September 25, 2011

Dreaming of a Redo

My home decor needs a makeover.  Bad.  Normally, when I feel something is outdated I just apply a coat or two of spray paint and abracadabra...good-as-new!  But I'm really feeling a big change coming on.

I have a ton of great ideas for redoing the room my two boys share, thanks to  In fact, I have an entire board dedicated to ideas for their room's face lift.  I'm on a tight budget, so nearly everything needs to be handmade by me, thrifted, or salvaged.  I'm on the lookout on Craig's List for two matching white twin beds for the day my baby turns into a man...or is ready for a big boy bed, whichever comes first.  They'll also need a tall white dresser to take place of their wide, low dresser...It'll save space.

With all the sewing I've done in my life, I've never made a quilt.  But I think I can tackle it.  I plan on making matching grey and white chevron quilts for their beds, 

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making a giant "A" and a huge "M" in navy blue yarn to hang over their beds,

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And hanging fun prints in bright white frames with bright white matting like these:

I've been in love with all the subway art I've been seeing on different blogs and in different Etsy shops lately.  Since my budget is tight, I decided to play around on a bit today to see if I could make a great one on my own to go with the boys' new decor.  Here's what I came up with.  Feel free to copy, save and print if you like it!

I consider this one a rough draft.  I plan on playing around on the website to see if I can get all the blue colors to match exactly.  I'd like more of a variety of fat and skinny lines, too.  And maybe even a different font.  

I plan on taking a before and after picture of their room and keeping a close count of how much money I spend doing it.  I think I can do the complete room { furniture, bedding, everything } for under $200.

So far, I've spent $0...

What do you think?  Have you tackled a huge project on a tiny budget?
Have you completed a Pinterest inspired project?  How did it go?


  1. Awesome! I love the subway art! And that chevron quilt would look GREAT in my room. Just saying... :) I can't wait to see how it goes!

    All of my Pinterest projects so far have been cooking related. But I've got my eye on a paint chip project that I think is going to work very nicely in our bathroom.

  2. I am not fashion or decor minded...I find that my palms start sweating if I think too long on it. However, when I move into my forever home (or until I'm moved into an old people home) I'll call on you to decorate...TOTALLY take the fear out of it! I can't wait to see what you do!

  3. Ali- I'd love to check out your Pinterest boards! Send a link, if you don't mind!

    Anita- Deal! Right now I'm just dying to live in a house where I'm allowed to paint. Ha! And, we could decorate the crap out of an old people home doesn't have to stop there! ;)