The ink was barely dry on my final divorce papers when I jumped headlong into a bedroom makeover in my house. I wanted a complete change, and I wanted it as quickly as my very tight budget would allow.
It had been ages since the room had been touched. Since I cannot for the life of me find the before photo, I’ll just describe it to you.
Dark. Depressing. Dated. Not what I wanted anymore.
The walls were faux-painted to look like brown leather, the bedding was a plaid patchwork, the curtains were a tiny red check, and most of the furniture was stained green.
To wipe the slate clean in this room, I started by cracking open a can (and then two more cans) of white paint–Alabaster by Sherwin Williams. I obliterated that faux-leather look that I labored over many years ago back when I thought faux was the the way to go.
No mo faux for me.
Then I decided I wanted white linen bedding and pillows.
And off-white curtains.
I wasn’t the least bit concerned that all that white would be cold or sterile or require anyone entering the room to wear sunglasses.
I wanted light, bright, and white. I wanted my new guest room to look nothing like it did before.
It definitely doesn’t.
To offset all the white I left my antique washstand dark, but I did remove the back splash and towel bar from it to give it a different look. I’ve had this piece of furniture since I was nineteen when I bought it with my first paycheck from my first job. For sentimental reasons I wanted it to stay in the room.
This cabinet, which I put a ton of work into, had been sitting under my carport waiting to be sold. It started off all dark. After a lot of repairs, sanding, and painting, I sort of fell in love with it myself.
I needed a substantial piece of furniture for the room anyway and knew I couldn’t find anything I liked as much for under $100 which is what I had invested in the piece. So I moved it into the room myself with the new dolly that I bought myself. It is super heavy and I really should have waited for a friend to come over and help me. Patience isn’t my strong suit, though. Once the paint was dry, I was on a mission to start bringing things into the room.
The chalkboard provides another dark element to contrast with all the white. This Bible verse is one that I claimed early on for my new season of life. I can’t see ever changing it.
The iron headboard that I had in my storage room also helps break up the white as do the tarnished silver trays.
Normally I would have used the chippy, white-painted side of this old window but since it was going on a white wall, I flipped it over to the natural wood side.
Although I splurged a little on the white linen for the bedspread and pillows, I used drop cloths from Home Depot for the drapes. There is no way I could have bought this much fabric for under $25 which is what I spent on one drop cloth. I needed two but fortunately already had one. I used my existing curtain rod.
I’m so thankful that I can sew and paint because if I couldn’t, I would never have been able to accomplish a transformation like this on the budget I had to work with. (Again, sorry I don’t have a before photo but I promise it is like night and day.)
After the dust had settled, I spent less than $400 for this makeover. That included…
*three gallons of Sherwin Williams Alabaster white paint
*16 yards of white linen for the bedding and pillows
*one 9′ x 12′ drop cloth
*the big cabinet
*two cans of Annie Sloan paint (Old White and French Linen)
*a few supplies to repair the cabinet
*two silver trays (I already had the big one)
*the old window
*the rusty candle holder
*the framed Keep Calm piece
I love this room now. It’s a true guest room and feels like the rest of the house. It represents to me a new beginning. If this room had a theme song, it would be this THIS ONE.