Before & After: From a Blank Slate to a Grown Up Guest Room


Sarah’s guest room was pretty drab. The once white paint was just begging for an upgrade and Sarah happily obliged. The new and improved version of the room is crisp, cozy and welcoming.

From Sarah: This place was a total dump. It was rented for 20+ years prior to purchase and neglected. You can totally tell this room (and the entire home) had seen better days.

I’m happy to report, we’ve restored this space to its former glory… and then some. Such a difference! I’m really excited with how this room turned out. We’ve been entertaining house guests since we moved in (even in the icky condition), and now I feel like I finally have a space I can be proud of when hosting friends and family.

We used Sherwin-Williams Emerald Interior and absolutely loved it. Most walls only required one coat. I know someone will ask, so I included it at the bottom of the post as well, but the paint color is Aesthetic White SW 7035. It’s the perfect neutral! Not too cool and not overly warm or beige.

This room is actually on the smaller side, but we opted for a queen size bed anyway. Since we do host a lot of visitors, it was important to create a guest room that felt comfortable, cozy, and clean.

If you haven’t been following along, the first completed space in our reno I shared was actually the guest room closet… just behind those french doors. Feel free to read more on that project here.

Contrary to our last renovation, I decided to pay way more addition to detail… the type of details that make a space. I carefully selected trim this time around- from panel moulding, base moulding, to crown, and casing. I’m glad I took the extra step because it made this otherwise boring shoebox of a room interesting. We used trim from this fashion-forward collection. I also have to brag on Emmett for one minute- he installed everything and it looks absolutely perfect. The man is a perfectionist and I love that about him. It may take him awhile to complete a project, but his precision is worth the wait.

You can see more of this space, and all of the fun DIYs in it, on Room for Tuesday.

Thank you, Sarah!

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