Not long ago, my friend Erin asked me and a few other girls if we’d like to surprise a mutual friend, Carrie, with a quick-and-dirty refresh of her master bedroom for her birthday.
I was like: “I don’t know, guys. That sounds pretty lame and unfun.”
PSSSH WHATEVER! I couldn’t sign on fast enough for THAT! Seriously the best idea anyone has ever had. Carrie is the sweetest friend. She went out of town just before her birthday and left us with ONE TINY WEEK to refresh her master bedroom.
She’s been bummed about her bedroom situation for a while, mostly because of the paint color, which she called “pee yellow.” As soon as she called it “pee yellow,” I became physically incapable of seeing anything but urine when I looked at the color.
The “pee yellow” color was not their choice and she really wanted something different. The girls and I analyzed her pinterest boards to figure out her style (here’s how to do that), and turned it from the “pee yellow” before to this:
The biggest, immediate changes we made were to paint the walls and rearrange the furniture so the bed was opposite the door and between the windows. I love that the curtains can frame the bed now, and with the bed across from the doorway, it becomes a much stronger focal point.
Carrie loved her bed and nightstands so we didn’t make any changes to the furniture. We added the pintuck duvet, which was a DIY project! See how to make your own pintuck duvet right here. The pillows on the bed were from ikea, and the one on the little orange chair was a last-minute Marshalls find.
The only furniture change we made was to add this little chair which was a craigslist score for only $25! Isn’t that craziness? There was almost a brawl over that chair, because we all wanted to keep it. I will cut you if you take a good furniture find away from me! Not really. But just don’t, okay?
The curtains were simple tab-top white panels which I turned into back-tab curtains to make them look a little more custom. (So easy! See how I did that here.)
Carrie already had the little blue dresser, so we designed the color scheme around it, making sure to include the mustardy warm colors she’d pinned when we were analyzing her style. (See that post here.)
All the accessories on the dresser were things she had in her room already. We shopped her bookshelves to bring in some extra color too.
Carrie had a sewing machine and lots of craft supplies spread around her room before:
So we corralled them all, brought in a little cabinet for storage and made a crafting spot for her on one wall:
She had pinned SO many rooms with the fabric stretched on embroidery hoops, so we brought those in for her too. (I wish we’d hung them a little lower on the wall, but we were in a rush. It makes me a little twitchy looking at them now.) The little driftwood fish came from a friend’s vacation at the beach right before we did the makeover. We REALLY wanted to find her a little chair for the sewing machine, but one week is NOT much time, y’all! Especially not considering that all of us have tiny kiddos.
And CHECK this out!! I love this art piece so much.
Erin and her husband made this, and here’s the tutorial to make your own wood stain typography art! The words come from a Bible verse: 1 John 4:19. They seemed fitting for a couple’s master bedroom. The piece is such an awesome scale and stunning in person!
Here’s how our tiny budget shook out:
DIY duvet: $25
All the pillows and pillow inserts: $45
Little orange chair: $25
Driftwood fish: $32
Materials for the verse art: $50
Curtain Rods: $10
Everything else: shopped from our houses
One more before-and-after, this time with an appearance by the birthday girl!
It was a little quick-change refresh on a teensy budget! I wish we’d had just a few more days because there was so much more we wanted to accomplish for her. Carrie wrote about it on her blog here. She and her husband are very talented family photographers.
By the way? You know how I’m always preachin’ the hang-your-curtains-tall-and-wide gospel? Look what a difference it made in the photos above. The windows are a little blown out in my pics (sighhhh) but don’t they look so much larger and more grand with that simple fix?
What would you think if someone dropped in and changed out a room in your house while you were on vacation? Our house is a complete shambles when we leave for vacation, so I’m sure no one would even be able to find the bedroom. Ha!