Redecorating my spare bedroom was a fun adventure that anyone can do. On a tight budget, it was time to repurpose, recycle, and bargain shop to achieve a great guest room. Check out these tips on how I transformed a deep purple wall, dorm room leftover furniture and my printer as some of the tools to redecorate my spare bedroom. The room called my “thrift store room” as I show people the finished product is something that amazes people.
Assess The Room
I decided on a medium blue paint for one wall and the other three remained grey. Brushes, rollers, painters tape and containers I had on hand.
- Window treatments
The bedroom only had one window. I removed a set of blinds, however, there were some black, grey, silver thin striped curtains already hung. The curtains were going to be the focal point of the color scheme.
- 1. Bed:
The best place to find what I was looking for was the local thrift store. The thrift store had a wood mission style headboard and foot-board for $18.50. It was natural pine on top with the vertical slates in hunter green. I added black paint to my purchases, painted the slates black and left the natural pine top. A left over mattress completed the bed.
- 2. Bedding:
An online search led to the purchase of sheets, blanket and comforter for approximate total of $60. This was my largest purchase of my decorating project. The comforter and pillow shams were black with silhouettes of white and grey leaves. I found a set of four napkins ($1.50) at the thrift store. Using my sewing machine, I created beautiful fleur-de-lis, grey and white pillows to top off the Black and white shams.
- 3. Night Stands:
My basement full of leftover college ‘junk’ was a resource of two nightstands that originally where white storage cubes, one with a shelf and the other with a drawer. I applied the black paint on the cubes. The plain wooden knobs switched to porcelain knobs, found on clearance at a local Hobby Lobby. On top of the black end tables, I placed a grey, plastic woven placemat ($2) found at Kohl’s clearance, cut it in half and placed on top of the tables to match to the designs in the room.
A thrift store lamp ($3), painted silver, placed on a nightstand adds light. I recreated the lampshade with an old black and grey pillowcase and black rickrack trim.
- 4. Chair and dresser:
A reclaimed chair, wood with vinyl seat and hob nailed details, I placed in the corner. The thrift store had a knit, wool, blue-grey throw blanket ($6) that I draped over the arm of the chair. An existing dresser relocated in the room, topped with a $2 thrift store giant black candlestick, completed the room.
- Wall decorations
Using a printer, I printed pictures of flowers, placed in $.50 thrift store black frames and mounted on the wall.
A long grey metal punch out wall hanging of a flower for $14.99 at Marshall’s Home Goods, the grey with the blue showing through went well with the color scheme.
Above the bed, I hung a picture, found at Home Goods ($14.99) of a raised black mosaic mounted on a white background in a black frame. Next to the picture, I placed a quality black shelf ($1.50) with pewter candlesticks ($2) and a small reused sunflower plant craft and a printer picture in a black frame ($.50).