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.

guest bedroom ace hardware

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

If you want to see more projects from the Ace Hardware team,
check them out HERE!

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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.



DIY Stained Wood Tray

Do you ever see something in a store and think to yourself:
I could totally make that… for a lot less than it costs.

Well that was me a couple weeks ago. I saw this simple wooden tray and instead of shilling out the $50 for it, I decided to make it on my own. And I have to say, I’m in love with the outcome… and it was a super fast project. Yep, even better.

DIY industrial tray tutorialSUPPLIES:

  • (4) 2ft 1×4 boards
  • (2) 14″ 1×4 boards
  • (2) handles
  • 1 1/2 inch wood screws
  • Stain
  • Paint brush or rag
  • Drill
  • Saw
  • Tape measurer

wood tray tutorial DIYI was lucky that I had the scrap wood in my garage and the wood screws on hand. The only thing I had to buy were the handles. Check out Hobby Lobby for a wide range, but wait until they’re 50% off to really save big on this project.

Start by cutting your (4) 2ft boards. I chose 2ft for the tray but you can revise as needed.

DIY wood tray instructionsNext measure across the 4 boards for your cross section pieces. Mine was just at 14 inches but wood may vary slightly so make sure you measure before cutting your 2 cross section pieces!

DIY tray woodThen you’re ready to start construction. Place the cross section pieces down first, then lay your 4 longer boards across the top. You’ll want to basically screw upside down so the screws are on the bottom of the finished tray. I recommend making pilot holes first with your drill.

drill holes for DIY trayYou’ll only need 1 screw in each board for each cross section piece.

DIY tray stained tutorialNext flip it over and start sanding away. You’ll want nice smooth edges and rounded corners so you don’t slice open your hand while handling the tray ;)

DIY stained wood tray tutorialI used Rustoleum’s Ultimate Wood Stain in Dark Walnut for the finish. Love this stuff. Dries super fast and you only need 1 coat. I used a brush to apply but you can also use a rag or foam brush.

wood stain for DIY trayThen I used a Terry Applicator to wipe away the excess stain. BTW, these terry pads are my new best friend for stain and glazes. You can find them on Amazon here (not an affiliate link).

DIY wood stained trayOnce dried you’re ready to apply the hardware.

stained wood tray DIYAnd your DIY stained wood tray is complete!
Really pretty easy, right?

DIY industrial tray tutorialBy the way, I always said I would never make anything with the industrial pipe look (like the shelving that you saw everywhere this past winter) but I couldn’t help myself when I saw these handles at Hobby Lobby. I know… moment of weakness.

DIY wood tray tutorial

DIY stained wood tray

DIY stain wood trayI wish I would have used black screws for the handles. Complete oversight. Ah, oh well… I’m still in love with this tray. And isn’t that stain just dreamy? Nice change of scenery from painted pieces.

stained wood tray tutorial

DIY industrial tray tutorial

And you got to see a lot of peeks in to the guest bedroom makeover.
Big reveal for this room coming next week!

DIY stained wood tray  tutorial