Since having my own apartment, I have discovered the most wonderful thing on the internet.
I know, I know, it's been around for several years now but I didn't quite understand what all the "hoopla" was about until I had my own space to decorate and make my own. Oh my goodness, it has been a lifesaver. I love my job (although that is a little negotiable at the moment as I transition into a new position), but let's me be honest here. I don't make the big bucks. Therefore, not only has it been a difficult year of making my apartment a home, but making it a home while on a budget. I like to call it "decorating on a budget."
My bedroom walls are a boring white. When I first moved in, I knew that I had to do something about them because I felt like I was once again living in a college dorm room. Slowly over time, I have made it my own and it is finally starting to feel like a room I actually want to be in (other than sleep of course).
When I moved to Oklahoma, I had a super limited budget. My savings was just about drained and so I used what I had and was able to take several furniture pieces from my grandparents house. I did not have a bed, but we purchased just the mattress, boxspring, and frame. As I have been decorating my room, I realized that what it was really missing was a headboard. Now headboards can be expensive, and I could go look for a used one somewhere but I thought I'd take a look on pinterest to see what I could find.
I found a winner, folks, and all for less than $15!
Several websites I looked it, said you could use wood, cardboard, or even poster board. I just have a twin size bed and it is 40' wide so I went with a poster board that was 40' exactly and on sale for $4 at Hobby Lobby.
I then bought "quilt batting" to pad it with. I bought the smallest one they had which was the size of a crib quilt for $4.99 at Hobby Lobby (I then had a 40% off coupon so it cost me even less). My first step was to doubled up the quilt batting and stapled it to to the poster board.
I washed and ironed the fabric and then did the same thing. Laid it on top of the quilt batting and stapled it on every side.
For stability, rather than hanging it on the wall, I decided to nail each corner on and it has worked great.
So easy and it looks really cute! I love it because you can pick out your own fabric to go with whatever style and look you are looking for.
My next project was to do a little decor above my bed. I found a frame at Goodwill for $3. I took out the print and glass that was in it and pained it a light gray to match my pink, gray, and off white theme of my room.
I had picked out another fabric to cover some canvas' that I already had.
Finished off the look with some "Live, Laugh, Love" wall stickers I had from the Dollar Tree.
I am so pleased with how it turned out!