Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Room a Month Makeover

My friend Sheri at The Shades of Pink is hosting the Room a Month Makeover. The object of ROMM is to encourage even the tiniest changes to make a difference in your home. Think DIY, cheap chic, etc. It proves that you can truly make big changes in a room by making tiny, inexpensive changes over time.

While I'm not necessarily focusing on a specific room each month, Sheri has motivated me to make small changes when and where I can. I have big plans for a TV armoire and a freebie coffee table. And since I actually made a couple of small changes in my bedroom a couple of months ago, I thought I'd share those today.

First, I found a very nice chocolate brown polished cotton (sateen) tone-on-tone striped duvet cover set that was originally $80.00 marked down to $9.00. I'm pretty cheap (and finances are always an issue), so this was just the inspiration I needed. I decided to go with the trendy brown/blue scheme, but I went with turquoise instead of the ice blue. (I'm not sharing pictures of the entire room until it's complete-which may take quite a while. We still have a crib in there!)

On eBay, I found a remnant of upholstry fabric in a brown/turquoise print for only $1.99 with free shipping. I'm not sure what it is, but it is similar to a chenile. It was just enough to make a very nice throw pillow. The turquoise pillow was made from a crib sheet, believe it or not.

You can't see it, but my husband (who happens to be an ace at finding bargains at Walmart) found a bed skirt in ocean blue for $3.00. And everybody knows queen bed skirts are very expensive! That was a steal...

As the color scheme developed, I decided I would try my hand at creating some art for above the bed. I had purchased two pieces of used stretched canvas at a thrift store for $2.00 each. I primed them over and dug through my bag of acrylic paints. This is what I came up with.....

I used white, cream, caramel, sky blue, and royal blue. The outer edges are painted dark brown.
I love them!

I also have 4 gallons of brown paint that I picked up from the clearance aisle at Walmart for $4.00 a gallon. They are not the same shades, but all are in the milk chocolate to deep chocolate range. (There may be some mixing going on...)

I haven't painted yet because I can't decide if the brown walls will be too much, too dark for me. The room is not large... I'm just not sure yet.

So, that's where I am on my Room a Month Makeover challenge.

Why don't you join us?

Blog about your DIY decorating projects and then go to Sheri's blog and link up! And tell your friends!

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