The Guest Room Reno

on May 8, 2013 in Ze Bloggy Goodness with 12 comments by

I used to love to watch this Canadian home show on HGTV and the girl always calls the job she does “a reno,” instead of a renovation. So that’s cool and Canadian and so I titled my blog post that.

You’re welcome.

Last week, I decided it was high time to reno the guest room. My parents had been storing some furniture for me in Atlanta since, well, 1999. And so it was past time for me to either use the furniture or give it to someone else. So on Wednesday of last week, I hitched a ride to Marietta and drove a UHaul of water damaged, dusty, and moldy bedroom furniture back to my Nashville home.

You know what they say about authors on a deadline? They have the cleanest homes because, you know, they are looking for anything to do besides working on their work. πŸ™‚ And in my case, it was the furniture that needed cleaning.

So I laid the furniture out on my front porch….

needs some work

too light

and then I simply used lemon oil and old socks to scrub and clean and attempt to heal these old and beautiful and long-neglected pieces.

le beaut

looooove it

[I am BEYOND thrilled with how all the pieces turned out! My grandma would be so happy to see her furniture restored and being used!]

Then it was on to the room itself. The walls were a boring white, so I wanted just a basic tan to cover some of the imperfections and add some bit of color to the room. I taped off the room because I am a big believer in the power of the blue tape.


I tested the paint in a few spots and loved it – Behr Almond Cream – so I grabbed a few cans and a few friends and off we went!


Then I brought all the furniture in the room and set it about where I wanted it.

moved in

And this next picture? It is the epitome of my lack of patience. The bed frame, being at least 50 years old, was rickety and would need some work before putting the mattress on it. But because I was DYING TO SEE THE BEDDING all made, I went ahead and made it. Because y’all. I’m a lunatic.


Finally yesterday [and I use “finally” loosely because seriously, this whole project just started last Thursday], a friend came over and repaired the bed and hung the mirror and I was giggly and clapping.

le finale

So all this to say… next time you head to Nashville, I’ve got a guest room waiting on you! πŸ™‚

Now I’m no Nester… but I do love a good home reno job. Have you done any DIY projects lately that you shared on your blog? Leave the link below- I’d LOVE to swing by and check it out!


  1. posted on May 08, 2013 at 5:45 AM  |  reply

    It’s perfect. Lemon oil, huh? I need to remember that for my next reno. πŸ˜‰

    Praying for that book of yours and the hearts into which it will speak.

    • posted on May 08, 2013 at 3:01 PM  |  reply

      Thanks, friend! And yes- Lemon Oil! Natural and effective. Booyah!

  2. posted on May 08, 2013 at 8:39 AM  |  reply

    I shall now try and come up with a legit reason to come to Nashville. It’s beautiful!

    • posted on May 08, 2013 at 3:01 PM  |  reply

      hahahaha. Who needs a legit reason? πŸ™‚

  3. posted on May 08, 2013 at 9:33 AM  |  reply

    I’m a) SO PROUD of this room because it looks a-mazing!!! b) so sad that I didn’t get to help! And YES….always use the blue tape. I’ve learned that lesson the hard way…several times. I kind of wish I lived far away so I could come stay with you! haha.

    • posted on May 08, 2013 at 3:01 PM  |  reply

      Dude. Come have a spend the night party whenever you want! πŸ™‚

  4. posted on May 08, 2013 at 9:46 AM  |  reply

    It looks so good!!! Loving the “reno” πŸ™‚

    • posted on May 08, 2013 at 3:02 PM  |  reply

      I almost glitter finished an accent wall. You know me, Cassie. I wanted to real bad. πŸ™‚

  5. Kristi Kay
    posted on May 08, 2013 at 2:30 PM  |  reply

    Where did you get the bedspread? Tell, tell, tell!!

  6. Merideth
    posted on May 08, 2013 at 5:11 PM  |  reply

    Sounds like fun! Thanks for the details in describing. I can picture the room! What does the bed spread look like?

  7. posted on May 16, 2013 at 10:34 AM  |  reply

    The furniture is beautiful!

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