Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Shabby Prairie Style Bedroom Makeover {Reveal}

Okay, y'all...

I know y'all have been waiting for like two weeks now.

What can I say?

It's summer, the kids are home, and things have been CRAZY.


I finally buckled down and got it down.

With lots of help from my oldest niece, Kassy, 
I was able to get quite a bit accomplished in two days.

Thank you, Kassy, for all of your help!!!

Two heads are definitely better than one!

Without further ado...


Really quick though...

Here's a fast rewind to the different looks this room has had 
during the seven years we've lived here:

1.  The previous owner really had a thing for flowers.

2.  I left it as is and just put the girls' stuff in there 
until I could get around to doing something different.

3.  Then I switched the boys' room with the girls' room and finally got around to painting it.

The lovely Hawkeye Gold and Black was what I had to look at every morning and night, 
since I switched the boys' room with our room to give them more space.

Although we are now in the smallest room in the house, 
we're making the house work for us, instead of the other way around.


Here's how the room looks today:


When you walk into the room probably the first thing to catch your eye is the chandelier:

Kassy and I removed it from the stairwell (that was fun - NOT), 
since Noah helped me score another one that will work better in its place.

It was black and I spray painted it white.



Above the bed is a footboard to an old bed that I painted white.

The numbers I bought at Menard's and painted.

They are Scott and I's anniversary date.

Now, it'll be impossible for him to forget.

He!  He!  He!


It was actually Kassy's idea to put them on the footboard and I love it!

Hanging from the footboard are no-sew curtains I made from Muslin.

All the curtains are no-sew and made from Muslin.

So easy and so cheap!

It took 5 yards for around $25.00.

The  cream coverlet I got at Second Blessings Thrift Store in Morehead City, NC 
for $15.00, along with the two matching shams...

Thanks to my Momma negotiating them down from $25.00.

Thanks, Momma!

The blue-green coverlet I've had forever.

The cream pillows are from TJ Maxx for $14.99 each 
and the Hydrangea pillow was $3.00 from our local thrift.

There's another Hydrangea pillow for the same price you'll see a little later.

My favorite part of the bed is the duvet cover.

I bought a new queen size duvet from TJ Maxx for $59.99, 
but I made the cover completely no-sew from painter's drop cloth.


You read that right.

A no-sew duvet cover from painter's drop cloth.

I also made the dust ruffle from painter's drop cloth as well.

Three washings and lots of fabric softener and it softens right up.


Two 88"x 88" drop cloths for around $40.00 was much better than the $75.00+ duvets 
I was seeing at stores that weren't exactly what I was envisioning.

The chest I got eons ago for $75.00 from a store in Dumont, Iowa.

I gave it a little paint job to brighten up the black and brown it was originally.

The crocheted throw was a gift from my mother this summer.

This dresser was my grandfather's.

My Dad had originally stained it an orangey-color that I couldn't stand,
so I gave it a coat of white and some new knobs.

The wooden box is a jewelry box that Scott made and gave to me when we were dating.

The mirror I got for $15.00 at Butler County State Bank Antiques 
in Clarksville, Iowa.

Kent always has fantastic stuff at great prices!

Everything else, I already owned.

I also got the square egg basket from Butler Center State Bank Antiques for $30.00.

I considered that well worth it.

That's what the round ones go for at auctions and I had never seen a square one before.

And magazines fit there perfectly!

The frame and wreath I got at the local thrift for $25.00 and $3.00.

I kind of have a "thing" for frames, if you haven't realized that yet.


And this one was old, so of course I loved it.

The bench, I won at an auction for $7.00 last summer 
and finally got around to giving it a coat of paint.

It'll probably become a clothes-catcher.


Kent's wife, Lee, owns Anna Lee's also in Clarksville, Iowa.

In fact, it's great!

Two stores, one town, tons of great stuff!

It's such a great store full of chippy loveliness!

Kent and Lee totally get me and are a pleasure to do business with.

From Lee, I bought the the little glass front cabinet beside the bed for $65.00, 
in lieu of a traditional nightstand.

It's a great place to hold books and such.

Here's a close up of the one I also bought for Scott's side of the bed:

I paid $55.00 for his.

They are both made with reclaimed/barn wood and 
100% of the proceeds 
goes to the youth group at a local church.

Win, win!

Everything on top of Scott's stand, I already had.

(And he wonders why I have a stash in the attic.  LOL!)

I thought the old porthole of my Dad's was a nice touch, even if we do live in the midwest.

The rug I got at Lowe's - two of them - the same night I bought the $24.00 chandelier steal.


They were $18.99, but I used the Lowe's gift card that I won from
One Project Closer - The Better Half, so the cost to me was $0.00


On the wall across from the bed is this:

The dresser we've had forever.

We bought it at CJ Woodmaster in Raleigh, NC, unfinished.


And it remained unfinished for 10 years until I painted it last week.


The doors bit the dust a long time ago, so I used painter's drop cloth to make curtains 
similar to what they used to use a long time ago.

I made the sign above the bed a year or so ago and Kassy darkened the writing for me, 
after I stained it with blue and white paint.

All the frames I already owned.

(Ahem...  Frame hoarder.)

And the pitcher, bird, and vase came from various thrift stores over the last couple of years.

The rocking chair was my Great-Aunt Carrie's (also the previous owner of my mantle
and I made the pillow from an old grain sack I won at an auction last summer.

The wreath was on clearance at Hobby Lobby for $13.79.

And Scott and I only have to glance at these pictures to remember 
how young we were and how old we are.

15 years on the 29th!

Hard to believe it's been that long!!

Time just flies!

And on the east wall is my vanity:

My Dad refinished it for my mother. 

I just couldn't bring myself to touch it with a paint brush, so stained it will remain.

The chicken I ordered from Antique Farmhouse for $28.00 (including shipping). 

I just love it!

The fan is one of two that I own.

I paid for $15.00 for it on Craigslist last year.

The picture of the little French boy I bought at our local thrift for $20.00.

It was kind of a gaudy gold, so I slapped some white paint on it.

The chair I bought at a thrift store a year or so ago for $15.00 and painted.

It's also covered with painter's drop cloth.

(I obviously have a thing for drop cloths too.  LOL!)

The burlap pillow I got at Junk Jubilee in Des Moines in 2012 for $10.00 and 
I made the other pillow out of a vintage fertilizer sack that I won at an auction.

I have to admit, I'm pretty excited by how it all turned out.

And it's just a super restful room to relax.

And that's how every bedroom should feel, right?

Now, as for me...

I think I'm going to crawl into that bed and take a nap.

Oh wait...

Football practice for Ian and Noah.


Oh well, at least I know it's waiting for me when I get home.


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  1. Laura, this is GORGEOUS!!! Love love love!

    How's your grandbaby doing??

  2. It;s been a heck of a day but I wanted to say way to go! It's lovely, and so... YOU! I'll be fawning over it more soon. Only had a second. Hugs-Shan

  3. You did an awesome job, I love it! It definitely looks like it belongs in a magazine. You are exactly right every bedroom should look like you want to rest and relax. I do love your style, thanks for sharing!

  4. **swoon**
    Oh Laura. How luvly!!! I have taken my time with this... Really read it quickly, went for a shower ( was painting) then came back and slowly savoured all the pictures again.
    We have been working on our master. Funny how things pop us to derail it... an engagement.. a wedding ( actually they eloped and drug parent s with them :-) ) 2 Graduations. The newly weds first home needed a LOT of design work. ....
    So, finally I am back at it. Earlier I got a bunch of drop cloths for it. Great minds!! I made drapes (no sew) And am recovering a chair. Was looking for a duvet, but I LUV your idea...
    Beautiful girlfriend!
    Hugs, Gee

  5. beautiful! your grandfather's dresser is my favorite element!

  6. Amazingly beautiful Laura! You rock! I just finished up our kitchen make over last week that was started in March. I need to get pics done now. Yo are way ahead of me!:)

  7. Beautiful! I love it all and you have an anniversary this month too ;)

  8. It looks just perfect. Very cozy and relaxing......enjoy.

  9. Your bedroom is amazing! I love it--looks so peaceful. Love the chandelier. What an amazing transformation!

  10. It;s so pretty you did a wonderful job. I love it. I am sharing on my FB page tomorrow:)

  11. Your bedroom is amazing! I love how you use drop cloths...I use them, too.

  12. Beautiful!! I can't WAIT to have my bedroom be a place that I want to BE IN!!! Congrats on such a fantastic job!

  13. Love, love, love pretty!!

  14. So much to love in this post. I truly enjoyed seeing what you've done in your master. Nice job!!

  15. Lovely! It is so wonderful to read one of your posts. How are you feeling? I hope you are back to 100%! I also am hoping the same for Baby Natalie :)

    Sherri Smith

  16. You did the room proud, especially striking when looking at the before bold boys colors. I found myself doing a wheres Waldo thing.... I couldn't find the chicken you love.

  17. So pretty! And I was just drooling over this pin and begging people who crotchet to make it for me and here is an identical one in your bedroom!

  18. Lindo, doce e suave, parece estar nas nuvens. Parabéns.

  19. Holy cow it looks absolutely amazing! What a beautiful room and transformation!

  20. I thought I commented on this one, but I think I saw it while we were in ireland and my ipad wouldn't let me...I can't believe this is the same room...girl, you knocked it outta the park with this one...I swear girl, you should do a are so good!

  21. OMG, love this! Thanks so much for linking up with OPC and The DIY Show Off to support Habitat for Humanity. Featuring you on the blog and FB tomorrow. Thanks again!

  22. What a gorgeous room! It is filled with so much charm and romance. I love the vanity and the fact that it's a family piece. A fabulous transformation. We'd love to have you share it at WIW.

  23. Your room is completely charming and I love it! I am your newest follower. Stop by for a visit sometime.

    Big Texas Hugs,
    Susan and Bentley

  24. Just popped by to let you know that you are featured this week at Ivy and Elephants. We loved your makeover.
    Please feel free to stop by and grab a featured button!

  25. Love your style. Very pretty! new follower :)

  26. Beautiful. You did an amazing job!!

  27. I am relaxed just looking at it. You did a super job. Can I hire you? Really, it's all so beautiful filled with magic.

  28. I love your no sew duvet cover! Wow! I'd LOVE to know how you made it. I love all of the shabby chic touches you have in the room. One of my favorite things is your little bedside table. It's just so cute!

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