Category Archives: Frugal

Master Bedroom Thrifty Decorating

To follow up my house tour post, I will gradually reveal the details I’ve added to my older home. As with most of the decor in my house, my bedroom decorating consists of thrift store purchases, wedding gifts and homemade items. Thankfully all of my bedding was brand new 🙂 When I feel like a wall is bare, I run to a thrift store every so often to see if I can find something to fix it.


My favorite part about our room is the window about our bed. Mostly because it serves as a headboard, but also because I can fill it with my thrifty items! Yes, I am a hoarder!

Window from left to right: Wedding gift candles; ‘relax’ sign from my mother; tall white thrift store candle; white floral stems(the one item I bought new); mirror from Goodwill; Vase from Value Village; Cute wooden people wedding gift! There’s also my feather-duster looking decoration behind the vase in the light


Normally, I shy away from throwing too many wedding photos onto the walls of my home, but I feel that it’s not too self-absorbed to put them on our bedroom wall. For this reason, I used most of the ones I liked because it makes for inexpensive wall art! And we are the only ones who really see it.

My ceilings make it awkward to know where to hang items. I chose to hang the wreaths and picture close together to make them look more like one object than like three separates. And I hung it midway on the wall to fill space.


This is my make-shift dresser for socks, pajamas, unmentionables, and magazines 😉 I love it! By finding any spare baskets, and using an unused bookshelf, I figured I could save a lot of space and money by using storage I already have. You can buy shelving like this, but its more eclectic and inexpensive this way.

Most of my walls in my bedroom are covered but I am aching to make this burlap banner for a blank wall closer to the ceiling and above my closet! All of the ceilings are higher than I’m used to so it gives me more room to play with!


I wish I had a sewing machine and I could make it now!


Madelyn’s $100 Nursery

Although there are a few more things I’d like to add to the nursery, it is now baby-ready! DIY projects made our nursery unique and inexpensive. And Madelyn is due to come home in less than 2 weeks. Here’s the little tour:

The rocking chair is the one I reupholstered for Hailey’s room, of which the seat cushion still needs to be fixed, but it works. The book racks on the wall are Ikea Bekvam spice racks painted grey.

DIY Nursery

Since this bedroom has a spiral staircase cutting a chunk out of the corner, I decided to make the closet part of the bedroom instead of just storage. Down the road I want to paint the closet the same color as the bedroom and put up a curtain or shade to hide the top shelving.

Cost Breakdown:

  • Crib/bedding, swing, rocker, artwork: Hand-me-down from Hailey
  • Sunburst mirror: Thrifted, $1.99
  • Paint: $24
  • Dresser + Paint: $45
  • Ikea spice racks: $3.99 each / total: $11.97
  • Lamp: Thrifted, $4
  • “M”, paint and fabric for Ikea Ung Drill: $8
  • Closet pole: $6ish?

Total Cost: $100.96

Still to-do checklist:

  • Paint closet
  • Cover lampshade
  • Window treatments
  • Buy Rug
  • Curtain for closet
  • Move closet rod support to the end of the rod
  • Re-sew cushion for rocker
  • Child-proof the stairwell

DIY Sunburst Mirror


This is what I like to call my “Miracle Mirror” project. Sometimes there is only a thread of hope to keep you going when you think that a project idea may flop, which was my dilemma. An empty corner by our TV in our apartment needed something to keep the corner bright, so what better than a fun mirror? I researched and found that many other people have made their own sunburst mirrors. Over several days I collected supplies for my project.I will tell you exactly where I found them to save you the many errands that I ran. Technically, I didn’t spend more than $10…I’m pretty sure!

The supplies included:

Hooby Lobby: Wooden Dowels ($3), 2 packs Mini Mirrors ($3 ea.)

Dollar Store ($2): Round mirror, floral foam wreath

Glue gun and glue sticks

White contact paper

Amount of time: 2 hours

My Inspiration design:

Horchow $1,750

The inspiration to attempt the project: Apartment Therapy Blog

First, I carved a slot into the floral foam wreath where the plain mirror could rest. I could not find a cheap framed, white mirror. So, I created my own! The mirror rested in the floral foam and was then covered in contact paper. Super glue along the edges of the foam held the contact paper on much easier.

With contact paper:

Next, I worked with the dowels, contact paper and mirrors.

I wrapped each wooden dowel with small strips of contact paper (tedious, I know, but it helped to watch a movie!) As I covered the dowels, I laid them in a circle around the frame to see how many I wanted and to what lengths. I stopped at about 18 dowels. Then, while they were still surrounding the frame, I hot-glued all of the mini-square mirrors to the dowels, 2 or 3 to each.

The final step is to poke a small hole into the contact paper, with a pair of scissors, to stick the dowel into the foam. This step worked so well! Some of the dowels were cut shorter (with scissors) so that it would take away weight. I took it one at a time and made sure they were all evenly spaced (some blogs suggest to map out the spacing with tape etc.) The hot glue gun came in handy again for the longer dowels, although I think all of the mirrors would stay in on there own without glue.

Final Product:

This may not be the most permanent or durable of all mirrors, but it weighs less than one pound and serves its purpose!