I’m excited to share another bedroom makeover in our DIY Duplex Airbnb!! I am just so in love with how this room turned out! I was working on a tiiiiiiight budget, so the majority of this room is thrifted or repurposed items, and the design still feels really fresh and cohesive. Plus, an experiment with a gold paint pen created a budget friendly faux beadboard! Before I dive into the makeover, if you need a refresher on the Duplex project read about the backstory HERE. Now onto a few Before & Afters!
For context, this is the second bedroom in the Upper Unit of the Duplex (Check out the first room reveal HERE), This one was interesting because of the layout. I was working with the closet placement, two doors into the room, and some big windows. Guests usually prefer a queen bed over a full, so I was able to squeeze one onto this wall… with no room for side tables, and just enough clearance at the foot for the hallway door. To make the room work, I opted to leave the door off the closet so guests did not have to deal with an awkward swing, put a bench on the other wall instead of the foot of the bed, and added a little shelf for a light and place to put your cellphone. Might not be the MOST functional if you were living in the room, but works great for short term guests!
The whole design of the room really began with these antlers I found at Farm Girl Antiques. The color in the plaid fabric on the mounting is a mix of green, blue and red-pink, which I picked up in the art throughout the room. Then I decided to play with a couple different plaid blankets and sheets, and was honestly not sure how it would all mix…but after I put the room together it just worked. Oh, how I love that moment.
Let’s talk about this gallery wall, and then we will dive into the DIY faux beadboard. These gold frames from Ikea are a major score, they are only $10 a piece, but the gold looks more expensive (although the glass part is plastic). A reader sent me their Birds of America book by John James Audubon because it was collecting dust. I cut out some pages to frame, and just LOVE how the gallery wall looks! It’s the perfect amount of color for the room. If you don’t have the book, no worries, you can download the bird prints HERE!
The faux beadboard was a fun little experiment with a gold paint pen that yielded a pretty darn cute result! One thing I LOVE about the upstairs is all the original trim work, so I painted it Behr Aged Beige so it would pop against the Swiss Coffee walls. One thing I dislike about the walls is the texture, because it means no wallpaper, unless I wanted to skim coat the whole room, which was not in the timeline. So I thought it could be fun to add chair-rail trim 3ft up, paint the lower bit the same color as the trim and then draw on a pattern.
Steps for Faux Beadboard after the break! (more…)
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ROOM MAKEOVER TIME! I’m super excited about this makeover for two reasons: 1) I partnered up with Behr to try their new online paint shop BEHR® Express, where you can have paint and supplies delivered RIGHT TO YOUR DOOR! 2) I challenged myself to only spend 2 days to paint, thrift the decor, and pull it all together! The most fun part was that I could not really have a design plan, because who knows what I would find at the antique stores!
I am SO happy with how it came together, the room feels so darn cozy! Let me tell you a bit about the process!
The Before: First, this WAY before photo is how it looked when we started this renovation this Summer, since then, we painted the walls, Behr Swiss Coffee 12, and the trim, Aged Beige PPU7-09. We also ripped up the floor and added carpet. Picking the paint color: I knew I wanted something bold for this room, and since we had already painted the trim, I wanted a color that would complement the Aged Beige PPU7-09, plus work well with Swiss Coffee 12 because I only planned on painting part of the wall. I checked out BEHR Express and their 55-color curated palette (the colors they picked are SO GOOD, it would be hard to go wrong) and I narrowed it down to three colors: Riverdale N410-3, Iron Mountain N520-5 and NYPD N480-6. And if you have no idea on what color to pick, the website can help you find your perfect color, and even suggest coordinating trim colors. After I had my colors, I ordered their Peel & Stick samples, which are a game changer! Instead of buying paint samples, the Peel & Stick samples are great for testing a bunch of colors, and you can move them from wall-to-wall to see how they will look in different light. Check out my IG Highlight of the process @ISPYDIY! After opening it up to you all for a vote, the winner was BEHR NYPD N480-6, which I absolutely love because of the moody blue/gray vibes. I went back to BEHR Express to order a gallon, and in a couple clicks the paint plus all the painting supplies I needed were on their way to be delivered to my front door!
Painting the room: After the paint was delivered, it was go time! And the two day time limit to paint, shop for, and decorate this room started. If you were following along on @ISPYDIY, you saw that I played around with how high up to paint, and changed my mind 3-4 times, until I landed on painting about ¾ up the 9ft walls and adding trim and hooks to hang pictures. I just LOVE how it accentuates the high ceilings in this room!
Decorating the room: I challenged myself to thrift as much as possible for this room in one day. The things I ordered ahead of time where the bed, bedding and pillows, because I have not had a ton of luck getting a vintage bed that did not need repairs, and bedding is one thing I don’t buy second hand. My first antique stop was SUCH a score! It was like all the thrifting stars aligned and I got the desk, chair, rugs, stool and map art, all for about $200! I was honestly pretty set after that haul, so I ran home and shipped my own stash of thrifted items including mirror and gold lamp from Goodwill, and the little bench I found at an antique store months ago.
The beautiful vase on the desk and bells hanging came from a local shop URSA, made by local women, so not technically thrifted, but I love supporting Milwaukee women doing amazing things! I brought back the little bowl on the side table from our recent trip to Croatia. And all the books and vases came from my thrifted collection. I will admit, the little lamp on the desk is from Target, I saw it a while back and loved the size, and when I started decorating I knew the more modern shape would keep the vintage desk from looking too dated. More after the break!
You all know how much I love a room makeover! So when ALDI reached out and asked if I wanted to partner up to transform a space with decor from their store, my first response, “I didn’t know ALDI had home decor!” Then they told me about the ALDI Finds section and its seasonal items, including decor and organization products that I could use to turn my blank room into a budget-friendly haven! I accepted the challenge and was excited to transform the one undecorated room in my house into a super sweet room that would be perfect for a guest, a teen or could inspire a dorm room or bedroom in a first apartment. And the timing was perfect because my little sister is visiting from Europe for a couple weeks and it’s the perfect guest room for her 🙂
I started with a blank slate!
I knew I wanted to create another DIY painted wall, so I came up with the idea of painting it this light pinky beige and drawing on a pattern with a gold sharpie paint pen! Head over to my IGTV for a video tutorial of how I created it. I takes a *little* more measurement then my last freehand design, but I give some tips in the video that speeds up the process (this wall took about 2 hours to draw on the pattern)
Then it was time to decorate! First I started by picking my items, sticking with neutrals, mostly grays and tans, with a couple pops of pale pink. Before putting everything in the room, I stopped by the ALDI Finds section, with $50 in my pocket to spend, for just a couple more items to round out the room. I scored some of my favorite items in the room: the wood clock, “Out of Office” hat, gold scissors and desk set, plus the flowers and some succulents! I got home and gave myself an hour to decorate the space and I JUST LOVE how it came together!! It’s so fun how the wall and clock patterns play off each other, and how inviting and cozy the soft colors and textures feel in the room. And can you believe almost EVERYTHING in this room is from ALDI (the bed, comforter, lamp and books are the only things I already had). The rug! The bedding! The “marble” side table! The ottoman! The macramé wall decorations! Even the details like the coffee cup, letter board, diffuser, and candle! All ALDI and all under $185 , which is amazing if you are looking to do a room makeover on a budget!
List of items with prices below!
– Huntington Home 5’ x 7’ Berber Area Rug – Tan $19.99
– Huntington Home Full/Queen Royal Plush Blanket – Coral $9.99
– Huntington Home Full Sheet Set – Grey $7.99
– Huntington Home Faux Fur Pillow – Grey $7.99
– Welby Ultrasonic Diffuser $14.99
– Welby Essential Oil Assortment $4.99
– Huntington Home Wall Tapestry in Macrame $9.99
– Huntington Home Felt Letter Board – Black and Natural $4.99
– Huntington Home Bolster Pillow – White $9.99
– Sohl Furniture Folding Tray Table – Marble with gold legs $9.99
– Sohl Furniture Foldable Storage Ottoman – Pink $9.99
– Sohl Furniture 3 Tier Metal Rolling Cart – Cashew $24.99
All these items will be in stores in the ALDI Finds section starting July 10, so run out, grab some pieces to give your room a makeover and send me a pic!!
This post was made in partnership with ALDI. Thank you for supporting my amazing sponsors!