So the wife leaves for a 30 day African missions trip and I decide to tackle my first bedroom renovation project. Mind you I have done little projects here and there, but nothing of this
magnitude. I was truly only going to repaint the room, but was quickly overcome by the desire to spruce it up a bit. As you can see by the before pictures it was “okay” compared to other rooms (whichever those might be) but still dark, aged and in need of help. I wanted something cozy, cottagey, resort like. I was stepping out in faith because my wife knew nothing about the project and I would not have her input. Shhhhh, it’s a secret. This would really test how much I think I know her.
Master bedroom and bath remodel using thrift store finds and re-purposed items. The first daunting task was to repaint all the wood trim to white and prime red walls. Then the walls were painted a light yellow to give the room some air. The windows were framed out entirely from recycled wood and the shutters are thrift store louver closet doors that were cut and reassembled to size. Same was done for the door leading to pool area. All frames used in the room for decor were thrift store finds that were repainted. The crates are from Michaels and were stained and decorated by, you guessed it thrift store finds. Lifted vanity off ground and gave legs. Used recycled wood and bead board wall paper to create raised door panels from the flat Formica doors. Removed Formica counter top and used recycled wood from a closed local restaurant. Closed out medicine cabinet and used recycled molding. Both sinks were recycled from someones back yard. Gave texture to upper portion of walls (Spanish lace and applied bead board wall paper to bottom half. The large eight foot long mirror was left in place and divided by the same recycled wood shelf and framed out to look like two separate mirrors. I removed the soffit fluorescent lights and rewired for two separate fixtures. The ladder was made from recycled ballet bars and wood from a closed dance studio.
Commented on Jan 29, 2013
I need one of you!! Great job. What is on the list next? Be sure and share when you do.
On a budget and being eco conscious, the 500sf flagstone patio I designed and had built was to help make up for the limited space in my home. It has both a living and dining area. The pathways and planting beds are constructed with all sustainable products and plants. I had gotten quotes but decided I could be my own contractor and hired the labor and worked along with them, saving thousands of dollars.
The metal furniture was all bought at yard sales
and I personally restored them. All cushions and pillows were bought on clearance. Some of the pillows were even made from 2 sided outdoor placemats that I opened up and stuffed then restitched. I hope you agree it was well worth the effort.
If you've ever wanted to rust something quickly (in one afternoon) - you have to try this. I found a vintage bread drawer at GoodWill for $5. It sat on a shelf holding my paint supplies
for a while before I found a better use for it as a bathroom cabinet. I wanted to give it a stencil treatment with rust rather than paint. A quick internet search gave me the recipe I was looking for. So cool - you can actually watch the rust forming.
Commented on Aug 30, 2012
Thanks Brenda! I just asked the people at the box store if they had anything and nothing, and
I have all those ingredients! I'll give it a shot!
I know its not funny to make light of accidents, but this short little video was posted on my insurance companies website. It was piggy backed with an article on which DIY projects you
should leave to the pros.
While some of the events shown in the video are relatively harmless, others have great potential for serious injury...Most could be prevented by adding in a lot of common sense and some standard safety protocols.
Stay safe everyone.
Commented on Aug 29, 2012
Thanks for the laugh this morning! Just glad I'm not in any of those...yet!
Every nice backyard didn't start with a huge budget. This transformation was accomplished by tackling one project at a time over the course of 3 years. By pampering the soil you can
encourage the tiniest of plantings and the sparsest of grass to fill in while the bigger projects such as a new deck and a DIY fancy gate are eventually built. The end results are a lush "looks like it's always been there" escape.
See more of the photos here at http://hillcountryhomebody.blogspot.com/2011...
When remodeling our Master Bedroom earlier this year, we knew we wanted to break up the traditional bedroom suite and go for a more unique style of headboard. One that had classic bones
and a commanding presence. The answer was an old recycled mantel! We found it on CraigsList for $50, filled in the middle with plywood, covered the plywood with a draped twin sheet, added some wooden block "feet", and gave it some TLC and a fresh coat of paint. We couldn't be more pleased! To read more about the process, visit: http://kristinsveranda.com/vignettes/2012/03...
Commented on Jul 14, 2012
I have one as well. I left mine open though and keep a cd player there and listen to audio