Renovating the Guestroom

Guestroom Renovations - DesignLively

When we gutted and renovated our upstairs bathroom, we ended up reconfiguring two closets and moving a wall. The other room affected by our bathroom renovations was our smallest guestroom.

It’s a room seen very little here on the blog – mostly because it’s not used very often and, besides an extra bed, it’s never really been decorated. After weighing all of our bathroom reno possibilities, the best solution was to rob this bedroom of some square footage. We moved the wall 36″ into the room, took space from the closet and added it into the bathroom, and turned around a hallway closet to create a new bedroom closet. Confusing? I thought so.

The picture above was taken from the door of the guestroom. You can see the bathroom in the upper right corner with the white tile floor. The white door on the left with the blue tape is to our bedroom. You can see from the different flooring where the two closets used to be.

Here is a “before” shot. (That’s our new bathtub just hangin’ out there.)

Guestroom Renovations - DesignLively

Sidenote: None of our bedrooms are square. They all have rounded ceilings on one side of the room.

Just like the bathroom, after we tore down the wall (where the guestroom closet was), they rebuilt the wall structure, installed rough electrical, added blue boards, and then plastered the walls.

Guestroom Renovations - DesignLively

Guestroom Renovations - DesignLively

Guestroom Renovations - DesignLively

Guestroom Renovations - DesignLively

They also framed out, blue boarded, and plastered the structure for our new guestroom closet.

Guestroom Renovations - DesignLively

The closet was originally accessible in the hallway next to the bathroom. It was originally a cedar closet.

Guestroom Renovations - DesignLively

We have plans to install a new floor-to-ceiling cabinet linen closet where the old closet door used to be in the hallway. Someday… : )

Also located in the hallway ceiling was our access panel to the attic. We never use the attic. And the access panel was U-G-L-Y. In the middle of the renovation, my husband had the genius idea to move the access into the new guestroom closet since the ceiling was being torn down anyways. I knew I liked him.

Guestroom Renovations - DesignLively

Now it’s no longer in the middle of the hallway and we have a regular old ceiling! It’s the little things.

The attic can now be accessed via the guestroom closet .

Guestroom Renovations - DesignLively

We have a bit of finishing work left to do inside the closet – that will come when beach season ends. There is too much summer to be enjoyed at the moment to worry about a thing like that!

Since all the walls were newly plastered, they needed to be sanded down, cleaned, and given two coats of primer. Then I gave them two coats of Valspar’s Summer Wish (the existing color of the room).

Guestroom Renovations - DesignLively

Then I pulled a Kat – which is to mean that I had an uncontrollable urge to paint the room another color. You see, yellow is my favorite color. And I keep trying to paint rooms yellow and am never happy with it. I love the colors in the daytime, but when the natural light is gone, I often find the colors I’ve chosen to feel harsh. Seeing as the room was still empty, I decided to ditch the yellow and go with a soft blue-gray (Woodlawn Sterling Blue by Valspar).

Guestroom Renovations - DesignLively

Satisfied with the new color, I moved the furniture back in!

Guestroom Renovations - DesignLively

We recently inherited Moose’s childhood bedroom furniture.

Guestroom Renovations - DesignLively

I was a little worried that this room would feel very small after taking so much square footage from this room. But I’m very glad to say it doesn’t. It’s definitely not a big room, but is not bordering on itty-bitty either.

Moving the closet also made the existing space much more usable. Before I never knew exactly where to put the bed – with the wide closet, radiator, windows and door to consider.

Guestroom Renovations - DesignLively

Once we finish up the closet and add the door trim, I’ll take down the curtain and install bi-fold doors.

Guestroom Renovations - DesignLively

It’s not perfect – but I’m just glad things are slowly getting back to normal around here!

Guestroom projects left to do:

– Caulk and paint attic access

– Doors and doorframes for main and closet doorways

– Get hardwood floors refinished

– Install and paint baseboards and crown molding

Woo hoo!! So… will you be our guest?

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