When it comes to design budgets, the bedroom tends to get the short stick. Guests don’t see it a lot (and you’re usually asleep while you’re in there) so high-traffic rooms like the kitchen and living room tend to hog the décor funds. Meanwhile, you’re stuck sleeping in a bare-bones boudoir. Change that with less that $400!
Save $650: Upholster your own headboard. This project is all you need to make a serious bedroom statement. An elaborate upholstered headboard becomes the focal point of the bedroom, and is really easy to make yourself. Plus, a similar store-bought headboard cost $800! Grab some inexpensive fabric from the craft store and check out our step-by-step tutorial.
Save $510: Fake a huge mirror. Large wall mirrors make your room feel bigger and brighter, but they can be pretty pricey (this one is $600). Instead of forking over cash for one jumbo mirror, buy three standard floor-length mirrors (this one from Target is $30). Hang them sideways (so the long sides are horizontal) one over the other. This will create the same effect as one large mirror for a fraction of the price!
Save $1,000: Update old furniture with white paint. A lot of great pieces of furniture are passed over at second-hand stores because the wood is in bad shape or it has been painted an ugly color. If you like the look of white furniture (like this $1,500 piece), scour the thrift shops with a fresh eye and look at the furniture’s shape, not its color or wood quality. Once you get it home, give the old dresser or armoire a fresh coat of white paint. It will make the piece look clean, fresh and – dare we say – angelic!
Save $130: Make a patterned rug. Decorative rugs tend to be a lot pricier than white ones(this one is $200), but they’re much more hip! Make your own chevron or striped rug with some cardboard and a little paint. We like this $50 rug from IKEA as a project base. For details, check out our step-by-step tutorial for making a chevron rug.
Save $325: Embrace stencils. If you love the look of fancy wallpaper but have a paint-can budget, use a stencil to create the same effect! Cutting Edge Stencils sells a variety of options from Damask designs to floral patterns for as low as $25 (wallpapering an entire room can cost as much as $400!). It takes more time to hand-stencil a wall than paint it one solid color, but the patterns pack a serious design punch. Tip: If you’re a stencil newbie, read the Cutting Edge Stencil tutorial before you break out the paint.