Back in January, I took on the task of doing a guest bedroom overhaul. This was the last room in our house to be reworked, and let me tell you, it was not a pretty sight. I would describe it as a multipurpose, college furniture hideaway... at best. Not really wanting to spend a ton of money, I decided to challenge myself and see if I could come up with a completely new look for $1000 or less. I have to say, I enjoyed the challenge. For starters, it makes you really think about the items you want to purchase. There's no room for those "impulse" buys. It also makes you take the time to source certain items that you covet. "Can I get that for a few dollars cheaper at this place? If so, that's more money allocated towards such and such item." You get the picture. Follow along as I take you through my transformation from EWW to AHH!
STEP 1: Starting with $1000, I wanted to cushion that as best as possible. I challenged myself to Craiglist as many items as I could to earn myself a pot of "extra" money. (That's fair, right?) After selling my bed frame, a dresser, and a few lamps, I ended up with $210 in earnings New total: $1210. (I encourage you to Craiglist or Ebay items to give yourself some extra money. I also felt better about selling items as opposed to trashing them. I also donated a bunch of smaller items to Goodwill.)
STEP 2: Time to make some purchases! I already had a mattress and needed to come up with the following: A bed frame, bedding, a nightstand, a rug, a dresser, curtains, and a lamp. Everything else, including art and accessories would be filled in afterwards. The look I was aiming for was warm-modern, and I wanted to stick with a neutral palette. The space ended up a bit Scandinavian, a bit bohemian, and a bit modern. Plenty of texture and warm tones were pulled from the accessories and details. It was important that this room would be approachable and livable since guests would be spending time in here. My selections are listed below and then there is a cost breakdown below that.
1. RUG: Colca Wool Rug/ West Elm/ 5x8: $126 (after my trade discount & Christmas gift card were applied)/ 2. DESK LAMP: Pillowfort White Desk Lamp/ Target: $23 (holiday discount)/ 3. WOOD PLATFORM BED: Wayfair: 193.99/ 4. NIGHTSTAND: Terrazzo Texture Side Table/ Urban Outfitters: $159/ 5. DRESSER/MEDIA CABINET: Boho Media Cabinet/ Urban Outfitters $299/ 6. MIRROR: Ikornnes/ Ikea: $129/ 7. BEDDING: Pointehaven Organic Cotton Duvet/ Houzz: $59/ 8. POM POM BLANKET: Apollo box: $42.99/ 9. JUTE RUG: Round Jute Rug/ Savafeih: $45/ 10. FIBER ART: Vintage pair of fiber art/ found at vintage market: $38/ 11. WALL ART: Mary Gaspar "Plant Cell 1"/ Minted/ $89
Total purchased new items: $12O3.98= $6.02 REMAINING
Okay! Here comes the part where I repurposed other items from around my house to further furnish the guest bedroom. I've linked as many items as possible, but since they've been floating around my house for a few years, this was a bit tricky.
1. MIRROR: Sailor's Mirror: Anthropologie/ 2. CURTAINS: Striped Ikat/ West Elm (*this is a similar item)/ 3,4. PILLOWS: a.NABERDESIGN/ 5.RUG: Seijling: Ikea/ *Not pictured: Two vintage ottomans and my mattress, which I've had forever.
So, in the end, did I succeed? I would say that I did go slightly above $1000, but being resourceful and selling items upped my spending budget to around $1200. I succeeded in staying within those bounds and came away with a look that I love! Thanks for reading along!