Handmake My Bedroom for $200, Furniture Included.

Submitted by Ana White on Sun, 06/06/2010 - 19:33
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With quite a bit a work and a little thriftiness, you can create my bedroom for around $200. And that's getting all new furniture too! Featuring the Farmhouse Bed.


I've come to a design conclusion.  The most important part of good home design has nothing to do with colors, prints, textures or even lighting.  It's a design challenge I would never have understood five years ago, but it's the greatest challenge I face, every single day.  Far greater than living hundreds of miles from a home goods store, thousands of miles from a Pottery Barn.  Far greater than the wrong shade of paint or a tricky room layout.

My design conclusion is that the greatest challenge in making my home look attractive is keeping it clean.  Because let's face it, any room, no matter how amazing the design was, if it's not clean, if toys are scattered everywhere, if you are busy blogging and your kids are eating blueberries on your bed (true story), that room will just look messy.

Five years ago, before my daughter was born, I would never have understood what I am writing now.  Because really, how hard can it be to keep 1200 square feet tidy?  Haha, right?  You know what I'm talking about.

So I've been feeling like my bedroom needs an update.  I took a few hours this weekend and thought, first, I will tidy up the bedroom, clean under the bed (that was scary), wash all of the bedding, and go through any clutter.  And then I will start doing a redesign.  And I moved the bed under the window to clean under it (those weren't dust bunnies, it was a whole rabbit family).

And when I finished, I fell in love all over again with my bedroom.

Yes, there was blueberry stains on the bed, and the bedding was looking muted from neglect (sheets get washed frequently, but the quilts and pillow shams not so often).  And I fell in love with my Farmhouse Bed all over again too.   I was at the drawing board last night creating a smaller scale Farmhouse Bed, but after cleaning my room, the old saying, "if it's not broke, don't fix it" had special meaning.


I often get letters or requests on the finish I choose for my bed.  So while we've got a close up photos, I thought I would share my finish (which looks beautiful still, even with the headboard being used as a bottle shelf at night, and the blueberry stains scrubbed right off).  What I did was before I assembled my plank boards, I used a chisel and scraped the edges of the panel boards to create a rounded edge.  I did this to make the joints between the panel boards stand out more.  Then I primed and painted with two coats of Antique White High Gloss Paint with a brush, in the direction of the wood.  Let that dry completely.  Then I used my hand sander and sanded all outside edges.  And I took the chisel and scraped down the grooves between the boards to expose the joints in the panels even more.  Finally, with a small brush, I glazed the bed with a chocolate glaze and wiped it clean.

I love the distressed finishes because first and foremost, it makes your furniture liveable.  I will never be a person that stresses about my furniture being used.  People come before furniture in my home.  And I also love the depth and character of a multi-step finish.  And lastly, unlike a perfect finish, the more you use a distressed piece, the more beautiful it becomes!  "Love, Friends, Wine & Distressed Furniture - Just Get Better With Time" is my favorite saying to write on a card when I give a distressed wine cabinet to friends for their wedding.

And the best part of my bedroom?  My entire room, including furniture that YOU can go home and build with bedding, drapes, everything . . . right at $200.  And YOU can have it too.  And it's all purchased from a retail store!

Sometimes when I see a beautiful room on a small budget and I think, wow, amazing.  And then I read the fine print . . . flea market find, craigslist find, brought up from the basement . . . things YOU at home cannot go and duplicate.  I'm all about upcycling, recycling, scraps, and it's very inspiring to see what someone else can do on a shoestring budget, but I personally need more than inspiration.  I need instructions.  And I'm so happy that YOU can have my exact room.  It may cost you a little more because I did have lumber laying around, it may cost you a little less because you could have lumber and paint available.  But the bottom line is you can have my exact room on a tiny budget.


Bed: Farmhouse Bed Plans
Nightstand: Simple Nightstand Plans
Bedding: Pottery Barn Neena (cannot believe this bedding was on clearance for $49 for the king quilt and $9.99 per sham a couple of years ago!)
Curtains: Paint Drop Cloth Drapes Instructions Follow


I'm not the inventor of using paint drop cloths for drapes.  Nope, this ideas been done many many times.  But I will tell you how to hang some drop cloth drapes with NO SEWING required.  It's pretty simple.

For each panel that you need, buy one of these drop cloths, measuring 15' x 4'.    Lowes also has a paint drop cloth in this size, and there are two weights.  I used the 8 oz weight because the drop cloths will be double thickness.  All edges are already hemmed.

Fold the drop cloths in half the long way so that your drop cloth measures 7 1/2 feet x 4' total.  Keep the hemmed edges to the insides.

Purchase a pack of ring clips like these.  If you purchased the package of 7, space your ring clips 8" apart on the folded edge of the drop cloths.  These ones are from Joanns, make sure you clip a 50% coupon or wait for a sale and you can get these for $5.

Now all you need is a curtain rod.  This one is on sale for $11.99 at Joanns.  Hang the rod so that the curtains just skim the floor.  Instant canvas drapes!


And while I am loving my bedroom, I feel like it needs to be more.  And I am ready for some small updates.  So I'm tossing some ideas around, make sure you keep checking back for updates.  But the main idea I would like YOUR help on is what nightstand do you think should go with the Farmhouse Beds?  What nightstand design do you think would be substantial enough to sit beside our Farmhouse Beds?  I love the Simple Nightstand, but it feels overwhelmed next to such a large beautiful bed.  What is YOUR suggestion?  I can't wait to hear your advice.

Shown with King Size Farmhouse Bed


Shopping List

Farmhouse Bed
Paint Drop Cloths
Simple Nightstands


Michelle (not verified)

Sun, 06/06/2010 - 19:52

This is very inspirational, Ana. I'm currently working on my own bedroom. My budget needs to be as close to nothing as I can get it. Just finished sanding & staining the hardwood floors (with a random orbit hand sander!)and will be varnishing them tomorrow, hopefully, if I can find some varnish for floors that doesn't cost $45+/gallon!
Will be looking at those drop cloths at Lowe's for sure! I never thought of that! LOL!
Love your green paint, too! Do you know what shade of green it is?

Angela and Mike (not verified)

Sun, 06/06/2010 - 19:53

I've actually been trying to find the perfect end table for the Mason headboard I made. I would love to see a few more nightstand ideas. Can't wait to see what ideas people/you come up with. I'll try to think of some ideas.

JackieSue (not verified)

Sun, 06/06/2010 - 20:11

What's wierd is my simplest nightstand that I made using your plans seems much bigger than yours. ?? Is that true? Mine don't seem too overwhelmed next to my king size bed, although I haven't made a farmhouse bed (yet) so that could be it. You can see my nightstand at http://jackesueshobbies.blogspot.com if you want. I love the simplest nightstand and I love yours but I agree that it may be a little smaller in proportion with your bed. Although it's still adorable and I wouldn't have thought that had you not mentioned it... =)

Ana White (not verified)

Sun, 06/06/2010 - 20:15

Jackie, I think the photo makes the nightstand appear a little smaller and also, I built my nightstand years ago, long before I blogged the plans. When I developed the plan that your nightstand is based off of, I made improvements to the plan, so I think your could be a little shorter and wider (standard nightstand height and width) so that could be what is throwing you off. And my bed is a massive king, and it's white next to the red nightstand. This is going to be tricky for me because there is no space in that tiny room!

Traci + Chippe… (not verified)

Sun, 06/06/2010 - 21:23

Hello! I just discovered your site a couple months ago, and thank goodness because we are building a house that will need furnishings! And I'm positive our money will be gone by the time that comes! So, I am starting the farmhouse bed and was thinking the simple nightstand was a little too simple for this perfect bed. I did find this one that I would put (a knock-off version) next to my farmhouse bed. Maybe with an open cubby above the cabinet. Maybe I will see some plans someday! ;-) http://www.ikea.com/us/en/catalog/products/70180521
thank you for what you do! I will post pictures of my finished products... Thanks to you!

CountryBelle (not verified)

Sun, 06/06/2010 - 23:05

Hi Ana!
One suggestion for you would be to use a stack of maybe 2 or three picnic baskets with a table top on top for a nightstand. (that way there would be extra hidden storage) Or maybe even something with a metal base (wrought iron) and wood (distressed of course) table top. Love your work, keep it up!!

Renate (not verified)

Mon, 06/07/2010 - 02:40

What if you made a small chest of drawers to use as a nightstand? It would provide storage and visual weight to balance your gorgeous king farmhouse bed.

Tanja (not verified)

Mon, 06/07/2010 - 02:55

Wow, this whole drop cloth curtain idea is new for me as well! I've been looking for inexpensive solution to line my kids curtains for darker room and this will do it. Love your site!

MrsH120807 (not verified)

Mon, 06/07/2010 - 03:59

It's interesting that you posted this today. Just last night I was thinking that I really want nightstands to go with the farmhouse bed that we built. I like the simple nightstand but didn't feel like they were big enough for my tastes. I have been eyeing this one one:http://www.potterybarn.com/products/hudson-wide-bedside-table/?pkey=cbe…
I also like the version with drawers. I can't wait to see what you come up with.

Amy (not verified)

Mon, 06/07/2010 - 04:08

I like the idea of a chest of drawers for a nightstand but in looking at your picture again the space seems too small. I think it would feel crowded. What about a floating nightstand with a drawer that spans the distance from the wall to the bed? It could be a bit deeper and chunkier but still leave floor space open for a less crowded feel. I'm also a fan of wall sconces (plug in with cord covers work great) to free up night stand space.

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