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Guest Bedroom Makeover on a Budget

This guest bedroom makeover is done on a budget using thrifted items, a few new pieces, hand-me-downs, furniture makeovers, and using things I already have on hand. Oftentimes, the guest bedroom is neglected because it doesn’t get used much. But it’s possible to have a pretty guest room on a shoestring budget.

Making over our guest bedroom on a budget is something I’ve wanted to do for quite a while. I had to find ways to do it without spending lots of money and also using furniture I already have.

Now instead of a bland room, we have a cheery room for our guests.

Guest Bedroom Makeover on a Budget

Hand me down furniture is the best for budget makeovers because it’s free! The hand-me-downs for this room included a bed frame and mattress. The frame is part of a set that my Grandma gifted me years ago. It just needed a good cleaning and sanding and it was perfect.

I knew I wanted fresh white bedding and happened to find some online at Target during a sale. I can’t find the exact set available anymore, but this one is very similar and in a lower price range than some other options I found.

The bright-colored pillows are clearance finds. The only pieces of furniture that are new are the tables beside the bed. I found those on a major sale at Wayfair. These are similar ones at a comparable price.

The lamps are from Goodwill for about $5 each. (Pretty much every lamp in my house came from Goodwill). I spray-painted these with Valspar gloss blue spray paint and added Walmart shades.

2 lamps for a guest bedroom

Craigslist Dresser Makeover for Storage

Even a guest room needs storage. This is where I knew I would have to buy second hand. I wanted a dresser but definitely didn’t want to spend much on something new for a guest bedroom.

I also needed a small enough dresser that I could fit into a corner. Then this girl appeared on Craigslist for $50.

Furniture to refinish for a guest bedroom makeover
Ignore my legs in the mirrors!

Definitely not the most attractive girl in the room at first. Kinda dusty and no shine. But…other than being ugly, it was in perfect shape. One thing I always test before buying furniture to makeover is the drawers. I am not skilled at repairs yet so it can’t need a major facelift.

Anyway – now to make her pretty. I removed all the hardware, took the doors off, and used one coat of Zinsser spray primer. Two coats of satin antique white paint and water based polyurethane and she was done.

Refinished dresser for a guest bedroom makeover

For additional storage, I scored this turquoise trunk/footlocker from a friend at work for $15. It holds extra blankets and pillowcases.

I did find a similar one to link, but unfortunately, it’s a bit more expensive.

Storage trunk as decor for a guest bedroom

Window Treatments

Since curtains can be a budget breaker, I chose affordable sheers. These curtains are inexpensive sheers from Amazon. I believe they were $9 per panel and the clips and rod are from Target. Find more budget-friendly curtains here!

Refinished dresser in a guest bedroom


The sunburst mirror is a DIY that costs next to nothing to make. It was made from wood shims, a small mirror, and floral rings using a tutorial I found on Pinterest. I stained each shim using Minwax Dark Walnut before assembly.

The vintage checkerboard was an antique store find, and the framed art is a tree that is on my Grandma’s farm.

Modern guest bedroom

The pink flower pic is courtesy of my cousin (who is an amazing photographer). It’s an old flowering quince plant from my Grandma’s farm.

She sent me the link and I had an 11×14 made for a few bucks at Snapfish. I used a clearance frame from Wal-Mart.

Art and decor in a guest bedroom

The chair in the corner is another hand-me-down from my Grandma. There were two just sitting in her farmhouse for eternity collecting dust. She kindly said I could have them – one is in this room and another is in our room.

They aren’t my favorite choice of fabric, but there are just too many memories hiding in those chairs to recover them.

The bench at the end of the bed was ours from years and years ago – I just moved it in here to give guests somewhere to sit.

Hand me down chairs in a guest bedroom


And finally, the blue embroidery birds are a DIY also. However, this was a complete fail on my part. One of my coworkers had recently made one and hers was amazing. Can’t be that hard, right? Wrong. I used more old flooring that I stained with Dark Walnut and glued them together with liquid nails.

The tacks are from Hobby Lobby and the idea is to outline the shape and then weave the embroidery thread around the tacks. It’s hard to see in the pic, but there is a long wire across the bottom for the birds to sit on.

Ummm – Didn’t quite turn out that way – Mine looked like two lopsided fish that were sitting on a wire. I finally threw in the towel and my sweet and talented coworker magically turned my fish into birds.

DIY art for a bedroom
Birds, not fish.

And that’s pretty much it – Throw in a few pretties to the dresser and tables (including a goofy pic of brown dog), the clock is from Target, and done – guest bedroom makeover on a budget.

In total, I believe I spent around $300 on everything. Considering I started with pretty much only a bed frame and mattress, I’m pleased with the results. Of course, I understand things can be done much cheaper if you can shop your house as well.

I spent the largest amount on the bedding and the dresser. I could’ve slashed the budget in half if I’d already had those items.

guest bedroom makeover on a budget - final reveal picture


Sunday 30th of July 2017

I love the blue of the lamps! I saw a chair just like that at the thrift store recently and I loved the shape of it. #HomeMattersParty


Monday 31st of July 2017

Thank you Emily! It is seriously one of the most comfy chairs ever!

Nicole (@momfindsout)

Tuesday 25th of July 2017

WOW - great tips for decorating a bedroom on a budget. I love the lamp makeovers and the furniture makeover. It's amazing what a color change can do. #HomeMattersParty


Wednesday 26th of July 2017

Thank you Nicole! Those lamps are still some of my favorites and it's nice to have some color!

Lynnl Woods

Monday 24th of July 2017

This room looks so comfy and you did an amazing job with the dresser! #HomeMattersParty


Monday 24th of July 2017

Thank you Lynn! It's one of my favorite rooms!

Life With Lorelai

Monday 24th of July 2017

Your guest room looks great! I love how you transformed that very cool dresser. Thanks for sharing at the #HomeMattersParty :)

~Lorelai Life With Lorelai


Monday 24th of July 2017

Thank you Lorelai! It was definitely an update for that dresser!