A few weeks ago I showed you a glimpse into a few rooms over here at This Little Estate when I joined forces with other Canadian bloggers. Together, we shared glimpses into our home with a virtual picture-filled home tour.
It was such fun, and the home tour generated many pondering questions from readers, and I have felt like a big meany every since, for not responding right away.
My favorite questions went like this:
"Bethany, I wish I could have a pretty bedroom like yours, but I don't have the budget to make the room that I want. What are some tips you can give me? Where do you find all your stuff?"
"Where did you get that wallpaper from!? Want!"
"What colour is your bedroom, I cant find it on your blog..."
"That dresser in your master was soooo ugly, I have passed so many of those up in the before, but now I cant wait to find an ugly dresser of my own now to makeover like yours!"
Well, sweet reader, let me start by saying thank you for the questions and for not sending me messages that stated you noticed the dust bunnies in the corners of all these pictures. ;)
You guys are swell
and need glasses.
So first things first, friends you do not need a big budget to pull a room together.
I don't claim to be a design expert, but I do claim to be a major bargain hunter, red sticker lover, avid junk store searcher and thrifting enthusiast. I have also been known, on occasion, to drag something home from your curb into my home and then re purpose it for free.
Here is a great example, and break down of doing just that.
If you are like us then it is quite possible that you would rather buy your sweet babies the best crib on the market, tuck that sweet baby into 40,000 thread count sheets and then collapse on to your own sheet less mattress -- on the floor.
We can relate.
A few years ago we opted to graduate ourselves to a king sized bed seeing as our baby ninjas would often climb out from their silk sheets and onto our double bed.
It was getting tight.
Along with a new bigger and better grown-up bed came the desire to have a pretty headboard and a completed master bedroom. But, as every young family knows, when you have little children, your design budget is better spent on hockey, gymnastics, swimming lessons, soccer and on a prayer that those activities will wear them out enough to sleep in their OWN bed.
You know, you KNOW.
I like silk sheets like the next toddler, but sometimes, being a grown up means being a little selfless.
That meant cutting down costs on our own bedroom and getting creative.
Thankfully, something I love to do.
So here is the break down:
Our room got a budget-friendly-bang-for-your-buck-feature-wall, by adding a stencil to one of our main walls. It was $75 (at the time with a coupon) and was birthday money well spent. It can be found at Royal Design Studios and is called the large damask stencil. I used a semi gloss bright white paint to give it a bit of interest against our tan walls. (Behre Paint & Primer: Messa Taupe)
Our lamp was a curbside treasure updated with a new shade and some white spray paint.
Our round mirror was purchased thrifting for $5 and is a vintage replica. I loved that it matched the round mirror I had already painted and loved how it would add some symmetry to our room.
(I'm still pondering painting both round mirrors to match, and/or change both of their colours entirely.)
Thoughts welcome in the comment section at the end of this post!
Our pillows I hand stitched with my limited sewing abilities. (Thanks for teaching me how to make scrunchies Mom! Thanks Dad for buying me that sewing machine for my sweet sixteen birthday even if that DID mean I could make myself mini skirts that you disapproved of!)
Our version of the Rast hack was pretty straight forward. You can read the post HERE for more details. I horded paint from my local recycling centre for FREE.
Yes, FREEEEEE, people!
Check out your local dump and recycling center to see if you too are missing out on a plethora of paint in every finish and colour!
Our curtains and bed skirt were purchased from a little consignment shop and both felt extremely luxurious. A good wash in hot water and a good steam later they have added the perfect amount of softness to our room for under $20!
Our side table accessories were all found treasures.
And the best treasure of all are the twelve sparkliest drawer pulls I ever did see. Finding them was literally an-unusual-extreme-thrifting-miracle-sent-from-heaven-into-my-cart kind of deal.
I love how our Rast Hack turned out, so I redid another long dresser for our itty-bitty-master, to help with the lack of storage in our itty-bitty-his-and-her-closets.
I scored this solid oak dresser for $25. I redid it with recycled paint and some inexpensive pulls from home depot (Buy the prepackaged pulls in bulk (usually 12 in a pack) and you will save bundles. This dresser redo is still my most viewed POST after two plus years. You can check it out HERE.
The accessories we have gracing the dresser's top are sometimes buried under heaps of folded laundry, but that's cool, because nothing is too precious around here.
I love how mirrors can be used as trays. But I DO also love a mirror hanging in its rightful spot, front and center on a wall.
The giant vintage mirror that hangs above our dresser was an absolute "start the car" kind of deal.
I went to my local Re Store (Habitat for Humanity) and fell in love with it. The only problem was it was being sold as a pair with a heck-of-an-ugly dresser.
TIP: I have learned, over the years, that if you share your friendly attitude with the lovely volunteers that help out at your local thrift stores, not only do you build a nice relationship, but they become more than willing to share the friendliness back. At times, at very good times, it is returned to you in one big-heap-of-a-deal and you run away with a giant mirror stuffed into your vehicle and your children with cranked necks beneath it. ;)
On to a tale about another mirror:
I'm slightly obsessed with rethinking items in stores and the ones I have had kicking around our home forever. It comes like second nature to me and I'm sure was annoying to my parents (Sorry about that desk I cut up that one time with a hand saw! I totally didn't know it was a wedding present!)
But I mean, how could I not see the potential in this mirror I have had since I was a teenager.
With a few cuts of wood and some FREE paint, I made myself a new-to-me selfie mirror and now I no longer leave the house with my skirt tucked into my nylons or walk out the door rocking see through dresses anymore.
So, you can see, through this thorough master bedroom breakdown, that any room can be completed with some ingenuity, creativity, some shopping around, some thrifting, some diy-ing and some love for the journey of making a room feel like home.
Hopefully I have answered all your questions on where things are from and how things are done.
I guess this now means that I will see you in the paint recycling center and scouring my favorite thrift stores. ;)
When you spot me yelling "Start the car!!" help a girl out, K?? I promise I will treat you to a hot drink and something sweet.
JUST. LIKE. YOU. :D