Reveal week is here for the One Room Challenge, and I cant wait to share $500 master bedroom update on a budget!
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$500 Master Bedroom Update on a Budget Reveal
Ahhhh!!! It is week 6 in the One Room Challenge and that means that the challenge has come to end! I hope you are ready for some amazing Before and Afters from everyone participating! I hope you are ready for MY reveal!
There are so many things that I am excited about in my master bedroom, but the thing that I am most happy about is that I updated the space on on $500 budget!
I wanted to show all of YOU that it is totally possible to have a beautiful space without spending a lot of money!
I’m all about creating a classic look for less and here is how I did it! I wanted to make my room a light and bright retreat! It was a far cry from that at the beginning of this challenge. When we moved into our house ten years ago, we bought and styled the space with dark furniture, drapes, and accessories. I was totally over the the dark and heavy feeling that the dark furniture created. Here’s a breakdown of the six weeks and a few before pictures to remind you of what it looked like at the beginning!
$500 Master Bedroom Update from the beginning
One Room Challenge Style Board
The first thing that I did for my $500 master bedroom update on a budget was paint the walls and trim! What a difference it made! I used my Wagner paint sprayer, roller, and paintbrush to cover it all. My HANDy paint pails and Wagner paint sprayer made painting everything so much easier and faster!
Next was all about painting my furniture! I chose to use Annie Sloan chalk paint in Chicago gray to change the look of my dark dressers. I am in love with the color, and it really changes the vibe in the space!
In the third week I focused on the windows. I decided on THESE bamboo blinds, THESE drapery rods, and THESE gray curtains. They really help to frame the space!
During week four I lost a little focus with two sick kiddos, but was able to complete my DIY fabric covered headboard! Can you believe I used an old Ikea curtain!?
Week five was all about spray paint ideas to update your home decor! I found two lamps at Goodwill that I bought for $3.00 total! My plan was to spray paint them white and add a linen drum shade to create a similar look as the ones below.
(This was the space before we moved into the house.)
(This how the room looked for the past ten years.)
I really like the openness in the room currently, so I decided to nix the desk for now. The desk was small, but still felt like it would impede on the room. Check out my post all about “Small White Desks” to see more options! I’m considering a wall desk, but I’m going to live with the room for a little bit before I make the move! I still have a chair in the space just in case I decide on making a more permanent solution for a desk.
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Unfortunately the brass wall sconces didn’t work like I thought they would. I LOVED them, but they ended up making the space feel too cold with the gray dressers and brass knobs. By using lamps that I already had, I was able to save some money and make room for a few more things in my $500 budget!
My Goodwill lamps update might be one of my favorite DIYs, but after playing around with the space, I felt like having three table lamps was a lot for the room. I was able to switch the lamps from my living room with the Goodwill lamps, and I LOVE how they look in each space!
All but one of the accessories in my master bedroom came from things I already had in my house. The only accessory that I bought was the wood and enamel bowl on my nightstand! It’s a great little trinket holder for $5.99.
This past week was the final week and I worked on the accessories and finding some side tables for my nightstands! I had been trying to decide what to do about my nightstands during this whole challenge! Originally I had planned to use my nightstands and paint them white. Although they would have been fine, I didn’t want just fine! They weren’t quite what I was looking for. I searched a few second hand stores with no luck. I had considered buying something cheap and stripping it to its natural wood.
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When I couldn’t find any that I liked, I had to come up with another plan. I realized that I had these two end tables that I had bought from Restore about three years ago for $20 total. I had fixed them up and was planning to sell them, but could never let go! Now I know why!
They had already been painted, so I didn’t have to worry about that! The have these beautiful turned legs, but are meant to be placed long-wise, so they looked funny.
I realized that I could probably turn them sideways to make them look like they were supposed to be that way! There is a lip on three sides of the top and a drawer that comes out of the front, but after I placed them sideways, I knew that they were a perfect fit! Not only did they look amazing, they are so similar to THESE that I really wanted, but did not fit into my $500 master bedroom update on a budget!
Artwork can be so hard to find and choose! I have loved McGee & Co forever, and fell in love with the art work below.
Although not too bad for the cost of art, it was still too high for my $500 master bedroom update on a budget! I figured that I could make something similar! After finishing the piece, I decided to make a couple more drop cloth art pieces for my smaller frames.
I also found some sweet little vintage prints of ships on ETSY. I don’t know why I like the ships, but I do! Finally, I used a picture that Caitlin, from The Picket Fence Projects, took on the way to Brimfield flea market. She had asked her followers if they’d like the picture, and I said yes!
Cost to Date
My $500 master bedroom update on a budget has come to an end! Let’s see how I did when it came to the
Here is the cost breakdown for Week 6:
- RECTANGULAR MIRROR– $39.99
- IKEA HOVSTA FRAMES– (2) $25.98
- LARGE WHITE FRAME– $0 (took from living room)
- MEDIUM WHITE FRAME– $16.99
- WHITE BISTRO CHAIR- $4
- LINEN DUVET COVER- $0 (WEST ELM LINEN DUVET gifted from a friend)
- STRIPED PILLOW COVERS– (2) $13.98
- PILLOW INSERTS– $0 (switched out two from other pillows)
- NIGHTSTANDS– $0 (in my basement for three years…were $10 each at Restore originally)
- WHITEWASHED STORAGE BASKETS– $0 (already had)
- DROP CLOTH– $0 (already had)
- CRAFT PAINT– $0 (already had)
- BAMBOO LAMPS– $0 (from living room)
- BELLY BASKET– $0 (from playroom)
- SNAKE PLANT– $12.99
- FLORAL STEMS– $0 (already had)
- WOOD AND ENAMEL BOWL– $5.99
- ACCESSORIES– $0 (already had)
TOTAL THIS WEEK: $113.93
TOTAL OVERALL: $526.47
I was slightly over my $500 budget, but I’m pretty darn happy with the overall cost! A big thank you to my sponsors Wagner, HANDy paint pail, and Annie Sloan chalk paint!
I realize that some people might not have a stash of nightstands or accessories in their basement, but I was able to find several great things by looking at second hand stores or repurposing items that I already had! You have to keep that in mind for updating your home on a budget and creating a classic look for less!
The space is exactly what I had pictured! It’s light and bright and modern. However, it’s a traditional modern vibe with some soft touches to balance out the gray dressers and brass accents. I hope you enjoyed following along the past six weeks! I have had so much fun and loved connecting with other bloggers during this process!
Now go check out all of the other One Room Challenge reveals!
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Cassie Bustamante says
it looks so peaceful and pretty, rebecca! what a nice retreat!
Thank you so much Cassie! It feels so peaceful!
What an amazing transformation! Great job!
Thank you so much! It feels so much better now!
Lindsey from Hilltown House says
It is just incredible how much of a difference you made to this room with just $500! It looks like beautiful hotel room at some seaside resort. And I am OBSESSED with that Studio McGee art look-alike – I was just raving about it to my friend yesterday. So proud of you girl!
Lindsey!!!! You are truly such a kind and supportive friend! Thank you so much for your encouragement and support!
This turned out beautiful & your budget is so impressive!! It looks like a luxury hotel!
Ah! Thank you so much Lia! That means a lot!!!
Your bedroom has been transformed into a relaxing and beautiful space. I would not want to leave. Breakfast in bed!!!
That is right! I need to tell my husband to get on that! Thank you so much Kippi!
Angela | MidModernMama says
Beautiful! And I have been looking for end tables like those for years! Lucky find in a gorgeous retreat! Congrats!
Omg! I love those thrifted nightstands! Thank you so much Angela!
Hi, your room looks amazing! I really like the paint as well! Would you mind sharing the paint colors you used for the walls/trim/ceiling? Thank:)
Thank you so much for your kind words!!! Of course! I used Benjamin Moore Chantilly Lace on the walls and trim. I used flat paint for the walls and semi-gloss for the trim. The ceiling was called white ceiling paint at the Benjamin Moore store.
Thank you so much! I am sorry for the delay! I used regular ceiling paint from Benjamin Moore and Chantilly lace from them for the walls and trim. I used flat paint on the walls and semi-gloss on the trim.
Beautiful and so inspiring! What paint did you use on the walls and trim??
Thank you so much for your kind words! I used Benjamin Moore Chantilly Lace on the walls and trim. I used flat paint for the walls and semi-gloss for the trim.
I am so sorry for the delay! I used Benjamin Moore Chantilly lace. Flat on the walls…semi-gloss on the trim. Thank you so much!
The bedcover looks different in the before and after, but unless I am missing it, there is no mention of that change. I am looking for something similar. Can you tell me the brand and style name of the new cover?
Oh my goodness, I forgot to include it! Good eye! It is from West Elm (color is natural flax). I got it for free from a friend who was no longer using it. I’m sending the direct affiliate link and a less expensive option from Amazon. I ordered the Amazon one, but she offered me the other one for free! The Amazon one looks just like the West Elm one (color linen).
Hi! I am so sorry for the major delay! I completely missed your comment! Yes, I mentioned that I got the duvet cover from a friend who was giving it away. It is the natural flax linen duvet cover from West Elm!
What color did you use to paint the dressers? The whole room just exudes calm!
I used Annie Sloan Chicago gray chalk paint. I love that color! It’s definitely a calming color! Thank you for stopping by!
I am so sorry for the delay! I used Annie Sloan Chicago Gray. Thank you so much!
At first, when i saw your before, i was like, why she changing it, looks nice…then i saw your after and was i love! very nice.
PS. i loved your before lampshades!
Ha! You are too sweet! Thank you so much! They were a Home Goods special!