DIY: Cozy Guest Room Update On A Budget

Guest Bedroom Decor Redo

Do you have an extra bedroom that you toss all your extra junk into? Essentially it’s the junk room, a bigger better version of the junk draw (I have too many of those!) My parent’s guest room was overdue for an update. This is the room I stay in when I go back home to visit my folks in Michigan. Whenever I visit, I always think, I’ll get a lamp next time or I’ll hang up the painting and spruce up this room… But I never took the time, had the money to spend, or made the effort to make the changes. This visit, I decided it was time to make a few quick changes to turn this mix-matched room into a cozy guest suite.


Guest room update
Hanging curtains


Guest Room Redo
Guest Bedroom Update

A calming space makes room for a calmer mind 🧘🏾

Sweet Butter Harmony

Design on a Budget

I’m all about design on a budget. I checked around the house to see if there were any decor items we could repurpose for the room. I found a plant, another painting, pillows, side tables, and a few Nigerian sculptures that would add personality to the room. The best part, they were FREE! 🙂

Then I headed to my favorite shops, Homegoods, TJ Maxx, and Meijer to find a few key pieces. See the details below!

Guest Room Update

I added floor-length window curtains in a dark color to frame the window. I could not find the dark brown and gold color curtain I was looking for, but I think I will change out the curtains next time.

Floor length curtains

The bird sculptures from Nigeria and a picture of my niece give this room a personal touch. I brought in a small plant to add life to the room. The new accent chair from TJ Maxx provides a place for guests to sit to read or relax without always having to use the bed.

Shelf decor
Shelf decor plant
Guest Room Update

Guest Room Decor Budget:

  • Accent Chair $100 from Homegoods
  • Two Matching lamps $40 from TJ Maxx (similar at Wayfair)
  • Duvet $40 from Homegoods
  • Blue throw pillows $25 from Homegoods
  • Gray blanket $16 from Homegoods
  • Curtains $24 Homegoods
  • Bedskirt $20 from Meijer
  • Gold Picture Frames (set of 3) $30 from Homegoods
  • Square gold frame $6 – Homegoods
  • Planer $20 from Amazon

Total Budget: $306

Repurposed items

  • 2 Round wooden side tables
  • Wall art
  • Bird sculptures
  • Board games
  • Plant
  • Faux flowers and vase
  • Clock
  • Candles

Future Decor Updates –

There are still a few things I’d love to update on the next trip to make the space even more cohesive. Check out the sketch and frames purchased below.

  • Update the TV stand – We will paint the TV stand a creamy white and add dark bronze or black round handles. (I’ll share the updated pictures afterward!)
  • Hang 3 gold frames Above the TV stand and accent chair, we will hand 3 gold 8×10 frames centered on the wall. This will allow us to add beautiful family photos to the room.
  • Paint the walls – The currently has flat paint, which has lead to many stains and scratches on the walls. We will repaint this room in a similar color in a satin or semi-gloss paint, so we don’t have to worry about stains or scratches in the future.
  • Two new nightstands – We are planning to buy two IKEA nightstands to add storage to the room, but I actually like the mid-century modern look of the round table and the 3 legs. Potential nights stands – Hemnes nightstand
Guest room redo

Take a look at the quick changes we made. With a few updates, this guest room feels more cohesive, cozy, and inviting. What do you think? Would you come stay a night? 🙂

Guest room redo

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