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Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Renovation 101 ~ Master Bedroom~

Dear Ladies, I'm about to show you the first Reno done here in our home. Still more to come, but this was the first project we finished so far (completely!). We are doing in a very little budget, which means I won't be able to change the counter top in the kitchen, sink, etc. But the reason for doing this, is to have a house with a good feeling (better that it is!). A Cottage in the city! We are very well located here, close to schools, library, shopping mall, hospital, etc, but at the same time we are in a "private" place, in a Cull D' Sac, or Crescent?
All of ours friends, literally got lost when they first came here to visit us. We call this place "Our Private Island". I hope the reno will look nice for the potential buyer! But so far, we are enjoying our home so much that this feeling is going to continue for the next one!
OK, let's make this short. The first place that it is "completely" finished is our bedroom. I know already saw it, but I made refinished a cute antique stool and would like to show you the before and after and also the whole view of the bedroom. Let's get started:
The only 2 things I got instead of "me" doing it, was the bed and the Armoire. I've always wanted to have one and all I could find was way to much for my budget. Finally I met got one with a very good price! I'll make a post just about this amazing lady I met that bought the Armoire from.
The side tables I refinished myself. I got both from guy who got them from a Antique Store somewhere in Ontario. He even showed me the receipt!
When Nick and I decided to keep moving with our plans, the tables of course, needed a makeover too. So I painted them white and distressed.
The floor....ah, the floor. We changed to light wood (Nick is Finish!) and is all recycled material (we call a green bedroom).
It used to be a carpet, pink, with green walls.
It was too overwhelming for us! We both love light colors and like me, he loves white! Unfortunately we lost the pictures from the renovation. it was so much fun!!!!
The paneling is wall paper and we did at the same time we did the floor, 2 1/2 years ago. So we chose light blue to half of the walls, just to have a bit of contrast in our bedroom.
The frames I bought them all at a Thrifty Store near by. The little ones as $0.99 and the bigger $2.99. I love to shop at Thrifty's stores!
I think that's pretty much it! The Chair, side tables, walls (1/2), frames, pillows, they were done by me, and the floor and 1/2 of the wall by hubby Nick. The duvet cover and sham is from IKEA. I got them on sale as well.
It really feels good when you accomplish something. And the good thing about DIY is of course, the savings you make, and also the MEMORIES you create! They are priceless!!!
This room can show me we can have a nice place without spending to much. I'm really enjoying doing things like that and I don't think I'll buy anything else without first thinking if I can do it myself! I would love to say thanks to a lovely CELESTE, from COTTAGE DREAMERS. Last week she made a post about a ruffle pillow, where she got inspired by mine. The result was fabulous and it was so sweet of her to mention my name and my blog to others. Thanks Celeste! You should go and check her blog, if you haven't done so, where she is doing an amazing jog in her Cottage!
Today we had snow again and it's a bit cold outside. I don't have fun painting when it's cold. Our furnace in the garage is broken and to fix it is way too much. So, I'll wait for tomorrow, when they are promising it's going to get better!
I hope I'll see you guys soon...
Have a lovely day Ladies!
Love, Li :-)

Thanks for visiting and I hope you guys like it!
Li :-)


Kacey said...

Li, it's gorgeous! You've put together such a bright and happy space. I love what you've done!

Cottage Dreamers said...

Your bedroom looks like a very relaxing place. I hope mine turns out as well! Thanks for mentioning my blog, you're so kind!
☺ Celeste

Megandvd@Beauty in the Attempt said...

What a dreamy place to slumber! Love it my and your dh should feel so proud for creating such a serene and lovely space. LOVE it!


Martha Carolyn said...

I will not be able to say this enough...IT'S BEAUTIFUL!! I love everything you did in this room! Thank you for the inspiration! :-)

Kristin @ My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia said...

This is a gorgeous room! Thanks for sharing!

Janice said...

Hi Li!
I absolutely love it! We have the same blue flowered duvet in our guest room. You have done a wonderful job!

Donatella said...

very pretty! the blue that you picked is just lovly.. and the wall with all the frames is so said you got those for only 0.99 wow! thats even more wonderful.. great job!

Ange said...

Hello Li. The word 'serene' comes to mind whenever I see pictures of your lovely bedroom. You have done such a wonderful job for so little $, proof that it can be done.
Enjoy the last of the snow and have a happy day:o)

Unknown said...

Hi Li, I just found your blog via Chania at Razmataz. You room looks wonderful and I love your ruffled pillows! I am looking forward to reading more! xx

Deb said...

I just found your blog and your bedroom is lovely. Nice to meet another Canadian!

DustyLu said...

Li! Looks amazing! Love the palette! Stunning! ~lulu

Ness Lockyer said...

Your room looks lovely Li. It is so nice to have a part of your home which is finished isnt it?
Ness xx

Stina said...

It looks great. Beautiful furniture.:-) Hug Stina

Stacey said...

Hi Li, your bedroom is very beautiful! I love your bed and that side table is great! Thanks for your kind words...always nice to meet new friends. I'm in Ontario about an hour south of Toronto.

Stacey xx