Monday, 21 September 2015

Bedroom beautification – Let’s take a tour

KB by the Sea - banner

I’ve shown you my night table makeover and my super-cheap headboard made from cupboard doors. The master bedroom still isn’t completely done, but I think it can make its official debut here on my blog :-) There are still some things I want to do, but I’m pretty happy with how it’s looking so far.

OK, so  here’s the original bedroom – as you can see, not too pretty! I had started prepping the room to paint before I realized I  needed a Before picture, but you get the idea. The turquoise curtains were my attempt at adding colour to the room. But they’re kinda skimpy and too short, and looked more sad than cheerful.

KB by the Sea - before

Just painting the room BM Gossamer Blue made a huge difference.

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bedroom after

I love this colour for a few reasons – it reminds me of the sky and water. It changes throughout the day from lighter blue to almost turquoise, depending on the time of day and the sunlight. And it actually is a great neutral backdrop for all the colours that I’ve brought into the room.

Here’s what the bedroom looks like now, complete with wrinkled bedding from Walmart ;-) Sorry, I don’t have an iron! Each piece is sold separately, so I decided to mix up the colours a bit with the pink pillow cases and blue sheets. I don’t love the duvet cover, but I can’t really buy a new one when we have this one plus another two back in Ottawa. I mean, I COULD, but then Brian would have a conniption fit ;-)

KB by the Sea - bed and tables

KB by the Sea - bedroom 2

I decided to go with the boat cleats for drawer pulls on the night tables. Thanks for the feedback on that dilemma :-)

KB by the Sea - No 5 night table 1

KB by the Sea - No 3 night table 1

I picked up the lamps at an estate sale a couple of weeks ago. I love the bases, but I’m not sure about the burlap shades. I’m thinking of either covering them with fabric or painting them.

KB by the Sea - lamp close up

The box spring and mattress are still on the floor, but it all looks more like a real bed now with the headboard.

KB by the Sea - bedroom 1

I covered the box spring with an old fitted sheet so it looks a bit less dorm-like ;-)

KB by the Sea - box spring

I LOVE the fabric I got from Minted a couple of months ago. I used it to recover a stool, and there was enough left to make a throw cushion. I went to The Lunenburg Makery last week to take a sewing class and use one of their machines, and I made my first-ever cushion cover :-) I need to get a bigger insert though – I forgot about the trick of using an insert that’s one size bigger than the cover to get a really plump cushion. This one is  little baggy :-)

KB by the Sea - cushion and lamp 2

I picked up this frame at a garage sale for $1.00. I spray painted it navy and put in a note card from The Maritime Painted Saltbox. I found the piece of driftwood on the beach.

KB by the Sea - framed card

I wanted a round mirror to hang above the dresser (which I picked up from Kijiji for $45). I found this one at HomeSense for $12.00. My original plan was to paint it white or silver, but I like how it repeats the black frames that are on the opposite wall. The artwork is by three Lunenburg artists. I didn’t intend to hang them together, but I kind of like how they look as a threesome. I don’t really know why I hung the mirror offset from the dresser – I just thought it looked better that way :-)

KB by the Sea - dresser 1

I haven’t quite decided where the basket will go or what I’ll put into it. But I love the bright colours :-)

KB by the Sea - african basket

I’ve developed this thing for buoys. This one came from a cool little shop in Blue Rocks. The paddle is from an antique shop in Mahone Bay, and I picked up the stump from the beach.

KB by the Sea - buoy and paddle 

I asked the guy who owns our rental house if he would be open to changing all the light fixtures, and he said sure. Wooohooo! So down came the boob light and up went this sparkly chandelier. A great deal at Costco for $100 :-) I love the pattern of light on the ceiling.

KB by the Sea - chandelier 2

So that’s where the bedroom is at now. It won’t make the cover of any magazines, but I think it’s a big improvement from before :-)

before 1    KB by the Sea - bedroom 4

What’s you favourite way to spruce up a room on a budget?

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  1. Sweet! I love all the colourful art and that chandelier is so cool!!!

    1. Thanks Anne :-) I'm having fun putting the room together - still a few things to do, but I'm happy with how it's coming along :-)


  2. Your bedroom is lovely. That chandy is gorgeous. You did a great job with that pillow.

  3. Thank you Trish :-) It's still a work in progress, but it's getting close to done :-)


  4. Gorgeous lighting fixture! Looking good -- a few new pillows on sale always freshen up a room for me.
    Joanne @ Sea Glass Cottage

  5. I so enjoy your adventures Kelly. 😃

    1. Thanks Linda :-) I'm enjoying them too! :-D