It’s all about my Bistro White walls here in our guest bedroom makeover, join me for week two of my $100 Room Challenge update!
Hey friends! Welcome to those of you who may be hopping over here from the $100 Room Challenge! We have been working away on our guest bedroom makeover; we have four weeks to make over this room on a budget of $100, and this week I am so excited to share our bistro white walls and our painted doors with you. It felt so good to finally paint our multi colored walls after living here since July! I walked into this room the morning after I had painted it and I couldn’t believe how much brighter it was. I was blinded by the light, Ha!
What’s The $100 Room Challenge?
Let me start by thanking Erin over at Lemons, Lavender, and Laundry for being our lovely host, and this whole challenge was her brain child. If you are new to the $100 Room Challenge you can read more about it here. But the basic premise for the challenge is this: you get one month, and $100, to completely makeover one space in your home. I know what you may be thinking… $100 is not a lot of money. Just wait. What you can do with $100 (and a little creativity) will absolutely blow your mind. And if you don’t believe me, just follow along, and click through and see what the other participants are doing for this challenge, and you will see so many great things happening with just a $100 budget. This is my third time joining the challenge, and I am always so glad I did in the end!
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Goal #1 – Bistro White Walls
Let’s start with a little before and after, shall we? Just a quick recap – this room was a home office with built-ins on two walls when we moved in. They have since been relocated to our bonus room so we can have a true guest room in here. We kept the cabinetry because it was very nice and useful to boot. We just wanted a super comfortable place for guests because we will be hosting lots of guests in the years to come. Here’s the room after we removed the cabinetry back in August.
We gave all four walls a fresh coat of paint (actually two layers). The color I went with is called Bistro White by Valspar. I went with an eggshell finish. I chose to go white on the walls because I wanted a color that would really bring out the color of the wood in the bedroom suit, which was bought for my daughter by her father. The furniture is one thing in the room that is not being altered.
Paint color: Bistro White by Valspar
I love the paint color I chose, it is like a breath of fresh air now when we go in here! I chose an eggshell finish, and it took two coats to cover. As a matter of fact, I barely got this room completely painted. I squeezed out every last drop from the can! I really needed to paint this room with one gallon of paint because I am on a very tight budget.
One way that relocating halfway across the country affected me was that I had built up a supply of paint that I had to pull from. I could do some projects for free because I had paint on hand that was left over from other projects. I had to give it all away when we left WV, and now I am starting from ground zero here with a very small paint supply.
Goal #2 – Paint Trim
I painted the trim in a color called Simply White by Benjamin Moore. This was paint left over from our One Room Challenge kitchen makeover, and it is a semi-gloss finish paint. The baseboards had also been patched up when we removed the cabinetry, and they look so much better with a fresh coat of white paint.
Goal #3 – Paint Closet and Bedroom Doors
I wanted to paint the closet door and the inside of the bedroom door black, but I didn’t have it in my budget to buy black paint. I had a tiny bit of the black paint (Plum Martini by Benjamin Moore) that I used on the doors in our kitchen and breakfast room left over, but it wasn’t enough. I also had some paint in the color Kendall Charcoal by Benjamin Moore. So I mixed in the Plum Martini color I had with that and darkened it just a tad. And then that is what I used to paint the closet door and the inside of the bedroom door. I love the bold pop of charcoal!
This is the before shot of the closet doors. I don’t love the little gold circles that are used to open and close the closet doors. But so far I have not come up with a solution for them. I don’t see any easy way to remove them, so we’ll see if I have time to give them some attention or not.
I plan to add some hooks back behind the bedroom door to house my husband’s growing cap collection. I doubt it will be in my budget, so I may just add some large nails to the wall for now to hang them up. but at least he will have a place for them that isn’t sitting on top of the dresser!
I hate to say this, but I seriously dislike the paint color of the doors and trim in this entire house. It is all an almond color and it just doesn’t pop against anything. Every single bit of doors and trim in this house need serious attention. Each room down is helping me reach a goal. I changed the look of all the doors in this room for free! It wasn’t my very first choice of paint colors, but it was pretty darn close, and FREE! I think it works, because it is the same color as our kitchen island, and that fits the color scheme of the house so far.
Below, you see another before photo with the remnants of the built-ins that were once in here. Also, real life people! Just look at the junk covering the dresser in here! Well, one girls junk is her husband’s treasure. I am so lucky to be tasked with finding a place for all of it in this room! There is more than what you see here. I can not make promises that these will make it into the reveal because I would like to photograph a styled room. But I can promise you that all of it will have a spot in this room because since he is an amazing husband he deserves a few spots in this house to have the things he likes displayed.
This calming and neutral palette really allows the furniture to take center stage, and that was really my vision for the room. I have already unpacked my bedding and added it to the bed, and it is so fluffy and pretty! I can’t wait to share it, but it’s a tad to early for me to be sharing the best part, so you will have to wait on that.
What’s To Come:
We are very happy with the existing hardwood floors in our upstairs. I would absolutely love to buy a new rug for this room, but that’s not gonna happen for this challenge. So I may do some rug rearranging and move the rug that is in our breakfast room up here to this bedroom. I have toyed around with the idea for awhile now. I really feel like I want a new rug in our breakfast room, and I also think the one that is currently down there will look really nice up here on these hardwood floors. So I need to sweet talk my husband into moving it for me. That does mean, however, that I will have to live without a rug downstairs in our breakfast room temporarily until I can afford to replace it with something I like.
I also have project I am working on that involves making over a trunk I have had since high school. I will be using it to sit a the foot of the bed. It makes a good place for some storage, and it also serves as a place to sit luggage, or laundry of my husbands, or a place to sit and tie shoes and the like.
To Do List for Guest Bedroom Makeover:
paint walls Paint closet and bedroom doors paint baseboards and trim
add a rug from another room
make over vintage trunk
add new bedding
update ceiling light
add accessories, decor, and wall art that we already have
My Budget For The Guest Bedroom Makeover So Far
Wall Paint- Valspar Bistro White: $28.98
Door Paint- left over from kitchen island: $0
Trim Paint- left over from breakfast room: $0
I have $71.02 leftover right now. I won’t count the bedding until I share it in my next post. But I am going to be extremely close to going over budget. I can already tell! I may have to use a curtain rod that was here when we moved in, because I don’t know that there will be room in my budget to purchase one. Or maybe I will get creative or find a steal on one. Stay tuned to find out!
You don’t want to miss the other awesome makeovers that are a part of this challenge. Please click through below to see all of the other bloggers who are participating in the $100 Room Challenge, and you can follow along with their room makeovers as well!
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