A Guest Room Makeover Inspired by Fresh Spring Skiing

Michelle from <a href="http://www.4men1lady.com/" target="_blank">4 Men 1 Lady</a> transforms her messy "dumping room" into an inviting guest room with an easy DIY projects - from a headboard and a bed skirt, to a breezy cleanup. Michelle from <a href="http://www.4men1lady.com/" target="_blank">4 Men 1 Lady</a> transforms her messy "dumping room" into an inviting guest room with an easy DIY projects - from a headboard and a bed skirt, to a breezy cleanup.
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Michelle from 4 Men 1 Lady transforms her messy "dumping room" into an inviting guest room with an easy DIY projects - from a headboard and a bed skirt, to a breezy cleanup.

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When a friend called from out of town to request a stay at Michelle's place, she knew she had to do something about her messy extra room - aptly named "the dumping room." There's nothing like the prospect of a visitor to kick your pants into gear and get a room cleaned up. With plans to turn the room into her son's bedroom in a few months, she knew she couldn't do anything too elaborate. Just something simple and nice to hold them over and welcome guests.
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As soon as they de-cluttered the room, and sent eight big bags to Goodwill, the first stop was The Home Depot for a few supplies.
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She decided what the room needed was a new headboard to frame the bed and a bed skirt to finish the look. It may sound complicated, but Michelle held her ground on keeping it simple and finished the project in less than an hour and half.

1. First, Michelle had The Home Depot cut down her MDF (for free) to 40 x 40 inches. She also had them cut down 1"W x 2"H boards in order to run the length of the top and two sides of the board.

2. She then used wood glue and wood screws to attach the 1" x 2" boards to the MDF board. (This is optional. She only did this to give her board the appearance of being a thicker depth).

3. Next, Michelle used spray adhesive to adhere foam to the front of the board.

4. The next step was to lay a layer of batting over the foam and cover it with fabric.

5. On the back side of the head board, pull the batting and fabric taut and then use a staple gun to secure them to the board. Work your way from the center out.

6. (Optional) Michelle used nailhead trim that comes pre hooked together. She has also used individual upholstery nail head tacks but they take some learning to get them lined up straight. Using a level, she penciled in a straight line as a guide. With the nailhead trim you only have to nail in every 5th tack.
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Michelle set the headboard right on the floor and placed it between the bed and the wall.

It looked worlds better to have something to frame the bed but it still left a lot to be desired. She could see it really needed a bed skirt, which she easily made by measuring fabric, using hem tape, and stapling directly to the box spring.
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The last thing needed to be done was some serious spring cleaning! This was the only room in her entire house that did not have anything done to it since she moved in over 2 years ago. Original paint, original 70's light fixture... you can guess it was a bit musty in there. Using Bounty paper towels, she wiped down every surface, including the dresser, light fixtures, light switch, baseboards and blinds. Next, she washed all the sheets and bedding and used Ultra Downy® to make everything soft and smelling spring fresh. Lastly, she sprayed the room with Febreze® to freshen the air in the room.
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An expandable luggage rack was a welcoming addition for guest's suitcases. Michelle also made sure to leave plenty of blankets for her guests too just in case they got a little chilly.
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Michelle's friend was visiting to do some spring skiing, which is the best right after a spring snow. Since people flock from all over the world to ski the Utah mountain powder, a spring ski theme was perfect for this room.