Once a kindergarten teacher, now your go-to guide for all things DIY. My passion for teaching didn't stop when I left the classroom - I merely switched from ABCs to DIYs. I've learned a lot from transforming my own home from scratch, and now I'm here to pass on that knowledge to you.
Projects around here tend to be spur of the moment or take a really long time with trying to find the right pieces and/or price. I recently chatted with you guys on this Instagram post about truly enjoying this process and focusing on what you’ve gotten done versus what you haven’t. It’s a game changer when you change your mindset! With that said, I finally found prints and pillows to add to our master bedroom decor. And what I really mean is that I created these items to save us a little money and get exactly what we wanted. I’m all about adding home decor while staying within a budget.
What exactly did we do? A few weeks ago I found a few square frames on clearance at Target. With needing multiple frames, I brought these home with me because frames can get expensive when purchasing several. But then they sat in my bedroom, leaning against the wall, for a few weeks. After several failed attempts of searching for the perfect prints, I finally painted my own set.
You can easily do the same! Just hear me out if you’re new to painting watercolor. Grab yourself a few sheets of watercolor paper, watercolor paint, a quality paint brush, a little bit of water and you’re on your way to having new, custom prints. There’s also nothing wrong with looking for inspiration on Pinterest, magazines, or wherever else sparks your creativity. You’ll be surprised at how forgiving watercolor paint is (seriously!), so just have fun with it.
I painted these pictures and then had second thoughts on the blue. But my Instagram tribe voted and blue won, so blue stayed. The other option was green but I’ve decided to incorporate green throughout the master bedroom with houseplants. Ryan was a trooper when I told him I was headed to our local nursery once again. It happens a lot since it’s only a mile down the road from us.
The other change, or rather addition, you’ll see with our master bedroom decor are the three Euro sized pillows added to our bed. Can I let you in on a little secret? I sewed these out of a round table cloths. Round table clothes that cost me less than $15 because they were on clearance as well. The pattern first caught my eye because the blue and white stripe pattern that almost has a watercolor look to them. The price was the cherry on top. And for reference, two round table clothes were enough to create these three large pillows.
To help stay within our budget, I opted to stuff the pillows versus buying inserts. This was also because I had stuffing from two previously made Euro pillows I no longer needed that I could use. So in all, I spent $27 total for three Euro pillows by sewing and stuffing them myself. And they turned out so darn cute! I’m a pillow hoarder and can sleep with two or three if I didn’t get so hot doing so.
There you have it! A few updates to our master bedroom decor and hopefully a few tips and tricks to help you refresh your space on a budget. I realize that some of you are thinking that you’ve never painted with watercolor paint except for in kindergarten or you don’t even own a sewing machine. But! You have to start somewhere and that’s exactly where I was a few years ago. Here’s a great book, Everyday Watercolor, that helped me learn how to paint watercolor in 30 days. And as far as sewing, find that BFF that can teach you a few things or dive right in. Sewing a pillow is the easiest sewing project to start with!
I hope this inspires you to think outside of the box with ways you can add decor to your home while staying in a budget. As always, thank you for stopping by and checking things out over here on the blog!
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