Lori J
Lori J
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  • Broken Bow, NE

Small Room Makeover on a Small Budget...


This is a narrow little bedroom that my middle son painted a very dark grey when we moved in. The woodwork was an unremarkable pine (stained dark with inconsistencies) and there was a hideous green-teal sculpted carpet. The old bed frame was gifted to me by my mother-in-law's partner, it being the bed he and his siblings were born in after his parents immigrated to the U.S. and is at least 100 years old. The dresser was one he gave me as well--and I am planning to paint it. Got very lucky with with all the quilts at garage sales.

Paint budget: $100
Three quilts (two hand pieced and quilted): $30
Two lamps (which are going to get painted): $4
Bedside table (fern stand): $10
Quilt shelf (hate the heart): $5
Shelf on the closed door with knobs: $2
Two framed pieces: $4.50
New sheets/mattress pad: $120 (yikes)
Curtains (actually vinyl table cloth fabric from Walmart): $40
Curtain Rods: $20
Mattress/box: free (given to me by a friend)

Total: $335

The floors are going to be sanded and sealed, but that is my husband's part of the bargain. My work in this room is done (except for painting the lamps and dresser when summer comes again).
I hoped to paint the frame, but that will have to wait until next summer.
I hoped to paint the frame, but that will have to wait until next summer.
You can see from the picture how narrow the room is.
You can see from the picture how narrow the room is.
Although the room is quite narrow, it is a decent width and with the color change, seems bigger than it is.
Although the room is quite narrow, it is a decent width and with the color change, seems bigger than it is.
Fairly decent closet behind that door.
Fairly decent closet behind that door.
Not so in love with the color of that shelf...but happy to find a way to display this quilt.
Not so in love with the color of that shelf...but happy to find a way to display this quilt.
This window is so much nicer white, but was a real challenge to curtain. Those curtains are made from vinyl tablecloth fabric with an eyelet in the design.
This window is so much nicer white, but was a real challenge to curtain. Those curtains are made from vinyl tablecloth fabric with an eyelet in the design.
The door and the hinges are original.
The door and the hinges are original.

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  • Dobi
    on Mar 11, 2016

    I like the window treatment! we had a bay window in the house that I grew up in and we did similar treatments. its difficult to find something that works with that kind of space! job well done! pat yourself on the back!

  • Sheryll S
    on Mar 11, 2016

    Lovely redo. I love your curtains.

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