Well, this blog post is over due. Summer hit me like a ton of bricks and I have been playing catch up every day all day. But school has started and we are jumping back into a good routine and I am excited about the new school year for my children and for me. Lets jump right into this budget friendly makeover for my daughter’s room!
Her room was pink and none of the furniture matched. When we moved in I knew I wanted to spruce things up without spending a ton of money.
Our DIY Projects
The largest change was painting her room. I am always surprised how paint can really make a huge difference in a room. The color I chose was Repose Gray by Sherwin Williams. It is a lighter gray and I think it goes well with the other gray in the rest of our house.
I also painted her post bed. The bed was given to us and it was an old faux wood bed that was an easy project to paint. I used my favorite spray paint RUST-OLEUM paint and primer in one. The color I used was French Cream and it turned out great. It took me three days to spray paint it and let it fully dry, but it was a very easy project. All I did was wipe it down and then spray paint it.
The other DIY project we did for her room was the little bird/leaf chandelier we created and hung from the celling. The birds were originally from Uganda, where my husband and I lived previously. They were painted bright colors and I knew I wanted to use them but needed it to be more neutral. So I spray painted them white. Can you tell I love spray paint? We then gathered dried eucalyptus and bought a hoop that we used as the ring. We hot glued the greenery to the outside of the hoop and then covered it with some material I bought. We hung the birds in the middle and it turned out great!
Tips When Shopping on a Budget
Some of you may look at her room and think… gosh that must have been expensive. But to be really honest with you it was very budget friendly. We paid $50 for the wall paint, $50 for the spray paint and the other items I bought were found on sale at a very discounted price! Here is what I do when I am looking at a room… the VERY first thing I do is create my plan. I decide what I want the feel to be or the theme I want to weave within the room. Then I go through our home to discover what I already own!
Yep! That is the biggest tip/trick I can give you… use what you own.
For instance we owned the bed, the hanging birds, the light switch cover, the lamp, the bookshelf and the coat rack shelf! By spray-painting the bed, birds, lamp, light switch cover I saved a ton of money! It looks like new and it goes with the feel of her room and all I had to purchase was spray paint! Pretty great, right?
When shopping for furniture I always try to get second hand furniture! I got this cute midcentury modern dresser from a lady who was cleaning out her house. I snagged it because I knew I wanted to use it somewhere and it was perfect in my daughter’s bedroom!
Another great way to find bargains is walking the clearance isle. You bet I do! Those cute little bird book holders were in the AT HOME clearance isle and I got them for an extra percentage off because one of them is missing white paint on the other side. I knew I could just turn it around and no one would ever know… so I grabbed them and got them for next to nothing.
One of my new favorite stores is DIRT CHEAP! I discovered it a few months ago and let me tell ya, it is awesome. If you don’t like digging through products then you will not enjoy DIRT CHEAP, but I am a bargain shopper and so I love it! I purchased my daughter’s bedspread from DIRT CHEAP. Have you seen it before? It is the OPALE HOUSE line from Target and runs at $70 for a twin. But guess what? I got it for $20 at DIRT CHEAP! The store buys overstock or somewhat damaged goods and sells them at a cheaper price. I was so excited to find this for her room! Dirt Cheap is a great place to shop if you are on a budget!
Last, but not least, my next tip is, think out of the box! I knew I wanted some form of artwork but I was not willing to pay for anything too fancy. So I went over to Paper Source, bought a piece of wrapping paper that looked like a wall hanging of cacti and framed it! Boom… $5 for a pretty piece of artwork!
I hope this inspires some of you! We all have budgets to live within, so whether yours is large or small I hope you are encouraged to make your space feel welcoming within your budget.