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Sunday, January 27, 2013

Bedroom Before and Afters

Thank you for all of your very kind comments regarding my bedroom makeover.
Some of you wondered about what it looked like "before".
So here goes.

A reminder of what it looks like now:

Headboard before:

This is how our room looked, it was nice enough, but the pink was not working for us.
And the ten year old knotty pine headboard left me "pining" for a change.


Our curb-side find chest of drawers, minus the drawer pulls, in brass.


I painted the drawer pulls white.

The whole room.

I've kept the vintage chenille bedspread, and I made the white pillow slips as well as the checked slips and the monogrammed pillow. It was all made from fabric that I already had.

The only purchases made were with an Ikea gift card from my son and daughter-in-law.
The checked comforter at the end of the bed was $13.99, the single linen curtain panel was $2.00 and the shears were $15.99.
The paint was a quart of mis-tint grey that cost $7.50.
Not bad!
And I'm really happy with it.

I'm joining Dawn for her Budget Decorating Party.

Have a wonderful week!

In black and white!


Cindy @ Dwellings-The Heart of Your Home said...

So pretty! Your headboard turned out beautifully, the dresser too! Love your monogram pillow, the perfect touch!
Hope you have a great week!

anangloinquebec said...

It looks great Cindy. Great job. And, you are so lucky to have an IKEA store now, I really miss ours.

Grace @ Sense and Simplicity said...

It looks great. I love the gray headboard with the yellow and white check pillows.

Jenifer said...


Elizabeth (Blue Clear Sky) said...

Your room looks pretty! The grey and yellow looks nice and fresh.

Anonymous said...

It was pretty before but I do love the change! I still am amazed at the bargains you found and incorporated into the design. Wishing you a wonderful week.

Patty Sumner said...

Wow Cindy, what a difference. You did a great jog and on a budget.. Beautiful! Makes me want to paint something... Blessings!

Pondside said...

It's such a pretty room. I have to say that my favourite transformations are like yours - the sort that owe more to ingenuity, imagination and elbow grease than a jaunt to an expensive decorators' shop. Well done!

camp and cottage living said...

It was pretty before, but I understand how we tire of the same and want a change.
Amazing you were able to turn out such a gorgeous room for so little

Divine Theatre said...

I love a good before and after story!



oldthings said...

Good Morning Dear Cindy
You have done wonderful job ! Now your bedroom looks more brighter and
pretty ! It is a lovely change !
Have a nice week !

Jane and Lance Hattatt said...

Hello Cindy:
Looking at before and after pictures really does give one an idea of the scale of the transformation which you have effected in your bedroom. The result is, as we are sure you know, most attractive and pleasing.

Thank you so much for your comment on our latest post to which we have made reply. We shall hope to welcome you there again.

podso said...

I do like the "after!" And such a thrifty transformation. Hope you have a good weekA

Rhonda said...

very pretty Cindy! your free dresser has the nicest shape and looks great with your paint job.
I am always impressed when big improvements are made with so little cash spent.

ℳartina @ Northern Nesting said...

I love both, the before and the after! You have such a pretty room Cindy! Great job!

Pamela Gordon said...

You did a beautiful job redecorating your bedroom. The old beat up dresser is now beautiful. I like the cost involved the best. Decorating on a dime!

It's me said...

Wowwww....lovely Cindy !! from

Brittany said...

Great job, Cindy! It looks awesome. I really love the headboard in gray - it's just perfect for it!

Gail said...

What a beautiful make-over Cindy! The headboard and dresser looks so pretty in that gray. I love the monogram pillow you made. It was the perfect accent for your bed. Enjoy your day, Gail

RicKaren said...

I love the new look, Cindy and the monogram pillow is perfect!

Shabby soul said...

Darling friend I love how your headboard turned!!! I like so much this point of gray (and I adore gray at all) and how you have coordinated also the courtains! Absolutely lovey!! Brrrrr you have a terrible freeze.... Here we have 0-3°C and wet, and it seems to me so enough chilly =)
Many many hugs sweetie

Manuela@A Cultivated Nest said...

It was pretty before but even prettier now!

Shelia said...

HI Cindy! I remember your bedroom and I liked it then and I even like it better now! I love your painting of the pieces and uch a pretty color. Thank sfor popping in to see me.
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

Ann from On Sutton Place said...

What happened to the quilt on the before bed picture? So pretty...I'm sure it's tucked away somewhere waiting to find a new home. You did a great job on all the painting. I just don't like to paint and do everything I can to avoid it! It sure does make a difference though. Enjoy your week my friend. :o)

Maureen said...

This is a truly amazing decorating project on a budget!

Ginger Zuck said...

Cindy, your makeover is wonderful. I really love the painted headboard, looks totally different. What a great find on that chest.

Decora Adora said...

So pretty! Your headboard turned out beautifully, the dresser too! Love your monogram pillow, the perfect touch!

Linda @ Itsy Bits And Pieces said...

That really did turn out great...and love the bedding, too!

Rust: Vintage Inspired Design said...

It looks really pretty Cindy....I especially love how u used that great chest of drawers as a bedside table. :)

Ana said...

Wow, Cindy...You have yourself a completely new room for very little change. It turned out beautiful. Love it.

Hugs and Kisses,

Corn in my Coffee-Pot said...

that looks so wonderful!
I like the gray on the furniture. So you didn't paint the walls? It's the same yellow?
I really like the look of yellow and gray.
The go well together.

Diane said...

Wow what a change....amazing what a little bit of paint can do! Love, love the new look. Diane

Betty said...

Dear Cindy,
What an amazing job you have done! You work so hard to make all these lovely changes in you home. I like both before and after. It's good to have a change and grey and yellow look lovely together.
Have a happy day,

Something Nice and Pretty said...

Love the bedding too and the headboard looks amazing with the yellow pillows against, what I like best about it is it was done on a tight budget:)

Shelia said...

Hi Cindy! Thank you for popping in to see me and hope you're doing fine.
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

Carol OurSearsKitHome said...

It looks great! What a great sense of accomplishment. I like the paint jobs on the furniture!

Nita {ModVintageLife} said... how the bedroom turned out. So pretty. Love the yellow and gray.

Special K said...

Wow! What a gorgeous transformation at a smart cost! Completely transformed, I'm loving the colors!!

Millie said...

Lovely! I havent been reading blogs lately as we are in Arizona and no internet at the house! I have blog withdrawal!
Your room is so nice, and all done so frugally!