closet. Like most 1970s houses the closet in here could definitely use an interior upgrade to the storage efficiency. It’s builder basic and honestly has become a dumping ground for things we should probably toss. I am working on a few ideas but I don’t think it will be as involved as Barry’s closet, but we will see. Hopefully I only have to go to IKEA once this time…

Garrison Street Design Studio - DIY Affordable Guest Bedroom Makeover in 8 Weeks

The closet doors are definitely not my first choice either. I painted the faux wood years ago but I am thinking something more like the closet doors in the bunk room. But I don’t want to give away all the details just yet 🙂 

Garrison Street Design Studio - DIY Affordable Guest Bedroom Makeover in 8 Weeks

The TV. Do we really need a TV in here? No. But when we upgraded the TV in the family room we moved the larger family room TV to the basement gym and moved the basement TV in here. I am hoping to make it less of an eyesore and more of a design choice. We will see what my creativity brings me. 

Garrison Street Design Studio - DIY Affordable Guest Bedroom Makeover in 8 Weeks

Painting. The whole room will also get a new color on the walls with a fresh coat of paint because would it even be a room makeover with me if there were no painting? I am one of those crazy people who finds painting completely relaxing. Just throw on a true crime podcast and go to town! Seriously, I am obsessed with true crime and probably consider my alibi at least twice a day. That’s totally normal, right? Paint color TBD but I am leaning towards a white color scheme with pops of color in natural tones.  

Speaking of crime, I have been committing one of my own with these shorty curtains. Can Someone please tell me why they even still make 84 inch curtains? They should just up the size to the correct length of 90 inches. It is just the right thing to do. Obviously I plan to hang longer curtains which will instantly make the ceilings feel taller in here!

Garrison Street Design Studio - DIY Affordable Guest Bedroom Makeover in 8 Weeks

Lastly, there will be new decor which is one of the easiest ways to update a space. Obviously new throw pillows because we know I have an addiction there. I may or may not replace the side table lamp but I definitely have a few ideas here. A new area rug, maybe an oversized mirror, white bedding, and some some picture frames, will go a long way and have a big impact!

Garrison Street Design Studio - DIY Affordable Guest Bedroom Makeover in 8 Weeks

Finally, let’s talk about the budget. We all know money doesn’t grow on tress so I will be re-using as much as I can and raiding my decor stock pile, aka, my basement. But since I am replacing flooring, changing all the decor in the room and addressing the closet, I am setting my budget at $2,500. And if you remember how much furniture and decor costs, this is a lean budget.  

On the positive side, this room is not a small bedroom. It is actually very spacious at 12×13 for about 150 square feet so I have plenty of room to get creative with the new bedroom design. My overall vision for the room is a modern bedroom with clean lines, neutral tones, with a bold pop of color, and textured materials for a boho vibe. This is my design board for the new room. 

Garrison Street Design Studio - DIY Affordable Guest Bedroom Makeover in 8 Weeks

Bed | Nightstands | Rug | Lamps | Rocking Chair | Dresser | Mirror | Bed Pillows | Accent Pillow | Wall Art | Single Vase | Vase Set | Faux Fiddle Leaf Fig Tree 

So that’s the plan folks! Join me again next week to see how my guest room makeover is going. This week is going to be a BUSY one so make sure you follow along on Instagram to see all the behind the scenes in my stories! There will be a lot of DIY going on here, so get ready.  No bunk beds this time, but I will be building a bed 😉 

Garrison Street Design Studio - DIY Affordable Guest Bedroom Makeover in 8 Weeks

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