Bedroom before and after at the flip house

Hello friends! Over the past week and a half, I have been working overtime at the flip house, which means the poor blog has taken a back seat. But today I’m here¬†to share with you a bedroom before and after. This room at the flip house – especially the carpet – used to be a total nightmare. Now it makes me smile every time I look at it.

I chose to stage the space as an office because it is the gateway to the upstairs master suite. And I also took the after pictures before I rehung the doors in the room, so keep that in mind. ūüėČ

Let’s take a peek at the before, shall we?


Below is a snapshot of this desperate DIYer on the night I hauled out all the 60s-style carpeting in this room by myself. I admit, it was an endeavor I would be happy to never repeat again. The dust alone nearly killed me because, well, how much dust can a carpet accumulate since 1960? A lot, people. A whole lot.


The main work I did to renovate this room – besides replacing the flooring – involved texturing the walls and ceiling; rebuilding the interior of the closet; painting the walls, ceiling and trim; and decorating.

I chose this smooth, roll-on texture*¬†for the walls and ceiling to even out any imperfections in the plaster. I love this product! There are different types of roll-on texture you can buy. I prefer¬†the smooth finish because I’m not a fan of heavy texture, just a subtle effect.


For the wall color, I chose Sherwin Williams Comfort Gray. I had the color mixed up in the Valspar Signature paint (eggshell finish) line from Lowe’s. It’s more affordable at $32 a gallon, yet I find it gives a really¬†professional-grade finish.

I painted the ceiling white and added an inexpensive 50s-style fixture to match the period of the home.


After texturing, painting, cleaning, replacing the light, outlets and switches, and having new carpet installed, I was ready to add the finishing touches to this room.



My budget – as always – was extremely tight, so I stuck with no and low-cost furniture and decor options.

I found a cherry table for under $10 at a thrift store awhile back. When I bought it, I wasn’t ready to refinish¬†it yet, so it went to¬†the basement.


This table looks so good now in the flip house I’m relunctant to let it go with the house. The coolest part about this project is that it was super easy – and quick.¬†All told, it took about two hours of work total. Seriously.

Step 1: I used a scrub pad and some Rust-Oleum¬ģ deglosser to “rough up” the surface. The deglosser I used was left over from a Rust-Oleum Cabinet Transformations kit I had on hand after my bathroom vanity makeover. I’ll be using the rest of this kit to transform the cabinets at the flip house. Stay tuned for that project coming soon.


Step 2: I thinned with water (by about 15 percent) a bit of Rust-Oleum Chalked Paint in Aged Gray and loaded it into my paint sprayer. I sprayed on a coat of paint and let it dry. This process took about 15 minutes total. A paint sprayer certainly makes light work of furniture and cabinet painting. (I use the HomeRight¬ģ Finish Max.)¬†After about an hour,¬†I applied a second coat of Aged Gray with the sprayer.


Step 3: I applied a coat of wax to the piece to seal the paint.

Step 4: I used some elbow grease and a soft cloth to rub off some paint in select areas, giving the piece a custom, aged patina.


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I am so pleased with how this desk – and the room – has come along. As far as the rest of the decor in the space, I stole from my house and the basement to complete the look. No money spent there.

I also used leftover door casing from the front door we replaced and some leftover spindles from the front porch build to build a fun ladder for storing blankets.


I love repurposing pieces of the old house into the projects I do. It preserves the history Рand memory Рof the home.

What do you think of the transformation?


If you would give this makeover a thumbs up, I would love it if you would hop over to the Rust-Oleum Creator’s Studio¬†and vote for my desk to win the Thrift Store Challenge. Thanks in advance for your vote! ūüôā¬†You can vote¬†HERE.

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‘Big boy’ room bedding details

I’m happy to report that our¬†big boy bedroom renovation is nearing completion!

The wall are painted (Sherwin Williams 7641 Collonade Gray) and the carpets are scrubbed. Whew.

The thrift store headboard I bought has been transformed into a plank bed. (Be sure to check out the details of that project here.)


And I’ve been filling the walls with¬†yard sale-scrounged pieces that I turned into customized art.

Wallternatives-lettersToday I wanted to share with you the thrifty details of the bedding I chose for the room.

I started with a set of rails I picked up at a thrift store. Then I found a new twin-sized box spring super cheap at my local furniture store. (They beat Walmart’s price!) When it comes to the box spring and mattress of a bed, I’m kind of a stickler about buying new. Blame it on the germaphobe in me, I guess.

I chose a Yogabed‚ĄĘ mattress for the top. I tested out this mattress while at the Haven Conference this year. It is amazingly comfy!


This mattress¬†is comprised of the Yoga Comfort System‚ĄĘ, an advanced layered system that¬†supports the body by dispersing weight evenly and reducing pressure points that cause tossing and turning. It’s built on¬†four core elements: instant response foam, gel, a breathable foam base and a support base.

I went with Yogabed for a number of reasons:

  1. Our son was not sleeping well, getting up sometimes five times a night – not an awesome experience for mom and dad. We needed a mattress he would be super comfy on.
  2. It is affordable. Some of the popular foam mattresses out there are super expensive. Yogabed’s pricing is comparable to regular spring mattresses.
  3. This mattress comes with a removable, zip-n-wash mattress cover. Love this feature!
  4. Every mattress comes with free pillows, free shipping and a 101-night, no-risk trial period.


If you’re in need of a new mattress, check out Yogabed and be sure to use the¬†SAVE60 promo code to receive $60 off your purchase.

As far as the bed linens, I started with an airplane sheet set and royal blue quilt and sham set I picked up at Target.


I bought the Varsity Plaid Microfiber Comforter for $19.99 on clearance from


Then I added this airplane pillow¬†to finish off the ensemble. I’m still waiting to receive a red linen airplane pillow I ordered online weeks ago; it hasn’t arrived in the mail yet.



Our little man absolutely loves his new big boy bed – and room. And his habit of getting up five times a night? Gone! Seriously. He sleeps through the night like a champ now.

What do you think of the new big boy bed?

Special thanks to the folks at Yogabed for providing a discount on the mattress I purchased in exchange for an honest review on the blog. As always, all opinions are 100% mine.  

DIY yard sale wall art

I have been making some really great progress on the “big-boy” room so far.

The wall are painted (Sherwin Williams 7641 Collonade Gray) and the carpets are scrubbed. Whew.

Plus the thrift store headboard has been transformed into a plank bed! Be sure to check out the details of that project here.



Now I’ve been working on filling¬†the walls. This may just be my favorite piece of DIY artwork yet.


I created this metallic, monogrammed wall¬†art using three 16√ó20-inch blank canvases I scored at a yard sale for $2 total! I added metallic paint and vinyl letter decals to complete the look and stuck them to the wall with Command‚ĄĘ strips.


Check out all the details of how I did this DIY project on my Paint+Pattern blog post here.

And don’t forget to enter to win the¬†HomeRight Finish Max and Spray Shelter that is¬†helping me knock out this big boy room in record time.

What DIY artwork are you planning or tackling right now?