Updates to Scout & Nimble, Progress to Master Bedroom and Thrifty Finds!

makeover in real time

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Some progress has been made on the master bedroom…not a lot…but since I’m doing this redo for you in real time, I thought I’d share even the slightest improvement.  I decided last week it was time to start painting.  As you saw in this post, in my dream world, I would dress the walls in this fine paper.

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But, unfortunately, my dream world does not equal my reality.  Plus, I was hoping to stay under a $400 budget.  If I went with the wallpaper above, two rolls would have put me over budget and maybe have covered 3/4 of a wall…yep, it is that pricey.  So, plan B.  Paint.  Nice cheap paint.  😉  In all seriousness, if you are on a tight budget and want to change up a room, paint is the way to go.  It can totally change the look, feel, and style of a space.  I sampled two paint colors that were totally out of the box for me…not to mention complete opposites.

So, here we have Clinton Brown and Linen White, both by Benjamin Moore.  See, I told you…opposite ends of the spectrum.  I was always leaning more towards the white side of things and when I tested these on the wall, that fact was only confirmed.  While Clinton Brown was a gorgeous color, it was da-ark.  Like my mom said…it would be like sleeping inside a Hershey’s kiss…which would be interesting especially if you like chocolate, but what I was more afraid of was turning my bedroom into a dark cave.  Those that know me well, know that I’m like a bear…I can sleep.  Hibernation…I’m all for it.  If I had painted that color on our bedroom walls, it would take A LOT of coffee to pull me from my slumber.  So, Linen White it is for this bedroom.

You might be thinking…how boring, white walls?  But, I encourage you to give white walls a second look…they really can be striking.

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DIY Dining Room makeover

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One would think that when you prepare a room for paint, you would move the furniture, place the drop cloths, don your painting clothes…wait does that phrase only work for donning gloves??? Not a clue, but the point is, I bought the paint and literally jumped right in moving furniture as I needed to.

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And this would explain why our room looks like this.

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It probably would have been easier for me to take a weekend and move everything to the center of the room and paint, but I’m a mom, remember?  I am continuously multi-tasking.  Paint, tend to kids, make order dinner, paint, bathe and put kids to bed, paint.  Here is a liI timesaver for you though.  I did read somewhere on pinterest to place a garbage bag around your rolling pan for easy clean up and I am here to tell you…it was a terrible idea.IMG_5156w

If you gain anything from this post, please let it be just to buy the plastic cheap rolling pans and then pitch them if you don’t want to clean them because this bag shimmied everywhere, paint stuck to all parts of that bag, not my roller brush and I felt like I wasted so much paint.  Two big paint covered thumbs down. (I did have it tied around the tray…I was in the process of removing it when I snapped the pic).

Here is what the room looks like now.  One can of paint got me this far so we are going to live for the next couple days with a room that is half painted.  Good thing my husband loves me…;)  On a more positive note, I thought I would share some high and not so high moments on this master bedroom makeover.

High five moments in the past week for this room:  

There were several.  Goodwill and thrift stores…you have treated me so well!

Score #1  Brass lamp $3

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I have loved this table lamp forever…haven’t loved the price tag

Riveted Metal Table Lamp

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so I am going to use this lamp as inspiration and try to trade the brassy shiny finish for a duller one with some Rub n Buff.  I’ll let you know how it works.

Score #2  Masculine fabric $0.50.  Ummm, ya, 2 yards was 50 cents…

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IMG_5247wI love using fabric to cover mattes in picture frames and since I am planning a gallery wall, I knew this would come in handy.  And get this, the next day, I saw this at Target.

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Super cute and manly all at the same time.  May have to do something similar with my new el cheapo fabric.

Score #3 and I’m totally saving the best for last.  I am swooning over this chandelier.  $10.  Excuse me while I scream in excitement.

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I had been looking online at different “eclectic” chandeliers the night before and everything I liked for the room was expensive.  Here are a few that I had marked. (click on the image for link)

Jonathan Adler Updated Bamboo Rod Chandelier (3 finishes!)

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This one I thought perhaps I could DIY.

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So, I am really really ecstatic about this find.

Low moments that I encountered this past week for this room

I’m when I say low, I mean low low to the flo...or floor.  Our carpet has seen better days.  It’s an off-white/cream.  It’s 7.5 years old.  We have two rather large dogs who sleep on this floor every.single.night.  Do I need to say more?  We’ve done our best to keep it in tip top shape with regular cleanings, but at some point you’ve just gotta throw in the towel.  I think it’s that time.  So, my $400 budget might be blown if we have to add carpet.  I have gone back and forth with this.  It looks decent enough…I’ve seen worse.  Is it a necessity?  No.  However, in the past year, we have discussed pulling the carpets up in all the upstairs bedrooms and either replacing them or putting in hardwoods.  I guess you can say we were somewhat preparing for this.  On one hand, I’m a control freak who wants to come in under budget and on the other I’m a clean freak who doesn’t like thinking about all the dirt and grime a 7.5 year old carpet can hold.  What to do, what to do?  What would you guys do?

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