Category Archives: Bedroom

1920′s Home Renovation-Portfolio of before and after photos (bedroom)

I am finally finished with the 1920′s duplex, at least one of the two units anyway!!  This will be the first of a series of posts just showing the makeover, before and after and sometimes during progress.  Hopefully you will agree that the changes are amazing, and in most cases, very little to do yourself if something you see sparks your creativity!  This project has taken a lot longer than expected, given my time availability and other factors.  Renovating an older home has many twists and turns that can be unexpected, but I have enjoyed every minute of it.

The bedroom, like other rooms in the unit showed many signs of settlement with cracks above almost every door and window.    The home has a pier and beam foundation with a brick ledge around the perimeter which all had to be leveled and repaired.  This allowed me to make the crack repairs inside.  In the bedroom alone, there are six lovely windows that allow A LOT of natural light to enter so I definitely did not want ugly cracks to detract from that beauty.  The bedroom also had an area on the wood floor that had been damaged either by a prior roof leak or heavy object that was dropped.  I was able to cut the damage out and match the hardwood.  In older homes like this, all of the walls, interior and exterior are actually tongue and groove wood and over time sheetrock installed over the wood.  Pretty much, you can install a picture anywhere without having to wonder if you hit a stud!

Bedroom (Before)

Bedroom before

Bedroom (After):  Paint, new blinds, windows, doors and trims painted, new fan and outlets/switches with stainless covers, refinished hardwoods with a repair area and all door and window settlement cracks repaired

Paint color:  Home Depot’s Behr Paint and Primer in One- Mushroom Bisque

Floors stained:  Minwax Jacobean with a satin Polyurethane for Floors

A bedroom fit for a Tween (or Teen)

Our transformation from a boy’s room to a girl’s tween/teen paradise is nearly complete and all things pink that my daughter once tolerated for her mom’s sake *wink* is now a thing of her past.  This is now officially “her domain”!  Hopefully you can find some inspiration with some ideas we were able to do and change it to suit the queen in your life.

Before

After

Here’s what we did:

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How to give new life to old home decor for as little as $1

Wall decor found in brown but repainted in black to match new decor

Redoing a room in a new color scheme and suddenly find yourself faced with the dilemma of spending more money on decor pieces to match?  Even crazier, have you found yourself trying to find that perfect light fixture or decor piece but its the wrong color?  Don’t let a little color issue get in the way.  Worry no more, because with a can of the latest spray paints available and a little crafty work, you can give new life to that decor and re-use it.  The best part is, no one will know you just spent pennies on what will look like all new decor…what a great little secret!

Depending on what type of use the piece will get, you can find a can of spray paint for as little as $1 at most big box home improvement stores or discount stores.  Use a better quality paint for heavier use items such as exterior pieces, light fixtures, mirrors, etc.  Decor pieces that sit on a shelf or on a wall do just fine with the inexpensive paint.

Krylon’s line of spray paints come in a variety of finishes and can be applied to a variety of surfaces such as metals, plastics, wood, etc. so all is pretty much fair game! Just follow their application instructions to ensure a quality finish:

http://www.krylon.com/products/

Here’s some things recently repainted with a $1 can of spray paint for my tween/teen room project, but should give you an idea of the variety of finishes that can be painted:

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How to build a canopy fit for a “tween/teen”

My little girl will always be my princess, but she was ready to part ways with all things pink and ready to restyle her kingdom.  This is an alternative of the last do it yourself instructions on how to build an overhead bed canopy.  Fortunately, you can use these same how to instructions to build a bathroom tub valance or window valance because of its shape.

In case you missed it, here is the other alternative on how to build a canopy over a bed:

http://agirlcandoit.com/2010/05/05/diy-bed-canopy/

Materials you will need:

One 1″x 12″ x 7′ white pine board ($8); Two 4 pack packages of “L” brackets-one large, one small ($6 total); Fabric of your choice-1 yard to cover valance;  # of feet of trim depending on your desires (price varies)

Tools you need:

Glue gun,   Staple Gun, cordless drill, drywall screws and drywall anchors

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Peel and Stick Wall Art Mural…so Easy, A Kid Can Do It!

As I am working on my latest project, the tween room makeover, I found these neat little peel and stick wall art murals at Hobby Lobby.  They have a variety of styles and designs.    They retail for $19.99 but Hobby Lobby considers them “wall art” which placed them at 50% off during their weekly special.

Its a stick on vinyl, so all that you have to do is roll it smoothly over your wall.  It comes with little jewels for embellishment that you can stick on as shown above.

The finished piece looks clean, crisp and very stylish.  The best part?  My daughter was able to do it by herself and we know how accomplishing something for yourself feels!

Preparing for a “Green” baby – 6 DIY tips for an eco friendly nursery

Don’t worry, your baby won’t be a little green alien.  Although sometimes, it may feel like it with the jabs and rolling motions of the little life inside you waiting to make his or her appearance in this world.  Having a baby is life changing.  Most expectant parents want to do their best to prepare for their new arrival, so it makes sense to embrace a lifestyle change to eco-friendly if you haven’t already, starting right in the nursery.

Here are some eco-friendly home improvement options when planning your new nursery:

1)  Follow your nose

Lead is no longer found in newer paints found in stores, but there is another chemical you should become aware of: volatile organic compounds (VOC’s) How can something that says its organic be bad you ask?  The VOC culprits emit toxic fumes and invisible gases from common household items such as paints, flooring or even a new vinyl shower curtain.

Thankfully, many major paint brands now offer low or no-VOC paints.  Check the labels!

2)  Now I lay me down to sleep

Add a corded dimmer switch to your lights that are next to your cozy chair so it’s always within reach.   A little night-light  also provides sufficient lighting in the dark at lower wattage use.

3)  Beyond the 5 second rule

Crawling around on the floor can have its disadvantages for baby.  Carpet is one of the most toxic elements that you can put in any home.  Carpets can harbor dust mites and other allergens.   Even worse, new synthetic carpets can emit gaseous VOCs.

Options to keep the nursery carpet-free:  bamboo flooring, cork or carpet tiles.  Add softness to the bamboo floors using a natural fiber rug or mat.   If you don’t like the idea of carpet free, at least consider one made of natural fibers such as wool, cotton, hemp or jute and don’t forget about checking the padding!

4)   Let the sun shine in

Cordless cellular shades (available through Levolor) is just that…cord free! This is the safest option for curious little fingers.  Use natural fiber window coverings to compliment your color scheme and room decor.

5)  The air we breath

An air purifier improves indoor air quality by removing allergens such as dust, pollen, mold and pet dander.    The Idylis air purifier from Lowes claims to remove 99.9% of airborne allergens.

HEPA filtration on vacuums also helps reduce airborne allergens.

6)  Keeping it clean

Using eco-friendly cleaners are the safer alternative for your whole home.  Even a little vinegar, baking soda, etc. can do a great job cleaning without the harmful chemicals.

DIY Bed Canopy Fit For Any Princess

Convincing our daughters that all boys are frogs, and they are princesses, what girls bed would be complete without a crowning touch like an overhead canopy? Making one yourself is extremely easy and affordable.

You’ll need:

a staple gun, fabric glue, a piece of plywood or other rigid board cut to a circle, and some drywall screws and hand-held drill

For the one pictured, I used some soft felt for the underside cover and the top ring (1 1/2 to 2 yards should be more than sufficient), 2 colors of sparkle tulle (about 8 yards each-on sale, this runs about $.79 per yard!), some zebra print ribbon for the tie-backs (1 yard cut into 2 pieces), some sequined cording (about 1 1/2 yards), over-sized faux pearls (1 package) and a black feather boa.  You can find all of this stuff at a crafts store; I like Hobby Lobby because they put their fabrics on sale frequently.  For this canopy, I spent about $20-25.  You can find something similar online for much more and it’s not nearly as “customized” to suit your daughter’s room decor.

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A Tween Girls Bedroom Design

A Tween Girl’s Bedroom-Easy and inexpensive decorating ideas

I am blessed with a very quick witted and enjoyable tween daughter.  With a college student moving on and another teen son taking over a bigger room, my daughter has an opportunity to also move to a bigger bedroom within our home which will leave behind her current room.   Her current bedroom (above) is already decorated in a style that most TEEN girls would die for, so it pains me to disassemble it.

It may seem odd to give up her current room’s modern and trendy appeal, but there is a valid story and a certain amount of guilt behind it.  When we first moved into our home, I painted her room the pink it is now.  Florals, gingham check were the visions of “little girl” I once had for my daughter.  Turning 7, she wanted something a little more hip and definitely anything BUT pink!

Not having the heart to repaint so quickly or do away with some decor pieces already in her space, I regrettably convinced her to “compromise”.  So with a new comforter set and pillows priced at less than $200, along a few intentional decor pieces purchased on sale at Hobby Lobby for under $100 and a little creativity, we had a complete budget room makeover for less than $300.

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