Let me start this out by saying I’m not completely comfortable talking about doing a bedroom refresh for under $500. Why you may ask yourself? Well, it’s because $500 seems like a lot to me. I know there are people who spend thousands, tens of thousands, even maybe hundreds of thousands on home decor. I, however, am not one of those people. I wish that I could do this post and tell you how to do a bedroom refresh for under $100, but that is just not the case. In fact it’s almost ridiculous that I think $500 is way too much to spend on home decor these days. I mean technically I spend more than that on groceries every month, haha! Now with all that said, let me go ahead and get to the point…
First, let me show you a before picture with a little back story. We moved in about two years ago. My previous accent colors were blue and yellow. I’ve slowly been planning a change up, so I removed things, added things, thought about things, and worked up the motivation to finally paint (This is what was really holding me back from starting, haha!) Hence the hodge podge look I have going on in here.
I see a lot of issues going on here… dull paint color, crazy bedding, mismatched bedside tables, blue curtains when nothing else in the room is blue, and we can’t forget about that horrible looking carpet with all its wrinkles, just to name a few things…
So, what did I do to fix it? I picked a few main areas to spend the majority of my money on. The first one was obviously paint. It’s amazing how paint color alone can completely transform a space. I stepped out of my comfort zone and decided to do white. I’m normally a “color” kind of girl even if it’s a neutral color, I always pick color. This time I took my inspo from Instagram and decided to go on trend with everybody else’s white walls. I decided to go with SherwinWilliams Alabaster White. But, I cheated a little and had it color matched at Home Depot. I just thought since it was a smaller room it would be ok to get the cheaper paint. I’m not really sure if this was a good idea or not because I ended up needing three coats. Maybe it was because it was going on top of a darker color or maybe it was because it was cheaper paint. Either way, I only spent about $50. I used 1 1/2 gallons. I used the rest of the 1/2 gallon in my sunroom so I’ll split the cost of that second gallon and add that to my cost when I blog about my sunroom refresh, haha!
The next thing I focused on was window treatments. The windows already had some old blinds and I just threw up the curtains I had from my old bedroom onto the existing rods. Nothing really matched. I decided I wanted to get rid of the curtains altogether. In this process of doing my bedroom refresh I was wanting to make sure that I got rid of all of the things that were unnecessary and we’re just collecting dust. When I took the curtains down I couldn’t believe the amount of dust that was sitting on the top of them. If I had had any doubts at all, this solidified my decision to not keep curtains in the room. I decided to go with some bamboo shades. I ordered them from Amazon and they were under $50 each so I spent a total of $100 on window treatments. I didn’t go with the lined shades because they are more expensive and I didn’t know if I wanted them to be lined or if I wanted the light to come through. So far I like the light coming through. If you think that you wouldn’t like the light coming through then I would say opt for the lined shades. However, those will cost you a little more money.
Next, I went on a mission to find the perfect matching nightstands. This was a little tougher than I had anticipated. I wanted something cheap so that I could brag to you about how cheap I got off with my matching nightstands. I started off with finding one old sewing cabinet for seven dollars. My plan was to revamp this cabinet and find a matching one for the other side. But before I could accomplish this, I ran across two matching end tables that I just fell in love with!
There was also this gorgeous mirror in the same booth that I couldn’t stop thinking about. I decided that it was worth the investment to have pieces that I really loved in my home. The mirror was $40 and the end tables were $70. So total spent here was $110.
Lastly, since I can’t replace my flooring right now, I decided to invest in a rug to help camouflage the ugly carpet. I just happened upon the most perfect 8×8 rug at a local flea market/furniture store for $120! The colors were perfect and it was so soft and thin enough to lay on top of carpet without looking too bulky!
So, if you’re keeping up with the math, you know we are up to $380. So, I guess technically I could stop here and say I was under $400! But, even though, I reused a lot of things that I already had and I’m fortunate enough to have a bedroom set that I already love…I hate to discount the little odds and ends that I’ve been collecting for awhile now. Therefore I’m going to allow the rest of the $120 for accessories. Most of all my accessories are thrift store finds though! My vintage white bedspread was only $12! The long white pillow on my bed was .50 cents! I didn’t spend more than $70 on all three of the vintage lamps and shades! And the list goes on!
So, just a quick recap:
-Paint gives you the most bang for your buck.
-Invest in good window treatments to make the room seem more up to date.
-Keep it simple and only fill your room with pieces you love.
-If you don’t have the money to fix a costly problem at the time, then come up with a creative way to “camouflage” it.
I still have a few projects left in here for a future date (i.e. new ceiling fan, molding, etc.), but for now I’m definitely satisfied with my bedroom refresh and I hope this post can help inspire you with your next room refresh!