Repurposing the Guest Room
For our first seven years in this house, one of the bedrooms was designated as a ‘guest bedroom’. During those years, the room featured electric blue carpeting (came with the house), and a white wicker bedroom set with two twin beds. We never had guests, and the room slowly morphed into a catch-all.
In 2007, I started blogging, wanted a room of my own, and commandeered the guest room. I pulled everything out of the closets, ripped up the horrid carpeting, and took out one bed to make room for a desk. We still had space for a guest, and I could stop blogging from the kitchen table.
For the last year or so, I’ve been toying with the idea of a complete overhaul of this room–repurposing it, if you will–into an office with craft space and a reading nook. The room is small–12×10–but has two nice windows, a double closet, and hardwood floors. I started buying furniture and other goodies last summer and finally started putting everything together over the last week while on vacation.
From the Crate and Barrel Outlet, I scooped up the Sidecar High Dining Table. I liked the idea of a table with height–makes wrapping gifts simple–and went from there. The two stools were clearance from Target; I spray painted them white and covered the microfiber cushion with a different pattern.
The old school map came from Renningers, a flea market in Adamstown, PA, and was had last summer for only $10. I filled vintage embroidery hoops with various pieces of fabric for a quick and inexpensive bit of ‘wall art’, and am framing a NovelPoster and some of my own photographs for the other walls.
The slipcovered arm chair, hassock, and printer credenza all came from IKEA and fit perfectly. There’s a vintage Dresden Plate quilt on the chair, a white bookcase, and a small end table from HomeGoods. I’m still working on lighting and curtains, and the closet doors need a coat of paint, but I’m pleased with the progress. Now the room is 100% mine and should any guests decide to visit, I’ll point them in the direction of a hotel near the ocean.