Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Thrifty Thursday #31

It's #30 of Thrifty Thursday! Hi! I am your host, Leigh. Thank you so much for stopping by and additional thanks to those who also participate in Thrifty Thursday! I am most delighted to have you join in..for it's YOU who makes it a "show and tell party". I also participate in Tablescape Thursday the host of that fun carnival is the Hostess with the Mostess...Susan of BetweenNaps on the Backporch. That's no lie or exaggeration, each week I visit Susan's porch and just long to be a guest at any of her tablescapes...especially those held on the porch.
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Well, Bama moved out last week. Whats a mother to do to keep her mind off of college life through the eyes of a young man...decorating. And Bama's room was the place to start. It was time for me to reclaim this room. After being Bama's room for most of his years of growing up, it would not be a exaggeration to say that it was a scary place. It's true what one says about "picking your battles", well I succumbed to the dirty room battle long ago. I just refused for the most part to go in. Even his friends commented on it, that bad. And he didn't care. I told Bama last week, "Your room better be clean enough so I can take in renters to pay for your tuition!". Well, it wasn't that when he left, though a hearty attempt was came up short. Now it was my turn to step in. I rolled up my sleeves and got to work. It literally took me an entire day 7 AM-9PM. Yes, that bad. While it really can stand to be painted, currently I am painting the entire lower floor of my home, so Bama's room is at the bottom of the list.
I really wish I had taken a before photo, but for lack of embarrassment, I did not. I moved the bed, as well as his dresser, Threw out a full hefty bag of trash and cleaned and scrubbed. I then went shopping in my garage for a thrifty makeover. Something to get by (please ignore the all purpose basment room carpeting).
And this is what I ended up with. A little bed and breakfast type room....
Nothing in this room is new.
All of the items in this room are either thrifty finds, or were given to me free.
The bed itself, a $75.00 garage sale find. I feel like I overpaid for it, but it got it's money worth.
The valance is actually a scarf found at the thrift store. It is draped on a shower rod. Cost, 79 cents.
The bench at the end of the bed was purchased at a garage sale for $5.00.
The bedding is things I dug around for in my linen closet. My favorite is the burlap look comforter. It was purchased on clearance a couple years ago from Linens and Things. CHEAP. It is actually so very soft. Unbelievably soft and I love the texture.
The floral comforter was a Old Tim Pottery find, $30.00
There is the rocker that Grandpa needlepointed. What is the term for needle pointing? Stitched?
The needlepoint landscapes were given to me. My Aunt Merle stitched them herself. She passed away and the family gave them to me.
The child's chair came from Mexico. It was purchased from an antique store for $6.00.
The cross stitch B was a gift from my Aunt Reba, given to me when Bama was born. I plan to change the frame and have it matted. It looks it's age in that old frame, but remember I was digging and throwing things together.
And for the Tablescape Thursday. This past week was a bit hectic between moving Bama to college and Peg's 90th birthday celebration so I did not photograph a tablescape for this week. It is quite a shame too, because had I not been thinking about the delicious food my brother in law, The Artist and his wife, Mida prepared, I would have. They played host to my family and cooked up some mean Italian dishes: Pasta with meatballs, Traditional Manicotti and Pesto Manicotti. I told my brother in law that we'll have to have a redo so it can make the blog. He was so disappointed I didn't photograph.
So, because my eyes were bigger than my brain, I have inspiration photos, courtesy of Country Living. Doesn't an end of the summer picnic sound wonderful?
Or perhaps a picnic on the porch?

Just make certain to use those fresh berries to make a delectable dessert! YUM!

I invite you to visit my food & recipe blog,Plates and Places for Foodie Friday's and on Tuesday's for Southern Staples.
Thanks to all of you for stopping by and participating in today's Thrifty Thursday. Please use Mr. Linky below to link up your blog.
I encourage you all to spread the love and visit the other thrifty Thursday participants, for that's what half the fun is. Aside from seeing a cool treasure it's making friends!
Thanks Y'all!
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Kammy said...

Hi Leigh !
I swear you were (are) describing my sons room !!!! I just give up..I have visions of what I will do with his room when he moves out...LOL ! Love that you had everything for the room and so cheap ! Great country pictures. I will have to check out your other blog !

Kammy said...

Hi Leigh !
I swear you were (are) describing my sons room !!!! I just give up..I have visions of what I will do with his room when he moves out...LOL ! Love that you had everything for the room and so cheap ! Great country pictures. I will have to check out your other blog !

Swampgirl said...

I am starting a room redo here as well! Son #3 left this week to move in his new apartment in Auburn. I had to have DH go in with me for the clean-up! I am also going to work on his was SO bad...2 boys share it and I admit...I gave up!! I stripped off most of the wallpaper this week and CLEANED it! I am inpressed that you have already got your room looking cute. I just have a big old empty and CLEAN room!

Blondie's Journal said...

OMG! Leigh, you had me thinking Bama's room was going to look the way my son's room used to look after I made a valient attempt to clean up!! Nothing prepared me for how cute you turned this room into!! It's a perfect guest room from head to toe!! Wonderful thrifty finds and using of the noodles, my friend!! Love it!

Abby leaves tomorrow. I keep threatening to turn her room in to something. She doesn't believe me bacause I can't come up with anything!! LOL!!

Love ya, friend!


Joan@anythinsggoeshere said...

You'd think I could do this right by now, wouldn't you. First link: wrong, second link: right. Sorry!

Jane said...

Leigh - Great job on the bedroom. I felt like I was watching an episode of HGTV's "Decorating Cents" where they redesign a room for no money!! My son just started his senior year in high school so I will pulling this post out of the archives next year when he moves out and I need inspiration! Thanks for stopping by and commenting on my post!

Cheryl said...

Fabulous room makeover :-) Looks very sweet~... you should send that bag of trash to your son in the mail, obviously its "stuff" he wanted to keep! LOL

Bama Belle said...

Well THAT is where my friend Leigh has been! Bama's room looks great, I know you must be missing him. I bet you can guess what my FAVORITE item is in that room. Well, actually there were two. That B pillow and the B your Aunt did! Fabulous! We are thinking it was time for 3rd quarter blogging convention. Thinking my house,Mexican pot luck. Let me know!

Sarah said...

I'll be there for the picnic on the porch! It was a real treat to visit today.

Happy Tablescape Thursday and hope to see you at my place to toast Susan on her anniversary.

Dawn said...

Boy, won't Bama be surprised the first weekend he brings his laundry home for you to do! I hope he is close enough to visit once in a while, I know you already miss him.
P.S. The guest room is beautiful!

Kat said... did good girlfriend! It really looks wonderful.


Kirby3131 said...

I'm still trying to recover from you getting that room transformed within a week of him leaving! Goodness. You are a real go getter! lol

What a lovely pieces you found to decorate that room - you really do have a fabulous eye for finding pieces that go well together. Bravo!

Kelly said...

I NEVER and I mean NEVER go in my kids' rooms. When I do, I go into a hissy fit! I chose not to wage that battle long ago.

jennifer said...

I love the needlepoint landscapes. Florals are very common but I haven't seen many landscapes. Very cool! As is the whole room.

Glad you made it through the hectic time with flying colors.

Cindy at PlantSomeRoots said...

Hey Leigh,
No sons, but 2 daughters who have left the nest. I've totally taken over their rooms and haven't looked back! :)
Nice job on the redo...

Cheri Peoples said...

This is my first time to your party. I have added your button to my side bar, going to click follow and I hope you will come follow me and add my party button.

Its So Very Cheri

Anonymous said...

Oh my...poor Bama! Not even out of the house for a full weekend and already transformed and ready for rentals! Love it! ~c

Laura @ the shorehouse. said...

I love that you've got yourself a thrifty room! To me, a room isn't a room if it hasn't been thrifted.

I love the fan that I scored at a yard sale last weekend, so had to link to it today here! I'll be back later to check out all of the fabulous thrifty divas. :-)

Mid-Atlantic Martha said...

Believe it or not -- it was our daughters room that
I thought would get us condemned by the board of health!

I shudder to even remember it!

Diann @ The Thrifty Groove said...

Hi Leigh!

The room looks awesome! I personally love to redecorate with "Non-new" finds. It gives the room so much more warmth. Great job!

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Sharlotte said...

Great room transformation! I'm sure that you feel much better after cleaning out your son's room and your treasure trove...It's always fun to find the perfect place for your treasures!

kimmcl said...

OMG! So glad I'm not the only one! I just shut the door and pretend it's not there. And I have a GIRL! You'd think there would be more pride in her room - no sirreeeee! Don't you just love Fabreeze? Anyway, great job on that room Leigh and thanks for encouraging me to join in on the fun!