21 January 2013

Bedroom makeover details

Yesterday I showed you the little changes I made in our bedroom to make it look more interesting and pulled together. Today I wanted to break down those changes and show you what I did.

Bed skirt
I knew I wanted a darker, patterned bed skirt and decided to make one. I had actually wanted a dark grey with white polka dots but the fabric outlet store I usually go to was closed and Spotlight, the craft and fabric store I ended up at, didn't have what I had imagined. They had black and white but not grey and white. I was willing to settle for stripes or a white pattern on grey but they had nothing in grey. Then I found a greyish-brown fabric with white circles on and decided it would do very well and bought that.

Yesterday I showed how I made the bed skirt. Thankfully it worked out perfectly. Here is a picture of the foot of the bed:

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Here is the side:

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Pillowcases
I also bought some patterned fabric and made a pillowcase and bought two red pillowcases. For the patterned pillowcase I wanted a fabric that had orange in that would tie in with my orange quilt.

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Lamps
I bought two lamps on TradeMe (which is like the New Zealand eBay) for $15. This is how they looked:

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Ages ago when we still lived in England I had found two big lampshades on sale for £5 each and snapped them up, knowing that I'd use them sooner or later.

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One of the lamps with the lampshade on ... looking very old-fashioned and kinda old-age-home, right?

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I used burnt umber acrylic paint to paint the brass pole at the top of the lamps, hot-glued some white rope trim over the gold band, and covered the lampshades. I don't mind the peach colour as it ties in with the orange quilt well. If I later want to change them I will just pull off the braid and spray paint them.

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Aah, so much better!

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Our old and new lamps:

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And a before-and-after:

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Artwork
I also hung some of my favourite photos of the boys when they were young, in oak Ribba frames from Ikea. I had printed and framed them years ago and still love them so I was pleased to be able to hang and enjoy them. (Mah baybeeeees!) Here are the shots I used:

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I added a framed quote from a song which is kind of an in-joke, and a couple of photos of Grant and I together (the small frame isn't white, it's silver - it's just reflecting the light here):

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How much I spent
fabric = NZ$40
thread = NZ$3.50
pillowcases = $7
lamps = NZ$15
braid for lamps = NZ$2.40
TOTAL = NZ$67.90 (which is around US$56.75 / £35.60 / R502)


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2 comments:

  1. I cannot believe what a difference those lamps makes. Especially after you covered the lamp shades You are giving me so much inspiration for my bedroom makeover that will hopefully happen this year. Where did that orange quilt come from? I think I already told you how much I love it!

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  2. Fab idea with the lamps. They look great.

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