Bedroom on a Budget: My Bedroom Reveal!

Warning: This is an incredibly long post. I feel like each piece in my room tells a story.. and no matter how hard I try, I can't cut things out.  I won't be offended if you just want to scan over the pictures :)

It's time, it's time! As promised, here is my bedroom reveal! This room was truly on a budget. Not a "I'm on a budget, I only spent $1,000" but a "I'm on a budget, the most expensive item in this room are my mattresses at $75" kind of budget. You can still be on a budget and make it look like awesome. But, I'll let you be the judge :) 
Here's what you see when you open the door to my room:

As my roommate (the one in the doggy door) says, it's "grandma chic"... and I think I like that. I had big plans in my Design Advice post-- I wanted to paint the walls grey and my comforter was going to be gray with a big print on it. However, once I started unpacking and looked over everything I had, I realized I wanted to go in a different direction. The walls were already a tan/brown so I left them like that (aka no money had to be spent on paint!). Plus, I had two brown furniture pieces, so it made more sense. 

The week before we moved in, I painted my $20 thrift store bed an aqua/teal blue. If you want to see the before and after, click here. The same week we moved in was my birthday, so my mom got me this adorable creme quilt for my bed for $40 at TjMaxx! It has a hint of a pattern on it, which is perfect.
At the end of my bed, I have my quilt that I bought in Thailand for 1,000 baht (about 35 US dollars). It's hand-sewn and so gorgeous.

Next to my bed, you will find a cute side table that my cousin gave to me!

 1. My mom got these at a yard sale for $2. I love how they tie in my mustard yellow chair (picture below).

2. I got this lamp at a yard sale and did a makeover on it for a total of $10. If you want to see the before and after, check it out here.

3. I have a ton of books from college and some that I buy from yard sales because they're pretty. They're a great way to add color to a room.. plus, they make you look smart, right?

Besides my bed, the first thing you notice when you walk in my room is my frame wall. It's completely comprised of frames that were either given to me or were found at garage sales. The most expensive frame was probably $2.

After that, your eye would probably go to my crazyawesomecool mustard yellow chair. I got it for free from a thrift store! In it's lap is a gorgeous pillow from Goodwill that was $3.

Next to the chair is my desk:

1. This is where all the bloggy goodness happens (for the most part, at least).  I got this piece from my mom for free! Before that, she bought it at a yard sale for $5.. it's in the blood, people. It's definitely a piece I have to redo, though. It came from her classroom and it has stamps on it, glitter, etc. I'm sure a desk redo post will be in the future :)
What should I do with it? Leave your advice in the comment section below!

2. In general, I love to include personalized items in my home. Duh, right? Particularly if you're on a budget, though, take out those pictures that your children drew for you, or that encouraging card that someone sent you-- they add color and personality to your room and they're freeeeee. For me, it's a card that a student made me at a camp the band played at, and a crayon art work that one of the students at the church I work at made me. They both make my heart happy!

Other random things I love from my desk:
My cousin drew that picture a few years ago when I was struggling with what I should do with my life and said "Look BoBo, it's you playing guitar." I felt like he whole-heartedly believed in me and my music. That same week someone gave me that quote.. I cut them out and put them together in my frame. I'm still trying to make that quote a reality :)
As for my desk chair, I got it for $15 at a yard sale:

On the other side of my bed you will find my dresser:

1. I've had this dresser since I was 8 years old. I almost sold it until I saw the exact same dresser in this post from The Turquoise Iris. I might paint it eventually and change the knobs, but for now, it works. If I paint it, what color should I paint it?

2. Again, books are awesome to decorate with. Two of the three pictured are old poetry books from Lord Byron and Robert Browning and I almost squealed when I found them at a yard sale for 50 cents each... I probably just sounded like a nerd. The cute little bird is from Goodwill for a whopping 75 cents.

3. Another obvious thing -- add lots of pictures! It personalizes the room and makes it feel home-y.

I think that's it for now! I still need some things like curtains, but I'm basically done. Check back next week for a post on how I store my jewelry around my room! I'm sorry this was such a long and detailed post, but I just couldn't help myself! This room has been in the making for over a year while I lived with my friend's family. I am just so thankful that God worked everything out when He did. This house is truly a blessing!

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