This is my take on a romantic bedroom retreat. You may have seen the bed already HERE.
Now I want to show you the entire room.
Here’s a little back story. When the guest quarters were finished, we put leftover furniture in here. You know, the stuff I didn’t really want in the house. It all went in here. But then I realized this was not the vision I had for this room. It felt like a room of leftover stuff, which it was. I didn’t like it. So, one by one, I got rid of most everything in this room. The bed stayed but got painted. The chest of drawers stayed, and sewing cabinet.
Most everything else went bye bye.
Here we go. The bed you already saw in the post PAINTING AN IRON BED.
Here is the before, before it was painted.
And here is the after.
Firstly do you see the chandelier? I’m pretty pumped about it. I think it adds loads of character to the room. I got it from Horchow.com.
Also I hope you notice the super adorable night stand.
The column is from Wisteria.com (not sponsored). The bottle from Target. I am using the bottle as a hat stand. The hat was my mother-in-law’s. I think she wore it in the 50’s.
I also moved the basket away from the bed and I’ll be showing it to you in just a minute. Here I put the bench from my vanity. The throw on the bench is a tablecloth, and the duvet cover is actually a tablecloth. And do you want to know what the bedspread is? It’s a bed skirt used like a coverlet. There is another bed skirt on the bed in the usual way. The white wire basket was painted white. It was originally a dark green. Also note the Fortnum and Mason basket at the foot of the bed. And you can barely see in the photo, I moved a mirror in here by the column nightstand.
The cupboard from the dining room got moved into here. I like this in here versus the chest on this wall.
The smaller cupboard is sized better for the space.
This is the kitchen before.
And this is the kitchen after. Well the ktichen is the same. The table and chairs have changed.
The ‘new’ table is vintage, made in Italy. I found it for $100 at, you guessed it, the thrift store. I sold the old table for about the same amount. The chairs came from my breakfast room, since I moved some things around.
Here is the sewing machine. I have a large painting sitting on top of it. The painting disguises the fact that there is a 42 inch flat panel TV on top of the sewing cabinet. Simply move the painting any time you want to watch it.
The ladder was in my study, but I love it here with the grain sacks on it.
Now this last corner is where the bookcase was. Here is the before.
And here is the after. This is where I moved the chest of drawers that was in the kitchen area. The basket that was at the foot of the bed went here too.
So got moved out?
- The leather sofa and ottoman (see below, from the first version of the room) SOLD
- The blue chest (see below, from the first version of the room) SOLD
- The night stands SOLD.
- Lamps were given away.
- The bookcase SOLD.
- The original table SOLD.
- The original chairs were moved elsewhere and 4 were given away.
- The old bedding was moved elsewhere.
- The hay painting was moved elsewhere.
What got moved in?
- The new kitchen table PURCHASED FOR $100.
- The chandelier PURCHASED
- The new nightstand PURCHASED
- The new chairs MOVED FROM HOUSE
- The French gray cupboard MOVED FROM HOUSE
- The ladder MOVED FROM HOUSE
- Large painting MOVED FROM HOUSE
- New bedding PURCHASED ONE DUST RUFFLE
- Duvet, pillows and throw MOVED FROM HOUSE
- Mirror MOVED FROM HOUSE.
- Assorted accessories MOVED FROM HOUSE
- Rug MOVED FROM HOUSE
- Bench at foot of bed MOVED FROM HOUSE
- Assorted straw hats MOVED FROM HOUSE
I am going to be honest. At the writing of this post, I am still waiting on the checks so I am not sure what some of these items sold for. But I sold 7 pieces of furniture and just bought a table, nightstand and chandelier. I spent less than $800. I should make at least $500, so I think of all of those changes for $300 is pretty good. I did pay someone to change out the light fixture, but it’s the sort of thing I used to do myself. I was super busy and so I didn’t this time. Plus MR. CH didn’t have time to help me, so I knew that I needed help.
So I think that is a pretty dramatic change for $300.
What is the moral of the story?
A. I have too much stuff. (I know that.)
B. When redoing a room, shop your house to save money. Is there something in another room that isn’t working? Try moving things around.
C. If you don’t like it, get rid of it! Unless you HAVE to have the item and you can’t afford a replacement, like a kitchen table. I know you can’t sit on the floor!
C. Buy stuff you really, really like, not what is on sale. All of the things I moved in here, I really, really like. The things I got rid of I never really liked that much. Some of the things were inherited, but still others I bought in many ways because they were a good deal. The ‘good deal’ stuff I end up getting rid of down the road. In the end that ‘bargain’ stuff costs more, because you end up giving it away or selling it for a loss. Or even worse you keep it, while you don’t really like it. Just start out with the good stuff. If you are on a budget, buy one thing at a time. Pace yourself. It’s okay to have empty space. I would rather see bare floor and wall than an a piece of furniture I don’t like in my house.
Now on another note, if you can see what my new curtains look like in my bedroom, you can head over to the Bali Blinds blog for a look see.
The curtains were graciously provided by Bali Blinds.