If if you are anything like me, and LOVE LOVE LOVE to feel proud of the home you own, you will be riddled with that same burning need to re-decorate every season. Similar to clothes, when the season changes so do our styles, your home will follow the cycle. It’s all good flicking through House Beautiful magazine & craving the new Chesterfields, or Vogue & craving the new clutch bags – but when money aint-a-flowin’, neither will your decor. A usual decoration project can cost £thousands. If you’re not exactly ballin’ right now but want to sleep like a millionaire, check out my top tips below for ‘How to re-decorate a bedroom on a serious budget:
Ok, so – this was the room before I got my claws on it; cold, lifeless, dull:
Essentially it was for my Husbands spare crap – shoe racks, a random 1990’s TV (I couldn’t actually lift it to throw it out), weights, crappy towels & extra drawers filled with pants & socks only appreciated by the moths inhabiting them. Anyway – this is the room after I sprayed it with a whole load of bargain-hunter goodness:
You can’t actually see the entire room here (I played with panoramic settings for about an hour before nearly smashing my phone against my new faux brick wall) but there is actually a gorgeous window with navy blue curtains, a TV on the wall, a chair in the corner with a throw & a gorgeous gold floor lamp to the side. I will list these items as we go on to ensure my claim is compliant & fair!
Here’s what I bought throughout the duration of this project & cost:
- Paint £12.99
- Tools to paint £10
- Wallpaper £12
- Mirror – £15
- Spray – £11.99
- Bed – existing
- Flowers £3.99
- Pillows & cushion covers x6 £28
- Drawers x2 £25
- Varnish & spray £20
- Lamps x2 £20
- Vase £10
- Floor lamp – £16
- Floor lamp shade – £6
- Chair – existing
- Throw – £3.99
First step was to get the Husband to remove the crap. All this time & all it took was a little eye flutter & a cup of tea. Perfect. Once all the rubbish was gone, I could see what I was working with. I inspected the walls, the window sills, the skirting boards. All OK-ish but definitely in need of some TLC. Before I made any decisions on paints or colour schemes, I headed to my most peaceful & perfect place on earth…Pinterest…
My entire home is filled with blue in some shape or form & I love a good running theme in a home, so blue was a must have. Box 1 – tick! I also knew the back wall was really damaged from a cowboy builder we once employed. I didn’t have the budget to employ a new builder so, best thing to cover cracks & bumpy walls? Brick wallpaper. Why? The pattern of the brick tricks the eye to only see the pattern the bricks form, rather than flat painted wallpaper which can highlight lumps & bumps. It’s kind of similar to when you’ve gained some extra pounds & somehow, the only things that are remotely flattering are those with patterns. Anything light & plain will only show the wobbly bits you’re desperate to hide…Box 2 – ticked! I also love pink & gold with navy blue, so the colour theme was an easy choice for me.
Find your theme on Pinterest & make sure to keep the theme embedded in your mind before you make any irrational purchases!
For me, I first needed to prep the room before I could do any of the real fun stuff. I prepped the walls & skirting and then sanded them down. For further info on prepping walls prior to painting check out this video tutorial here
Get yourself a can of one-coat paint. These can be pretty pricey, but I picked up Homebase One-Coat for £12.99. Find it here. I painted the walls, skirting & window sills with the stuff – it was great! No chips, durable & perfect for wall & wood surfaces.
Next, covering the damaged wall. I knew I wanted the bed to be rested against that wall so the wall needed to be inviting. The door of the bedroom opens to the left, so naturally you look to the right, meaning my poor wall was a focal point. I found brick wallpaper in Homebase for £4 per role on sale. I bought three roles just to be safe but only used two. For more info on brick wallpaper & how to lay it, click here.
Once the wall paper was up & the walls painted, the project cost had come to £25. BONUS. Next job was to make it look pretty!
The room already had a bed & bedding but to make it a true guest bedroom, it needed bedside drawers, 2x bedside lamps, curtains & cushions.
I used the mobile bootsale app ‘shpock‘ to purchase the two drawer units which were perfect height for bedside drawers. They originally came from IKEA for £20 (find them here) but I picked them up for a bargain half price at £20 for both. I had to collect in person from the owner who lived about an hour away, so petrol included lets call that £25.
I have a personal affliction towards pine, so I had to do something with them. I reverted back to my Pinspiration & noticed the drawers were walnut & white. PLAN BATMAN.
I took out the drawers and sprayed them white matt with simple spray paint for £10. Find some similar here. 6 drawers took one can & they needed three coats each. The paint dried super quick though – just a quick tea break in between coats & jobs-a-gooden. TOP TOP: spray about 30cm away from the drawer. Any closer & you may end up with paint blobs all over the surface which you will need to sand off again, wasting time, effort, paint, and more importantly – money!
Next, I varnished the outer frame of the drawers with Wilkinson own Walnut wood varnish for £10. I only needed one can, and again, both drawers needed about three coats each. TOP TIP: sand in-between coats to make the surface super smooth. You’d hate for your guests to get splinters for simply turning the light off!
Whilst in Wilkinson’s buying varnish, I picked up some pretty cute little lamps for £10 each & a gold vase for another £10.
I wanted to add the colour theme in using accessories, to make sure I could always change it again if that craving took hold of me in a few months time. I decided on dark curtains to make sure guests could get a good night sleep without waking from daylight. I found navy blue curtains in IKEA for £30 for a pair. They’re super long and hefty. They don’t look or feel as cheap as they were! Great deal for us – pick them up here.
I LOVE a trip to IKEA, but, TOP TIP: always go to IKEA with a list – and stick to it! Don’t be like me and pick up nick-nacks you don’t need! Stu found a lunch box in the kiddie section that he loved… another thing to hoard!
Anyway, I found some perfect cushions & covers to go with the scheme.
At this point, we’re at a total project cost of £149 & the room is pretty much complete!
The last few touches were really to bring it all together.
I bought in a chair from the garage & threw over a throw from IKEA + a cushion from my old house that I found in the attic. You can pick up other cool cushions here.
The brick wallpaper wasn’t sitting 100% right with me at this stage. I had spent so much time in the room & it had become overpowering. I needed something to cover some of the pattern up but at this stage I was pretty sure it was between a giant print I had seen on Pinerest or my car insurance.
I decided to nip into my local charity shops & thrift shops over the weekend. I used to go to car boot sales as a kid & pick up second hand baby clothes for my dolls so, I’m pretty nifty at picking up a bargain…
Luckily, I found this large mirror in Sue Ryder for £15. I mean, it wasn’t exactly love at first sight, but use your imagination in these places & the world is your oyster.
I needed to get the gold into the room, so I decided to spray this old brown frame in an antique gold matt. I spray a load of things that I buy, so I had some old gold spray left over, but you can pick up a can from around £7-8 from a WILKO or DIY store. TOP TIP: I have read tons of tutorials on how best to spray your home items, and traditionally, you should unscrew the back nails & remove the mirror from the frame. Well sorry folks, I don’t have time for that kind of faff. My trick? Cling film. cotton buds & white spirit:
In this case, add cling film to the mirror to protect it from the paint. The BEST thing about cling film is that it’s naturally static so it almost molds itself to the frame shape with minimal effort. Fold the edges of the cling film under and nudge as close as you can to the frame, being considerate to the fact that you want the spray to hit all the edges. Don’t panic about any spray mess on the mirror – you have cotton buds for that!
Next do a walk around your mirror with your spray, making sure to spray under, over and in between. I needed three coats – you may need less depending on the base colour of the mirror.
Once the paint is dry, remove the film. Pour a little white spirit into the cap of the bottle & dip in your cotton bud. Take the bud to wherever the paint has sprayed onto the mirror and rub a few times. Don’t be afraid to touch the frame with the bud if the spray is close to the edge. It comes off the mirror 1000% quicker than the frame. You’d have to work a lot harder to get the paint off the frame than the mirror itself so rub away!
I then hung my new mirror above the bed as a new focal piece & hey presto – my new guest bedroom was complete..
Total project cost £210!
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