I will forewarn you that this is a long post with lots of pictures.
I searched for a day bed for a while, then remembered that she had a daybed before and it kind of reminded me of a crib, so nix that idea. While searching Craigslist I found this king size headboard; hey, that will work. I dashed off to another city to pick it up for $50. I absolutely love the shape. The colour, not so much but I had plans.
I had to do some McGyvering to get it to attach to the bed frame so that it didn’t rest on the wall and smoosh (that’s a word, right?) the curtains. The headboard is about 3 inches wider than the length of her single bed, so I attached some 2 x 4’s to the frame legs and drilled into the 2 x 4’s to attach it to the bed frame. Just in case you decide to do this, be forewarned.
Then I priced out damask wall paper and at $40 a roll, that was out of the question. I created a stencil and went to work. It took some time and some patience :)
Next up were the stripes. I measured to have 3 of each colour, coming out at 16” each.
I picked up a small vanity from Kijiji. It will do for now and serves as a night stand. I’m thinking down the line I would like to get a long and narrow parsons table. MY BF had the little chair already and I sprayed it with silver and covered the seat with a tshirt that I got at the GW.
Rather than have a bazillion pillows/cushions on her bed, that I knew would only end up on the floor, I opted for one large bolster. I bought this table runner at Home Sense. I stuffed it and tied the ends in ribbon.
Let me show you a little piece of her room before
Let me take you on a tour of her newly decorated room
Headboard painted in Tiffany blue. Bolster created out of a table runner.
Matelasse bedspread and pillow shams from the thrift store, picked up over time.
I removed the ugly sliding closet doors and hung up the drapes that I made, using swing arms. Ribbon from the dollar store was added to the edges using iron on tape. The memo board was a couple of dollars from the thrift store and the butterfly art was made for her a while ago.
The mirror has lived in every room of my house in grey, but now it looks pretty in blue. I moved the swing arm lamp from the back wall and added ribbon to the shade.
This little Ikea table also received a quick update by adding ribbon.
Here is a close up of the damask pattern I stencilled on.
I can’t wait for her to see how the room has come together. The last things to do are paint her book case and return it to her room , paint her chandelier or get a new fixture, and make a floor cloth.
Please weigh in on your thoughts for the floor cloth. I was thinking of doing this zebra pattern.
Black and white may be a little too busy for this space so what do you think of doing it in the Tiffany blue? Or should I do something totally different?
funky 70’s headboard - $50
Vanity - $25
quart of black paint - $17
Ribbon - $5
Spray paint - $12
tshirt to cover chair - $2.50
Everything else I already had.
I just loved doing this room. Growing up, my shared bedroom was quite utilitarian, so it’s nice to make one that is pretty.
Update: Here is the completed floor cloth. I don’t know why I doubted myself, it turned out wonderfully. You can read about the process here
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A big thank you goes out to Kate at The Besties for featuring this project. Thanks Kate!