Nancy’s room for her son Owen is a great example of how a nursery or kids room can be cool and sophisticated while still being playful and fun. Which is pretty awesome, especially when the price tag is a mere three hundred beans. And since we get a bunch of folks asking for kids rooms, we couldn’t wait to spill the pics along with Nancy’s note below:
Hey guys! I have been living in my home for four years now, and I finally decided it was time to decorate it. I started with my two year old son’s room, and now I am questioning why I didn’t start with my room first. I may just have to kick him out.
His room evolved over the course of a few months as I decided what I wanted and didn’t. I spent a total of $305 to makeover his room thanks to doing my best to be crafty and resourceful (I definitely don’t mind shopping at thrift stores).
To help keep costs low, I made a lot of the items in his room myself, including the shelving, the curtains, the wood accent wall, his toys, his blankets and pillows, and most of his art work.
I painted his dresser, which was a dump rescue. The antique rocker was a Craigslist buy, and his crib was a baby shower gift from my father.
I am really pleased with the end results, so tell me, do I get six YHL thumbs up? Here’s hoping! -Nancy
Nancy, not only do you get six thumbs up, we’ll even throw in four Burger paws just for those awesome chevron-gradient curtains and that cool accent wall alone. So let’s call it an even 10. There are more pics of the reveal on Nancy’s blog plus a source list chock full of links to all of her DIY-ed items for ya, but first let’s play the favorite part game. Sherry is all. over. that. dresser. And I sort of want to steal that little gold whale.
Ready for some wow? Jess and Monica really turned some out for this makeover of their friend’s guest room. Sherry has been obsessed with houndstooth ever since I met her and you’re about to see a pretty cool take on it below. Here’s their letter:
Hi John and Sherry! We just finished a fun and affordable room redesign for our friends Connie & Mark, so we thought we’d share it with you. When a close friend asks you to help re-do their bubble-gum pink, non-descript guest room, you can’t say no.
Our favorite part of the room is the multi-colored houndstooth stencil. We love how it’s kind of a modern spin on a classic pattern. It was definitely a labor of love (we even called in some backup assistance), but it makes a huge impact in the room. It definitely set the tone for the rest of the space: mixing old with new.
We made the headboard out of old shutters (or are they doors? Not sure!). We needed something that would stand out from the wall, command attention, and add some character, so we were happy to find these.
Connie & Mark had this dresser that we knew we could wake up with some paint and new hardware, so that saved us some big bucks! Another fun part was coming up with a unique way to showcase Connie’s collection of old family photos. A simple gallery wall worked really well.
We wanted the room to be functional too. Since this is their guest room, we made sure to add some towels and an extra blanket to the $8 industrial cart so their guests feel at home.
We’re already planning a sleepover at Connie and Mark’s. Thanks for letting us share! – Monica & Jess
As much as I can’t stop looking at that stencil, I have to say I’m really digging the rustic, subdued touches that anchor the room. Nice work ladies – your friends must be in love. And for those who want to love on this room a bit more, you can check out some extra photos and deets on their blog. But first tell us your favorite part. Is it the stencil? The blue dresser? The suitcases at the foot of the bed? The homemade headboard? That cute plant stand? There’s definitely lots to love…
If you send us an email with the words “1950s ranch,” “knock down walls” and “kitchen makeover” you’ve officially piqued our interest. And when you attach before & after photos as stunning as Jessica’s, well, end of story. I’ll need a moment to pick my jaw up off of the floor. Here’s her letter:
Hey guys! I know how you love a good before and after and thought you might be interested in ours. We bought our 1950′s ranch just over two months ago and have been working around the clock to get her in tip top shape. We recently wrapped up the kitchen remodel and DIYed everything but the countertops.
Since moving into our house we’ve knocked down major walls separating the kitchen from the rest of the home, updated the electric and plumbing, installed new hardwood flooring, replaced all of the upper and lower cabinets, and added a butcher block island. We updated to stainless steel appliances, soapstone countertops, and installed a subway tile backsplash. We also added recessed lighting, pendants, and under-cabinet lighting throughout. Oh, and there was a new addition (baby Lizzy) to the family just days before moving in. Whew. It’s been a wild ride.
There’s just something special about walking into a room that you’ve literally re-built from the ground up. The industrial vibe streaming from the pendants and metal stools makes me a little weak in the knees.
Hope you enjoy this space as much as we do! – Jessica
Enjoy is one word for it, Jessica. Envy might be another. Amazing job! Thanks so much for sharing your makeover with us. Jessica’s also got more pics on her blog, plus a full budget breakdown and source list for you too. In the meantime let’s play the favorite part game. I’m really into those great pendants and the butcher block on the island. Meanwhile, Sherry loves the cabinet hardware and wants to pet the subway tile (who’s surprised?).
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