Brother’s Guest Bedroom Makeover

A little over a month ago I shared the mood board for my brother’s guest bedroom makeover. This is a project that I’ve been working on all summer with the help of Ace Hardware. The first step was painting the room in a light clay color from the OPI color palette called Do You Take Lei Away from Clark+Kensington at Ace Hardware.


Then came the fun stuff… making the room come to life!

guest bedroom makeoverYou might first notice the nightstands I painted awhile back.  I actually decided to add some legs recently with the help of tee nuts from Ace Hardware and LOVE the new look! Tutorial on that coming later this week.

guest bedroom nightstands

guest bedroom nightstand makeoverOnce the wall color and nightstands were complete, it was time to find textiles. I quickly fell in love with these pillows and matching curtain panels from Pier 1 Imports (called Blue Meadow).

guest bedroom floral makeoverOver the bed I decided to hang some old frames I picked up from Red Posie and painted them with some sample pots from Ace Hardware, pulling colors from the pillows & curtains.

guest bedroom designAcross from the bed is a newly painted dresser.
More info on this one coming soon too!

guest bedroom painted dresser wall

distressed white dresser guest bedroom

guest bedroom decorating

guest bedroom design ideaOn top of the bed is my new wood plank tray that I showed you guys last week that I made with supplies from Ace Hardware. LOVE this addition to the room and we actually use it all the time.

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guest bedroom design ideas

More shopping items from the room:
Bedding: Amazon
Blanket: Amazon
Curtain Panels & Pillows: Pier 1 Imports
Curtain Rod: Amazon
Lamps: Hobby Lobby
Greenery & Mirror: HomeGoods

 (not affiliate links)

guest bedroom makeover

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 I am a member of the Ace Bloggers Panel and Ace Hardware has provided me with materials for this project. I was also compensated for my time and this blog post. All opinions are my own and do not necessarily reflect those of Ace Hardware.



Kitchen Mini Makeover

So while we’ve been staying at my bachelor brother’s house, I’ve been trying to do some minor updates to his home. One of the areas I really wanted to tackle was the kitchen, but on a budget.

Our goal was three things: backsplash, faucet with pull out spout, and a microwave above the stove to create more countertop space. Here’s the before…

kitchen mini makeover before

And here’s what it looks like with the mini makeover…

mini kitchen makeoverI have to say, it’s amazing what a backsplash can do for a space!

Now in our last home we installed a ceramic white subway tile backsplash in our kitchen, but in my brother’s house we decided to go with a temporary version… a peel and stick option from Smart Tiles. We did this for a couple reasons, mostly because he might be switching from laminate to a hard surface countertop plus we wanted to stick to a budget.

smart tiles backsplash tutorialSupplies you’ll need for the backsplash:

  • Smart Tiles or any self adhesive wall tile
  • Utility knife
  • Metal ruler or straight edge
  • Level
  • Cutting mat

You’ll want to start with an inside corner and work your way out from both sides. Cut the first tile straight so you have an flush starting point in the corner. Use the level to make sure everything is even.

smart tiles kitchen backsplashThen continue on overlapping the grout lines, trimming out areas for outlets with the utility knife or scissors. Hold up the tiles in place first to make sure it will fit properly before taking off the backing. Once you take off the backing, press firmly into place (I used the back side of a spoon to help).

smart tiles backsplash kitchenThen you’ll start on the second row above your first. This second row will require a lot more trimming of each piece than the first row since you’ll want it to perfectly fit underneath your cabinets. Also make sure you take your time around windows and light switches (measure twice, cut once).

And pretty soon your kitchen will look like this…

mini kitchen makeoverWe were actually quite impressed with the look and feel of this self adhesive tile, not to mention the ease of installation. I completely installed this in one evening all by myself (took me about 4 hours total).

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kitchen makeover on a budget

smart tiles backsplash

mini kitchen makeoverAs you can see, the other big additions to the kitchen were the above-the-stove microwave and the new pull out spout kitchen faucet. You can get more details on how to install a faucet here.

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mini kitchen makeover smart tiles microwave + faucet + backsplash = 1 awesome mini makeover

Overall I’m super happy with the before and after mini kitchen makeover. It’s simply amazing what some simple updates can do!

kitchen mini makeover before and afterThe Smart Tiles were purchased from Joss and Main, but I think you can get them online from other sources. Check Wayfair as well, they often have sales on this product plus tons of other color options.