Guest Bedroom: Before


Well, this project has been months (um, years) in the making. I’m finally going to tackle my guest bedroom.

Please tell me that you also have one of these rooms in your home. It’s that sad, lonely, and neglected room where all the random furniture (and pillows) go to die. Knowing that I’m not alone in this just might make me feel a wee bit better.

Guest Bedroom: Before | Inspired by Charm

Recently I’ve found myself in another creative slump, so I figure the only way to dig out is to start digging. Pretty logical, right? However, I’m not sure painting a room in the middle of summer makes as much sense.

This room has never been painted (witness the pink walls and black floral wallpaper border) since I bought the house 7 years ago. That’s really hard and embarrassing to admit. You may be wondering what I’ve been doing all this time!?! What can I say, but I have forgiven myself, so I hope you will too.

Guest Bedroom: Before | Inspired by Charm

This weekend I’m getting started on the makeover by removing (and selling) a bunch of this furniture and then prepping for paint. This latter task is the most time-consuming aspect (and my least favorite part) of painting. There are a lot of gaps between the molding and the walls, so those will need to be filled. Plus, I’ll be patching other holes, sanding, etc. That dated wallpaper border will also be coming down.

Next, the entire room will be painted, including the moldings, ceiling, and walls. That’s going to take some time. Who’s coming to help? I’ll make sangria!

Guest Bedroom: Before | Inspired by Charm

Although I haven’t finalized a design plan for the space (more on that next week), I do want to keep the paint colors fairly neutral. I know it may sound super boring, but I’m thinking about white walls. Maybe not white-white, but something close. That way I can have fun with accessories, switching things around more often, and maybe even using the room as a little studio from time to time.

Beyond that, I do have an aqua glass chandelier that I bought years ago that I want to incorporate in the space. Even though I’m not sure I’d buy the same fixture today, I think I can make it work. And doing so will be a fun challenge.

Guest Bedroom: Before | Inspired by Charm

Even though this post isn’t packed with excitement and inspiration, it’s a start. It’s also the before that’s always needed to fully appreciate the after.

Guest Bedroom: Before | Inspired by Charm

Are you ready for another room makeover, my friends?

Have a great weekend, and I’ll see you back here on Monday.

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  • Stacy at

    Yes! The room has good bones, and you will bring it life!! Can’t wait to see it!

  • Maureen at

    Oh, those floors! What great bones to work with. I have no doubt it will be amazing!

  • Stephanie T at

    Can’t wait to see what you do! If it’s anything like the rest of your home, it’ll be dreamy!

  • Michelle Mortensen at

    You are forgiven. It happens to all of us. After all, Rome wasn’t built in a day! I LOVE that dresser in there. I also love the ghost chair. You have some good pieces to work with (plus you have those beautiful hardwood floors).
    Michelle from
    P.S. Drop by my blog for a couple of FREE printables in honor of Christmas in July! 🙂

  • Vanessa at

    I am excited to see what you do! Also, I believe using stuff you have really jumps starts creativity. I know you will buy stuff, but using the chandy is a kick start to your creativity flow….good luck.

    • Michael Wurm, Jr. at

      I totally agree! That’s the goal with this space… to be somewhat thrifty and use what I have. Thanks Vanessa!

      xo Michael

  • Debra W at

    The endless possibilities for that room. Imagination running wild. Especially with that chandelier for starters. It looks like it can go the futuristic, modern way. And the color of it. Beautiful pops of color around the room. White on the walls. Love the bed, it is a must keep for another room.

  • Terri at

    I can’t wait to see how this turns out. You have such a great space to work with. I hope the removal of the wallpaper border goes smooth. That stuff can be so frustrating.

    • Lori at

      Steamers work wonders with wallpaper. Also, I’ve used fabric softener before too. The wallpaper just peeled right off.

  • Julia at

    I’m excited to see what you do with the room and that chandelier! It’s going to really pop with white walls. I’m wondering where you got those dome things on top of the dresser? I know there’s a proper name for them but my tired brain can absolutely not think of it right now.

    • Michael Wurm, Jr. at

      Thanks! They are called cloches (or just glass domes). 😉 They were from my gift shop. I believe zgallerie used to sell something similar.

      xo Michael

  • Jeanette Bruffett at

    Exciting! love makeovers. I’d totally come help paint for sangria and Michael time but the plane ticket…..*sigh* Can’t wait to see your new space!

    • Michael Wurm, Jr. at

      Haha. Fair enough. 😉 Thanks for the offer though!!

      xo Michael

  • Patty at

    This was our bedroom. We finally exchanged bedrooms with the den – also on the first floor – and got the big room back. I bought the canopy bed we had before we married (almost 44 years) and my hubby kept saying we need a new bed and I told him when I saw something I liked, I would let him know. The following week I found a huge four poster bed made by the Bombay Company. We bought the bed, new foundations – queen size now – and started work on the bedroom. I am still not through but I am SO happy with how it is going. I also have room now for my vanity that I haven’t used for years. The dogs are thrilled too because they have more room too.

  • Carey Garcia at

    Hi Michael! First, that teal chandelier is a stunner! And second, have faith in yourself (cuz we all have faith in you)! Judging by how awesome the rest of the house already looks, this room’s gonna be another stunner when you’re done. Have fun and good luck!

  • Jen at

    What an exciting project! Best of luck and I can’t wait to see the outcome…especially that aqua chandelier! A clean white background sounds like a perfect fit too. These type of room makeovers are my favorite (!!)

  • Chris at

    Did I see you say sangria? Ok….I’m on board. First, we have a 5 minute pity party for a guy who is always cooking up something, decorating something or remodeling something. And is the shop still in the picture? Well, that’s a full time business all by itself! Shame on you for not having that once-upon-a-time border out of there and the room ready for photography. But then again where are you gonna stash all those gems while we have a whoopsy painting fiesta?

  • Gwen, The Makerista at

    Paint prep is THE WORST. I feel ya friend and I’m really excited to see what you do. That light popping off some white will be gorgeous! Have a great weekend!

    • Michael Wurm, Jr. at

      THE WORST!! Haha. Thank you! I’m excited to see the space take shape. Anything is better than it’s current state.

      xo Michael

  • Jackie at

    First of all, let me say how glad I am that I found you. I remember running across your blog when you still ran the house as a b&b and made some of your recipes and then Google got rid of their blog reader and I lost track. But yay! Here you are!

    And now, I hope you keep the bed! Just paint it. A nice coat of ORB or something. love those beds.

    • Michael Wurm, Jr. at

      Yay!! Happy you found me again! You should check out – it’s how I follow blogs now that Google reader is gone. 🙂

      I KNOW! I’m not sure about the bed yet. I like it – I don’t love it. We’ll see.

      xo Michael

  • Sheila at

    Love before and after pictures. Guest rooms are usually the last rooms to get a makeover so you are not alone. Lots of work ahead for you and eagerly looking forward to the transformation.

  • Alana in Canada at

    I can’t wait! I love Glass of Milk by Martha Stewart for a barely-there off-white. (Home Depot should have the formula for it in their computers) I painted my bedroom, the living room and dining room with it. It looks lovely with my old wood floors.

  • Mara at

    Exciting stuff! I’d be interested in what you are selling/no longer using. Please message me 🙂

  • Elise at

    I see such potential!!! I know you will do something incredible with the space.

    I wish I lived closer… I would totally sell your furniture for you. I love Craigslist! 🙂

  • cindy at….I love that chandelier!!!!! I can’t wait to see what you do with that room!!

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