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My challenge: transform my daughter's bedroom/attached office to a pretty, restful, practical area. In two days. For $100. She's a grad student at Notre Dame and on a tight budget.
Two weeks ago, we were FaceTiming and she was asking me for advice regarding her furniture arrangement. By the end of the call, I had a plane ticket from Atlanta to South Bend.
I garage-saled a little before the trip and ended up carrying two suitcases of fabric and decor with me. Upon arrival, we made a direct beeline from the airport to my happy place: Home Depot.
There, I bought plastic PVC pipe ($2) to use as a curtain rod and 4" nails to hang the curtains/sheers ($3). Also on the list was a 4x8 plywood panel ($12), which they cut (for free).
To make the headboard, I used batting ($1) to wrap the board and covered it with pale purple silk ($2) then attached it to the back with a staple gun. A couple dabs of hot glue and buttons covered the stapled tufts.
We tried to load everything into my daughter's Ford Escape, including a large futon, chair, table, blanket, pillows and shelves. Unfortunately, we had to make several trips and there was still a causality: the 4'x8' wood panel (for the headboard) damaged her car ceiling, splintering the upholstery. Lesson learned: when in doubt, use Bungii.
The gallery wall is assorted $0.25-$1.00 black frames, an old shelf, and some fun and meaningful items including family photos, a Bible verse, a watercolor painting of our Budapest home, and a 150-year-old "hunchback of Notre Dame" book ($1) I framed.
This was all done in her favorite colors: black, white, and K-State purple.
To cover her bed, I did a little digging and found the unclaimed white bedspread in her linen closet.
Lastly, we needed a chair. I found a chair from the Salvation Army ($3) and I painted the wood with black spray paint ($1). From there, I covered the out-dated upholstery with a scrap of fabric and secured it with the staple gun.
Next came the office: I talked my reluctant daughter into turning her cube bookshelves on their sides and flanking her desk. The four black panels, another garage sale find, were in their original packages labeled $356. I got them all for $40. White Christmas lights add a pretty effect ($1).
I framed a jute coffee bag with a plastic frame ($2). We painted leftover headboard scraps (cut free from Home Depot), added brackets ($1) and made two shelves above her futon.
It was only a two-day trip but we even had time to help organize a friend's bachelor pad, which made this look easy. That's a whole different story...