We’re finally at the end of our Budget Bedroom Makeover Series and we’re ready to show you the completed room! It turned out gorgeous and is truly the oasis we envisioned. Our goal was to do this makeover using mostly items we already had and then making other items ourselves with a couple of things from the thrift store tossed in. We hope this inspires you to do your own makeovers and illustrates that they can be done much cheaper than you might think!
Bedroom Makeover Total Cost
Keep in mind we used mostly items that we already had and repainted them if needed which kept our cost way down. For specific details visit each post.
- CANOPY $17.00
- BEDROOM WALLS $11.50
- BEDROOM DECOR ITEMS & CURTAINS $51.19
- CLOTHES HAMPER REDO $8.50
- TWINKLE LIGHT JARS $23.00 (I bought drill bits in this cost)
TOTAL COST $112.00
NOTE: My daughter wanted to contribute to the room and she bought the bedspread you see. She paid $129 for it and it came with shams, mini pillows and a bed ruffle. Had she not done this I would have used a nice black bedspread I already had.
This is the gist of what it looked like before.
The after photos.
This is my side of the bed where I snuggle in a night and read my kindle. FYI as I had these black pieces for a few years the paint was off in some places. I used a black marker to cover those spots beautifully! I also placed the black shelf protector on top of the nightstands that you see.
This Clothes Hamper Redo shows that there’s not much you can’t make look new again if you try! I’ve had this set of clothes hampers for about 8 years and I love them. I got them on Amazon and paid about $18 each back then. At this point in time they were still very functional but a bit wore out so when I did my Budget Bedroom Makeover. I knew I’d need to replace them with something nicer that matched.
I headed to Amazon again but the only type I could find that were this size and black were these. At $27 bucks a pop (and I needed four of them) it seemed like a poor choice for a “budget” makeover. That’s when I began to wonder if I could give the ones I have a face lift. I got with Roy and he said he could put a small wood brace on the inside to make them sturdier. After he did that I decided to test one and see if it would hold paint well and it did! Below are the simple steps I used for my clothes hamper redo. Grab our free files below if you’d like to use the same lettering. We have it as a PDF and in Silhouette version!
I had everything but the paint.
- Quart of black paint $8.50
- 12 thin wood strips for each one
- two sets nuts and bolts for each one
- White rope
TOTAL COST: $8.50
Download the same text shown. There is a pdf version and a silhouette file version.
I chose a gloss paint. It took three coats.
I was wondering what I would use for new handles when I saw a bunch of leftover rope we had purchased a week before to use for something else. It was perfect! I braided it and had new handles in no time.
I tend to label my containers in some way, as you can see from my photo from 2008. For these I decided to use my Silhouette cutter. I wanted the labels silver and I didn’t have silver paper. So I took a sheet of white cardstock and lightly spray painted it silver. Then I cut out my text using my machine and used spray glue to attach it.
I found this old photo of my hampers from 2008.
This is the 5th installment of our Budget Bedroom Makeover Series. This week I’ll show you how to turn items you already have into new and beautiful decor pieces and how small thrift store finds can add some special touches. You’ll learn how to make a curtain rod with a dowel and wood ball and how to give old shelves a quick facelift. That’s just a little of what’s waiting for you below! With a little paint and other low cost items you’ll be on your way to your own makeover in no time! As a side note this post does not include my twinkle lights or my bedroom wall ideas as we did a previous separate post on each of those items.
Supplies Used & Cost
These are only the items I purchased for my bedroom. Everything else shown I already had. Use this as a jumping off point for your own inspiration!
- Wood Dowel, T-nuts and screws, tow 2″ wood balls with one flat side (for curtain rod) $8.00
- Rod holder set These holders can be expensive but I found a cheap white set on Amazon. $3.28
- Silver Curtain Panels purchased new on eBay $15.29
- Silver spray paint $3.98
- Silver Rub n Buff $6.68
- Contact paper for back of shelves $5.99
- Ceramic swan from thrift store $1.00
- Gold dish from thrift store $1.00
- Black and White Photo Reprints $6.00
TOTAL COST: $35.90 without curtains $51.19 with curtains
I have a TV in the bedroom. Up to this point it was sitting on one of my short black shelves. Here is an older and poor photo of how I had been using it. Not the most attractive setting. My daughter Jennifer gave me a brilliant idea. She suggested I move my tall black shelf in it’s place and use a middle shelf on it to hold my TV. So Roy set to work making that happen! He had to cut a hole in the back of the shelf to run the cords for the TV, my Roku and my digital media player. . Then he had to drill holes to adjust the shelves to allow for the TV to fit in. This is how it turned out. It worked wonderfully and the TV was at a much better level.
We had a huge old fashioned ceiling fan in the room. Roy had to remove the blades from it in order to put up our DIY Bed Canopy. I had an old black hanging lamp that had been in storage for a few years. It was perfect for the room. All Roy had to do was cut the cord on it and rewire it into the ceiling light fixture. Much better!
Make a Curtain Rod
Nice heavy curtain rods for grommet curtains are pricey so I decided to make my own. As there is only one skinny window in the room, a dowel worked fine. I cut the dowel to length then drilled holes in the ends. I insert double ended screws into the wood balls then hammered in the T-nuts into the dowel ends and placed the wood balls into them. You could actually just glue on ball onto one side as only one end needs to come off. I then white washed it for the look I wanted. I tried to come up with a way to make my own rod holders, as those are also expensive, but I couldn’t’ figure out anything. With a little research I ended up finding an inexpensive set on Amazon for $3.28. They were white and perfect as is. My $20 curtains from eBay
Back of Door Rack
I love hooks and wanted a rack of them on the back of the bedroom door. I had this old one that I wasn’t using and decided to give it a paint job to match my room. The board was painted black and I painted the hooks and screws silver.
I had three shelves in my room, two small ones and then the tall one I used for my TV. As they were all solid black I wanted to do a little something to break that up. So I purchased some contact type paper on Amazon for $6 and covered the back panels on the top two shelves of each of the smaller ones. I didn’t do anything else as that would have made it too busy. It was just enough to spice things up a bit.
Pictures & other Decor Items
I’ve had these black lamps for years. I just added a strip of silver on the bottoms. I also had this crown dish. I spray painted it to match. This small brass dish was a thrift store find. I recolored it using my silver Rub N Buff. It sits on Roy’s nightstand to hold change etc. This is another unique item I found at a thrift store a few years back. It was gold so I, again, used my Rub N Buff to make it silver. It holds a huge crystal I own. I already had these sconces. I painted over the gold and turned them completely black.
Frames, frames, frames! My house is filled with photos of the family. However, in the bedroom the only photos I place in there are of Roy and I as that’s “our” space. I took old frames and repainted them or used my silver Rub N Buff on them. Then I had 5″x7″ reprints made of old photos of Roy and I and placed them around the room.
This is one of those old fashioned metal frames I recolored and Roy hanging a wall mirror that I already had. It was the right color as is.
Another item I spray painted silver. The inset photo shows it from 2008.
The “Roy Loves Nancy” art was a drawing done by Roy in 1977 before we got married. I scanned in the original, printed it, and placed it in a frame I had painted. I already had the jar on the right. I spray painted the lid.
You might recall my Decorating For Couples post where I showed a past bedroom of ours and how I decorated it so that Roy and I would both enjoy the room. I’m still using the same nude fairy artwork I had in that room.
This is my other large fairy photo between my repainted sconces.The interesting thing about this photo is after I purchased it, I realized that the sleeping fairy looks exactly like me in my younger days.
I had all these items already. I only had to repaint the hanging photo frame. I did cut out and add the DREAM word you see in the candle. This is one of my two small shelves. On the bottom shelf is an easel holding a stone sun. I painted the easel. I had the other items you see that I’ve not already mentioned.
Items I already had.
Fairy statue I already had.
Our wedding photo with a quote that I’ve always loved.
This is my other small shelf. I found that swan at a thrift store. I was going to paint it and decided it was perfect as is. The candle holder was also from a thrift store.
Do you need some cheap bedroom wall ideas? We’ve got a few things to get your creative juices flowing! This is part of our Budget Bedroom Makeover Series and we show you that lovely decor does not have to be expensive! As I used many things I had already the total cost for my four wall hangings was under $10.
Supplies Used for Bedroom Wall Ideas
Note: Part of the info below is very general in order to spark your own ideas. It shows how I used what I had to create wall hangings very inexpensively. Please take these ideas and adapt them to whatever works for you!
- Wood (We glued slats together for ours but any regular piece of raw wood slightly sanded will work. Use whatever size you wish. I’ll give the sizes of ours below.)
- Paints (for bird art)
- Silhouette cutting machine (we used this for our quote and have silhouette files you can download below. You could also paint on a quote.)
- Paper for cone wreath, colors of choice
- Foam board or cardboard for backing
- Round mirror for cone wreath aprox 6″
- Hot glue gun
FOAM BOARD GLUE DESIGN
- Tacky Glue
- Foam board
- X-acto type knife (for letter version)
- Fine sandpaper (for letter version)
- Frame for the picture version
- Silver spray paint (or any metallic color)
My Final Cost
I already had the wood lying around.
- Black and grey paper: $5.00
- Mirror for center of cone wreath: $1.00
- Foam board $1.00
- Tacky Glue: $4.50
TOTAL COST: $11.50
We have high quality pdf versions of the quote for those who can’t do the same type we did. This can be printed and cut to fit an 8×10. If it was framed using a mat it would make a wonderful wall hanging.
If you do have a Silhouette cutting machine you can download the those files below. These fit our own wood sign but you can adjust them as needed.
I love quotes and I had saved this one knowing I wanted to use it in my bedroom when I got around to redoing it as it fits Roy and I perfectly. Our life has indeed been an adventure! We made our sign using wood slats that Roy cut and glued together. However, a solid piece of raw wood would look nice too. Cut it to whatever size you wish, lightly sand it if desired, stain it and place an applicable quote on it. You can find ready to stick quotes that you can purchase at craft stores and other places.
I created one of these and made Roy and my initials with the provable plus sign meaning love. It turned out OK but was not the quality I really wanted for the bedroom. It would be great for a kids room or a more casual setting. I decided to use the same method and make a wall hanging which fit the room better.
Trace letters onto foam board and cut out with an X-acto type knife. You can lightly sand the edges with sandpaper to help smooth them out. Trace on designs. As I’m no artist I drew some very basic teardrop shapes all over it. Using glue carefully trace the designs. Allow to dry overnight. Spray paint with metallic paint. GLUE: I used regular white glue for the letters. It flattened out a bit more than I liked. Tacky glue works much better.
The letters turned out OK but were not quite what I wanted in the room. I decided to use the same method and create a framed piece of art. I had an old frame that I used to cut my foam board to fit. I spray painted it black to match the room. On my foam board I made very simple designs then I used Tacky Glue, which held its shape much better, to outline them. After it dried I spray painted the board with metallic paint and placed it in the frame.
The instructions for making cone wreaths are all over the web. I’ll just show you the basics here. I needed a large focal point above my bed and always loved the look of these so I created one. For the center I used a round mirror which I purchased at the dollar store. The video shows the very basics of how to roll the cones.
I had one wall left that needed something on it. As I was looking for ideas I saw a lot of birds on a wire artwork. I especially liked the “love birds” art which was very applicable to the room. I wanted a wide piece of art to fit the space but we didn’t have wood that was wide enough. Rather than purchase some Roy made three smaller plaques and painted on those. He did a light white wash coat on the boards and then roughed up the paint in spots with sandpaper. He lightly sketched on a branch and then the birds. As the design is so simple anyone could make this. Then he painted them solid black but dabbed on some dark green leaves. Then of course he signed up.
Twinkle lights add a bit of magic to any room! I love them and use them throughout my house and when I did my Budget Bedroom Makeover having twinkle lights in the room was non-negotiable. I decided to make twinkle light jars and after some trial and error I found the best way to create them.
Supplies for Twinkle Lights in Jars
- Jars of any shape and size
- Clear twinkle lights, lights with plug or battery operated. You want the type that is totally clear, including the cord. *
- Diamond drill bit 1″ size (Optional and a bit tricky to use.) Nice lights will look fine being put into a jar from the top.
I already had the jars.
- Twinkle Lights $10.00
- Diamond Drill Bits: $12.99
FINAL COST: $23.00 (Had I decided to just place the lights into the tops of the jars I could have saved the $12.99 for the bits.)
I did a few test runs before figuring out what lights worked best. It will depend on a variety of things but I think the clear LED lights with a clear cord is the prettiest. My battery operated strands were different and the little lights were on a brass strand which was still very pretty.
These were some of my first attempts using regular twinkle lights. No matter what I did the green cord just didn’t look very nice. They looked best when I wrapped them in my coffee filter twinkle lights. But I still wasn’t satisfied.
USING A DRILL TO MAKE HOLES: Because I had access to a drill press we drilled holes in our jars to feed the lights through. This requires spraying water onto the bottle as it’s being drilled so it would not get too hot. There are a lot of tutorials out there on various ways to do this using a regular drill. If you decide to do this please read up well on it. Here’s a nice video tutorial I found. I’ll show you the lights being used both ways below. I think that feeding them in through the top of the jar can look fine if its arranged nicely. If I hadn’t had access to a drill to do mine I’d have just fed them into the top.
With complete clear lights and cables just place them inside the jar with the cord draping out the back. This works for lights with plugs or battery operated lights.
Because I drilled holes in my jars I was able to feed them in through the bottom.
As you can see these look nice with the lights fed into each jar.
Here is how my final jars and bottles look sitting on my dresser.
Battery operated lights are a lot of fun to use too. The battery pack has an on and off switch. I just set the pack behind the jar where it can’t be seen.
Have you ever dreamed of having a canopy in your bedroom? Well now you can and its cheaper and easier than you think! In my goal to makeover my bedroom as inexpensively as possible I knew I had to have a canopy of some type. Roy came up with a wonderful way that allowed me to do that and we’ll show you how to make your own inexpensive DIY bed canopy. This is part of our Bedroom Makeover on a Budget Series.
Supplies Needed For Inexpensive DIY Bed Canopy
For our QUEEN sized bed we used the following:
- 3 ea. 8ft boards (1”x2”s)
- 3 ea. 8ft pieces of PVC pipe (1/2”)
- 4 ea. 45 degree PVC connectors
- 8 ea. Mounting hooks (J Hooks) These need to be just large enough to hold your PVC pipe. Ours were 1” wide on the hook itself and approx. 3 ½” long from the bottom of the hook to the tip of the thread. Measure them to your PVC pipe to make sure they fit.
- Toggle Bolts OPTIONAL but if you can’t hit studs in the ceiling where you’d like to you can use these instead. Keeping in mind this is to hold very light sheers.
- 4 Sheers
For our queen bed, which will be different than yours, we used the following:
- Wood: Side pieces cut 6’10” End piece cut: 5’2”
- The PVC was approximately the same. MEASURE YOURS WELL! The corner diagonal pieces on the PVC were approximately 3 3/4”.
- Sheers. Make sure the rod pocket is large enough for your PVC pipe to go through! We used 4 sheers, one per corner. Using double that amount will make for a fuller canopy.
- Optional Toggle Bolts. These can be used to mount your frame to the ceiling if you can’t hit studs as described.
- Pipe, hooks and 1”x2” wood strips. Total Cost: $12.
- Four Sheer White Panels $4.91 each at Walmart
TOTAL SPENT: $17.00
NOTE: I decided to add two additional sheers onto the bottom corners. It looked fine with just one but I wanted it a bit fuller. So that added another $5 in the end.
Printable General Instructions
After the canopy had been up for a few days I decided I wanted an extra sheer on the bottom corners. It looked beautiful as it was (which all the photos above show) but I wanted more fullness. As you can see in the picture directly above the end corners have just one sheer that wraps around. We had to use some fishing line to brace the corners up as they were sagging a tiny bit so we pulled it through the one sheer using a big needle and then tacked it to the top wood frame using a thumbtack. Once we added the extra sheer we had one on each side that met in the middle of the corner. This made it easier to use our fishing line brace. Though if you have the two sheers you could also add a normal brace on the corners if desired.
This will be a series filled with unique and thrifty ideas to turn your bedroom into an oasis. I had ONE GOAL with my bedroom makeover: To see just how many things I could use that I already had and still make it look fresh and new with a touch of magic. I do love a good challenge so deciding this ahead of time made it more fun. It’s also pretty amazing what you can do if you decide to not throw a bunch of money at something. The old saying is true… necessity is indeed the mother of invention!
I can’t tell you how many sweeps I made through our house and our storage looking for stuff I could bring into the bedroom after “adapting” it a little. Or how much time I spent perusing Pinterest for creative ideas that were low cost. But it came together great and I didn’t have to spend a ton of money to do it.
Never let a lack of funds stop you from making your home a unique and special place. Hopefully after looking over what I’ve done you’ll get some ideas of your own on how to use what you have to create an awesome environment!
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Most Important Component for a Budget Bedroom Makeover
Paint! A coat of paint can transform bleh items into total awesomeness. I used two cans of spray paint for most of my decor, black and silver. I ended up buying some black latex paint for my hampers as new hampers would have been about $80 and I really the one’s I had. I also bought a small tube of silver Rub’n Buff which is amazing stuff. A tiny dab goes a long way and it gives a classy metal silver leaf finish to just about anything.
Steps for a Bedroom on a Budget (or any room!)
The key here is to use as much of what you already have and either repainting items or making inexpensive decor items for little or no money. Doing this requires some thinking outside the box!
- Budget: If you have a little money to spend, decide on your budget and stick to it.
- Help: If you have anyone who can help you brainstorm… call them!
- Overall Vibe: Choose the look and feel you want for your bedroom.
- Color: Choose your color scheme.
- Pinterest: Spend time on Pinterest getting ideas for expensive ways to decorate and arrange your bedroom. It’s the BEST RESOURCE ever! Make a Secret Board to pin all your ideas to for quick reference. (I have one of these boards for every room in my house.)
- Use What You Have: Go foraging and gather up everything in your house, garage and storage that might be able to be used in your bedroom. Even if you don’t think it will work gather it up anyway and put everything in an out of the way spot. Having everything in one place to go through can help inspire other ideas as you move forward in your makeover.
- Thrift Stores: Hit the thrift stores for unique items you can makeover and use.
- Paint/Redo: Using your idea and color choices look over the items you’ve gathered and purchased from thrift stores including things that will be staying in the bedroom you’re making over. Decide what you can spray paint to fit in with your theme Purchase the spray paint needed.
- Begin: Once you have all your items and colors, start putting the bedroom together! This will require doing things in steps if you have painting to do or are making decor items. Take your time and enjoy the process. New ideas may pop up as you go along. Be creative, be inventive and remember to think outside the box! This is your home and you don’t’ have to follow any prescribed outline. Make it fit YOU!
I created a free Room Makeover Kit you can download. It can be a big help in your effort to makeover any room.
My Own Personal Plan
BUDGET: $150 tops. You’ll see my totals on what I spent for everything in a future post.
CALLED MY DAUGHTER: I always call my daughter Jennifer when I want to do a room makeover. She’s unbelievably gifted and gives me all kinds of wonderful ideas even though she’s long distance. Just talking to her helps me get inspiration. A lot of what I did was based on her input.
LOOK & FEEL: I wanted a cozy sanctuary with soft elegance and a touch of magic.
COLORS: Black, grey, silver. My walls were already a soft grey and my furniture was already black. My bedding was an off white and black. I used what I had and built off that.
THINGS I KNEW I WANTED TO ADD IN MY ROOM
- A black hanging lamp I had in storage.
- Twinkle lights.
- A canopy of some sort.
- A large quote that I would pick out.
- My fairy art that I already had.
OTHER ITEMS I HAD: As I went through my home and storage I found several items I decided to makeover and pull into my room.
PINTEREST/THRIFT STORES: I made visits to both regularly!
Here is what my bedroom looked like before the makeover. Fairly bland and nothing special. Our next post will start the transformation one step at a time. You’ll learn how to make all kinds of wonderful inexpensive things including a canopy to help you transform your room into a sanctuary.