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Easy Guest Bedroom Update – Today’s Homeowner


We’re helping homeowners Corey and Grace transform their extra bedroom into a modern and relaxing guest room.


The Projects

Painting the battens the same color as the wall adds dimension. (3 Echoes Content Studio)

Create Board and Batten Wall

Corey and Grace really like a dark green color for the guest bedroom, so to keep the room from feeling dark and uninviting, they’re only going to use that color for an accent wall. 

And to add some visual interest to the accent wall, we’re going to add some board and batten.

We space each batten about 16 inches apart — about the standard width each stud is spaced. (3 Echoes Content Studio)

For the battens, we space out ½-inch by 2¾-inch boards about 16 inches apart on the wall, then attach them with finishing nails and construction adhesive.

Once all the battens are in place, we caulk the edges and apply two coats of paint to the whole wall.


To save space, we install floating shelves next to the bed instead of placing bulky nightstands. (3 Echoes Content Studio)

Build/Install Floating Shelves 

Bulky nightstands can make this guest room feel cluttered, so instead, we’re attaching floating shelves to the sides of the bed.

We use our hand-drawn plans to create the five floating shelves. (3 Echoes Content Studio)

The floating shelves are essentially a box made from To make the floating shelves, we build a box with a 1-by-6 board on top, a half-inch-by-6-inch board on the bottom, and 1-by-2 pieces wrapping the edges. 

We mixed two stain shades to create a color that matches the headboard. (3 Echoes Content Studio)

Once assembled, we sand the shelves and stain them to match the headboard. 

To keep the floating shelves secure, we add wood glue to the cleat before we slip them on. (3 Echoes Content Studio)

To hang the shelves, we first screw cleats into the wall, then slip the shelves on and secure them with finishing nails and wood glue.


Adding wall-mounted sconces saves space. (3 Echoes Content Studio)

Add Wall-Mounted Lights 

For additional lighting, we’re adding some wall-mounted sconces on either side of the bed. 

Rerouting the wiring was simple because the wall had two outlets where we needed to place our wall sconces. (3 Echoes Content Studio)

To do this, we first have to reroute the wiring from the electrical outlet to where the sconces will be hung on the wall. We cut a hole in the drywall where the sconces will be mounted, then fish the electrical wires up to the hole.

Once the wires are set, we follow the instructions to install them. 

We also:

  • Removed existing TV mount from wall
  • Painted walls 
  • Painted trim

Today's Homeowner TV host Danny Lipford poses next to homeowners Corey and Grace.
Corey and Grace pose next to Danny Lipford. (3 Echoes Content Studio)

Post-Production Thoughts

Corey’s extra bedroom was just that — it lacked any real identity. The hardware and paint color lifted by the previous homeowners didn’t make the welcoming statement they wanted for their guests.

But now, the room has a clear purpose and that’s to make guests feel right at home. The board and batten accent wall draws you into the space and the custom trim around the windows tells you they were intentional about making this room nice for you.

The floating shelves and nightstand are functional for short-term guests without taking up as much space as larger pieces of furniture. And the warm wood tones complement the cool green accent wall, just as the gold wall sconces do.

And, we did it all for less than $500.


Other Tips From This Episode


Products Featured in This Episode

Board and Batten Wall

Floating Shelves

Wall sconce: Home Decorators Collection Granville Collection 1-light Gold & White Sconce


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