Monday, October 6, 2014

bedroom on a budget: part two

{click here for Part One}


Where did we leave off? Oh yes. Those walls.



The teensy tiny bit o' caulking in the seams made all the difference. Not enough that it would seep through to the sheetrock, in case we ever want to take the wood down, but just enough to soften up all the bulges caused by the wavy walls the planks were nailed to. No longer would there be nightmares about spiders setting up housekeeping in all those perfectly sized hidey holes and dropping on my face as I slept at night.

Hallelujer and praise da Lort.


The next order of business was those nightstands. Because everything else in the room was already black, they needed to not be. The color options consisted of the whatever-is-in-the-garage palette, as the miniscule budget allocated for them would be spent on hardware.


It only took a quick "lets just see" coat of leftover green from the dresser in the craft room before that shade was nixed. Yikes.


Looks like we were gonna hafta ditch the brighter color idea and go neutral. Since black was out, that left white (nope), tan or brown (definitely no), or that leftover gray from the boys' dresser that had been redone upstairs {and the laundry/bedroom wall}.

Gray is enjoying it's 15 minutes of fame right now, but - no offense to those riding the trend train - I don't get it. However. As deep as my disdain runs, this "Mined Coal" color had just enough earthy warmth to make it tolerable. Not my favorite, but sometimes free is the trump card that must be played, even if it's grudgingly.


{same hardware as before, just painted black}


Tip: don't keep your weakness for free furniture a secret.

When my friend saw this in her alley destined for the dump, she lugged it up to her garage, knowing full well that I'd be thrilled to give it a home. For years it got put to work by the computer holding the printer/ random office supplies. When Camden got his own room and swiped one of our nightstands, this bad boy got an invitation he couldn't refuse: a chance to hold sweatshirts and Roger's stash of Twizzlers. The role of a lifetime.




Years ago I made an attempt to combine a giftcard, coupon and a sale price fake a finished room by hanging these curtains. It didn't work. I loved the fabric, just not here.


This solid green pair from Ikea fit the bill. Literally. Simple, sheer enough to let in light, and TWENTY DOLLARS FOR THE PAIR.


It felt criminal to cover up the newly added recycled window casing, but the bit of trim that did peek out was enough to beef up the window, giving it a bit more height.


Immediately to the left of the window is where a few years old $25 Craigslist chair sits. It always felt awkward there, needing something on the wall to make it feel more connected and less like it was serving a time-out in the corner for being naughty.



Unused frames from the hall closet got hung on the wall bridging the awkward gap and marrying everything together. It seems to be the norm to have photos of your kids everywhere in your bedroom. I've even seen spaces with sweet little faces enlarged and hanging up over the bed, just staring at you. Daring you to get naked.

Um...no.

Come nightfall, when it's time to change the figurative hat and transform from Nurturing Mother into Seductive Wife, the LAST thing I want looking at me is an image of the children from Easter 2011.

The bedroom is a way to remind us of our relationship, which existed long before the birth of our babies.





Everything in here triggers a happy memory: the photos, the record cover we got at a concert that's been stuck in a frame, the clipart that's reminiscent of the pattern on our first dishes, the subtle suggestions hot off the press.

(and, for the record, it's this version, not that Jason Derulo nonsense)







We've already talked about all the action on the other side of the room. An icky, I-wanna-rip-it-out-but-there's-no-carpet-underneath bookcase that got a facelift with a coat of paint and some free wood.





{updating the bathroom post here}

{super simple, no-cost necklace holder steps here}

Tip: if you invest in neutral bedding, it takes next to nothing to change it up.

When I say invest, that means a $29.99 bedspread from Marshalls 7 years ago.
The throw pillows are even older, and they stayed mostly as is (see? Buy what you love and it will work forever). The only exception is that middle one, which was slipcovered (pillowcased?) with some old fabric stashed in my "someday project" hoard.



Everything else was just relocated from other rooms.

There are baskets scattered throughout the house, and although only the biggest one is actually meant for hanging, there aren't any rules that say regular ol' baskets can't chill on the wall too. I am a whore for texture and they add a ton. As does that vintage throw that was a long ago birthday gift {to myself}, marked down at an antique mall for pennies. It keeps my perpetually frozen toes warm when it gets cold, and has a special Harry Potteresque quality which makes me adore it even harder.



{Roger would like it known that there is nothing small enough in this room that we would actually need to USE this magnifying glass to see. Ahem.}
{a vintage gate marker from Bulgaria via ebay...our anniversary is August 23...obviously what it means}



 The Budget: $150

The Breakdown:

bed $40

one gallon paint for the 3 walls $25

wood planks $65

curtains $20

knobs/pulls for nightstand $15
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Total: about $165


More comfy and finished than how it looked for 5 years,




and light years better than the morning after moving in.







One year later, and it still makes my heart happy to be in this room. Especially when the bed is made...which is about once a week. Tops.



33 comments:

  1. Great post, Rebecca: inspiring, creative, funny and oh so useful! You made me laugh about your kids' photos - maybe that's why my sons' big smiley-face pictures are in the hallway!

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  2. Yours is the ONLY blog that can make me laugh at a room makeover, well not at the makeover but your comments! The room is so cool, has a really warm feel and looks like you're a collector! Really great job and you cannot beat the price! Next time I have a major clean out, I'm calling you to come take some of my stash. I want to see what you will do with it!

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    1. Collector/hoarder. Potato/potatoe. Collector *does* sound more sophisticated though, so from now on, that's what I do: COLLECT. My husband would never allow me to assist you cleaning out - I'd come home with too much :)

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  3. It looks great! I love your "collected" style because it's not only budget-friendly, it's also interesting. I especially love the stripey afghan on your bed. Enjoy!

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    1. I've been called "interesting" my whole life, only because it's a nicer way of saying "weird". HA! Your house should reflect your personality, right??

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  4. OMG I am in LOVE with that bookshelf!!!! Seriously obsessed! You did a great job on the room makeover!

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    1. Those neighbors would be horrified to think that their old picket fence put out for the trash truck would end up in someone's most intimate quarters :)

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  5. What I love so much about this makeover is that it is YOU and not to be confused with the sea of sameness we see everywhere else. Hooray for you for knowing what you like even if it flies in the face of trends. The room looks beautiful and personal. And I am one of those with big family pictures in my room, mainly because when we moved to our smaller house, there was no where to put them, they're so huge. So in they went. And my husband doesn't have a problem with them but I have to just deliberately keep my eyes off the walls and focus on the business at hand.

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    1. "If Relationship George walks through this door, he will kill Independent George! A George, divided against itself cannot stand!"

      George Costanza was right - you can't have worlds colliding. Tell me you at least have a sheet to cover their sweet faces when you slip into something more comfortable?

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  6. How beautiful! I am so inspired to dig around in the crawlspace and see what can make my existing bedroom better. Well done!

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  7. Stop hatin' on gray, my friend! ;) I'm officially crowning you the queen of stretching a dollar. You did an amazing job.

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    1. I cannot be silent! HAHA You would be so proud of me - I totally held back on the "white everything" trend bashing. I try to keep things as positive as possible around here, but pulling up those move-in photos with those sad bright white walls made my skin crawl.

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  8. Wow! What a difference! Love the "new" look. Sometimes I'm tempted to re-do something, but I always seem to chicken out. Except when I redid my craft room, and now it needs some help again. Mostly because there is just too much stuff. That's where all the "now where do we put this?" stuff goes. I do love repurposing for that room though and since it isn't in the budget to get new stuff, that's just what I do there. Thanks for a fun look into your home.

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    1. Sometimes after things have been in the same place for a while, it's like you don't even "see" them anymore. You're so right: moving stuff around is a free way to breathe new life into a space.

      P.S Craft rooms are constantly needing to be redone - that's the nature of the beast :)

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  9. The room looks awesome. Cosy and warm, restful, and a little bit naughty (the talk dirty to me sign made me laugh!). You've done a great job. Now come over here and help me!

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    1. Only a LITTLE bit naughty? Dang it. Imma hafta try harder!

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  10. Another great redo by you. I love the color or gray you used for the night stands. And the built in bookcase in your room looks just amazing after you redid it. You have such great ideas. Thanks for sharing.

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  11. AMAZING! You are SO inspiring!! xoxo

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    1. So happy you've been inspired! That's the reason I post (aside from clearing out my head). A lack of budget shouldn't keep anyone from thinking they have no options but to live with unfinished rooms :)

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  12. New to your blog but wanted you to know how much I enjoyed your bedroom make over. It looks awesome, love that you really worked with what you had and made it come together so beautifully :)
    Mickey

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    1. Welcome Mickey :) Working with stuff that's already here is less of a choice and more of a necessity, but thanks just the same!

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  13. I, like Joe Bob, give it two thumbs up!

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  14. Rebecca, I just love your post!! You are such an inspiration and so very creative!!

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  15. Hi, I just found your blog and i love it. I can't wait to keep reading. I already found two things I completely identify with. I too have separated tween boys sharing a room and restored sanity to the house and my husband also has a stash of Twizzlers next to the bed. I thought I was alone!!

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    1. Not alone in the slightest. Family harmony is a divine gift - I'm sure of it! :) Thanks for stopping by - and WELCOME!!

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  16. I just found your site last night while doing a brain-numbing search for craft room ideas. All of a sudden, here was someone who said budget-means-budget-which-means-zero-dollars. As luck would have it, that's precisely how much my budget is. We bought a house last year, and while it's larger than our last house, it's apportioned differently, so there's more-yet-less space, and definitely not nearly enough storage. The plus side is that now that the major renovations are nearly done, I can get to work on my part of the house, a little sort-of-efficiency apartment if we wanted to rent it out, but we don't, so it's just a large bedroom with a too big kitchen/den sort of room attached. I finally decided it could be the craft room I've wanted for years (the perfect partner to my mother's sewing room which will comprise the second half of the basement once we stop using it for storage for all the things that have to be removed from the upstairs while "improvements" are being made.) Thus the reason for craft room ideas. None of which I haven't seen at least a million times before. Somehow, though, I never stumbled across your website until last night. And it was truly inspirational. Not only did you say you had a $0 budget, but you showed how you made that work for you. We've already done the free paint from the previous home. That was a no-brainer for us. But the heavens parted when I saw how you pulled things from other places in the house and used them in ways other than what they may have originally been designed for. Not only that, but you used the same pieces over and over again in different rooms, with a different purpose each time. Genius! All of a sudden, I knew that I didn't have to go out and buy as many Ikea shelves as were on my list (not completely removed, as I do need library shelves in my bedroom), but I was stricken with an idea of how to repurpose some antique kitchen furniture that we've had for decades and were toying with the idea of selling. Yay! My craft room allowance has dwindled to next to nothing, and I now can allocate those funds more intelligently for other things that I also need! Thanks for the inspiration. I will be regularly poring over your website for further inspiration!

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