Tired of the same old walls and boring bedspread? You can redecorate your room for far less than you might think if you use a bit of imagination and elbow grease to get it done. You might even discover a flair for decorating along the way.
Paint Your Walls
To make the biggest impact for the smallest price, youíll want to start with a can of paint, a roller and a brush. Painting your room will make it look totally different in just a matter of hours, and if you paint a bold color, it will certainly bear your signature.
Choose a paint color wisely and plan for a long stretch of time to actually put the color on the walls. Youíll want to tape the edges or use a small brush to cut in to be sure that you donít get paint on the ceiling, doorframes or flooring. When you are done, your previously white or pink room can be orange, green, grey or even red. Just be sure to ask your parents before picking up that paintbrush.
Once your walls are done, your next step will be to get new linens on the bed and possibly on the windows. This is an area that can get very expensive very quickly, but you do have other options besides buying designer threads. Head to the fabric store and buy enough fabric to make a duvet, or cover, for your existing comforter. A sewing machine would make quick work of the new cover or you can even use fabric glue if youíre not much for sewing.
Lay the material down and measure out how much you need for a cover. You want it to fit around the outside of your current comforter with little room to spare. Leave about an inch around the outside, however, to give you room for sewing. Cut out the pieces and put them together with the print side in. Use your sewing machine or needle and thread to sew a straight line down three of the four sides. Flip the new cover right side out and fit your old comforter inside. Sew up that fourth edge and you have a new look! Of course, youíll need to do your pillow case as well, but after the comforter that is easy enough.
Finally, once the two biggest things are done, youíll be looking for various accessories to use. The best way to do this is to visit garage sales, consignment shops, resale shops, thrift stores, and outlets for other retailers. Grab things as they appeal to you and remember that spray paint is always an option. Find an old table you want beside your bed? Paint it white, black or purple. Like the shape of the lamp, but itís blue? Paint can make it anything you want.
Unless you have thousands to spend right away on your room, youíll have to assemble it over time, but this is actually more fun that you might imagine. Bargain shopping with your friends looking for the perfect posters for the wall or contemplating the value of the old alarm clock can be a fun way to spend the weekend Ė especially if you have a particularly terrific flea market nearby.