Affordable Cottage Guest Room Update

Affordable cottage bedroom

Last summer our daughter came home for a month from New Zealand and we wanted to freshened up our cottage guest room before she arrived. We did it on a tight budget and I’m so pleased how it turned out. I thought I would share for some inspiration.

I’m writing this as we continue to be in “quarantine” due to Covid-19.  I’m missing having this room filled with friends and family. This weekend I washed the sheets, cleaned and dusted and prepared it for company. I don’t know when that will be, but I wanted to feel hopeful that it will be soon.

This room isn’t finished. I have pictures to hang, I want to do “something” different over the dresser, but for now, it’s clean and ready. (And if I am honest – I am never finished a room, ever!)

I’m always tweaking, I think that is why I stopped blogging, I never feel anything is every finished or good enough to share, but I though I would share where we are with this room, as it’s been making me feel good to clean and be hopeful it will be filled with my people again soon.

We refreshed this room for about $200.00

Here’s are a couple of before shots – what it looked like when we bought the house.  We did update it when we first bought the cottage and painted the room in a pale green when we had the house as a rental.

All the doors in our house were painted red, gold or blue and gold. It totally needed a big refresh. Paint is magic isn’t it?

cottage bedroom makeover

We planked the wall with leftover plywood we just cut in strips and nailed it up. Super simple. The plaster walls in this house are REALLY wonky, wavy and weird. So the planks helped.

Front Porch Mercantile Cottage Bedroom Makeover

The headboard was from my parents house when they downsized. An old pine headboard we painted with Miss Mustard Seed’s Flow Blue Milk Paint, and the red dresser is Tricycle Red MMS Milk Paint as well. I shared a post about it a few years ago here.

Front Porch Mercantile guest room makeover - red dresser in milk paint

The light, bedding, side tables and lamps are from Ikea. Easy and affordable.

My friend Lise made me the cute lobster catch pillow. (Fabric from Fabricvill in Atlantic Canada).

The vintage grain sack pillow is from vintage grain sacks I bought in France. I have a few more I am trying to decide if I can part with lol.

Stay awhile sign was made by us, we will soon be adding these to our website.

The walls were painted Simply White from Benjamin Moore, truthfully it was the white we had on hand that we painted our kitchen walls in. Leftover paint for the win!

There you have it, our simple cottage guest room makeover. Hopefully we will be able to have guests again soon!



ps..You may also like this post on how we planked our walls in the living room on a budget!

Easy DIY cottage guest room makeover - Front Porch Mercantile


Wendy, John + Front Porch Lifestyle

Wendy, John + Front Porch Lifestyle