Maintaining a home
Renovating and styling your bedroom on a budget
14 January 2021
Having recently completed makeovers of two of my own home’s bedrooms, here are my top tips on how you can make change for less when renovating and styling a bedroom.
We just completed two bedroom makeovers
We gave our guest bedroom and our master bedroom a total refresh and Suncorp have asked us to share with you how we made change for less, so in this video I’m going to be sharing our top tips and ideas on how you can make change for less when renovating and styling in your bedroom
This is what the guest bedroom looked like before, and this is what it looks like now
This is what the master bedroom looked like before, and this is what it looks like now
Our guest bedroom went from a very messy junk room to a calm coastal retreat, and our master bedroom was given a sophisticated makeover complete with clever storage
We did a very big update in both of our bedrooms but there were a few very simple and cost-effective things that we did that made a huge impact
If you want new look cabinetry without having to buy new cabinets then simply switch out your existing handles and pulls for an instant update
This will modernise your cabinets for a fraction of the price
For our guest bedroom we actually picked up some handles from our local hardware store
I chose some really simple matte black handles and these were 4.20 each, and for our master bedroom we actually decided to splurge a little bit and we chose some leather detail pulls
These came in at around 22.50, so yes a little bit more maybe four times the price, however if you're not buying brand new cabinets then maybe you can afford to splurge a little bit on your handles and pulls
DIY shelves are a great way to add storage to your bedroom plus they bring in a new element in which you can style your space so you can bring in your favorite items
It's super easy to make all you need are brackets, some timber and a way to fasten them to the wall
We actually made our shelves out of recycled timber which we found in our shed
We simply sanded it back and gave it a good clear coat and then we just picked up some brackets from our local hardware store
These actually cost six dollars each so in total our brand new shelves cost us only $24
So now we've got a brand new area for our books photos and a few of our favorite pieces
I also really like the fact that shelves bring lovely height to your room so they bring your attention up and it means that it might even help to make your bedroom look a little bit bigger than it is
If you already have a mattress and bed base but you want a brand new look bed then think about bringing in a bed head
This is often a cheaper alternative than buying a whole new bed frame and it will create an instant new focal point in your room, plus if you're renting it's far easier to take with you when you move
Bed heads can vary in price from a hundred dollars right up into the thousand dollar mark so just pick what is right for your budget, or if you're handy think about making one yourself
One of my favorite and easiest styling tips for your bedroom is to bring in a full length mirror
Mirrors are a great way to increase the size of your room because they help to reflect the light and feeling of space
so I actually use mirrors in both of my bedrooms and what I like to do is always pop a little bit of greenery either side, It helps to kind of just reflect off the mirror add a bit more visual interest
And also don't forget if you've got a dark corner or you know just a shelf that needs some love smaller mirrors are a great way to bring some more light and visual interest to the space
Thanks for watching guys I hope this video gave you a few ideas on how you can make change for less in your bedroom
A big thank you to Suncorp for asking us to share how we made change for less I shared my tips over on the Suncorp website so make sure you hit the link below to check that out and if you like this video then like and subscribe because we've got plenty more coming your way
1. Update handles, not cabinetry
In our master bedroom we decided to completely overhaul our cabinetry storage as our original cupboard was in a very poor condition. However, if you want new-look cabinetry without buying new cabinets, you can simply switch out your existing cupboard handles for an instant update. This will help modernise your cupboards for a fraction of the price of new cabinets.
Prices for handles can vary. For our guest bedroom we picked up some round matte black handles from our local hardware store, with prices ranging from $4-20. When it came to our master bedroom, we decided to splurge and chose leather pulls. These were $22.50 each but they create a luxurious look. When deciding on handles be sure to consider what colour, material and shape will complement the rest of your interiors.
2. Save on feature shelving
Shelving in your bedroom is a great way to show off your decor and add more personality to your room. Making your own shelves is not only easy but cost effective. To create DIY shelving you simply need to purchase timber and brackets to securely fasten the shelf to the wall.
For our bedroom makeover we created shelves using recycled timber from an old church pew. We had the timber already, so we cut it to size, then sanded and sealed it with a clear coat finish. We purchased brackets from our local hardware store for $6 each. In total our new feature shelves cost us only $24.
3. Opt for a bed head
If you want a new look for your bed but already have a perfectly good mattress and base, consider bringing in a bed head. Most bed heads are a cheaper alternative to a completely new frame, however prices vary depending on material, style and size. The reason I love adding a bed head is that it creates an instant focal point, helping to create a cosier bed zone. Plus if you’re renting, bed heads are easy to take with you when you move.
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Images by: Hunting for George
Art Direction & Styling: Lucy Glade-Wright
Photography: Jonno Rodd
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