It has been a long 8 weeks and it is now time to share the Budget Lake House Bedroom Makeover. This makeover is the final reveal for the One Room Challenge. The room is at our summer home on the lake which is 45 minutes away from where I live. I will be traveling to work on the room.
If you are new here, my name is Sherry and I live in Alabama. I have been blogging for over 5 years and I mostly blog DIY projects. In 1982, my boyfriend developed cancer. We were married and after 5 years, we adopted our daughter with Cerebral Palsy. Having a husband and daughter with enormous medical bills, I learned to be thrifty. I learned how to create a beautiful home without spending money because I did not have the money to spend. I lost my husband in 1998 and the Lord blessed me with a husband who loves projects. Even though my financial situation has changed, I love to decorate on a budget.
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The One Room Challenge or the ORC is a challenge where participants get to show how they transform a space in a few weeks. Better Home and Gardens is the media partner for the ORC. It is a bi-yearly challenge that usually lasts 6 weeks. This year’s challenge this year will be like no other One Room Challenge because of the quarantine for the Covid-19 virus. We have a stay in order still in place where I live. For this reason, it is going to be challenging to get supplies and decor. We are encouraged to use what we already have at home and I embraced that challenge. You can view my inspiration for the room on my Week 1 post.
Since we are encouraged to use what we have at home, I managed to spend less than $300 on the room. The most expensive thing in the room is the $60 linen comforter. I did many DIY projects including most of the decor items. Let’s take a look at the room before.
The picture above is the day we purchased the lake house.
The room before One Room Challenge makeover
The room has issues and the biggest issue is that the room doesn’t have a window. The lake house is a one-level home and it has 27 windows. All of the beautiful windows with lake views is the reason we fell in love with the home. Except for the bedroom. The only window is from the tiny bathroom. I knew when I signed this room up that photography would be my biggest challenge.
We purchased the home 5 years ago. When I found the property on the Real Estate site there was not a picture of the home. I knew there was a reason for this and this meant that the home was in our price range. The home was in terrible condition but had a beautiful lot on the lake. It is a tiny 55-year-old fish camp. The previous owners did several additions to the house themselves. That is the reason the bedroom has no windows. We remodeled the home but have not decorated the entire home yet. I am thankful for the One Room Challenge because it makes you complete a room the way that it should be.
The desire for the room is to look like it should be in a lake house. I wanted the room to have beautiful but muted colors like the colors that are outside of the home.
The view surrounding my makeshift workshop is not too bad. These colors outside are the colors that I want in the room.
The first thing that I did was install vertical shiplap. Deciding on the paint colors usually takes me some time. I knew that I wanted green and I found a can of soft green paint that had been returned to Lowes for $2.50. I thought that I would use it for something in the room. When I opened and saw the paint, I knew it would be perfect for the shiplap.
I purchased a rug from Wayfair but found this vintage rug second hand for $15. It looked like it had never been used but I gave it a good cleaning with a power washer.
I installed a 1 x 4 above the vertical shiplap so that I can display art in the room.
The art above the bed was found at a thrift store. The vintage art piece on the right was the inspiration for the colors in the room. I love that it is a scene of a house on a lake.
During the quarantine, I watched Miss Mustard Seed do a landscape painting on Facebook live. She used oil paints and I had acrylics but I followed along the best I could. It is not perfect but I love that I made it myself and I want to use it in the room.
I needed another small piece of art for above the shiplap to I painted this little landscape.
DIY Faux Concrete Console is one of my favorite DIY projects. This project turned out exactly as I envisioned it. The table cost me $7 to make using scrap wood and concrete wallpaper. You can visit the DIY Faux Concrete Console Table post to see how I made the table.
I wanted a pair of Jug Lamps in matte black and I was planning on ordering a pair.
While thrifting, I found two lamps with the exact same shape. See the blog post for how I transformed these lamps.
The wood pedestal bowl and the beads is a DIY project and I made it for $2. See the tutorial for the bowl and beads.
Being very picky about linens, I need to feel the material for the bedding before I purchase bedding and linens. Since the stores were closed for quarantine, I decided to make my own pillows.
I used some unexpected things to make some of the pillows. You can check out the post How to Make Designer Inspired Pillows for Less. The linen spread is from Target and the coverlet was already in the room. The bed was a thrift store find.
My husband is in the lighting business and he picked up the sconces for me. They are from Inline.
Tables were purchased at Marshall’s and the pedestal bowl is a DIY project.
Wall Hooks and Bench
A bench I made is brought from our home to use in the lake house bedroom.
Let’s be honest, these hats are probably going to come down and bathing suits and towels will hang from the hooks.
The wall hooks are an easy and cheap DIY project. Blog post coming soon.
Since the only window is in the super tiny master bathroom, I felt I needed to include it in the makeover.
I purchased a small mounted wall sink from Wayfair and installed the sink to the wall.
The floors were repainted the same color to match the stained concrete floors in the bedroom.
The best thing about the One Room Challenge is that it forces you to complete a room in your home. It feels so good to spend the night at the lake house and enjoy my new room.
You may want to visit my first One Room Challenge.
You may be interested in seeing how we stained the concrete floors.