Design on less than a dime

I posted earlier this summer about my attempt to redecorate my apartment on the cheap in a Hollywood Glamour style. Hollywood Glamour uses cool blues and grays with pale tans and lots of black, white, silver and crystal. Since most of the apartment is in a satisfactory state of design I have been focused on the pit that is my bedroom.

Anything that I don’t have room for gets shoved in a corner of a bedroom. Let me tell you, there is a lot I don’t have room for.

I picked up some bed risers at Walmart. After searching the store I finally found them in the closet organizer section. Silly me, what was I thinking? Don’t I always store my bed in my closet?? The risers lifted my bed frame about five and a half inches off the ground and giving me about nine and half inches of storage space. Perfect for sliding “storage” boxes under the bed.

Now I am far to cheap to buy storage boxes when there are plenty of cardboard shipping boxes at work to be recycled. A little cutting, some tape, some paint, a few scraps of fabric and ribbon and viola! I had custom underbed storage boxes for free! I punched a couple of holes and secured a length of ribbon in each to function as a pull handle and I am thrilled with the results and the extra storage.

In the free section of Craigslist I found a very nice entertainment center with glass doors and covered storage along the bottom. It had a slide out shelf in the tv section and looked to be in very good shape. My Dad helped me out by gettting a buddy to help load the piece and bring it into my apartment. He also added some casters on the bottom to make it easier to move around. There are four deep shelves covered by the glass doors and they make excellent dust free book shelves!

It is a drab, worn oak laminate with giant brass knockers as door handles. It will be primed and painted white to help make the bedroom look larger since I have some pretty large storage pieces in there already. The handles with be switched out with some brushed nickel knobs I have or maybe something new in bright silver.

The section where the tv would go in perfect for some large storage baskets that I have. The slide out shelf is the new home for my printer. The cut out for tv wires in the back make it a snap to string the power cord back there and the shelf is large enough for the printer and my laptop when I need to print stuff out. This is a much better place for my printer than on the bottom of a very cramped computer desk.

I moved my desktop pc into the living room and hooked it up to my tv. WOW! You Tube never looked so good! Now I just need to start playing FarmVille again just so I can do it on a full sized tv screen!

I repurposed my metal and glass computer desk from the bedroom into a sewing table. A few quickly sewn clearance fabric drapes and storage baskets completely transformed it and hides the very modern style of the desk.

I began refinishing the very large, very sturdy, very gorgeous armoire from the 1940’s that I paid $40 for from a college student. Paint is my only option at this time since college kids apparently thought the armoire would be as good as a paper journal to write their feelings on.

I am painting it white also but keeping the original oil rubbed bronze hardware and handles.  While the entertainment center is being used for computer accessories and books the armoire (with it’s 2 huge, 3 large and 1 medium sized drawers) is chock-o-block full of cross stitch stash *hangs head in shame*

I know I have a problem. This just confirms it.

The bedroom is no where near finished but it is painted a beautiful pale aqua blue from True Value called Paper Lantern. The key pieces for storage are in place. Now I just need to set aside a weekend for unloading the closet and putting everything in it’s place.

Once that is done I have given myself permission to start decorating the walls with some lovely Art Deco/1920’s era photographs that remind me of ladies of leisure in their boudoirs. I just found a book at the library about Art Deco design and will be pouring through it to see what I can do to transform my own boudoir into the high style of the Jazz Age. I scoured the internet in search of beautiful dresses to grace my walls with and  found some real stunners! I also am toying with the idea of framing a series of stained glass pics from the period as well. I have always been fascinated by stained glass. Weird, I know.

I have tons of old oak frames that I plan on painting in shiny black enamel to frame the lovelies in so I can group them together on a wall.

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