Look for Less: Beachy Bedroom
Jun 29, 2010
High time for another Look for Less room, don't you think? This colorful, summery bedroom inspired me. I instantly thought of ways to get this look by modifying inexpensive pieces. Here's how to do it!
Photo: Grey Crawford for Coastal Living.
WALLS & CEILINGS
A pale wash of Sherwin-Williams Spare White on walls with Snowbound on ceiling and trim will give you this bright, airy look.
In a bedroom there's no need to buy a large rug because much of it ends up beneath the bed. Instead, buy less expensive runners: one for each side of the bed. Try this striped runner from RugsUSA for $49 each.
This look couldn't be easier to replicate. Start with a plain white coverlet or duvet, or sew two white sheets together. Purchase a damask-design rubber stamp and dip it into fabric paint. Use a yardstick to evenly space the design, or keep it easy and random. Try the Savvy Large Damask Stamp from SimonSaysStamp.com, $10.
Custom Roman shades with twill tape? That'll run you. Instead purchase simple white roller shades and attach grosgrain ribbon with fabric glue. Try the very inexpensive custom-sized shades at PayLessDecor.com.
Go thrifting for this table! Forget color— you're going to paint it white anyway. (Go for a high-gloss finish.) Look for clean lines and a stacked or stepped look. If you're handy with wood, buy this simple plan for a tiered table, $5 from WoodworkersBookShop.com.
This is a storage bench, very handy. You can also add storage by covering an old coffee table with a slab of foam and a homemade cover. Box shapes are easy for even novice sewists. Snap up this beautiful Goya Rattan fabric from Fabric4Cheap.com for only $8 a yard. If you're not the sewing type, rush to get this storage ottoman on clearance from Improvements. $75! (Was $140.)
Again, thrifting will be a good option for this classic accent chair. Key features to look for are a curvy shape, low arms, and fancy legs. Add nailhead trim yourself using a rubber mallet.
These lamps are another easy DIY project. Chances are you have a pair around the house that will look fresh with a coat of spray paint and new drum shades. Try Rustoleum Gloss Sun Yellow. The chandelier adds texture and character with its tropical bamboo look. Snag this fixture (left) from Seagull Lighting's Fairmont Golden Isles Collection at this Ebay store for $54 including shipping. (List price is $275!) Look for vintage options on Ebay by running a search for "pagoda chandelier" or "bamboo chandelier".
Size is key here— go big! A beaded or carved frame is a plus, and can be given this look with a silver leafing kit like this set for beginners from Golden's Antique Supply, $16.
Art should be personal, and it should be chosen because you love it. That being said, hang what you want. But if you want a look like these coral silkscreen prints, try Saturated Coral I and Saturated Coral II, 16"x16", $45 each unframed or $120 each with mat and frame suggestion shown, at art.com.
Do you have a dream room from a magazine that you'd love to recreate for less? I can help! Just email me. —Diane
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