A couple weeks ago my mom and I tackled her guest room. It was a bright aqua colored teen bedroom for my younger sister…she’s now 23 and living on her own. It took about 3 half days and about $400.
This is a basement room and it is now used for visitors. These BEFORE pictures don’t really do the transformation justice since I didn’t think to take pictures until we had already removed everything except the bed. My mom was just wanting to clear the room and maybe put up a headboard, however I can be very persuasive :)
She did get her headboard. We used a couple of old weathered picnic table inserts she had lying around outside. We had to cut them to get the right size but it didn’t cost a dime. We looked at every store Pocatello has to offer and couldn’t find a desirable bedding set. We ended up getting a cream quilt from Fred Myers as well as a printed fleece throw at the foot of the bed. We matched the darker color in the bedding for the wall paint which we also got at Freddy’s called Hen House.
The real wow factor is when people come in and turn around to see the closet. We removed the curtains and carpeted the inside. I convinced my mom that we could cut an old dresser that they already had right down the middle then patch it back together to make it fit inside the closet. Then we could spend the money saved on that to line the closet walls with fabric!
We bought the oversized round mirror at Ross. Fabric is from JoAnnes (the only fabric store here). I printed off a simple “Be our guest” text and put it in a great wood carved frame. We also filled the top drawer with things a guest might have forgot, shavers, toothbrush etc.
The woodland inspired curtains are from Bed Bath and Beyond which we hung from wall to wall for effect. The off centered electrical box drives me batty but the work and mess to move it just wasn’t worth this decorating quickie. We used a cup hook to swag it to center. The thrift shop, spray painted chandelier was left over from my sisters room and we added a home made drum to make it more contemporary. Because of the chandelier’s size we couldn’t find a lamp shade big enough to fit over it. Lowe’s has a beautiful neutral drum light but it was $80 so we took some brown roof flashing and made our own for $10.
Another money saver is to use conduit which is strong and super cheap for your curtain rods. We spray painted ours brown.
“The more you praise and celebrate your life, the more there is in life to celebrate.”-Oprah
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Ahh it’s the little things like running water, installing propane lines for the first time, cutting through the wall to connect the two structures, that make you want to celebrate. Looking through my phone today I noticed several little video snippets of those little accomplishments and decided to compile them.
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My Dad is a Speech/English teacher at Century High School in Pocatello, ID and last year the school had another less than par showing at the Festival of Trees in turn he volunteered me to decorate the tree this year. Which I of coarse jumped at the chance to spend someone else's money on shiny objects. The school only had a $200 budget which I went over $29.14 (I just couldn't resist).
It took a little convincing but I went with a peacock theme which is in keeping with the school colors. We blew $55 at Hobby Lobby on 5 beautiful peacocks and from there we searched out 2 birdcages at Tai Pan Trading for $26. For the remaining 3 peacocks we took to the thrift shops where we scored 2 diamond shaped wood wall art ($4) which would have been hideous in any other application but it worked perfect for our tree. My favorite though, was a leopard lined Victoria Secret jewelry box at Idaho Youth Ranch for $4.
Another amazing find was at the Dollar Tree where we got crazy, cool ornate hand mirrors which I snagged 6. I decided to go with a crown tree topper but wasn't able to find one in Pocatello soooo I made one using a metal flower stand ($2 at thrift store), gold glitter 3" ribbon ($4 at Walmart) and a dollar store ornament. A couple other ways we saved were we spray painted glass goblets gold as well as made fans from some fabulous purple sparkly wrapping paper.
It turned out Super GAUDY and I love it!
$6 Crown tree topper
This past Father’s Day weekend was also my parent’s 38th wedding anniversary. I had a chance to spend a few days with them in my hometown and in true Wolfe fashion, we celebrated by none other than doing a project together. My folks decided to put in stepping stones, which led to adding an 8′ x 14′ deck to their little mountain house, which led to me insisting they needed a pergola to top it off. Here are the results, (four days and a little under $400):