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Tidy sleeping quarters needn't be just a dream. Flea market finds boost the stash and style factors in this breezy blue bedroom.
By turning cast-off objects into creative storage under, over, and beside the bed, we shaped up this space without sacrificing style. To create a one-of-a-kind headboard that's storage-savvy, we hunted down oodles of old drawers. The curvy ones were quite a score! (See the next slide for the how-to.)
With the drawers on the floor, fuss, fit, and fudge until the arrangement suits your headboard space. Don't hesitate to use fillers or leave openings where the wall can peek through. Secure together with screws and cut plywood doors to fit a few openings. Use hinges to install the doors. Paint the assembly; if you want, wallpaper the drawer backs and doors. Hang the headboard using a few 1x4-inch cleats.
DIY Tip: if you're having trouble finding oddball drawers, rescue them from dilapidated dressers.
To complete our lovely room, we prettied up more thrift store finds and gave windows and walls plenty of attention, too. We bought an extra curtain panel and used it to add ruffles to the bottom of the two panels at the window. For wainscoting, we cut beaded board on an angle and trimmed it with 1x3-inch planks. These easy and inexpensive custom touches make this bedroom anything but ordinary.
To contain tiny treasures, fashion a keepsake box from discarded or damaged books. Apply crafts glue to the inside back cover and close the book. When dry, apply glue to the book's edges and let dry. (Place waxed paper between the first page and the front cover to keep them from adhering together.) Mark a rectangle on the first page about 1 inch from all sides. Use a crafts knife to cut along the mark and through several pages. Remove cut pages and continue cutting and removing pages to desired depth. Seal the cut pages with glue.