This bedroom was redecorated on a budget. While I love showing you remodels that I’ve worked on, like Julia’s kitchen that I showed you last week, it’s really these budget makeovers that get me excited. Why? Because I know that not all of us have $50,000 sitting in the bank to hire a contractor to completely remodel a room. But for most of us, scraping together a few of hundred dollars over time to make some improvements to our room is a little more attainable. And those are the things I love sharing with you!! Attainable decorating ideas.
Anyway, before we get to to the “after” pictures, let me show you how this room started out.
The bedroom is not very big, so this bulky bed, with a headboard AND footboard, was really overpowering the space and taking up extra floorspace. The builders beige wall color did nothing for the room, and the windows needed some attention.
There was definitely a need for new accessories. And again, those windows looked so bare!!
The dresser with the hutch was also way too overpowering for this space. The whole matching bedroom suite included this dresser and hutch, a chest of drawers, the bed (headboard and footboard) and one nightstand. Way too much matching furniture for such a small room!
The other side of the bed. You can see where the master bathroom is in relation to the bedroom. Just to the right of the bathroom entry sits the chest of drawers, and to the right of that is the door into the bedroom.
So now let me show you how it turned out!!
The big, imposing bed with the footboard that took up valuable space was swapped out for an upholstered headboard. The windows were dressed up with natural woven shades and drapery panels. And my favorite touch–tiny chandeliers were used in place of table lamps on either side of the bed.
Gwen’s original nightstand was given a coat of paint and then distressed and antiqued. The metal wall hangings were also painted and antiqued.
This drapery fabric is one of my all-time favorites, with a beautiful, subtle floral pattern.
The walls were painted in a medium brown, which really warmed up the room.
The framed print came from Hobby Lobby. I can’t remember what the little figurines are called, but Gwen collects them.
The window to the left of the desk was dressed with a simple pleated valance and a woven shade (my favorite shades from Home Depot).
Isn’t that just the prettiest little chandelier?! I love that little touch.
Unfortunately, the desk couldn’t be centered on that wall because of the chair and the nightstand, so we made the most of it right where it is. But that’s okay! We can’t all live in magazine photos where everything is perfect, right? Here in the real world, we sometimes have to live with off-center desks.
Gwen’s original dresser was painted, distressed, and antiqued. I bought the frame for the mirror at a garage sale for $3. It was in rough shape, and I was certain it would need to be refinished or painted, but once it was in the room, it looked great!!
The plates were cheapies from Marshall’s, and the bird bell came from Hobby Lobby. The lamp was a gift to Gwen from a family member (I think), and the little painting on the piece of slate was done by Gwen’s mother.
Gwen already had the old books, which I think are perfectly and beautifully worn.
It really is amazing how paint can give a piece of furniture new life.
The nightstand to the right of the bed is from Hobby Lobby. We kept Gwen’s original comforter and shams, and added a new bedskirt (accented with remnants from the draperies), and new throw pillows from Bed, Bath & Beyond and Marshall’s.
Above the chest of drawers hangs another painting by Gwen’s mother.
And yet another furniture piece transformed with paint!
I love the worn edges and the original handles painted black.
QUICK VIEW BEFORE AND AFTERS
Here are just a few “quick view” before and afters. Just move your cursor over each photo to see the before and after view of each angle.
That’s it! Hope you enjoyed that little tour of Gwen’s bedroom. And I promise that in the future I’ll try to do better at showing y’all these completed rooms in a much more timely manner. 🙂
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