Monday, July 23, 2012

Beauty And The Beastly Budget

Arielle is turning double digits soon and requested a bedroom makeover that reflects her growth. 

Sigh. I fair better with my own aging process than that of my children. 

My heart dreams in color but my head is wide awake in reality ~ the budget for such a project is nominal. What can you do for fifty dollars? The library provided plenty of inspiration, and if you are embarking on a similar economical enterprise, I can highly recommend these great reads:

Don't worry - I didn't clear out the library shelves - they still have hundreds of decorating books to choose from, but these were my faves. While hubby is cheering on the Yankees I snuggle up next to him on the couch, browsing through the pages and sketching out ideas.

We have been inspired to use what we have. The only items I've purchased are chalk board paint and spray-paint. 

Arielle's dreamy teaching wall is coming into focus.

The weather has been too hot and humid to use the spray-paint, but as soon as Mother Nature cooperates we will be painting chairs, lamps and frames. 

Old duvet covers have new life as chair cushions...

... and a backdrop/canopy for Arielle's bed. I've been crushing on fabric walls since my laundry library makeover.

I hope to do a big reveal by her birthday, but honestly, the process has been the biggest, bestest gift. Sometimes a beastly budget is really a blessing in disguise: the time spent with my beautiful daughter crafting, sewing, painting and giggling has been incalculable.

Live. Learn. Library with your children today.

xoxo Michele


Jensamom23 said...

Love the duvet fabric! So pretty!

I am LOVD said...

Love the little glimpses I see so far. And decorating on a budget is always a welcomed challenge!