I'm an enthusiastic interiors buff and renovating my house has been a long-term labour of love and, I realise now, will always be an ongoing project. I'd therefore be really interested to hear from other hosts who have renovated their Airbnb properties and see before and after pics if you have them, or just hosts who have plans and ideas for future projects.
To start it off, here is one of the guest rooms in my house, BEFORE:
I still haven't finished tweaking this room yet (the painted wardrobes for example), so there may be updates to come.
Please share your projects and plans!
@Farah thank you! I've seen this bed at a number of interiors stores, but it's very expensive. I bought it less than a third of the price from a seller on Ebay. It was new and I couldn't find any fault with it, so not sure why it was cheaper...
Here you go @Farah. Same bed for £2,700 full price, and a few hundred pounds less on sale: https://www.woodpeckerinteriors.co.uk/versailles-gold-leaf-shabby-chic-gilt-6ft-bed-silk-buttoned/13...
However, I paid around £500 for mine. Sorry to gloat, but I do love a bargain. It's still expensive though, so I know not within everyone's budget. I don't normally spend that much on one piece of furniture, but I REALLY wanted this bed.
Haha @Huma $500 can be reasonable since a headboard alone can easily cost $100-$200. I love discounts too... off topic story about a discount. I went to a store called Hobby Lobby yesterday. Most of the things in there were 50% off! I bought some small blackboards to start putting a "welcome (guest name)" in my listings and some other stuff that can make the listings feel/look better. Today is going to be the first day I am doing the welcome blackboard, let's see how it goes!
The blackboard is a great idea! Wouldn't it be awesome to have a 'guestbook' wall where guests sign they're names? Chalk and blackboard. Or sharpies on painted wall?
But alas, as much as I adore this, I have commitment issues when it comes to changes. Hence, everything in my house is hung with removable Command Strips.
@Ken Yes it would be great and I know other hosts have done it. I am a bit reluctant to spare a whole wall for this though as I do prefer my designer wallpaper! However, a small blackboard (hang it with Command strips if you like!) makes such an impact.
I have one in each guest room and would estimate that 98% of guests comment on it and are delighted to see I've taken the time to write their names, even though it only takes me a second and costs practically nothing.
Thank you @Kati. I did most of the renovation of this room straight off, but have since tweaked it and continue changing it, so it was never an overnight thing. Just last week, I moved the trunk in the corner to another spot in the house to accommodate a lovely dressing table set I just bought. I'm afraid I'm a bit addicted to changing my place around.
@Huma - so beautiful. A lovely job!
We've renonvated several homes in our past and we know the kind of labor of love that goes into restoring a location. Bully for you for putting in the time and effort - it's really paid off.