Our lovely author of “For the Home”, Heidi is taking a break this month. Her day job involves teaching a large pre-school class and as you can imagine, this is a super busy month for her! This has given us the opportunity to have some “Friends of FLT” here for a visit! The next three weeks, our friends will share their homes with you!
So, please welcome our friend Kristie. She isn’t a regular blogger (maybe she should be…wait until you see!) but she is welcoming us into her home today to see her amazing bedroom transformation. This thrifty gal brought glamour, glitz and guts all together for this amazing transformation!
We moved into our home in the fall of 2005 and I didn’t paint our bedroom. Seven years is a long time to not have painted a room. I actually hadn’t even thought of the state of our bedroom in all that time. What with two more children added to the family and a lot of other responsibilities and projects, why did I decide that our bedroom was not important? My husband and I will often reminisce about the (too few) romantic trips that we’ve taken and try to plan a time to sneak away. It got me to thinking about how I enjoy staying with him in a clutter free and modern hotel. Why couldn’t I enjoy our own bedroom that way?
I decided that our bedroom needed to become a sanctuary (as much as possible!) for us. Now, how to do it on a shoestring budget?
Pinterest became a wonderful source of inspiration as I searched blogs and furniture store websites. I knew that I wanted some sort of upholstered bed, a little bit of glam, and a subdued color palette. I cringe at the thought of paying full price for anything for our home. I found shopping for a bed to be sooooooo nerve-wracking since I really couldn’t justify the price tag to joy-it-would-bring-me ratio. I soon came across a bed from Target that was on clearance. The description was vague, the size unknown, and the pictures not fully revealing. But the price was unreal! Being the decorating risk taker that I am, I took a chance. Two weeks later it sat on my porch with me fretting over opening the boxes, hoping and praying for a queen size bed! It was! And, it has crystal button tufting…swoon…love at first sight!
So, I tore apart our sad bedroom full of not yet put away Christmas decor, books, lots of papers, and our old furniture. That was the day I took the before picture. My three girls were excited to help!
I never pass by the paint department without checking to see what “oops” paint is for sale. I was over the moon excited to find a gallon of some pearlescent paint for five dollars earlier this summer. I wasn’t sure how I would use it at the time, but knew that I would! I ultimately decided on wide horizontal stripes with a warm gray base. I painted the walls with the stripes and was able to set up our bed.
I had been collecting things to incorporate into our bedroom for some time. A friend picked up the pottery on my nightstand from Ikea for a few dollars for me. The chair was at another friend’s yard sale that I painted and recovered in white twill.
The wall sconces are from Amazon’s warehouse deals section. I was again holding my breath as I opened the boxes for them because I wasn’t sure if they would be plug-in or were meant to be hard-wired. Sigh, they were supposed to be hard-wired. I was not going to give up my perfectly styled lights though, so I scoured the electrical department and came up with wires and switches that I could add. Thankfully, they worked perfectly, even though I had barely an idea of what I was doing!
I took a special trip to Homegoods, where I found my little mirrored side table on clearance, but happily paid full price for my bedding since it was just what I had in mind!
The white tiered table was my Mother’s Day gift last year. I painted the bookcase and my husband’s night stand with black spray paint. I made the tissue paper poufs that seem to float in the dormer and our littlest calls her clouds. I scored the ceiling light at Lowe’s for five bucks on clearance. I am still searching for the perfect window treatments, but white sheers are working out for now. The details had all fallen into place for me and I was thrilled to feel like our bedroom was a sanctuary to nurture our marriage every day, all for about the cost of a long weekend away. I spent roughly six hundred dollars. Now, if I could figure out how to get our littlest one to sleep through the night….
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