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When a close friend asks you to help re-do their bubble-gum pink, non-descript guest room, you can’t say no. You almost feel like you need to stage a design intervention immediately. Everyone has a room like this one: a forgotten catch-all guest room/play room/ exercise room/ office. We decided that it was our duty to save the world (and Connie and Mark’s parents!) from this room so we spruced the place up a bit. I mean, anything would have been better than that color pink, and we were game for the challenge.. So.without further ado, here’s our first official SuperFab Room Redesign!

DIY Guest Room Makeover


Yay! Doesn’t it look incredible?  Obviously, the scene-stealer is the multi-colored houndstooth stenciled wall. This was a definite labor of love (we even called in some backup assistance), but it makes a huge impact in the room,  don’t you think? We love the mix of the classic houndstooth pattern with the modern color scheme. It definitely set the tone for the rest of the room: mixing old with new.  We’ll be posting a tutorial next week, but if you want to get a jump start on your own, you can visit Royal Design Studio to get this amazing stencil for yourself!

Houndstooth Stenciled Wall


Just take it all in, people. 🙂 Another fav is the headboard we made out of old shutters (or are they doors? Not sure!) we found at our favorite salvage place, Architectural Antiques. We needed something that would stand out from the wall, command attention, and add some character and and this baby does that. Gorgeous!

DIY Headboard ideas
Another fun part of the design for us was coming up with a unique way to showcase Connie’s collection of old family photos. This gallery wall is super simple and allows the photos to be the main focus. We can’t wait to tell you how we did it, so you can try it too. And now you know what the gears were for! 🙂
Vintage Photo Gallery
Connie & Mark had this dresser that we knew we could make fabulous with some paint and new hardware, so that saved us some big bucks! That blue may be one of our all-time favorite colors and changed this dresser from one that was ready to be kicked to the curb, to something that they’ll never want to part with!
Dresser Upcycle

This little vignette makes us super happy, because not only is it adorable, but it’s totally functional, as well. Since this is their guest room, we made sure to add some towels and an extra blanket to the cart to make their guests feel at home. An $8 industrial cart never looked so good! The metal cubby shelf was a great find from HomeGoods that completes this corner of the room.

Guest Room Storage

And a room makeover is nothing without accessories. Pulling together all of these items was our idea of a good time, and they make a world of difference. We’ll show you the proof this week, trust us.

Room Accessories


We’re already planning a sleepover at Connie and Mark’s. 😉  We hope you enjoyed our makeover!
For the Stencilled Wall Tutorial and Paint colors click HERE 
To see the room with and without accessories click HERE 
For the Shutter Headboard Tutorial click HERE

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The comments +

  1. Susan says:

    Wow! Love the colors! Love the pillows on the bed. The photo arrangement on the opposite wall is lovely as well! Super job!

  2. Dani says:

    WOW! I love, LOVE the houndstooth stencil wall/colors (I hope there is a tutorial coming for that amazing wall!) The dresser took a much needed transformation too! Nice job ladies- much better than the pink!

  3. Stop right there!! I love it! It is amazing, I’m in awe of the work that went into this. Totally coveting that metal cart!

  4. Love that wall, can’t wait for the instructions

  5. Love that wall, can’t wait for the instructions

  6. 2busy says:

    I love it! Amazing…

  7. Awesome result Jess and Monica! LOVE the houndstooth stencil and color combo. xo Jenna

  8. Anonymous says:

    WOW!

  9. I absolutely love it! Love the blue and the grays and the headboard is so awesome. Everything is perfect, such a great job you guys!

  10. You guys did a great job and what a drastic transformation. YOur friend must love it 🙂 The blues and grays really look great and that stunning wall, well that is definitely my favorite 🙂

  11. Anonymous says:

    i would not be able to sleep in the room with the multi-colored houndstooth stenciled wall. too much for me. but love the galery wall.

  12. Tiffany says:

    The Houndstooth wall – rocks.

  13. This came out so great. So many awesome elements. That headboard and cute/functional cart are super fun.

  14. Unknown says:

    Love the dresser redo. What’s the name of the blue paint?

  15. this re-do is AMAZING!!! seriously over the top awesome. i found you via the link-up for haven on Creative Kristi’s blog and am so glad i did! i’m following you now and am so impressed!! (seriously, i want that room.)

  16. Michelle says:

    Can’t wait to see the tutorials, LOVE the wall and headboard, well the whole room really! Thanks so much for sharing and I am a new follower!
    Hope you have a great weekend!
    Michelle
    http://www.delicateconstruction.com

  17. That wall is fantastic! Great job.

    Nikki

  18. I LOVE this…so much! That stenciled wall is AMAZING! Definitely pinning…

  19. Amazing! I can’t get over that stenciled wall. What patience you have. I would love to have a wall like that but don’t have the wherewithal to do it. Beautiful job!

  20. Heather says:

    Where did you get the sign? Love it.

  21. Anonymous says:

    Just watched the room reveal on FYI Philly! Can you share the paint colors you used on the houndstooth wall? They are just lovely!

  22. teenah says:

    visiting from Young House Love…you did an AMAZING job on this room! it’s beautiful!

  23. Steph says:

    I just came over from YHL, and I can’t stop obsessing over this! I love every single detail. Obviously the houndstooth wall, the headboard, industrial cart (what an awesome idea!) dresser, the entire room. If this was my room, I don’t think I’d be able to stop looking around!

  24. Randa says:

    Also found you via YHL… and I think I’ll be much more than a 1-time visitor! Love the room re-do, and I love your blog! You guys share my Best Friend (and Savior), so I feel a special bond.

  25. Amanda says:

    Coming via YHL. Where did you find that cart!?

  26. Anonymous says:

    from YHL

    I need deails…

    love the pillows and the metal cubby grey wall thingy with number 8 etc– where did you find the cubby and pillows?

    love it!

  27. LOVE the makeover. That houndstooth wall is to die for! I love the colors you chose!
    Sarah

  28. Wow! I absolutely love this… it’s so interesting to see how a room can be transformed so dramatically! Loving the headboard against the pattern walls… and that dresser is such a lovely color!

    • Thank you, Chrissy! It really doesn’t even seem like the same room, does it? So different! Actually, that headboard was our second option, but we’re so happy we went for it.

      Hope to see you around here again!

      J & M

  29. How2home says:

    We just hopped over from YHL. We’re totally obsessed with the bold and bright patterned wall! Please show us how you did it! Beautiful makeover!

  30. I just love your blog and the colours you choose are so cute!

    Definately a fan! Going to bookmark you guys right now.

  31. Anonymous says:

    Where did you get that metal shelf with 9 cubbies? Would be great in my son’s room. -terresa

  32. Holiday says:

    Source for the plant stand?

  33. Meredith says:

    I also came over from YHL. Do you have the name of the paint color for the dresser and do you prime furniture or sand it before you paint it? Is it glossy or anything and did you poly it? Just curious about painting furniture and couldn’t find a specific tutorial on your site. Thanks so much!

  34. Pegster says:

    Please share the paint color that you used on that dresser. I would also love to know more about the hardware that you used. I have a dresser a lot like this one with no drawer pulls. Your dresser turned out beautifully!

  35. Wondering how you did the drum shade on the fan and if you have any tips for a three light fan to modernize it?! A tutorial would rock my socks!

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