$100 Room Makeover Challenge – Master Bedroom

A few weeks ago I mentioned that I was participating in the $100 Room Makeover Challenge with some of my blogging friends. This is the first time I have attempted to makeover a room on a specific budget. However, since I am basically cheap, and love getting creative with a challenge, I felt I was up to the task.  Many thanks to Erin Peters from Lemons Lavender and Laundry for hosting this event.

$100 Room Makeover Challenge

Before shot of $100 room makeover challenge

I chose my master bedroom for this challenge. Mainly because we have done very little to this room since we moved in 12 years ago, and it really needed an update.

We were told that this house had a lot of wallpaper in the rooms when it first went on the market. It must have been a selling problem, because by the time we looked at it, almost all of the rooms and hallways were painted a basic white. The crew must have been in a hurry, because we could still see some of the glue from the wallpaper on the walls under the paint. This was especially true of our master bath. So one of the few changes we made early on was painting the bathroom, and since it is attached to the master bedroom we painted both in the same neutral gray.

The Bed and Headboard

Old door headboard before photo in $100 makeover challenge

The only other change we made was to purchase a door at a thrift store, and cleaned it up to use as our headboard. I even wrote a post about using an old door as your headboard two years ago. That’s all we have done, so now I’m trying to update the space on $100.

The Cluttered Dresser

Dresser before view on $100 room makeover challenge

The dressers and nightstand were my grandmother’s and we’ve had them for years.

The Sad Window Covering

$100 room makeover window before view.

The room has one window which came with these blinds and sheers when we moved in. It faces the back of the house which is in the north west corner, so it’s fairly dark.

The Final View

Armoire and tall dresser before view on the $100 room makeover challenge.

Here’s one last view of the room showing another dresser, our armoire/TV cabinet, and the door to the master bath.

The Inspiration

Inspiration piece for bedroom makeover.

For inspiration, I’m using this painting that my husband had commissioned for me as an anniversary present. A abstract garden with all my favorite colors, that’s fresh and peaceful at the same time. He knows me well, and I think he will love having our bedroom all refreshed using his gift as the muse.

It may be quite a challenge to makeover the room on a $100 budget. So far, I have a few inexpensive and free ideas up my sleeve, so I hope you check back each Wednesday for the next three weeks to see the new room as it changes.

week 1   |    week 2    |    week 3    |    week 4

Now see what the others are doing with their $100 room makeover challenge. 

Please note: This link-up is for participants in the $100 Room Challenge only.

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. Oh, that dresser is so peeeerty.. I am so excited to see all these room makeovers.

    • Hi Deborah,

      The dresser has sentimental value and though many would want to paint it I have neither the time or budget to do it so it will remain the same. Looking forward to seeing what everyone comes up with. I’m already amazed with all of them.
      Have a great week,

  2. Sandra Lyons says:

    I can’t wait to see your finished room and I’m guessing you’ll do an amazing job. You have some super pieces of furniture and your gorgeous art to work with. Love the colors palette you will work with and this time of the year you should be able to find some super bargains as far as new bedding and curtains.

    • Hi Sandra,

      Thanks for the great words of encouragement. I’m not 100% sure it will be a “knock-it-out-of-the-park” kind of project but I figured it will certainly be a nice change.
      Have a fab week,

  3. This looks like a fun challenge – looking forward to see what you do. Love the inspiration and all that space. My first thought was to create more of sitting relaxing area with some of those wood pieces.

  4. I love that the painting your husband gave you is your inspiration for the room. The colors are beautiful and calming. Can’t wait to see what you come up with!

  5. You have such a blank canvas to work with! Can’t wait to see watch each week.

  6. Those purple color pops in the painting are eye-catching! That painting was a great choice!

  7. Oh you have such a nice big bedroom! Will be so great to work with. That painting as inspiration is great, you will be able to do a lot with that! Can’t wait to see it finished.

  8. Hi Patti, so fun to be participating in another challenge with you! I love that your inspiration piece has such sweet sentimental value. Your room is going to be so pretty and make you so happy. Can’t wait to see!

  9. The painting is just gorgeous! I can’t wait to see what you come up with – the possibilities are limitless with that kind of inspiration!

  10. That bedroom is a great size, and I love that you have your grandmother’s furniture. I have a jewelry cabinet from my great-grandmother, and even though I don’t even wear jewelry, I can’t bear to get rid of it. I use it to set plants on <3

  11. I feel like we have a lot of the same challenges with our rooms. I am so excited to see how your painting inspires you!

  12. This is loads of fun! Your bedroom looks great as is, but whatever changes you make will make it look even more beautiful. I love the red throw.

  13. You have so many great pieces in your bedroom! I love the wall color and the door headboard. I can’t wait to see what you do!

  14. Your headboard door feature goes so well with your grandmother’s pieces. They don’t make them like they used to. You are so lucky to have them not only for sentiment but for beauty and quality, as well. I can’t wait to see how you bring forth your muse in this room. Good job hubby!!

  15. What a beautiful painting! The door headboard is a great idea! Your room is a great space and I am looking forward to see your plans unfold!

  16. That dresser is stunning! I love the art that you’re using as inspiration and can’t wait to see how that influences the decor and feel of your bedroom.

  17. I can’t wait to see what you come up with Patti! That inspiration piece is beautiful – I love the colors.

  18. I can’t wait to see how your room update unfolds. I, too, love the painting and you’ve got some fab colors to work with.

  19. Looking forward to seeing what you have up your sleeve for this room. The painting is a beautiful inspiration piece!

  20. Using that painting as inspiration will be wonderful! What a sweet gift! I cant wait to see how it all turns out!

  21. What a beautiful piece of artwork! I am loving the new color scheme you chose. I can’t wait to see the finished room.

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