Since my daughter Emily went back to university I've been wanting to give her bedroom a makeover. I did this as a surprise for her and as the budget was tight I had to be resourceful.
We both have a new love for plants so when I spotted this beautiful wallpaper in Wilkinson I instantly fell in love with it and knew Emily would love it too.
The paper is such good quality and only £13 a roll - BARGAIN!! To keep cost down I decided to only paper 2 walls and then paint the other two in a light sage green colour.
Once I had bought the wallpaper I designed a mood board. I wanted the room to be cosy as well as calming.
This is the mood board I had designed.
When on a budget using what you already have in your home is an obviously cheaper way to decorate any room. Any old or worn furniture can get a lick of paint giving it an instant update. Try changing handles too. Vintage markets, car boot sales and charity shops are a great place to look for unwanted furniture. There are loads of sites on Facebook too, as well as Gumtree, Preloved and Freecycle.
In Emily's room she already had lovely white furniture which had been bought from Dunelm a coupe of years back. The bed was a brilliant find in a local charity shop. It was brand new with the plastic still on it and had been used as a spare bed in someones house but never used. The charity shop sold it to be for £25 - can you believe that?
The bedding was kept plain white, which I purchased from Asda Living. That place is amazing for cheap but lovely bedding.
I had bought the blind some time ago from Ikea and then never put it up, so for the first time I used a drill and raw plugs and screwed it int the wall..... and guess what ? it doesn't fall down when you close it either!!
Since my divorce I have had to learn to do all kinds of things including wallpapering, and I'm quite proud of myself.
The paint was B&Q own make and one coat, as I hate painting big walls.
Sunflowers are Emily's favourite and so is the colour yellow. I didn't want to add too much colour into the room but the yellow cushion and throw gave a sunny feel without being too much. We already had the fur throw and cushions which I'm so glad she didn't take to uni with her.
And lastly my gorgeous bargain of the week was the beautiful mirror I found in the charity shop for £6. Its a beautiful bevelled mirror, kind of like a star shaped flower.
The whole room only took me two days to do. There are many Youtube tutorials that will teach you to wallpaper, paint, and even put up a blind.
If I can learn anyone can. The whole bedroom cost me about £130 to do and its completely transformed the room. When on a budget stick to it, its so easy to get carried away. Look for the cheapest but best that you can afford. Buy your items as you see them even if it means waiting to do your project. Make a mood board and list of everything you need and get samples of paper and colour charts of paint. Most places are very good and will give you samples to take home.
For more bedroom ideas pop onto Pinterest ... I'm on there as behind our purple door (link at the top of the page) Feel free to pin this blog post and photos. Get creative and please tag me into your projects on social media I'd love to see what you've been up to.