Guest Post: Fixing it Fancy Guest Bedroom

A new week, a fresh set of guests. Up today is the lovely Angela of Fixing it Fancy. She and her husband are renovating a Wisconsin bungalow and offered to share her guest room with us.

You already know how much Im a sucker for a good before and after so let's get right to it...

My husband Shawn and I bought a home in historic Hudson, Wisconsin only a few months ago. The architecture of the house is fantastic and the outside garden areas are amazing. However, the previous owners had a love for wood paneling and wallpaper; literally not one surface was left untouched.

Immediately we started renovating our new kitchen; it’s the heart of the home, right? Afterwards, we intended to tackle our bedroom/walk-in closet but after learning some close friends were going to stay with us for a few days, our priorities were quickly rearranged; we don’t mind living amongst bad decorating and construction materials, but that doesn’t mean our guests will. That said, the guestroom makeover was next on the list.

Here’s a look at the not-so-lovely guest bedroom we inherited:

Fixing it Fancy Guest Room Before 1
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While the pink carpet, dingy wood stain, floral wallpaper and frog light-switch are enticing, I knew we could come up with something much more “us.” Here’s what I had in mind:

Fixing it Fancy Guest Room Plan

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The overall look we’re going for in our new home is light and airy, almost beach-cottage-like. However, it’s important that the bedrooms feel inviting and cozy. We chose Dutchboy’s Colonial Cobblestone for the walls, which is a middle-gray tone with a warm touch of brown mixed in. The ceilings are white to balance the walnut-colored laminate wood flooring we installed.

To keep the room feeling airy, I went for some sheer panels over the windows, which will tie in well with a crystal chandelier to light the room. Both feel light and crisp while slightly romantic. It was also important to me that guests have a large mirror and a place to hang their towels. My father-in-law snagged a great spoon-carved antique door which I had plans to repurpose as a vanity area. Here’s a few under-construction shots:

Fixing It Fancy Guestroom Renovation 1
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We started the renovation by tearing down the wallpaper. This allowed all those little, sticky scraps to cling to our soon-to-be removed carpet. The old trim came out next followed by the flooring. With a completely blank canvas, we painted the walls and painted the louvered-style doors with a paint sprayer. Before we could pop the trim back in place, the flooring needed to be clicked in. With all that out of the way, the best part was left; decorating!

We took a vote on
my blog to allow readers to select the lighting fixture and the winning piece was installed. A few hours later, the room was put together and we couldn’t be happier with the end result:

Fixing It Fancy Guestroom After1
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Fixing It Fancy Guestroom After3
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No doubt, it’s a dramatic difference. We had the room finished in three weeks and by repurposing as many items as possible, we renovated this room at a bargain price. Oh, and side note, our guests were very pleased.

What a transformation - hard to believe that is the same space. Im loving that wall color and that blue door just makes such a beautiful detail! Thanks so much Angela! Please show her some love with a visit to her place.

Hope you've enjoyed the guest bloggers so far... some more great entries to come.


  1. very nice!!! That wasn't easy!!! amazing...

  2. Love the color of the walls! So refreshing!

  3. WOW, it's not like you didn't have any challenges...the carpet, the wallpaper, and then even the angles of the walls. Wonderful transformation, have you had an issue with guests wanting to stay a bit too long?!

  4. Such an amazing difference! I love the wall color you guys picked and the door turned out so pretty!

  5. Funny, I'm not normally a fan of gray paint, but love how it looks in this room. Such a pretty transformation!

  6. I love the change! Esp that blue door/mirror!

  7. love the color on the walls, do you mind sharing the color or the formula?

  8. So serene and glamorous! I absolutely love what she did with the door! It has so many functions now. The paint color with the white wood looks fantastic too.

  9. What a beautiful makevoer- I would feel very comfortable and cozy there if I was a guest!

  10. Anonymous1:15 PM

    Looks awesome! I love the savaged door/mirror idea!! Can you share the robin egg paint color? And where did you get your bed?

  11. Looks great! I'm impressed. :)

  12. AMAZING. What a transformation. I'm beyond impressed.

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  14. Oh. My. God! That is quite a transformation! Those floors look amazing in the space with all of the lighter accents.

  15. Really inspirational post, and just what I needed to see today! We're think of buying a small farm--great schools, gorgeous views, best price we'll ever find in the area--but the house needs work and it scares me! I can do this!

  16. Amazing! I love that turquoise door!

  17. I love it. That looks great.

  18. where did you find that chandelier? or did i miss that? beautiful, and not too much! i also like the blue-ish pillow on the bed for a hint of color.


  19. That is an amazing transformation! I love the color palette and the floors look just gorgeous. Congratulations on a job well done!

  20. Absolutely fantastic makeover!! I love that aqua door :)


  21. Great makeover. I really like the idea of using a door as a stand mirror. I think I have the same wall color in my bedroom

  22. Thanks, Mrs. Limestone, for having me. I'm truly honored to be a guest blogger!

    And thanks to everyone else for reading my post and for your encouraging comments. I really appreciate it. :)

  23. Gorgeous makeover. I love the paint color and the floors!

  24. i love the floors..thanks for this post mrs limestone.

  25. WOW - gorgeous! Love the turquoise door.
    Jen Ramos
    'Cards & Prints You'll Love...'

  26. Totally love the color pallette. Fantastic makeover.

  27. Amazing renovation! Love all the whites, blues and grays!

  28. Anonymous7:34 AM

    Wow that's one of the nicest transformations I've seen!!! I'm heading over to your blog now.


  29. love, love, love the mirror in the blue door!

  30. I love everything about this blog. except for the frog switch its not compatible with the wall. The one i loved most is the window in the middle of 2 closets i like its concept of a compartment under it.

  31. The house is old school but has great potential.

  32. Ritai6:27 PM

    Am an avid follower of this site until I saw the political agenda at the top of the page. Very disappointed ... keeps me from sharing ideas and continuing to subscribe.


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