Easy, Inexpensive Updates For A Bedroom


Don’t you just love a project with big impact and little money?!  I was ready to give our master bedroom a little update, with a small budget. We’ve had the same bedding and paint color for several years and I felt like it was time for an update. It was just a little frilly & feminine for our current modern farmhouse style. I am so thrilled with the results! Interested in seeing what we did? Come check out our easy updates & details….

Having a cozy bedroom is key to a good nights sleep and a peaceful calming place to retreat. I love a soft, monochromatic color scheme in my bedrooms. The less complicated and busy the space feels, the less cluttered and chaotic the room feels.

Here is a before of our bedroom


I searched Pinterest and Instagram for inspiration and gathered ideas of looks I liked, colors, furniture accessories and so on. There were a few specific changes I wanted to make.

First, the round side tables were just a little too large for the room and took up a lot of space. I was having a difficult time finding side tables with character that didn’t cost a lot of money since we needed 2. I was hoping to find some type of vintage antique library book chests or apothecary cabinets, and decided after much search to try to make some. I found a fabulous Ikea hack on Pinterest and decided to try it out. I purchased 2 Rast dressers for $35 each, and we took this very basic drawer cabinet






It was a very easy piece to put together. To get the 3 drawers to look like 9 small drawers my husband made( 2 ) 3/16′ cuts in each drawer to give the appearance of 3 sectioned drawers like this.




Then I painted black in the cut groves to give them depth.

Next, we added a 2″ x 18″ board on top to give it a little more substantial appearance. After tweaking the dressers I painted it with Minwax American Walnut and then dry brushed with white chalk paint. Just be sure that your brush is lightly loaded . I usually dip the brush in the paint then brush it on a scrap board to unload as much of the paint as possible. Also, use very light handed strokes.


The final touch that gave it character was the hardware all ordered on Amazon. The vintage caster wheel give it a little more height and it’s so nice that you can easily move them around if needed. The drawer handles are just vintage library cup handles.



We are just so happy with how they turned out and the whole project was about $50 each.

Second, I was hoping for a feature wall but not with a big expense. I had originally considered doing a wall paper to look like faux wood or brick but decided it was too expensive and I wanted a more clean, modern look. The board and batten project gave us the dramatic look we wanted for a very low price.

I started by painting the wall first with Sherwin Williams Peppercorn in eggshell. The other 3 walls were painted with Sherwin Williams Gosseimer Veil in Cashmere finish.

We used 1″x 4″ pine boards for the Board and Batten trim. First we framed the entire wall with our boards. The hard part was trying to figure out how to correctly measure our boards to make all the squares even. It’s really important that you measure and plan your layout ahead of time. We ended up using a spacing calculator online to help us with our measurements.. If you google spacing calculator, you’ll find several options to choose from.


Next we added the vertical boards all the way across. Then the horizontal to finish off the wall.








Once all the boards were attached, I filled the nail holes and painted the boards. I am telling you painting the whole wall first made the whole thing so much easier to paint.



FOr the bedding I really wanted fluffy, cozy monochromatic neutrals and no prints to create a calming, serene ambiance. All of this bedding was purchased from Target. Visit my Like To Know It through the LIKE TO KNOW IT App for direct links to all products.

FOr accessories I went with gold accents. Instead of lamps, I switched to dimming wall sconces and a simple deer head over the bed.. I spray painted old curtain rods and hung the Ikea Ritva curtains . I love the final touch my rug from Boutique rugs gave the whole space.







Here is how I styled it for Christmas



Just some simple changes gave this room a more modern farmhouse, sophisticated look. I love the drama the feature wall adds to the room and the mood that it creates. The bedding is so incredibly cozy. The accents with the woods adds to the warmth of the room.

So what do you think? I hope you enjoyed the tutorial. You don’t have to spend a lot of money to get a completely new look for a room. Just a little DIY and creative planning can take your room to a whole new level. As always, let me know if you have any questions and please pin all you’d like. Come to my Instagram page and say hello too.



November 27, 2018

  1. Linda says:

    Where do you get ur beddyfrom?

    • txbittons@verizon.net says:

      Hi Linda,
      The headboard is from Target about 5 years ago. They still have several similar options online I believe.
      Thanks so much for following.

  2. Winsome says:

    I truly appreciate your work here, i will be trying these decorations for the new year.
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  3. Liz G. says:

    Love the side table idea and all the other touches.

    • txbittons@verizon.net says:

      Hi Liz,

      Thank you so much for the feedback, I really appreciate it. Ilove doing simple, inexpensive DIY’s. So glad you liked it!!

      Thanks for following, come back often!

  4. Angie says:

    Where do you get Rast dressers?

  5. Jess says:

    What is the size of the wood placed at the bottom of the dressers? Thank you and truly love your decor style!

    • txbittons@verizon.net says:

      Hi Jess,

      We cut it to fit the size of the bottom of the dresser. Basically the same size as the top piece.
      Did that answer your question?

      Thanks for following along!


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