I’ve been busy with a lot of transformation projects lately, and it’s time to share some with my readers. The biggest fall project has been transforming my son’s bedroom into a new master bedroom on a shoestring budget. Our son left for college several years ago and seldom is home, so he took a smaller room, and we moved into his old room, which was considerably larger than our 11 foot by 11 foot room.
The room had one big problem. It was paneled on all surfaces, including the ceiling. We considered drywalling, but didn’t really want to spend very much right now. We had already replaced the windows a few years ago, and the carpet as well. So, what I really needed was to figure out what to do with that paneling. I decided to just paint it, figuring that if we every have more money down the road, we could go the drywall route.
I primed everything with a good BIN 123 stain-blocking primer. I will talk about paint techniques in a future blog post, but for now, it’s important to know that I gave the walls two coats of primer and two coats of paint.
Here is the room before, in its limbo state after my son moved out. It was sort of a guest room, but not an inviting one.
Gotta love that paneling, huh? Yikes! It isn’t the only room that came this way with my house.
So, ready for the big reveal? I chose a retro color and went with an eclectic vintage look.
I have a quilt started (who knows when I will finish it) that will coordinate with the room color. For now, I had to use the old, not-so-matchy one.
I created a little reading corner with wicker furniture I found at a yard sale.
Someday, maybe I will do something to this dresser. I bought the set years ago as kit furniture that we assembled. The pine is dated, but I can’t bring myself to paint it.
The old French door hung sideways by the hinges is a repurposed project I did a while back. I panted chalkboard paint over the glass on the bottom and put paper behind the glass on the top.
I bought some cheap nightstands off Amazon to have something with storage. They were lighter in color than I expected, but I can live with them for now. The totally ugly light switch that came with the room is going to go as soon as I get to the hardware store. And, unfortunately the ugly thermostat stays.
I love that we have enough space for two reading chairs!
I kept the original wooden blinds for the sake of budget and just added some cheap white sheers. The entire transformation with paint, new trim, and a new ceiling fan was right around $200. Not too bad.
Trash to Treasure Decorating
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