Over the last year the idea of decorating the guest room has been one of those daunting tasks that float around in my brain constantly, but I keep pushing it away because it just seemed like so much to do. Since I have limited space I am making my spare bedroom function in two capacities: Guest room and Craft room, but because of the small space I had no idea how to make it work.
I was really concerned about making the space livable for guests, but also a functional work space for me without making it look tacky. It's so difficult keeping a smaller room multi-functional and looking organized and I just was never sure where to start.
But then it happened. The man's mother said she was coming for a visit and that put some urgency into the decorating situation!
This is what it looked like partly into painting:
|Beach Art from Target|
So I bought the duvet and all four pillows. And then a pillow that said "Beach"... and a piece of coral. And some drift wood. And a beach themed vase. And a candle with seashells.... yes, I went a little crazy. What can I say?! I was excited about the beach theme!
I found some cute art work at Target that was on clearance-- I just love the seagulls! And they are even cuter since it was on clearance! I love, love, love, love sales.
But since I spent all my money on beach themed decor, I needed to save money on furniture. I decided to reused an old Ikea bookcase from my old house for extra storage. I thought it would be nice to use it to store craft items (and all my beach decor), but then I realized that I needed a place to actually build my crafty things.
Oh, the dilemmas!
So I built a closet craft table. It was super easy to make-- you can click HERE to read my blog about
how I made it. Most of the craft supplies are in the closet workspace, which is nice for when guests come over because I can hide them!
And since curtains seem like they are one of the most expensive things you can buy, I decided to make my own. I have really high ceilings so I needed 9 ft curtains-- which at the cheapest stores the cheapest curtains were around $50 per panel.
These were still a little pricey because I wanted a really organic look so I used textured linen, but the textured linen panels at the store were $88 each. Yikes! For 7 yards of curtain fabric I spent $60 (with a coupon) and for hardware I spent $30 (with a coupon). I love coupons!!
Seriously, curtains are probably the easiest thing to make. EVER. I will never buy a curtain again! I didn't make a tutorial, but next time I promise that I will!
I originally wanted to use rope tiebacks, but I decided that would be too beachy and I wanted to do something more feminine and glitzy. I decided to use crystal (glass) doorknobs as tiebacks because I think they would be more unexpected and give the room a little element of romance.
The headboard that I made is constructed of 1x6 and 1x4 boards. I just thought it would give it a bit more of a beachy feel to have something simple and handmade.
It was easy and sooooo cheap. I love cheap!! The entire project cost me under $30 and it was built in an afternoon.
I'm really happy with how it turned out. You can still see the wood grain and the imperfections so it looks a bit rustic, but yet it really fits my style.
To read about how I made the headboard click HERE
I decorated this cute little trashcan with vinyl that I designed. It's not exactly beachy... but I love it.
Everything else is new and the entire cost of the project (including paint and supplies) was less than $500. I'm very happy with that!