A Thrifty Guest Bedroom

Here’s my parent’s guest bedroom (my old ‘boudoir’) which I helped make-over and style for them a while back now.

The whole room was completed on a teeny-tiny budget.

My Mum has more traditional taste than me and wanted a serene calming space with a subtle french influence.
This particular room came in at under $150.
Here’s how I did it and how you can do it too:

Bed – FREE
Found at the tip, yes, the tip. It was black wrought iron which we painted enamel ivory.
End of Bed Stool – $20
Found on the side of the road. It was originally an old telephone table which we took the top off, painted and upholstered – you can read the post about it here.
Chair – FREE
My Great Grandma’s old kitchen chair.
Side Table – $20
It’s a butler’s tray purchased from a warehouse clearance centre. We painted it black and gave it a light distress. You can’t see it in the pic though we lined the top with script wrapping paper (which is also in the frame above the bed).
Window Furnishings – $30
Mum made them from fabric found at a haberdashery clearance store.
Artwork – $10
The large frame was found at a local second-hand store. We painted it white then lined it with script wrapping pape. Mum already had the two little prints.
Cushions and Throw – $20
Mum made them to co-ordinate with the stool out of left-over fabric and some inexpensive new fleece.
Bedding – $30
The quilt cover and pillow cases were all found at a manchester clearance centre.
Decor – $15
The charming little birdcage was purchased at a clearance store (you can’t get them anymore, I wish I’d bought 100!) and the topiary was found when I shopped the house.

TOTAL – $145


What have you thrifted the pants off? I’d love to hear.

  1. ashlina says:

    OMG. i want to die for that bench fabulous job.

  2. Sarah B says:

    That is brilliant! I just LOVE the bench :)

  3. Mirela says:

    this looks amazing!!i love the bench too XX

  4. Norma says:

    I am absolutely gobsmacked at what you managed to make of all those finds – which are legendary in themselves!! The room looks like every bit of it has been ‘shopped for’, I see you already have a crown so consider yourself the Queen of Thrifty Chic! :)

  5. Tina says:

    Kristine, you are amazing!!! I love this room and all of your wonderful finds! I love the black butler’s tray:) I can’t believe you created this gorgeous space on that budget price!! You are one talented lady!! ~ Tina x

  6. Amanda says:

    Hi Kristine – I love this room you’ve created. Looks very stylish and can’t believe you did it for such a good price.

  7. Kerry says:

    Wow…well done! I absolutely love what you’ve done with the bench..where’s your mum live..may have to pay a visit in the middle of the night. Joking!!! :)

  8. Anna says:

    Kristine! Youve got the knack my lovely..and what cost only $145 to create..you transformed it into something that looks a million bucks! Good Skills :) x

  9. chair up says:

    You have done a wonderful job Kristine!
    Looking forward to seeing some of what you have done to your own home:o)

  10. Looks fabulous, love the stool!

  11. Great job. It looks like it cost more than 10 times your budget. The bench is my favorite. Love the fabric. It is a very calming room. Love it!

  12. kim says:

    What a super looking room on such a tiny budget. I can’t believe you found things on the side of the road and made them look like a million!

  13. Wow! I love to see beautiful rooms done on a budget by real people. They can knock the socks off a $10,000 “designer” room! Lovely, especially that bench.

  14. Pat Harris says:

    I like that your beautiful room was a product of thrifting. Just goes to show you don’t have to buy big. All it takes is patience for the right item to come along. lol. thanks for visiting junkblossoms. Please visit often, we love company. Pat.

  15. This is very pretty and makes for a soothing guest room, Kristine. I love the idea of using a butler’s tray for a side table.

  16. That is so pretty and serene! You did an awesome job on a budget, that makes it even better! Thanks for visiting me, I am so glad I could “find” you. I will for sure be following as soon as I post this. Come back again!

  17. Wow!! Your room looks really great! The bench is my favorite! Thanks for sharing:)


  18. ok, not to be really unoriginal with my comment, but i LOVE the bench! it’s fantastic! gotta love those side of the road finds- they always mean the most when you save them from utter demise! :) great work!

  19. Kacey says:

    I love it! You have an eye for styling. It all came together beautifully! The bench is lovely. Definitely a serene space.

    P.S. Thanks for stopping by my blog and leaving such a sweet comment!

  20. Wow, what a gorgeous guest room. I love that bench!

  21. Kerri says:

    What a fantastic job Kristine! It’s amazing how little money you need to make things look great – but of course you need to be as talented as you to pull it off! Bet your Mum loves it too.
    Kerri xx

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  23. Poppin’ in to say hi! Love your DIY projects, rooms and finds! Great job! http://www.popartminis.blogspot.com/

  24. Joselyn says:

    Love the bench and the room. Fantastic job!

  25. Cheryl says:

    lovely guest room. Did you buy the blanket at the end of the bed or make it yourself? I see it has ticking like the bench and your pillows. I like it.

  26. Maja K says:

    Wow! Awesome! You are so talented. Love the stool. I just bought a little one with similar legs that needs some TLC so I need some guidance. Please post that ‘how to’ when you can.

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