In addition to large closets and luxurious master bathrooms, guest rooms are one of the biggest draws to potential home buyers. But let’s be real—even though we’d all love to imagine ourselves getting our Domestic Divas on with fancy digs for our weekend guests, more often than not the term “guest bedroom” translates to “place to store all of the crap I can’t find a place for.” It’s an understandable problem; after spending time and possibly gobs of money on your own sleeping space, devoting any more on a room for the hypothetical overnight drop-in can seem needlessly daunting. That said, if and when guests do decide to stay over, it’s nice to have a little something to make them feel at home—you know, aside from a reject collapsible bed and some moth-eaten blankets. This is what Lindsay Rector, one half of the blogging duo behind Ladybird & Fellow seemed to be thinking when she and her husband decided to tackle their underutilized guest bedroom. In need of a nice guest space that could be made on a limited budget, Lindsay decided to go the minimal route, opting for a striking DIY headboard focal point and a few choice pieces. The final result is a simple guest bedroom that is low on maintenance but high on style! Check out all of the photos and Lindsay’s design notes after the jump. —Max
“We knew our guest room needed attention so we cleaned out the room and decided on a few things,” Lindsay writes. “What purpose should it serve? Guest room. What furniture could/should we have: A nightstand and a queen-sized bed. That’s it. Then we placed the bed on the center of the wall and determined that we wanted some kind of statement piece like a headboard, and after weeks of searching for the right one we decided to build one ourselves.”
“I had seen plank walls everywhere on blogs and Pinterest, so we decided to make a bump-out headboard version. We put tape on the walls to decide the size (77 inches wide and 5 feet tall) and then we did some brainstorming and decided to use MDF since it could have a sharp edge/cut to help give it a modern look. We also determined that we desperately needed some light and I found the light sconces at IKEA for $19.99 each + $8 for the bulbs. They can swing in all directions and the fact that they came with all the hardware to install it is what sold us.”
“We had the MDF cut to 6 inch x 77 inch lengths and then laid it all out. We used spacers to ensure that we got the tailored look and it was quite easy once we got it started. We used ‘Liquid Nails’ to secure the ends and about 3 nails on both ends and 1 in the middle (there is a 2×4 in the middle that you cannot see).
“We let it dry overnight and then primed and painted it. I had 3 frames that we painted the same as the wall color for a uniformed look and added funky art (that everyone loves!) from Etsy. We leaned them up on the headboard vs. hanging them. I specifically picked pieces that had a little bit of green or blue in them and then one portrait facing right, one that faces left, and one that looks straight.”
“We had the swiss dot bedding from West Elm, and the coral blanket came from the Threshold Collection at Target.
“All together, the room came in at under $300 and we are happy with it!”