$100 Bedroom Makeover Challenge – Week 2

Welcome back to week 2 of the $100 bedroom makeover challenge. This week’s update will use a good chunk of the budget, and show you a fun and easy way to decorate a wall for next to nothing.

$100 Bedroom Makeover Challenge – Week 2

$100 bedroom makeover week 2 of the budget with new bedding and wall decor

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The first order of business for this bedroom makeover was to purchase new bedding. So many people have commented on how pretty the original quilt was, and I loved it for a long time. However, it was time for a change, so in light of this makeover, new bedding needed to be purchased. I gave myself a budget of $50 because I did not think I would be able to find anything decent for a king-sized bed for less. Surprisingly this one came in under that amount, at close to $40.

New king sized quilt set with 2 shams for the first budget makeover purchase.

This quilt is nice and soft and I’m surprised at how warm it is, but I guess since we were already used to sleeping with a quilt that helped. My husband really likes it too. Not quite as busy as the old quilt, and a little more masculine for him. Also blue is my favorite color, and it works well with the inspiration painting.

Budget bedroom makeover with handpainted wall art.

Next I painted the headboard white and added a little antiquing paint to tone it down. Don’t worry, I’m not going to touch any of the other furniture. They will all stay with the original wood finish.

DIY projector to cast words on a wall.

The word art was made by projecting the saying Live, Laugh, Love onto the wall. Once projected you can outline the words with pencil, then fill in with craft paint.

Homemade projector to make wall art.

Here’s a look at the contraption I used. First I tried the box and magnifying glass trick that I’ve seen all over the internet, allowing people to watch movies by projecting their iphone. I could not get that method to work at all.

Bedroom makeover wall art with DIY projector.

Finally, I tried this method and it worked! 

Here’s how:

  • Print out the words you want. 
  • Trace them onto a piece of plastic sheeting from a sheet protector or some other see clear material. Hint: Waxed paper did not work.
  • Cut a hole in box big enough to fit your plastic and tape it on.
  • Inside the box use your iphone with the flashlight on, at the highest setting. I used two blocks to hold the phone in place. 
  • Then move the phone forward and back to get the image to the size you want.
  • Place the box on a table or stack it up on your bed with just about anything like I did (see above) to get it the right height.
  • Sketch the words onto the wall with pencil, then fill in with paint.

Budget bedroom makeover with handpainted wall art.

This room needed some floral detail so I added a leaf garland.

I simply drew a wavy line for the branch with a pencil, then added a few leaves above and below.

Using 3 different shades of green and a good bit of water gave the leaves a nice texture.

When it all dried I used a good white eraser to remove all the pencil lines.

I have to say I’m pretty happy with how it turned out and if I can do it so can you.

That’s it for this week. I hope you join me next week as I tackle the window and more wall art ideas.

In the meantime don’t forget to check the updates from the other bloggers below in this $100 room makeover challenge.

week 1   |    week 2    |    week 3    |    week 4

A group of bloggers challenging themselves to makeover one room for $100.


About Patti Estep

Patti is the creator of Hearth and Vine, a home and garden blog filled with projects to inspire your creative side. She loves crafting, gardening, decorating and entertaining at her home in Pennsylvania. When she is not working on a project at home or searching for treasures at nurseries and thrift stores with her girlfriends, you’ll probably find her with family and friends, at a restaurant, or home party enjoying new and different food adventures.

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  1. Marie Holmes says:

    What a difference painting your headboard made. I love it. I really want a headboard for our king size bed. I just haven’t been able to get myself to spend the money. A door just might work……

    • Hi Marie,

      We love our door headboard and it only cost $10. There’s a post that shows how my husband attached it to the wall too if you need any help. So many possibilities for cheap DIY headboards out there. I’m sure you will find one that’s right for you.
      Have a great week,

  2. I also like that original quilt but the new one sure does transform this room super quick. Love what you did with the headboard too. My favorite though is the words and how you achieved this is fantastic, thanks for sharing!! I can hardly wait to see what comes next. Working with a tight budget is good because it really forces one to think outside the box.

    • Hi Carole,

      I’m so glad you like it, and you are so right about having a budget. It’s nice to splurge on yourself once in a while but I truly get a high from the challenge of creating things.
      Thanks for stopping by and have a great week,

  3. Sandra L. says:

    Fantastic! I liked the door the original color but with the lighter changes painting it was a great idea and that its not super white. The blue quilt is beautiful and is what I call gender nuetral and what a deal for that size. Beautiful as they are quilt are so busy and sometimes you just need a change. Your new quilt color is so peaceful and perfect for your cherished painting. Loved your set up for the words….great job. I can’t wait to see what else you have planned.

    • Hi Sandra,

      Thank you so much. So far we are loving it and I’m now wondering why I took so long. The old quilt was so pretty but this does seem so much more peaceful, and these days I need all the help I can get for a good night’s sleep.
      Thanks for stopping by and have a great week!

  4. Love the bedding, perfect shade of blue, and what a fantastic price! The stenciling above the headboard really draws her your eye and highlights the headboard. Looking forward to next weeks progress 🙂

    • Hi Maureen,

      Thanks for the words of encouragement. I really wanted to great some kind of word art and florals on the wall. I’m not the best artist but I do like the end result, so I guess that’s all that matters.
      Thanks for stopping by and have a great week,

  5. The new quilt goes perfectly with your painting! I love how you projected your words! I have a couple projects I can think to use this technique with! Great job explaining it (and telling us what doesn’t work)!

    • Hi Natalie,

      So glad you liked it. I’m sure I was doing something wrong with the magnifying method as so many people are using it, but if you have problems like it did then you can follow this one instead. Great to have options. 🙂
      Thanks for stopping by,

  6. Wow, Patti, it already looks amazing. That trick for transferring a stencil is so smart and I’m going to snag it up! 🙂 Thank you for sharing. I love what you’re doing and the blue is just fantastic – it really compliments your walls, the painting, and now your gorgeous headboard. I can’t wait to see what’s next.

  7. That bedding is perfect! Really great job on the words too!!! Everything looks amazing!

  8. I love the idea of using a projector instead of a stencil 🙂

  9. I can’t believe you found a king-sized quilt for that much! Seriously!

  10. Your headboard looks so pretty and the blue bedding so very refreshing. I’m so impressed with your homemade projector! How clever! And your wall painting is perfect!

  11. You are a genius! That is so clever with tracing the name of the wall I am so imporessed 🙂 Everything looks amazing. love the bedspread.

  12. That contraption is brilliant! I’m so inspired by all these ideas – especially for the new house!

  13. Patti, I love that headboard! Blue and white is one of my favorite combinations. It’s looking great!

  14. Looks great so far. I had no idea you could project things like that!! I must try that soon:)

  15. Great choice. It’s such a beautiful blue. The bedding alone makes a room completely different. I loved your amazing projector! Looking forward to next week!

  16. I love the newly painted headboard! It looks really good, and really makes the words on the wall and the new quilt pop!

  17. Wow!!! First, amazing job finding bedding for $40!!! The color works so well with your inspiration painting. I love the headboard makeover. It lightened the space beautifully… and your projection contraption is brilliant. I have never seen that idea. Worked perfectly and I love the addition of the words and leaves on the wall. Amazing job this week!

  18. Wow! $40 is a steal for new bedding! The headboard looks great painted!

  19. That projector method was so great! Ive never seen it done that way! The room is looking so good!

  20. It never ceases to amaze at how much difference a little paint can make! Your headboard looks fabulous and that comforter! – great find! I’m in love with the artwork on the wall. You are so talented!

  21. I love your creative projector idea! The headboard looks beautiful white and will be so pretty with the rest of the dark furniture. The room already looks completely different!

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