Thursday, August 13, 2009

Daniela’s Room: Price Break down

I just want to send a huge virtual hug to all of my readers. Thank you for all of your amazing support. I’m so happy to read that everyone loved the room.

Danay arrived safely and I’m sorry to say I wasn’t able to get a reaction shot. It was only me and her at the house so no one was in the room to get the money shot.

So now that you got to see the after shot I’m going to break it down for you.

Since the main offense in the room was the furniture that needed to go. (Don’t worry Mom moved it down to the basement apt so overnight guests can still enjoy it :) )

Go to place for chic and cheap furniture was IKEA. Plus it was cash and carry which was key on our short time frame.

I decided to go with the Malm 6 drawer dresser in black brown, because it went nicely with the trim in the room and was large enough to hold the TV plus the $179.99 price tag didn’t hurt.

The baskets were a set from Burlington Coat Factory and only $8. They will house her hair and make-up products.

The candles were extras from another room therefore FREE.

Artwork above the TV was also free. I had two prints that I purchased from a thrift store a while back for their frame. I never used it so again it was just wasting space in my closet.

I popped out the artwork and glass. Added some rolled cork board I had in my craft closet. I also found some vintage Holland and Sherry in the craft closet from a thrift store and spray glue. Voila now she can pin whatever artwork she wants and switch it out when she so chooses.


The matching night stands were way to small and the 3 drawer chest in Malm was a bit too large and pricey for my budget at 79.99.

Enter the Kullen 3 drawer dresser at 39.99 it was the perfect fit for the room and my budget.


The lamps were extras that were originally in my home and then moved to my parents basement apt. They were pretty much collecting dust. So I snagged them for the redo and purchased new shades at Target. At $24.99 each it was a little high for my budget, but they were really key to the design so I picked them up.

Bedding actually remained the same. It wasn’t done on purpose, but it worked. The original toss pillows got moved to the basement apt and I grabbed the red ones that were hanging out down there from an old re-do. So bedding was totally FREE!

I did a lot of shopping around the house, which is key in a budget remodel. I tend to save a lot of the things from old projects or since I’m constantly re-decorating I have lots just sitting in closets.

The headboard has to be my favorite part of the room.


I’m going to do a how to post next week, but for the budget here is the breakdown.

It’s 3 separate pieces of MDF that were about $5 each so my Home Depot total was $15.

The batting was $10 at  JOANN’s.

The fabric was also a score from my JOANN’s and came in at 6.99 a yard. I used 2, which made my fabric total: $14.

The mirror above the bed was from Michaels. It was part of their Christmas section, which is out already. It was 69.99, but I had a 40% off coupon so it came in at $42.


The artwork was taken from an old calendar my sister had. So that part was free.

The frames were another purchase from Michaels. They were $6 each and the mats were $1.99. 

Artwork total: $32


The chair came from one of my favorite thrift stores. I’m friendly with the manager and once I told her what I was doing with the chair I got it for FREE!

I bought 4 yards of burlap at Walmart. At $2.49  it came up to $10. I used that to cover the seat. I also purchased 2 cans of spraypaint at Walmart ($2.50 x 2)

The window treatments were a neutral shade and a somewhat recent purchase so they stayed. The finials were swapped out with another pair my mother had in the house.


On this side of the room there is another dresser. It was in the basement apt. It was actually left in the home when my parents bought this house and has been painted many, many times. So it just got a fresh coat in a putty beige. The paint came from a prior craft project I had done, which I got for $1 in the Opps paint section of Home Depot. (It was a quart)

The remaining burlap was used here as well. I used two old corkboards that my mom was no longer using. The large board simply got 2 layers of burlap and then simple clear push pins ($2 @ staples) were used to hang the jewelry.

Cork board number 2 was covered in extra burlap from the headboard project, wrapped in burlap and then to give the look of nail head trim I used white tacks (88 cents per package x 3) from Walmart.

The artwork piece was from Target and in the clearence section for $5.

The lamp was another find from the basement and Daniela owned the small mirror. (There is also a long mirror behind the front door so that Danay can give herself a once over before heading out the door)

The remaining accessories such as the red/orange tray and the glass canisters came from Target and Michaels. I needed something to fill the canisters with and I was running out of time and $ so the candy aisle come to the rescue. The large one is filled with toostie rolls and the small one with peanut M&Ms. Since I wanted it to go with my color scheme I took time this morning to pick out all the blue and green M&Ms. Nutty maybe, but it needed to get done. Total for extras: $41.


Oh I just realized that I must have missed a couple things in my original add up and I came in at $497.

Wow that was a long post. I hope I explained everything and if you have any more question feel free to email!





Blogger Gwen said...

You are my hero! The headboard is my favorite too. Dear stepdaughter wants me to make one for her bed, but I need her to pick out fabric.

I had planned on using one big piece of MDF, but I really like the added texture the way you did it gives.


August 14, 2009 at 12:21 AM  
Blogger Jackie said...

It turned out AMAZING Camila! Such a sweet thing you did for your sister! I just love it all-especially the headboard you made. Such great ideas and inspirations in this room. Thanks for sharing!

August 14, 2009 at 12:42 AM  
Blogger Gillian said...

I LOVE this room! I'm sending it to my friends pronto and think they should do it Camille style. Beautiful! Now a post on her reaction please :)

August 14, 2009 at 12:46 AM  
Blogger Maria Killam said...

Beautiful! I love it! Hey Camille, I just realized you should be tagged in my current post. Let me know if you want to play and I'll add you to my list of peeps!

August 14, 2009 at 1:25 AM  
Blogger Kristen said...

I LOVE Ikea, I wish I had one close to me! You are seriously an amazing sister to spend all this time doing this for her, it looks stunning! I think my favorite think is the burlap covered necklace display/holder, perfect!

What did she say when she saw it? Was she completely surprised?

August 14, 2009 at 2:07 AM  
Blogger Brenda said...

I am love it!!!! It must feel wonderful to have accomplished this amazing transformation. I can't wait to hear her reaction. Oh and I am so jealous your walmart has fabric. Ours removed that department to make room for a supermarket. :(

August 14, 2009 at 2:48 AM  
Blogger highglossblue.blogspot said...

What a lucky, lucky girl your sister is, Camila! So thoughtful of you and the room looks dynamite! You should film the reveal and post it for our delight!

August 14, 2009 at 3:22 AM  
Blogger Dagny @ Beautiful Living said...

Wow, I seriously think I'm going to steal your headboard idea! Simple and chic!

August 14, 2009 at 7:32 AM  
Blogger Design Esquire said...

Thank you! I am now going to head to Joann's and Michael's to score the fabric, and try to find that mirror. I also want to make that jewelry holder. You did an AMAZING job on such a tight budget.

August 14, 2009 at 8:33 AM  
Blogger New England Girl said...

Absolutely lovely! :) You did a wonderful job.

August 14, 2009 at 8:46 AM  
Blogger Nakiya said...

FYI: I REALLY love those vintage travel posters, so I've been looking around to find them. You can get them from or (which I think may be cheaper actually).

August 14, 2009 at 10:06 AM  
Blogger Yansy said...

You did such an amazing job on such a small budget. Stop by when you have a chance, The City Escapes series is up today.

August 14, 2009 at 10:44 AM  
Blogger LindsB said...

What did your sister say?? How did she react? you never told us!!

I still cant believe you did all that on a $500 budget, just amazing!

August 14, 2009 at 12:00 PM  
Blogger bluehydrangea said...

Didn't get a chance to comment yesterday, the room is awesome. The headboard is my favorite!!

August 14, 2009 at 1:39 PM  
Blogger Michelle said...

It's funny how much stuff we can find in our closets!!

She must have been thrilled...I would have been!

Great fabric buys!! The headboard is my favorite :)


August 14, 2009 at 5:18 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You did an amazing job! I really love the whole room and it looks like $1m not $500! Your sister is lucky to have such a talented sister.

August 14, 2009 at 7:36 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am SO impressed! Great job!

August 14, 2009 at 7:43 PM  
Blogger High-Heeled Foot in the door said...

Hi All,

So sorry I didn't comment sooner. I've been out all day.

Danay loved the room! I put it on my twitter status, but I guess not everyone show. I'm trying to see if she'll write a short little post about her reaction. Maybe I'll react it and snap a pic!

Thanks for all the sweet words. I'm so excited that everyone loved it. I guess I'm in the right business!

August 14, 2009 at 8:05 PM  
Blogger Collins said...

I can't wait for the headboard post - I want to do one myself!

August 14, 2009 at 9:45 PM  
Blogger Lauren said...

amazing!!!!!!!!!!!! BEAUITFUL BUDGET!!!! go girl!!! big hug!!!

August 15, 2009 at 11:34 AM  
Blogger Kwana said...

I LOVE it! What an amazing job! You sister is lucky to have you.

August 15, 2009 at 11:34 AM  
Blogger LifestyleBohemia said...

Beautiful job. I've also covered cork boards with material (I framed mine) and use them for jewelry displays for my business, works great.

August 16, 2009 at 8:43 PM  
Blogger Arianna Belle said...

Camila you did an amazing job! Especially considering you were tight on time and money! BTW- Don't you just love those 40% coupons from Michaels!

August 17, 2009 at 1:36 AM  
Blogger Daniela said...

I just wanted to write a quick note to give my big sissy a huge THANK YOU! It was a fabulous surprise to come to!!! Especially after 24 hours of straight travel. I LOVE IT! All I want to do is lay in my beautiful new bed and absorb the beauty around me..but alas I am back at work. I have to admit that I do miss my plaster fun time art display but it was definitely time for a Big Girl Room.

Thanks so much CamJam (hows that for a nickname?) haha I know you hate it.

I love you!

August 17, 2009 at 10:58 AM  

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