Ya know the feeling of coming home after a hard day’s work, throwing on some sweats and jumping into bed? Or that feeling of when you’re sick and just wanting to be in your own room in your own cozy space- something about those feelings and your own bedroom…it just can’t be beat. Having your own bedroom space be a little getaway from the rest of your home. No toys thrown all over, no kids screaming; just a comfy, cozy, clean space of your own. (Until midnight when the kids want to crawl into bed…)
When I moved into our home it was a complete man space. The bedroom consisted of, well, a bed, and a dresser, and of course a huge television…because what else matters to a man? I wish I had pictures to show you of this time…but it was just so blah- I never thought it was anything picture worthy. After my husband and I got married, we (we as in me) decided it was time to change our space. We had dark navy/grayish walls, hand me down dark furniture, which was very nice, but not our style anymore, and that was about it. I never had that feeling of wanting to run home and crawl into my space, relaxed by my own room…that feeling that I mentioned earlier. It just wasn’t there.
A few months ago I decided I was on a mission to fix this problem. We have 800 projects going on at one time around here, but that’s just normal. I hired a painter (painting is the WORST….I felt like I paid my dues in painting around here. If you can find a good local painter, it’s worth the money. let me say that again, IT’S WORTH THE MONEY. Especially with trim painting. If you’ve ever painted your own trim- you know that it’s comparable to living in a scorching hot hell until you reach the end). Our painter gave us a great deal on painting the walls and the trim in the room, so we jumped right on it and got it done! If it was me, the room still wouldn’t be done. (Kind of like our bathroom, orrr guest room, orrrr….the list goes on.) We changed the paint from a dark color, to my favorite color for EVERY room in the house Sherwin Williams Agreeable Gray. It instantly made the room feel double the size. (We have an old farmhouse, so our room was actually two small bedrooms that we combined into one. Very awkward space, but that’s usually what you get in homes built in the 1800s.) Seriously guys, changing the paint in any room can be the first and (possible) last step to a room makeover. You’re whole outlook on the room can change with just paint.
A couple years ago we decided to make our own headboard. Like I mentioned before, our bedroom is a very odd shop with a slanting ceiling, so I was never able to find a headboard to fit the space. Enter Pinterest. I found some great plans on there under Farmhouse Headboard to build our own. My father in law built it for me then I painted it with a rustic white color to match the side tables I also repainted. Thank goodness for yard sales and flea markets! I think between the three we spent maybe $100 total.
Adding the bright headboard and tables added a nice bright touch to our bedroom, but it wasn’t until the paint change until it all started coming together. While shopping for our couch at Raymour & Flanigan, I stumbled upon this dresser set and fell in love! It had the perfect farmhouse, rustic touch, it matched the style I was going for, AND it was a close match to the headboard and tables that I had painted myself. It was a tad more white so I added some white to the headboard, but this completed the room. I HAD to order these as soon as I saw them. It was meant to be (I told my husband as I added them to the list of things I “needed”.) They had so many different styles in the store to match any décor in any home! I’ve never seen such variety!
When we got the ordering done through Raymour & Flanigan they even delivered it to my home, carried it all up to my room and put it together, where I wanted it in the bedroom. Time saver for sure! Not having to do this step myself saved me hours of lifting and stressing over knocking pictures off the walls, dinging the furniture and every other stressful thing that happens when I move my own things. They were amazing-and so friendly!
The last touch we added to the makeover to our room was the curtains. Which cost me maybe $25 total. They are the DIY dropcloth curtains with a curtain rod I scooped up at Target. I’ll be adding a DIY tutorial on those curtains very soon! If I can do them, you can, and they are NO SEW. Took me maybe 20 minutes.
So to finish off this little post, let’s recap about how to change a room with little to no money. (Adding the new furniture was a WANT, but not a NEED. If I wasn’t being lazy, I could have just painted the old dresser and spent no money!
- paint the walls first- it may be the only thing needed!
- paint the trim if you’re sick of the dark wood and brighten up the space!
- change the blinds from dark wood to white
- Use chalk paint to brighten up old furniture!
Here are the links to the furniture if you’re interested! It is SO pretty!