I love making over rooms in my house while spending very little money. That way I can afford to change things up more often. My husband says that when he leaves for a trip, the only thing at our house that is guaranteed to stay the same is our address. So when I saw someone in one of my blogging Facebook groups challenge us to makeover one room in our house for $100, I was on board! I think when you are determined to stay within a small budget, you unleash your creativeness!
I decided to makeover my son’s bedroom. He is a huge Auburn football fan and his room had been decorated in orange and blue team decor since he was 9 years old. He is 15, it is time to makeover his room and also his big boy bed so I told him that I am giving his bed a manly makeover. He did not think that this is as funny as I do. Teenagers!
I have never been a fan of this pine wood but I loved the shape of this bed and it is on wheels. I purchased the solid wood bed at a thrift store about 10 years ago. It is still in great condition, and I am not going to spend the money for a brand new bed when I know that I can make this bed look like something from a high-end store with paint and using some cool paint techniques that I learned at a DIY bloggers conference this month. I want to go for a Restoration Hardware look because I have some mid century furniture in his room and some industrial decor. I think this paint technique will tie together all the different items to give the room a more put together look.
The girls from Diva of DIY sent me a sample of their chalk paint mix to use on my bed. The great thing about the chalk mix is that you can add it to any paint and create your own chalk mix paint. This will save you so much money because you can add it to small jars of paint. I purchased my paint sample at Lowe’s when they had their samples on sale for 99 cents. I painted two coats on the bed, and I almost painted the entire bed with one jar but I had to use a small bit out of another jar. Only 99 cents, no worries! I painted the bed “dessert storm” and I love how beautiful the color looks on the bed.
I wanted the bed to feel smooth to the touch so I gave the bed a light sanding. I am loving what it is doing to the bed.
The next step is to dry brush. I used a light gray color instead of a white because white would be too drastic.
I dipped my brush in the light gray paint, and I wiped off almost all the paint. Get as much of as you can so that your strokes will look soft.
I randomly brushed strokes of paint all over the bed but I mostly used horizontal strokes on the ends of the bed.
I used light and dark wax to seal the bed. This is an important tip: At the painting class I took, the teacher said to apply light wax and add a tiny bit of dark wax on top before the light wax dries. This worked beautifully so you need to work in small areas at a time. I waxed the bed in 18 inch by 18 inch sections.
I think the sleigh bed makeover with chalk mix and paint looks like the bed came from a high-end store, and I can’t stop staring at it. I can not wait to show off the total room makeover, and I can not wait to see what the other talented girls do. This is scheduled for the last week in September to see what everyone does with $100 budget.