In todays post we will be sharing Paisleys boho bedroom makeover! We started this project back in September and finally got it finished this month, and I can’t wait to share it with you.
Boho Bedroom Makeover – on a budget!
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Click any of the links below to shop. Paisleys bed was made by us however I have linked a similar option for those not interested in another DIY project.
Paisley’s Boho Bedroom Makeover
Let’s talk budget
We didn’t have a lot of money to put into Paisleys room, but we managed to completely transform her space without spending a ton of money!Sometimes the best makeovers come out of a tight budget, because you need to be a little creative and that was certainly the case in this room.
Paisley had a vision for what she would like her room to look like and it came from a photo of some wallpaper we saw on Pinterest.
We looked into just applying the wallpaper on all four walls of her room but this was going to be super expensive, and we wouldn’t have any room in the budget for any other changes.
We decided to use the wallpaper as inspiration and try to create a similar feeling in her room without wallpaper.
Paisley’s wallpaper inspiration for her room design
Coming up with a design
Typically when coming up with a design for a room I like to make a design board (you can see my tutorial for that here) but for Paisleys room we started with a sketch on a piece of paper instead! Here is a photo of the original sketch we used.
I share this photo even though its obviously not a professional design sketch to show that you do not need to be an artist to quickly sketch out an idea for a room.
It really helps to have a visual, especially if you’re designing a room for someone else, it helps them see the vision and feel more comfortable moving forward.
As I mentioned this can be done using a design board as well, but sometimes a quick sketch does the trick especially if its for something you can’t find a photo of, like this wall treatment idea I had for Paisley’s walls.
Once we had some inspiration and vision for the room, the next stage was deciding where we were going to invest our budget. We had originally decided to leave the hardwood flooring in Paisley’s room and just sand it down and re-stain it to save money.
Jade rented a sander but unfortunately because of the type of wood we could not easily get the stain sanded off, so we had to change course and decided to put in new carpet.
New carpet was definitely, hands down, the most expensive thing we added to Paisleys room. We decided it was worth it because we knew cheap looking flooring would make all the work we did to the rest of the room look cheap and unfinished.
We were not thrilled to spend so much on new carpet, especially because it wasn’t something we even thought about prior to starting, but in the end we LOVE it and are so happy we spent the money.
Check out the quick video below to see her room before we started, you can see her old flooring in the video. I did take a bunch of before photos prior to starting but somewhere in the 6 months of finishing this project I have lost them! Darn it.
New carpet we used:
Style Name – Photo Shoot, Style Number – A6151, Construction Textured Loop Berber
(for those local to Grande Prairie, Alberta we got ours from Newfloors)
After we put in the carpet Jade got to work on creating the vertical shiplap on all 4 walls. This bedroom had the peg rail already when we bought the house. All we did was remove it, paint it and lower it on the wall.
To save money Jade used standard hardboard instead of actual shiplap or wainscoting. Shiplap from the hardware store can be very expensive, we used actual shiplap on our electric fireplace tutorial and it cost quite a bit.
Instead Jade just cut strips of the hardboard and it works just as well, its just a little more work then installing precut shiplap.
Along with the shiplap wall treatment we also updated all of Paisleys trim. This included new baseboards, window trim, and trim around her door and closet. When doing a Reno updating the trim can feel like a waste of money, because its not exactly an exciting thing, but it truly is worth it. The bones of any room really matter when it comes to updating a space.
We have of course decorated rooms in our home without updating the skinny, old trim but when possible its always something I like to prioritize.
New trim, and shiplap cost breakdown:
We cost approx. $300 on new trim (we bought the 10 pack from home depot Canada 1/2 inch thick x 3 1/2 inch x 96 inch), baseboards ( 1/2 inch x 7 1/4 ” MDF primed baseboard) , and hardboard.
To finish off her walls I decided to paint a “ombre rainbow” effect above the shiplap and peg rail. The reason we could do this makeover on such a small budget was because most of the “transformation” comes from the wall treatment, which was some hardboard and paint! Big Bang for little bucks, win win in my books.
Check out how we installed inexpensive vertical shiplap here:
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The paint colors I ended up using for Paisleys walls were
- Sherwin Williams 6212 for her shiplap, trim, door and closet doors
- Sherwin Williams 6332 (darkest pink stripe at the top of her ceiling)
- Sherwin Williams 6331 (middle stripe)
- Sherwin Williams 6330 (bottom stripe)
You can easily create an ombre effect with any color by choosing three shades of a color off the same color sample. This way they have the same undertones so it looks like a natural ombre.
Seashell Velvet Green Boho Bed
The next big project after the wall treatment was to make Paisley this beautiful green velvet seashell bed. I had seen a bed similar to this on Wayfair and fell head over heels for it, but not for the price tag.
I think I remember it being close to $1000 for a twin bed, however I can no longer find the listing on Wayfair. We decided to try our hand at making one. Click here for our DIY tutorial for how we did it!
How much did it cost?
We ended up making ours for around $250, the most expensive part was the foam for upholstering it. If you can find that for cheaper you could easily do this for well under $250.00
Love how the dark green really grounds the space. It looks really fun with the raspberry reds and muddy teal of her walls.
Again our inspiration was from that wallpaper so I knew from seeing all the colors on that sample that they would all work together.
We did repeat the pinks on the walls, in Paisleys bedding, so that also helped to tie the whole room together.
The last finishing touches we bought to pull her room together was some new bedding. I bought her cream coloured quilt at Target and her salmon pink duvet cover at H&M home. Both of these were super affordable. If you live in Canada like me I shared a post a while back about how I shop from retailers like Target and Walmart.com that only ship within the U.S. You can find that post here.
We also updated her light fixture. This was also a slight splurge for me, but I love the added sparkle it brings to her room and because were careful with the budget in other areas I was comfortable with spending a bit more on her lighting.
Lastly I updated her window coverings. I picked these lined cream curtains from target and we love them. We also updated her curtain rod to this one from Amazon to tie together her light fixture and dresser hardware.
Everything else in the room was already here, her dresser and night stand. Because her room is on the smaller end we didn’t have to buy a lot to make it feel full and finished haha I guess that’s the silver lining to having a small bedroom!
You can shop all the extras we bought by clicking any of the photos below.
Like I mentioned above we will be sharing a tutorial on how we created her “faux” shiplap wall treatmen. We will also share a post for how to make her bed too.
I hope you enjoyed seeing the finished product, we had a lot of fun creating a whimsical bright and colourful room for Paisley, and I now have the decorating bug and hope to work on our bedroom next! We shall see.