Since the Chicagoland fixer upper we renovated was a total gut job, it was pure pleasure tackling our Arizona vacation home since it was all about cosmetic upgrades and easier DIY projects. How to Create a Low Cost Serene Bedroom Design shares tips from our project!
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How to Create a Low Cost Serene Bedroom Design
We wanted to stay within a budget of about $4,000 for the total bedroom makeover, and we did it! Here’s how.
Here’s where we started with the master bedroom when we bought the place. Orange accent wall, beautiful Southern exposure with desert wash and mountain views, and that’s about it. While it had an attached bath, there was no door separating the spaces so unless you love watching/listening your partner brush their teeth, that was the deal.
Serene Paint Color for Bedroom
For creamy white walls in the bedroom, I decided on VALSPAR Salute. This color is similar to Sherwin Williams Alabaster. It has grey-green undertones, and it worked well with the strong Southern light streaming in.
Board & Batten Accent Wall
While we could have painted over the orange wall and called it a day, the room needed some architectural interest. Because of the budget and the fact we’re control freak DIYers, we chose to design a board and batten paneled wall.
My husband somehow created this wall without his power tools at home in Chicagoland! I felt so bad since the project was more time consuming with just a hammer and would have been easy and quick with the proper tools.
On a positive note though, the materials only cost around $60! You’ll note the recessed panels were formed by nailing strips right into the drywall.
My dad helped me with the painting and more importantly, all that caulking which goes along with such a project!
Not only was this a low cost project that created a big statement, it also doubled as a dramatic headboard.
Belgian Linen Curtain Panels
To save money, we left the existing inexpensive blinds in place since they were functional and we knew we could upgrade later. Belgian linen made sense for our tone on tone color palette and for a beachy, breezy look.
Custom Industrial Style Curtain Rods
My husband made custom industrial style curtain rods from plumbing supplies at Home Depot including: galvanized steel pipes, iron flanges, and iron elbows. There are plenty of ready-made options in the same spirit:
We used these curtain clips:
Roman Numeral Accent Above Bedroom Window
I loved this Roman Numeral wood accent idea which I saw on Jenna Sue’s blog so I used it in each bedroom. The Roman numerals represent a special number like an anniversary year or birth year. I painted the wood letters with BENJAMIN MOORE Revere Pewter.
White & Light Grey Quilted Bedding
White Side Tables & Table Lamps
Simple white textured porcelain table lamps went on inexpensive Lindved white side tables from Ikea.
Here’s the actual table, and following it is something similar.
Semi-Custom Union Jack Pillow
My aunt sewed semi-custom pillows for the bedrooms and living room. We started with white linen pillow covers and customized them with some of my favorite Shabby Chic Couture linen fabrics designed by Rachel Ashwell.
Here’s a beautiful option:
Here’s a pillow where I hand-sewed bits and pieces of fabric scraps leftover from a dining room chair upholstery project.
Accent Chairs & Table
The barrel style white slipcovered chairs in front of the window are Ikea Tullsta chairs, and the table has an accordion style base and antique silver finish.
Here’s a similar table with a different finish – you could always customize the color.
Sliding Barn Door
This was my favorite addition! A door to the bathroom where there was none. Don’t forget it is sometimes possible to replace an ordinary closet door with a sliding barn door.
We found this modern sliding barn door at Home Depot and installed it ourselves (of course!).
Succulents are certainly at home in this getaway, and here’s a gorgeous one that will work anywhere:
Embroidered Accent Pillow
Here are a few pillows in the same spirit:
Feel like you are only seeing half of the room? Ha! You are! The other half was waiting for its dresser and featured a farmhouse style bench with an unlovely flat screen TV.
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Barry Manilow for No Good Reason
Here’s what I listened to as I posted this. Judge all you like. Barry is just the best time travel machine…I was transported to childhood again pretending my name was Melissa. Give it a whirl, kittycats.
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