Project: Spare Bedroom

April 10, 2013 Permalink

When we bought our house, we were so excited to have a spare bedroom so that people could actually stay overnight without being succumbed to our crappy Walmart futon in the apartment living room.

We have a lot of extra space compared to our old apartment, which allows us a spare bedroom.

My step-grandmother passed away and my aunt and step-dad had to get rid of a lot of her furniture in order to get her home in selling order, so they gave us a newer, queen sized bed for the spare room, which worked out great because that’s where my mom and step-dad will be staying when they come into town.

But no matter how hard I tried, I didn’t like the green/beige color on the walls and I had a hard time imagining what colors would compliment it. The answer? None (in my mind). So I decided to paint and decorate that room.

It started off looking like this.


 (Well, obviously it didn’t come with the mess – this photo was taken when I was originally getting ready to paint). The color was boring, but there is a lot of natural light and the room is a decent size. The house is older so the closets are much larger than the ones you’d find in a newer house, and it’s on a quiet side of the house.

I picked out a neutral paint color that would go well with white. White is important to me for sheets and decor. It makes things look bright, clean and classic.

I thought grey would do well in this room, so I chose Enchanted Flute.


The color on the left wall is what we chose for most of the room, except the wall with the window. We wanted to do a bright, fun feature wall.

For that, I chose blue. It’s very, very blue.

blueExcuse the picture quality.

This is what we did for the one wall – and when I say what We did, I mean what I did, because I was alone on this project.

Originally I had wanted to put wallpaper on the feature wall to really make it pop, but I don’t know the first thing in wall-papering a wall and I didn’t want it to turn out badly, so I decided to just paint it. It was this color versus Spa Blue by Benjamin Moore.

I still have a ton of the paint, because I only painted the one wall, so one day I’ll paint the inside of the closet this colour too. Whenever I am lacking a project, which may be never.

So this is how it turned out:

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I wanted it to be fresh and clean looking, so I spruced it up with some white accents. I’m obsessed with mustard as a colour right now, so I tried to incorporate splashes of it in the room. I thought the rug would give it texture and I really liked the pattern.


The duvet and duvet cover are Ikea, which I bought with a gift card that we got during the Kitchen Event when we were buying the cabinets for the basement suite. I bought the textured throw blanket with that too. We also have a couple of floating shelves and a framed picture that are going to go up in this room, but we don’t have the drywall screws needed to put up the shelves.

The chair was actually one from our old, bar height kitchen table. I spray painted it white to go with the room and had some  mustard colour fabric that I covered the previously beige cushion with.

There are plastic Easter eggs in that pot, because I took the picture on Easter. I got the sheets (which you can’t really see but they have a faint, flowered/leaf pattern on them in iridescent white) and the picture at Home Sense. We already had the lamp from our apartment and had nowhere to put it, so I thought it worked in this room.

I had a lot of fun decorating this room; it’s simple but fun and I’m really proud of my creation!

  • Anne @ Unique Gifter
    April 10, 2013

    Nice!! Well done. It is certainly nice and bright and clean and fun. Want to come repaint my room? It’s on my to-do list.

  • Cait
    April 10, 2013

    Looks gorgeous, Daisy! Love your paint colours and the pattern on the rug.

  • Michelle
    April 10, 2013

    Wow looks so nice! And now I feel so guilty that I have hardly decorated my house haha

  • American Debt Project
    April 10, 2013

    So cute! The view out the window looks peaceful.

  • Matt
    April 10, 2013

    Great job on the remodel project for your spare room. I feel like picking colors is the hardest part.

  • Lea
    April 10, 2013

    Looks amazing! We just had our spare room painted but it’s not decorated yet and this has really inspired me!

  • Financial Black Sheep
    April 10, 2013

    Great job! The hardest part for me was picking the colors for my house. I ended up with tons of samples sizes, because everything looks different at home than at the paint store.

  • Alan@escapingmydebt
    April 10, 2013

    Wow. How much do you charge per night to stay in the room. You did a great job. Our spare rooms are boring, lol. We figure a bed, closet and dresser. What else do they need.

  • Jacob @ iHeartBudgets
    April 10, 2013

    SKILLZ! nice work, the room looks great. Make sure you pin this post, as your pics are definitely eye candy for the DIY’ers :)

  • Canadianbudgetbinder
    April 10, 2013

    The room looks great. I like how you incorporated the colours and the patterns to make it all come together. Blue is not my first colour pick but I think you did very well with it here. Well done mate! Hurry and clean that house.. would ya! Cheers

  • Mrs. Pop @ Planting Our Pennies
    April 10, 2013

    Nice, I love bright white accents against color. =)

  • Jordann @ My Alternate Life
    April 10, 2013

    When you said blue, I had my doubts, because I just recently painted over the blue in my bed room, but that looks really good! I love the grey and mustard colour scheme, so gorgeous. Looks like things are really coming together!

    Also, I think you made the right choice with the wall paper. It looks good on, but it’s a nightmare to remove!

  • KK @ Student Debt Survivor
    April 10, 2013

    Gorgeous! Love that rug and mustard yellow chair.

  • Shovellicious
    April 11, 2013

    I wasn’t sure abot this blue colour but it looks so fresh! I think I would feel very comfortable with staying there 😉

  • Greg@ClubThrifty
    April 11, 2013

    That looks great Daisy! I really like the shades you picked out. Well done:)

  • Chris @ Stumble Forward
    April 11, 2013

    The room looks great Daisy. I did a bedroom in my house back a few years ago and it can defiantly be a lot of work but very rewarding in the end.

  • The Norwegian Girl
    April 11, 2013

    It looks really good! Love the blue wall!!

  • Marissa @ Thirtysixmonths
    April 11, 2013

    Good job! You’re right- that blue is VERY blue, but it seems to work out well.

  • Catherine
    April 15, 2013

    Love it! blue and yellow are two of my favorite colors together. We’ve been in our house for almost 3 years and still haven’t painted our master bedroom! I didn’t know what we wanted to do but just found a duvet cover at winners marked down super cheap that we love so we now have a starting point. Good job!

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