Our $9 mini bedroom makeover!

We have had our previous bed spread on our bed since 2014!  This is a long time for me as I usually like to mix things up.

This is what our bedroom looked like before Mr 4 and I hit the shops on Friday morning. 


I can’t remember if I received a catalogue/saw it on Instagram/received an email, but I came across this $9 quilt cover at Big W and wanted to get in store and check it out. 


And whilst I was at it I also wanted to look at these:


So what did I come away with for our master bedroom?

The $9.00 bed spread. I couldn’t believe it. We have a queen bed with king size doona. $9.00 no matter what size cover you are buying. It is a microfibres/polyester blend so no luxurious fabrics here but I feels so lovely and soft!

2 x white euro pillow cases – $5.00 each

2 x white U shape pillow cases – $5.00 each

1 x grey/blue velvet cushion – $7.00

1 x candle – $15.00

Grand total – $51.00

Okay, so the title of this post was a bit click bait-y but I’ve got to get you reading somehow 😉. 

The after?  Well not only do I have one, but two…


I’ve sold this to hubby as a 2 for 1 offer because the quilt cover and pillow cases are double sided!

I purchased this candle which I think looks beautiful. We had to remove it from our bedroom Friday night though because the scent was a little too strong for us.  I’ll probably move it to the side table next to my chair in the lounge room. 


I don’t usually have flowers on my bedside table but I was gifted these at a seminar I went to on Wednesday night. Cute, hey?


So what do you think?  Not bad for $51.00 and really only $36.00 because the candle came out of the room 😜. 

Have you picked a bargain up lately?  Share away. The above quilt cover comes in a few different designs, with blue the colour palette. 

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The Man Cupboard

Hello!  It’s been a couple of weeks, but I’m back again. 

It was the Hubby’s birthday last week and I had been thinking for a while as to what I/the kids could get him. It then dawned on me that I rarely use the desk in the lounge room anymore preferring to either work in my studio or home admin on the lounge or dining table. I decided to remove the desk and shelves and buy my man a cupboard, going halves with Mum-O. The cupboard compliments the other already in use in the lounge room. It is from IKEA and is from the Liatorp series. 


I took the day off work (so sneaky – Hubby thought I’d gone to work and I had to tell him white lies all day!) and got Dad round to help me construct the cupboard. 2 hours later the cupboard was built and Dad headed off home to let me get on with making it look pretty. 


Hubby doesn’t really collect anything now, but in his younger years he collected Midori Illusion Shakers, Jim Beam anything, Ford items, Coca Cola items, Manchester United items and Converse items. 


I started out with the middle shelf as the petrol pump at the back was the tallest item to be decorated around. I then purchased my Hubby the Ford book for his birthday and used a combination of symmetry and height to display the balance of the items. 

On the top shelf I placed his Red Bull collection and some miscellaneous items, again utilising the height of each item to determine the layout. To the right I placed a photo of him in his current football (soccer) uniform and some photos of him in his heyday.  I was having trouble getting his medallion to stand up so used some 3M strips to hang it on the back of the cupboard. 


The next shelf down I placed his Midori Illusion Shakers – collected from night clubs circa 1998. I decided to dress this up with a framed Cheers sign, cocktail glasses from the kitchen and we bought him a cocktail recipe book. 


The shelf below the Ford items houses his Jim Beam collection which will be a growing collection as he still likes to drink this today. I again adopted a mixture of symmetry and height to display these items. 


Overall, Hubby was excited to see this when he got home from work, thrilled to have his items in the lounge room again, and shocked I’d managed to trick him into thinking I’d been at work all day 😀!


My tips for creating vignettes/shelf displays:

  1. Odd numbers work well. I don’t know why, they just look good. 
  2. Vary the height of items, working from tallest at the back to shortest at the front. 
  3. Stick to a theme. 
  4. Less is more but if going with more, consider layers/textures. 
  5. Use colour in your decor items to blend in/compliment the colours already used in the room. 
  6. Consider a level of symmetry. 

Have you redecorated a room in your house lately?  Tell me all about it!

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Entryway Update

One of my first posts was sharing with you our Entryway.  I’ve been a bit bored with it for a while and have been wanting to give it a bit of a facelift.  After completing Kyly’s entry a couple of weeks ago, it inspired me to finally do something about it.

Before:

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Step 1: For about a week before it I placed all items i was considering using and placed them on the buffet.  This meant every time I walked in the front door or walked passed it I was forced to consider how I wanted the spaced to look.

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Step 2: Removed all the items from the buffet and wall and placed them on the dining table.

Step 3: Clean the wall with sugar soap.  I was amazed at how dirty the wall had become around the photo frames.

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Step 4: I played with the position of the shelf and the mirror and star to make sure that the mirror would still be usable above the shelf.

Step 5: I used a stud finder to locate the studs.  I marked the studs on a post-it note so that I wasn’t marking the wall.

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Step 6:  I was alone at the time and didn’t have anyone to help me hold the shelf in place.  We happened to have moved from ADSL 2 to NBN that same week so I used the Fetch box, modem box and a photo frame to hold the shelf in place.  I screwed the shelf into the wall – into studs.  All level but the drill did leave a mark when I screwed in the second screw.  A bit of white paint and it will be all good.

Step 7:  I then used 3M products to attach the mirror and the star frame to the wall.  The mirror measures 60cm tall and the star frame 55cm so I ensured I centred the star frame to the mirror.

Step 8: Now for the fun bit – pulling the look together.  I knew I wanted the black and white photos there still as they are snaps we took on our honeymoon nearly 10 years ago.  I then placed items around them.

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And this is the almost finished product!  I am going to paint the front of the “OXO”s navy and my hubby has suggested that I run a piece of blue ribbon along the front of the shelf to supply more contrast.  I’m giving this some thought and will give it a try.

So, have Kyly and I inspired you to do up your entryway?  Would love to see pics of your before and afters.  You can either share them in the comment section on Facebook or tag me on Instagram.