See the final reveal of our outdated kitchen transformation, completed with a minimum of cash. It's now a fun, inspiring place to be. Before & after photos!

Jennifer Seeing the Kitchen for the First Time

This post marks the end of a series on our outdated kitchen transformation. There’s ten posts in all, some of them are just fun little things we did to add into the kitchen such as the Little DIY Sugar Bowl and others are larger projects such as a Built in Corner Simple DIY Pantry.  This was a very 70’s kitchen with cupboards that had some nasty kind of finish someone had tried to apply and it didn’t quite work out.  You might recall I caught a photo of my daughter’s face when she first saw it. Her expression pretty much summed it up.  (She helped with a large portion of the make-over). It needed help badly. And me, being who I am, I wanted something fun and unique. And that’s exactly what I got.

Bear in mind, this transformation is not about a lot of new fancy appliances. Throughout everything, we kept an eye on cost. So the fridge is still the one we’ve had for over a decade and the stove is the one that was in the house when we bought it and badly needs updated. We wanted to show you how you can make what you have look beautiful without spending hundreds of dollars, even if you have to keep older appliances. We gave the stove a facelift and it looks very happy now with some flowers, a new back splash and bright towels on the front.

Never think that you can’t update your home because you have very little money. You’d be amazed at how far a gallon of paint will go! To prove my point, check out our Budget Living Room Makeover and Our Budget Bedroom Makeover. They are full of ideas on how to use what you have and then spend very little on extra’s to makeover a room. And if you’re the type that leans towards the whimsical, such as what we did below, you’ll love our Whimsical Living Room Series!

We start out with four rollover images, ’cause they’re so fun! You can see the room before, then when you rollover the image with your cursor you’ll see the “after” photo. Below that are the rest of the images showing the room from all angels. We did buy a new faucet. That was the only item we replaced.

 

Before Rollover #1

Hover cursor over photo to see “after” photo. (Page needs to load fully for those with slow internet.)

Before Rollover #2

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Before Rollover #3

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Before Rollover #4

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Regular Kitchen Transformation Photos

Notice that framed photo on the right? That’s the original wallpaper. You can read the cute story about at “Kitchen Keepsake: If These Walls Could Talk”

See the final reveal of our outdated kitchen transformation, completed with a minimum of cash. It's now a fun, inspiring place to be. Before & after photos!

We also have a DIY for that Unique  Chicken Wire Frame Memo Board you see on the left.

See the final reveal of our outdated kitchen transformation, completed with a minimum of cash. It's now a fun, inspiring place to be. Before & after photos! See the final reveal of our outdated kitchen transformation, completed with a minimum of cash. It's now a fun, inspiring place to be. Before & after photos!

As I had limited space for a garbage can Roy made that kitchen rash can on wheels you see and can get the instructions on.

See the final reveal of our outdated kitchen transformation, completed with a minimum of cash. It's now a fun, inspiring place to be. Before & after photos! See the final reveal of our outdated kitchen transformation, completed with a minimum of cash. It's now a fun, inspiring place to be. Before & after photos!

The Eat To Live plaques are a Darling Kitchen Wall Decor item made from dollar store plates!See the final reveal of our outdated kitchen transformation, completed with a minimum of cash. It's now a fun, inspiring place to be. Before & after photos! See the final reveal of our outdated kitchen transformation, completed with a minimum of cash. It's now a fun, inspiring place to be. Before & after photos! See the final reveal of our outdated kitchen transformation, completed with a minimum of cash. It's now a fun, inspiring place to be. Before & after photos! See the final reveal of our outdated kitchen transformation, completed with a minimum of cash. It's now a fun, inspiring place to be. Before & after photos!

Yep, that’s just a wire basket I painted white and attached over my light fixture. Luckily it fit perfect!See the final reveal of our outdated kitchen transformation, completed with a minimum of cash. It's now a fun, inspiring place to be. Before & after photos!See the final reveal of our outdated kitchen transformation, completed with a minimum of cash. It's now a fun, inspiring place to be. Before & after photos!

 

 

 

 

 

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A small kitchen island can be made from things you already have or even rough lumber. Some paint and contact paper and you've got the extra space you need!Our kitchen isn’t all that big but when we did our outdated kitchen transformation, I felt like there was room for a small kitchen island. You know… like an islet. The extra room would be so helpful. I didn’t want to spend the bucks on one and Roy would have gladly built something for me but the first thing we did was look over our current “stuff”. Ends up we had the perfect thing staring us right in the face. Not everyone is that lucky I realize but what we used was something my dad had made me a few years back to hold appliances in a kitchen that was much smaller than what we have now. Ironically it was just the right height. It just needed a facelift to work in our current home. Sometimes it doesn’t take much to fix something up for another use.  Below is what we did. If you need to build your own and like the rough wood look, you don’t need a lot of skill. Check out our Kitchen Trash Can On Wheels we made to go in the new kitchen. You might also want to check out our contact paper countertop in case you want to use the finish we used on that  for the top of your small kitchen island.

 

Small Kitchen Island Photos

This is a few years back when my dad originally made the stand for me so I’d have a place to put some of my appliances. He made it to fit that spot exactly!A small kitchen island can be made from things you already have or even rough lumber. Some paint and contact paper and you've got the extra space you need!

When I realized it would work for our small kitchen island the first thing we did was give it a fresh coat of white paint.

A small kitchen island can be made from things you already have or even rough lumber. Some paint and contact paper and you've got the extra space you need!

Next, some contact paper was purchased that matched the kitchen theme and it was placed on top. A small kitchen island can be made from things you already have or even rough lumber. Some paint and contact paper and you've got the extra space you need!

To make it extra sturdy, I’ve decided once this wears out I will put on a new cover of contact paper and then give it 3 coats of water soluble varnish just like I did for our bathroom contact paper countertop makeover. It turned out beautiful and sturdy!  Check out that post to see the tools you’ll need to do it. It’s simple to do and worth the effort. A small kitchen island can be made from things you already have or even rough lumber. Some paint and contact paper and you've got the extra space you need!

I wanted a towel rack on the island, so rather than buy one Roy made one from wood and a dowel and two ends caps we had.A small kitchen island can be made from things you already have or even rough lumber. Some paint and contact paper and you've got the extra space you need!

I panted it and added some bright towels. A small kitchen island can be made from things you already have or even rough lumber. Some paint and contact paper and you've got the extra space you need!

On the other side I hung a white metal hook to hold one of my larger wood cutting boards since we use the island for cutting a great deal of the time. A small kitchen island can be made from things you already have or even rough lumber. Some paint and contact paper and you've got the extra space you need!

It’s perfect and not so big that it gets in the way and it allows us the extra bit of space we need! A small kitchen island can be made from things you already have or even rough lumber. Some paint and contact paper and you've got the extra space you need! A small kitchen island can be made from things you already have or even rough lumber. Some paint and contact paper and you've got the extra space you need!

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Can't find a large enough kitchen trash can to fit a space? You can make one on wheels to fit any spot! All you need are a few simple supplies and toolsEvidently we make a lot more garbage than normal people because our kitchen trash can is always overflowing. I’ve tried my hardest to find a supersize rectangular trash can but to no avail. I’ve even tried using  things like hampers but I can never find just the right one to fit the spot I need or else the bags won’t fit them. So, and here’s another minor embarrassing admission, I finally ended up using a large box. Now,  before I hear those snide remarks of “taaaacky”, I did cover it with contact paper. But it was so large it needed those leaf bags to line it, which are black. That was tacky. The good part was we didn’t have to take the garbage out 5 times a day. (The older I get the more I’m amazed how many times utility wins out over aesthetics.)

Anyway, I used the same cardboard box for probably 4 years.  In our current house we had moved our fridge and were able to put it in between the stove and our armoire pantry. Yes, you hear right and can read about that in our simple DIY pantry). But when we put in our new pantry the fridge had to go back where it initially was and we were left with no place to put our box trash can with the leaf bag. So we build a new one. It was super simple and filled the thin space between the stove and fridge. I also went on a search and found clear large leaf bags to fit it!  Watch how we did it below. You might also enjoy the earlier part of our outdated kitchen transformation which this is part of.

 

Kitchen Trash Can Supplies

Instructions

This is my “box” trash bag covered in contact paper. I carried this through three houses, believe it or not. The black bag doesn’t help much.

Can't find a large enough kitchen trash can to fit a space? You can make one on wheels to fit any spot! All you need are a few simple supplies and tools.

When we redid our kitchen the fridge was moved back where it belonged to allow for our new pantry so we only had a small skinny place for the trash can. Roy measured it up and set out to design a trash can to fit that area. Can't find a large enough kitchen trash can to fit a space? You can make one on wheels to fit any spot! All you need are a few simple supplies and tools.

The bracing pieces were glued on then a brad stapler was used. Can't find a large enough kitchen trash can to fit a space? You can make one on wheels to fit any spot! All you need are a few simple supplies and tools.

Cutting the side pieces. Can't find a large enough kitchen trash can to fit a space? You can make one on wheels to fit any spot! All you need are a few simple supplies and tools.

More gluing and stapling of brads into the container.Can't find a large enough kitchen trash can to fit a space? You can make one on wheels to fit any spot! All you need are a few simple supplies and tools.

It went together fairly quickly once the pieces were cut.Can't find a large enough kitchen trash can to fit a space? You can make one on wheels to fit any spot! All you need are a few simple supplies and tools.

The last side piece was placed on and then the bottom. Can't find a large enough kitchen trash can to fit a space? You can make one on wheels to fit any spot! All you need are a few simple supplies and tools.The trash can was painted.Can't find a large enough kitchen trash can to fit a space? You can make one on wheels to fit any spot! All you need are a few simple supplies and tools.

I had some old handles which and I painted one of them silver, as you can see, to use for the front of the trash can.Can't find a large enough kitchen trash can to fit a space? You can make one on wheels to fit any spot! All you need are a few simple supplies and tools.

We used a 2″ set of swivel wheels. Can't find a large enough kitchen trash can to fit a space? You can make one on wheels to fit any spot! All you need are a few simple supplies and tools.

Wheels were screwed into the bottom corners.Can't find a large enough kitchen trash can to fit a space? You can make one on wheels to fit any spot! All you need are a few simple supplies and tools.

The handle was attached to the front. Can't find a large enough kitchen trash can to fit a space? You can make one on wheels to fit any spot! All you need are a few simple supplies and tools.

Slide it into your space!Can't find a large enough kitchen trash can to fit a space? You can make one on wheels to fit any spot! All you need are a few simple supplies and tools

Can't find a large enough kitchen trash can to fit a space? You can make one on wheels to fit any spot! All you need are a few simple supplies and toolsCan't find a large enough kitchen trash can to fit a space? You can make one on wheels to fit any spot! All you need are a few simple supplies and tools

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This DIY Lazy Susan is one of the most awesome upcycle projects ever and it’s incredibly useful and inexpensive to make. Plus it has all kinds of uses!This is one of the most awesome upcycle projects ever and its incredibly useful and so cheap to make! All you need are some marbles and 2 cheap cake pans to make a Lazy Susan that works as well as the one’s you buy.  With a little spray paint and some contact paper or scrapbook paper, it’s also quite pretty.  Lazy Susan’s are pretty pricey so this is a way to make several for only a couple dollars each.  This was part of our outdated kitchen transformation which included some other fun posts such as our Chicken Wire Memo Board and our Lovely Little DIY Sugar Bowl

This DIY Lazy Susan is one of the most awesome upcycle projects ever and it’s incredibly useful and inexpensive to make.  Plus, it has all kinds of uses!

Lazy Susan Supplies

  • 2 cake pans any size (we got ours for .88 each at Walmart)
  • Marbles, normal to smaller size. They must all be the same size. You need enough to almost cover the bottom of the pan.
  • Spray paint (optional)
  • Paper or contact paper for bottom of one pan (optional)

Video in Action

Instructions

 

Gather your items. IMPORTANT: You need enough marbles to COVER NEARLY THE ENTIRE BOTTOM OF THE PAN.

This DIY Lazy Susan is one of the most awesome upcycle projects ever and it’s incredibly useful and inexpensive to make. Plus it has all kinds of uses!

Spray paint your pans whatever color you choose.  You don’t need to paint the inside of the bottom pan where the marbles will go.This DIY Lazy Susan is one of the most awesome upcycle projects ever and it’s incredibly useful and inexpensive to make. Plus it has all kinds of uses!

Measure the inside of the pan for cutting your liner.This DIY Lazy Susan is one of the most awesome upcycle projects ever and it’s incredibly useful and inexpensive to make. Plus it has all kinds of uses!

Cut out your contact paper or liner paper. This DIY Lazy Susan is one of the most awesome upcycle projects ever and it’s incredibly useful and inexpensive to make. Plus it has all kinds of uses!

Place it in your pan. This DIY Lazy Susan is one of the most awesome upcycle projects ever and it’s incredibly useful and inexpensive to make. Plus it has all kinds of uses!

Fill the bottom pan most of the way with marbles. This DIY Lazy Susan is one of the most awesome upcycle projects ever and it’s incredibly useful and inexpensive to make. Plus it has all kinds of uses!

Set your top pan onto the marbles and your Lazy Susan is ready to use!This DIY Lazy Susan is one of the most awesome upcycle projects ever and it’s incredibly useful and inexpensive to make. Plus it has all kinds of uses!This DIY Lazy Susan is one of the most awesome upcycle projects ever and it’s incredibly useful and inexpensive to make. Plus it has all kinds of uses! This DIY Lazy Susan is one of the most awesome upcycle projects ever and it’s incredibly useful and inexpensive to make. Plus it has all kinds of uses!

 

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Build your own affordable pantry door organizer with some wood and a few basic tools. It's easier than you think and you'll love the extra storage!I’m not one to waste space, especially in a small home. After getting my simple diy pantry built in as part of our outdated kitchen transformation, the back of that pantry door was just staring at me all empty-like. So I asked Roy if he could pleeeeease make me a pantry door organizer. Being a sucker for my puppy dog eyes, he said yes.  I just wanted it to hold some basic things like plastic bags, teas, jellos and other smaller items. He measured it up and before I knew it, my panty door was empty no more! Roy is not a professional carpenter and only recently started dabbling in building things. He claims anyone can build these things with a few basic tools. So don’t let the idea of wood work overwhelm you!

Pantry Door Organizer Supplies & Tools

  • 1″x4″ for sides and shelves all cut to 2.5″ wide
  • 1/4″ slats cut from left over pieces for cross pieces
  • Luan 1/4″ plywood, 2″x4″ piece
  • Wood Glue
  • Clamps
  • Saber Saw for Cutting Notch in Back for Door Knob
  • Table Saw was used for everything else

Assembly Photos

Build your own affordable pantry door organizer with some wood and a few basic tools. It's easier than you think and you'll love the extra storage! Build your own affordable pantry door organizer with some wood and a few basic tools. It's easier than you think and you'll love the extra storage! Build your own affordable pantry door organizer with some wood and a few basic tools. It's easier than you think and you'll love the extra storage! Build your own affordable pantry door organizer with some wood and a few basic tools. It's easier than you think and you'll love the extra storage! Build your own affordable pantry door organizer with some wood and a few basic tools. It's easier than you think and you'll love the extra storage! Build your own affordable pantry door organizer with some wood and a few basic tools. It's easier than you think and you'll love the extra storage! Build your own affordable pantry door organizer with some wood and a few basic tools. It's easier than you think and you'll love the extra storage! Build your own affordable pantry door organizer with some wood and a few basic tools. It's easier than you think and you'll love the extra storage! Build your own affordable pantry door organizer with some wood and a few basic tools. It's easier than you think and you'll love the extra storage! Build your own affordable pantry door organizer with some wood and a few basic tools. It's easier than you think and you'll love the extra storage! Build your own affordable pantry door organizer with some wood and a few basic tools. It's easier than you think and you'll love the extra storage!

I added some colorful contact paper to the back of some of the shelves.  You can never have too much storage! Build your own affordable pantry door organizer with some wood and a few basic tools. It's easier than you think and you'll love the extra storage!Build your own affordable pantry door organizer with some wood and a few basic tools. It's easier than you think and you'll love the extra storage!

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Looking for some inexpensive kitchen wall decor to brighten up your home? These darling dollar store plastic plates and platters are just the thing! This charming kitchen wall decor cost us $1.00 to make. Dollar Tree carries these bright plastic plates and platters regularly. The set we did for our kitchen, assuming you have trouble with basic addition, was $3.00.  I actually cheated a bit and used my Silhouette Portrait to cut vinyl letters for my kitchen set.  But that’s just a perk if you have one.

These are so easy and fun to make and you can fill your kitchen with whatever words you choose!  If you’ve been following along you know this is part of our Outdated Kitchen Transformation. Make sure you check out our last decor addition to the project. Our Chicken Wire Frame Memo Board with Faux Succulents. It’s pretty unique!

Kitchen Wall Decor Supplies

NOTE: If you own a Silhouette cutting machine you can of course easily make your own words easily out of vinyl. You can also buy ready made letters at the craft store. The most inexpensive way is to use colored paper and card stock and cut your own. You can use our patterns or make your own on a printer.

Download Patterns

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Looking for some inexpensive kitchen wall decor to brighten up your home? These darling dollar store plastic plates and platters are just the thing!

Instructions

Choose a plastic plate size, shape and color.

Looking for some inexpensive kitchen wall decor to brighten up your home? These darling dollar store plastic plates and platters are just the thing!

Print out your words of choice or create your own on a printer and print them out.Looking for some inexpensive kitchen wall decor to brighten up your home? These darling dollar store plastic plates and platters are just the thing!

Place the letters on a colored piece of paper and carefully cut each one out. Looking for some inexpensive kitchen wall decor to brighten up your home? These darling dollar store plastic plates and platters are just the thing!

Lay out the words as they will be placed for gluing. Looking for some inexpensive kitchen wall decor to brighten up your home? These darling dollar store plastic plates and platters are just the thing!

A glue stick works very well for this project as it allows you to slide them for adjusting as you go along.Looking for some inexpensive kitchen wall decor to brighten up your home? These darling dollar store plastic plates and platters are just the thing!

Coat the back of each letter.Looking for some inexpensive kitchen wall decor to brighten up your home? These darling dollar store plastic plates and platters are just the thing!

Place them on your plate or platter. If needed, slide them with your finger to align. Looking for some inexpensive kitchen wall decor to brighten up your home? These darling dollar store plastic plates and platters are just the thing!

For the flowers, print out the flower templates.Looking for some inexpensive kitchen wall decor to brighten up your home? These darling dollar store plastic plates and platters are just the thing!

Cut out the size you need. We used the smaller two. Looking for some inexpensive kitchen wall decor to brighten up your home? These darling dollar store plastic plates and platters are just the thing!

Cut the small slit into the middle that allows for overlapping two petals together to make a single petal and give the 3D effect.Looking for some inexpensive kitchen wall decor to brighten up your home? These darling dollar store plastic plates and platters are just the thing!

Place glue on one next to the cut you made into the center of your flower, then overlap the petal next to it onto it completely, turning two petals into one. Looking for some inexpensive kitchen wall decor to brighten up your home? These darling dollar store plastic plates and platters are just the thing!

Add a dob of glue and add your center circle. You can trim the double petal with scissors if needed.Looking for some inexpensive kitchen wall decor to brighten up your home? These darling dollar store plastic plates and platters are just the thing!

Glue onto your platter. Add leaves if desired.Looking for some inexpensive kitchen wall decor to brighten up your home? These darling dollar store plastic plates and platters are just the thing!

This is the set we did using vinyl cut from a Silhouette Machine to match our kitchen.  Looking for some inexpensive kitchen wall decor to brighten up your home? These darling dollar store plastic plates and platters are just the thing!

Looking for some inexpensive kitchen wall decor to brighten up your home? These darling dollar store plastic plates and platters are just the thing!

We supplied the same text so you could do something similar with your own flowers as flourish.Looking for some inexpensive kitchen wall decor to brighten up your home? These darling dollar store plastic plates and platters are just the thing!Looking for some inexpensive kitchen wall decor to brighten up your home? These darling dollar store plastic plates and platters are just the thing! Looking for some inexpensive kitchen wall decor to brighten up your home? These darling dollar store plastic plates and platters are just the thing!

 

 

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Add space and convenience to your small kitchen with this simple DIY pantry! It has floor to ceiling shelves, a door and it fits perfectly into a corner.I’m kind of embarrassed to admit this but we were using a stand up clothes armoire as a simple DIY pantry in our kitchen because we didn’t have enough space to hold all our food stuffs. Hey, you do what you need to do.  And I needed more space for my canned goods. Roy, who’s not a carpenter, finally decided he was going to make us a pantry as part of our outdated kitchen transformation. It would be small and in the  corner, but it would be floor to ceiling. So he designed it using Googles free program SketchUp.  Then he bought the materials and started building! I’m amazed at how much this small pantry holds. I was able to empty the “armoire” pantry and a couple of cupboards.  You can watch him make it start to finish below. If you enjoy these do it yourself wood projects, you might also like our DIY Bed Canopy.

 

 

Simple DIY Pantry Plans

We’ve had so many people ask about sizes and plans that we’ve added a download that has that information. Or the best we can give anyway. Roy used the free software Google Sketchup to draw up the plans to fit our space. We’ve included the pictures which show all the dimensions and the actual Google Sketch up file itself should you want to grab the program and pull it in.

Plans pdf

 

Google Sketchup File (zip format)


After unzipping the .skp file can be opened in the free program Google Sketchup.

This is the corner it was going in to. Not very big is it? (FYI it has been painted)Add space and convenience to your small kitchen with this simple DIY pantry! It has floor to ceiling shelves, a door and it fits perfectly into a corner.

This is what we were using for a pantry along with a couple of the kitchen cupboards.Add space and convenience to your small kitchen with this simple DIY pantry! It has floor to ceiling shelves, a door and it fits perfectly into a corner.

Roy LOVES messing around Google SketchUp and he designed the new pantry.Add space and convenience to your small kitchen with this simple DIY pantry! It has floor to ceiling shelves, a door and it fits perfectly into a corner.

The start of the framing now begins!Add space and convenience to your small kitchen with this simple DIY pantry! It has floor to ceiling shelves, a door and it fits perfectly into a corner.

Add space and convenience to your small kitchen with this simple DIY pantry! It has floor to ceiling shelves, a door and it fits perfectly into a corner. Add space and convenience to your small kitchen with this simple DIY pantry! It has floor to ceiling shelves, a door and it fits perfectly into a corner.

The outlet was on the wall which would now be “inside’ the pantry so Roy had to move it. Fairly easy job. Add space and convenience to your small kitchen with this simple DIY pantry! It has floor to ceiling shelves, a door and it fits perfectly into a corner.

After the frame was up, the sheet rock was cut and put up. Add space and convenience to your small kitchen with this simple DIY pantry! It has floor to ceiling shelves, a door and it fits perfectly into a corner.

Then wood strips were added for the shelves.Add space and convenience to your small kitchen with this simple DIY pantry! It has floor to ceiling shelves, a door and it fits perfectly into a corner.

The sheet rock was mudded and sanded by our son Adam. Add space and convenience to your small kitchen with this simple DIY pantry! It has floor to ceiling shelves, a door and it fits perfectly into a corner.

Roy began painting the inside. Add space and convenience to your small kitchen with this simple DIY pantry! It has floor to ceiling shelves, a door and it fits perfectly into a corner.

Shelves were cut. Add space and convenience to your small kitchen with this simple DIY pantry! It has floor to ceiling shelves, a door and it fits perfectly into a corner.

More sanding by Adam. Add space and convenience to your small kitchen with this simple DIY pantry! It has floor to ceiling shelves, a door and it fits perfectly into a corner.

Shelves inserted and painted.Add space and convenience to your small kitchen with this simple DIY pantry! It has floor to ceiling shelves, a door and it fits perfectly into a corner.  The final step. The door!Add space and convenience to your small kitchen with this simple DIY pantry! It has floor to ceiling shelves, a door and it fits perfectly into a corner.

The door and frame were painted.Add space and convenience to your small kitchen with this simple DIY pantry! It has floor to ceiling shelves, a door and it fits perfectly into a corner.

Add space and convenience to your small kitchen with this simple DIY pantry! It has floor to ceiling shelves, a door and it fits perfectly into a corner.

Though this will be part of the decorating post you get a sneak peek. We added a label to the door.Add space and convenience to your small kitchen with this simple DIY pantry! It has floor to ceiling shelves, a door and it fits perfectly into a corner.

Perfect! You’ll see more later!Add space and convenience to your small kitchen with this simple DIY pantry! It has floor to ceiling shelves, a door and it fits perfectly into a corner.

Actually there was one more step. Roy added some shelving on the side so we could get rid of a bakers rack that held a variety of appliances. Now came the fun part. Filling the new pantry!Add space and convenience to your small kitchen with this simple DIY pantry! It has floor to ceiling shelves, a door and it fits perfectly into a corner.

Add space and convenience to your small kitchen with this simple DIY pantry! It has floor to ceiling shelves, a door and it fits perfectly into a corner.

I can’t believe how much stuff we could fit into that small pantry. We opened up so much cupboard space in addition to getting rid of the old armoire. Add space and convenience to your small kitchen with this simple DIY pantry! It has floor to ceiling shelves, a door and it fits perfectly into a corner.

I purchased a special container on wheels for Oliver’s dog food. We can now store paper towels inside rather than in the garage. Add space and convenience to your small kitchen with this simple DIY pantry! It has floor to ceiling shelves, a door and it fits perfectly into a corner.

Items that are not used as much go on the upper shelf. Add space and convenience to your small kitchen with this simple DIY pantry! It has floor to ceiling shelves, a door and it fits perfectly into a corner.

I don’t get all fancy with my organizing in here as there is such a turnaround. I just keep it neat. Add space and convenience to your small kitchen with this simple DIY pantry! It has floor to ceiling shelves, a door and it fits perfectly into a corner.Add space and convenience to your small kitchen with this simple DIY pantry! It has floor to ceiling shelves, a door and it fits perfectly into a corner. Add space and convenience to your small kitchen with this simple DIY pantry! It has floor to ceiling shelves, a door and it fits perfectly into a corner.

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A country chicken wire frame memo board that will brighten up your kitchen with its pretty pinecone succulents. It holds useful items plus photos & quotes!

I always wanted a chicken wire frame memo board and when we did our kitchen transformation, I decided to add one into my new kitchen. We’d used chicken wire once before in a really popular Dream Catcher Vision Board  but this one was meant to be kitchen oriented, though I throw in a little twist using a pinecone craft succulent craft we did recently. It turned out gorgeous! I even made my own mail holder from a Malt-O-Meal box. The entire thing was a wonderful upcycle project. Fill yours with whatever pleases you!

 

Chicken Wire Frame Supplies

 

PINECONE SUPPLIES

Please visit our Pinecone Craft post for details on making these.

  • Pinecones of various shapes and sizes. You’ll be using bottoms and tops.
  • Pruning shears or something to cut your pine cones with. They need a longer tip to get inside.
  • Paint, acrylic or spray paint (after testing both, spray paint is much easier)
  • Moss, if desired for containers

Instructions

We had an old rough wood frame that we decided to use for our chicken wire frame. Roy cut some chicken wire to fit it.

A country chicken wire frame memo board that will brighten up your kitchen with its pretty pinecone succulents. It holds useful items plus photos & quotes!

Then he stapled it in place around the edges.A country chicken wire frame memo board that will brighten up your kitchen with its pretty pinecone succulents. It holds useful items plus photos & quotes! A country chicken wire frame memo board that will brighten up your kitchen with its pretty pinecone succulents. It holds useful items plus photos & quotes!

We did this backwards and painted it after we put the chicken wire on. A country chicken wire frame memo board that will brighten up your kitchen with its pretty pinecone succulents. It holds useful items plus photos & quotes!

Next we made our pinecone succulents. It’s very easy to do and we have detailed instructions on our Pinecone Craft post here. A country chicken wire frame memo board that will brighten up your kitchen with its pretty pinecone succulents. It holds useful items plus photos & quotes!

After our succulents were made and painted, we cut small circles out of felt to attach them to our chicken wire.A country chicken wire frame memo board that will brighten up your kitchen with its pretty pinecone succulents. It holds useful items plus photos & quotes!

Place a large amount of hot glue on the felt circle.A country chicken wire frame memo board that will brighten up your kitchen with its pretty pinecone succulents. It holds useful items plus photos & quotes!

Place it where you will be putting your succulent. A country chicken wire frame memo board that will brighten up your kitchen with its pretty pinecone succulents. It holds useful items plus photos & quotes!

Push your succulent down onto the felt while pushing the felt with glue onto the succulent. Use something, if needed, to help push the felt so you don’t get burned. A country chicken wire frame memo board that will brighten up your kitchen with its pretty pinecone succulents. It holds useful items plus photos & quotes!

This shows all of the succulents attached. A country chicken wire frame memo board that will brighten up your kitchen with its pretty pinecone succulents. It holds useful items plus photos & quotes!

I decided to add moss in between the succulents.A country chicken wire frame memo board that will brighten up your kitchen with its pretty pinecone succulents. It holds useful items plus photos & quotes!

I just poked it down in between and didn’t use any glue. It’s a messy job I suggest you do outside. A country chicken wire frame memo board that will brighten up your kitchen with its pretty pinecone succulents. It holds useful items plus photos & quotes!

Next, I designed a note pad and pencil to hang on the board.A country chicken wire frame memo board that will brighten up your kitchen with its pretty pinecone succulents. It holds useful items plus photos & quotes!

A tiny hook screw was twisted into the end of the pencil eraser. A country chicken wire frame memo board that will brighten up your kitchen with its pretty pinecone succulents. It holds useful items plus photos & quotes!

I was painted  silver and Washi tape was wrapped around the end.A country chicken wire frame memo board that will brighten up your kitchen with its pretty pinecone succulents. It holds useful items plus photos & quotes!

We covered the top of our note pad with Washi tape to match. A country chicken wire frame memo board that will brighten up your kitchen with its pretty pinecone succulents. It holds useful items plus photos & quotes!

I was originally going to use a binder clip and somehow rig a hook onto the chicken wire to hold the memo pad. A country chicken wire frame memo board that will brighten up your kitchen with its pretty pinecone succulents. It holds useful items plus photos & quotes!

Then I remembered I had these awesome Clips with Hooks. They were perfect!A country chicken wire frame memo board that will brighten up your kitchen with its pretty pinecone succulents. It holds useful items plus photos & quotes!

I wanted to have a pouch on my board to hold mail until we had a chance to open it. A Malt-O-Meal box was the perfect size.A country chicken wire frame memo board that will brighten up your kitchen with its pretty pinecone succulents. It holds useful items plus photos & quotes!

I measured it and marked it how I wanted with a sharpie marker. A country chicken wire frame memo board that will brighten up your kitchen with its pretty pinecone succulents. It holds useful items plus photos & quotes!

Then cut it with an X-acto knife. A country chicken wire frame memo board that will brighten up your kitchen with its pretty pinecone succulents. It holds useful items plus photos & quotes!

I chose a color of scrapbook paper to cover it with. A country chicken wire frame memo board that will brighten up your kitchen with its pretty pinecone succulents. It holds useful items plus photos & quotes!

I laid the box on the wrong side of the paper and carefully traced it. A country chicken wire frame memo board that will brighten up your kitchen with its pretty pinecone succulents. It holds useful items plus photos & quotes!

Then I made two of the main folds. A country chicken wire frame memo board that will brighten up your kitchen with its pretty pinecone succulents. It holds useful items plus photos & quotes!

At this point I pulled out my spray adhesive and gave the front and sides of the box a quick spray.A country chicken wire frame memo board that will brighten up your kitchen with its pretty pinecone succulents. It holds useful items plus photos & quotes!

Then I pressed the paper carefully onto the box aligning the folds. I decided not to cover the back as it would not show. A country chicken wire frame memo board that will brighten up your kitchen with its pretty pinecone succulents. It holds useful items plus photos & quotes!

I then proceeded to cut and fold the bottom paper. A country chicken wire frame memo board that will brighten up your kitchen with its pretty pinecone succulents. It holds useful items plus photos & quotes!

I used stick glue to hold it in place.A country chicken wire frame memo board that will brighten up your kitchen with its pretty pinecone succulents. It holds useful items plus photos & quotes!

Any extra was trimmed off.A country chicken wire frame memo board that will brighten up your kitchen with its pretty pinecone succulents. It holds useful items plus photos & quotes!

On the top side I carefully decided where to make the cuts so I could fold the paper down and glue it into place while trimming away the excess. A country chicken wire frame memo board that will brighten up your kitchen with its pretty pinecone succulents. It holds useful items plus photos & quotes!

 I used a stick glue to do the seams. A country chicken wire frame memo board that will brighten up your kitchen with its pretty pinecone succulents. It holds useful items plus photos & quotes!

For the finishing touch I added a metal label holder. It was bronze and I wanted silver so I used a little rub ‘n buff on it. A country chicken wire frame memo board that will brighten up your kitchen with its pretty pinecone succulents. It holds useful items plus photos & quotes!

I glued it onto the front of the box and made a hole for the screws and pushed them through.  Then I printed a label that said MAIL on my computer to insert into it. A country chicken wire frame memo board that will brighten up your kitchen with its pretty pinecone succulents. It holds useful items plus photos & quotes!

I found a plastic hook and glued it upside down on the back of the box so I could hang it on the board.  I could have also used felt to glue it on but I wanted the box to be removable. A country chicken wire frame memo board that will brighten up your kitchen with its pretty pinecone succulents. It holds useful items plus photos & quotes!

A country chicken wire frame memo board that will brighten up your kitchen with its pretty pinecone succulents. It holds useful items plus photos & quotes!

A country chicken wire frame memo board that will brighten up your kitchen with its pretty pinecone succulents. It holds useful items plus photos & quotes!

A country chicken wire frame memo board that will brighten up your kitchen with its pretty pinecone succulents. It holds useful items plus photos & quotes!

A country chicken wire frame memo board that will brighten up your kitchen with its pretty pinecone succulents. It holds useful items plus photos & quotes!

A country chicken wire frame memo board that will brighten up your kitchen with its pretty pinecone succulents. It holds useful items plus photos & quotes!

A country chicken wire frame memo board that will brighten up your kitchen with its pretty pinecone succulents. It holds useful items plus photos & quotes!

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A keepsake is something you save from your past that has a significant meaning to you. Here's one very unique way to keep a special memory of your home. I’m a keepsake person. Not to be confused with a hoarder, mind you. I’ve saved things from my own childhood and my children’s childhood through the years. I don’t keep every little scrap of paper they ever brought home. Only the best and most special things are kept and then filed away by year in a large plastic tub. My kids are all grown now and one of their greatest pleasures is going through those tubs. I even saved recordings of them talking when they were little. And I’ve done a post on How to Make a Keepsake Dog or Puppy Paw Print. Even with all I’ve saved, there are some things I wish I’d kept. Like the key for every house we ever lived in. I’ve seen people do awesome displays with those but that just never even crossed my mind.

My daughter did something for me recently that was such a unique idea I wanted to share it in case others might want to do it at some point in the future. As part of our kitchen transformation, she removed wallpaper that had been in the home I’m pretty sure since the 70’s. We’re talking retro-city. Wall to wall fruit and berries and such. She did all the work herself and stripped it off and painted the kitchen a lovely eggshell. What I didn’t know until the next day was that she had taken a swatch of the old wallpaper and framed it for me and hung it in the kitchen as a reminder. It almost brought a tear to my eye. So I wanted to share that little tidbit in case any of you have the same opportunity in the future and might want to do the same thing.  Eventually the swatch will go in our family keepsake box but for now it will hang on our wall for several years at least, a reminder of years past.

 

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Follow along with our series as we show you how to do outdated kitchen transformation without spending hundreds and hundreds of dollars. You'll be amazed!Follow along with our series as we show you how to do outdated kitchen transformation without spending hundreds and hundreds of dollars. You'll be amazed!See that look on my oldest daughter Jennifer’s face? That’s the unrehearsed snapshot moment she walked into my kitchen for the first time. When Roy and I purchased our 1st home in 37 years of marriage, (a unique story in itself), the kitchen was like a time warp back to the 70’s. I’m sure that wallpaper was all the rage back then but it was gonna have to go at some point. And the cupboards were some sort of attempted crackle mess from long ago. But hey, this was my very own house, and after years of rentals I loved every little pimple and wart it might have.Fast forward and my daughter makes yet another visit, this time with ulterior motives. She wants to give my kitchen a makeover. And now I’m more than ready for it.

We’re going to take you step by step through our process. We tried to be as frugal as possible and a good deal of it was just hard work.  But you’re going to be amazed at the end result. As you know I lean towards the whimsical and unusual in my home and my kitchen is no exception. We also have a budget bedroom makeover plan that would be helpful for any room if you want to take a look at that.

So follow along with us the next few weeks as we show you what we’ve done. We’ll also toss in a craft and decor item or two along the way that we did just for the room. Our goal is to show you that you can redo a room without spending hundreds and hundreds of dollars.

First, here’s what the kitchen looked like in all its original glory!Follow along with our series as we show you how to do outdated kitchen transformation without spending hundreds and hundreds of dollars. You'll be amazed!

KITCHEN TRANSFORMATION STEP #1

Stripping Wallpaper : Painting Walls : Painting Cupboards

The wallpaper came off much easier than expected. You never know how that’s going to go and it can sometimes be a nightmare. But it came off in fairly large strips as you can see. All Jennifer did was soak it using warm water and a sponge and let it sit for a few minutes then pulled it off in huge chunks.  Any residue that was left came off with warm water and a sponge.

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Next she worked on the cupboards. She removed all the door and drawer pulls and filled them in. Once dry she sanded them. Then she sanded the cupboards lightly.

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She used a satin acrylic and gave it two coats. Follow along with our series as we show you how to do outdated kitchen transformation without spending hundreds and hundreds of dollars. You'll be amazed!

Much better!

Follow along with our series as we show you how to do outdated kitchen transformation without spending hundreds and hundreds of dollars. You'll be amazed!

The insides of the cupboards were as nasty as the outside so those got cleaned out.Follow along with our series as we show you how to do outdated kitchen transformation without spending hundreds and hundreds of dollars. You'll be amazed!

Then she gave them a coat of paint.Follow along with our series as we show you how to do outdated kitchen transformation without spending hundreds and hundreds of dollars. You'll be amazed!

Here’s a reminder of the cupboards before.Follow along with our series as we show you how to do outdated kitchen transformation without spending hundreds and hundreds of dollars. You'll be amazed!

And here’s an after view with new hardware for the drawers. Follow along with our series as we show you how to do outdated kitchen transformation without spending hundreds and hundreds of dollars. You'll be amazed!

Now it was time to start on the walls. Follow along with our series as we show you how to do outdated kitchen transformation without spending hundreds and hundreds of dollars. You'll be amazed!

Two coats were given. As you can tell from the first photo I posted it’s already like night and day.

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A Little Something Special

My daughter did something for special me that I thought was so clever and touching. View this great keepsake idea here or by clicking below.

 

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You can never have too many twinkle lights! Learn how to transform a plain room divider into something magical with some twinkle lights and safety pins! blank630x20

My motto is “you can never have too many twinkle lights” and I’m always looking for ways to incorporate them into my decorating.  (You might recall my Easy to Make DIY Twinkle Light Jars I used in my bedroom.)

I’ve had this plain looking room divider for quite a few years and I decided to transform it into something less average, so I grabbed some white twinkle lights and some safety pins and went to work. It looks spectacular, especially with the lights dimmed.

Even if you don’t have a room divider, hopefully this idea will inspire you in more ways to use twinkle lights!

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My old room divider.

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Measure your lights and decide on spacing. Pin them carefully. Don’t pin through the cord!

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You can never have too many twinkle lights! Learn how to transform a plain room divider into something magical with some twinkle lights and safety pins!blank630x20

You can never have too many twinkle lights! Learn how to transform a plain room divider into something magical with some twinkle lights and safety pins!blank630x20 You can never have too many twinkle lights! Learn how to transform a plain room divider into something magical with some twinkle lights and safety pins!

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This post is part of our Whimsical Living Room Series.

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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!

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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.

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.

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The Photos

This is the gist of what it looked like before.

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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. Get inspired with the final gorgeous reveal in our Budget Bedroom Makeover Series! We'll also tell you what the total cost was for us to redo the bedroom.blank630x20 Get inspired with the final gorgeous reveal in our Budget Bedroom Makeover Series! We'll also tell you what the total cost was for us to redo the bedroom.blank630x20 Get inspired with the final gorgeous reveal in our Budget Bedroom Makeover Series! We'll also tell you what the total cost was for us to redo the bedroom.blank630x20 Get inspired with the final gorgeous reveal in our Budget Bedroom Makeover Series! We'll also tell you what the total cost was for us to redo the bedroom.blank630x20 Get inspired with the final gorgeous reveal in our Budget Bedroom Makeover Series! We'll also tell you what the total cost was for us to redo the bedroom.blank630x20 Get inspired with the final gorgeous reveal in our Budget Bedroom Makeover Series! We'll also tell you what the total cost was for us to redo the bedroom.blank630x20 Get inspired with the final gorgeous reveal in our Budget Bedroom Makeover Series! We'll also tell you what the total cost was for us to redo the bedroom.blank630x20 Get inspired with the final gorgeous reveal in our Budget Bedroom Makeover Series! We'll also tell you what the total cost was for us to redo the bedroom.blank630x20Get inspired with the final gorgeous reveal in our Budget Bedroom Makeover Series! We'll also tell you what the total cost was for us to redo the bedroom.blank630x20 Get inspired with the final gorgeous reveal in our Budget Bedroom Makeover Series! We'll also tell you what the total cost was for us to redo the bedroom.blank630x20 Get inspired with the final gorgeous reveal in our Budget Bedroom Makeover Series! We'll also tell you what the total cost was for us to redo the bedroom.blank630x20 Get inspired with the final gorgeous reveal in our Budget Bedroom Makeover Series! We'll also tell you what the total cost was for us to redo the bedroom.blank630x20Get inspired with the final gorgeous reveal in our Budget Bedroom Makeover Series! We'll also tell you what the total cost was for us to redo the bedroom.blank630x20 Get inspired with the final gorgeous reveal in our Budget Bedroom Makeover Series! We'll also tell you what the total cost was for us to redo the bedroom.blank630x20 Get inspired with the final gorgeous reveal in our Budget Bedroom Makeover Series! We'll also tell you what the total cost was for us to redo the bedroom.blank630x20

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Amazing Clothes Hamper Redo

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My Old Hampers (I actually have 4 though only 3 are shown)

My Old Hampers (I actually have 4)

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.clothes hamper on amazon

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!

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The Bedroom Series - Create an Oasis on a BudgetSupplies Used for Clothes Hamper Redo

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
  • Labels

TOTAL COST: $8.50

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Download the same text shown. There is a pdf version and a silhouette file version.

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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.This Clothes Hamper Redo shows that there's not much you can't make look new again if you try. Paint alone can work wonders! Saved me $100 for a new set.blank630x20

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.

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This Clothes Hamper Redo shows that there's not much you can't make look new again if you try. Paint alone can work wonders! Saved me $100 for a new set.blank630x20 Amazing Clothes Hamper Redo 10blank630x20 This Clothes Hamper Redo shows that there's not much you can't make look new again if you try. Paint alone can work wonders! Saved me $100 for a new set.blank630x20 This Clothes Hamper Redo shows that there's not much you can't make look new again if you try. Paint alone can work wonders! Saved me $100 for a new set.blank630x20 This Clothes Hamper Redo shows that there's not much you can't make look new again if you try. Paint alone can work wonders! Saved me $100 for a new set.blank630x20

This Clothes Hamper Redo shows that there's not much you can't make look new again if you try. Paint alone can work wonders! Saved me $100 for a new set.blank630x20 This Clothes Hamper Redo shows that there's not much you can't make look new again if you try. Paint alone can work wonders! Saved me $100 for a new set.blank630x20

 

 

 

 

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DIY Frugal Bedroom Decorating Thrift Store

Roy with me at the thrift store

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.

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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

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My TV Stand Before the Update

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!blank630x20 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. Frugal DIY Bedroom Decorating Ideas 10blank630x20This is how it turned out. It worked wonderfully and the TV was at a much better level. Looking for frugal DIY bedroom decorating ideas? We've got a lot of them to inspire you! You'll be amazed at what you can do with things you already have.blank630x20

Ceiling Light

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! Looking for frugal DIY bedroom decorating ideas? We've got a lot of them to inspire you! You'll be amazed at what you can do with things you already have.blank630x20

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. Looking for frugal DIY bedroom decorating ideas? We've got a lot of them to inspire you! You'll be amazed at what you can do with things you already have.blank630x20 My $20 curtains from eBayDIY Frugal Bedroom Decorating Curtainsblank630x20  

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.   Looking for frugal DIY bedroom decorating ideas? We've got a lot of them to inspire you! You'll be amazed at what you can do with things you already have.blank630x20  

Shelf Backdrops

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.   Looking for frugal DIY bedroom decorating ideas? We've got a lot of them to inspire you! You'll be amazed at what you can do with things you already have.blank630x20

Pictures & other Decor Items

I’ve had these black lamps for years. I just added a strip of silver on the bottoms.   Looking for frugal DIY bedroom decorating ideas? We've got a lot of them to inspire you! You'll be amazed at what you can do with things you already have.blank630x20  I also had this crown dish. I spray painted it to match.   Looking for frugal DIY bedroom decorating ideas? We've got a lot of them to inspire you! You'll be amazed at what you can do with things you already have.blank630x20  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.  Looking for frugal DIY bedroom decorating ideas? We've got a lot of them to inspire you! You'll be amazed at what you can do with things you already have.blank630x20   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.Looking for frugal DIY bedroom decorating ideas? We've got a lot of them to inspire you! You'll be amazed at what you can do with things you already have.blank630x20 I already had these sconces.  I painted over the gold and turned them completely black.Frugal DIY Bedroom Decorating Ideas 8blank630x20Frugal DIY Bedroom Decorating Ideas Dresser Scarfblank630x20 dotted.divider
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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. Looking for frugal DIY bedroom decorating ideas? We've got a lot of them to inspire you! You'll be amazed at what you can do with things you already have.blank630x20

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. Frugal DIY Bedroom Decorating Ideas 13blank630x20DIY Frugal Bedroom Decorating Mirrorblank630x20

Another item I spray painted silver. The inset photo shows it from 2008.
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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. Frugal DIY Bedroom Decorating Ideas 15blank630x20

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.Frugal DIY Bedroom Decorating Ideas 16blank630x20

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.

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Items I already had.

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Do you need some cheap bedroom wall ideas? Here are a few things to get your creative juices flowing! We used inexpensive things plus other items we already had around the house and you’ll be amazed what we came up with. Take these ideas and adapt them to your own bedroom or any room for that matter! (These are part of our Budget Bedroom Makeover series: http://bit.ly/budgetbedroomseries ) blank630x20

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.

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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 PLAQUES

  • 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.)

CONE WREATH

  • 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)

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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

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Downloads

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.

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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.

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Quote Sign

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.

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Do you need some cheap bedroom wall ideas? Here are a few things to get your creative juices flowing! We used inexpensive things plus other items we already had around the house and you’ll be amazed what we came up with. Take these ideas and adapt them to your own bedroom or any room for that matter! (These are part of our Budget Bedroom Makeover series: http://bit.ly/budgetbedroomseries )

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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.

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The letters turned out OK but were not quite what I wanted in the room. Do you need some cheap bedroom wall ideas? Here are a few things to get your creative juices flowing! We used inexpensive things plus other items we already had around the house and you’ll be amazed what we came up with. Take these ideas and adapt them to your own bedroom or any room for that matter! (These are part of our Budget Bedroom Makeover series: http://bit.ly/budgetbedroomseries )blank630x20I 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. Do you need some cheap bedroom wall ideas? Here are a few things to get your creative juices flowing! We used inexpensive things plus other items we already had around the house and you’ll be amazed what we came up with. Take these ideas and adapt them to your own bedroom or any room for that matter! (These are part of our Budget Bedroom Makeover series: http://bit.ly/budgetbedroomseries )blank630x20 Do you need some cheap bedroom wall ideas? Here are a few things to get your creative juices flowing! We used inexpensive things plus other items we already had around the house and you’ll be amazed what we came up with. Take these ideas and adapt them to your own bedroom or any room for that matter! (These are part of our Budget Bedroom Makeover series: http://bit.ly/budgetbedroomseries )

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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.

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Bird Art

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.

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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.
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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 purchased my lights on eBay though the Amazon one’s above are similar. My battery operated lightsMy regular lights. These come in a variety of lengths so get what works for your situation.

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My Cost

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.)

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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. Twinkle lights add a bit of magic to any room! You can make twinkle light jars in a matter of minutes! All it takes is the right type of inexpensive lights!blank630x20

Because I drilled holes in my jars I was able to feed them in through the bottom.  Twinkle lights add a bit of magic to any room! You can make twinkle light jars in a matter of minutes! All it takes is the right type of inexpensive lights!blank630x20

As you can see these look nice with the lights fed into each jar.

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Here is how my final jars and bottles look sitting on my dresser. Twinkle lights add a bit of magic to any room! You can make twinkle light jars in a matter of minutes! All it takes is the right type of inexpensive lights!blank630x20

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.

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Turn your bedroom into a magical retreat with our simple and inexpensive DIY bed canopy. We used PVC pipe, wood strips and $5 sheers. Download our free instructions!

blank630x20Have 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.
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Supplies Needed For Inexpensive DIY Bed Canopy

Supplies

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.
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Cost

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.

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Printable General Instructions

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Final Notes

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.

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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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paintMost 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.

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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!

  1. Budget: If you have a little money to spend, decide on your budget and stick to it.
  2. Help: If you have anyone who can help you brainstorm… call them!
  3. Overall Vibe: Choose the look and feel you want for your bedroom.
  4. Color: Choose your color scheme.
  5. 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.)
  6. 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.
  7. Thrift Stores: Hit the thrift stores for unique items you can makeover and use.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.

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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!

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Before

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.

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You can easily create an inexpensive custom pillow cover using fabric and felt that is both beautiful and unique. Even small simple decorative pillows are expensive. By using thrift store pillows and making these quick covers, you can fill your home with amazing pillows that fit your own personality!  Our daughter Jennifer created these for me as part of our Whimsical Living Room Series

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Pillow Cover Supplies

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Instructions

Measure your pillow as shown and cut your fabric as shown below. Sew up the seams and hem the pocket. Then glue or sew on any decorations you like. Or just use pretty fabric!

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Free Download : Instructions & Pattern Kit

Download the Kit Shown Below (pdf)

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Jennifer had these metal flowers and decided to sew them on with felt leaves.

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Room Makeover Guide

1. What is the overall “vibe” you want?

How do you want the room to feel when you walk into it? Do you want it bright and happy, or calm and peaceful? Maybe it’s a room where creative juices will flow so you want it to feel inspiring.  The room’s purpose, and especially the colors, will help you determine the energy you want it to have. More on that in step 4. Right now use some creative words to get the general overall feeling you want your room to have. We’ve got a list of descriptive words with our free kit below that can help you determine exactly how you want your room to feel.blank630x202. How much do you want to spend?

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3. Use Pinterest for ideas and utilize “secret” boards to save things you like.

I have a secret Pinterest folder for each room in my home. (No one can see secret boards except you.)  As I come across ideas I like I pin them to the appropriate board. Then once I’m ready to start on that room I have a supply of ideas waiting for me!

Screenshot of some of my secret Pinterest boards.

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4. Choose a Color Scheme 

a. Color determines the feel of your room more than anything else.

b. Grab a pallet from your image. I use the following tools to grab a pallet from my image that I can then print out.

#1:   Color Pallet FX :  This is my favorite as it gives the largest array of colors but it require that you save the image you want to your computer desktop.  For a PC you can just right mouse click on most images to save them. Then you click the sites upload button to grab the image and generate the pallet.  The draw-back to this one is you can’t print it out.  So you have to take a screen capture of some sort  if you want to save it.

#2: ChipIt on the Sherman Williams site has a button you can drag to your browser toolbar and pick pallets as you surf which makes it the easiest to use. Sign up for their free account and then grab the button.  Here’s a 1 minute video showing how it works.  It’s super easy.  You can even pin your pallet to Pinterest!  (It also tells you the Sherman Williams paints that match the colors.)

MY EXAMPLE PALETTES

When I was deciding on a colors for my craft room I came across an image that had a color scheme I loved. I created a palette from it using both sites above.

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 5. Play with an online virtual room creator.

Room Makeover Virtual Design ToolIf you really want to have some fun check out an online virtual room creator. I tested out a lot of them and these three are my favorites.

a. Benjamin Moore Personal Color Viewer: This one lets you see what your walls would look like in any color.  You can pick a generic photo from their selection to get an overall idea or you can create a free account and upload your own room photos. In signing up for a free account you are asked a lot of questions but you can just skip over most of them and choose not to get their newsletters unless you want them. It’s really a fun system to use with your own photo!

b. Lowes Virtual Room Designer: This site lets you actually fill your rooms along with choosing colors etc. You can use it without registering but to save you need a free account.  Click on “LAUNCH DESIGNER” to use it.

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6. Download our Room Makeover Planner sheet!

We have a free room planner printable you can download. It has places you can now write down what you have decided.

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It’s possible to decorate for couples and please both sides! We’ve got some great pointers on just how to do that and a perfect example with photos of how a bedroom was redecorated to please each person.  blank630x20

Whenever I see a husband and wife’s bedroom done all girly and feminine I always feel kinda bad for the guy. (I’m making an assumption, of course, that most guys would would probably prefer to not be swaddled in pink pastels and lacy things. And if you’re those of you who do… Rock On!)  Generally speaking, it seems that a room for a couple should fit both of them.

Now, Roy would let me do whatever I wanted in the bedroom. Wait… let me rephrase that. He’d let me decorate however I wanted. And though I can sometimes lean towards the frilly I try to make this  room a place we can both enjoy. Below are some pointers on how to decorate for couples!

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For this bedroom I really wanted a bit of a fantasy but didn’t want it to scream “Chick Bedroom!”.   So I mulled it over and finally decided what I would do. (Keep in mind this is a rental home.)

  • Bedroom-Before1Walls: Cream (They had funky stripes going on.)
  • Bedding/Furniture/Curtains/Throw Rugs: Black
  • Large vinyl black tree on the wall.
  • Black dragonflies on the wall in various spots.
  • Quotation on the wall: “I dwell in possibility”
  • Twinkle lights on the top of the bookcase.
  • Fairy Sculpture, Semi-Nude
  • Small Framed Art: Realistic fairies, nude
  • Large framed fairy art.  (Old frame spray painted.)
  • Miscellaneous decor items I already had.

Below is how it all came together. It’s very unique with a bit of magic to it but not girly in anyway. (No one can argue that black is too feminine.)  But I LOVE the bold contrast.  I chose realistic classy fairy art, no cartoony stuff.  Roy likes showing it off to people so I take that as his seal of approval.

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Decorating For Couples Pointers

  1. Sit down and discuss what you’d both like. If your partner doesn’t really care one way or the other your in luck! However putting in touches for them anyway is always meaningful!
  2. Compromise. For example. I wanted fairies. I used classy black and white nude ones.  Both sides covered!
  3. Use feminine objects but give them masculine colors. (i.e. the fairies)
  4. Honestly, the most important key is to care about the other person’s opinion and truly want to please them too. Which is pretty much important to any relationship!

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The Nook Itself

I converted a dining room into a library on one side and craft room on the other by utilizing tall bookshelves as room dividers.  Though the library portion is fairly tiny it’s still large enough to fit in an awesome old wood chair my daughter made over for me and a lamp to read by. I added some really fun decor items and all my shelves are labeled by categories using gold labels.blank630x20

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Our library consists of mostly non-fiction books and I’ve labeled my shelves by category with really nice gold inkjet stickers (equivalent to Avery 5267).  I’ve included the template for the labels I personally use if you’d like to download it.blank630x20

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Replace the text with your own and delete any text you don’t need.

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How It All Looks

The dining room was off the living room.

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My divider wall of bookshelves.

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These are large family photos taken when we all went to a costume party dressed as pirates. Seemed like a good spot for them!

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My daughter bought me this large reading fairy years ago and it’s been in my library ever since. You’ll also notice the battery operated twinkle lights. I love twinkle lights!
(Amazon has a huge selection. Save yourself some heartache and get LED!)

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I have a few fiction books in my library. They are mostly beautiful photo books on fairies, gnomes, dragons, etc. I decorated that shelf appropriately with a dragon sculpture my daughter made and with some dragon eggs including the bell jar display that I made. Bell Jar Tutorial  Dragon Egg #1 Tutorial  Dragon Egg #2 Tutorial

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Never think that just because you live in a rental that you can’t do some massively creating things to your home. Roy and I lived in rentals for over three decades. I love making my homes unique so it required a bit of creativity since I couldn’t do anything permanent.  The home below is fairly tiny (1500 square feet) which added even more challenge into the mix. Despite the limited space in this home Roy has a studio, I have an office, a photography corner, a library, an exercise area, and as this post shows, a craft room.  It required some careful partitioning out of rooms which I do with curtains and in this case tall bookshelves. The bookshelves double as walls and of course shelves to hold stuff.  Take a look!   (FYI on the other side of these bookshelves is my library nook.)

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LEFT: A ribbon holder rack my dad made me with a self-portrait Amy took of herself in a field.

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This is a paper holder my dad made me.

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Top left photo of Jennifer during a visit here. Lighthouse my dad made me. It lights up!

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Plaque quote is from one of Roy’s songs.

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Graphics and quotes I had printed to hang.

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Hutch that holds my cookbooks. Photo of Alyssa hanging on the wall.

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Labels I printed and cut out for containers. Bottom left: My cup rack scissor holder.

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If you have a small home or apartment that has no area for a treadmill this just might make you rethink that. Our home was 1300 square feet and each room was fairly tiny. But my treadmill is important and I didn’t really want to stick it in the middle of the living room. This required some creativity. Below shows exactly what Roy and I did!BLANK 800 x 75

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Supplies

    • Floor to ceiling curtains the width of your treadmill. I used blackout curtains.
    • 1″x2″ wood strip the length of your treadmill plus a little extra.
    • 2 or 3 screws
    • Staple gun

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Everyone’s home and situation will of course be different. But this basic idea can work in pretty much any room. You just need to make your own measurements.

 

My small bedroom.  This shows where I want my treadmill to go.

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We rearranged the room and put the treadmill in place. I also added a hanging light and a wall shelf in front of the treadmill.

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Roy measured how long the 1″x2″ wood strip needed to be which was basically the length of the treadmill plus a few inches.

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He then stapled the blackout curtain panels I had purchased onto the wood strip.

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He determined where a stud (crossbeam) was in the ceiling so the he could make sure at least one screw was placed into a stud.

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Then the wood strip with the attached curtains was screwed into the ceiling. We ended up only needing that single screw into a stud.

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Here is the finished hidden treadmill nook!

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The rest of the room.

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I turned the area into a little exercise oasis.

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Here’s  the tutorial for how to make the motivational exercise posters you see on my walls.

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We also have a tutorial for how to make a treadmill laptop desk.

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I decided to do something extra special in my living room. I wanted it to literally feel magical to all who entered it. Now I’m pretty good at knowing how I want something to feel, but actually turning it into real life can be difficult for me. Luckily I have Jennifer. She’s my daughter who has helped me redo many a room in my homes. This time, however, she was not coming for a visit anytime soon. If she was going to help she’d have to do it all long distance. I wasn’t worried.

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My Labyrinth Style Knocker

I wanted the room to be whimsical and have a lot of color. I also wanted to try and use mostly items I already had.  So I told Jenny my general ideas and then proceeded with the standard drill where I email her a panorama shot of the room as it is. Then I take photos of some of my decor and furniture that’s available or in storage and send those so she knows what she has to work with.  Below are her first sketch ideas and then a digital version of my living room she created completely using her computer and a graphic program.


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HER INITIAL SKETCHES HAD ME PRETTY EXCITED.
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THE BEFORE SHOT PANORAMA I SENT JENNIFER

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Whimsical Living Room Fake Fireplace

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Roy Gets Ready To Paint

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My fireplace as a kid. (1972)

Even though the home is a rental we were allowed to paint the walls.  I went with Jennifer’s suggestion of two walls a darker teal color and two a lighter shade of the same. Subtle but awesome. After the painting was completed my first order of business was that I wanted a fireplace, but the home didn’t have one. Minor detail. I’ve always had an attachment to fireplaces, most likely stemming from my childhood growing up in Arizona. Being a very warm state fireplaces were not common but at Christmastime my parents put up a cardboard fireplace. How I loved it!   I searched and searched online but most were the type that actually simulated a fire by various means and were mega expensive. I finally found one for less than $100 that was just a facade with a mirror in the log area. It was thin and not quite tall enough but the best I could do so I was happy enough.

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My New Fireplace Right Out of the Box

The mantle was also a bit too skinny for my needs and for the important function of hanging stockings at Christmas time. Roy said he could also fix that for me. He bought some wood and had my dad help cut and bevel it and then painted it a nice off white color and attached it on the top of the fireplace. He then did a little work on the back of it so we could set our TV on top without having the wires show.

He knew it was a little bit shorter than I wanted and he told me he could make a simple hearth for it so it would not only sit up higher but look more like a real fireplace.  He used some bricks we already had at the house to do that. It was all fairly quick and easy and it looks great!

NOTE: This fake fireplace front is no longer available on Amazon where I initially purchased mine. If you’re suinterested in finding one you can do a Google search for “Mirrored Mantel Facade”.


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Making a deeper mantle

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Attaching the new mantle

Attaching the Sanded, Beveled and Painted Wood Mantle

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I decided from the very start of my Whimsical Living Room Makeover to use mostly things I had on hand. I tend to like an eclectic look but it can be tricky to make that work. But with my daughter Jennifer’s long distance  help I knew it was possible. Roy and I raided our storage unit which had a lot of things in it as we moved into a much smaller home. Photos were taken of the storage items and  I sent them via email to Jennifer so she could see what things I had that might be incorporated into the living room. She had me grab several items, one of which was our very old loveseat that we’ve had since 1992.

I’m far from a hoarder and enjoy purging old stuff regularly but for some odd reason I’d not been able to let go of this one piece. The couch that matched had long since been tossed but I held on to the love seat for some sentimental reason I could not pin point. It’s been in storage for several years now but Jenny said she loved it and that it would work great for the look she was after. She also had us bring over two small cheap chest of drawers, a bright yellow coffee table and a room divider I’d not used for a long time. She assured me these things would all “go” together wonderfully.  I have to admit I kinda had my doubts.

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The loveseat was a little worse for the wear and I had to sew a few seams and stick in a little extra stuffing here and there. This picture shows it right after we brought it over to the house. In the smaller photo you can see my son Adam sitting on it back in 1992 on Christmas Day. That’s Roy to the right.

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Two things Jennifer thought the room needed but I did not own were sofa tables. I wasn’t even sure what those were till she explained they are long skinny tables that sit behind couches to hold various decorative items.  Because of the style we were after she said they could be rough cut or even made from pallets. Unfortunately pallets were hard to find where we live. I had an old long blue chest of drawers in the storage unit that you can see in the above photos. I decided it would serve as one of the tables as it was the exact right height and length because it would sit mostly hidden behind the love seat in the corner. I’d just cover it with some cool fabric I had. The other one would sit behind our couch in the middle of the room so  I asked my dad  if he would build me one. I showed him a few photo samples I found online and he made me the one below.  I painted it to match the lighter colored walls which you’ll see in the next posts.

 

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Dressers in the living room?  Definitely, at least according to my daughter Jennifer. I’ve had these cheap dressers in storage for a while. They are the kind you put together and can’t hold anything heavier than a few pairs of socks or the bottoms fall out. I never dreamed of  using them in my makeover. As it turns out they are one of my favorite pieces. Per Jenny’s direction I pulled them out of storage and for next to nothing turned them into two unique furniture pieces.  My only cost  was the spray paint.

I also have a Silhouette Portrait Cutting Machine which I love more than words can say. It has saved me its initial cost quickly as I was buying quotes and things for my walls. Now I can make them for pennies!  Though I used a quote cut out with my machine on my dressers you could hand paint quotes or designs if you have that skill, which I do not, or use any designs you like.blank630x20

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Steps for Dresser Makeover

1. Removed the knobs on the drawers.
2. Spray painted three coats on drawer fronts, allowing to dry in between.
3. Attached knobs.
4. Decided on a quote and did some measuring and planning to decide how to lay it out.
5. Cut out my quote on my Silhouette Portrait.  I had no sticky backed vinyl the right color so I used cardstock.
6. Lightly spray glued the the back of my quote letters and placed on the drawers.
7. Used Mod Podge to paint over the front. This gave it a sheen and held the letters on.

NOTES: There are other steps you can add in depending on your dresser and how resilient you want the paint  such as sanding and priming. These pieces were mainly for aesthetic purposes so I just spray painted them and used the Mod Podge as the finish.

 

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Yep I’m a full fledged tree hugger. Because of this I like to surround myself with them even when I’m inside my home. I ordered this large vinyl tree on eBay. It was quite a bit of work putting it up, most of which Roy did. But it’s perfect!  This tree can be found on Amazon here.blank630x20Whimsical Living Room Tree Collage

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My Daughter Jennifer at a Local Thrift Shop

When I step into a Thrift Store I always feel like I’m embarking on a treasure hunt. No where else can you find such an array of the strange and unusual. I came across this small old accent table at one for $5.00. It was kinda rough looking but I try hard to never judge a book by its cover. A tiny bit of sanding and paint would it fix right up. I actually didn’t know where I was going to put it when I found it.

This was a pretty simple makeover. A little sanding on top and spray paint on the legs. I painted the bottom an orange tone, which was part of the colors in my living room. Then I painted the top a contrasting cream color. I had finally settled on placing it below my Family Time Zone wall (post 8 in this series).  Because of this, I decided to print out a compass image for the top of it. I attached it to the top with a little spray glue. Normally I would coat it with Modge Podge but as I wanted the option to possibly do something different at a later date, I didn’t coat the top. Its mainly for show anyway.

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