Over the past few months, we have been updating the furniture and pieces we have, to create a budget-friendly “dream home”. So I’ll be sharing with you the updates we’ll be making along the way, starting with turning a very magnolia bedroom into a peaceful, cosy room for under £100.
We’ve been living in this rented house for 9 months and we hate the quote that the previous tenant has stuck to the bedroom wall, we tried to gently peel it off, but similar to the trouble we had in the office with the girls border, it started taking the paint off the wall revealing the plaster underneath. Oooo yey! Which means we’d not only have to paint but scrape and sandpaper it down tidily to get a smooth flat surface. That will not only take hours but more money, so we wanted a quick fix as we only plan on being in this house for around another year.
I started searching for canvas’ and wall art, but nothing was big enough to cover them that was under £75 so after scrolling through Pinterest. I started liking the idea of a tapestry, after many hours of searching Robyn and I agreed on this night sky tapestry from Rosegal. I’ve never ordered from them before, but I used Paypal, didn’t need to pay any customs and it arrived within 2 weeks. Also, it only cost £8 including shipping. We used Removable Command Strips to hang it too the wall which only cost £3 from my local supermarket.
Next, we had an empty space on the left side of the chimney breast that basically became a dumping ground for my charity pile clothes and anything else that didn’t have a home so we ummed and ahhed about getting a tall shelving unit one that I could get cute boxes to hide stuff in but eventually we settled on a white five chest of drawers from Amazon £39.99. The drawers are on the little narrow side so if you want to store many items, I wouldn’t recommend this set, but it’s great for pyjamas, my makeup removers and general bedroom storage. (We don’t keep day-clothes in the bedroom, they live in the office/wardrobe)
When we first moved in we did a lot of thrifting/upcycling online via Gumtree/eBay etc which is where I found this great tv cabinet. It was in perfect condition, it was once cream but it looks like someone painted it taupe, which obviously didn’t match any of our pieces so I popped along to my local DIY store and picked up my favourite Rust-oleum Chalk White paint. I seriously love this stuff, I painted two single beds entirely with this before. I like the handles it came with, they are unique with their patterns so I left them as they were.
I may have moved out of a small country village and into the city but it seem’s like I’m moving the countryside into my home as almost every month a new plant is welcomed home. The bedroom was no exception, welcome Pau, (yes it is the same name as the pig in Moana) Pau was an absolute bargain for only £15 in my local DIY store, just as I was going to pay for the paint I spotted this perfect plant at the back of all the slightly damaged ones that oddly had a higher price tag, a bit of plant shifting later, I’m somehow balancing a paint pot and a heavy, tall, spiky plant in my hands.
I’m still not 100% happy with my decorating on the chest of drawers as it appears to be partly a dressing table/ candle home but at the moment I’m not sure what I want it to be. We still had to find a place for it or store safely our gorgeous copper mirror, so I thought if I overlooked the fact its another colour to add to the mismatched gold and silver-toned bedroom, it’d be a great asset! At the moment it works perfectly to throw more light into the room and give the room a larger illusion.
As you may be able to tell, I’m not in love with our bedroom yet, but it’s certainly a damn site better than it was before, as I now look forward to coming to bed to be in the nice room, rather than just the expensive cosy mattress we bought! In the near future, I’ll look at matching all the tones to either silver or gold, perhaps bringing in a focal colour to accessorise with and maybe further in the year, we may look at actually painting the walls, but for now, I’m lazy and can’t be bothered.
Have you got any tips on how to cover those nuisance words on our wall or preferably how to take them off without tearing half the wall with it?
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