Sunday, March 14, 2010

guest room to baby’s room on a budget

This was one of my guest room’s before my daughter temporarily moved in with our two grandsons during her hubby’s stay in Iraq.

before An old iron bed which I had sandblasted and painted white with a black and white toile spread,

an old hand-me-down side table painted black with a lamp of wine bottles and a wine crate my second daughter made for one of her projects in design school.

and black and white sentimental photos and sketches on the walls adorned one side of the room.

before 2

On the other side, an antique oak dresser that I picked up at a junk shop years ago held photos of my family.

At the foot of the bed, an antique chair reupholstered with an old table inherited from my mom and a collection of hat boxes held old letters and sentimental cards from over the years.

before 3 As I’m explaining the details of my room, I realize how sentimental I really am!

Notice the walls are red. If you’ve ever painted walls red, you know how difficult it is and how many coats it takes. I wasn’t tired of the red so I wasn’t ready to paint over the red for our temporary change to a nursery for our youngest grandbaby.

So our challenge was to come up with a plan for a baby boy’s nursery on a budget with red walls.


With that in mind, I came across the red, blue and taupe quilt on the wall at a friend’s garage sale. It had never been used and still had the $75 price tag attached. I bought it for $20 with plans to use as a bedspread.

See the stars on the wall quilt? I took note of that and decided to use stars as a theme for the room. Of course, as my luck runs, it was too short for the bed. Oh no! What to do?

You’re not going to believe this. I couldn’t myself when I found a blue, red and cream quilt my grandmother had made for me years ago with what else, but STARS on it!!!

Well, this was one time when my luck turned out to be good instead of bad. I happily laid my grandmother’s handmade quilt on the bed

and hung the garage sale quilt on the wall by gathering it with twine and a star borrowed from my Christmas ornaments. I made the pillow with red pillow-ticking fabric and stenciled Lil Star on the front.

quilt bow

Come back later and I’ll tell you all about how I made the pillow above and the lampshade below to compliment the new room decor and stay in a shoestring budget.

table w lamp

To play on the “star” theme, I stenciled stars randomly all round the room. I used a combination of taupe shades of paint with Valspar Metal & Patina gold glaze over the top of each star.


star light

changing table

Ending with the little fellow’s name at the antique oak dresser turned changing table. We just took the mirror off and added a changing pad.

I’m not sure what I’ll do with the walls when this season of my daughter’s stay is over. I may paint over the stars and leave the room red or I may leave this room just the way it is to host my grandbabies when they come to visit in the future. Of course, I’ll have to paint over his name.

Maybe I’ll just re-stencil the current grandbaby’s name in place of the last one.

WOW! I’m writing like I’m going to have loads of them or something! Gee, I don’t have that many children to have grandchildren!


Okay, now that you’ve seen my starry redo, meet the real STAR of the room!


I’m sharing this post with some fantastic redos at the versatile Susan’s Met. Monday, DIY Show off, and Transformation Thursday


BeautifulDees said...

Love the red. I liked the toile and I like the stars, but best of all the little angel in bed.

Deanna said...

Dear Marsha, You are very creative! It does me such good to see what you're up to and how you're doing this. So thankful you're willing to share with us in blogland.
Darling room!

Sewconsult said...

What cute ideas. I know that your daughter will appreciate being in your home & arms while her hubby is so far away. (Thanks to all the soldiers & their wives who serve)
Beckie in Brentwood, TN

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

Such a lovely room. This is so creative and so pretty. Your precious little one is so sweet, what a blessing. God Bless and keep all of your family during such a sacrifice. All our soldiers are heroes and I do so honor them. Hugs, Marty

Anonymous said...

Hi Marsha

What a transformation, the room is gorgeous and the little one asleep proves what a great relaxing room it is. I love the creativity with the stars and quilt.

I think of all the soldiers away from home at this time, especially today as in the UK it was Mothering Sunday. There was a big motorbike ride in their honour.

See link:-

Jackie in UK.

Robin's Nesting Place said...

I had some catching up to do on your recent posts. I love your creative photography! Your blog is beautiful!

Please tell your daughter I said thank you for her personal sacrifice. (Thank you too!)

Anonymous said...

Now this is just the cutest room. Looked awesome before and the after little ones....even better.

Glenda/MidSouth said...

Nice redo! Yes - He is the star of the show. :)

Atticmag said...

Simply adorable. The room, the baby, everything. A special hug to all of you and your daughter's hubby for his service.
Jane T.

susan said...

Marsha-I just love the way it turned out, but more than that I can see the love you put into it! I know your daughter must feel very welcome and special! Love the star theme and stencil. What a sweet baby!! Thanks for sharing this!

Cindy (Applestone Cottage) said...

Really adorable! And that little boy is just gorgeous, you must be crazy about him!

Happy To Be/ Gl♥ria said...

Love this room special to do this for your grand babies and that little one sleeping is the star of the whole room...thanks for sharing..Hugs and smiles Gl♥ria

mishebe said...

how cute both rooms .

Nezzy said...

This Ozark farm chick just loves red! You redo on a shoestring is quit impressive. I'm lovin' stars!!!
It's great you have made the room theirs for their stay. God bless you for makin' them so welcomed during a difficult time.

From the hills and hollers of the Missouri Ponderosa, ya'll have a wonderfully blessed day!!!

sissie said...

I love your family quilt on the bed and the quilt on the wall looks so cute.

You have created a really special room for the children.

Please tell your daugher that we are so proud of her husband and that appreciate him for serving and protecting our freedom.


DesignTies said...

I absolutely adore your star theme!! You must have a LOT of patience to stencil all those stars on the walls!! Wonderful touch adding your grandson's name to the end of the line of stars :-)

Great stroke of luck that your grandma's quilt is just the right size, colours, and theme for the room :-)

I'm sure Nicholas will enjoy his stay in his starry room :-)

Thanks for stopping by my kitchen makeover post and for your lovely comment :-)


Treasia Stepp said...

I loved the room before but it's totally awesome now. Just beautiful! Especially the stars and the lampshade. Of course the very best of them all is the precious grandson laying in his crib.

daylily777 said...

You did a very beautiful job& the star is precious !

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The DIY Show Off said...

What a sweet room! I love it! Thank you so much for sharing! ;)