Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Thrifty Bedroom Makeover: Am I a Grown-Up Now?

Ever since I got my first apartment when I was 19 my bedroom has gotten the shaft. I've never fully been satisfied with it and I'm never motivated to use more than what I have in stock from my thrift adventures to revamp it. The room is a work in progress, but it's looking and feeling better than ever after a recent clean-up:


The room is felling much better with some custom original art, ar prints from friends, and dozens of boxes out of the way and stacked neatly in the closet.



This is the room after some extensive cleaning. The room was stuffed to the brim with boxes of merchandise I was organizing, so much so that it was hard to even walk in the space. A very stressful place to sleep, it 'twas! 



Even after cleaning it needed help. I can do better than this...




I took the mod lamp home from one of my antique store booths, looks perfect on my dresser top. The framed moon print is a poster than came with my first telescope.


I'm calling this corner my Tim Burton Still Life, we've got a vintage Halloween votive, Nightmare Before Christmas lamp, and Lydia and Beetlejuice art from my friends. Did I mention I love Tim Burton and Halloween? I'd live in Halloween Town or a haunted mansion if I could...


The room feels so much larger with all of the boxes and clutter out of the way. This will do for now, but I'm excited to look for or create custom mod-style furniture pieces for the space in time.


And little details make the room feel special. Like little art print post cards by favorite local artists, this little kitty print was to help Tsunami victims in Japan. The Aladdin lamp is a thrifted gift from my brother.


Robots are the theme in this shot, we have transformers on my windowsill, my robot art piece made specifically for the bedroom, and megaman robot villan artwork on hangers by my friend Ed.


Oh look, I even bought my first scented candle! It makes me feel like I'm graduating to an adult mindset at the advanced age of 25 for some reason. But then again, right next to the fancy lavender vanilla candle we have...


Robots in Disguise! Nah, I'll never grow up. I'll have robots on my nightstand forever! They make me happy.


But I guess that's what makes me happy about the bedroom, every item within represents something I've loved since childhood, it makes the space really homey.


Most importantly, Yuko-chan approves on the new digs. Mission accomplished!

What do you do when a room needs a thrifty facelift? Do you rush to the thrift, use what you have, or hit retail shops for merch and/or inspiration?
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16 comments:

  1. great post! i love the way you angled your bed (and what a great sleigh bed, did you thrift that too?) i have a goal (probably for the fall/winter when i'm more indoors than out) to declutter my whole house. the kicker for me is that i live with a packrat husband. love him dearly but he never throws anything away. while this bodes well for me, it does make for some dust-gathering piles of stuff. everywhere. sigh. but you've inspired me! i dream of a tidied bedroom! first mission: find a nightstand for packrat hubby that has doors on it that close. that way he can throw his stuff inside it and i don't have to look at it!

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    1. Yep, the sleigh bed is thrifted. When my mom bought it for her house it was pine colored. She gave it to me and I painted it blue. I'd love a better nightstand than my current patio furniture silver table but then again, if I had one with storage I'd fill it with trash in no time. Better this way ;)

      Good luck with your goal!

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  2. Love it Van! I will restrain myself from 'shopping' in your space. ;) We have a very similar aesthetic, you and me.

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    1. I always do that when I look at blogger's spaces, too ;) Right now I'm envious of mod dressers...

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  3. I'd sure like to know more about your bedspread or covering!

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    1. It's a duvet cover I was lucky to score on clearance at anthropologie with a gift card. It's stuffed with a soft, warm duvet from IKEA. I always sleep with a sheet on top of the bedspread because it's so hot!

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    2. Anthropolgie http://www.anthropologie.com/anthro/category/bedding/home-new-bedbath.jsp and Urban Outfitters http://www.urbanoutfitters.com/urban/catalog/category.jsp?id=A_BED_D consistently stock the most beautiful bedding I've ever seen!

      Damn 'em!

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  4. Wait, wait, wait - more info is need on the Nightmare Before Christmas lamp. Did you make it? Thrift it? How can I get one!?!

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    1. It's a gooorgeous tiffany lamp and one of my favorite possessions. My parents bought it for me from Amazon for Christmas after I couldn't stop thinking about it when I saw it at a local boutique. A quick search shows me it's not on amazon anymore, here's an ebay auction that has two nightmare tiffany lamps:

      http://www.ebay.com/itm/NIGHTMARE-BEFORE-CHRISTMAS-SET-OF-2-LAMPS-TIFFANY-STYLE-LAMP-JACK-SALLY-JACK-/290746847900?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item43b1dcd29c

      Looks like the original one is hard to find now!

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  5. Hey Van! Great post...thanks for sharing and congratulations on your recent clean up and re-design....it's always fun to change things up a bit. Because my vintage stash resides in my garage I always shop out there first when I'm ready for a change. If I can't find what I'm looking for I get an idea of size, material, etc., and I add it to my never ending list of "things to be on the hunt for." It's funny when you find that right piece they always seem to come in multiples for me. If I start looking for something in particular it may take a while and then once I find one, I find many....some I buy to re-sell and some I just pass over. I also wanted to ask....any thrify stops you can recommend while visiting the central Florida/Orlando area? We will be in that area next week. Thanks!

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    1. Hm...I don't remember any in particular in the area. I'll have to ask my mom about this big gorgeous Goodwill she kept going on about when she was down there. She bought me my favorite favorite swimsuit in that shop, brand new with tags on ;)

      As far as I can tell from my Florida road trip thrifting adventure, EVERY shop I stopped in offered something new, was really clean and organized, and worth looking into.

      I do the exact same thing for rearranging in the house, shop my stock or add a needed item to the list. Been selling my needed-item finds lately though...

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  6. It looks wonderful and comfortable and homey :) Good work!

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    1. Thank you! I shall continue to improve from here, but it's much better than the couple of weeks where we couldn't walk in there. Every square inch was stuffed with boxes!

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  7. I just died with Lydia and the BJ art <3 I would take those if I was visiting!

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    1. Ney-var, they're my favorites! ;)

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