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TURN AN OLD BUNK BED INTO AN INVITING GUEST BED

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Hi friends! Thanks for stopping by. If you’ve been following recently, you’ll remember that I’ve been working on updating my parents’ guest room. The latest update I made to the room is turning the old bunk bed into an adult friendly guest bed. A few things before I get started, though. First, a quick reminder that there’s only two days left to enter the giveaway for a Fabulous High Heel Planter!!

 

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To enter the giveaway, enter your email address where indicated in the right sidebar to subscribe for updates. You’ll receive a confirmation email. Click confirm on the confirmation email then forward the email to [email protected]. That it! Random winner announced June 16th.

The second thing before we get to the bunk bed makeover is a quick introduction. Meet BooBoo…

 

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BooBoo

 

BooBoo is my parents’ cat that I’ve been taking care of. Actually, I think he’s really a dog in disguise — a lap dog. Just like my pup, Lily, he follows me from room to room. He mostly prefers being outside and when I take Lily for walks, he comes along and walks with us. And he sits at my feet where ever I go. He even follows me to the bathroom. And to top it off he’s such a gentleman, always bringing me presents. When he’s outside and has a gift for me he has a very special way of letting me know. Instead of meowing loudly, like he does when it’s time to eat, he bangs on the door. I can’t actually see how he does it, but I’m convinced that the only way he could make so much noise is by throwing himself against the door. Seriously, it’s loud. Anyway, his gifts are usually mice or even field rats. I now keep a long-handled shovel in the front breeze way for easy removal of his thoughtful gifts. Although, the other day when I tried to scoop up a rat laying on it’s side, the thing suddenly flipped over and scooted. Scared the bejeezus out of me. I never jumped so high. I ran in the house and decided to let the thing find it’s own way out. Today’s gift, however, wasn’t as fortunate. You can see the remnants of its feathers on the floor next to BooBoo.  :-(

So that’s my kitty cat story. Now onto the main event…

There have been a number of steps so far for this room revamp.

 

Bunk Bed To Guest Bed

Faux Silver Leaf & Color

 

For the newbies here, I started with the faux silver leaf treatment on the doors using just paint and some stain. Then I turned an old coat rack into a jewelry organizer. Had some difficulties with paint matching, then finally found the perfect color.

There are still a few more plans I have for the room, including updating the window treatments, hanging some art, and refinishing a small side table that will sit next to the closet.

Today I’d like to share my latest update: turning the room’s old bunk bed into something a little more adult friendly. Here’s the before picture that I took while in the middle of painting the walls…

 

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Updating this old bed was basically one of the easiest makeovers I’ve done. I started by removing the upper half of the bunk bed. The top mattress now lays on top of the bottom mattress raising the bed height to a comfortable level and also making the bed seriously beyond comfortable.

The red color wasn’t quite working for the room anymore so I painted it silver using the same paint I used for the faux silver leaf doors. I wasn’t sure if it would make for too much silver in the room, but I thought I’d give it a try and if I didn’t like it then I’d simply find a new color. Luckily, I thought it looked great.

The final step was to throw on some pretty bedding. I was looking for something in a mauve color, but couldn’t find anything at all. Then I came across this coral (looks orange in the picture, but it’s actually coral) and white combo. I wasn’t sure how it would look with the wall color, but it turned out complementing the walls nicely. Here is the final look…

 

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Looks comfy, huh? It is.

 

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The room definitely needs some art!

 

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I’ve got some ideas for the final phases of this room update. I can’t wait to get started and I can’t wait to share, so stay tuned.

And don’t forget to enter the High Heel Planter Giveaway!!!

Cheers!

~Jenise

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45 Comments on TURN AN OLD BUNK BED INTO AN INVITING GUEST BED

  1. Gayl
    June 14, 2014 at 2:54 am (3 years ago)

    I wonder if you could use the foot side of the new bed support to hold a shelf? It looks like the supports are still there, and it would be a way to disguise that. Maybe hang some sheers on it, or add a hook for a robe. I love the silver!

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    • Jenise
      July 1, 2014 at 8:20 pm (3 years ago)

      Thank you Gayl. I think hanging sheers on the frame is a great idea. I think I’ll give it a try!

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  2. Kathie
    June 14, 2014 at 7:35 am (3 years ago)

    Sure looks pretty! I can’t believe how clever you are!!!! Great job.

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    • Jenise
      July 1, 2014 at 8:21 pm (3 years ago)

      Awe shucks. Thank you so much Kathie!

      Reply
  3. Sherry
    June 14, 2014 at 3:04 pm (3 years ago)

    Great redo. I love the bedding. The night stand and closets are great too.
    I enjoyed visiting from Best of the weekend. I am following you now.
    Nice to meet you,
    Sherry

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    • Jenise
      June 14, 2014 at 5:23 pm (3 years ago)

      Hi Sherry! Thanks for stopping by. It’s very nice to meet you too! I just read your A-B-C’s post and while I never really thought about it before, I’m already starting to see the alphabet EVERYWHERE!!

      Reply
  4. Kim @ The Cookie Puzzle
    June 15, 2014 at 1:26 pm (3 years ago)

    OH MY! That is BEAUTIFUL! WOW…what a transformation. It looks like a totally new bed. I love the bedding, I think the coral looks amazing. I have really enjoyed watching your transform this room. I can not wait to see your next project

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  5. Jen
    June 15, 2014 at 3:47 pm (3 years ago)

    The peach/coral colors on the bed are great! I think reusing the bunk bed in this way is a unique and creative idea – way to go! With the bed ends being higher, the bed would very readily lend itself to a ceiling hung canopy or butterfly netting. This could also soften the hard lines of the bed ends if you ever wanted a more romantic look. Lots of possibilities!

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    • Jenise
      June 15, 2014 at 4:32 pm (3 years ago)

      Jen, That’s a really good idea! I just may try that.

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    • Jenise
      June 16, 2014 at 1:55 pm (3 years ago)

      Thank you Isabelle. We are all linked up. I look forward to continuing to follow you!

      Reply
  6. Emily, Our house now a home
    June 16, 2014 at 10:20 am (3 years ago)

    that is such a creative way of reusing the bunk bed. It looks amazing. I also love the wall color!

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    • Jenise
      June 16, 2014 at 1:57 pm (3 years ago)

      Thank you so much Emily!

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  7. Emily
    June 17, 2014 at 7:20 am (3 years ago)

    Such a great idea! Stopping by from Tuesday Pin-Spiration. Pinned!

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    • Jenise
      June 17, 2014 at 2:55 pm (3 years ago)

      Thanks Emily! I just stopped by your site and HAD to subscribe. So much great stuff!

      Reply
  8. Katie
    June 17, 2014 at 8:12 am (3 years ago)

    I love this guest bed. that must’ve been a huge project! I envy your creativity. I would love it if you linked this up at my Motivate Me Monday linky party.

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    • Jenise
      June 17, 2014 at 3:04 pm (3 years ago)

      Thank you Katie, and thanks for the invite. We are all linked up!

      Reply
  9. christina
    June 18, 2014 at 10:21 pm (3 years ago)

    Love the bunk bed idea! Newest follower everywhere!

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    • Jenise
      June 19, 2014 at 12:43 am (3 years ago)

      Thanks Christina! Following you too!

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  10. Suzan
    June 19, 2014 at 12:20 am (3 years ago)

    First of all I have to tell you I’m so traumatized by the wild life in my backyard – that I’d probably just have a heart attack on the spot if there was a rat laying outside my door – OMG – and then it jumps up to run off !!!
    But Boo Boo is a sweetheart ( no more gifts for Mama, boo boo, you’re spoiling her LOL )
    And secondly I love the bed transformation – brilliant idea!
    Visiting from Bloom Design
    Hugs from Montreal,
    Suzan

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    • Jenise
      June 19, 2014 at 12:46 am (3 years ago)

      Oh, I was pretty traumatized. And thank you. So glad to get rid of the bunk bed. :-)

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  11. Phoeanix tears healed
    June 20, 2014 at 2:06 am (3 years ago)

    I looks like a new room, the colours you’ve chosen go really well together, and the silver is perfect with them. I always find it much more satisfying to live with rooms where I’ve done things myself, rather than buy new; I love to hunt around charity shops for material etc., and bring my own creativity out too :)

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    • Jenise
      June 20, 2014 at 2:37 am (3 years ago)

      Thank you very much. I agree. When I create things with my own hands, there is definitely more of a sense of fulfillment. :-)

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    • Jenise
      June 20, 2014 at 9:33 am (3 years ago)

      Thank you Megan! And love your PBK inspired wall art!

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  12. Jessica
    June 21, 2014 at 3:41 pm (3 years ago)

    that bed and room turned out great! I saw your doors a few weeks back and fell in love with them! The room is really coming together!

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    • Jenise
      June 24, 2014 at 5:10 pm (3 years ago)

      Thank you so much Jessica. It’s been really fun putting it together.

      Reply
  13. [email protected] in Pyjamas
    June 21, 2014 at 4:51 pm (3 years ago)

    What a great way of putting an old bunk bed to good use. Thanks for linking up to Sweet and Savoury Sunday, stop by and link up again. Have a great day!! [email protected] in Pyjamas

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    • Jenise
      June 24, 2014 at 5:09 pm (3 years ago)

      Thank you Laura! And thank you for hosting each week!

      Reply
  14. Shawna
    June 22, 2014 at 4:20 pm (3 years ago)

    Wow, I am so impressed with the colors and how in the world you came up with all this. The room is beautiful. Thank you for sharing on our Four Seasons Blog Hop.

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    • Jenise
      June 24, 2014 at 5:08 pm (3 years ago)

      Thank you Shawna! It was a little scary going so colorful, but I’m really liking it.

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    • Jenise
      June 24, 2014 at 5:07 pm (3 years ago)

      Thanks so much Melissa!

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  15. Emily
    June 22, 2014 at 10:25 pm (3 years ago)

    Great transformation! Love this idea! Thanks for sharing with us at Your Designs This Time!

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    • Jenise
      June 24, 2014 at 5:07 pm (3 years ago)

      Thank you so much Emily & thanks for hosting.

      Reply
  16. Caitlin
    June 26, 2014 at 10:10 am (3 years ago)

    What a clever idea! Thanks for joining us at the Be.You.Tiful Link Party! We hope to see you again :)

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    • Jenise
      June 26, 2014 at 1:12 pm (3 years ago)

      Thank you so much and thank you for hosting each week!

      Reply
  17. Shanice
    June 26, 2014 at 4:10 pm (3 years ago)

    Thank you for sharing this post at City of Creative Dream’s City of Links on Friday! I appreciate you taking the time to party with me. Hope to see you again this week :)

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    • Jenise
      July 1, 2014 at 8:22 pm (3 years ago)

      Thank you Shanice!

      Reply
  18. Simple Nature Decor
    June 29, 2014 at 10:01 pm (3 years ago)

    I love BooBoo thanks for bringing him to my Fabulous Friday Party!
    Hugs
    Maria

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    • Jenise
      July 1, 2014 at 8:22 pm (3 years ago)

      Haha. BooBoo is a spoiled little boy. :-) And thank you for hosting!

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    • Jenise
      July 1, 2014 at 8:22 pm (3 years ago)

      Thank you so much Isabelle for hosting!

      Reply
  19. Carmody
    July 8, 2014 at 7:25 am (3 years ago)

    Such a clever and great idea.

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    • Jenise
      July 8, 2014 at 12:46 pm (3 years ago)

      Thank you so much Carmody!

      Reply

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