The Guest Room – All The Details

There are only two weekends left before the One Room Challenge™ begins. The challenge lasts for six weeks, and exactly one week after it is over, our first visitors arrive.  We feel the pressure to get this guest room done now since we will not have even one minute for extra projects once the challenge starts. May seems far away, but the time will go by in a blink.

Today, I thought I would share the entire project plan with you. All of the details are mostly in place.


For the walls, I chose Quaint Peche by Sherwin-Williams.


On my screen, this color looks a bit dark. In real life, it is a very pale pink with warm undertones. Andy saw the paint chip, and we had the following conversation:

Andy: I saw a really ugly paint color chip in your car. It is a peachy pink color. I hope you aren’t planning to use that anywhere in our house.

Me: (Thinking about the gallon of Quaint Peche paint on the floor of the guest room) Um, Ok. It was just something I was considering.

Andy: Unless you put it in the guest room. It is a terrible color. Our guests will not want to stay long in a room that color.

Me: I am glad you said that because I actually already bought the paint.

Twenty-two years of marriage, folks.


A few weeks ago, our reader Monica helped me find this checked bedding.


It is still available for a great price from Overstock. If you like it, snap it up.

Then, I finally found the perfect coordinating throw pillows.


In reality, they are cloth napkins that I found in a little shop in South Carolina. I bought two 20″X 20″ pillow forms at Jo-Ann Fabrics, and I will convert the napkins into pillows.

Lastly, I have been looking for throw blankets for the foot of each bed, but everything I found was either the wrong color or too expensive. At Jo-Ann Fabric, I found a deep, earthy green velour decor fabric.

Instead of throw blankets, I am going to make a bed scarf for the foot of each bed. Most of our guests visit in the summer. They do not need the extra warmth of a throw blanket. Bed scarves are not exactly what I had in mind, but each one will cost around $12.50. Beating that price is hard.


Remember the ugly dresser?

Since there are no side tables in the room, I have decided that it needs to stay. However, the budget for this room makeover is minuscule, and I cannot afford to do too much to this piece. I am challenging myself to use paint that we already have in the basement. We still have plenty of dark navy from our front stair risers. The navy blue is a slightly different color than the Hale Navy by Benjamin Moore, but it is close. I think the dresser will look great painted this dramatic shade.

In addition to painting the dresser, I am going to use our jigsaw to change the shape of the cut-out of the legs. The design for that project is pending.

Because the windows are so beautiful without curtains, I will just add simple pull-down roller shades.

The windows are not standard width, so we will need to have the shades cut. Both Lowe’s and The Home Depot offer this service.

I am a little stumped on artwork and accessories since I feel as if I have spent my entire budget already. I will probably just scavenge items from storage or other rooms in the house. Two large pieces on the main walls would be perfect. We have some frames in the basement that I salvaged from a trash heap. It is possible that I can find an inexpensive printable that will work well.

So, that’s the plan. Now, I have to know, what do you think of Quaint Peche? I promise to fess up to Andy if you are all on his side.

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