before and after

before & after: sunny yellow bedroom redo

by Kate Pruitt

We have two opposite before & after bedrooms today. One lightens, the other one darkens, but both successfully transform rooms from drab to lovely. Mallory wanted a fresh, bright bedroom with touches of vintage charm, and I think she achieved just that. The pops of yellow are dispersed perfectly throughout so as not to overwhelm the space; instead, they add a jolt of energy to the otherwise subdued pastel color scheme. Nicely done, Mallory! — Kate

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Read more about Mallory’s sunny bedroom makeover after the jump!

Time: 3 months

Cost: $250

Basic Steps: My room needed a makeover bad! My design plan was a bright, fresh, vintage and modern room. Also a neutral base with pops of color. I knew for sure that I wanted to have an old door as my headboard. We bought an old door, cut it in half, stripped it and painted it. My husband made a frame to hold them together and then added legs to make it stand. I bought the bedding and made some throw pillows. I then painted like crazy! I painted the room, night stands, mirror, frames — pretty much everything but the dresser! Next were curtains — I could not find the right curtains. I really wanted a pop of color, and nothing I could find in my budget would work. So I found some fabric that I liked and made my own. I love the fabric and love what they bring to my room! I then put the finishing touches in, with the help of my husband, who added the deer antler!

I can’t really take credit for this piece of advice, but I found it helpful as I was in the middle of my makeover. I was looking at a magazine getting ideas, and one article said to do color in percentages: 60/30/10. This really put it in perspective for me, to know how to use the colors I wanted to use. Also, I would say do not be afraid of yard sales/thrift stores! Probably 70% of everything in my room is a thrift store find. Ugly furniture can be gorgeous with a new coat of paint! — Mallory


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