Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Master Bedroom Makeover on a Budget

When my husband and I were first married we were blessed to get a lot of furniture from family; sure it was hand-me down worn out stuff, but the price was perfect for two young newly weds.  Almost 13 years later and we have slowly been replacing the hand-me-down furniture throughout our house.  Our master bedroom was the last room yet to be done.

It really was sort of the dumping ground for extra clothes, extra books, extra dining room chairs, mismatched furniture....
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I was ready for it to be a place that I loved coming into, a place so nice that my husband hoped would no longer become the laundry dumping ground, but I didn't have a lot of money to do it.  I needed a master bedroom makeover on a budget.
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I will be giving tutorials on the pieces I redid and made over the next couple of weeks, as I do those, I will come back to this post and add the links to the tutorials so this post will be the place where you can find it all.

Before and Afters
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Reading Nook
Our room is an odd L-shape and the little L part is not really big enough for our bed, so it has always been this little odd place off the side.  I dreamed of making it my little reading nook.
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I cannot wait to grab a book, sit on my chair and just read!
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And my wall decor!  I am in love with it!
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I made most of these pieces and will be adding tutorials.
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Nightstands
I have actually been working slowly on my bedroom since December. The first things I replaced was the nightstands, one was a nightstand Eric had as a kid; the other was a piece that used to be in our living room. They were much too different to re-do, so I wanted to start from scratch.
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My mother-in-law bought us our new nightstands for Christmas, they were just white and I refinished them with Annie Sloan English Yellow Chalk Paint.
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We got new lamps and new clocks too.  Neither of us use the clock for our alarms, we both use our phones.  Be warned the bell is pretty dang loud, but it is a NON-ticking clock, a feature many clocks like this do not have and I definitely did not want a ticky clock by my bed.
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My night stand has a secret little addition my husband added.  Every night I charge all my devices by my bed, the cords are behind my nightstand, needless to say they were so hard to get to and always falling back.  After I had a melt down about it one night, my husband surprised me with this
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Three little hooks screwed into the back of my nightstand keeps the cords in place, making it so I never have to hunt for my cords again.  During the day I can just toss the cords behind the night stand and they still stay right up at top for me to easily grab that night. 
Book Case
The next big piece I had to do something with was our book case, another childhood piece of Eric's.
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I wanted to use this book case as a place to display mementos and special things.  I painted with Annie Sloan Paloma Chalk Paint.  The background is actually a very thick wrapping paper that I found at Tai Pan, that I attached with spray adhesive; don't worry full tutorial coming soon.

Since these shelves no longer housed most of my books, (and they didn't all fit anyway)I needed a new book case in my reading nook.
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I loved this horizontal book case from Target.  I ordered it in white and painted with the same quart of Annie Sloan English Yellow (yes I finished three pieces with just one can).

Bench
We had a love seat couch in our bedroom which we were going to move into the reading nook, the trouble is it is huge and took up half the space.  So instead we moved that couch downstairs and brought up the bench we had downstairs, which I painted in the same color as the first bookcase.
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That is my newly made over bedroom.  We are renting our home so I did not want to repaint the walls or do anything that I couldn't take with me if we move someday.  Oh, and I have to report, since finishing it, all laundry has been immediately put away.  So, if you have a laundry problem like I do, just tell your spouse you need to re-do your bedroom.

During this process I learned some great tips:

5 Tips for Redoing a Bedroom on a Budget
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1. Have a Plan- I looked on pinterest, thought about my room and have had a basic plan of what I wanted for several months now.  I even took room measurements and had these in my phone.  I also had a list on my To-Do App of things I wanted/needed to buy for my room.  That way I could plan and knew what I needed when I was out shopping.

2. Reuse and Fix it Up- I really wanted a fun color for my night stands. I searched and found some fun and colorful pieces but they were expensive!  Instead I got nice standard nightstands and made them the color I wanted them.  I also reused most of the bedroom furniture I already had and painted a few things.  There are so many great tutorials (and I will be adding some) that tell you how do redo furniture and it can save you a ton of money. Also, I did reuse our old night stands, they ended up in the boys' rooms.

3. Be Patient-  I have been working on redoing my room since before Christmas.  I did not go out and buy everything in one weekend as that would not have been financially possible or smart.  I waited for the 30-50% off sale at Hobby Lobby, I went to Home Goods I don't know how many times until I finally found curtains I liked.  You can save a lot of money if you buy things on sale or find things at a store like Home Goods, Ross, TJ Max, etc., you just have to be willing to look and leave if they don't have what you want.

4. Be Willing to Compromise- if you have a budget you are probably not going to be able to get exactly everything you want.  I had some different curtains in mind but wasn't willing to spend $60 a panel to get them.  So I kept looking, when I found my curtains, at Home Goods, I really liked them but they weren't what I originally was imagining, but at $24 for two panels I couldn't pass them up and now love them completely.

5. Set a deadline- While yes, I did just say you need to be patient, you also need to have some sort of deadline.  If you don't give yourself a time frame it is either never going to happen or happen so slowly that by the time you are done you don't even like what you started with.  In my To-Do App, I set a date for when I wanted to buy certain things.  I didn't stick to it completely, but it definitely stays on your mind when it shows something is overdue.


Have you ever redone a room?  What tips do you have?

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Following is where I purchased the different items, with links when available.  Also, as I do the tutorials, the links to the projects will be found down here too.  I did not receive any of these items or am promoting any certain store, these are just the stores I like that I bought things from.

Bedding and pillows- Home Goods
Curtains- Home Goods
Curtain Rods- Local linen store

Reading Nook:
 Horizontal Book Case- Purchased from Target-- Painted with Annie Sloan English Yellow (Tutorial)
 Blue and Yellow Chair- Target
 Lamp- we had
 Dresser- we had, removed the mirror and moved the dresser under the window
 Bench- we had, painted with Annie Sloan Paloma Chalk Paint
 Pillow- Home Goods
 Bird Art- Bought at Hobby Lobby
 Wire Frame Board- bought off local garage sale site

Wall Decor:
  1) Purchased at Hobby Lobby
  2) Date Art Work (tutorial)- purchased burlap Canvas at Hobby Lobby then created myself
  3) Love Frame- Frame from thrift store, "love" word bought at Hobby Lobby than painted
  4) 12x12 blank canvases I painted
  5) Circle Mirror- Hobby Lobby
  6) Rose Art- I created- Tutorial here

Night Stands and Accessories
  Night-stands- purchased on Overstock- painted with Annie Sloan English Yellow (Tutorial)
  Clock-bought on Amazon
  Lamps- Target

Book Case--Already had, painted with Annie Sloan Paloma- Tutorial here
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100 comments:

  1. This is top notch, Emmy! I love the transformation!! The colors, the pieces you chose...everything. Bravo! You've got your own oasis now!

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    1. Thank you! I really am so happy with how it all came together.

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  2. I love your bedroom! Especially since my bedspread is yellow and grey as well. Loving everything you did. Can't wait until I have the time and budget to redo my room as you have greatly inspired me. Beautiful!

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    1. Thank you! I really am loving the colors. Just have to start planning and do one thing at a time, that was the way I could afford it :)

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  3. Great job!!! Thanks for sharing your tips and I look forward to seeing your future DIY helps-- especially with the chalk paint!!! You definitely have a room to be proud of. Maybe you could host a little book reading party in your new reading area!!!

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    1. Yea, that might be a little weird to have everyone go up in my room for it :) I am definitely not a chalk paint expert but do have tips as I have definitely done a few pieces now :)

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  4. Very Pretty Em! Love it! We are going to do ours too, after the bathroom is done…which is getting really close! Good thing, because this is really making me want to do our bedroom too! It's an amazing transformation and I Love it!

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    1. Oh I am so excited to see your finished bathroom! It is going to be amazing.

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  5. Great job, Emmy! I love the lavender and yellow!

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    1. Thank you! It is actually a gray color, but yes it does have a more purple base than a yellow base as a gray

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  6. I love it! Especially the reading nook! The bookcase is gorgeous and I'm looking forward to the tutorial. I've got some ideas where I could use that. Now I want to start working on my bedroom!

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    1. Thank you so much! I will be trying to get them all up sooner rather than later.

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  7. Loving all of the little pops of color! And any tips for doing one of those date signs for a small family? Thinking maybe our birthdates, then anniversary, then E's birthday?

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    1. That would be a fun way to do it. I have also seen those with a “meeting date”, engagement date and then wedding date, so it is just the couple. But yes, your birth dates, anniversary and her birthday would be great! I will be doing the tutorial for how I made it soon. Probably my first or second of my tutorials I post

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    1. Thank you me too! That was really the inspiration and base for the whole makeover

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  9. Oh my! I love every single thing! Adore that reading nook, wish I had a space like that in my house. Can't wait for the tutorials :)

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    1. Thank you! Yes, I really kind of hated that space before but now I love it.

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  10. I can't believe the difference. When I started reading this, I was hoping you didn't paint your bed. I love it.

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    1. Yes, my bed is actually only a few years old, before that we just had bedrames and no headboard of any sort, and it is more of a timeless color so I wanted to leave that and my dressers, but definitely wanted more color and pop yet wanted it all to work together

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  11. So inspiring!!! Great work Emily! Oh, my daughters would love to live in your house. :) xoxoxo

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    1. Awe thank you so much! I always think the same things about my kids in your house when I see all of the amazing and fun things you are doing.

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  12. I love the yellow! Your room turned out absolutely gorgeous! I am a huge fan of painting what you have - and shopping your house for other pieces of furniture to move into different places. Thanks so much for sharing at this week's Whip it Up Wednesday.

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    1. Thank you!! Yes, I too like using what I have as it saves a ton of money and sometimes just moving something to a new room suddenly makes it wonderful. We even ended up moving our old lamps to a different room in the house and they are perfect there. It all worked out great in the end

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  13. Seriously this is fabulous! It looks awesome...I really am in love with it!

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    1. Thank you so much! I really am too, it makes me smile every time I go in there

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  14. First of all, this is a fantastic post. I love how you've detailed all your steps, listed your sources for decor and given tips and tricks. Second of all, your room is GORGEOUS. The reading nook and yellow nightstands are to die for. Just bringing that yellow in added such punch. Thank you for sharing this. My bedroom is much like your before and I've felt stuck because of my budget. This post has inspired me! I've pinned as a reference.

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    1. Oh yea that makes me so happy to hear! I hope you do get a chance to redo your bedroom. Thank you so much! Your comment made my day.

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  15. what a great transformation! Love the color combos, the room is bright and cheery! Thanks for sharing your tips!

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    1. Thank you so much! Yes I too am loving the colors.. it is funny as not many years ago I never would have thought of myself as a yellow person, but I love the yellow

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  16. I love the transformation and the bright pops of color! It's really fun. I need to finish my bedroom so this definitely has given me some inspiration to finish. I'm visiting from SITS :)

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    1. Oh good! So glad to help and inspire :)

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    2. Oh and what is your blog, there isn't a link with your profile, would love to visit you too.

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  17. Love this room - such a beautiful transformation! And especially love the idea for cord management - my cords are forever falling behind my nightstand! Absolutely fabulous!

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    1. Yes! Mine were too and then especially after we the curtains up they were so hard to find. Eric didn't even know I was having such issues until I just flipped one night. I was gone at some meetings the following day and came home and he had solved my problem for me. :)

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  18. Love all of the wall hangings! Great inspiration!

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    1. Thank you! I will be giving tutorials on how to make all of the ones that I made :)

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  19. I love what you did to the bedroom! Such a beautiful transformation. The area you used for the reading nook is perfect. I'd love a nook like that! Why is it that the master bedroom is always the last room in the house to make over? Ours is the same way. Your pictures inspired me!

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    1. Thank you so much! Yes, it is sad that the one place in the house that is often the only place that is really your own, is the last place to get made it something you actually enjoy.

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  20. beautiful makeover! Thank you for sharing.

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    1. Thank you and you are welcome :)

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  21. Your bedroom looks GREAT! At first I wasn't sure about the pics you had on facebook with the bookcase because I like wood look, but truthfully Love it! Very nice!

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    1. Thank you! Yes, everyone definitely has different tastes and with the dressers and my bed still have the wood, the rest are just the accent pieces :)

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  22. Your room is gorgeous!! There is no way I could ever share a pic of mine... even on a good day it looks terrible. It's much to small for all that we have in there.

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    1. Yea, the size and layout of my room definitely makes it only possible to arrange certain ways and trust me I had to spend a couple of days cleaning for the before pictures, as it was usually not anywhere as clean and as nice as those even. Since the redo I have kept it clean! Yea!

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  23. This is amazing! You did such a good job with updating it. My favorite part is the reading nook! I love Target furniture. (I actually wrote about it on my blog today!) You are so talented. Awesome job!

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    1. Thank you! The reading nook in my absolute favorite too. Yes, Target really does make some pieces that are pretty nice and the prices are ones I can handle

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  24. I LOVE your new bedroom, especially the reading nook. I would love love love to do something like this. I also have a huge issue with all our cords everywhere. I'm definitely stealing that idea! You're motivating me to update our master bedroom, which is just so plain and empty. I am loving your bedspread too. Beautiful!

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    1. Thank you so much! Yes Eric totally fixed the cords all on his own after I had a meltdown about it one night. I don’t usually snap and freak out so since I did he definitely knew he needed to do something about it :)

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  25. It really came out fabulous! I love the tips at the end too. Definitely not something normal people can do in two days like on "Trading Spaces" though that is what this totally looks like. :D

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    1. Yes, if I had a ton of money could have done it in two days, but that isn’t reality.

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  26. I love that little nook off the side of your bed. It looks so cozy.

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    1. It is! I just lay in my bed and stare at he space everything before I go to sleep- now I just need to go read a book in it!

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  27. It's amazing! I love it! I especially love that you made it a wonderful place even in a rental where you didn't/couldn't paint. It's spectacular!

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    1. Yep, I definitely feel like this is our house but yes in the end though there are some things I just don’t want to do since we are just renting. We just never know how long we will be in one area.

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  28. It really looks wonderful! I love what you did! We really haven't done nearly enough to our house and now my husband and I are talking about downsizing. I think we will make a better effort next time around...hopefully in a much smaller house!

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    1. We always talk about possibly buying a house, as it seems we may actually be here a while which is why I wanted to do things I could take with me easily.

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  29. You did a fantastic job! The nightstands are perfect and that reading nook is AMAZING!!!

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    1. Thank you! The reading nook is by far my favorite too.

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  30. It looks so great!! I love the yellow night stands and your wall decor the most.
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    1. Thank you! Those are definitely my favorite parts of it too

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  31. WOW!! This is awesome, I love the colors you used! And your wall art is FAB!!!

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    1. Thank you so much! I really love it too

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  32. WOW! I love the yellow paint you re-did many of the furniture pieces with!

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    1. Thank you! I too love the yellow

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  33. Love the pops of yellow! And, the reading nook turned out so cute! :) Pinning!

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    1. Thank you so much! I do love the reading nook

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  34. WOW!!! This makeover is awesome! And I love the layout of your master... I'd kill for a larger master!

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    1. Thank you! I used to hate the layout of my room as it just seemed awkward, but now it is perfect!

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  35. This looks amazing! I love those nightstands.

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    1. Thank you! The nightstands are my favorite and what got it all started.

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  36. This is adorable! I love your little nook and I wish I had that space in my bedroom! I can't wait to see the tutorials for your wall hangings.

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    1. Thank you! The tutorial for the important date decor is finished, there is a link at the bottom.

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  37. Love the reading area and the bookcase is so clever!

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    1. Thank you! I don't use my reading nook nearly enough

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  39. What a fabulous makeover! Love the bright pops of color! :)

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  40. You did such a great job fixing up your master bedroom!! It looks amazing! :)

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    1. Thank you! This is by far the biggest project I have ever done, so very happy with how it turned out.

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  41. Looks awesome! I would love to have a little reading nook or an area I could have a couch/lounging instead of using the bed for lounging and watching tv at night. That is probably the worse thing for the lifetime of your bed but we still do it anyways. Love the pops of green and purple. :)

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  42. I love this so much! You did a fantastic job!

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  43. I love all the painting you did to your pieces. I am afraid fixing our bedroom wont be so easy. We have a sleigh bed and nothing open like you have. It does give me ideas about fixing up our front room where we have several bookshelves.

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  44. I am in love with the Target chair and the wall decor in your reading nook! I'm in the process of updating my office and yellow is my accent color :)

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  45. Love the yellow and blue! Really freshens it up and makes it cozy. Nice job!

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  46. It looks gorgeous! I love the little book nook! great use of space! :)

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  47. It turned out so pretty and functional!! Love your reading nook and the yellow paint color. It's a perfect pop of color!

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    1. Thank you so much! Yes, for so long I just wasn’t quite sure what to do with my odd shaped room but love love it now.

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  48. I love all the things that you did. I think the paint alone made a big difference :)

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    1. It really did make a big difference, made some of the pieces go from dated to contemporary and others just more fun

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  49. simply gorgeous! I love the spring colors!

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    1. Thank you! Yes it feels so bright and happy now

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  50. This is absolutely gorgeous! So bright and fun, I definitely need to re-do our bedroom and make it brighter!!

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  51. I absolutely adore this makeover, you did an awesome job! I especially love the little reading nook, and the yellow and gray theme.

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  52. So amazing! I love that you pretty much took the chair inspiration & ran with it!

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  53. I am pretty sure you could not have done all of this on a budget or at least a small one. KIDDING. girl you have ad skillz and i love every detail of this makeover. You really changed this room. great job. def using some of your tips for my current bedroom makeover that will not be as cool as yours!

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  54. Great job! Love the what you did to make it your own. I appreciate the tips! We need to get going on ours! Thanks for the inspiration!

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