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Guest room makeover – Reveal (with video)

by Clare Mansell
Guest room makeover – Reveal (with video)

It’s been so long since we started making over our guest room that you’d be forgiven for having forgotten all about it, but between alternating periods of frantic activity and doing nothing at all, we have been slowly but surely moving towards a finish and tomorrow our housesitters who provided us with the motivation to start sorting the room out to begin with, arrive for a long weekend, so I’m delighted to say it’s finished!


Just to refresh your memories, our spare room is on the ground floor of our house. It has the advantage of a good en suite shower room, but the considerable disadvantage of a large window that looks out on a brick wall! We used to have a single bed in here, which was fine when Jim’s dad came to stay, but the room felt unloved and like it was trying to perform several jobs at once.

Here’s what it looked like before we started. It wasn’t always this messy, but it often became a transit bay for things which were moving to other locations!


The challenge was to do the whole room on a very tight budget utilising what we already had and some charity shop finds. We wanted to make it cosy and inviting and for it to be a dedicated guest room. I sold the existing single bed we had on eBay for £140 and used that to cover more than half of the costs of the things we bought. One of the walls in the room was damaged when we removed the sticker on it, so we decided to do a half-painted wall and make a feature out of the repainting we had to do.

We also bought window film on eBay to partially obscure the view. Jim was set against the idea, but for £10 we decided it was worth a shot as it could always be removed, the result looked better than we expected and it does a good job of hiding the outside wall, whilst still revealing the tops of the trees beyond it.

Here’s what the room looks like now…


Here’s what we spent…

  • Double bed and painted with “multi-surface paint” from Brewers – FREE (part of a swap with my sister for a sofa bed we had in our study)
  • Mirror from charity shop and painted with paint I already had – £10
  • Bedside table from charity shop painted with bed paint – £6
  • Light shade from Homebase – £15
  • LED Bulb – £3.99
  • Window film from eBay – £9.95
  • Curtain fabric – £64.83
  • Mattress topper & duvet from Wayfair – £82.86
  • Duvet cover, sheet, pillowcases from Tesco using clubcard points – £2.00
  • Orla Kiley cushion from Hurn & Hurn (provided free for this collaboration, but currently on sale for £32)
  • Tweedmill strip blanket from Hurn & Hurn (provided free for this collaboration, but normally £40)
  • Chest of drawers from charity shop – £35.00
  • Wall mounted hanging rail from Amazon £24.99
  • Grey paint – £20 (loads left over for future projects)
  • Picture frames – £0 (already had in the loft)
  • Picture frame contents – £0 (free printables from Pinterest)
  • Bedside light – £0 (already had)

TOTAL GROSS – £274.62
TOTAL NET – £134.62

And because you always get a better idea of what a space is really like from a video, here’s a little tour…

Although this post is about the makeover of our guest room which will be used by many people, not just our housesitters I thought it was also worth mentioning that our annual membership of Trusted Housesitters cost us £72.20 (housesitters sit for free) so our total investment was £206.82. This weekend we have saved £150 in kennel fees and we already have another three weeks of trips booked for this year, so it’s been a very worthwhile makeover!

Big thank you to Nick Hurn at Hurn & Hurn for providing the blanket and cushion which really brought the room together.


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