My Sister’s Guest Room Makeover | Combining Vintage & New

Before & After, Room Makeovers

This week we transformed my Sister’s guest room before family came to stay with them this weekend! It was like a relay race, my sister picked the paint color and painted and then handed the room over to me to finish. We ordered a few of the necessities (like a new headboard, curtains and a ceiling fan) then it was time to accessorize! Of course I hit a couple of my favorite antique stores to find the rest.

Nothing like starting with a blank slate, right?! We started with a white box room, and then my Sis picked a paint swatch, broke all my paint testing rules and just went for it! We were both so happy with the color. It’s a really pretty muted pinky grey called Gray Ashlar by Behr.

And here’s the finished room! I’m so happy with how this came together, doesn’t it feel like a French getaway? Early in the week, Mr. Yolo and I came over and installed the Striped Headboard, Ceiling Fan and Curtains from Better Homes & Gardens. We actually used this Striped Headboard before in the Purple room, and loved it, so thought it would be great in this room. I like it because the stripes add visual interest to the walls without adding a wall treatment like chair rail or beadboard.

As usual, we used my favorite trick of hanging the curtains high and wide to make the window look bigger. These Taupe Textured Stripe Curtains complimented the headboard beautifully, I’ll definitely use these again!

A Touch of Vintage

Next, it was time to make the room sing with vintage decor! I actually stepped outside of my norm and picked some different patterns and colors while antiquing. These lamps are not something I would usually look twice at, but there were two of them (which I needed and can be difficult to find thrifting). I thought the color and pattern would would be fun with the headboard, so I scooped them up to give them a try. They are actually perfect and bring warmth into the room into the room. The art was also antique store score, and I was so happy when I saw the color of the trees, because I had purchased this Olive Waffle Blanket to bring in another color into the room.

Creative Side Tables

All the side tables we were looking at seemed over-priced and lacked character. My sister ordered a couple plant stands that worked, but did not quite fill the space. I spotted this nesting set of 3 tables for $20 while thrifting and thought that the two smaller ones could work as nightstands. Since the bed is separating them, you can’t even tell that one is smaller than the other. This gave me more room to style up the side table with books, fresh cut blooms, a candle and the lamps.

THRIFTING TIP: Mental Moodboard

TIP: When you are looking for vintage items for a room, take a picture of the room on your phone and then start taking pictures of things you like while thrifting. Keep them all in an album and flip through them to see if they work together. I would narrow things down then keep flipping through the images, and start putting together the room in my head to make sure I bought items that would work together. I waffled on the mirror and the fan, but ran through the photos when I saw my sister, and she said yes to both (I am happy she did!)

Comfort from Head to Toe

I was delighted when I remembered I had this rug from Swoon Rugs, and it complimented the colors in the vintage wood blanket I found at Goodland Antiques. The bench was an extra one I had bought from Farm Girl Antiques because I can’t say no to the sweet benches labeled “Built by Bob”. Did the Amish hat make the room a little too “granny chic”? Hard to tell, ha! But I think the room is success because of how seamlessly the new and the old blend.


Better Homes & Gardens Striped Headboard
Better Homes & Gardens Taupe Textured Stripe Curtain
Vanilla Dream Sheet Set
Oil Rubbed Bronze Ceiling Fan
Salted Coconut & Mahogany Candle
Reversible Stripe Decorative Square Pillow
Hyacinth Basket
Penny & Ivy Lumbar Pillow
Olive Waffle Blanket
Queen Linen Duvet


Mirror / Bench / Blanket on bench / Art / Lamps / Alarm Clock / Wicker Fan / Hat / Swoon Rug
All from Goodland Antiques, Clinton Street Antiques, Farm Girl Antiques. Check out my Antique Store Guide here!


Gray Ashlar by Behr in Eggshell

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