One of the things I worked on during my blogging break was the second bedroom at the condo. Once I got all of the necessary things done in there — painting walls, installing and painting baseboards and quarter round, finishing the grout on the floor, switching out the old almond-colored outlets and switches with new white outlets and switches, etc. — I went ahead and did a little decorating and staging.
It’s nothing fancy or over-the-top. In fact, it’s pretty minimal, and I tried to do it as inexpensively and quickly as possible. I think it goes without saying that if we were still living in this condo, this room would look vastly different, and I would have put much more time and money into it. But I really like how this quick makeover turned out! And I love that it goes to show that a room can look put together and presentable with just a little bit of time and effort, and a minimal amount of money.
I looked for some before pictures of this room, and I found some but they’re not very good at all. I mean, the room was just an empty, dingy white box with even dingier off white carpet. I found some pictures that I took after I had removed the carpet, which was one of the first projects I did after we moved into the condo over eight years ago. Here’s the wall where the desk and bed are now.
And the window wall…obviously.
The wall to the right of the window wall is where the closet is. The door to the hallway is just right of the closet.
And here’s the wall with the doorway to the bathroom. This is officially the master bedroom since it has the attached bathroom, but we actually used the other bedroom when we lived here.
Anyway, this makeover started with the paisley fabric (Braemore Somerset in Jade) that I bought several years ago.
I had always intended to use it in the condo living room (in fact, you might recognize it from the valance in the breakfast room), but I had about eight yards of the fabric, which was the perfect amount for one pair of curtains and the two large pillow shams. And since it’s not exactly a fabric that I’d ever use in the house, I decided to use it all up in the condo.
I used the lightest blue from the fabric for the walls. It’s called Rain Washed from Behr, and it’s such a light and fresh blue. It has some gray in it so that it’s doesn’t feel like a baby blue that belongs in a little boy’s room.
The Roman shade on the window is my favorite Designview Providence bamboo Roman shade from Home Depot. The big sunburst mirror is one that I made two years ago from large wood shims. It always looks so much smaller in pictures than it really is, but it’s about 40 inches in diameter. It didn’t have a home, and I had a big empty wall, so I decided to use it in this room.
The headboard was another project that I did about two years ago.
It’s made from fence pickets, so it cost about $25. It was actually much lighter in color, with lots of wood grain showing.
So before I attached it to the wall and made the bed, I gave it a quick wash with some watered down black paint (brush on, let it soak in like stain for about 30 seconds, and wipe off any excess with a rag) to tone down the color and hide some of the busy wood grain.
I had the hardest time finding a bedskirt that would look right in this room, so when I came across a set of teal sheets at Ross for $17.99, I snatched it up. I cut up the sheets into wide strips, and attached them to the box spring (using the factory-finished edge along the bottom at the floor) with fabric tape to create a no-sew bedskirt.
And then I used the two pillow cases that came with the sheet set to give some color to the bed.
The pillow in front is one that I made using some scrap drapery lining and leftover paint. I used three paint colors (the light blue is Rain Washed, the green is Grass Cloth, and the teal is Mosaic Tile, all from Behr) and a very watered down brush to create kind of a free form watercolor striped effect on the scrap piece of drapery lining. I painted the fabric, let it dry completely (took about two hours), and then sewed the pillow together.
The desk is one that I’ve had for about four years. It didn’t make the cut for the house, so this bedroom was the perfect place for it. I gave it a new coat of paint in Behr Grass Cloth.
The lamp is one I’ve had since 2008. I bought a pair for the Symphony Showhouse room I showed you yesterday — the little girl’s room — and I’ve had them stash away ever since. The original lampshades were long gone, so I picked up a new one for about $10 from WalMart.
The pictures above the desk are a series of artistic photos that I bought years ago. They’re a carnival theme, and unfortunately I can’t remember the photographer’s name. I did have to purchase eight frames for them, and frames can be pretty expensive, but I happened to find some for half price at Michael’s.
I wanted a rug in here, but couldn’t find one that looked even halfway decent in this room for less than $200. So I picked up a 6′ x 8′ piece of remnant vinyl flooring from Home Depot for $25, and used painters tape and leftover latex paint (in Polar Bear and Mosaic Tile) to make a striped floor cloth. It was quick and easy, and makes a huge impact in the room. I didn’t topcoat the painted stripes, but if I were keeping it and using it regularly, I would have used a non-yellowing clear coat on top (probably a water-based polyurethane).
And finally, the chair at the desk was about $25 from Marshall’s, the blue blanket on the bed was $49.99 from Target, and the comforter was $25 from Walmart.
Overall, I spent about $250 out-of-pocket over the last couple of weeks to decorate this room. Of course, that’s not including the original cost of items that I already had on hand and that I used in the room (sunburst mirror, headboard, paisley fabric, lamp, art photos, etc.) And the two largest items (mattresses and desk) were actually given to me, so they cost me nothing. But I think most of us have furniture and decorative items stashed away in the garage or attic that we’re not using, and that we can pull out to decorate a room that needs some attention. So I think that making a room look pulled together for around $250 to $500 is really quite doable for most of us as long as we’re willing to shop the house and use a lot of what we have. Things might need to be freshened up with a new coat of paint, but that’s an easy DIY project!
I love the challenge of cheap decorating.