Bright Bedroom on a Budget

A modest budget need not cramp your style. Cash in on pennywise storage ideas and clever DIY projects to craft a bedroom that's all about you.

By Pamela Porter


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Yellow and turquoise bedroom
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We Heart Budget Style

    Talk about chic on the cheap: We made this heart pillow from 22 yards of 3/4-inch blue grosgrain ribbon. Simply sew a single running stitch near one edge, then pull the thread to ruffle the ribbon. Piece lengths of ribbon together as needed. Hand-stitch in a heart shape to a circle of felt, working your way from the outside in, securing concentric heart shapes inside one another until filled in. Randomly stitch or hot-glue sparkly beads and crystals to the ribbon. Sew the finished heart piece into a pillow using a 2-inch boxing strip and piping.

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Chic Headboard

    For a big style statement without dropping big bucks, we used a saber saw to cut a curvaceous headboard from a piece of 5x8-foot medium-density fiberboard (MDF), painted the edge white, then wallpapered it with a large-scale, eye-popping pattern.

    DIY Tip: This headboard hangs on the wall thanks to a 2x3-inch wood cleat along the back.

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Stash Factor

    The wicker vanity is a thrift shop score; a quick coat of white paint is a cost-conscious redo. For additional creative storage, we repurposed a metal bread box to hold hair essentials. To soften the seat of this flea market chair, we snatched two cotton napkins from a clearance table and sewed them together, tufting with perle cotton and adding grosgrain ties to keep the cushion in place. A layer of quilt batting between the napkins makes the seat comfy.

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Super (Cheap) Storage

    We raided the dollar store and Grandma's kitchen for various tins and pans to tidy the vanity drawer.

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    Because easy access makes the morning routine quicker, we fashioned these wall pockets by cutting wooden bowls in half and mounting them on a painted board.

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Roll Up

    An easy-sew fabric pouch keeps makeup brushes organized. Start with a fabric remnant 11x25 inches. Fold in half crosswise with right sides together; stitch all raw edges using 1/2-inch seams, leaving an opening for turning. Trim corners, then turn right side out and hand-stitch opening closed. Turn up folded edge 5 inches. Mark eight 1 1/4-inch pockets and channel quilt on marks through all layers. Topstitch close to outside edges, sandwiching a 24-inch folded piece of ribbon in one side seam.

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Frame Game

    For artwork on a dime, paint an old wooden picture frame, cut mat or foam-core board to fit the opening, and cover the board with a scrap of pretty fabric.

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    A coat of leftover paint and wallpaper scraps revived this dresser for a few dollars. Though the garage sale clock didn't function, we snatched it up anyway for its petite size and pretty details, and then transformed it into a picture frame by removing the clock parts and inserting a photo taped to scrapbook paper. On the drawer fronts, we opted for a subtle wallpaper pattern, but choose a colorful stripe or large floral if your prefer.

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