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$100 Room Challenge – Master Bedroom Final Reveal

A couple of months ago, I decided to take part in the $100 Room Challenge by redoing our master bedroom on a tight budget. To say that I dropped the ball on that is partially true. Yes, I took a super long blog/social media break (more on that in the next week), but we did actually finish the makeover back in August. Anyway, I’m here to share our Master Bedroom Final Reveal!

Master Bedroom $100 Makeover

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Doing a room makeover on a tight budget of just $100 can get pretty tricky.

before after master bedroom

We only made a couple of purchases for this space before all of our money was totally eaten up! So we had to come up with some creative ways to update this room using items we already owned!

Wood Turned Lamp Base

All of the money in our budget went towards these pretty turned wood lamp bases and shades, which we picked up from Target. Even though they were on sale (36.09 each for the bases and 18.99 each for the shades), we still went slightly over $100 when it all totaled up. However, I really like the look of the lamps and how they bring in some warmth to the stark white of the room, so it was definitely worth it!

Creative Unique Nightstand

In my last post about this room, I shared how my hubby and I fashioned this DIY barn wood headboard. It is so cool to have such a sentimental piece (the wood is actually an old barn door from my grandparents’ house)!

Dust Ruffle Bedskirt

Also, on this side of the room, we updated the knobs on the left dresser/nightstand with a little Oil Rubbed Bronze spray paint. A few accessories from other parts of the house were also pulled in to help the space look more finished. Oh, and I can’t forget the addition of a dust ruffle to hide all of the items stored under our bed.

DIY Barn Wood Head Board

On the other side of the room, we really made an impact with paint! Lucky for us, there was plenty of leftover white paint from previous projects, so that did not affect our budget at all.

New Dresser Drop Pulls

The white dresser fits this room so much better and those drop pull knobs now pop against the white backdrop.

before after master bedroom 2

After removing the old tv and sending it to live in storage, it was time to bring in a few accessories to this space. To keep things simple and add a bit of color, I grabbed one of my ferns from the front porch. Yes, the scale is a bit off, but I didn’t want to clutter the dresser with knick-knacks. Plus, we already owned the fern, so it was a freebie addition to the bedroom.

Ikea Hemnes Dresser

I also chose to keep the spindle glass candlesticks because I liked how they emulated the lamps at the opposite end of the room. This is a lesson in working with what you’ve got!

Fern and Glass Candle Holders

Let’s check back on the to-do list to see how we did!

  • Buy/Replace the lamps
  • DIY a headboard for the bed
  • Add a few accessories to each side table
  • Put on the bed skirt that we’ve been too lazy/busy to add
  • Iron the duvet cover (also laziness)
  • Paint the doors/frames (window frames are already painted)
  • Relocate the TV
  • Accessorize the dresser
  • Paint the dresser

Yay! It looks like we were able to complete everything on the list and stayed pretty close to our $100 budget. (It came it at roughly $110 and change.)

Ikea Dresser Painted White

How do you think we did? Would you have taken a chance and spent all of your budget on just a couple of lamps? Or would you put your money to use on something different to makeover this space? I would love to hear your thoughts!

$100 Room Challenge Week 3 – DIY Barn Wood Headboard

About 1.5 months ago, we finally purchased the king sized bed that we had been wanting. Woohoo! Do you know how awesome it is to have so much space for sleeping? If you don’t, I will tell you that it is absolutely amazing!!! Anyway, since we already have the bed and we are working on our bedroom for the $100 Room Challenge, we decided to make a DIY Barn Wood Headboard for week 3.

See the before pics and our plan for the master bedroom.

Barn Wood Headboard

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This piece of barn wood is actually a door from an old building that was at my grandparents’ house. After my grandparents passed away, my parents moved in and were nice enough to give it to us when they redid the building. It has just been sitting around waiting for the right time/use to come along.

Aged Barn Wood

See how distressed it is, with the chippy paint and cracked wood? But that just gives it that much more character!

Distressed Painted Barn Wood

This project was a two person job. While my hubby, Chris, cleaned up the barn wood, I free handed a template for the top of the headboard. Then, I just taped it on and traced it with a sharpie. After that, Chris cut it out using a jigsaw and sanded while I made lunch. He also added a few coats of Polycrylic to seal everything in, just in case the existing paint had lead in it.

Headboard Template

Finally, we lugged it inside and put it in place. Doesn’t it look good?

DIY Barn Wood Headboard

We noticed that after adding the Polycrylic, the wood actually darkened. I’m not sure if I will eventually add some white wash to the headboard to lighten it just a bit, but for now, we are sticking with it as is.

Handmade Wood Headboard

With just this one project, our master bedroom looks so much better! Not only are we sleeping better because of our new mattress and foundation, but this headboard really adds some farmhouse feels to the space. And that is just the look we are going for!

Master Bedroom

Oh, and I almost forgot! I finally put on the dust ruffle we purchased when we got the bed. #slacker

Rustic Headboard Dust Ruffle

Don’t you think our DIY barn wood headboard turned out great?

This headboard adds the perfect amount of romance to the room with the soft curve but also keeps things from getting too girly with the rustic, chippy paint.

Romantic Bedroom Furniture

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$100 Room Challenge Week 2 -Modern Farmhouse Master Bedroom

So, I have decided to again join my friend, Erin, from Lemons, Lavender, and Laundry for her $100 Room Challenge. I’ve tackled this challenge once before when we gave our bathroom an overhaul on a budget.  This time, we are attempting to revamp our bedroom using the same small budget, but hopefully making a big impact. We’re also working against time since I’m joining up at the end of week 2. EEK!

Here is my long term plan for our Modern Farmhouse Master Bedroom.

Modern Farmhouse Master Bedroom

Now, of course, a full room makeover could end up costing us quite a bit of money. (Way over the $100 limit!) Especially if we purchased all of the items in the mood board above. So we are going to have to pick and choose which items to purchase, which projects can be DIYed, and what will have to wait until a later date.

Doesn’t our bedroom look kind of meh?

Master Bedroom Before

Yes, of course, everything consists of neutral colors, but each side of the room is the polar opposite of the other with bright whites/creams at one end and a black hole on the other.

Dresser Before

I don’t know about you, but it seems like our bedroom is always put to the bottom of the list when we are working on projects, storage, and cleaning. Seriously, it is the place where stuff comes to die, especially when we are trying to speed clean before company! So we thought this would be the perfect opportunity to spruce things up just for the Mr. and Mrs.!

So what exactly are we going to focus on to dress up this space and make it a bit more cohesive? Well, here is the checklist:

Master Bedroom Makeover Ideas

  • Buy/Replace the lamps
  • DIY a headboard for the bed
  • Add a few accessories to each side table
  • Put on the bed skirt that we’ve been too lazy/busy to add
  • Iron the duvet cover (also laziness)
  • Paint the doors/frames (window frames are already painted
  • Relocate the TV
  • Accessorize the dresser
  • Paint the dresser

Dresser Makeover Paint Hardware

Wowza!  That is quite the list and we only have a little over 2 weeks to complete it! I bet you are wondering how we are going to pull this off with only $100. Well, to be honest, our budget will probably be eaten up by the purchase of lamps. Then we will have to shop our home for accessories, DIY a headboard, and use paint we already own to makeover the doors/dresser. Wish us luck!!!

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